‘Hawaii Five-0’ Creator on Possible Crossover With ‘Magnum, P.I.’ and ‘MacGyver’ – PaleyFest

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With fans clamoring for a crossover episode between CBS procedurals Hawaii Five-0, Magnum, P.I., and MacGyver, the co-creator of the three series says it may just happen.
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Friday Ratings: NCAA Basketball And Zion Williamson Win The Night And Game

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Fox’s Last Man Standing usually wins the Friday night primetime demo ratings. This week, another type of last man standing, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, took over the top slot.
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Inside the High-Pressure World of Late-Night Talk-Show Prop Demands

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Television production is an area where “Hurry up and wait” is a common refrain. However, for the prop teams that work on late-night talk shows like “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” that’s not an option. They typically hav…

Ratings: ‘Empire’ Sinks to Series Lows in Second Episode Since Jussie Smollet Arrest

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“Empire” sunk to series lows on Wednesday, one week after an already-rough midseason premiere. Those episodes marked the first two original hours of the Fox soap since star Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged with filing a false police report in Chicago.

Last night, “Empire” managed a 1.1 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 and 4 million total viewers. The drama’s previous series lows came on Halloween 2018, when the show drew a 1.2 demo rating and 4.2 million overall audience members.

The “Empire” midseason return a week ago tallied a 1.3 rating and 4.4 million viewers, per Nielsen, which means this follow-up episode slipped an additional 18 percent in the demo and 9 percent overall. As a result of those declines, CBS was able to tie Fox for first-place in primetime-ratings averages among adults 18-49. The “Survivor” home topped the evening in eyeballs of any age.

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CBS and Fox tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.1 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. CBS was first in total viewers with an average of 6.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Fox was fourth in total viewers with 3.6 million.

For CBS, “Survivor” from 8 p.m to 10 p.m. posted a 1.3/6 and 7 million viewers. “SEAL Team” at 10 had a 0.7/4 and 4.9 million viewers.

For Fox, after “Empire,” “Star” at 9 received a 1.0/4 and 3.2 million viewers.

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ABC was third in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 3.8 million. “The Goldbergs” at 8 put up a 1.2/6 and 4.5 million viewers. At 8:30, “Schooled” had a 0.9/4 and 3.6 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 got a 1.1/5 and 4.3 million viewers. “Single Parents” at 9:30 received a 0.7/3 and 3.1 million viewers. At 10, drama “Whiskey Cavalier” closed primetime to a 0.6/3 and 3.7 million viewers.

NBC was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/4, but second in viewers with 5.1 million. A “Voice” recap from 8 to 10 averaged a 1.0/5 and 6 million viewers. A Michael Buble special at 10 had a 0.5/2 and 3.3 million viewers.

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Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 692,000. The “Riverdale” musical episode at 8 got a 0.3/1 and 832,000 viewers. At 9, the “All American” season finale received a 0.2/1 and 552,000 viewers.

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Jim Parsons Is Very Jumpy in Mayim Bialik’s Birthday Tribute (Photos)

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Go ahead and jump, Jim Parsons; it’s (almost) your birthday.

“Big Bang Theory” star Parsons, despite all youthful appearances, turns 46 on March 24, and his co-star Mayim Bialik got the jump on sending him birthday well-wishes via an Instagram post on Wednesday.

Turns out, it looks like Parsons got a pretty good jump in himself.

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“Happy early birthday for the last time working with the man I was told to imitate for an audition 10 years ago which changed my life,” Bialik wrote.

“Jim you are so much fun to work with and be friends with. Your success inspires me so much as does your heart the size of Texas,” she continued.

The actress included two photos of the birthday-boy-to-be in her tribute. One captured Parsons with his arms outstretched, perhaps in song, as his colleagues on-set looked on.

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The second photo, meanwhile, captured Parsons in mid-air, his feet far above the ground, as his colleagues appeared to practice their clapping skills.

See Bialik’s pre-birthday tribute to Parsons below.

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Katherine Heigl to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Our House’

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Katherine Heigl is set to star in and executive produce the CBS comedy pilot “Our House,” TheWrap has learned.

The family comedy centers on a devoted mom and dad who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid, but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture.

The “Suits” star will play opposite Malcolm Barrett in the multi-cam from writer and executive producer Brendan O’Brien. The role marks her first as a series regular in a broadcast comedy.

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Heigl’s character Bridget is described as a woman who “tries her best to be a laid-back, progressive parent like her therapist husband, but often finds herself reverting to the old school style of her parents. Now that she’s moved back into her childhood home, surrounded by her parents and crazy siblings, finding a balance between these wildly different parenting styles is going to be more difficult than she imagined.”

Since departing “Grey’s Anatomy,” Heigl has held a number of major TV roles, including most recently starring on the final season of the USA drama “Suits.” “Our House” marks her return to CBS after previously toplining the short-lived legal drama “Doubt” from former “Grey’s” showrunners Joan Rater and Tony Phelan.

Heigl is repped by Zero Gravity Management, Nancy Heigl, and attorney Stephen Barnes of Morris Yorn.

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‘Young and the Restless’ Star Kristoff St John’s Cause of Death Released

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“The Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John’s cause of death has officially been ruled an accident by the Los Angeles County medical examiner.

The longtime soap star died last month at his home in Woodland Hills, California. According to an autopsy report released on Tuesday, St. John’s death was caused by hypertrophic heart disease. He was 52.

Hypertrophic heart disease, also known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick, making it harder for the heart to pump blood. Per the Mayo Clinic, the condition can cause atrial fibrillation, obstructed blood flow and, in rare cases, sudden cardiac death.

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The autopsy report also noted that St. John “reportedly has a history of alcohol use, bipolar disorder and suicidal ideation.” He was released from a mental health hospital just two days before his death, after being admitted on a 72-hour hold, according to the report.

St. John originated the role of Neil Winters on “The Young and the Restless” and had portrayed him for 27 years, becoming the longest running African American actor to appear on the soap. His other credits include the ABC TV mini-series “Roots: The Next Generation” and the NBC soap opera “Generations.”

He was the recipient of nine Daytime Emmy award nominations, winning twice, and 10 NAACP Image Award nominations. He most recently was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2017.

A special storyline paying tribute to St. John and his character will air on the CBS soap next month.

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Ryan Phillippe To Headline CBS’ Frankenstein Pilot ‘Alive’, Katrina Law & Aaron Staton Also Star

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Former Shooter star Ryan Phillippe has been tapped as the lead in CBS’ drama pilot Alive (fka Frankenstein). Katrina Law (The Oath) and Aaron Staton (Mad Men) are set as co-leads in the project, a modern interpretation of the classic Frankenstein tale …

Ratings: ABC’s ‘The Fix’ Is a Bit Broken in Premiere

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ABC’s “American Idol” made its Monday premiere last night, but the singing competition couldn’t mask the disappointing debut rating for Marcia Clark’s “The Fix.”

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m posted a 1.7/7 and 9.7 million viewers. “The Enemy Within” at 10 had a 0.8/4 and 4.5 million viewers.

Fox was second in ratings with a 1.1/5 and in viewers with 5.51 million. “The Resident” at 8 received a 0.9/4 and 5.1 million viewers. At 9, “9-1-1” put up a 1.2/8 and 5.9 million viewers.

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ABC was third in ratings with a 1.0/4 and in viewers with 5.49 million. The “American Idol” time slot premiere landed a 1.1/5 and 6 million viewers from 8 to 10. At 10, “The Fix” debut managed a 0.7/3 and 4.4 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 5.3 million. Between repeats, “Man With a Plan” at 8:30 got a 0.9/4 and 5.1 million viewers. “Bull” at 10 had a 0.7/3 and 6.3 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.3 million and Telemundo sixth with 1.2 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 937,000 viewers. At 8, “Arrow” got a 0.3/1 and 1 million viewers. The “Black Lightning” season finale at 9 received a 0.2/1 and 849,000 viewers.

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CBS Seeks Up to $1.5 Million for Ads in ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Series Finale (EXCLUSIVE)

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 CBS hopes to get a bigger bang out of the very last episode of “The Big Bang Theory.” The network is seeking between $1.2 million and $1.5 million for a 30-second ad in the finale of the veteran series, according to two people familiar with nego…

‘The Us Project’: Elizabeth Alderfer & David Walton Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot

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‘To Whom It May Concern’: Raymond Ablack, Michael Cassidy, Taylor Deardon & Ana Villafañe Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot

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Ratings: NBC’s ‘Good Girls’ Dips to New Series Low – Not Good

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NBC’s “Good Girls” slipped Sunday in ratings, settling for a new series low. Right, not good.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.1 rating/5 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following a rerun, a two-hour “American Idol” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.3/6 and 7.1 million viewers. “Shark Tank” at 10 had a 0.9/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and first in viewers with 7.9 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” put up a 1.1/6 and 9.9 million viewers. “God Friended Me” at 8 got a 0.8/4 and 7.8 million viewers. At 9, “NCIS: Los Angeles” received a 0.9/4 and 8.3 million viewers. “Madam Secretary” at 10 finished primetime off with a 0.5/3 and 5.5 million viewers.

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NBC and Fox tie for third in ratings, both with a 0.6/3. NBC was third in total viewers with 3.2 million, Fox was fourth with 1.8 million.

For NBC, following a repeat, a two-hour “World of Dance” from 8 to 10 averaged a 0.8/4 and 3.7 million viewers. “Good Girls” at 10 settled for a 0.5/2 and 2.4 million viewers.

For Fox, following a rerun, “The Simpsons” at 8 had a 0.8/4 and 2 million viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” at 8:30 got a 0.9/4 and 2.1 million viewers. At 9, “Family Guy” received a 0.8/3 and 2 million viewers. Another repeat closed primetime.

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Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 933,000.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 814,000. “Supergirl” at 8 had a 0.3/1 and 1.1 million viewers. “Charmed” at 9 got a 0.2/1 and 665,000 viewers.

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Eliza Dushku On ‘Mapplethorpe’ Movie, Year Of Reckoning, Spielberg, & Healing

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