News Briefs: The River Gets Off to a Mediocre Start

RATINGS REPORT

... ABC's The River debuted last night and it did... okay. The found-footage drama about an expedition in the Amazon averaged 7.5 million viewers and a 2.4 rating during its two-hour debut. That's incredibly average, which is sad because TV needs more shows about boats equipped with 3,000 cameras. [EW]

... NCIS aired its 200th episode last night, and it drew a whopping 20.8 million viewers! Which really isn't that exciting considering the January 10 episode drew 20.93 million viewers. Way to exaggerate, New York Times! Here's an interesting stat, though: Of the 20.8 million viewers, 5.3 million of them were between the ages of 18 and 49 and 14.8 million of them were between the ages of 50 and dead. [NYT]


DEVELOPMENT DEALS

... ABC wants moore Mandy! The network has picked up a single-camera comedy pilot starring Mandy Moore as half of a newlywed couple that opens a hip, new restaurant. Well boy oh boy that sounds like something I probably won't watch. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC continued its streak of ordering pilots I won't watch with a remake of the U.K. series Mistresses. The estrogen-powered drama revolves around four women and their romantic endeavors. [Deadline Hollywood]


SCHEDULING NEWS

... HBO's The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin's anticipated drama about a 24-hour cable news channel, might have a premiere date. Word is, HBO is looking at a June 24 debut so that The Newsroom can follow the start of the new season of True Blood. Who doesn't want to go from sexy vampires and studly werewolves to a man sitting behind a desk telling you about regime change in Syria? [Media Bistro]

... Speaking of vampires, Pauly D of Jersey Shore has a new show coming out called The Pauly D Project. And it's debuting March 29 and will be paired with the revival of Punk'd. Nothing in this blurb makes me happy. [EW]


CASTING ROUNDUP

... Alfred Molina ("Throw me the idol, I throw you the whip!") will star in the new TNT series Chelsea General. The medical drama, from David E. Kelley, is about what every medical drama is about: doctors who try to save lives and get laid. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. But can we get a second opinion? Because I really think it's broken. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC's pilot Last Resort—you know, that one about an independent nation formed by a rogue crew of a nuclear submarines!—has added Daisy Betts (Harry's Law) to its cast. She'll play the young female officer who probably has to overcome sexism but ultimately proves she's worthy with a gutsy decision or arm-wrestling match. Also, The CW's Cult, about a TV show that spawns copycat murders, has cast Alona Tal. Tal, who played Jo on Supernatural, will play an actress on the fake show. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Maya Rudolph is going to be Up All Night on February 18, when she returns to Saturday Night Live as host. The musical guest will be Sleigh Bells, who I've never heard of because I'm a weird combination of really old and really cool. [NBC]


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14.8 million of them were between the ages of 50 and dead.......omfg thats great....YET impossible.....
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You must really hate everything on TV because every single thing you just wrote about you had a smart comment for implying that the shows you talked about are really bad. I think you need a new job if you don't have anything good to say about any of the shows you write about.
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Why, Mr Surette. I believe you are an 'ageist' cult.
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I'm not a fan of scary TV shows (or movies), so I decided to forgo watching The River. Sounds like I didn't miss much.
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I was more diplomatic on another forum but "The River was simply brutal"
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When did SNL stop having movie stars as their hosts?
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Can't wait for The Newsroom!
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What a shoddy bag of wank.



If you are going to have a found footage show (I can forgive the ship with 200 permanently recording cameras conceit.. just. ) at-least stick to found footage.. don't have webcams that magically twist upside down and then self preposition... cameras that are located on the floor looking up and behind grates for no reason.. POV shots that are impossible to be taken let alone found.. with 100's of implausible edits. and lets not forget high def sound recording.



On top of all that... you have this amazing resource and a mystery... so... lets not examine the tapes at all for clues.. no that's the last thing you do. Found footage relays on people acting reasonably.. these don't they act like horror film idiots.



Oh and pissing on the memory of Steve Irwin by making him american and a prick to his family.. cause you know that's what they are doing... is not cool.

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Well really enjoyed watching "The river" Some moments really creaped me out. and that is the point of the serie aswell?



And i really hope that the story behind all of this is a very good one. I keep watching
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There is always a split second when reading about Cult where I mistake it for a different word... Happens everytime.



Anyway, I used to watch NCIS and it eventually just faded out of my schedule and I know a lot of people who are the same but who are the 20+ million people watching? I can't believe NCIS is in it's 9th season and still destroying ratings, way to go!
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If you have that problem with Cult, have you seen the board game Quelf at the stores, I couldn't figure out why that would be a game until I realized there was an L in the word.
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The River lost 1.38 million overall viewers from the first episode into the second.



Your comment on the over 50 crowd is offensive. Grow up.



Would you make that stupid comment if Community, or another favorite show in a similar situation, had those ratings or be glad the show was a success thanks to the support of "old" people???



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Come on, be serious... the 50 and dead demographic doesn't stay up late enough to watch Community.
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What's offensive about it? 50 and dead is a valid age range.
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It's discriminatory. Replace the 18 to 49 age range with Caucasians and everyone else is a minority. You criticize a show for having too many African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians watching and not enough white folks? You think shows should be canceled for that? We all need, want and buy the same crap advertisers are trying to sell. The same for age groups.



The 50 on up crowd are actually the ones keeping TV alive. The networks come in at number one because of them and most shows too. However, I keep seeing rating results each day where that is dismissed and the network is listed as number 2 or 3 because not enough 18-49 year olds are watching. Same for the shows.



By the way, more people over 50 are watching Fringe than those younger - not counting online viewing, ON Demand, tape/DVR, etc. The show would have been long dead without them by now.



All networks have to do is produce/air well-written, preferably original and/or inventive programming and people will watch regardless of age. The networks should clearly know the difference between cartoons, family, and adult dramas and schedule them accordingly with advertising appropriate for each. Instead, networks are forcefully going out of their way, tripping over their asses, producing/airing dumbed-down, simple "Dick and Jane" shows for that one age group not realizing that people in their desired demographic may be, mentally speaking, older and smarter while people over 50 were young once, and still have a mindset to be, who could appreciate well written shows of people younger than they and partly because they know people like that such as their own children, other relatives and friends.



It's ignorant and a pointless waste of potential for the networks.
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Grow a funny bone. It's not Tim's fault Nielsen, the advertisers and the networks think sheeple are irrelevant once they turn 50 and a day.
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tim has to vent out from time to time ... he gets off on the power trip!
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"Cult" would sound better if it was about a book spawning copycat murders opposed to a tv show- oh wait., I remember- that already happened with the pilot of Castle.
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Or like ever Scream sequel...
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Well, then clearly it would be better.
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tim, you were sooooooooo mean today... adore!
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Oh my god, this homepage has strange editors. Whenever something good starts it gets crappy reviews, then The River starts and it gets good reviews. We start with those crappy Peranormal Activity movies, so lets start being crappy series-still. Stop it and give us something spooky, not something where the only thing you think is "hmm, i wonder when It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia does an episode that makes fun of this crappy concept".
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To be fair, Price didn't say he thought it was good. Mostly just that it was fun.
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What's a "homepage?" And why did you post this comment to this article instead of ranting about the River on the article about the River?
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That's weed you grow at home.
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Boy, I hope David E. Kelley's Chelsea General show takes place in Boston, since he never has a show take place there, ever. I might watch it if Alfred Molina plays Dr. Otto Octavius.



Also, I'm a fan of Sleigh Bells (I'm young-ish and really cool). I can't wait to see them. On Hulu the next day. Maya Rudolph hosting? Way to bring in the the talent SNL. Is everyone on NBC contracted to host the show?



Actually, notify me if anyone from Community does host SNL...



Is that picture above of the guy on Survivor? He looks out of it. Must be a deleted scene.
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my money is on The River running its full series
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The River found a nice, snug niche between "ehh" and "aight." It's just lucky I have a DVR. The mom deserves her death the second it comes, and so does the show.
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I figured True Blood would start on June 10th since Game of Thrones will end it's ten episode season June 3rd unless there are breaks in between.
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Ugh. I still haven't seen The River yet. Is it worth it Tim. I don't want to read your review for spoilers, unless it isn't worth it then I will read what I presume is a hilarious review. Seriously you have been funny lately. But is it worth it or should I just let it pass and continue with the umpteen other shows on Tuesday night.



And ABC is starting to sound foolish. Mandy Moore? Really? Can't we just keep her in movies that I don't watch and not have to take up a precious half hour of tv. Shouldn't she be on NBC. I am sure they would take her. She kind of has a name and not much talent. She will ft right in with Chelsea and Whitney.

And PS ABC Mistresses is already on BBC america. Leave the scraps from the UK to the network that can't figure out how to create a decent show. Like NBC.



Last resort doesn't sound good. Who'd of thunk that the Sub that breaks off and starts its own nation would be one of the four that have women on them. Hope they realize they require three females per sub.



And congrats to Alona Tai, I always liked her on Supernatural, hated it when she and Ellen died on the show.



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Why do you have to ask his permission to watch The River? Can't you make up your own mind on what to watch? Just because somebody with a keyboard and "a sense of humor" doesn't like something doesn't mean you won't.
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Bad news: I recapped it instead of Tim. But to answer your question, I'd recommend skipping the first episode entirely.
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whoops sorry price. Thanks man.
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LOL. That between 50 & dead comment was harsh. Poor NCIS. I used to watch it, but Tony's too old to be attractive anymore and the story's pretty ho-hum now so that's all it had going for it.
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That's because it IS mediocre! I hope it's cancelled so badly! -fingers crossy-
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