News Briefs: Super Bowl XVIII Was the Most-Watched Telecast In History

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... America's obsession with commercials that cost millions of dollars continued again this Super Bowl Sunday, when Fox's broadcast of Super Bowl XVIII drew 111.5 million viewers to earn the title of the most-watched telecast in U.S. TV history. The game topped 2012's football championship for the honor, besting that broadcast by 200,000 viewers (at least according to Nielsen's ratings data, which is accurate to a degree of +/- 100 million viewers). After the Superb Owl, Fox aired a new episode of New Girl, and 25.6 million viewers stuck around to watch Prince guest-star, resulting in an 11.1 rating among 18-49-year olds. Brooklyn Nine-Nine followed that with 14.8 million viewers and a 6.7 rating. [Variety


BUSINESS TIME

... More Super Bowl! Budweiser's ad about a dumb dog and a stupid horse being lame friends won USA Today's Ad Meter poll (check out Kaitlin's favorites and least-favorites here). I have no heart, so I hated this commercial and especially that song. You wanna see the real winner of the Super Bowl ad-splosion? This EPIC throwdown from a lawyer in Georgia, which only aired in regional markets:


NBC, hurry up and give this guy a series! [USA Today]

... CBS has long been somewhat stingy with regard to making its shows available for online streaming, but the network's programming is slowly finding its way to some on-demand services. The latest series to enter the digital age is Elementary, which is on its way to Hulu Plus. If CBS's press release had told me when the show would make its Hulu debut, I'd pass that information on to you, but since it didn't, let's all take a guess and say it will be "soon." [CBS via press release]

... The WGA Awards took place over the weekend to honor excellence in writting righting writing (GAH I will never win that award), and Breaking Bad took home a couple trophies—for Best Drama and Best Dramatic Episode—because its writers are really good at writing. Veep and 30 Rock both won new hardware in the comedy categories, The Simpsons took home an animation trophy, and House of Cards won the title of Best New Series. [WGA]

... TV Land is getting back together with The Exes for a fourth season. The comedy, which stars Donald Faison and Wayne Knight, is currently winding down its third season and will return for a 12-episode fourth season this summer. [TV Land via press release]

... Disney Channel has renewed Dog With a Blog because Dog With a Blog rules. Stan's third season of being a talking and blogging dog will air this fall, and I can't wait to see Avery come up with new plans to impress the cute boy at school! [THR]



CASTING NEWS

... Laura Prepon might be staying in jail a little longer than expected. Despite previous reports that Prepon's Orange Is the New Black character Alex would only be around for a handful of episodes in Season 2, series creator Jenji Johan has said she'd be around for "most of" the season. Orange Is the New Black returns to Netflix later this year. [US Weekly]

... Scott Bakula has just won the lottery! The Quantum Leap and Men of a Certain Age star has landed the lead in CBS's proposed NCIS offshoot NCIS: New Orleans. He'll play Agent Pride (yes, for real), head of the NCIS N'Awlins office and a man who "embodies New Orleans." So he's full of butter and spends a lot of time underwater? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Also heading to NCIS: NO is former Dirty Sexy Money star Zoe McLellan. She'll play Special Agent Brody, an NCIS agent from the Midwest who is totally like "OMG I'm in New Orleans!" [THR]

... Jack Davenport (Smash, the U.K.'s Coupling) will star opposite Jennifer Carpenter in ABC's drama pilot Sea of Fire. The show centers on a murder mystery in a small town, and Davenport and Carpenter play the two detectives who are sent in to investigate it. Sounds just like every other show these days. [TV Line]

... Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Suburgatory) is the new host for Adult Swim's comedy and Childrens Hospital spin-off Newsreaders. Tudyk replaces Mather Zickel, and I love Tudyk, but what was wrong with Zickel? [Adult Swim via press release]

... David Schwimmer (everyone's sixth-favorite Friend) might be returning to television! He'll star in the ABC comedy pilot Irreversible as the male half of a self-absorbed couple. Irreversible is based on an Israeli series, because America's supply of original ideas has been outsourced. [TV Line]


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Oh dear, the typo is still up after 4 months - it's Super Bowl XLVIII, not XVIII.
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Wow, thanks New Girl for shedding another 11 million in audience and half the key demo! Way to take lemonade and make moldy lemon rinds out of it.

You are right that Alan Tudyk is great but there was nothing wrong with Mather Zickel as Louis LaFonda on Newsreaders.

Ha ha, NCIS New Orleans, right, like you'd have me believe that's a real thing. ... what? It's a real thing? Oh god. Scott Bakula is really bad casting there too, he plays everything kinda the same, and while that works for Quantum Leap and Men of a Certain Age, it failed miserably for Star Trek Enterprise because his acting is "lightly warmed white bread" and is about the furthest thing from embodying New Orleans OR ANYWHERE FOR THAT MATTER. But I suspect this will be like Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior or NCIS:LA:RED, more toilet than toilet water, so it doesn't matter anyway.

I actually liked Ross on Friends, but yeah, he was the 6th best one, maybe 5th in some seasons when Phoebe got too much or Joey got too stupid. I could see watching his show, but I wouldn't start leasing any new cars just yet, Schwimmer.
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Ok when I first heard that they where going to make an NCIS NO I was on the I might watch it fence if there is nothing else on. However, now that I know that Scott Bakula will be on it I might actually watch it no matter what is on. :) LUV U SCOTT
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Heeey, what is wrong with Zickel??
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I hope CBS moves all their shows somewhere...Their Player is awful.
They really are not very good at streaming their own shows on their website.
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Yay for more Alex!!! I hope she and Piper will get back together in season 2 :)
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I wouldn't call it winning the lottery... the last NCIS spin-off attempt failed.

I'm torn. I LOVE Scott Bakula... but I really don't see myself getting into another NCIS spin-off (which was a JAG spin-off already, but I digress).

I don't really watch much of NCIS: LA and I didn't like the attempted spin-off from that.

BUT... it has Scott Bakula. I might have to give it a try based on that alone.
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Okay, I finally watched it. That puppy thing was the worst.
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RIP Louis Lafonda.
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I'm also a big fan of Tudyk but Zickel was practically perfect as the host of Newsreaders. I can't see Tudyk doing anywhere near as well in that role and find this news disappointing.
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Tudyk would make a great weatherman or something, but yeah, not as good as Louis LaFonda at first blush. But Tudyk is great, so maybe he'll be good too.
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There is an "L" missing, Tim. It's XLVIII, not XVIII.
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How do you pronounce it though? "z'l'vee"? Without the "L" it's so much clearer, "jvee".
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lol. "jvee" is so much clearer than "sylvee", right? Are you kiddin' me? Wait- of course you are. Sorry, it's late here and I'm afraid in the dark.
You know, Joe Nemeth's fur coat is haunting me ever since.
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Zoe McLellan was also in JAG which is connected to NCIS's universe, so I wonder why she's playing an entirely different character.
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I LOVED her on JAG. Also on Dirty Sexy Money.

They could go either way.
  • Sean Murray (McGee) played a different roles on NCIS and JAG
  • Michael Bellisario (Mikey) also played two different roles
Granted the above have the Bellisario connection so that might be common denominator.

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Am I the only one who noticed that you listed the incorrect Super Bowl in roman numerals? XVIII is only 18. At first I thought that that broadcast from 30 years ago still held the record...
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OMG, that commercial was strangely compelling and totally amazing all at once. And yeah, why isn't this a series already?
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"Everyone's sixth-favorite Friend," almost, but I'd say he was still better than Phoebe.
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Ross was my favorite, hands down... Schwimmer's the better actor and his character had the most layers... It goes Ross, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe and then Rachel... Rachel was fine but a little boring and obnoxious at times... All six were great anyway...
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Schwimmer was great, Ross was written to never entirely succeed as a character, they often wrote him stuff that intentionally made him the butt of jokes or the heel.
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Phoebe was my favorite.
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Seriously?:)
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Chandler next. Then Rachel I guess, because Joey, Ross and Monica tied for last.
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The theme seems to be that Chandler is everybody's second-favorite.
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Honestly, I think The Exes is the best thing TV Land on has right now with Hot in Cleveland second. All else could be cancelled for all I care.

Sort of good news about Elementary, as I lost track of this show this season. Hopefully they will air by this summer.

Goodness, another NCIS???

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PS: Why is Laura Prepon leaving the show?
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Tim, how dare you to put Schwimmer in 6th place? At least he's second or third.

Anyway, great to see him back.
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I don't give a hoot about sportsball, but the Broncos brought great shame upon my city last night and apparently the entire country witnessed it.

At least we have legal weed.
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Seattle also has legal weed, but only for medical use. Perhaps that's the problem, Payton Manning was indulging too much - you see his face on that very first snap when he MISSED THE BALL?!? He was clearly high as a kite.
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Is it the winning city or the losing city that has the riot?
If it was Denver your riot would have been mellow.
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Unless David Schwimmer is Greenzo, we can just not ever discuss him again.
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Wow, REALLY?!? The game was a blowout, and while I enjoy a good Bronco and Manning defeat, the game really wasn't interesting at all....I figured more people would tune out. Oh, well.
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under 15 minutes of the sport being played and a hundred commercials. the superbowl, everyone.
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Yeah, like that's NEW or something.
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true. i like giving reminders, though.
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Another NCIS! How many stories of navy crime can they possibly come up with
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And they all somehow magically end in muuuuuurder!
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Add Marine crime and some Coast Guard action too. :)

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Well, the Coast Guard actually has their own investigative people who occasionally appear on the show as a separate entity... I've said too much.
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Hopefully another 10 years' worth. More people will watch it than any of the other networks' risky and often stupid ventures. Even though elitists and snobs will sneer because it's a procedural and not cutting new ground, if it follows its ancestor it will be successful.
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The only thing here that raised my eyebrow was Scott Bakula in NCIS:New Orleans.I'm a fan of Bakula,so I'll check this series out when it premieres!
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what do u expect from cbs
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