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It’s the Best of Times and the Worst of Times at ABC

abc excerptWhile ABC came in a close second to NBC last season in the prime demo rankings, without any sports programming to speak of, they also finished a distant third place in total viewers, with 6.2 million per show, losing nine percent of their audience from the year before.

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Tracking Board Presents: Your Ultimate Fall TV Viewing Schedule

exerpt The Emmys are over and fall premiere season is upon us. This time of year can become overwhelming, so to help you choose what to watch, The Tracking Board presents our ultimate schedule, guiding you through your nightly TV viewing habits.

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Primetime Emmys 2017: Our Favorite Nominated Moments of the Year (Videos)

emmy moments we love small From Reese Witherspoon’s Big Little Lies speech to Kate McKinnon’s Saturday Night Live song to heartbreaking This Is Us moments from Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones, here are our favorite Emmy-nominated moments of 2017.

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Primetime Emmys 2017: Where to Stream This Year’s Nominated Episodes

emmy where to stream small Fall television has arrived! While we’re all excited to see what new shows networks have made for us, it’s also time to look back at the past year and the shows that are competing for the golden statues at this year’s Emmy Awards.

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Television is Missing Out on a Golden Demographic

Grace and Frankie ExcerptPlenty of people are outside the prime demo of 18-49 and they not only watch a lot of television and see a lot of movies, they also spend a fair amount of money. But apparently, that money is of no interest to networks and advertisers.

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NBC is the Reigning Network, But Can “This is Us” and “Will & Grace” Keep Them There?

nbc excerptThe Peacock Network, which used to be known for its Must See TV Thursday night lineup of sitcoms, has mostly eschewed them of late to focus on hour long dramas, and found great success in the process. But can This is Us and the NFL keep the network on top?

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Asians, Pacific Islanders Still Underrepresented on TV, New Study Finds

fresh off the boat small There’s a “TVShoWhite” problem when it comes to depictions and representations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on the small screen, according to a new academic study.

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“Outlander” EP: Jamie and Claire Will Be Reunited “As Soon as Possible” in Season 3

outlander season 3 maril interview small “We never set out like, ‘oh how many episodes should we keep them apart?’ That was never in our minds, because like the fans, we want to see them reunite as soon as possible,” executive producer Maril Davis told Tracking Board.

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“You’re the Worst” Showrunner on Whether Edgar and Lindsay Are the New Jimmy and Gretchen

ytw edgar and lindsay small “I don’t think they’re destined to be a great romance,” FXX showrunner Stephen Falk tells Tracking Board.

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CBS is Still Your Number One Broadcast Network, But Not by Much

cbs-excerptWith Labor Day now in our rearview mirror and the new TV season about to knock on our door, it’s time once again to turn from the big screen to the small. Considering that CBS has won the crown for most viewers for nine straight seasons, and 14 of the last 15, it’s hard to imagine that it was ever a punchline, but it was. A big one.

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“You’re the Worst” Showrunner: Season 4 Is the “Boy Loses Girl” Section of the Rom Com

you're the worst renewal small “We’re in ‘Rachel and Ross take a break.’ We’re in the troubled part,” showrunner Stephen Falk tells Tracking Board of the upcoming season.

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“Game of Thrones”: Season 7 Finale Winners and Losers

game of thrones small Now that another season of Game of Thrones has come to an end, who came out on top in the longest episode to date? Who made the smart moves? Who doomed themselves? And are they all just screwed anyway?

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When the Box Office Slows, It’s Time to Look Forward to Fall Television

network excerptWith the entertainment news cycle and box office taking their typical late summer slow down, Neil Turitz takes a look into his crystal ball to see what the big television topics will be in the coming months.

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“Game of Thrones” Season 7 Finale: Everything We Know So Far

game of thrones finale small The Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones promises to be the biggest episode yet – and that’s just in the runtime. Here’s everything we know so far to prepare you for Sunday.

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Is Hollywood Taking “Write What You Know” Too Far?

crashing excerpt“While the scripted versions of the behind-the-scenes world of entertainment can be insightful, it now feels like these kinds of projects are everywhere, to the point where even those of us who enjoy this kind of self-examination are throwing up our hands and wondering if it has all become overkill,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Is the “Game of Thrones” Ultimately Only for Men?

dany excerptIs Game of Thrones betraying the empowering storylines of Daenerys Targaryen and Sansa Stark so they can further the storylines of the male characters?

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Career Therapist: What’s Going on with Naomi Watts?

naomi-wattsThis week’s The Glass Castle is Naomi Watts’ fourth movie of 2017, but did you see any of them, and has she been using her considerable talents to pick the best roles that show off said talents?

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Apparently, “Kevin” Couldn’t Wait After All, So CBS Fired Erinn Hayes

Kevin Can Wait“There haven’t been any reports that Leah Remini has reached out to Hayes, nor has Remini offered any public sympathy for Hayes’ situation. Should she? As an actor, I understand that this is a business, but I think it would be the right thing to do,” writes John Steven Rocha.

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The Anger Over HBO’s “Confederate” Has Nothing to Do With “Censorship” (Opinion)

Benioff and Weiss“I’m not saying that Confederate doesn’t have a right to exist as a TV show, because it does. I just think HBO blew a genuine opportunity to explore race relations in our country on a tougher, grittier and ultimately more dangerous scale, as the network’s current approach seems a little too easy right now,” writes John Steven Rocha.

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From “Mighty Ducks” to “Murphy Brown,” These Films & TV Shows are Begging for a Reboot

karate kidOn the heels of YouTube Red’s announcement to revive The Karate Kid as a new series with the original film’s stars, Neil Turitz gives a few ideas of where streaming networks should look to find their next reboot hit.

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Success is Bitter Sweet for Late Night Comedy Writers

full frontal“My first thought is we’re all going to die,” said Christine Nangle, Head Writer on Comedy Central’s The President Show. She was not alone in her sentiment at the Late Night Writers Panel at the TCAs as they discussed what it is like to wake up every morning to the tweets of the president.

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OZARK Review: “Episodes 5-7”

ozark excerpt Season 1, Episodes 5-7 – The more ingrained the Byrde family becomes in the Lake of the Ozarks community, the more trouble they kick up on Ozark. No matter what Marty does, he always steps on someone’s toes, and now the Snells take aim at Marty when all he wants to do is keep his family safe from Del and the Mexican Cartel.

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TWIN PEAKS Review: “Part 11: There’s Fire Where You Are Going”

twin peaks excerpt Season 3, Episode 11 – Fire and Electricity play a huge part in the mythos of Twin Peaks, and we are close to learning the similarities and significance of the two. Becky’s father is revealed after she goes off of the deep end, and a cherry pie saves Cooper’s life.

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Isn’t It Fun to Be Shakespeare?

Will ExcerptRight now, William Shakespeare is as in vogue as he’s been in quite some time. There are two current TV shows about him, a plethora of stage productions (garnering attention for a variety of reasons), and several film adaptations in the works. Want a quality IP? Look no further than this dead English guy.

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“Game of Thrones” Season 7 Premiere Recap: Westeros Prepares for War

game of thrones small Game of Thrones has finally returned to our TV screens, and the Season 7 premiere wasted no time in setting up all our major players for the all-out war about to come.

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“Game of Thrones” Season 7: Where the Battle Lines Are Drawn (Photos)

game of thrones small Another season of Game of Thrones is upon us, which means it’s time to remind yourself of where we left off with all the complicated alliances and rivalries in Westeros. Don’t worry, we got you covered with this rundown of exactly where the battle lines have been drawn.

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These Emmys Might Mean More If the Voters Actually Watched the Shows

Gillian Anderson American Gods ExcerptThere’s a big difference between the Emmys and every other major awards show. Besides the TV half of the Golden Globes, only the Emmys allow for repeat nominees and winners, because every year, new content is being created for the same shows. Herein lies the issue. Emmy voters are lazy, and the question has to be asked whether or not the majority of them are even watching the shows for which they’re voting.

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“True Blood” Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39, But He Was Always More Than the HBO Show

Nelsan Ellis RIPAs it turned out, all the depth and complexities seen in Lafayette Reynolds in HBO’s True Blood were reflections of the man playing him, the late Nelsan Ellis.

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It’s Time to Face the Truth — Peak TV Is Over

Underground ExcerptBetween WGN canceling Underground and turning away from scripted TV overall as well as Netflix canceling a plethora of shows, the bubble is in the process of bursting, as it had to do. After all, there’s no such thing as permanent growth. But this isn’t the end of quality TV, simply the end of the boom.

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UPFRONTS: The CW Highlights Diversity and Power of Television

<> on May 18, 2017 in New York City.While ABC, NBC, and CBS delivered trailers depicting heartfelt stories with executives talking brand safety online, CW instead focused their upfront presentation on the heartfelt message that has been winning viewers for years.

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