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'Downton Abbey' looks to bounce back from season 4 (Updated)

Downton Abbey had a disappointing fourth season. While its 12 Emmy nominations—including one for Outstanding Drama Series and one for Michelle Dockery for Outstanding Lead Actress—suggest otherwise, many complained of lackluster storylines that fell flat compared to previous seasons.

Looking ahead to the show’s fifth season, however, Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates), Allen Leech (Tom Branson), Gareth Neame (executive producer, Downton Abbey), and Rebecca Eaton (executive producer, Masterpiece) spoke at the Television Critics Association, addressing season-four criticism and what fans can look forward to in season five.

Neame spoke to the validity of the show’s criticism, saying that he respects the process, but ultimately couldn’t base the show on someone else’s words. In fact, he felt quite contrary to the critical opinion. READ FULL STORY

Every 'Simpsons' episode is going online

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Soon you’re going to be able to watch every episode of The Simpsons anywhere you want. Cable network FXX, which last year struck a deal to obtain the exclusive cable network rights to the longest-running primetime animated series, is putting The Simpsons archive online, all fully searchable.

FXX is launching “Simpsons World,” a new way of getting on-demand Simpsons content. For the first time, viewers can access every episode of the series via their computer or other networked devices. “Authenticated” FX subscribers will have instant access on iPhone, iPad, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android phones and tablets, Smart TVs, and additional set-tops devices. Viewers will also be able to search for specific quotes, curate their own own personalized playlists, and share their favorite show clips and quotes (non-subscribers will be able to watch the clips, just not full episodes). READ FULL STORY

Fox: 'American Idol' contestants need to improve

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How can Fox improve American Idol? According to the network’s top executive, it’s the contestants that could use some upgrading.

Fox Networks Group chairman Peter Rice told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday that Idol is “aging gracefully,” and that increased competition from shows like NBC’s The Voice are a factor in the former ratings kingpin’s declining popularity. Yet the executive had one specific note for improving the show itself, which is carrying over last season’s judges panel of Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. into next year’s 14th season. READ FULL STORY

'Bones' season 11? More '24'? Fox chief gives odds

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What are the odds that Bones will get an 11th season?

What about Jack Bauer returning to fight yet another day?

Fox chairman and CEO Peter Rice was asked by critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday on the chances of both shows getting another season.

On 24, which had a somewhat modestly rated return this summer for Live Another Day, Rice said: “I loved this year’s season of 24 … I’ve always been a fan …we haven’t had a specific conversation…I’m sure we will in the future … It’s a wonderful franchise … they did a great job this year … when you look at the show itself, it has many more stories to tell.”

Rice noted in a huddle with reporters after the panel that 24‘s ratings saw plenty of gain from DVR playback. Yet since star Kiefer Sutherland says he considers Live Another Day to be the final season, the executive would presumably have to convince the actor to return. READ FULL STORY

'Two and a Half Men' final season to tackle 'gay' adoption

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Two and a Half Men‘s isn’t going quietly: The longest-running comedy on broadcast TV will conclude its run with a final season storyline that deals with gay adoption—sort of—and possibly marriage.

CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler gave some reporters the scoop after her executive session panel at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills Thursday. In the show’s 12th and final season, Walden (Ashton Kutcher) is going to have a major health scare that leads him to an “existential crisis” that causes the young playboy to want to “add more meaning to his life.”

So he decides to adopt a child. “He starts the [adoption] process and realizes it’s very difficult to adopt the child as a single straight man. So, once and for all, he decides he’s going to propose to Alan [Jon Cryer]—they’re going to adopt a child as a ‘gay’ couple,” Tassler said. READ FULL STORY

CBS fall programming: Too white? (And what does Morgan Freeman think?)

The hot-button topic at this summer’s Television Critics Association press tour is diversity on fall TV. The question: Should CBS take a page out of ABC’s book this season?

CBS chief Nina Tassler preceded the Q&A portion of her panel by mentioning her network’s diverse line-up. That caught the ear of several critics who vocalized their concern that, unlike ABC’s Black-ishCristela, and Fresh Off the Boat, CBS’s comedies all appeared “extremely white.” (For the record, that’s MomMike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half MenThe Millers, and The Big Bang Theory.)

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Critics push ABC to explain diverse fall lineup—and how Jewish 'The Goldbergs' are

ABC has one of the most diverse fall programming slates in TV history, and critics want to know why.

At the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday, ABC chief Paul Lee fielded questions from reporters pushing for a more detailed explanation for why ABC greenlit three ethnic family comedies (Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish, Cristela Alonzo’s Cristela, and Eddie Huang’s Fresh Off the Boat, coming midseason), plus another drama series starring a black actress, Shonda Rhimes’ How to Get Away with Murder.

“We’re taking a very good step along that journey,” Lee told critics at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday. “To be able to pull this off, you need not just stars on air… you need storytellers and executives”—such as the ones present at that very panel. “I’m very proud—if you look at the back of the room [referencing the various executives in attendance], it’s a very diverse group of people,” Lee continued. “You need the people telling the stories to truly reflect America as it is.” READ FULL STORY

ABC: Here's why 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland' didn't work out

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ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee has a theory about why Once Upon a Time in Wonderland didn’t work out. The network executive suggests the Once Upon a Time spin-off was undermined by its time slot. Originally, ABC planned to run the Alice in Wonderland-inspired fantasy series during Once‘s winter hiatus. It ultimately opted to air Wonderland Thursdays at 8 p.m. leading into Grey’s Anatomy instead—which has been a tough hour for the network in recent years, with several shows struggling to gain traction in the slot (particularly up against CBS’ top-rated The Big Bang Theory). This fall, ABC will execute its original plan by running fairy tale musical comedy Galavant in the OUAT “gap.”

“I would have given [Wonderland] a better chance had I done what we’re doing with Galavant and put it in the gap,” Lee told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. “We wanted to build a night of empowered women, and we were excited about the show, disappointed we didn’t bring an audience to it … I think we should have tried that one in the gap. I think we would have had a better chance with that.” READ FULL STORY

Lisa Kudrow on 'The Comeback' revival: Could there be even more?

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Valerie Cherish is coming back. But could she come back yet again?

HBO’s short-order Comeback revival doesn’t air until November, yet critics are already wondering if the limited series could be the start of a full series revival. Co-creator Michael Patrick King and star Lisa Kudrow told the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday that the six episodes will have a fully contained story with a beginning, middle and end.

“Even when we did the first season, we ended like it was contained,” King said. “This felt like a very full experience…I’m not sure how we did it this time.” And HBO comedy executive Casey Bloys says the show’s return deal was made for this one stint, without an option locking in King and Kudrow for a potential second round.

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Here's what Daniel Radcliffe has to say about the new 'Potter' story -- and playing grown-up Harry

Spoiler alert: It’s not much. But somehow, we doubt that matters to diehard Potterites.

The opening day of this summer’s Television Critics Association press tour featured a Radcliffe appearance (via satellite). He was beamed in to talk about A Young Doctor’s Notebook, airing later this year on the cable network Ovation—but naturally, the subject of J.K. Rowling’s all-new Harry Potter tale also came up at one point. According to HitFix, one journalist asked the actor about the possibility of playing the boy wizard again. “I don’t know,” Radcliffe reportedly answered. “My inclination is to say ‘no.'” READ FULL STORY

TCA nominations: 'True Detective' starts awards season fight

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The Television Critics Association announced its list of annual award nominees Tuesday, honoring repeat contenders like AMC’s Breaking Bad, HBO’s Game of Thrones and CBS’s The Good Wife.

Yet it’s the inclusion of HBO’s True Detective that’s the major headline-making presence here. Everybody expects the acclaimed, noir-soaked drama series to swamp awards season, and these nominations are the first indication the show could do just that. True Detective is nominated for outstanding actor (Matthew McConaughey), miniseries (though the show submitted in the drama category for the Emmys), outstanding new program, and the TCA Awards’ top category, Program of the Year (which Breaking Bad won last year). Basically, True Detective got nominated for every category for which it’s eligible.

Some other newcomers include Fox’s Cosmos for outstanding reality program, and other new program category noms: Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, FX’s Fargo, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and Fox’s Sleepy Hollow.

For the Heritage Award, which honors one long-standing program that has had a major cultural or social impact, the following classics are nominated: ABC’s Lost, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central’s South Park, NBC’s Star Trek and ABC’s Twin Peaks. That seems like a rather impossible choice to make. How do you compare SNL to Lost to 1966’s Star Trek?  Here’s the full list: READ FULL STORY

'Sherlock': Benedict Cumberbatch talks fans, his future on the show, and 'Elementary' at TCA panel

What does Benedict Cumberbatch have to say about his fans? What does the future hold for his version of Holmes? And what does this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover star think about Elementary? All of these questions were addressed by the star during today’s Sherlock panel at the Television Critics Association press tour.

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