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Ratings Actually Improved During NFL's Tumultuous Week 3

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Offering at least some anecdotal evidence that the NFL's current ratings predicament is not one with a cut and dry cause, Monday Night Football viewership surged on Monday night — helping Week 3 of the season finish in the black, after all.

Across Monday and all of Sunday's games, even the dampened showing from NBC's marquee primetime showdown, gross overnight ratings for league showdowns weren't off from 2016. In fact, they were up a shade — nearly 3 percent. Much thanks here goes to Espn's Monday franchise, which turned in a whopping 9.3 overnight rating for its best showing.

That makes the »

- Michael O'Connell

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'Will & Grace': TV Review

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By the time Will & Grace ended in 2006, I found it nearly unwatchable. A show that was boundary-pushing and fresh when it premiered had fallen into lazy comic rhythms, its characters had become calcified and rather than trying to remain relevant by evolving its worldview, Will & Grace was staving off stagnation with a desperate procession of guest stars.

Approaching the new Will & Grace as an extension of where it left off, rather than where it began, makes it possible to look at the first three episodes and feel like creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan did a few »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Critic's Notebook: Waiting for Television to Catch Up to Anti-Trump Outrage

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As the new fall TV season for broadcast networks rolls out, two offerings — NBC's The Brave and CBS's Seal Team — are essentially interchangeable pieces of American military porn: the kind of feel-good, "we beat the terrorists" pabulum that makes a certain segment of the population shout "U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!" and feel temporarily relieved that it doesn't have to think about chaos, if it chooses to think at all.

Both are already wildly out of step with what seems to be haunting the national psyche as of the last 24 hours or less — whether the unstable, possibly certifiable heads »

- Tim Goodman

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'Will & Grace': A Complete Guide to the Revival

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NBC is taking a page from its Must See TV heyday with Thursday's revival of Will & Grace. More than a decade after the 16-time Emmy-winning sitcom wrapped its eight-season run, the fab four are back for season one of the revival (or season nine of the series, depending on which way NBC slices it). But what else about the groundbreaking comedy is the same? And what's changed since the last game night? The Hollywood Reporter has compiled a handy guide on what to expect onscreen and behind the camera ahead of Thursday's highly anticipated return.

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- Kate Stanhope

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'Survivor' Season 35: Watch the Opening Minutes of 'Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers'

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Welcome to the Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers preseason! The Hollywood Reporter's Josh Wigler reports from his exclusive visit to the show's shooting location in Fiji, where he interviewed host Jeff Probst, as well as the 18 new castaways battling it out for the million dollar prize.

Click here to make sure you're all caught up on our stories from the island, including our weekly podcast series First One Out, an in-depth look at all of the new players, culminating in an interview with the first person voted out of the season.

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- Josh Wigler

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'Mad Men' Alum Vincent Kartheiser Joins 'Das Boot' Event Series

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Vincent Kartheiser, who played Pete Campbell on seven seasons of AMC's Mad Men, has joined the cast of WWII event series Das Boot.

Game of Thrones actor Tom Wlaschiha, James D’Arcy of Marvel's Agent Carter and French actor Thierry Fremont (Juste un regard) have also boarded the drama, which is inspired by the best-selling novel by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim about the submarine war of the 1940s, as well as by Wolfgang Petersen's Oscar-nominated film adaptation from 1981.

Shooting has already begun in Prague for the series, which German shingle Bavaria is producing together with Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment. Sonar is »

- Scott Roxborough

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'Game of Thrones' Podcast: Looking Back at a Giant Theory About Westeros

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Move over, Wun Wun. There's a new giant in town, and he just might hold the key to everything.

Okay, he doesn't actually hold the key to everything, but he's a key source of humor in one of the earliest episodes of Game of Thrones: Macumber, the mythical giant who could also be known as the living embodiment of the World of Ice and Fire, according to an old fairy tale.

In "Lord Snow," the third episode of Thrones' first season, the late, great Old Nan (Margaret John) tells the recently woke Bran Stark (Isaac »

- Josh Wigler

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Tony Booth, English Actor and Father of Tony Blair's Wife, Dies at 85

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Tony Booth, the English actor who starred in the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part in the 1960s and 1970s has died. He was 85. 

Booth had been suffering from Alzheimer's for more than 10 years. 

Across a 50-year career, Booth appeared in numerous TV shows, including soaps Coronation Street and Eastenders, but he was most widely known for Till Death Us Do Part, centering on a working-class family in London, and the Confessions sex comedy film series in the 1970s. 

Booth was also the father of Cherie Blair QC, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, »

- Alex Ritman

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Pinewood to Sell Its Stake in TV Joint Venture

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Just over a year and a half after it was set up, the Pinewood Group is set to sell its 50 percent stake in its TV drama production joint venture.

Pinewood Television was established as a 50-50 venture between Pinewood and StoryFirst, owned by U.S. media entrepreneur Peter Gerwe, to develop, produce and finance high-end TV drama. It recently saw its first commission, the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring adaptation of The Child in Time, air on the BBC. 

But StoryFirst has now agreed to buy out Pinewood's 50 percent stake. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Headed by managing director Helen Gregory, who is set »

- Alex Ritman

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Viacom Launches First Bet Channel in Asia

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Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks (Vimn) unit has launched its first Bet Channel in Asia in South Korea.

The network became available in the country Tuesday through a partnership with pay TV operator Sk Broadband, which has 4.2 million subscribers. It is available on "B tv," Sk’s linear service, as well as oksusu, its streaming service. 

"South Korea is the first Asia market to launch Bet, the leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for people that want to know what’s hot, what’s next and what matters in urban black culture," Viacom said.

"The introduction of the Bet »

- Georg Szalai

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Trevor Noah Defends Jimmy Kimmel for "Engaging" in Politics

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For much of last week, Jimmy Kimmel found himself enmeshed in a political debate as he spoke out against the Graham-Cassidy health care bill on his eponymous ABC late-night talk show and called out Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy himself for having "lied" to him.

While Kimmel's critics argued that the host should stay out of politics, numerous public figures came to Kimmel's defense, including The Daily Show alum Jordan Klepper.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter at this weekend's Tribeca TV Festival, Klepper's former Daily Show colleague Trevor Noah also said he supported Kimmel being a part of the »

- Hilary Lewis

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‘The Voice’: Season 13 Starts and Ends with a Four-Chair Turn

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The Voice returned for its 13th season tonight, with coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton returning to the chairs, joined by former Voice coach Miley Cyrus and newcomer Jennifer Hudson.

As usual, the Blind Auditions provided plenty of suspense and drama as the coaches tried to make their initial bids for artists.

Kicking off the season, worship leader and drag queen Chris Weaver sang “Try A Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding. Weaver’s soulful performance filled the room, and coaches Hudson and Levine turned right away. By the bridge, Shelton and Cyrus turned, too, giving Weaver the first four-chair turn of »

- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

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'Young Sheldon' Boss Explains the Series Premiere

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[This story contains spoilers from the series premiere of CBS' Young Sheldon as well as the season 11 premiere of The Big Bang Theory.]

Present-day Sheldon Cooper is now engaged to longtime girlfriend Amy on CBS' The Big Bang Theory. But in 1989 East Texas, a 9-year-old Sheldon (Iain Armitage) has entered high school, much to the chagrin of nearly his entire family — save for his mother, Mary (Zoe Perry) — on the network's prequel series Young Sheldon.

The spinoff, from exec producers Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and Emmy winner Jim Parsons — the latter who narrates his alter »

- Lesley Goldberg

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'Big Bang Theory' Boss Explains That Season 11 Premiere Double Shocker

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[This story contains spoilers from The Big Bang Theory's season 11 premiere, "The Proposal Proposal."]

Wedding bells are going to be ringing (again!) on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

CBS' nerdy comedy opened its 11th season Monday with Amy's (Mayim Bialik) almost immediate response to Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) marriage proposal, a resounding "yes" — setting the stage for the fan-favorite couple to officially tie the knot.

And while the gang celebrated their friends' engagement, there was another reason to rejoice: Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) stunned husband Howard (Simon Helberg) with the news that she's expecting their second child. The »

- Lesley Goldberg

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