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NBC exec says there's no time to nurture TV shows anymore. Is she right?

Back in 1991, 9.7 percent of television households watched George Costanza embarrass himself via answering machine on Feb. 13, when the fourth episode of Seinfeld’s second season aired. By today’s standards, that number — and the 13 million viewers that came with it — would make Seinfeld the most-watched show on TV. Even Sunday Night Football, last season’s biggest eyeball-grabber, earned a rating of just 8.2 — two full points above the season’s second place show, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory.

But before the days of DVRs, increased cable competition, and the vast wilds of the Internet, a 9.7 rating wasn’t so impressive — especially coming after weeks of dwindling viewership. NBC would have been within its rights to can the show then and there. Instead, the network chose to hold onto Seinfeld — after putting it on a two-month hiatus.

The rest, of course, is history. Barring a few dips here and there, Seinfeld returned stronger than ever, racking up ratings as well as Emmy nominations. By season 5, it was the third-most watched show on television; by season 6 it was number one.

The Seinfeld story should be a comfort to any showrunner with a beloved but under-watched program. Unfortunately, according to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, it’s a trajectory that’s just not possible anymore. “With deteriorating ratings the tolerance for a show that’s struggling is just shorter than it’s ever been,” she told TV critics at TCA over the weekend. “So it’s frustrating for all of us that you can’t take the time to nurture a show and grow the audience as much as you might want to.”
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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Epdochat:

”No female role model has the last name Minaj.”

–Sheila (Ana Gasteyer) on Suburgatory

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Epdochat: 

“What should I do, Jill? Tell me! You’re the strongest white woman I know… besides P!nk.”


 Dallas Royce (Cheryl Hines) asking Jill (Gillian Vigman) for advice on Suburgatory

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Jay: 

“You have a perfect body. That’s your cross to bear. Mine’s that I’m a lady in the street and a freak in the bed.”


 Lisa (Allie Grant) to Ryan (Parker Young) on Suburgatory

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Wednesday Feb. 27  and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Ralphie:

“Alex is Michael Vick. She screwed up, things got ugly, dogs died.”

Noah (Alan Tudyk) on Suburgatory

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TV Jukebox: ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ ‘CSI,’ ‘The Good Wife,’ and more music-on-TV moments

Kate Winslet's 'Titanic' screen test features awkward dialogue, Jeremy Sisto as Jack

Can you imagine a Titanic in which Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t play Jack Dawson? Most likely, the answer is “no.” DiCaprio’s celebrity is completely, inextricably linked with that character — and it’s nigh on impossible to picture a different actor calling himself the “king of the world,” or teaching Rose DeWitt Bukater how to spit like a man, or slowly sinking to the bottom of the Atlantic.

Of course, there was a time when James Cameron hadn’t yet cast DiCaprio. Before the director decided on that kid from What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, he also had another up-and-comer in mind: Elton from Clueless.

That’s right: Jeremy Sisto was once a contender for the role that made DiCaprio an international sensation. And after watching the clip below — which happens to be a blonde Kate Winslet’s first Titanic screen test — you’ll see why Cameron made the right choice.

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Season Finale Awards: Vote now!

The polls are officially open in our third annual readers’ choice Season Finale Awards. Now through Monday, vote for your favorites — or least favorites — in 20 categories. We’ll crown the winners Tuesday. READ FULL STORY

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