Nuggets: Fall TV ratings in perspective; NY Film Festival begins

“X-Files” creator Chris Carter set to return to television: “… Carter is set to write, direct and executive produce a mystery drama with a female lead for MRC. The company, which hopes to go straight to series on the project, is expected to start pitching the show to networks in the next few weeks. Carter had had the idea for the action series for a while and earlier this year pitched it to MRC, which has been teaming with A-list film and TV auspices. The company most recently sold the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey drama ‘House Of Cards’ to Netflix with a two-season order.” DEADLINE

What new fall shows TV shows have improved from their pilots, and which haven’t? “… because of taxing production schedules, the networks only send out pilots to critics because nothing else is ready, so these new shows are applauded or derided solely on these odd, introductory episodes. In the interest of fairness, we checked back in on the second installments of eight of the season’s most praised or mocked new series — from ‘Up All Night‘ and ‘New Girl‘ to ‘The X Factor‘ and ‘Prime Suspect‘ — to see if things changed, for better or worse, and ranked them from least to most improved.” VULTURE

Should talent agents be allowed to vote for Oscars? “It seems there is always some talent agency honcho who revives the decades-old quest to gain Oscar voting rights for agents. The subject always comes up, but the answer, whatever the merits of the idea, will always be the same. It will NEVER happen … The fact is they’ve never even gotten close to those rights even when complaining that PR people have their own branch and get to vote. In recent years, the Academy has tightened requirements for every branch, including Public Relations, and now insist they have a rigid format for admission.” DEADLINE

David Rooney reviews “Newsies the Musical”: “With its spring-loaded backflips, airborne spins, rambunctious kicks and balletic pivots, the athletic ensemble in ‘Newsies the Musical,’ which opened on Sunday at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J., puts up a persuasive struggle against corporate greed. But the irrepressible physicality of that scrappy band of ragamuffins is just part of what turns this canny stage transformation of Disney’s 1992 big-screen misfire into a crowd pleaser.” NEW YORK TIMES

The New York Film Festival kicks off tonight: “In its 49th year, the festival, which is held at Lincoln Center, will showcase 27 films including the world premiere of ‘My Week with Marilyn‘ starring Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh. Once the sole film festival in New York and arguably highbrow, this year’s events range from a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Gold Rush’ with a live performance by the New York philharmonic to four separate chances to see Alexander Payne’s ‘The Descendants.'” WALL STREET JOURNAL

TV ratings aren’t what they used to be: “The 2011 TV season is officially under way, and most of the shows have done pretty respectably, particularly the comedies — where 10 million viewers now certifies a show as a hit. (Congratulations, ‘Suburgatory,’ ‘New Girl,’ and ‘2 Broke Girls.’) But there was a time not too long ago when shows premiered to three times that number: ‘Veronica’s Closet’ pulled in 35 million viewers for its premiere in 1997. Around 14 million people watched ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ every week.” VULTURE

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