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'The River' Finale: Will The River Let Them Go?

Unless there was more going on than was revealed in this final hour of " The River " (Tue., 9 p.m. ET on ABC), then it seemed like a lot of filler building up to a bizarre closing scene that was supposed to be tantalizing enough to leave viewers salivating at the prospect of a second season. But with ratings dropping from 7.59 million at the premiere to just above 4 million for its penultimate installment, renewal seems a long-shot at best. This final episode dealt primarily with the death and resurrection of Lincoln. He was shot down by Jonas and resurrected by Jahel and his mother in a weird ritual calling out to the spirit/demon of this particular river. But when Lincoln comes back, he's not quite the same, as the demon has taken hold of his body. He takes out Jonas, frames Kurt so he can threaten and beat him up in private, but gets taken down by his libido, allowing Lena to come close and then taking a swig of a drink she drugged to take him down. From there, it's revealed that no ritual will pull the demon out. Instead, it takes Lincoln's will fighting his way out, meaning Emmet needs to reach out and say all those emotional things he's been holding back, talking about regrets from the past and hope for the future. It works and then Lincoln is free. So that's it? Not really addressed is exactly what Emmet was hoping to find, nor the significance of Lena's birthmark -- Emmet blows her off when she tries to ask about it. But they'll apparently have plenty of time to find out as "the river" isn't done with them yet. It waited until they were nearly out of it before simply rearranging the jungle around them, as well as its own course. Will it ever let them out? Will viewers ever find out? "The River" wrapped its first -- and only? -- season on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.

'The River': Leslie Hope previews season finale, explains Tess' flaws

Tess Cole (Leslie Hope) is probably the strongest woman on the Amazon. The character from "The River" has endured any number of horrors already, including being nearly drowned, all in the name of finding her husband. As the show readies for its season finale on Tuesday (March 20), Hope talks about her character's strengths and flaws, how acting is different versus on typical dramas, what fans can expect in the episode and what Season 2 might bring.Here's what she said:On her character, Tess Cole: "[She's] a woman who starts driven and determined with a core belief that her husband is still alive. And completely defined by her love for him and the fact that her family cannot be truly complete and she can't be complete unless he has this man in her life."On any concerns that Tess has, both for the safety of the crew and regarding the mission: "She does have moments of doubt,...

The River (ABC) “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” Episode 8 (Season Finale)

The River  “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” Episode 8 TUESDAY MARCH 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television  Network . Episode Synopsis: With a course now plotted for their final destination, the Magus crew suddenly finds itself in complete chaos when a member of their own is shot dead, leading Jahel to call upon the spirit of the Boiuna to help, against the wishes of her Father . The crew’s quest is threatened further by the unknown killer, as the situation continues to spiral out of control, on the season finale of “The River ,” TUESDAY MARCH 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More...  

TV ratings: 'New Girl' down a bit, 'Fashion Star' takes 18-49 in its slot

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 13, 2012Reruns of "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" still ruled Tuesday night, winning the most viewers for the 8 and 9 o'clock hours on CBS, but NBC's "The Biggest Loser" was up a bit over last week.Elsewhere, "Cougar Town" held steady again this week, while "New Girl" was down a bit -- though the FOX show did hang onto the top spot for viewers age 18-49. The 90-minute "Fashion Star" premiere found 4.7 million viewers for its first half-hour, though it dropped off to 4.4 million by the end.CBS won for total viewers for the night with 10.4 million and a 6.7 rating/11 share in households. NBC was a more distant second (5.45 million, 3.5/6) with ABC coming in very close behind (5.44 million, 3.6/6). FOX had 4.2 million (2.6/4) and The CW got 1.2 million (0.8/1).There was a three-way tie for the 18-49 demographic for the night rating...

The River (ABC) “The Experiment” Episode 7

The River  “Doctor Emmet Cole” Episode 6  TUESDAY MARCH 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television  Network. Episode Synopsis : The Magus crew find themselves in a stark predicament as they’re stalked by a cannibalistic terror while searching through an abandoned research facility following mysterious clues that suggest Dr. Emmet Cole may still be alive. Read More...  

'The River' - 'Dr. Emmet Cole': Man vs. wild

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews "Dr. Emmet Cole," the March 6 episode of ABC's "The River," in which Bruce Greenwood takes center stage in a very strong hour.

'The River': Shocking Suprise On Emmet Cole's Lost Tapes

It was tapes on tapes on " The River " (Tue., 9 p.m. EST on Fox). The found footage thriller series also gave viewers more than ever seen before on Emmet Cole and his final quest into the jungle. When the crew tracks him to a waterfall, they find his pack filled with equipment and recordings, but no Emmet. For the first time, no nefarious forces were out to get the rescue team, as the action switched entirely to the recordings uncovered. In them, Emmet's quest for the source of magic -- or whatever he was after -- saw him lose on man to skinning and another woman to simply running away. But he also revealed a deep passion and love still for his estranged wife Tess. When the woman admitted to a schoolboy crush, he rebuffed her advances saying that while they may be separated, they're not separated in his heart. The recordings also showed the final phone call he had with his son Lincoln. It was a sat phone call where Lincoln could barely hear his father, but he basically brushed him off. By this point, Emmet was alone in his quest and going downhill fast. He went so far as to nearly break down and kill his dog for sustenance, but he refrained. And when he was unable to perform the whistle to call off the evil spirits that had killed and skinned his earlier associate, he thought it was the end for him. It was at this point, Tess and Lincoln were astonished to hear someone else whistle off the spirit. Then the footage show a mysterious group of natives gather up Emmet and deposit his prone body at the fence of an outpost, where he was seen by the people inside. Then, apparently, the natives took his pack to the falls anyway where his family could find it. When the rescue team made it to the outpost, though, they found the fence collapsed and no one in evidence inside. If Emmet Cole was rescued there by teams of people mere months ago, what's happened since? Find out as "The River" continues Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.

The River (ABC) “Doctor Emmet Cole” Episode 6

The River  “Doctor Emmet Cole” Episode 6 TUESDAY MARCH 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABCTelevision Network . Episode Synopsis: The Magus crew continue their trek to the Sahte Falls where they discover  Emmet’scamera bag . Upon further examination of the tapes within it, they find some powerful footage of Emmet that shows him spiraling out of control, and it leads the crew further into the Amazon. Meanwhile, Lena reveals a secret she’s been carrying to a fellow crew member, on “The River,” TUESDAY MARCH 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More...  

'The River': Escaping The Exodus By Sunrise

" The River " (Tue., 9 p.m. EST on ABC) mixed up the formula when the crew of The Magus encountered the crew of another ship, The Exocus, for the first time since the series premiere. It was perfect timing, as The Magus had just been run aground by another ship and suffered damage they couldn't repair without some new parts. But then again, what happened to that first ship? Was The Magus crew perhaps so excited to see new people, that they let their guard down. After all the crazy things they've seen over the course of the series, they pretty quickly dismissed the disappearing ship that had run them aground, embracing this new crew with little to no suspicion. Only Captain Brynildson was cautious enough to take advantage of the fact that The Magus is completely wired with cameras. That's something the crew of The Exodus may have overlooked. Or more likely, just dismissed as no big deal. Considering their captain took shots point-blank from Brynildson and barely slowed down, their lack of caution is pretty understandable. As it turned out, The Exodus is a ghost ship, and its crew are spirits trapped on the boat until they can find replacement bodies to allow them freedom during the day. With very little trouble, they managed to grab four crew members, including Lena. On The Exodus, she got a tear-filled surprise when it was realized that her father was on board. He was Emmet Cole's cameraman, and had been missing as long as Cole. Unfortunately, she tragically learned that while he may have been held captive below decks, he was as much a spirit and trapped on the ghost ship as the other four crew members. The show did a great job of building tension toward sunrise as the crew of the Magus had until then to save their friends or lose them forever. It was a nail-biter, but everyone got off in time and The Exodus was set to burn, including Russ Landry. "The River" continues Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.

TV ratings: 'The River' starts modestly for ABC, 'NCIS' 200th scores for CBS Tuesday

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012The 200th episode of "NCIS" delivered big numbers for CBS Tuesday night, leading the network to an across-the-board ratings win in primetime. "The River," meanwhile, didn't make a very big splash for ABC with its two-hour premiere.Elsewhere, "Glee" came down some after last week's Michael Jackson-fueled bump, and "Ringer" fell in its second week back on The CW.CBS ran away with the total-viewer title for the night, drawing 16.2 million people and a 10.1 rating/16 share in households. That was more than double the total for second-place ABC (7.6 million, 4.7/7). FOX took third with 6.75 million viewers and a 4.1/6, topping NBC's 5.8 million and 3.7/6. The CW (1.25 million, 0.8/1) was well off the pace.The adults 18-49 battle was a lot closer, but CBS still came out on top, scoring a 3.1 rating to edge out FOX's 3.0. ABC took third with a 2.4, followed by...