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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 139: Emmy nominations, 'Sullivan & Son' and more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 139: Emmy nominations, 'Sullivan & Son' and more

Dan and Alan also review the 'Breaking Bad' premiere and another 'Buffy'


Time for a mid-week, Emmy heavy edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I discuss the nominations, try to review TBS' "Sullivan & Sons" as quickly as possible before moving on to the "Breaking Bad" premiere and a strange "Buffy" season 1 episode. Also, for those of you who didn't already see it on Twitter, here's the Emmy Rossum photo being discussed.

As mentioned on the show, our next podcast will be sometime next week, but not necessarily on Monday, as I'll have just arrived in LA for the TV critics press tour.

The line-up: 

Emmy Nominations (00:01:40 - 00:38:20)
"Sullivan and Son" (00:38:25 - 00:45:15)
"Breaking Bad" premiere (00:45:25 - 01:04:40)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (01:04:45 - 01:15:45)
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>Dave Grohl</p>

Dave Grohl

Watch: New trailer for Dave Grohl's documentary 'Sound City' with Tom Petty

John Fogerty, Butch Vig and Trent Reznor chime in

Dave Grohl has unspooled a new trailer for “Sound City,” the documentary the Foo Fighter directed and produced on the legendary Los Angeles recording studio.

Sound City is  where Grohl’s former band Nirvana recorded “Nevermind,” and where a number of other classic albums, including Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and “Fleetwood Mac,” Neil Young’s “After The Gold Rush,” and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Damn The Torpedoes” were recorded.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

Credit: AP Photo

Adam Lambert set to appear on 'Pretty Little Liars' in a Halloween special

'American Idol' finalist will perform two songs

So it looks like that “American Idol”  judge thing was just a rumor, but Adam Lambert is confirmed to appear on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” in a special Halloween edition.

The “American Idol” season eight runner up will appear in a scene with Lucy Hale and sing two songs, according to, which broke the news. No word on whether the two tunes will be from his new album, "Trespassing." 

The episode will begin shooting next week and it’s a good fit, says Seacrest, calling Lambert, “a Halloween party on two legs.”

Lambert, who is performing tonight at the OC Country Fair in Orange County, Calif., confirmed the news, tweeting today, “Yup--Imma be a Pretty Little Liar!” He and Hale also exchanged tweets about how excited they are for the taping.

The singer just wrapped up a series of four shows in Kiev and London with Queen.

Lambert's news comes a week after "90210" announced that Carly Rae Jepsen will appear on the season opener of the show in October.


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Pink writes two songs for Cher's new album and Cher loves them

Cher excitedly tweets about Pink's and Lady Gaga's contributions

Pink has written two songs for Cher’s new album and Cher couldn’t be more delighted. The constant tweeter took to Twitter to reveal the details late last night.

“Had meeting 2night w/Record Co. They love song I’ve done. Got 2 new! Pink wrote them! Co wants it out end yr. pic’d single,” Cher tweeted, including a photo of herself taken in a mirror looking a little serious for such happy news. The album will be Cher's first set of new studio material in more than a decade.

[More after the jump...]

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Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham lead Emmy Nomination Winners & Losers

Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham lead Emmy Nomination Winners & Losers

'Justified' and 'Parks and Recreation' are less lucky
Last night, I posted my full slate of Emmy nomination predictions for 10 major categories and then, at 5:40 this morning, I found out how foolish I am.
Actually, I got 44 of 61 nominees in the categories I predicted, which is a respectable 72 percent. I got all six of the Lead Actor Comedy nominees and six of seven Lead Actress Comedy nominees (and I shouldn't be responsible for not anticipating a tie. 
As I guessed last night, one of my mistakes was underestimating the chances for "Downton Abbey." Joanne Froggat was, I believe, the only nominee who I didn't even place in my "Some other notable candidates" slide. Big ooops there. I also assumed xenophobia would give Elizabeth McGovern the advantage over the far more deserving Michelle Dockery, so... Yay!
A lot of the nominees that I missed -- folks like Jared Harris, Kathryn Joosten and Hugh Bonneville -- were relatively high up among contenders, but I know why I didn't predict them.
Anyway... I think that makes me both a Winner and a Loser on Emmy Nomination Morning.
Here's a gallery of other Winners & Losers.
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<p>Naomi Watts in &quot;The Impossible.&quot;</p>

Naomi Watts in "The Impossible."

Credit: Summit Entertainment

Summit primes 'The Impossible' for awards season

Juan Antonio Bayona's tsunami drama will open on December 21

We've had "The Impossible" -- a true-life survival drama set against the tragedy of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami -- in our Contenders section for a while now, though for whatever reason, it's been languishing in the lower reaches of our category lists. Perhaps it's the question mark of Spanish genre director Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Orphanage") handling his first English-language production. Perhaps it's that Naomi Watts, good actress though she is, has had such a tepid run of recent projects. Perhaps it's that the thought of a film on that tragedy, however indirectly, conjures traumatic memories of Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter."

Or perhaps the film is, as some advance word suggests, is really strong, and could benefit from lying low. Certainly, Summit Entertainment -- who steered "The Hurt Locker" to Oscar glory nearly three years ago -- have high hopes for the Spanish production, and have just positioned it as their prime awards pony with the announcement of a December 21 release date.

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<p>Daniel Day-Lewis on the set of &quot;Lincoln.&quot;</p>

Daniel Day-Lewis on the set of "Lincoln."

Credit: Touchstone Pictures

'Lincoln' eases the pressure with a mid-November release

A wise move for a film feeling the burden of expectation?

Sorry, John Hawkes. Better luck next time, Joaquin Phoenix. Hard cheese, Hugh Jackman. Get your gracious-loser faces perfected, because this year's Best Actor Oscar has Daniel Day-Lewis's name written all over it. Again. Because, you know, he's frickin' Daniel Day-Lewis. And he's playing frickin' Abraham Lincoln. Try fighting that. Just try. What? Have I seen the movie? That's cute.

Such, at least, is the logic of numerous comment-thread denizens (and a hasty blogger or two) who began declaring the two-time Oscar champ a racing certainty as early as November last year, when the first on-set photos of his augustly bearded visage surfaced online. "Daniel Day-Lewis + Lincoln = Oscar," opined one Awards Daily reader. "It might as well be Meryl Streep playing Jesus Christ," agreed another. Just yesterday, a Hollywood Elsewhere regular ventured that "Phoenix is a threat to Day-Lewis like Mondale was a threat to Reagan... the [only] other pseudo-competition is the duo of Crow-Jackman in 'Les Miserables.'" Bold statements for four performances no one has yet clamped eyes on.

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<p>&quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;co-stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes were both nominated for Emmys.</p>

"Homeland" co-stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes were both nominated for Emmys.

Credit: Showtime

Emmys 2012: 'Homeland,' 'Girls' and 'American Horror Story' lead wave of new nominees

The return of 'Breaking Bad' and relocation of 'Downton Abbey' also led to big changes
By and large, the easiest way to be nominated for an Emmy is to have already been nominated for an Emmy. If you're lucky, you'll see maybe one or two new nominees per category each year.
In the 2011-12 TV season, though, there was so much obviously outstanding new work — or, in some cases, work by shows that weren't eligible a year ago — that there was more turnover in the nominations than in quite some time.
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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

Credit: Fox

Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' eliminates the bottom 4

We also get a preview of 'Step Up Revolution'

This week it's time to see how well a performance/elimination combo episode works for "SYTYCD." I'm guessing that it may actually be a boon to the show, which was ordered to double up as ratings flagged. While I'm a little worried that we'll lose the opportunity to see some of the impressive guest dancers that have come to the show in the past to fluff up the results show, that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make in order to tighten up what has been a pretty bloated program. Let's see if they can pull it off. 

As Cat ominously promises, 20 will start the show, but only 16 will survive, which makes this seem like a dance competition/horror movie musical. Which should be coming to a theater near you at some point anyway. 

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Predictions for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards
Credit: Matt Sayles/AP

Predictions for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards

All of this summer's Emmy nomination predictions in advance of Thursday's nods
Within 12 hours, all of these predictions for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Award nominations will be moot. Jimmy Kimmel (a late replacement for Nick Offerman) and Kerry Washington will have read their share of the nominees and the TV Academy will have released the rest and we'll all look foolish.
Maybe we'll all look foolish for having underestimated the appeal of "Smash" to the actor-heavy TV Academy, as the NBC musical-drama scooped up 15 nominations, including nods for the guys who played Ellis and Leo. For now, I've only got Anjelica Huston making the cut.
Maybe I'll look foolish for overestimating potential support for "Girls," which I have picking up a Comedy Series nod and a Lead Actress nod for Lena Dunham, but may prove too insular or too "New York" for Emmy voters. 
Maybe we'll all look foolish for not anticipating a "Modern Family" backlash. One of these years, the entire adult cast of the ABC comedy *won't* be nominated for Emmys. I don't think this'll be the year and I've got nominations predicted for everybody, once again. Or maybe this is the year Emmy voters turn on "30 Rock" and boot Tina Fey or Alec Baldwin? I don't think so.
Maybe I'll look foolish for assuming that "Downton Abbey" will build on last year's momentum in the movies/miniseries field and make a strong showing in the drama categories. Or maybe I'll look foolish for not predicting more nominations for "Downton Abbey." 
Anyway, that's why you post prediction lists, either to look brilliant or to look foolish. I'm counting on foolishness.
For my final nomination predictions, I'm sticking with the Top 6 I selected in my epic Emmy handicapping galleries. I stared at the fields for many hours to come up with those galleries and spend thousands of words depending those guesses, so I might as well stand by them, even if I no longer remember the reasons for some of those anticipated nods. Like I know why I like Max Greenfield on "New Girl," but why the heck did I put him at No. 6 in my gallery, rather than Nick Offerman? Or why did I predict that all of the Showtime "comedy" leading ladies were going to drop out of that nomination field? I don't know.
But at 5:40 a.m. Pacific tomorrow morning, we'll get our answers.
Here are the full predictions in the 10 main fields, category-by-category (plus Sepinwall's wish-lists):
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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

Credit: CBS

'Big Brother' recap: Mike 'Boogie' learns his game isn't as good as he thinks

The 'All-Stars' winner discovers he can't manipulate the girls
I have to say, I'm rooting for coaches Britney and Janelle to knock Dan and Mike "Boogie" out of the game as soon as possible, if for no other reason than their smug belief that the girls were just stoopid and they were superior life forms. Since neither of them seem to have gotten the memo, it's 2012, women can vote, and in the last month or so a report was released saying the average IQ of women just surpassed that of men. Okay, I'm not saying anyone who'd appear on this show is exactly a brain surgeon, but I'm all for knocking down the smugness a peg or two.
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<p>Carly Rae Jepsen</p>

Carly Rae Jepsen

Credit: AP Photo

Carly Rae Jepsen goes for week six atop the Bilboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe'

Pink and Katy Perry have wonderful weeks as well

It’s a good week for women on the Billboard Hot 100 as Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” stays at No. 1, while both Katy Perry and Pink make great strides  as well.

Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” the first single from forthcoming album “The Truth About Love,” blows into the top 10 this week, catapulting 58-9. “Kiss” makes an even dozen Top 10 hits for Pink, leaving her only behind Rihanna and Beyonce for the most top 10s by any female since 2000.  Perry’s “Wide Awake,” climbs 4-3 on the Billboard 100 and topples “Call Me” from the No. 1 spot on  Billboard’s Digital Songs chart.

Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa stays at No. 2 while Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”  slips 3-4. Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” remains at No. 5.

In addition to Pink’s flight into the top 10, Flo Rida’s “Whistle” gains five places to stop at No. 7. “Whistle” is his third top 10 from current album, “Wild Ones,” following “Good Feeling” and the title track, according to Billboard.

Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” stays No. 6, David Guetta’s “Titanium” featuring Sia falls one to No. 9 and Usher’s “Scream” stays at No. 10.

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