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<p>Veteran producers Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes will have &quot;Scandal,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;Grey's Anatomy&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Private Practice&quot;&nbsp;all on the air at the same time this spring.</p>

Veteran producers Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes will have "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" all on the air at the same time this spring.

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Interview: Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers on 'Scandal,' 'Grey's Anatomy' and the state of ShondaLand

From TV rookies to seasoned veterans, the duo creates a Washington, D.C. drama with Kerry Washington
Producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers have had more public years on the job than this one since "Grey's Anatomy" premiered on ABC seven years ago. There was that debut season, obviously, where "Grey's" went from ABC afterthought (it was only supposed to have the post-"Desperate Housewives" timeslot for four weeks before giving way to "Boston Legal") into pop culture sensation. Or there were the various periods of controversy involving Isaiah Washington and/or Katherine Heigl, or various stories that proved divisive among "Grey's" viewership (ghost sex! George and Izzie!).
I'm not sure the partnership has had a busier year than this one, though. "Grey's" is still chugging along, but original stars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey aren't under contract for next season, and episodes have to be written not knowing if one or both of Meredith and Derek will be leaving. Spin-off "Private Practice," after years of airing in a protected post-"Grey's" timeslot, will be moved to another night (albeit after the "Dancing with the Stars" results show) starting Tuesday, April 17.
The Thursday at 10 slot, meanwhile, will go this week to "Scandal," the Rhimes-created drama about powerful Washington, D.C. fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), who once was very close to the sitting president before leaving his staff to start up her own crisis management firm. The character's inspired by real-life D.C. crisis expert Judy Smith, who's a producer on the series, which co-stars Henry Ian Cusick and Columbus Short as members of Olivia's large team, Tony Goldwyn as the president and Jeff Perry (Thatcher Grey from "Grey's") as his chief of staff, among others(*).
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Listen: T.I.'s new album gets an 'official' first single, 'Love This Life'

Is this a good direction for TIP's hustle?

T.I. isn't the best singer, but he got a fitting hook and an easy beat for "Love This Life," which his label Grand Hustle/Atlantic is dubbing as the first single from long-awaited album "Trouble Man."

So a centerpiece for "Man" is T.I.'s woman, on whom he spends his energy with "Love This Life."

"You know, you love / Bitch, you know you love this life/ Don't nobody do you like me," T.I. reiterates on the refrain. Because if there's one thing that ladies love, is being told what they like. And to be called bitch.

Beyond some obvious strain between romance and being a hustler, T.I. has dropped a generally likeable, Mars-produced track, his flow bounding after the beat with ease and an accessible drum sample that could take it to top 40 and not just the rap charts.

No insight has been revealed as to when to expect "Trouble Man" except "later this year; there have been some fits and starts in getting an album proper from TIP ever since he left the pokey in late summer last year. He's launched his reality show "T.I & Tiny: The Family Hustle," put out a book last fall, premiered a mixtape on New Year's Day in 2012 and has dropped a few promotional singles with "I'm Flexin'" featuring Big K.R.I.T. as the biggest standout. It didn't track so big with crossover radio, so maybe that's why there's a push with "Love."

T.I. is on tap as producer of Iggy Azalea's forthcoming debut album "The New Classic"; he will also star along side of Kelsey Grammer in Starz series "Boss."

What do you think of "Love This Life?"

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<p>Blake Lively and Benecio Del Toro co-star in 'Savages,' which just got a poster today.</p>

Blake Lively and Benecio Del Toro co-star in 'Savages,' which just got a poster today.

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Striking graphic posters for 'Savages,' 'Carrie,' and 'ABCs Of Death' impress

Is a poster 'fan made' when it's made by the actual filmmaker?

I spend more time disappointed by movie posters these days than not.  Sure, I love the sort of secondary posters that Mondo is doing, but those aren't the actual theatrical release one-sheets for the most part.

No, instead, we are treated to an endless sea of photoshopped images and movie star faces, unimaginative art that seems to all look like it was made by the same marketing intern.  It's a real drag, especially for a movie fan who grew up in an age where movie posters became just as much of an art as the films they advertised.

It's always nice when I see a poster that stands out, but to see three posters in the span of 24 hours that all seem to be strong graphic treatments of upcoming movies… well, that's rare like a Bigfoot sighting, and worth a mention.

One thing's for sure… Kim Pierce appears to be very excited about her upcoming remake of "Carrie."

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<p>Lionel Richie</p>

Lionel Richie

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Preview: Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry and more salute Lionel Richie on CBS Special

Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney party all night long

 Every year, the night after the Academy of Country Music Awards CBS takes advantage of having the talent still in town and tapes a themed special that will air a few weeks later.

This year, it was the turn of country’s new goodwill ambassador, Lionel Richie. As you know, last week the R&B/pop superstar released “Tuskegee.” Named after his hometown, the album is a collection of his greatest hits performed by Richie with current and veteran country acts.

The album, which was originally projected to sell less 50,000 copies in its opening week, according to sources, blew out the door and will move around 190,000 copies: enough to land at No. 1 on Wednesday’s Billboard Country Albums chart and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, right behind Madonna’s “MDNA.” It will be Richie’s highest debuting album in 24 years.

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<p>Katy Perry in &quot;Part of Me 3D&quot;</p>

Katy Perry in "Part of Me 3D"

Watch: Katy Perry reveals her upbringing in 'Part of Me 3D' trailer

When will the concert doc come to your town?

If you are a Katy Perry fan, there’s only one place you’re going to get your fireworking self to on the fourth of July weekend, and that’s to the theater to see “Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D.”

The trailer for the concert film appeared today and revealed that the movie will be much more than a straight-ahead performance flick.  In the clip below, she talks about growing up in a “100% Christian” environment. She started singing in church and there was never any other plan. “If you have a dream, you have to go on a journey to fulfill that dream,” she adds in giving the trailer an aspirational and inspirational feel.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Could you cast a modern version of &quot;Cheers&quot;&nbsp;starring only &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;actors?</p>

Could you cast a modern version of "Cheers" starring only "Parks and Recreation" actors?

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Recast Away: 'Cheers'

Is Pawnee, IN also a place where everybody knows your name?

Okay, so last week, as a goof, I invited first Twitter, and then the commenters here, to see if you could recast "Gilligan's Island" using only actors from the same show. 130+ enthusiastic comments later, it occurred to me that we might be onto something here. So as an experiment, we're going to try this again. Maybe it was just a one-time thing that we'll get bored with quickly, maybe it's something we can keep going for a few weeks before it runs out of steam, or maybe it is something that can just run FOREVER, until we're trying to figure out which actors from "Deadwood" would be best-suited to star in a new version of "My Mother the Car." We'll play it by ear.

For today, I'm going to respond to a Twitter request on that first night to try this game with "Cheers," which remains one of my all-time favorite sitcoms (and which the smart folks at The AV Club have been analyzing weekly for a while.) Wanting to try to recast a sitcom with a sitcom, I again thought of "Community," since Joel McHale seems an easy choice to play Sam, while Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs would, respectively, make a strong Diane and Rebecca. (The hair color's reversed, but I care less about appearance than getting at the essence of the character.) After that, though, things started to get sketchy, until I wound up casting Ken Jeong as Norm because there was nobody better in the main cast.

Then I tried "Parks and Recreation," where I found the opposite to be true: it was simplicity itself to fill all the supporting and even recurring roles with people from the world of Pawnee, but a pain to cast any of the leads. Here's the best I could do, with some explanation, but it's not perfect:

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<p>Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio play... oh, come on, it's 'Titanic.'&nbsp; Do I really need to explain?</p>

Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio play... oh, come on, it's 'Titanic.'  Do I really need to explain?

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Review: 'Titanic 3D' is technically impressive remaster but to what end?

James Cameron's update is best case scenario for post-conversion

I don't think I ever wrote a review of "Titanic."

I'm not sure, though.  I know I was already contributing reviews to Ain't It Cool in 1997.  I'm pretty sure I sent material to Ain't It Cool as early as 1996.  I know I was writing reviews for newsgroups as early as 1995.  But for some reason, I don't think I ever wrote a review of James Cameron's massive cultural event, which seems strange to me now.

After all, I've been a James Cameron fan since the moment my first screening of "The Terminator" ended in 1984.  And working in Los Angeles, it was impossible not to be aware of and fascinated by the stories of what was happening on the set of "Titanic".  What I found most interesting was that Cameron was getting a reputation as the guy who made the most expensive film of all time every time out, and each time, those big bets seemed to be paying off.  "Terminator 2."  "True Lies."    Giant expensive gambles that managed to shrug off the reports of trouble that plagued them during production.  But at a time when $100 million was still considered a lot of money to spend on a movie, "Titanic" was at least twice that, delayed, a nightmare, the moment he was bound to fail.

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Ashley de la Rosa

Ashley de la Rosa is a top contender on Team Christina

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'The Voice' recap: First live show

Team Christina takes an early lead with an inspirational favorite and a few relevant pop contenders

Finally, the competition truly begins as Team Christina and her "singers from every genre" face off against Team Blake's "unique sounding vocalists." (We'll see Team Adam and Team Cee-Lo next week.)

It's been weeks since they filmed those battles and a few things have changed: Adam has less hair, Cee-Lo has more (thanks to a wig), Christina dropped the ridiculous hat and covered up her cleavage and Blake...looks like Blake.

Christina "could not be more thrilled about what's going to happen tonight," while Blake thinks "it's gonna be tough. America is gonna know what it was like for us going through those battle rounds, it's hard to make a decision."

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in &quot;The Hunger Games&quot; -- the box office story of the first quarter, but does it have any Oscar hopes?</p>

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in "The Hunger Games" -- the box office story of the first quarter, but does it have any Oscar hopes?

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Digging for gold in 2012's first quarter

Could 'Mirror, Mirror,' 'The Deep Blue Sea' or 'The Hunger Games' resurface at Oscar time?

So, the first quarter of the release calendar is complete. If it doesn't exactly feel that way, that's because we tend to spend the first two months of every year fixating on the previous year's movies still in the hunt for Oscar glory, giving short shrift to the freshly released right under our noses. For Oscar-watchers, at least, there's a reason for that, though you can debate the chicken-or-egg root of it all: first-quarter films don't tend to feature much in the awards race nearly a year later.

With voters' memories notoriously short, studios rarely risk releasing top-category awards material this early in the year. You have to go back to 2000 to find a Best Picture nominee that hit theaters before April: "Erin Brockovich," which rather impressively locked up an Oscar for Julia Roberts over a year in advance. Last year, only two eventual Oscar nominees -- in any category -- opened in the first quarter, though one of them eventually proved an above-the-line winner: "Rango" took Best Animated Feature, while fellow March baby "Jane Eyre" snagged a Costume Design nod. The year before, the animation and design were also the kindest fields to the first quarter: "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Wolfman" won in craft categories, while "How to Train Your Dragon" scored a nod in the toon race.

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<p>Donald Glover's stand-up is front and center in the new one-hour special 'Weirdo'</p>

Donald Glover's stand-up is front and center in the new one-hour special 'Weirdo'

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One Thing I Love Today: Donald Glover does stand-up in new DVD 'Weirdo'

The 'Community' star reveals yet another aspect of his personality

I'm not 100% sure the people who released the DVD version of Donald Glover's one-hour stand-up special "Weirdo" actually watched the special.  When you watch the disc, all the previews are for black-themed entertainment of the Tyler Perry school, very specifically targeted, and none of them remotely similar to the work that Glover does.

I first became aware of Donald and his work when I saw "Mystery Team" at Sundance a few years ago, and it's amazing how quickly things have blown up for him.  Little wonder, though.  He is a prodigiously talented guy, and in many ways, he represents the ideal for how you have to be willing to work these days, doing any number of different things.  He was a staff writer for "30 Rock," he's a star on "Community," he's releasing albums as Childish Gambino, and, yes, he's got his own comedy material that he does.

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<p>Katie Couric, Meryl Streep and director Lee Hirsch at a March 20 special screening of &quot;Bully&quot;&nbsp;in New York City.</p>

Katie Couric, Meryl Streep and director Lee Hirsch at a March 20 special screening of "Bully" in New York City.

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'Bully' director reflects on the grassroots movements his new doc has spawned

Lee Hirsch grateful for contributing to a national debate on two issues

A pleasant surprise at the box office this past weekend was the limited debut of "Bully." Normally, Lee Hirsch's documentary would have generated a significant amount of press just because of its timely subject matter, but a very public battle over the MPAA's unexpected R-rating for the film (due to language) turned things up a notch. While the film has become a centerpiece for a national conversation about bullying of kids in America whether in school or in your local neighborhood, the latter news resulted in unexpected support including a campaign from teenager Katy Butler whose petition to convince the MPAA to drop the film's rating ruling to PG-13 has garnered over 500,000 signatures so far.  A passion project for Harvey Weinstein, who acquired the picture at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, the doc hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles this weekend unrated and grossed a stellar $115,000 or $23,000 per screen. 

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 122

Dan and Alan talk 'Magic City,' 'Scandal,' 'Shameless,' 'Mad Men' and more


Happy Monday, Boys and Girls. 
It's time for a late-afternoon installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, pushed a little bit because I needed to watch "Mad Men" and then a little bit more because Skype problems sabotaged two segments. This would not have happened if we'd won MegaMillions last week and upgraded our technology. Boo.
Anyway, it's an extremely packed show, featuring reviews of "Scandal," "Best Friends Forever" and "Magic City," plus the new season of "Nurse Jackie." We also discussed the "Shameless" finale and, of course, last night's "Mad Men."
Here's the breakdown:
"Best Friends Forever" (00:02:15 - 00:12:00)
"Scandal" (00:12:00 - 00:25:20)
"Magic City" (00:25:20 - 00:41:10)
"Nurse Jackie" (00:41:10 - 00:50:55)
Listener Mail: "Community" vs. Chevy Chase (00:51:15 - 00:59:45)
"Shameless" finale (00:59:45 - 01:10:45)
"Mad Men" (01:10:50 - 01:31:45)

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.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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