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<p>Aziz Ansari from &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;has just released a new stand-up comedy special on his website. </p>

Aziz Ansari from "Parks and Recreation" has just released a new stand-up comedy special on his website.

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Interview: 'Parks and Recreation' co-star Aziz Ansari self-releases a comedy special

With 'Dangerously Delicious,' he's following the Louis C.K. model

Back in December, when Louis C.K. self-released his stand-up special "Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater," I wondered which entertainer might be equipped to follow in his footsteps, cut out the middle man and take their product directly to the public.

Well, the next one to try is a familiar face around these parts: Aziz Ansari, aka Tom Haverford on "Parks and Recreation," who's self-releasing his new stand-up special "Dangerously Delicious" via his website, AzizAnsari.com, under much the same model C.K. used with "Live at the Beacon." He paid to have it produced, is charging $5 for it, etc.

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<p>Jeffrey Dean Morgan and friends in &quot;Magic City&quot;&nbsp;can celebrate a second season already.</p>

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and friends in "Magic City" can celebrate a second season already.

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Starz renews 'Magic City' before it debuts

Period drama will be back for a second season regardless of how it performs

HBO the last few years has developed a pattern where it renews most of its series within two days of their premiere. Chris Albrecht, who used to run HBO, is trying to do his old home one better from his new position as CEO of Starz, renewing shows before they've even debuted.

Albrecht did it back in the fall with Kelsey Grammer in "Boss," and how he's done it with "Magic City," which won't even debut until April 6 but already has an order for a 10-episode second season.

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<p>David Walton and Amanda Peet in &quot;Bent.&quot;</p>

David Walton and Amanda Peet in "Bent."

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Review: NBC's 'Bent' offers snappy banter and strong chemistry from Amanda Peet and David Walton

Romantic comedy deserves better than weird mid-season burn-off scheduling
"Bent," the charming new romantic comedy that debuts tomorrow night at 9 on NBC, gets its title from the credo of the main character's father, a struggling actor who responds to adversity by insisting "I am bent, not broken."
 
That credo applies just as well to several of the show's main characters. Our hero, surfer dude contractor Pete Riggins (David Walton), is a recovering gambling addict who has blown up most of the relationships in his life but is just charming enough to keep getting second, third and fifth chances. Our heroine — and Pete's potential love interest — is Alex (Amanda Peet), uptight corporate lawyer and single mom still putting back the pieces of her life after her ex-husband went to prison for white collar crime. Alex's daughter Charlie (Joey King) is really struggling with her father's incarceration, and finds herself more comfortable with Pete than with her mom's perfectly nice doctor boyfriend Ben (Matt Letscher).
 
They are damaged, but not beyond repair, just as most of the work Pete and his lazy crew do on Alex's kitchen remodel has to be redone a time or six.
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<p>Bernadette Peters and Megan Hilty in &quot;Smash.&quot;</p>

Bernadette Peters and Megan Hilty in "Smash."

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'Smash' - 'The Workshop': Get me rewrite!

Bernadette Peters sings some 'Gypsy,' and investors get to see 'Marilyn: the Musical'

A review of tonight's "Smash" coming up just as soon as I have stupid gaydar...

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris and Becki Newton again show some skin on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Neil Patrick Harris and Becki Newton again show some skin on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Broath': Quinn-tervention

Good character beats but not a lot of laughs this week

A quick review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I've got a monk guy...

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<p>Alabama Shakes at SXSW</p>

Alabama Shakes at SXSW

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SXSW Superlatives: Best in show, from Alabama Shakes to Youth Lagoon

Escort, Cloud Nothings, M. Ward, The Men, Nas, Slaughterhouse and... the best food truck

More that 2,000 artists performed at the South By Southwest music conference this year. Sadly, I only saw a few dozen, and in bits. (However, more and more I'm led to believe that the 20-minute set is the way to go.) 

Below, I assign random and unscientific superlatives to some of the bands I saw, including shout-outs to Youth Lagoon, U.S. Royalty, Matthew Dear and Escort.
 
Where are Bruce Springsteen, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent and Eminem, Fiona Apple, Mumford & Sons and the other biggest acts? Check out "The 20 Things You Missed at SXSW 2012."
 
Most improved: Sharon Van Etten. I enjoyed this songwriter’s set last week, but what a difference electric makes. Now her arrangements are fleshier, her live shows more transcendent, and her voice as a singer and songwriter is better heard. She’s a bigger deal now and she knows it, in all the right ways.
 
Band that seemingly played the most shows the most days: Garden & Villa. Even if you wanted to avoid them – I didn’t – you couldn’t have missed them.
 
Most buzzed-about live band: Cloud Nothings. Elemental, punk, sheer and aware.
 
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<p>Fred Rogers, seen here with director Benjamin Wagner, is the subject of the beautiful new documentary 'Mr. Rogers and Me'</p>

Fred Rogers, seen here with director Benjamin Wagner, is the subject of the beautiful new documentary 'Mr. Rogers and Me'

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One Thing I Love Today: 'Mr Rogers and Me' celebrates the beloved TV host

A new documentary makes a case for Fred Rogers as a cultural giant and a moral hero

Tomorrow, March 20th, would have been the 84th birthday of Fred Rogers.  To commemorate the day, you'll be able to find the movie "Mr. Rogers and Me" on DVD, local PBS affiliates, and iTunes.  And if you are even remotely interested in the man and his work and his ongoing legacy, then I urge you to check it out.

I forgot I requested a screener for this one, so when I got home at 2:00 in the morning today from Austin, I was surprised to see it on the stack of things that arrived while I was gone.  I had to wait up for a while for the new "Snow White and the Huntsman" trailer to go live, so I figured I'd watch a few minutes of the documentary while I was waiting.

Of course I watched the entire thing, and of course there were about five or six places that brought tears to my eyes and of course it's a wonderful tribute to a wonderful person.

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<p>Christina Hendricks of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>
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Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 120

Dan and Alan talk 'Walking Dead,' 'Mad Men,' 'Touch,' 'Bent' and... Tim Tebow

The

Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
It's a really busy podcast this week. We have reviews of "Bent" and "Touch" and a spoiler-free take on the new season of "Mad Men." We devour the brains of the "Walking Dead" finale, answer some Listener Mail, talk about the cancelation of "Luck" and then, because we'd only done a solid 80-ish minutes of TV talk, we discussed Peyton Manning's apparently decision to sign with the Denver Broncos and what that means for Tim Tebow.
 
Whee!
 
Here's the breakdown:
"Bent" (00:01:20 - 00:14:20)
"Touch" (00:14:20 - 00:25:35)
"Mad Men" (00:25:35 - 00:33:50)
The cancelation of "Luck" (00:33:50 - 00:47:00)
Listener Mail: Following non-series content (00:47:25 - 00:53:15)
Listener Mail: Podcasts on TV (53:20 - 01:00:00)
"The Walking Dead" finale (01:00:10 - 01:16:35)
Peyton Manning versus Tim Tebow (01:16:45 - 01:36:20)

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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<p>Lil Wayne at SXSW</p>

Lil Wayne at SXSW

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20 things you missed at SXSW: Springsteen, Eminem, Kanye, Mumford & Sons

Biggest highlights from the fest: Bill Murray, naked guy, Fiona Apple, Weezy, doo-rag brawls

For those of us who survived, another South By Southwest Music Conference has come and gone, with a new slate of happenings for next year's programmers to topple. Check out 2012's biggest happenings below, from the Boss to Weezy.

+ Bruce Springsteen had some fine guests on the second big date of his "Wrecking Ball" tour. After an afternoon of delivering the keynote address, he was able to finally rock out and see some friends -- like Arcade Fire, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Tom Morello, Jimmy Cliff, the Low Anthem and the lead singer of the Animals.

+ Rick Ross -- speaking of Bawse -- was the surprise guest at Fader Fort on Saturday night to perform more than a dozen tracks.

+ Alejandro Escovedo had a visit from Springsteen earlier in the week, and then played host to a number of other musical cameos: R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Mike Mills, Jessie Malin, Jon Langford and Lenny Kaye all showed. Johnny Depp… maybe did?

+ 50 Cent was joined by several special guests, including Eminem, Kidd Kidd, Precious Paris and Governor, during his performance of "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" from front to back.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 120: 'Mad Men,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Bent' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 120: 'Mad Men,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Bent' & more

Dan and Alan also talk about the 'Luck' cancellation, review more 'Touch' and answer your mail

The

It's a long, and at times strange, Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, one where we wound up spending more time talking about the Denver Broncos quarterback situation than we did the "Mad Men" season premiere (but only because Matt Weiner would have likely shot us if we'd said more than we did). Between "Mad Men," "The Walking Dead" finale, the cancellation of "Luck," the debut of NBC's "Bent" and the return of FOX's "Touch," there's an awful lot of TV to talk about before we get to the end-of-show sportstalk segment. If it's not our longest podcast ever, it's up there. Hopefully, some of y'all have a long commute this week to get proper value.

The line-up: 

"Bent" (00:01:20 - 00:14:20)
"Touch" (00:14:20 - 00:25:35)
"Mad Men" (00:25:35 - 00:33:50)
The cancelation of "Luck" (00:33:50 - 00:47:00)
Listener Mail: Following non-series content (00:47:25 - 00:53:15)
Listener Mail: Podcasts on TV (53:20 - 01:00:00)
"The Walking Dead" finale (01:00:10 - 01:16:35)
Peyton Manning versus Tim Tebow (01:16:45 - 01:36:20)
 
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>Penelope Cruz and Woody Allen on the set of &quot;To Rome With Love.&quot;</p>

Penelope Cruz and Woody Allen on the set of "To Rome With Love."

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Woody Allen ups sticks from 'Paris' to 'Rome'

Allen's newly titled 'To Rome With Love' set for a June release

Having hit paydirt less than a year ago with "Midnight in Paris" -- which, in case you've forgotten, became the highest-grossing film of Woody Allen's career and nabbed him a fourth Oscar to boot -- Sony Pictures Classics is clearly keen to woo the same audience that fell for the film's romantic European charms to his next effort. Originally dubbed "Nero Fiddled," Allen's latest has been granted a new title that couldn't sound much more cannily focus-grouped if it tried: "To Rome With Love."

If you loved what Woody did for the City of Lights, one imagines the marketers thinking, just wait until you see him in the Eternal City. And fair play to them: with "Paris" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" standing comfortably as Allen's best-received films of recent years, perhaps including the location in the title has become his lucky charm. (Meanwhile, uninformed viewers could be forgiven for mistaking the film for another entry in the popular recent series of portmanteau films that has given us "Paris Je T'Aime" and "New York, I Love You.")  

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<p>Beyonce</p>

Beyonce

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Beyonce returns to the concert stage: Where can you see her?

The three shows will be her first since becoming a red hot mama

Is Atlantic City turning into the new Las Vegas in terms of offering still vital and relevant artists a platform to perform regularly?

As the rumors continue to swirl that Britney Spears could be the next act to set up her tent (“Circus” or otherwise) in Sin City, Beyonce will perform three shows in Atlantic City at the new Revel Resort.

Set for May 25-27,  at Ovation Hall, the concerts will be Bey’s first shows after giving birth to Blue Ivy Carter earlier this year.

We can only imagine what the payday is for a show like this. It’s obviously enough for Beyonce to take it seriously.  An big artist we know refers to such high-paying gigs as "bank runs."  The venue, which holds 5,050, was designed by Cirque du Soleil veterans Sceno Plus.

The tickets go on sale April 6. We went to ticketmaster.com to find out how much they will set you back, but there’s no price up yet.

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