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Press Tour: NBC's Robert Greenblatt has no 'Community' regrets

Didn't want to renew the cult comedy, but pleased NBC will make money on the Yahoo deal

NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt, who made the final call to cancel "Community," seems not only untroubled by the show's resurrection at Yahoo!, but pleased.

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Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in NBC's 'Peter Pan Live!'

Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in NBC's “Peter Pan Live!”
"He's one of the most unique actors in our business,” says NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt says of "The Sound of Music Live" follow-up. "He might really just be a song and dance man at heart. ... This might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook you've ever seen."

NBC renews “America’s Got Talent,” “American Ninja Warrior” and “Last Comic Standing”
All three summer shows will be back next year.

Peter Capaldi’s “Doctor Who” debut leaked online
A rough cut of “Deep Breath” is on the web thanks to a security breach on the same Miami server where “Who” scripts were leaked last week.

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Press Tour: July 2014 NBC Executive Session Live-Blog
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Press Tour: July 2014 NBC Executive Session Live-Blog

Robert Greenblatt, Paul Telegdy and Jennifer Salke meet the press

It's Sunday (July 12) morning and it's showtime for NBC's day at the Television Critics Association press tour. 

For the second straight tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and President for Late Night and Alternative at NBC Paul Telegdy have mostly positive news to report, so we'll see what news they have to break and if there's anything bad we can find to bring up.

You may recall that it was this same trio back in January that I goaded into promising a renewal for "Parks and Recreation" (a renewal that would have happened whether I opened my mouth or not). 

Let's see what happens this year.

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<p>&quot;The Strain&quot; showrunner Carlton Cuse</p>

"The Strain" showrunner Carlton Cuse

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From the 'Strain' Set: Showrunner Carlton Cuse on working with Guillermo del Toro and more

'Lost' veteran also talks vampires, casting challenges and horror

TORONTO, ON. With "Lost" (and "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr," if you like) front and center on his resume, Carlton Cuse knows a thing or two relating to fanboys, but that's actually how he originally came to Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's "The Strain" series.

"Almost two years ago, I was approached by WME and asked whether I actually knew this property, 'The Strain' trilogy," Cuse recalls, sitting with a small roundtable of reporters on the Toronto set of "The Strain," which premieres on FX on July 13. "In fact, I had read the first book just as a fanboy, just because I was intrigued by it and loved Guillermo's stuff. I actually had a little bit of a relationship with Chuck Hogan. We had talked at one point about doing something else together. I really loved the book. So WME said, 'Hey, would you consider meeting with Guillermo? We're thinking about turning 'The Strain' trilogy into a television series. It's one of those things where Guillermo doesn't feel like there's a way to do this amount of storytelling as a film.' I was like, 'Yeah, absolutely.'"

Given that del Toro and Hogan were always likely to be adapting at least the pilot and del Toro was planning to direct the pilot, that meeting could have been intimidating for a fan, but Cuse says that the process was immediately collaborative. 

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Best and Worst: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" isn't perfect?

Best and Worst: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" isn't perfect?

Kerri Russell's tears, Ape on a Talk and more

It's rare that a sequel is better than the original film, but "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" joins "22 Jump Street" in pulling that feat off this summer.

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<p>The Strain</p>

The Strain

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 238: Emmys, 'The Strain,' 'Masters of Sex' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss a press tour humiliation


Happy Saturday, boys and girls! Time for a weekend, in-person Firewall & Iceberg Podcast! I'm finally in town for press tour, which meant Dan and I belatedly got to sit down to discuss the Emmy nominations, review "The Strain" and "Masters of Sex" (and, briefly, "The Divide") and discuss a surprising/mortifying moment for Dan at press tour earlier today. We'll hopefully have both a video show and a podcast in the coming week, but we'll see.

The rundown: 

"The Strain" (18:35 - 30:50)
"Masters of Sex" Season 2 (30:55 - 38:55)
"The Divide" (39:00 - 44:50)
Jew/Not-a-Jew (44:55 - 52:35)
As always, send questions to 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 238

Dan and Alan talk Emmy nominations, 'The Strain,' 'Masters of Sex' and celebrity Jewishness


Happy Saturday, Boys & Girls. 


Yes. Saturday. And because Alan was sick and made it to press tour late, we just didn't have time to record anything during the week. Apologies.

However, even though it isn't a typical podcast day, Alan and I wanted to make sure we talked about "The Strain" and "Masters of Sex" before they premiere on Sunday. We also chatted a bit about the Emmy nominations, which were both awful and awesome, and we discussed an embarrassing moment for Dan at Saturday morning's TCA panels.

Here's today's breakdown:
Emmy nominations (01:38 - 18:30)
"The Strain" (18:35 - 30:50)
"Masters of Sex" Season 2 (30:55 - 38:55)
"The Divide" (39:00 - 44:50)
Jew/Not-a-Jew (44:55 - 52:35)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 


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


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Hulu to stream all past 'South Park' seasons, renews 'East Los High'

Hulu to stream all past “South Park” seasons, renews “East Los High”
“This is a natural partnership for us,” said Trey Parker and Matt Stone in a joint statement. “We are excited that the entire library will be available on Hulu and that the best technology around will power South Park Digital Studios.”

Jenny McCarthy on Rosie returning to “The View”: "They are definitely going in the direction of fire”
"I knew they were looking to bring some heat to the table and there is no doubt that will Rosie there will be some heat,” she says.

Reelz orders “Living with the Jacksons”
The six-part reality show will follow Jackson family members who grew up inside the Jackson family estate and are now living outside of it for the first time.

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Tracy Morgan heads home after being released from rehab

Tracy Morgan heads home after being released from rehab
Said his publicist: "Tracy has been released from the rehabilitation center and will continue his recovery efforts at home with an aggressive outpatient program.”

Amazon will let "Transparent” viewers binge on the 1st season, Netflix-style
The comedy starring Jeffrey Tambor in a transgender role will roll out 10 episodes at the same time. PLUS: Are Amazon stars making less than their network counterparts?

“The X-Files” creator Chris Carter has a 99-episode plan for Amazon’s “The After”
The sci-fi drama has so far been picked up for eight episodes, which will be released in four two-hour installments.

Amazon hasn’t told Garry Trudeau how many people are watching “Alpha House”
The head of Amazon Studios comedy division said the numbers don’t matter, just the feedback.

Kerr Smith to guest on “Criminal Minds”
The “Dawson’s Creek” alum will play an “acromotophile” in the Season 10 premiere.

ABC News criticized for leading “Word News Tonight” with LeBron James news
“The king is coming home,” Diane Sawyer said at the top of Friday’s broadcast.

“Cake Boss” and his family were rescued last night from his stranded boat
Buddy Valastro had to call the authorities after his boat was lost in thick fog.

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Comic-Con Saturday: Bye bye to 'The Hobbit,' 'Sin City' returns and Marvel will rule

Comic-Con Saturday: Bye bye to 'The Hobbit,' 'Sin City' returns and Marvel will rule

Could their be an 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' tease?

A two-hour panel scheduled for "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies?" That's a big hint that a lot of surprises could be in store for movie fans on yet another packed Comic-Con Saturday. The organizers released the schedule for July 26 and have slotted over eight-straight hours of movie panels in Hall H. And in what is becoming a tradition, Marvel Studios will be the last to show their wares.

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Sia set to score her first No. 1 album in the U.S. next week

Her victory comes as the summer doldrums set in

Sia picked a good week to release her excellent “1000 Forms of Fear.”  The Australian singer/songwriter’s latest album will come in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a very only 53,000, making it one of the lowest sales tallies ever for a debuting chart topper.  The summer doldrums are in full effect as the sum total of all 10 albums in top 10 will hover around 300,000 or more than 80,000 less than Coldplay sold in its opening week for “Ghost Stories” this spring.

Sam Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour” hangs out at No. 2  (45,000). The unsinkable “Frozen” soundtrack will be No. 3 (40,000), while Trey Songz’ current No. 1, “Trigga” and Ed Sheeran’s “X” are too close to call for No. 4.

Next come two more debuts: Judas Priest’s “Redeemer of Souls” at No. 6 (32,000) and Dirty Heads’ “Sound Of Change” at No. 7 (24,000).

Miranda Lambert’s “Platinum” is No. 8 (22,000), “Now That’s What I Call Music 50” at No. 9 (21,000) and Lana Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” at No. 10 (20).

YouTube phenom Jacob Whitesides will likely come in at No. 14 (15,000).

With sales so low at the top of the chart, it will be interesting to see what the No. 200 title sells and it if will be in the 3 digits.

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Tracy Morgan sues Wal-Mart over deadly crash

Tracy Morgan sues Wal-Mart over deadly crash
Morgan and his fellow passengers are suing over the Wal-Mart driver who collided into them last month. "Wal-Mart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries,” reads the complaint.


Why Jimmy Fallon’s move away from talking is bad for late-night
Even when Fallon talks to his guests, it’s as if they’re just Hollywood acquaintances. As Daniel D’Addario argues, "talk shows provide a rare opportunity to get a sense of what a star is actually all about — how they react to a tough question or a barbed joke, what they have to say about the incredibly unusual circumstances that accompany being famous.”

“The Daily Show’s” longest-serving writer recalls the transition from Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewart
"I've always been amazed at how well Jon handled the transition,” says J.R. Havlan, who left last month after 18 years. "He didn't rock the boat. Instead, he used that first year to gradually make the adjustments necessary to create the foundation for what the show would eventually become.”

CNN’s "The Hunt With John Walsh” is a schlocky disappointment
The former “America’s Most Wanted” host new series, debuting Sunday, "is indistinguishable from the true-crime fare that clogs fringe cable channels like Investigation Discovery,” according to Neil Genzlinger.

Why MTV is heading into “Virgin Territory”
A survey finding that teens wanted more content about being a virgin prompted MTV’s new reality show.

Adam DeVine will be a big part of “Modern Family” next season
“We have big plans,” co-creator Christopher Lloyd says of the “Workaholics” star, who appeared in the season finale.

“Reign” casts a “Spartacus” alum
Craig Parker will play the role of Narcisse, who has a “death grip” on the French Court.

“Doctor Who” adds a star of "The Kumars at No. 42”
Sanjeev Bhaskar will come to the aid of the Doctor in the season finale.

Pivot renews “Please Like Me” for a 3rd season
The new cable channel has also greenlit “Freestyle” a comedic improv series from Lin-Manuel Miranda and “Fortitude,” an original drama starring Stanley Tucci.

“True Blood’s” Chris Bauer: “I look worse on film than in real life”
Bauer looks back at his “True Blood” and “The Wire” work in a Reddit AMA. PLUS: Anna Camp says: "This season is about Sarah trying to survive.”

“Ray Donovan” is back for Season 2, with some excess baggage
The Showtime series still feels like it’s finding its way in its 2nd season. PLUS: “Ray” is a showcase for Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight.

“Masters of Sex” is even richer and more compelling in Season 2
By the third episode of Season 2, there will be a payoff so great it’s "the best 58 minutes this show has produced.” PLUS: “Masters” is the smartest show of the summer, why does “Masters” feel so modern for women?, “Masters” is TV’s most feminist show, the show finally becomes sexy this season, and “Masters” is intelligent, witty, quick-paced and surprising — it treats its audience like grown-ups.

FX’s “The Strain” reclaims vampires from prissy romantics and lovelorn teens
"In recent years we got so hung up on sexy vampires who ached to assimilate into society that we forgot how to make them undesirable and frightening,” says Hank Stuever. He adds: "There’s something refreshingly old-fashioned about 'The Strain' when viewed merely as a lean horror show, free of metaphor or derivative camp or hidden meanings.” PLUS: “The Strain” is a very bad show that should be the death rattle for vampires, it’s a rich fondue of blood and cheese, it is smashing entertainment, it’s so bad it’s bad, and it benefits from not taking itself too seriously.

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