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Russia won’t allow 'House of Cards' to film inside United Nations’ Security Council

Russia won’t allow “House of Cards” to film inside United Nations’ Security Council
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had recommended that the Netflix series be allowed access to the Security Council, but Russia felt it needed to be available at any time in case of a sudden crisis in the world.

“Sons of Anarchy” welcomes back Walton Goggins
He’ll reprise his role as transgender prostitute Venus Van Dam.

USA-Belgium sets a new World Cup ratings record
Yesterday’s loss beat the previous record-holder USA-Portugal, despite airing in the middle of the afternoon.

“The Killing” unveils its final season trailer
Netflix has a taste of the final six episodes.

David Bowie inspired Peter Capaldi’s “Doctor Who” outfit
Capaldi’s white button-down shirt look is a tribute to Bowie’s Station to Station album cover.

“Game of Thrones’” Kit Harrington is the new face of Jimmy Choo
Check out Harrington’s ad campaign, featuring the actor “staring into your soul” while wearing Jimmy Choo for men.

“McHale Navy’s” star Bob Hastings dies
Hastings, 89, had been battling pancreatic cancer for 15 years.

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;America&#39;s Got Talent&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "America's Got Talent"

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TV Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' leads Tuesday, newly renewed 'Night Shift' rises

NBC dominates Canada Day in all measures

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

NBC started July with a primetime sweep, as "America's Got Talent" dominated the first two primetime hours on Tuesday and the newly renewed "Night Shift" got a bump to rule the 10 p.m. hour.

ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" and "Celebrity Wife Swap" both dipped, while The CW's "Famous in 12" continued to struggle. And that was that for new programming on Tuesday.

On to the numbers...

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'Sherlock' will film a special followed by a 3-episode 4th season in 2015

“Sherlock” will film a special followed by a 3-episode 4th season in 2015
Shooting on the special will begin in January, while filming on the 4th series will begin later next year. The BBC is promising "the most shocking and surprising series of Sherlock yet.”

Report: “The View” wants Mario Cantone — and a rotating cast of Broadway stars
According to Page Six, such Broadway stars Idina Menzel and Bernadette Peters would be appear regularly under the Broadway plan. Page Six also says executive producer Bill Geddie’s job is safe.

“Game of Thrones” will film Season 5 partly in Spain
Andalusia, Granada and Southern Spain will stand in for the Kingdom of Dorne.

Dane Cook announces a Showtime comedy special
He tells Jimmy Kimmel: "I couldn't be more excited to let the fans know. It's going to be on Showtime this fall.”

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Summer sitcom rewind: 'Cheers' - 'Thanksgiving Orphans'

Sam, Diane and the gang gather at Carla's for a turkey dinner — and a food fight

We're continuing this periodic summer project where we revisit classic sitcom episode. This week, we're returning to the 1980s for the season 5 "Cheers" episode "Thanksgiving Orphans," which you can find on Netflix, coming up just as soon as we're moving into the earth tones...

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Knife-wielding homeless man threatened to kill Michael Strahan outside ABC’s Studios in Times Square

Knife-wielding homeless man threatened to kill Michael Strahan outside ABC’s Studios in Times Square
Police detained the man who was arguing with an ABC security guard on Tuesday morning.

Iranian TV copies “Modern Family” — without the gay dads
All the gay characters were conspicuously absent in Iranian TV’s shot-for-shot remake of the ABC sitcom.

Why Yahoo finds “Community” so valuable
Yahoo has plenty of eyeballs, it just needs an engaged audience that could become a premium for advertisers. PLUS: In defense of resurrecting “Community."

It's time to ignore studies on TV viewing!
There are so many of them — like the binge-watching will kill you study —  and they have sent confusing, sometimes contradictory messages.

It’s “Gabby!”: Jimmy Kimmel gives Gabourey Sidibe a “talk show"
“Let’s see what Gabourey Sidibe has for us later tonight on ‘Gabby!” PLUS: Kimmel translates Trey Songz’s lyrics to “Na Na."

Local TV station tells FCC that “Star Trek” and “Rawhide” are examples of community affairs programming
KJWP had to pledge to put on community affairs programming to move from Wyoming to Delaware. So it’s telling the FCC that “Star Trek,” “Wagon Train” and “Rawhide” address “matters of importance to its community of license.”

“Dear White People” writer to create a “Twenties” series for BET
“Twenties,” about a group of 20-something black woman, is also based on Lena Waithe’s web series.

Watch a “Game of Thrones”-themed wedding
A couple got married as Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. PLUS: British “GoT” fans waited 8 hours to see the Iron Throne.

Go behind the scenes of “The Walking Dead” Season 5
It’s the first day back on set.

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At least we know for sure who Andy Serkis is not playing in 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'
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At least we know for sure who Andy Serkis is not playing in 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

We were confused by this week's news

One of the banes of my existence is imprecise language.

How many stories do you think are generated each week because someone misreads something or because the language in the original piece was confusing? A great example last week was watching people excitedly post the news that you'd be able to see the entire film "Guardians Of The Galaxy" in IMAX on Monday, and that it would be 17 minutes longer than the regular theatrical cut!

Uhhhh… no.

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<p>Welcome to Sweden</p>

Welcome to Sweden

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 19: 'Community' lives, 'Hieroglyph' dies, and more

Dan and Alan also review 'Welcome to Sweden,' 'Working the Engels' & the 'Penny Dreadful' finale

It's a happy Tuesday, boys and girls, because you get a new Firewall & Iceberg Show, in which Dan and I discuss the stunning resurrection of "Community" via Yahoo, of all places. But it's a sad Tuesday as well, because Dan and I also have to discuss FOX's decision to cancel "HIEROGLYPH!" before it ever got to air an episode, and whether that means we now have to retire that particular running gag. Oh, and we also discuss two new NBC summer sitcoms and the "Penny Dreadful" season finale.

The rundown:

0:00- 6:28- 'Community' renewal
6:28- 10:33- 'Hieroglyph' cancellation
10:33- 15:55- 'Welcome to Sweden' review
15:55- 20:09- 'Working the Engels' review
20:09- 31:52- 'Penny Dreadful' season finale

As always, you can send us questions at There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at

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Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' will live again as a series for Starz
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Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' will live again as a series for Starz

So does this mean they'll call it 'American Godz'?

HBO can't make everything, damn it.

It's fascinating to me how "Make it a series for HBO!" has become a rallying battle cry for genre nerds everywhere any time there's something that seems hard to figure out as a feature film. And while I'm sure HBO would happily put every single thing ever on the air, that's just not economically possible. They have to choose, and sometimes they don't particularly love having to make those choices because they end up losing material that they would like to make simply because they don't have enough room or time to produce every show.

Michael Lombardo recently expressed excitement about the possibility of doing a "MaddAddam" series with Darren Aronofsky, and in the same interview, he talked about how upsetting it was to lose the rights to "American Gods," which they tried to develop for a while.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt joins 'Criminal Minds' as a series regular

Jennifer Love Hewitt joins “Criminal Minds” as a series regular
The former “Ghost Whisperer” star will return to CBS next season as Kate Callahan, a “seasoned undercover agent whose stellar work at the FBI has landed her a coveted position with the Behavioral Analysis Unit.”

“Longmire” crew member killed in a rollover crash — was an 18-hour work day to blame?
The crew member was returning home from work in New Mexico after clocking out at 3 am. He clocked in at 9 am the previous day.

“Arrow” books Devon Aoki
The former model will play Tatsu Yamashiro, a Japanese martial arts expert who wields a deadly sword in the comic book.

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World Cup anthem poster

Watch Santana, Wyclef Jean, Avicii and Alexandre Pires' World Cup Anthem: 'We Will Find A Way'

This is how you do a FIFA theme

Here’s how you do a World Cup anthem: The video for Santana, Wyclef Jean, Avicii, and Alexandre Pires’ FIFA tune, “Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find A Way) came out today and it’s the hip-shaking theme we’ve been waiting for.

After one listen, it’s instantly more catchy than the Pitbull/Jennifer Lopez/Claudia Leitte mess, otherwise known as "We Are One." The audio of the song has been out since May, but the visuals enhance the experience.

In the clip, we see Santana do some incredible shredding, as Wyclef and Pires perform the song, Pires, on the streets of Brazil. They don’t shy away from much of the country’s tremendous poverty, as we see a boy stringing together his own soccer ball and other signs of the overwhelming lack of wealth for much of the country—but the emphasis is on overcoming obstacles.

The song/video also highlights Brazilian percussionists. We wish we’d seen and heard more of that.

Santana, Pires and Jean will perform the song at the closing ceremony on July 13 in Rio. Aviciii, who is not seen in the clip, has not been confirmed for the closing ceremony..

What do you think of “We Will Find A Way?”

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Starz adapting Neil Gaiman’s 'American Gods'

Starz adapting Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”
The urban fantasy novel will be brought to the small screen with the help of Bryan Fuller.

Barbara Walters: “I know ‘The View’ will continue”
"I don't think we have a new direction, yet,” Walters says, breaking her silence on the latest “View” shakeup. "I think we have time."

Robin Williams returns to rehab
A rep for the former "Crazy Ones" star says: "After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud."

Bobbi Kristina Brown calls Angela Bassett a “bitch” for not casting her in Whitney Houston biopic
Bassett told Entertainment Weekly, "I did not think about casting her” for a number of reasons, including that she’s not an actress.

“Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter breaks record for most individual backers
More than 97,000 contributors have delivered nearly $5 million in donations. PLUS: LeVar Burton answers “Reading Rainbow” questions.

AMC to re-air all 62 “Breaking Bad” episodes, with extra features
Starting Aug. 10, AMC will show “Breaking Bad” episodes from 5 pm to 1 am every Sunday, featuring commentary and never-before-seen interviews.

CBS orders James Patterson’s “Zoo” drama straight to series
The “global thriller” follows a series of violent animal attacks around the world.

Russia gets its own “It’s Always Sunny”
"It's Always Sunny in Moscow” premiered in Moscow in May.

Laura Palmer’s “Twin Peaks” house is for sale for just $549,950
The Everett, WA, served as the interior set for the Palmer house in the pilot.

“Gilligan’s Island” gets a “Wolf of Wall Street” makeover
It’s the “Wolf of Gilligan’s Island.”

Judd Apatow and wife Leslie Mann put on a Naked Lena Dunham T-shirt
The "Lena Dunham birthday suit tee” can be yours for $55.

Nathan Fielder was working on “Canadian Idol” when he was discovered
“I lucked out,” Fielder says of his road to getting his own Comedy Central show, after working as an interviewer on “Canadian Idol.” PLUS: Here’s Fielder’s unused raisin idea, the best stunts from Season 1, and Fielder’s appeal lies in being a "lonely, lovelorn, twee fool."

HBO’s Bessie Smith biopic adds Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg and “True Detective’s” Tory Kittles
Platt will play famed photographer and writer Carl Van Vechten, Greenberg will take on the role of record producer and music critic John Hammond, and Kittles will play Bessie’s brother.

Kevin Hart joins Kerry Washington as “Oliver Pope”
Watch Hart’s BET Awards “Scandal” bit.

TCM devoting July to World War I movies
This month will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of The Great War.

"Rizzoli & Isles” books Jamie Bamber
The “Battlestar Galactica” alum will play a prosecutor accused of killing his mistress in a multi-episode arc.

Jimmy Kimmel gives Snoop Dogg his own Planet Earth series
Called "Plizzanet Earth.”

Bravo’s “Singles Project” reality dating show will produce each episode in “real time”
Instead of taping every episode in advance, episodes will be shot after the previous episode has aired, which will allow for “real time” interaction between fans and cast members.

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'Unmarried Woman' director Paul Mazursky dies at 84

'Unmarried Woman' director Paul Mazursky dies at 84

The five-time Oscar nominee passed away in Los Angeles Monday

Filmmaker Paul Mazursky, the five-time Oscar nominee most famous for films such as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" and "An Unmarried Woman," has passed away. According to a family spokesperson, he died of pulmonary cardiac arrest Monday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

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