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'NCIS' and 'Modern Family' are the world’s most-watched drama and comedy

“NCIS” and “Modern Family” are the world’s most-watched drama and comedy
"The Bold and the Beautiful,” meanwhile, was named the world’s most-watched soap opera at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.


“Fargo’s” Allison Tolman: "For f**k's sake, internet- I'm not fat…”
"I've just been wearing this GIANT EFFING COAT FOR 8 WEEKS ON YOUR TELEVISION,” Tolman tweeted in response to tweeters criticizing her weight. She also tweeted: "A- Christ on a cracker, stop defining women by size," she continued. "B- I'm AVERAGE- women on TV are TINY. #realtalk” PLUS: Tolman recalls working out with her “Fargo” co-stars.


Watch David Letterman & Jerry Seinfeld crack each other up during their hourlong chat
The two old friends delved into “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” — while showing raw footage from the web series. PLUS: Seinfeld doesn’t buy the burden of celebrity.


Young rich people watch “The Bachelor,” highly educated young people watch “The Mindy Project”
Here’s a look at what young/rich people and what young highly educated people watch, including many reality shows in the former category.


“Dukes of Hazzard’s” Cooter takes credit for helping oust House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Ben Jones, a Democrat, actually ran against Cantor in 2002, but lost after what he describes as a “truly dishonorable campaign.” So this year, Jones wrote an open letter urging Democrats, Libertarians and Independents to vote for Cantor’s opponent in the Republican primary. PLUS: CNN defends choosing O.J. Simpson over Eric Cantor at 9 pm.


See Marilyn Manson as a “Sons of Anarchy” white supremacist
Photos from the set show the rocker sporting a swastika tattoo.


Kato Kaelin is miffed that the Kardashians don’t speak to him anymore, says Jay Leno was “mean-spirited”
O.J. Simpson’s former houseguest recalls playing with the three Kardashian sisters when they were much younger. "I knew Kim when she was this big. And that was just her ass!” he says.


“Game of Thrones” submitted the season finale for the Best Writing Emmy
In fact, it’s the only episode submitted. Sunday’s “The Children” episode is also up for Outstanding Prosthetic makeup. PLUS: “GoT” theme gets a New Orleans makeover.


Chelsea Handler: I’m leaving “Chelsea Lately” so I don’t have to talk about Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian
'To be quite honest I don't really care about Justin Bieber and I don't want to talk about him anymore,” she tells the Daily Mail. "In order to make that happen I had to just stop doing my show. Straight away."


“Orange is the New Black’s" Uzo Aduba recalls being a college track star, a figure skater and musical theater performer
Growing up, Aduba wanted to be a lawyer. "But in high school, I realized that the arts was my first love,” she says. PLUS: Aduba talks about Crazy Eyes’ Season 2 transformation, and former corrections officer Sharon Jones of the Dap-Kings weighs in on “OITNB’s” authenticity.


“Graceland” gets serialized for Season 2
Why the USA series is dropping the case of the week this season.


The Duggars have quietly become one of reality TV’s most powerful families
The reality TV family isn’t just a hit on TLC, but also in the Republican party. PLUS: Jessa Duggar poses with a semi-automatic rifle.


Meet Lena Dunham’s “Girls" stunt double
Dakota Brown is the one who falls off a bicycle or gets involved in a car crash for Hannah. PLUS: Check out French TV’s Hannah Horvath T-shirt.


A 370-inch TV set is for sale for $1.7 million
A British company is selling what it calls the biggest TV in the world.


How “The Daily Show,” “The Soup,” “The Colbert Report” finds all those juicy news clips
They use a service called SnapStream, which allows users to easily search recorded programming through closed captioning.


Stanford researchers have a mathematical explanation for the “Silicon Valley” Epic D*ck Joke
"This is amazing, and somehow educational."


ABC’s “The Whispers” recasts a major character
Brianna Brown, who played the wife on the midseason drama, is out.


Report: J.Lo and Maksim are dating
The “American Idol” judge and the “Dancing with the Stars” stud — who film on the same lot — are an item, according to the NY Daily News.


Which characters from other shows would Mindy Kaling bring on her show?
Kaling tweeted: "I was just asked which characters on other shows I would crossover to mine and I said Jonah from Veep or Darryl from Walking Dead."


“Veep” isn’t the only show to outgrow its title
"Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Two and a Half Men” are among the other shows that stuck with their name, even though they didn’t match their new premises.


Syfy’s “Isa” is unlike any film the “Sharknado” has ever shown
Airing tonight, “Isa” follows a Mexican-American teen whose brain has been “switched on.”


“Pretty Little Liars” returns slightly down, but tops basic cable
About 2.7 million watched the Season 5 premiere. PLUS: Lucy Hale gets “Raw and Real” on her debut album, and the "PLL" premiere generated more tweets than "The Walking Dead."


“The 100” boss: Our goal was to move from love triangles to darkness
Says exec producer Jason Rothenberg "You know that metaphor of the frog in the pot -- if you put it in a pot of boiling water, it jumps right out, but if you put it in a pot of lukewarm water and turn the heat up slowly it'll stay in that pot until it cooks. That's sort of my metaphor for the season -- we slowly turned up the heat on the darkness and moved away from love triangles as much as possible, and I think that continues into Season 2 for sure."


“Survivor’s” Malcolm Freberg lands an online travel show
“Wayfaring” will follow him each day as he travels the United States for 20 days.


“Scandal’s” Jeff Perry likens social media to theater
"It reminds me of a subscription audience in the theater, with talkbacks and getting to know the people who came to your shows month after month,” he explains. "It’s like a version of that in television now. It’s very sweet.”


Take a tour of Olivia Munn’s house
Vogue recently filmed “The Newsroom” star at her home.


Check out Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa’s dummies
A special dummy was also made for Mark Consuelos.

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First poster revealed for Seth Rogen and James Franco assassination comedy 'The Interview'
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First poster revealed for Seth Rogen and James Franco assassination comedy 'The Interview'

How do you think Korea's going to feel about this?

Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen have become a major force for good in film comedy over the last decade, and after their co-directing debut, "This Is The End," it would be fair to say that they are the all-purpose package. They write, they direct, they produce, and Seth's a bona-fide movie star.

Some of the best chemistry Seth has ever had with a co-star was with James Franco, so it's good to see the two of them working together as well. I had no idea what "The Interview" was about the first few times I heard it mentioned, and for some reason, I thought it was about a job interview. Turns out, it sounds like a truly weird concept that could yield a fantastic movie. In it, Rogen and James Franco play guys who are recruited by the CIA to go to North Korea, pose as journalists, and assassinate Kim Jong Un.

That's a description that absolutely makes me want to see the film immediately, but even if I hadn't been sold right away, the new poster is so great that I can't believe it's for a real studio release. Studios don't take chances on the posters for the most part, but this one looks amazing.

The art style is perfect, suggesting a political propaganda poster from WWII. Seth and Evan seem fairly unstoppable these days, especially coming off the spring hit "Neighbors," which has made back something like 130,000 its budget.

Looking good so far, guys.

"The Interview" arrives in theaters October 10, 2014.

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USA renews Denis Leary’s 'Sirens'

USA renews Denis Leary’s “Sirens”
The comedy about Chicago EMTs will be back for a 2nd season.

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The new Dreamworks animated comedy 'The Penguins Of Madagascar' gets a silly first trailer
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The new Dreamworks animated comedy 'The Penguins Of Madagascar' gets a silly first trailer

Why does this look like 'Scrat: The Movie' to me?

Somewhere, right now, my kids are losing their minds.

I'm not particularly fond of the "Madagascar" films, but they're fine, I guess. This is the side of Dreamworks that I'm less fond of, the super-jokey frantic-to-be-funny side. Coming on the heels of the beautiful, heartfelt "How To Train Your Dragon 2," it feels like a far more crass decision. That sort of sums up exactly what's wrong with Dreamworks as a studio. They are capable of greatness, but they seem to aim for the "farts are funny" crowd more often than not.

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Idina Menzel

'Frozen's' Idina Menzel scores high debut for new Broadway cast album, 'If/Then'

Highest charter since 'Rent' in 1996

Idina Menzel is a good luck charm for Broadway cast recordings.  The original cast album for “If/Then,” her current show, debuts at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 today.

That makes it the highest debut for a Broadway cast album since 1996 when “Rent,” which also starred Menzel, debuted at No. 19, according to Billboard. “If/Then” sold 15,000 copies in its first week, as opposed to “Rent’s” 43,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Only four original Broadway cast albums have hit the Top 20 in the last 30 years:  the other two didn’t star Menzel: “The Book of Mormon,” and “Dreamgirls.”

As much success Menzel has on Broadway, her greatest success has come in movie soundtracks:  Her Oscar-winning song “Let It Go,”  from “Frozen,” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while the “Frozen” soundtrack  stayed No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for more than a dozen weeks.  It is this year’s top-selling album of 2014 so far, having sold 2.6 million copies since Jan. 1 (2.9 million total).

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'CSI' boss exits after 14 years

“CSI” boss exits after 14 years
Carol Mendelsohn, who joined the CBS drama at the start, is stepping down from her position as co-showrunner.


Starz renews “Power”
The 50 Cent drama will be back for a 2nd season.


Tracy Morgan crash driver pleads not guilty
Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper has been charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the collision.


“Homeland” adds “Smash’s” Raza Jaffrey and “Roseanne’s” Michael O’Keefe
Jaffrey will play a member of the Pakistan intelligence service, while O’Keefe will play Carrie’s deputy.


The Situation’s tanning salon employees call the cops on him after their checks bounced
Four employees filed a police report against the former “Jersey Shore” star. Police contacted The Situation’s brother, who prom quickly paid the employees with new checks.


Esquire Network orders “Car Matchmaker” starring Spike Feresten
The former “Seinfeld” writer and Fox talk show host will help match guys with cars.


Check out “Masters of Sex’s” magazine-themed poster for Season 2
It looks wrapped in a brown paper bag.

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<p>Brad Pitt in &quot;Fury&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt in "Fury"

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First Look: Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf make behind-the-scenes 'Fury'

Do we have another Best Picture contender on our hands?

There's been a lot of talk already around "Interstellar," "Birdman," "Unbroken" and "Foxcatcher" in the Best Picture race, but one movie that should not be discounted is David Ayer's "Fury."

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Exclusive: Two new stills of Sky Ferreira in Eli Roth's cannibal horror film 'The Green Inferno'
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Exclusive: Two new stills of Sky Ferreira in Eli Roth's cannibal horror film 'The Green Inferno'

We premiere the images as she battles online censorship of her new album cover

The more I've thought about Eli Roth's latest film "The Green Inferno," the more I like it, and especially the way it fits into Eli's overall filmography.

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Game of Thrones

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 234: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Friday Night Lights' & more

Dan and Alan also answer your mail and discuss the ATX Television Festival

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Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Time for another Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, where we talk about my recent trip to Austin, answer your mail, break down the epic battle on "Game of Thrones" and then begin our summer rewatch of the very strange and problematic second season of "Friday Night Lights."

The rundown: 

Alan goes to ATX Festival (00:01:25 - 00:12:15)
Listener Mail - "Broadchurch"/"Returned" Emmys (00:12:30 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Split Seasons (00:15:25 - 00:20:35)
Listener Mail - Resurrected Shows (00:20:45 - 00:27:00)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (00:27:15 - 00:50:15)
Summer Rewatch - "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 (00:50:20 - 01:11:00)
 
As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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. 234

Dan and Alan talk 'Game of Thrones' and 'Friday Night Lights' Season 2

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. Time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

We had nothing to talk about this week other than the Summer Rewatch, the first Season 2 episode of "Friday Night Lights." Naturally, we went on for over 70 minutes thanks to some Listener Mail, a recap of Alan's BBQ weekend and a long segment on Sunday's penultimate "Game of Thrones" episode.

Next week? SO MUCH CONTENT. New shows! Finales galore! Etc. 

But for now...

This Week's Breakdown:
Alan goes to ATX Festival (00:01:25 - 00:12:15)
Listener Mail - "Broadchurch"/"Returned" Emmys (00:12:30 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Split Seasons (00:15:25 - 00:20:35)
Listener Mail - Resurrected Shows (00:20:45 - 00:27:00)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (00:27:15 - 00:50:15)
Summer Rewatch - "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 (00:50:20 - 01:11:00)

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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Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' continues to rule the charts

Sam Smith scores his first Top 10

Iggy Azalea continues to rule the Billboard Hot 100 as her first single, “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, holds at No. 1, and Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” on which she’s featured, stays at No. 2.

She’s not the only newcomer in the top 10: British singer Sam Smith, who wowed American audiences with his appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this Spring, lands his first top 10 as his ballad, “Stay With Me,” rockets 19-10. And there’s more good news for Smith: Disclosure’s “Latch,” on which hs sings, rises 22-17. (His first Hot 100 appearance— as a guest on Naughty Boy’s “La La La,” falls to 41, after peaking at No. 19).

As for the rest of the top 10: John Legend’s “All of Me,” holds at No. 3, while DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What”  remains at No. 4.

Jason DeRulo’s “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg, shimmies 10-5. Pharrell WIlliams’ “Happy” slides 5-6. Canadian pop quartet’s “Magic” moves 8-7, while fellow newbies Nico & Vinz” falls 6-8 with “Am I Wrong.”  Calvin Harris’s “Summer” stays at No. 9.

 

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Brian Wilson

Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel are on Brian Wilson's new album

Why this news is upsetting fans and what Wilson has to say about it

 

Brian Wilson’s new album features the Beach Boys legend collaborating with such artists as Kacey Musgraves, Lana Del Ray and Zooey Deschanel, as well as, possibly, Frank Ocean.

After Wilson broke the news on his website yesterday, citing an upcoming story in Rolling Stone, not all of his fans responded to the news positively. And that hurt Wilson’s feelings and made him mad.

Last night, he sent out a message— in total “Brianspeak” to the naysayers via Facebook:


To my fans: it kind of bums me out to see some of the negativity here about the album I’ve been working so hard on. In my life in music, I’ve been told too many times not to fuck with the formula, but as an artist it’s my job to do that – and I think I’ve earned that right.
I’m really proud of these new songs and to hear these great artists sing on them just blows me away. I love what we’ve done.
I would think that after making music for more than fifty years, my fans would understand that I’ll always do what’s in my heart – and I think that’s why you are my fans. So let’s just wait until the album comes out because I think you just might dig it as much as I do.
Love and Mercy, Brian

It’s hard not to agree with Wilson here. HIs fans haven’t even heard the music. While we’re sure he’d like to reach a younger fan base through these artists, his legacy is secure without having to resort to such tactics, so that probably isn’t the only reason for his reaching out. Plus, he also worked with such contemporaries as Jeff Beck (most likely before they went on tour together since Beck didn’t like how that turned out) and fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks on the new album, so he’s not pandering to a younger demographic. If his work with these acts helps a new generation learn about his music, then what’s the harm in that? No matter how old they are, every music fan needs to have “Pet Sounds” in his/her collection. It’s as essential as any Beatles album, so if singing with Lana Del Rey makes it happen and the song isn’t total schlock, why not?

No word yet on when the new album will be released.

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