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'Justified’s' penultimate finale up vs. last year

“Justified’s” penultimate finale up vs. last year
About 2.37 million tuned in for the Season 5 ender, up 5% from last season.


Rolling Stone’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus cover mistake was deliberate
A Rolling Stone source tells AdWeek that John Hancock was wrongly signed on the U.S. Constitution “in the spirit” of the HBO comedy’s farcical tone.


TV series based on “Truman Show,” “Terminator” and Charles Lindbergh are in the works
Paramount TV is developing drama series based on the two hit movies, plus a limited series based on the A. Scott Berg biography of Lindbergh.


Is Cosmo’s “SNL” female cast member slumber party offensive?
Is the new issue's photo shoot a step back for women in comedy?


Bradley Whitford coming to “SVU”
The “Trophy Wife” star will guest as an accused child molester. PLUS: Ann Curry and Geraldo will also guest as themselves.


“Orphan Black” unveils Season 2 pics
See new character posters. PLUS: Tatiana Maslany on her favorite clone.

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<p>Zach Braff plays a dad who is struggling to hold his family together while figuring out his own path in life in &#39;Wish I Was Here&#39;</p>

Zach Braff plays a dad who is struggling to hold his family together while figuring out his own path in life in 'Wish I Was Here'

Credit: Focus Features

First trailer for Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' wisely emphasizes mood over plot

This one's very simple and very special

Zach Braff's new film "Wish I Was Here" had its premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and I reviewed it out of that first screening. At the time, I didn't even think about the film as being potentially controversial. It's such a sincere, sweet, sharply-performed film that it seemed like an easy one to recommend.

I guess I was absent from the Film Critics Union meeting where we all decided that we're not allowed to like Braff's work anymore, past or present. That same meeting must have been where we all decided that because he used Kickstarter to help make the film, we must automatically hate the movie and review the way it was made rather than the film itself.

Already, I'm seeing plenty of snark today in response to the trailer for the film. Allow me to offer a counterpoint to that by saying that the trailer does a nice job of suggesting the tone of the film without giving away the entire thing. A good deal of the trailer is built around a few specific scenes in the film, presented here in a way that isn't about giving you story so much as a mood.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 225

Spoilers galore from Dan and Alan in this week's podcast

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It's Firewall & Iceberg podcast time, with a trio of spoiler-iffic segments this week, as Dan and I break down the just-concluded seasons of "Shameless" and "Justified," then dive into a mixed discussion of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and its impact on "Marvel's Agents of PUNCTUATION." 

The rundown: 

"Shameless" finale (00:01:15 - 00:18:00)
"Justified" finale (00:18:05 - 00:37:15)
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and Tuesday's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (00:37:20 - 01:06:35)
 
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. 225

Dan and Alan talk 'Shameless' and 'Justified' finales and the big 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' change

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls.

Time for a busy and spoiler-y Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

On this week's show, we discuss the finales for "Shameless" and "Justified" and then we discuss both "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and Tuesday's game-varying episode of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I'm pretty sure we only spoil the shows in question in the segments in question, but if you haven't seen various episodes and finales, be cautious!

Today's breakdown:
"Shameless" finale (00:01:15 - 00:18:00)
"Justified" finale (00:18:05 - 00:37:15)
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and Tuesday's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (00:37:20 - 01:06:35)

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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<p>Nick Offerman as Ron Effing Swanson on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Nick Offerman as Ron Effing Swanson on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

HitFix First Look: 'Parks and Recreation' presents 'The Swanson Way'

Embracing the many moods of the most competent man in Pawnee

Tomorrow night's "Parks and Recreation" — titled "Flu Season 2," though it wisely doesn't try to simply replicate the beats of the show's funniest episode — is one of my favorites of this season, with a good mix of big laughs and big emotion, and a moment for everyone in the cast to shine. There isn't a Ron Swanson story in there, necessarily, but he spends most of the episode as a sounding board for Ben, and in the process Nick Offerman once again reminds you how much he can do with very little material.

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"Orphan Black"

"Orphan Black"

Credit: BBC America

See the revealing new posters for 'Orphan Black' season 2

What do you think lies ahead for Sarah and Cal?

If you really can't wait for the second season of "Orphan Black" (which returns April 19 on BBC America), good news -- today we got tantalizing new posters of a few of our favorite clones. There's no spoilers here, but maybe some clues. 

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The Roots get somber on 'When The People Cheer'

First single precedes new album coming May 13

The Roots have something to say on their new single, “When The People Cheer,” the first cut from the provocatively titled new album, “...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin,” out May 13.

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Letterman and Lindsay Lohan phone Oprah

Letterman and Lindsay Lohan phone Oprah
Dave announces he's a Scientologist.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ naked Rolling Stone cover contains a major flaw
John Hancock never signed the U.S. Constitution!


Bill O’Reilly slams Stephen Colbert — is "Papa Bear" trying to get him the “Late Show” gig?
Last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” served only to bolster Colbert’s relevance, says James Poniewozik. “Make no mistake,” he says, "however much Colbert wants Letterman’s job and however much CBS wants him, making Colbert the subject of another public flame war only raises his profile higher than it already is. Is O’Reilly maybe trying to undermine Colbert, sending the signal that CBS will alienate conservative viewers if it hires Colbert? If so, I doubt that would work. Many conservatives have had it in for Letterman for years, and CBS gladly renewed him as long as he wanted to keep the job.”


E! to air a special devoted to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show
The April 23 special will celebrate Seacrest’s 10-year gig as host of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest."


Teresa & Joe Giudice will erase more than $13M in debt by paying $7,500 to their creditors
TMZ has uncovered documents showing the “Real Housewives” couple living a lavish lifestyle.


“Divorce Court” renewed through 2017
It’s TV’s longest-running court show.


Roseanne unveils skinnier new look for “Last Comic Standing”
Did Roseanne Barr drop all this weight for her return to TV?

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Drake will host the ESPYs

Drake will host the ESPYs
After hosting “SNL” in January, rapper Drake will helm ESPN’s annual awards show live on July 16.

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TV Land is rebooting 'Candid Camera'

TV Land is rebooting “Candid Camera”
Peter Funt, son of “Candid Camera” creator and original host Allen Funt, will co-host the 10-episode reboot this summer.


Barbara Walters confirms Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck were booted from “The View”
In a Variety profile on her retirement, Walters says, “I don’t feel like I’m being pushed out. This was my decision.” But it wasn’t Hasselbeck or Behar’s decision to leave "The View." “These are not Barbara and Bill’s decisions,” Walters says. “The network is also involved. I think the feeling was if one went, both had to leave. We needed to shake things up.”


Watch last week’s entire “SNL” in 2 minutes from the audience’s perspective
“Saturday Night Live” has uploaded a time-lapse behind-the-scenes-video of Anna Kendrick’s entire show.


Lifetime’s “Relative Insanity" will lock family members in a room for 2 days
Two families will battle it out to see who can outlast and out-fox each other and earn a $25,000 cash prize.


“The Simpsons” launching on FXX with a 12-day, 522-episode marathon
“It will be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” says FXX boss Jon Landgraf.


FX boss: “True Detective” competing for Emmy’s Best Drama is “unfair”
Says John Landgraf: “My own personal point of view is that a miniseries is a story that ends, a series is a story that continues. To tell you the truth, I think it's actually unfair for HBO to put ‘True Detective’ in the drama series category because essentially you can get certain actors to do a closed-ended series, a la Billy Bob Thornton in ‘Fargo’ or Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in ‘True Detective,’ who you can't get to sign on for a seven-year deal.”


Cobie Smulders will return to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
She’ll reprise her Agent Maria Hill role during May sweeps. PLUS: “S.H.I.E.L.D.” hits a new low.


Lindsay Lohan’s OWN reality show has lost nearly half its premiere viewership
About 390,000 watched this week’s “Lindsay."


“The Voice” is going on tour
The 31-city tour will include Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin, as well as Dia Frampton from Season 1 and Will Champlin.


“The L Word’s” Mia Kirshner headed to Netflix
She’ll be part of the psychological thriller from the “Damages” creators that stars Kyle Chandler.


Former Alabama QB AJ McCarron and “Splash” star Katherine Webb are making a reality show together
The engaged couple will have their lives chronicled as McCarron moves to the NFL, but their proposed reality show hasn’t found a network yet.


Jill Duggar is engaged
"19 Kids & Counting” will be adding a son-in-law to their clan.

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: No 'Winter Soldier' bump for 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' as NBC, CBS split Tuesday

'NCIS' leads CBS overall, while 'The Voice' and 'Chicago Fire' pace NBC in the demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

A widely hyped and well-received episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." actually dropped in ratings despite a tie-in to the blockbuster "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Of course, even with a huge bump ABC wouldn't have competed on Tuesday with "The Voice"-driven NBC and "NCIS"-fueled CBS.

For CBS, there was a big week-to-week bump for "NCIS," which helped the network easily win Tuesday overall, while "Chicago Fire" capitalized on a "Person of Interest" repeat to lead NBC to a key demo victory.

Among Tuesday decliners, "The Voice" lost a chunk of support, which also translated into drops for "About a Boy" and "Chicago Fire." ABC's comedies were also down, but FOX's "The Mindy Project" was up a hair.

On to the numbers...

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Amazon orders Ron Perlman’s 'House of God' and Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny in 'The Cosmopolitans'

Amazon orders Ron Perlman’s “House of God” and Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny in “The Cosmopolitans”
Perlman will play law-bending Judge Pernell Harris, with Dana Delany as his wife. “The Cosmopolitans” is from “Metropolitan” director Whit Stillman, about ex-pats in Paris.


Jon Hamm makes fun of his ‘90s dating show rejection
“And that’s how I met your mother,” he said on Craig Ferguson.


FX on the verge of renewing “The Americans”
FX chief John Landgraf also said at today’s upfronts that “Fargo” is "“one of the better things we’ve ever put on the network.”


Former “Dancing” host Samantha Harris will undergo a double mastectomy
Harris, 40, has been treated for breast cancer since last fall.


Nat Geo Wild renews Cesar Milian’s “Cesar 911”
“Cesar” had become the cable network’s 2nd highest-rated series.

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