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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!
I'm away from Los Angeles getting my Passover on, so it wasn't possible to do a video show this week. Dry your weeping eyes! Instead, you get a 90-minute installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, just like in the old days.
And there's a ton of stuff to discuss in this week's podcast, starting with the Tuesday premiere of FX's "Fargo," the return of "Orphan Black" and WGN's new drama "Salem." We talk a bit about Stephen Colbert's big move and what Comedy Central could do with the post-"Daily Show" slot. We do our first in-season "Mad Men" review. And because some stuff went down on Sunday's "Game of Thrones," we discuss that a bit as well.
"Fargo" (00:01:00 - 00:16:45)
"Orphan Black" (00:16:45 - 00:26:30)
"Salem" (00:26:30 - 00:35:45)
Listener Mail: Colbert and Comedy Central (00:36:10 - 00:43:25)
"Mad Men" (00:43:40 - 01:11:00)
"Game of Thrones" (00:1:11:00 - 01:31:45)
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.
With Dan out of town this week, you get only a single, audio-only installment of Firewall & Iceberg, as we review FX's "Fargo," the new season of "Orphan Black" and WGN's "Salem," talk a bit about the Colbert/Letterman shuffle, and then go spoiler-heavy on the "Mad Men" premiere and the "Game of Thrones" wedding episode.
There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.
CBS: We’re not talking with Chelsea Handler about the 12:35 show
What was that “business meeting” with CBS about, then. A spokesperson clarifies, telling Vulture: “Her meeting with CBS yesterday was a general meeting with our syndication (division.)”
Check out the Lego "Simpsons," which has been 2 years in the making
"We've literally been at this thing for two years — twice the time it takes to do one of our regular episodes — and that's way too long for comedy people to live with the same jokes," says Matt Selman, the executive producer in charge of the episode. "It's been an epic process. First, we had to convince Jim Brooks and our showrunner, Al Jean, that a LEGO episode was a great idea and not just an excuse for our staff of nerds who grew up in the '70s to crack LEGO jokes. There needed to be a real emotional story there.” PLUS: See the Lego Marge.
Watch the emotional Paul Walker tribute MTV cut from its Movie Awards
Instead, MTV chose to run a less-emotional tribute.
Brad Paisley to join his wife on “Two and a Half Men”
The country star will join Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who’s playing Alan’s love interest. This is their 2nd appearance on a sitcom. They were also together on “According to Jim,” which starred “Men’s” Courtney Thorne-Smith.
How “RuPal’s Drag Race” dumped the “She-Mail”
Last night’s episode, after much controversy, was the first without the “She-Mail” feature.
Check out the trailer for “Salem”
WGN America has released the full trailer for its Salem witch trials series.
Back in 2010, the Cannes Film Festival picked Juliette Binoche to grace its official festival poster -- only for the choice to stir some cynical grumblings when the French star went on to win Best Actress from Tim Burton's jury. The strength of her performance in "Certified Copy" was enough for most to file the occurrence as a happy coincidence rather than anything more calculated -- still, the festival has played it safe ever since, opting for vintage movie-star images that couldn't conceivably cause any disagreement.
One of the most pleasant surprises of this year's Sundance Film Festival, for me, was Gillian Robespierre's warmly authentic debut feature "Obvious Child" -- a film that gives former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jenny Slate her first film lead, and lets her run with it to utterly disarming effect. As a romantic comedy that touches on more complicated human issues than the average example of the genre, it was a perfect acquisition for A24 Films, the young distribution company that is building a neat line in coolly offbeat indies, many of them female-driven.
LOS ANGELES—I have a confession to make. Until Saturday night, I had never seen The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.” What? I know! I felt like this was a major black hole in my cultural education, especially as someone who makes her living writing about music.
Chelsea Handler posts a photo of her reading papers with the CBS logo
What does it mean? "Business meeting," she wrote on the Instagram photo.
“Game of Thrones” sets a new piracy record with Episode 2
About 193,418 were sharing this week’s episode at the same time, with Australia responsible for the most illegal downloading.
Tracy Morgan is worried about Alec Baldwin
"He was concerned about the structure of my life, and now I’m concerned about the structure of his life,” he tells the NY Times. "He’s getting fired from TV shows. He had about six fights since we left “30 Rock,” you know. I’m worried about him. I mellowed out, my daughter mellowed me out, and I don’t get mad at anyone.”
Bill O’Reilly weighs in on Stephen Colbert’s promotion: Conservatives will be turned off
The Fox News host said last night he found it “hard to fathom that 40% of Americans who describe themselves as conservatives will watch Colbert.”
Ryan Murphy: “Glee’s” final season is "not New York-centric at all”
Murphy talked this morning about his plans for the final season. "The final season is its own story in its own location,” he says. "The final season is not New York-centric at all. It really is a lovely, fitting season that dwells on the original people on the show and what happens to them and how they give back.” PLUS: Next season will jump forward in time.
“2 Broke Girls” does well taking over “How I Met Your Mother’s” Monday timeslot
On the other hand, "Friends With Better Lives” fell on its 2nd airing.
The real Alex from “Orange is the New Black" speaks: "We did not have sex in prison"
Catherine Cleary Wolters, 51, who inspired the character Alex Vause says of “OITNB” author Piper Kerman: “We did not have sex in prison. Not even a little bit.” Kerman's response: "It should come as no surprise that we may have different points of view about the time we spent together."
Ice Cube walks back his Paul Walker’s MTV Movie Award complaint
He wrote on Twitter: "Re: The MTV Awards. I wasn't really mad we didn't win. So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker. Seriously people!"
Amy Schumer uses Josh Charles to spoof Aaron Sorkin and “The Newsroom"
Watch a sketch from tonight’s “Inside Amy Schumer” called “The Food Room,” mocking “The Newsroom,” starring the former Sorkin “Sports Night” star.
Lindsay Lohan proves she can still act on “2 Broke Girls”
Well, at least she proved to be serviceable as an actress on last night’s shoe.
“The Bachelorette” Andi's 1st promo crosses out Juan Pablo's name
“Juan” is replaced by “one.” — “She’s looking for the right one."
Titus Welliver weds
The “Lost” alum and “Bosch” star tied the knot over the weekend with Jose Stemkens, a fashion consultant.
“True Detective” meets “Family Circus”
A new Tumblr, "Time Is A Flat Circus,” takes quotes from the HBO series and puts them with panels from the famed comic strip.
Fast National ratings for Monday, April 14, 2014.
Why was this Monday different from all other Mondays?
Actually, it wasn't.
"Dancing with the Stars" kept ABC in its regular position as Monday's most watched network, while "The Voice" helped NBC maintain its supremacy among young viewers, as The Seder Effect [Not a real thing] had no particular impact on primetime ratings.
The first night of Passover saw "Dancing with the Stars" rise slightly and "The Voice" remain relatively flat, which was more a product of last week's NCAA Tournament Final competition than anything else. If you like, though, you can try to interpret the week-to-week drop for "Bones" as related to the Pesach observance. [Note: This probably is not the case.]
Monday's big notable was the premiere of CBS' slightly shuffled comedy lineup, which was predictably less impressive without "How I Met Your Mother," though "Friends With Better Lives" certainly wasn't an out-of-the-box failure, even though it was CBS' lowest-rated and least-watched comedy.
Meanwhile, over on The CW, "Star-Crossed" continued its recent erratic performance, falling behind "The Tomorrow People" for the night and, perhaps, in the race for a pity renewal.
On to the numbers...
“GMA” officially welcomes Michael Strahan
The “Live!” star got the red carpet treatment during this morning’s introduction as a contributor to “Good Morning America."
What if George R.R. Martin wrote “Mad Men”?
Check out a special comic starring “Lord Draper” and “The Impish Peggy."
Ice Cube: “Shame on you MTV” for picking Paul Walker
"We was robbed,” says the “Ride Along” star of the best onscreen duo category, claiming that Walker and Vin Diesel got the “sympathy” vote.
Attorney General Eric Holder sought advice from “The Daily Show’s” Lewis Black
Holder saw Black perform over the weekend, as he recalls: “He came backstage, which was nice, cause he said he enjoyed the show. And then he said that maybe when he was in front of Congress he could do his Lewis Black imitation and then did a good imitation of me.”
“Mad Men’s” season premiere had even more Manson murder connections
Megan dressing like Sharon Tate, the Folgers can, and Megan auditioning for a role on a TV show from the co-writer of “Valley of the Dolls,” which starred Sharon Tate. PLUS: See the actual L.A. sites used for filming Sunday’s premiere, how to get Don Draper’s side part, “Mad Men’s” music supervisor also works on “Scandal,” Jon Hamm gets emotional with Murray from “Sesame Street,” about the fashion of the season premiere, and “Mad Men” used a slowly draining large Scotch glass to promote the final season.
Rosie calls Lindsay Lohan’s OWN reality show a “tragedy”
A “tragedy,” she tweeted, “on every level — I hope one day she gets sober for real and watches these episodes - n sees what we all do.”
A “Game of Thrones” cruise is in the works
Crystal Cruises has put together a half-day tour that will visit key filming locations in Northern Ireland.
3 actors have been recast on “Game of Thrones” this season
There’s a new Daario, a new Mountain, but nobody’s talking about the new Prince Tommen. PLUS: King Joffrey was the Justin Bieber of his time, interactive Westeros map created using Google, movie and TV characters react to this week’s episode, and watch George R.R. Martin as a wedding planner.
Texas A&M houses much of George R.R. Martin’s writings
The author has sent just about everything he’s written to the university’s library archives.
“Jeopardy!” contestant was wearing the “Final Jeopardy!” answer — she got it wrong, anyway
Sandie Baker had peace symbol earrings, and that was the correct response.
MTV debuts “Faking It” on its app ahead of its TV debut
It’s the first time that a scripted MTV series has been released early.
Conan unveils his “American Hustle” hair
Watch Conan O’Brien’s comb-over.
“Dexter’s” Jennifer Carpenter developing “Death Class” TV drama
Based on the Erika Hayasaki book “The Death Class: A True Story About Life,” the proposed series revolves around a nurse/professor who teaches a class in preparing for death.
“Royal Pains”: Watch the 1st promo for Season 6
The USA series returns in June.
Watch the trailer for Tori Spelling’s “True Tori”
The Lifetime “docu-series” is the former “Beverly Hills 90210” star’s latest reality show.
“The Following” star saw her fate coming “a mile away”
Monday’s episode was reminiscent of the Season 1 finale.