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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 224

Dan and Alan try to figure out which shows have unequivocal best episodes ever


It's Firewall & Iceberg time, with some more light-hearted "How I Met Your Mother" finale discussion (after some vitriol in yesterday's F&I video show), sandwiched in between some AMC talk, with a review of the disappointing "Turn" and some discussion of "The Walking Dead" season finale. Lots of good emails this week, in fact, so keep the questions coming!

The rundown: 

"Turn" (00:01:20 - 00:11:30)
Listener Mail: "Dexter" vs "HIMYM" (00:11:50 - 00:14:40)
Listener Mail: Uncontested Best Episodes (00:14:55 - 00:27:45)
Listener Mail: Death of Reruns (00:27:45 - 00:36:10)
Listener Mail: Death of Television Without Pity (00:36:10 - 00:40:30)
Listener Mail: "HIMYM" Ratings Rise/Quality Drop (00:40:30 - 00:45:55)
The "Walking Dead" Finale (00:46:00 - 01:00:30)
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Exclusive clip: Lagertha sticks up for her ex on 'Vikings'

We don't predict great things for her second marriage

Man, it was not easy being a Viking woman. Lagertha is one fierce mother (literally), and while she can kick ass on the battlefield, her new husband Sigvard has no problem hitting her when he doesn't like what she has to say. That doesn't stop her from standing up to him in this exclusive clip from this week's episode (airing Thurs. April 3 at 10:00 p.m. on History).

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<p>Emily Blunt</p>

Emily Blunt

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Emily Blunt joins 'Prisoners' director Denis Villeneuve for 'Sicario'

While Amy Adams is in talks for his sci-fi project 'Story of Your Life'

From improbably remote arthouse origins, Québécois director Denis Villeneuve is turning into quite hot Hollywood property. A couple of years after his Middle Eastern melodrama "Incendies" scored an Oscar nomination, his austere formal gifts and taste for high-concept tragedy combined to make his starry but profoundly bleak kidnap thriller "Prisoners" a risky mainstream hit last autumn. The smaller-scale surrealist exercise "Enemy," which premiered near-simultaneously at Toronto and was released in the US last month, took him back to specialty territory, but showed he has enough clout to attract an A-lister like Jake Gyllenhaal to a very eccentric indie. All options are effectively open to him.

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<p>I&#39;m not sure Doctor Doom is playing fair if he&#39;s carrying a machine gun.</p>

I'm not sure Doctor Doom is playing fair if he's carrying a machine gun.

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Toby Kebbell will don Dr. Doom's mask for 'Fantastic Four'

Josh Trank certainly isn't making the easy choices for this one

I am flat-out baffled by the casting for "Fantastic Four," but that may not be a bad thing.

While I've seen several films that Toby Kebbell has appeared in, one moment really stands out, and that was in the brilliant episode of the English anthology show "Black Mirror" called "The Entire History Of You." That one performance is enough to convince me that Kebbell's got the goods, and he's certainly been busy the last few years.

He's appeared in big studio films like "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Prince of Persia," and "Wrath Of The Titans," and he's appeared in plenty of smaller movies like "The East," "RocknRolla," "Dead Man's Shoes," and Ridley Scott's "The Counselor." Like the rest of Trank's cast, he's someone who is recognizable but not "famous," and he seems like a guy who is poised to break through in something, and playing one of the most famous of the Marvel villains in a giant movie seems like it could be that role for him.

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<p>&quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas on set for the filming of the show&#39;s title-fulfilling scene.</p>

"How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas on set for the filming of the show's title-fulfilling scene.

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The 'How I Met Your Mother' finale, revisited

Restating a few arguments about the sitcom's controversial ending

So based on the number of comments and the social media stats, I'm guessing that most of you who care about the "How I Met Your Mother" finale have read my review of it from Monday night. That was, like a lot of episode reviews I do, written in a burst immediately after the show, and though my feelings haven't changed about the ending, there are a few points I feel I can better articulate with a few days' distance than I could at the time. So that's coming up, along with a fan-made alternate ending that's been floating around the interwebs since Monday, coming up just as soon as I've got three castle guys and a moat guy...

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<p>Al Gore in &quot;An Inconvenient Truth.&quot;</p>

Al Gore in "An Inconvenient Truth."

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More Gore? Producer talks up possibility of a sequel to 'An Inconvenient Truth'

The 2006 doc hit grossed $50 million worldwide and won two Oscars

Perhaps I'm just getting old, but it doesn't feel like eight years since Davis Guggenheim's climate-change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" was very much in the mainstream conversation -- and, of course, an unstoppable force in the Oscar race.

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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae reinvents David Bowie's 'Heroes' for Pepsi

She says the Thin White Duke is a fan

Janelle Monae upends David Bowie’s classic, “Heroes,” for Pepsi’s “Now is What You Make It” campaign.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves to tape CMT's 'Crossroads'

Episode will air on VH1 and MTV, too

Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves will be tour mates this summer, but first the two will come together for the 50th episode of “Crossroads,”  CMT’s innovative series that pairs country artists with acts from another genre.

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Discovery and Science Channel team to televise a live moon landing by the end of 2015

Discovery and Science Channel team to televise a live moon landing by the end of 2015
“Apollo Moment” will also capture the $30 million competition for privately funded teams to land an unmanned craft on the moon by the end of next year.

Wil Wheaton to host Syfy’s "The Wil Wheaton Project” — a “Talk Soup for Geeks”
Wheaton describes his new show as "“a weekly roundup of the things I love on television and on the Internet, with commentary and jokes, and the occasional visit from interesting people who make those things happen...“It’s sort of like 'Talk Soup' for geeks.”

Josh Elliott: “In the end, it had nothing to do with money”
"It wasn't at all about anyone or anything at ABC,” says the departing “GMA” star. "It was about what lies ahead for me at NBC Sports. I have always wanted to be part of an Olympics broadcast, and the opportunity to cover sports that captivate America was too good to pass up." PLUS: Elliott denies he's being groomed to replace Matt Lauer.

“The Americans” creator regrets Matthew Rhys’ Clark wig
"I think if we could do it over, maybe Clark wouldn’t have a wig,” says creator Joe Weisberg. "Let’s put it this way, the Clark part of the story as we discuss all the time is based on real intelligence operations where real KGB illegals married secretaries and I’m sure they did not wear wigs.” Meanwhile, Alison Wright, who plays Clark’s wife, says the wig will be addressed this season.

“Vanity Fair Confidential”: Vanity Fair launching its first TV series
The Investigation Discovery series will use Vanity Fairs archives, as well as its writers, to delve into in-depth investigations from the past.

Lindsay Lohan to sit down with Letterman
She’ll promote her “2 Broke Girls” guest stint and talk Oprah on April 9. PLUS: Letterman plays a cruel April Fool’s prank on Kristin Chenoweth.

Hulu adds “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and  “The Mindy Project,” plus more NBC Universal shows
Hulu will also make available shows from NBC, Bravo and E!, including "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

Jimmy Fallon to feature Broadway’s “Cabaret”
Now that “The Tonight Show” is in New York, Fallon could prove to be a Broadway alternative to Letterman.

50 years of “The Simpsons”?
“Simpsons” boss Al Jean thinks the long-running Fox series could last half a century. "The deals are usually in installments of four and the ratings are good, so I can't see why we wouldn't go to 30 . . .and why can't we go to 40 or even 50,” he says.

Connie Britton named a UN goodwill ambassador
The “Nashville” star plans to focus on poverty eradication for the United Nations Development Program.

AMC is already teasing “The Walking Dead” Season 5
See the “Survive” poster of Rick with a gun in his hands. PLUS: Analyzing the final scene.

Female scientist slams “SNL’s” Weekend Update for calling her a man
Colin Jost "made me into a male graduate student,” says Raychelle Burks of a joke from last week's show. "I am a female postdoctoral research fellow and a member of the teaching faculty at my institution."

Amazon’s new Fire TV won’t have HBO Go
That’s the one app that could prove to be a deal breaker.

Report: "Sam & Cat” feud is said to be over money
Jennette McCurdy is reportedly ticked off that she makes way less than co-star Ariana Grande.

Brooke Burke-Charvet crashes her Maserati
The former “Dancing with the Stars” co-host is okay after getting in an accident early this morning.

CMT orders documentaries from Morgan Spurlock and Ridley Scott
New docs will include “Promiseland,” “They Called Us Outlaws,” “Freedom” and “Johnny Cash: American Rebel.”

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Exclusive: NEEDTOBREATHE's new song 'Feet Don't Fail Me Now'

From rock act's forthcoming album 'Rivers in the Wasteland'

The title to Needtobreathe's "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" is also fair request: those feet will be set to stomping in this new song.

This HitFix exclusive track premiere is from the Southern-hued rockers' forthcoming album "Rivers in the Wasteland," due on April 15.

"'Feet Don't fail me now' is what we like to call 'maraca rock.' There is a constant pace to the song that makes you feel like you're running from something," said band founders Bear and Bo Rinehart in a statement on the song, which is "about youth, ambition and fear of failure set to the soundtrack of a car chase. There's even a ZZ Top/'Knight Rider' moment in there that we're very proud of."

Leading up to the release of "Rivers in the Wasteland," Needtobreathe is dropping a song per day. In addition to "Feet" below, listen to what else the South Carolinians have in store on their website, which so far is a mix of chaos, beauty, simplicity, noise and emotion.

The relentlessly touring band is also likely headed to a town near you: dates are below.

Here are NEEDTOBREATHE's tour dates:

     Apr 16        In-Store @ Fingerprints Music    Long Beach, CA
     Apr 19        Grimey's    Nashville, TN
     Apr 19        Grand Ole Opry    Nashville, TN
     May 01    Gillioz Theatre    Springfield, MO
     May 02    Brady Theater    Tulsa, OK
     May 03    Suburbia Music Festival    Plano, TX
     May 05    Marquee Theatre    Phoenix, AZ
     May 06    The Wiltern    Los Angeles, CA
     May 07    The Fillmore    San Francisco, CA
     May 09    Neptune Theatre    Seattle, WA
     May 10    Neptune Theatre    Seattle, WA
     May 11    Vogue Theatre    Vancouver, Canada
     May 14    The Fillmore    Denver, CO
     May 15    Uptown Theatre    Kansas City, MO
     May 16    Hangout Festival    Gulf Shores, AL
     May 31    The Tabernacle    Atlanta, GA
     Jun 01        The Tabernacle    Atlanta, GA
     Jun 03        Stage AE    Pittsburgh, PA
     Jun 04        Ichthus Festival    Lexington, KY
     Jun 05        House of Blues     Cleveland, OH
     Jun 06        Murat Theatre    Indianapolis, IN
     Jun 08        Pabst Theater    Milwaukee, WI
     Jun 10        Simon Estes    Des Moines, IA
     Jun 12        Skyway Theatre    Minneapolis, MN
     Jun 13        The Pageant    St Louis, MO
     Jun 14        House of Blues     Chicago, IL
     Jun 15        House of Blues     Chicago, IL
     Jun 17        Town Ballroom    Buffalo, NY
     Jun 19        Danforth Theatre    Toronto, Canada
     Jun 20        The Fillmore    Detroit, MI
     Jun 21        Meijer Gardens    Grand Rapids, MI
     Jun 25        Creation NE    Mt Union, PA
     Aug 16        DownPour Festival    Great Falls, MT

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<p>Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' star Gwendoline Christie on Brienne's journey

On fighting with bears, bathing with Jaime and being the best swordswoman in Westeros

There are certain characters on “Game of Thrones” who could probably have been played equally well by a few dozen actors across the UK and Europe. Then there are the ones who, because of certain traits given to them by author George R.R. Martin, needed a very specific combination of talent and physical appearance. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister is obviously one of those, and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth is another. At an imposing 6’4”(*) with icy blonde hair and large blue eyes, Christie makes an impression, and is absolutely convincing as the stoic warrior who keeps beating up all the men who underestimate her.

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'HIMYM' fan creates an alternate series finale ending

“HIMYM” fan creates an alternate series finale ending
Watch the “fixed” version of the series finale. PLUS: “How I Met Your Dad’s” Greta Gerwig loved the finale.

Amazon unveils FireTV, its $100 streaming TV box
You can even watch Netflix on Amazon’s new streaming box.

Matt Lauer & Al Roker to appear on “Sharknado 2”
“I can’t believe we gave away the whole climax of the movie,” Lauer joked, in explaining their cameo on “Today."

Steve Buscemi’s new AOL talk show will have him interviewing New Yorkers on a park bench
The “Boardwalk Empire” star will also talk to his celebrity pals on “Park Bench.”

Michael Strahan sort of confirms he’s joining “GMA”
“I don’t know,” he said when pressed by “Live” co-host Kelly Ripa this morning. "You know what? (If you) read the papers, I am,” he said, adding: “But this is what I do. This is me. This is my home right here; like, I love you! So no matter what, I go nowhere.”

“Breaking Bad” vs. “Metástasis”: See more pics from the Spanish-language remake
See how the Spanish-language version compares to the original, including the new Saul Goodman and the new Salamanca cousins.

“The Americans” co-stars Matthew Rhys & Keri Russell are indeed a couple
People magazine confirms the pair are dating.

“24’s” Jack Bauer covers EW
“I’m back, Dammit!”

Nickelodeon denies “Sam & Cat” is canceled
Despite some rumors, Nick insists the tween show is taking a scheduled production hiatus.

Travel Channel orders "Booze Traveler,” "American Grilled,” "Big Time RV” and more
Overall, Travel Channel has ordered 10 new series.

“Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” ties its series low during “Captain America” week
The hype for the film hasn’t paid off for the ABC series. PLUS: "The Mindy Project" returns down.

TLC orders “Psychic Matchmaker,” renews “90 Day Fiance”
TLC also plans to air the specials "Curvy Girls Bridal" and "Heidi to the Dresscue.”

Comedy Central orders “Duty,” a cop comedy from “Happy Endings” team
The sitcom pilot follows a former football star who moves home to become a local cop.

“Game of Thrones” star poses “topless” for GQ
But not HBO kind of “topless." PLUS: There are 70 ways to say "Hodor."

Billy Dee Williams dances with Chewbacca on “The Tonight Show”
After making fun of him for weeks, Jimmy Fallon invited the “Dancing” star on his show last night.

Willard Scott, 80, marries his longtime girlfriend
The former “Today” weatherman has been with Paris Keena for 11 years.

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