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'New Girl' lending Max Greenfield to 'The Mindy Project'

"New Girl" lending Max Greenfield to "The Mindy Project"
He'll guest as a guy at a bar named Lee who is up to "no good."

TV Land renews "The Exes"

The comedy starring Donald Faison, Wayne Knight and David Alan Basche will return for a 4th season.

"Big Bang" is bringing back Bob Newhart

He'll reprise his role as Professor Proton.

"NCIS: New Orleans" adds CCH Pounder and "JAG" alum

Pounder will play the show's medical examiner, while Zoe McLellan will play a special agent.

"Dancing with the Stars" dumps its longtime band leader
The 28-member Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers is out after being with the show since Season 1. The American Federation of Musicians claims the show will begin using pre-recorded music, but a source tells The Hollywood Reporter that a new live band will be chosen.

"Bored to Death" cast reunites
Ted Danson, Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis appeared together over the weekend at SF Sketchfest.

Disney Channel renews "Dog with a Blog"
The comedy will be back for a 3rd season.

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<p>Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine in &quot;Elsa and Frank.&quot;</p>

Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine in "Elsa and Frank."

Credit: Miami International Film Festival

Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer to open Miami Film Festival

John Turturro to receive career tribute

I'm not sure I've ever had a more purely enjoyable festival experience than I did at last year's Miami International Film Festival. The location alone obviously takes some beating, but the convivial, celebratory atmosphere of proceedings, coupled with some imaginative programming (particularly of Latin American fare unlikely to be seen elsewhere), made it rather special. Cannes may have its attractions, but a relaxed press brunch with Darlene Love, for example, is not among them.

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<p>The true MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII: Manning Face</p>

The true MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII: Manning Face

Credit: AP

Super Bowl XLVIII grabs the Most-Watched TV Show crown with 111.5 million viewers

How did 'New Girl' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' perform?
[UPDATE: The final audience total for Super Bowl XLVIII ended up at 112.2 million viewers, "New Girl" ended up with 26.3 million and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" with 15.1 million.]
Apologies for this morning's incorrect guess that no records would be broken by Super Bowl XLVIII.
The lopsided result was presaged by a safety on the game's first play from scrimmage, but the Seahawks rout over the Broncos was still watched by 111.5 million viewers on average, making it latest Super Bowl to grab the crown of The Must-Watched Television Show in U.S. History. 
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<p>Philip Seymour Hoffman in &quot;Almost Famous&quot;</p>

Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Almost Famous"

Credit: DreamWorks

Cameron Crowe on Philip Seymour Hoffman and the 'soul' of 'Almost Famous'

'I will always be grateful for that front row seat to his genius.'

A day later and I'm realizing I still haven't fully absorbed the unfortunate, untimely passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. A house full of people yesterday for a boring football game and the usual work-related stuff this morning has kept it a bit at bay ever since the news struck yesterday.

I will say I'm annoyed at the predictability of high-horse riding judgment from those who clearly have no idea what addiction entails. But that kind of finger-wagging, which we can always spot as little more than frustration on behalf of others — children, loved one, etc. — left in the wake of such a tragedy, is to be expected. It can be timed like the tides. And it's always another level of sadness over these things.

Anyway, the point is, I'm still processing. We lost a genius, and one in his prime. These were the years of amazing Phil Hoffman performances. We were in the middle of it, you see? We just left the movie an hour in, so to speak, right in the meat of the second act build. But I'm grateful for the perspective of filmmakers like Cameron Crowe, who wrote a brief, poignant remembrance of Hoffman's work on a key scene from his 2000 film "Almost Famous."

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'Orange is the New Black' creator: Laura Prepon will be back for "most" of Season 2

"Orange is the New Black" creator: Laura Prepon will be back for "most" of Season 2
It had been reported that Prepon would return for just four episodes. But creator Jenji Kohan tells Us Weekly: "Yes, yes, she is coming back. Not the whole season,'ll see her for most of it."

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<p>Bruno Mars performing at the Super Bowl</p>

Bruno Mars performing at the Super Bowl

Credit: AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Bruno Mars sees sales surge after Super Bowl halftime performance

Sales of 'Unorthodox Jukebox' soar 164%

Bruno Mars saw an immediate bump in sales following his halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday (2) night.

The sales chart closes each Sunday at midnight for the week, but it would appear that enough folks liked what they heard during his energetic set to purchase his current album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” immediately. Billboard predicts that it will sell up to 40,000 copies, up 164% from last week’s 15,000. His show featured special guests Red Hot Chili Peppers on a robust "Give It Away." 

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Scheana Marie

 Scheana Marie

CulturePop No. 36 - Scheana Marie of 'Vanderpump Rules' talks big twist

She reveals the scene that 'brought tears' - and she wasn't in it

It's been a while since Melinda and I have done a podcast, but we're back and (if you can get past the remnants of my cold) had a chance to talk to Scheana from "Vanderpump Rules." Even if Stassi and Kristen give her a hard time, we found her to be lots of fun, a dry wit and she even gave us some hints about what we can expect on the season finale tonight ("Vanderpump Rules" airs Mon. at 9:00 p.m. ET on Bravo). In short -- expect the unexpected, and there are even more changes in store on the reunion show. Those crazy kids!

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Last night's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show in U.S. history

Last night's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show in U.S. history
Updated ratings show that 111.5 million viewers watched the boring blowout that was Super Bowl XLVIII, up from the 111.3 million who saw the previous record-holder, the 2012 Super Bowl. PLUS: "Downton Abbey" was the night's runner-up for the 3rd year.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 218

Dan and Alan talk Super Bowl ads, 'Sherlock,' Philip Seymour Hoffman and more


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
Have you recovered from your Super Bowl hangover? Hope so!
It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg video-free podcast. 
In this week's installment, we talked Super Bowl commercials, "New Girl," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and we discussed the third season of "Sherlock," which ended opposite the Super Bowl. We also begin the podcast discussing the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. So... Lots of stuff!
We should also mention that on Thursday, we're doing a Google+ Hangout with Mo Ryan of the Huffington Post. Join us, if you can figure out what a Google+ Hangout is!
Here's today's breakdown:
Philip Seymour Hoffman (00:01:10 - 00:13:50)
Super Bowl Stuff (00:13:55 - 00:35:05)
"New Girl" (00:35:05 - 00:43:00)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (00:44:15 - 00:54:20)
Listener Mail on Inept TV Law Enforcement (00:54:55 - 01:01:25)
"Bones" moving back to Mondays (01:01:35 - 01:09:25)
"Sherlock" (01:09:30 - 01:23:00)

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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Discovery Channel orders 'Game of Stones'

Discovery Channel orders "Game of Stones"
The reality show follows an "extreme gem hunter" who is an expert at finding rare stones "from the most dangerous and lawless places on earth."

Did Flea fake playing the bass during Super Bowl halftime?
There are allegations that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were "air-shredding" during last night's performance.

"HIMYM" creators answer question on Reddit -- Jennifer Love Hewitt didn't want to play Robin
Hewitt rejected the role of Robin to do "The Ghost Whisperer," according to Carter Bays. That, of course, led to the casting of Cobie Smulders. PLUS: Cristin Milioti talks playing the ukulele?

Seth Meyers to make a cameo on "Say Yes to Dress"
Three days before his "Late Night" debut, Meyers will pop up on TLC to surprise a medic who was injured by a bomb in Afghanistan.

"Live" celebrates Michael Strahan's Pro Football Hall of Fame honor

Strahan, who handed out the Super Bowl trophy last night, had quite a busy weekend. He was voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday in his 2nd year of eligibility.

Jack Davenport joins Jennifer Carpenter on ABC's "Sea of Fire"
The "Coupling" and "Smash" vet will play a local sheriff who joins Carpenter's FBI agent in an investigation of the disappearance of three girls.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 218

Dan and Alan also discuss Philip Seymour Hoffman and identify the worst TV government agency of all


It's Firewall & Iceberg podcast time again, boys and girls, as Dan and I talked about yesterday's tragedy (Philip Seymour Hoffman), yesterday's big disappointment (the Super Bowl blowout and the commercials within it), and some of last night's other programming. We also dipped into the mailbag and paused to comment on FOX changing its midseason schedule again.

Also, if you want more TV talk from us this week, we'll be doing a Google+ Hangout with Mo Ryan and Matthew Rappaport from Huffington Post on Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific.

The rundown: 

Philip Seymour Hoffman (00:01:10 - 00:13:50)
Super Bowl Stuff (00:13:55 - 00:35:05)
"New Girl" (00:35:05 - 00:43:00)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (00:44:15 - 00:54:20)
Listener Mail on Inept TV Law Enforcement (00:54:55 - 01:01:25)
"Bones" moving back to Mondays (01:01:35 - 01:09:25)
"Sherlock" (01:09:30 - 01:23:00) 

As always, send questions to 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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Scott Bakula will star in the 'NCIS' New Orleans spinoff

Scott Bakula will star in the "NCIS" New Orleans spinoff

The 2nd "NCIS" spinoff will feature Bakula as NCIS Special Agent Pride, who "embodies" New Orleans.

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