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NBC shuts down production on 'Sean Saves the World'

NBC shuts down production on "Sean Saves the World"
Sean Hayes' comedy is essentially canceled.

Jimmy Fallon passes the "Late Night" pickle to Seth Meyers
The "Late Night" pickle was originally passed down from David Letterman to Conan O'Brien, then to Fallon.

Watch Melissa McCarthy dance in her "SNL" promos
Third time's the charm!

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Grammys boss apologizes for cutting off Trent Reznor

Grammys boss apologizes for cutting off Trent Reznor
Executive producer Ken Ehrlich also explains why he's against broadcasting live to the West Coast, and he also addresses the lack of same-sex kisses during the "Same Love" mass wedding.

"Modern Family's" Australian itinerary revealed
The cast will climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge, hit Bondi Beach, dive the Great Barrier Reef and a famous Aussie animal will run into Phil. PLUS: Happy Sweet 16 to Ariel Winter!

DirecTV bans The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore from appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show"
Dan Patrick's morning show is shown on DirecTV's Audience Network, so DirecTV thought it would be "a bit awkward" to have Cantore appear on the satellite provider in the midst of its dispute with The Weather Channel. PLUS: Cantore knees in the groin a would-be videobomber.

Post-Super Bowl TV ratings, compared
From "Friends'" 52.9 million to "Glee's" 26.8 million.

"Sons of Anarchy" stars are touring Australia
Kim Coates, Mark Boone Jr and Theo Rossi will be appearing at clubs in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide.

Why "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is TV's most progressive sitcom
It subverts the "angry black man" trope and it does diversity right.

Chandra Wilson: "General Hospital" and "Grey's Anatomy" have been neighbors for years
"I've been watching — and loving — the show for 35 years," Wilson says of her upcoming cameo. "I'm such an impossible groupie that I stay away from the studio commissary from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. because I might run into the GH stars having their lunch, and then I'd be saying stupid stuff and tripping all over myself. [Laughs] It's been that way for 10 years!"

Here's James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher on "The Big Bang Theory"

What's she doing with a baseball bat?

"Friday Night Tykes" isn't celebrating its subjects
The Esquire Channel series isn't like "Toddlers and Tiaras" or "Dance Moms," which are shot reality TV-style. As James Poniewozik notes, it's shot cinema verite-style, offering a more rounded, multidimensional picture of what is going on.

It was a "Project Runway" alum who designed Beyonce's Grammy dress
Michael Costello was sought out by Beyonce's stylist.

Reelz presents "The Capones"
The reality show about the descendant of Al Capone premieres tonight.

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<p>Yayan Ruhian's nothing like his on-screen persona, and Arifin Putra seems ready for Hollywood movie stardom as we discuss their new film 'The Raid 2'</p>

Yayan Ruhian's nothing like his on-screen persona, and Arifin Putra seems ready for Hollywood movie stardom as we discuss their new film 'The Raid 2'

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Fight coordinator Yayan Ruhian and bad guy Arifin Putra on preparing for 'The Raid 2'

Our final interview with the team behind the amazing new action film

PARK CITY - One of the highlights of "The Raid" was the character named Mad Dog. When you name a character something like that, especially in a film that is structured as a series of escalating fights, then you'd better deliver when you finally get to the scene where this guy shows what he can do.

Since Gareth Evans had Yayan Ruhian playing the part, he was unworried, and with good reason. Ruhian is not only a gifted physical performer, but he's also a Silat instructor, and he's been one of the fight coordinators for all three movies Evans has directed using the martial art. Ruhian runs a studio of his own in Indonesia, and he specializes in a mental discipline that allows him to absorb blows to his person.

He's very good in "The Raid 2," even though he really only has three scenes in the movie. The first establishes who he is, the second challenges our idea of what he is, and then in the third, he realizes that he is being set up for a very specific purpose. In two of the three scenes, we get some sense of just how intimidating and powerful he is as a fighter, and in the third, we get an idea of how far he's come as an actor. In person, he seems lovely, very soft-spoken and modest.

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<p>That is a seriously cool riff on Cap's costume for 'Captain America:&nbsp;The Winter Soldier'</p>

That is a seriously cool riff on Cap's costume for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Credit: Marvel Studios

Joe and Anthony Russo already in talks with Marvel to direct 'Captain America 3'

I guess this means we can start getting excited for April, right?

There seems to be a good deal of excitement right now about "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," due in large part to the news that Marvel has already signed Anthony and Joe Russo for a third film in the series.

While I'm not sure I agree with the champagne-pouring exaltations on Twitter that seem to believe this proves "The Winter Soldier" is the greatest movie ever made, I do think it's a vote of confidence that Marvel feels like they made the movie they set out to make. Until something is finished, you don't really know if it works, if it feels like a "movie" all the way through. I've seen things at various points in the process that looked good but that just didn't add up when they were all put together, and that's one of the most important things I feel like I've learned.

If Marvel and the Russos are already working on a storyline for the third film, I'm excited. I'm sure the Russos know everything that happens during "Age Of Ultron" and that they're picking up from the new status quo that exists at the end of that film. They're essentially making a sequel to both "Winter Soldier" and "Age Of Ultron," one of those quirks of working in the Marvel system right now.

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HitFix's downloadable Oscar ballot

HitFix's downloadable Oscar ballot

We've got you covered for your annual parties and pools

The Oscars are on the way and with it, a slew of viewing parties and office pools in need of downloadable Oscar ballots. Well, look no further, because HitFix has you covered. Print a bunch of these out and pass them around at your Oscar night gathering, and get a leg up on your friends by studying the race with us here each and every day in the lead-up to the Academy Awards.

Click here to download this year's Oscar ballot!

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<p>The Emmy trophy</p>

The Emmy trophy

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NBC moves the 2014 Emmys to August and to a Monday

As usual, Sunday Night Football plays a role in scheduling mayhem
As expected, NBC announced today (January 28) that the Prime Emmys will move to August this year. Somewhat less expectedly, NBC also announced that the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on a Monday.
More specifically, the Emmys will be broadcast live, coast-to-coast, on Monday, August 25, 2014. As usual, the Emmys will take place at the Nokia Theatre.
The Emmys in August? That's pretty normal stuff. Because of NBC's Sunday Night Football commitment, the Emmys were also held in August in 2010 and 2006, the past two times the network had the ceremony.
But the Emmys on a Monday? Well, that's a bit strange.
NBC also announced that the Creative Arts Emmys will be held on Saturday, August 16. Per NBC, the Creative Arts Emmys were already locked down and the Primetime Emmys have to be the weekend after, but due to Sunday Night Football, a Sunday ceremony was impossible. Hence, Monday Night Emmys!
Thus far, the network has not revealed either producers or a host for the Emmys. The last time NBC had the Emmys, Jimmy Fallon hosted. The time before that, it was Conan O'Brien. Does that put Seth Meyers in line for this year? Probably not.
Guess it's time to start prepping my Emmy preview galleries. If you're looking for a dark horse, I'm predicting "Breaking Bad" might get some award consideration.
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The Emmys will air on a Monday in August this year

The Emmys will air on a Monday in August this year
The TV Academy gave no reason why the Primetime Emmys are moving to Monday, Aug. 25 this year. The last time the Emmys aired on a Monday was in 1976. NBC usually airs the Primetime Emmys in August due to "Sunday Night Football," but it's always been previously broadcast on a Sunday in August. The move to Monday means the red carpet broadcast will be shown while people are working on the West Coast, and the ceremony will begin just as West Coasters are getting off work. UPDATE: NBC wants to avoid conflict with a "Sunday Night Football" preseason game.

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<p>Katy Perry at The Beatles' Grammy tribute for CBS</p>

Katy Perry at The Beatles' Grammy tribute for CBS

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Katy Perry, Dave Grohl, Imagine Dragons, Pharrell star in Beatles tribute

Salute to the Fab Four, featuring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, is a fun ticket to ride

LOS ANGELES—Even before Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr took the stage Monday night to close out the taping of “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” the audience had already gotten nearly three hours of tasty Fab Four covers by some of today’s top artists.

The CBS special, which airs Feb. 9, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” It airs a half-century later —to the day and time— of that momentous occasion. The country was still mourning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the excitement over the Beatles is credited with helping lift the  nation’s collective spirit.

{SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know about the artists on the program)

The taping at the Los Angeles Convention Center kicked off with footage of The Beatles playing “All My Loving” on the Sullivan show and all the attendant screaming girls (Fun Fact: The Sullivan show used a fifth camera, focused solely on the audience, for the first time. Plus, the crowd was so loud, none of the cameramen could hear the director so their shots were by guess work and memory from the rehearsals).
The Beatles performance segued into Maroon 5, dressed in similar black suits and skinny ties as the four lads, finishing the song.

Hosted by Grammy go-to guy LL Cool J, the show interspersed classic Beatles footage and short bios on John, Paul, George and Ringo with new interpretations of the Beatle classics. As is usually the case, some versions worked better than other: The Eurythmics’ take on “Fool On the Hill,”  Stevie Wonder’s funkified “We Can Work It Out,” John Mayer and Keith Urban’s rooftop re-creation of “Don’t Let Me Down,” and Alicia Keys and John Legend’s “Let It Be” were stand outs. Katy Perry’s “Yesterday” hit all the right emotional notes, although her voice would have been better suited for “Penny Lane” or something more upbeat. Pharrell Williams seemed the wrong fit for “Here Comes the Sun,” although Brad Paisley’s guitar work on the tune was, as always, stellar. Imagine Dragons took the biggest risk: restyling “Revolution” as if channeling Elvis Presley, sitting on four stools, clad in black leather, complete with Scotty Moore-type guitar licks.
The production values greatly enhanced the performances, with each act playing before an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colorful images: some familiar from Beatles’ movies, such as “Yellow Submarine,” and some brand new, but just as entertaining.

Ken Ehrlich, who executive produced the show (he also helms the Grammys), kept the taping moving quickly. During any downtime, clips from Beatles movies, such as “Help” and “A Hard Day’s Night” made things lively…though those were most likely for the benefit of the studio audience and won’t make the two-hour special.

The special included taped interviews with four “Sullivan Show” staffers, recounting in glorious detail the Beatles appearances (they made three) . The oral history is endearing, informative, and wildly entertaining, especially from Vince Calandra, who found himself filling in for a sick George Harrison during rehearsals.

Both Starr and McCartney, looking tremendously healthy and spry,  performed mini-sets on their own before joining together for “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey Jude” (with Starr on drums).
Whether you were born when the Beatles appeared on “Sullivan” or have only heard about it from your parents, the CBS special brings it all back alive in a way that will have you diving into the Beatles catalog as soon as the show is over.

Below is a rundown of the performances. Clearly, some of them (probably some of Starr and McCartney’s tunes) will have to be cut for the two-hour running time, but will hopefully be included in what is sure to be a forthcoming DVD of the event.

“All My Loving” (partial) – Maroon 5
“Ticket to Ride” – Maroon 5
“Don’t Let Me Down” – John Mayer and Keith Urban
“In My Life” – Ed Sheeran
“Let It Be” – Alicia Keys and John Legend
“Revolution” – Imagine Dragons
“Yesterday” – Katy Perry
“Fool on the Hill” – Eurythmics
“Here Comes the Sun” -- Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams
“Hey Bulldog” --- Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne
“Something” –  Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, and Dhani Harrison
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Joe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr. , and Dave Grohl (on drums)
“We Can Work It Out” – Stevie Wonder
“Matchbox” – Ringo Starr
“Boys” – Ringo Starr
“Yellow Submarine” – Ringo Starr
“Magical Mystery Tour” – Paul McCartney
“Birthday” – Paul McCartney
“Get Back” – Paul McCartney
"I Saw Her Standing There" -- Paul McCartney
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”/”With a Little Help From My Friends” – Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
“Hey Jude” – Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (on drums)

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Gayle King says Oprah Winfrey doesn't feel snubbed after Oscar nominations

Gayle King says Oprah Winfrey doesn't feel snubbed after Oscar nominations

Which supporting actress nominee is she pulling for instead?

One of the big names missing when the Oscar nominations were revealed earlier this month was media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who won acclaim for her supporting turn in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," but failed to pick up a nomination.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 217

Dan and Alan talk 'Fleming' and catch up from two weeks away


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.
Sorry for two weeks away, but we're back for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. 
As we explain in this week's podcast, between Alan's physical circumstances and my TCA Press Tour and Sundance circumstances, we missed out on two weeks of potentially busy podcasts, but we returned for a week with almost nothing.
So we reviewed BBC America's "Fleming" just because it happened to be new and premiering this week. And then we also did a quick check-in on a bunch of shows that premiered over the past couple weeks, discussed the press tour, talked Golden Globes and more.
Here's today's breakdown:
"Fleming" (00:03:20 - 00:11:20)
Press tour recap (00:11:25 - 00:27:15)
Golden Globes (00:27:20 - 00:34:30)
"Rake" (00:34:40 - 00:43:05)
"Black Sails" (00:43:05 - 00:48:35)
"Suburgatory" (00:48:35 - 00:54:20)
"Looking" (00:54:20 - 01:03:30)
"How Your Mother Met Me" (01:03:30 - 01:09:05)
"Sleepy Hollow" (01:09:05 - 01:18:45)

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.


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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 217

Dan and Alan revisit press tour, the Golden Globes and more


Hey, remember Firewall & Iceberg? We had such plans — such big plans — for January. We were gonna record a couple of in-person podcasts at press tour. We were maybe going to record an in-person video show or two. Then one of us broke his stupid ankle, and suddenly it became logistically impossible to record anything at all for a while. But Dan's back from Sundance, which meant it was time to catch up on a bunch of things we might have otherwise discussed over the last two weeks, plus some newer topics like BBC America's Ian Fleming miniseries, and last night's "HIMYM" 200th. The rundown: 

"Fleming" (00:03:20 - 00:11:20)
Press tour recap (00:11:25 - 00:27:15)
Golden Globes (00:27:20 - 00:34:30)
"Rake" (00:34:40 - 00:43:05)
"Black Sails" (00:43:05 - 00:48:35)
"Suburgatory" (00:48:35 - 00:54:20)
"Looking" (00:54:20 - 01:03:30)
"How Your Mother Met Me" (01:03:30 - 01:09:05)
"Sleepy Hollow" (01:09:05 - 01:18:45)

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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'Scandal' is casting for Fitz & Mellie's 2 older kids

"Scandal" is casting for Fitz & Mellie's 2 older kids

Get ready to meet 15-year-old Jerry and Karen, his younger sister.

Robert Evans is developing a cable drama about Hollywood in the '70s

The former Paramount Studios honcho who oversaw "The Godfather" and who was celebrated in the documentary "The Kid Stays in the Picture" will delve into the studio system when "there was a mob influence, drugs, sex, excess, casting couches, and some of the best movies made in the 20th century."

Oprah Winfrey cancels her 60th birthday party

Oprah, who turns 60 on Wednesday, opted to cancel her birthday party because her guest list got out of control, according to E!

Casey Wilson and "Happy Endings" creator are re-teaming for NBC's "Marry Me"
Wilson will star in fiance David Caspe's "Mad About You"-esque comedy pilot about a newly engaged couple. PLUS: NBC orders a Jason Bateman-produced comedy pilot.

Stephen Root joins AMC's "Turn"
He'll help establish the first American spy ring on the Revolutionary War drama.

Fox says Regis Philbin isn't leaving his Fox Sports 1 show -- he's just taking a break

Reege will take February off from "Crowd Goes Wild" before returning in March for a limited schedule.

Seth Meyers asks fans to design his desk
The winner will get a chance to hang out on Seth's new "Late Night" set.

Craig Ferguson isn't concerned about his new "Late Night" rival, Seth Meyers
"I just do my show," says the "Late Late Show" host. "My show is not like any other show out there. I just do the show I want to do for me."

Alyson Hannigan weeps over "HIMYM"
Watch Hannigan cry on "The Talk" over the prospect of losing TV hubby Jason Segel.

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