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Tracy Morgan: 'I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused'
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Tracy Morgan: 'I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused'

Yvonne Strahovski joins 'Astronaut Wives Club,' reuniting with 'Chuck' co-creator

Tracy Morgan: “I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused”
The former “30 Rock” star responded to Walmart’s claim that his accident could’ve been prevented had he worn a seatbelt. "My friends and I were doing nothing wrong,” he said in a statement. "I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I’m fighting hard every day to get back.”


Yvonne Strahovski joins “Astronaut Wives Club,” reuniting with “Chuck” co-creator
She’ll play the wife of Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter in the ABC drama from “Chuck’s” Josh Schwartz.


“Married” and “You’re the Worst” renewed, but only one is staying on FX
FX will send “You’re the Worst” to FXX for its 2nd season, while both comedies will get a bigger run of 13 episodes, up from 10.


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<p>You&#39;re the Worst</p>

You're the Worst

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FX renews 'You're the Worst' & 'Married' for longer second seasons

Younger-skewing 'You're the Worst' will move to FXX; both shows get 13-episode orders

Today, FX is not the worst. It is the best, for having renewed "You're the Worst" — and also "Married."

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<p>Stalker</p>

Stalker

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 249: 'Selfie,' 'A to Z,' 'Gracepoint' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Manhattan Love Story,' 'Bad Judge,' 'Stalker' and 'The Simpsons' & 'Family Guy' premieres

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! It's gonna be another double-dip this week for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, because there are just too darned many premieres this week to squeeze into a single installment. Most of the ones in today's podcast are, unfortunately, not among the best of this fall's freshman class, though if you enjoy Angry Dan or Incredulous Alan, you will be getting a good amount of both throughout this discussion, before we segue into talking about "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" premieres. 

Back either Thursday or Friday with a mix of new ("Mulaney") and returning ("Homeland") shows, plus belated finale talk about "Masters of Sex" and "Outlander."

The rundown:

"Selfie" (00:00:55 - 00:13:20)
"Manhattan Love Story" (00:13:23 - 00:23:15)
"Stalker" (00:23:15 - 00:26:25)
"Bad Judge" (00:26:30 - 00:39:10)
"Gracepoint" (00:39:10 - 00:53:00)
"A to Z" (00:53:00 - 01:06:20)
Sunday's "Simpsons" and "Family Guy" (01:06:20 - 01:18:40)

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. 249

Dan and Alan review 'Selfie,' 'Stalker,' 'Gracepoint,' 'A to Z,' 'Bad Judge' and more

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

Time for the first of what will probably be two Firewall & Iceberg podcasts this week. 

In this podcast? We review a lot of trash, including "Selfie," "Manhattan Love Story" and "Stalker." We were less negative on "Gracepoint" and "A to Z," at least.

And we talked about Sunday's "Simpsons" premiere and the "Family Guy" episode that took place in Springfield and featured characters from "The Simpsons," but wasn't really a crossover.

That leaves us with a TON still to talk about on Thursday or Friday.

Here's today's breakdown:
"Selfie" (00:00:55 - 00:13:20)
"Manhattan Love Story" (00:13:23 - 00:23:15)
"Stalker" (00:23:15 - 00:26:25)
"Bad Judge" (00:26:30 - 00:39:10)
"Gracepoint" (00:39:10 - 00:53:00)
"A to Z" (00:53:00 - 01:06:20)
Sunday's "Simpsons" and "Family Guy" (01:06:20 - 01:18:40)

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>Yvonne Strahovski</p>

Yvonne Strahovski

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Yvonne Strahovski joins ABC's 'Astronaut Wives Club'

Mid-season drama adapted by Stephanie Savage to focus on the wives of NASA's original astronauts

With the future of the "24" franchise — and her role as Jack Bauer's latest trusty sidekick — in limbo, Yvonne Strahovski has gone back to the past in more ways than one with her new gig, playing one of the title roles in ABC's "Astronaut Wives" club, written and executive produced by Stephanie Savage, and by "Chuck" co-creator Josh Schwartz.

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Fox remaking Tom Hanks' 'Big' as an event series
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Fox remaking Tom Hanks' 'Big' as an event series

'The View' calls out sponsor Walmart for insensitive Tracy Morgan seatbelt remarks

Fox remaking Tom Hanks' “Big” as an event series
Producers from “Enlisted” are behind the remake of the 1988 Penny Marshall-directed film that will explore "what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid — and how in  today's world, those two things are more confused than ever.” The half-hour comedy is being billed as a limited event series.


“The View” calls out sponsor Walmart for insensitive Tracy Morgan seatbelt remarks
Said Whoopi Goldberg: “Walmart is one of our sponsors and sometimes, when we take issue with  our sponsors, we always have to say, ‘hey we know you're our sponsor, we respect you, but this is an interesting story and that's why we're telling it.’”


Piers Morgan lands a new job that will keep him in the U.S.
The former CNN host has been named U.S. Editor-at-Large for MailOnline.


Reese Witherspoon: I want to cameo on “Girls”
The actress made her “Girls" intentions known in an interview with Vogue.

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Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' heading West for Super Bowl
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Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' heading West for Super Bowl

'How to Get Away with Murder' premiere sets DVR playback record

Jimmy Fallon will do a post-Super Bowl “Tonight Show” in Phoenix, followed by a week of shows in L.A.
Fallon’s post-Super Bowl show will air after a special episode of “The Blacklist.” After the game, he’ll bring “The Tonight Show” back to Los Angeles from Feb. 2-5 for a week of shows from Universal Studios Hollywood.


“How to Get Away with Murder’s” premiere now has more than 20 million viewers — after setting a DVR playback record
A record 6 million watched the ShondaLand drama on DVR.


Dominic Cooper officially joins “Agent Carter”
His role as Tony Stark’s father, Howard Stark, will become a regular one on the ABC series.


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Best Picture Oscar contenders include 'Interstellar,' 'Imitation Game' and more

Best Picture Oscar contenders include 'Interstellar,' 'Imitation Game' and more

It promises to be a varied and interesting season

The 2014-2015 Oscar season is well underway, with festivals providing the cream of the crop and a few major studio films laced throughout. Who will be left standing when the dust clears at the 87th annual Academy Awards? More importantly, what will the journey of discovery be like every step of the way?

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ABC renews 'Mistresses'
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ABC renews 'Mistresses'

Show will return for 13-episode Season 3

ABC renews “Mistresses”
The British remake will be back next summer for a 13-episode Season 3.

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'Gotham' and 'Scorpion' hold up nicely in Week 2
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'Gotham' and 'Scorpion' hold up nicely in Week 2

David Fincher is re-teaming with 'Gone Girl' author to direct the 1st season of HBO’s 'Utopia'

“Gotham” and "Scorpion" hold up nicely in Week 2
Both freshman dramas only shed small percentage of viewers in their 2nd week.


David Fincher is re-teaming with “Gone Girl” author to direct the 1st season of HBO’s “Utopia”
The “Gone Girl” director will collaborate with Gillian Flynn to bring the British TV conspiracy series to HBO.


FCC dumps NFL’s 39-year-old blackout rule
The NFL was adamantly opposed to ending the rule, which allowed games to be blacked out in local markets where there wasn’t a sellout.


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<p>Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: Monday viewers still loving 'Scorpion,' 'NCIS: LA' flops and 'Gotham,' 'Blacklist' dip

'The Voice' maintains NBC's advantage in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Monday, September 29, 2014.

As you'd expect, most of Monday's originals dipped from their premieres in the season's second week, with "Scorpion" retaining relatively impressively to help CBS win the night overall, while "The Voice" helped NBC dominate the key demo even in decline.

There were no gainers on Monday, in fact, as "Gotham," "Sleepy Hollow," "The Blacklist" and even the all-powerful "The Big Bang Theory" fell.

There were a couple shows that held off on their premieres for this week and got mixed results.

ABC's "Castle" came back on the high side, but with NBC taking Monday Night Football coverage in several markets, those numbers are certain to slip at least a little. But no matter how far "Castle" slips, it's unlikely to fall below CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles," which collapsed on Monday night in its first separation from the "NCIS" mothership.

Finally, another of The CW's IHeart Radio specials vanished without much of a trace.

On to Monday's numbers, subject to change as always...

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<p>Karen Gillan in &quot;Happy Idiot&quot;</p>

Karen Gillan in "Happy Idiot"

Karen Gillan distracts Paul Reubens in TV On The Radio's new 'Happy Idiot' video

Memories of lost love cause Racer Steven to lose his mind

TV On The Radio singer Tunde Adebimpe had an idea for a music video, where "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" actor and icon Paul Reubens would play a race car driver losing his mind. He took the idea to Funny Or Die.

Apparently, those kind of pitches work.

Rope in "Doctor Who" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Karen Gillan, throw the formerly indie band in some smashing white suits, and you've got yourself this Danny Jelinek-directed video insanity, for song "Happy Idiot."

"I got to speak with [Reubens] over the phone about doing it and, in between being blindingly nervous that I was actually talking to an actor who had shaped a LOT of my world view and trying not to freak him out by saying so, he mentioned that he's been a fan of the band for awhile," Adebimpe explained in a press release. "He liked the idea, and, somehow, here we are with Paul as a race car driver losing his mind."

Gillan shows up in a cheerleader uniform, and in bed reading a book, and happily gardening, many manner of fantastical imaginings any Gillan fan would have. But they're memories, for Racecar Steven. Poor Racecar Steven. Like in the song, he's just trying keep his mind off her. It turned into a "full on geek fest in the desert."

"Happy Idiot" is the first single from TV On The Radio's "Seeds" album, out on Nov. 18 via Harvest Records. It was recorded in L.A. with longtime producer Dave Sitek.

The band has a limited number of tour dates currently lined up, with more TBA.

Here are TV On The Radio's tour dates:

Fri-Oct-17: Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl (Supporting Massive Attack)
Sat-Oct-18: Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Library
Sun-Oct-19: San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Music Festival
Wed-Oct-22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Thu-Oct-23: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Fri-Oct-24: Joshua Tree, CA @ Pappy & Harriets
Sat-Oct-25: Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
Wed-Nov-12: Toronto, ON @  Phoenix           
Thu-Nov-13: Montreal, QC  @ Corona
Fri-Nov-14: Boston, MA @  Paradise
Sun-Nov-16: Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
Mon-Nov-17: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Tue-Nov-18: New York, NY @ Apollo
Fri-Nov-21: Brooklyn, NY @ MHOW
Sat-Nov-22: Brooklyn, NY @ MHOW

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