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FXX cancels 'Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell'

FXX cancels "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell"
The Chris Rock-produced talk show's audience has been vanishing ever since he moved to FXX. The final show airs Thursday.

Aisha Tyler will appear on Ryan Murphy's "Open"
She'll guest on the HBO human sexuality drama pilot.

E! announces the 1st-ever Kardashian Christmas special
The 90-minute "Keeping Up With the Kardashians: A Very Merry Christmas" airs on Dec. 1.

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'Orange is the New Black' will compete as a drama at Emmys and Golden Globes, pitting it against 'House of Cards'

"Orange is the New Black" will compete as a drama at Emmys and Golden Globes, pitting it against "House of Cards"

Netflix wouldn't say why it made the switch. It was assumed "Orange is the New Black" would compete as a comedy so it wouldn't go head-to-head with "House of Cards." PLUS: Laura Prepon goes brunette for her "Orange" return.

Eddie Murphy reuniting with Arsenio
Murphy will stop by his "Coming to America" pal's new talk show on Nov. 19.

Mariah Carey says "I hated" working on "American Idol," especially with "Satan"

"Honestly, I hated it," she said today in a radio interview, adding, in a likely diss of Nick Minaj: "It was like going to work every day in hell with Satan."

Discovery Channel orders "Dude, You're Screwed!"
The survival reality show will "kidnap" and plop down five survival experts in a harsh environment. Discovery originally titled the show "Catch and Release."

Syfy developing "Beowulf"
The Old English heroic epic poem is becoming a TV series.

E! airing a 90-minute Britney Spears documentary
Airing three days before Christmas, "I Am Britney Jean" promises to give "an intimate look" at "one of the most overexposed yet under-revealed stars of today."

"The Real World" no more: Exes twist will damage the MTV reality institution
Witout its tried-and-true formula, it's just not "The Real World" anymore.

"Game of Thrones" DVD will go inside the Red Wedding

Watch a preview of the Season 3 DVD.

Watch a "Space Jam" spoof of ESPN's "30 for 30"
"The Space Jam Game" featuring Michael Jordan.

Nickelodeon orders a "Go Viral" children's game show from Ryan Seacrest
Kids will compete in elimination challenges that use viral videos.


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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 210

Dan and Alan discuss 'Raising Hope,' 'Almost Human,' 'Ground Floor' and more


Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. 
It's a bit late in the week, but it's still time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
We've had a couple slow weeks for premieres, but this week we've got a couple new shows -- "Ground Floor" and "Almost Human" -- an HBO filmed play -- "Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" -- and the return of FOX's "Raising Hope." We also answered a little mail.
Today's breakdown:
"Ground Floor" 00:02:10 - 00:17:05
"Raising Hope" 00:17:10 - 00:30:40
"Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" (00:30:40 - 00:42:45)
"Almost Human" (00:42:45 - 00:55:55)
Listener Mail - International audience (00:56:15 - 01:01:00)
Listener Mail - Singling out "SNL" for race problems (01:01:05 - 01:10:55)

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.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.


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Firewall & Iceberg, episode 210

Dan and Alan also review HBO's Mike Tyson special and the new season of 'Raising Hope'


Time for a mid-week installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I review a new comedy, a new drama, a returning comedy and a filmed performance of a one-man stage show, all while opening the mailbag. And, once again, please vote for us in the Podcast Awards.

Warning: Dan uses a word you can't say on broadcast television (but can say on "Ground Floor") in the final listener mail segment.

The rundown:

"Ground Floor" 00:02:10 - 00:17:05
"Raising Hope" 00:17:10 - 00:30:40
"Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" (00:30:40 - 00:42:45)
"Almost Human" (00:42:45 - 00:55:55)
Listener Mail - International audience (00:56:15 - 01:01:00)
Listener Mail - Singling out "SNL" for race problems (01:01:05 - 01:10:55)

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, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman in &quot;Saving Mr. Banks.&quot;</p>

B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman in "Saving Mr. Banks."

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

The Long Shot: Acting important and playing nice

Balancing likeability with laudability in the Oscar race
"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." If I were being accurate, I could attribute this quote to John Cassis. Since I'm being honest, I'll admit that I've always attributed it to a poster on the wall of Mrs. Rindner's first-grade classroom, where it was accompanied by an adorable image of a ginger kitten looking as morally conflicted as a file-photo ginger kitten can look. (Not very, then.) I read it many times, puzzling over its relative validity. Aged five, I think I admired the sentiment more than I believed it; aged 30, that's still the case, though I do think of those words often during the Oscar season.
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Tim Gunn

 Tim Gunn

'Project Runway' mentor Tim Gunn gets his own Lifetime show

Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos join him

Finally! Tim Gunn has landed his own fashion competition series on Lifetime. "Under the Gunn" premieres Jan. 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET, and really, not a moment too soon.  America’s favorite mentor will pass the torch to "Project Runway" alumni Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos. The trio has shown their prowess on the runway as contestants, but now must prove they have the vision and business savvy to mentor and manage a fashion empire with 15 new up-and-coming designers under their watch.   

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<p>A&nbsp;scene from &quot;Captain Phillips&quot;</p>

A scene from "Captain Phillips"

Credit: Sony Pictures

Composer Henry Jackman on 'musical constraint' and minimalism in 'Captain Phillips'

How Paul Greengrass' journalistic sense of skepticism informed the score

For the past month, "Captain Phillips" has riveted filmgoers and critics with its uber-realistic take on piracy and hostage-taking. One might expect a film with such a harrowing story and epic scope would have a similarly dramatic score. But the work of composer Henry Jackman, though extremely complementary to what was seen on screen, ended up being far from the theme-heavy bombastic music that is frequently on display in such epics.

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Maya Rudolph reunites with Lorne Michaels for an NBC variety pilot

Maya Rudolph reunites with Lorne Michaels for an NBC variety pilot
The former "SNL" star will film a primetime variety pilot that will air after the Winter Olympics as a special. If it's a success, it'll be picked up to series.

Jeff Probst will be naked on "Two and a Half Men"
Check out the "Survivor" host's cameo -- in the buff.

"Under the Gunn": Tim Gunn gets his own Lifetime fashion competition series
The Lifetime competition will also feature "Project Runway" alums Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos.

Another "Friends" reunion: Matthew Perry to join Courteney Cox on "Cougar Town"
Last season, Cox made a cameo on Perry's NBC sitcom "Go On."

Key & Peele team with Judd Apatow for a movie deal
"I love these guys," says Apatow, "because they are riotously, make you sick because you can't stop laughing, funny,"

How to conquer "The Price is Right" with game theory
"You don't even need to know the prices."

CNN to air a documentary on founder Ted Turner
"Ted Turner: The Maverick Man," hosted by Wolf Blitzer, airs on Sunday.

"Twilight"/"Dexter" writer Melissa Rosenberg to pen Netflix's "Jessica Jones"

Rosenberg initially worked on developing a show about the Marvel character three years ago.

Maria Sharapova joins NBC's Winter Olympics coverage

The tennis champion actually spent some of her early childhood in Sochi.

Matt Lauer & Ellen DeGeneres pretend to be Hoda & Kathie Lee
Watch them reenact the 4th hour of "Today." PLUS: Lauer had to wear a "testicle vice" when he dressed as Pam Anderson for Halloween.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers' 'Dracula' salary is being delayed due to addiction concerns

Jonathan Rhys Meyers' "Dracula" salary is being delayed due to addiction concerns

NBC structured the actor's salary so he'd have an incentive to completing the 10-episode order.

"The Real World: Ex-Plosion": Season 29 will add exes

The seven housemates will get a shock one month into their three-month stay in San Francisco when their exes move in.

Andy Cohen steps down as Bravo exec, extends "Watch What Happens: Live" deal
Cohen will now produce shows for Bravo while continuing to host his talk show for the next two years.

Maggie Siff talks "Sons of Anarchy"

What is her reaction to Tara's desperation?

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." keeps on falling
This was the 6th straight week that the ABC freshman drama saw a ratings decline.

Watch "Modern Family" kids play "Modern Family Feud"
It's girls against boys. Watch Part 2.

Larry David looked absolutely miserable at last night's Knicks game
Is this the perfect Larry David photo?

Gene Simmons' wife and daughter sign on for a Canadian reality show
Former "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" stars Shannon Tweed-Simmons and Sophie Simmons will star in a reality show focusing on their relationship.

Ruben Studdard returned to "The Biggest Loser" because Jillian Michaels broke the rules
As a result, last week's results were declared "invalid."

"Nashville's" Jonathan Jackson signs record deal
The actor-singer, who plays bad-boy rocker Avery Barkley, will record for Loud & Proud Records.

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<p>Jim Caviezel of &quot;Person of Interest&quot;</p>

Jim Caviezel of "Person of Interest"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' drops, 'Originals' tops 'Supernatural' and CBS, NBC split Tuesday

'NCIS' and 'The Voice' lead the night
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
"NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Person of Interest" continued with their run of stable domination for CBS overall on Tuesday, while NBC eked out a victory among young viewers thanks to "The Voice" and, to a lesser degree, "Chicago Fire."
It was mostly a business-as-usual Tuesday night.
Over on ABC, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." had yet another drop, as the vaunted drama fell below the 7 million viewer mark and may now be threatening the 2.0 threshold among young viewers. Despite that drop, "The Goldbergs" rose slightly and "Trophy Wife" was flat.
FOX's comedies were also on the low side, with "Dads," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" all finishing within 0.5 of each other among young viewers and within a million viewers.
Finally, the newly picked up "The Originals" continued its fairly impressive start for The CW as the "Vampire Diaries" spinoff moved ahead of "Supernatural" both overall and among young viewers, beating its lead-out in both measures for the first time. It was, in fact, The CW's most watched Tuesday night since 2009.
On to the numbers...
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<p>On &quot;New Girl,&quot;&nbsp;Coach&nbsp;(Damon Wayans Jr.), Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;and Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;sample some Chinese delivery.</p>

On "New Girl," Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.), Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) sample some Chinese delivery.

Credit: FOX

Morning TV Round-Up: 'New Girl' and 'The Mindy Project'

Coach tries to whip Nick into shape, while Mindy has a sleepover at Danny's

It's (late) morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I say it with words and say it with the Ghostbusters thing...

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<p>Craig T. Nelson as Zeek in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Craig T. Nelson as Zeek in "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

HitFix First Look: On 'Parenthood,' Zeek and Sarah enjoy a snack

Coach and Lorelai Gilmore doing Whip-its? What more do you need?

On last week's episode of "Parenthood," Zeek Braverman was left home alone after wife Camille decided to take a month-long trip to Italy without him. Zeek and Camille's rift has been one of this season's better story arcs, but it's mostly been played for pathos so far. This clip (exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours) from tomorrow night's episode, "The Ring," suggests at least a few laughs are in store for Zeek as he comes to find some advantages to living life Macaulay Culkin-style, with some supplemental food help from kids like Sarah.

Enjoy. "The Ring" airs tomorrow night at 10 on NBC.

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