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<p>Ed Burns and Jeremy Luke of &quot;Mob City&quot;</p>

Ed Burns and Jeremy Luke of "Mob City"

Credit: TNT

Interview: Jeffrey DeMunn and Jeremy Luke talk 'Mob City'

A TV mobster and TV cop talk Darabont, noir and more
Last week, I posted my "Mob City" interview with Ed Burns & Robert Knepper, who discussed playing a real-life and fictional mobster respectively in the TNT drama from Frank Darabont. 
 
The "mobster" hook gave a through-line to that interview. The pairing of Jeffrey DeMunn and Jeremy Luke offered no such through-line. DeMunn plays a fictionalized LAPD officer, while Luke plays the very real Mickey Cohen. DeMunn has worked with Darabont at every step through his career, while Luke is a first-timer in the Frank Darabont Repertory Acting Company. 
 
The disconnect led to some amusing detours in the conversation, including which actress provided DeMunn's surprising inspiration and which video game experiences the two men share. They also discuss working with Darabont and the advantages of working in Los Angeles on a project like this.
 
Click through for the full Q&A, which was initially filmed for video, but ended up being audio-only. Apologies.
 
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NBC will re-air 'Sound of Music Live' on Saturday


NBC will re-air "Sound of Music Live" on Saturday
Meanwhile, the original broadcast has now surpassed 21 million viewers, with three million watching via DVR. PLUS: Why NBC should pick "Cinderella" with Beyonce for next year's live musical.


Watch John Goodman's "SNL" promos
This will be Goodman's 13th time hosting -- just don't mention Roseanne. PLUS: Cecily Strong says, "it's a good time to be a woman on the show."


"Sons of Anarchy's" Tara has become a target of "fan-bros"
Maggie Siff's character has become the new Skyler from "Breaking Bad" -- the latest female to be demonized for getting in the way of the bad-boy protagonist. As Siff herself put it, "I think it’s the hostility that’s the most disturbing thing — the amount of vehemence or anger or righteousness that people can feel when they say, 'She should be shot. She should be killed.'"


"Suits" star Patrick J. Adams gets to guest on one of his fave shows, "Orphan Black"
Months ago, Adams tweeted that the BBC America series "is a masterclass in all things television. I’m a better actor after watching Tatiana work."


Has hate-watching become a ratings strategy?
It seems to be working with programming like "Sound of Music Live" and "Bonnie and Clyde."


Jenna Fischer and Judith Light to star in Neil LaBute's DirecTV short film series
They'll each star in a 10-minute short film.


Discovery mulls owning Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel

Discovery Communications is considering an offer to acquire Scripps Networks.


Former "Walking Dead"/"Vampire Diaries" actress pleads guilty to sending ricin to Obama
Shannon Guess Richardson, who played small guest roles on both shows, pleaded guilty so that she wouldn't serve more than 18 years in prison.


E! announces a 2-hour "I Am Britney Jean" documentary starring Britney Spears

The Dec. 22 film will go behind the scenes of Britney's new Las Vegas show.


John Oliver promises a "fantastic explanation" for his "Community" absence
The explanation, he says, "makes simultaneously complete sense, as well as no sense whatsoever."


Has "The Voice" ruined itself with overproduction?
The NBC reality show no longer seems to be about finding a "voice."


Bette Midler as Mae West: Should an icon play an icon?
While Midler seems perfect for the HBO role, it'll be hard separating her from the classic screen star.


Jennifer Lawrence used "Real Housewives of New Jersey" for inspiration in her new movie
Her "American Hustle" accent may be based on the Bravo reality show.


"Bible-mafia" drama series "King David" is in the works
eOne's "King David" plans to mash up the mafia and the bible.


Peter Capaldi's "Doctor Who" costume will mix the old and the new

The costume, which is being kept under wraps, will try to give a nod to Capaldi being the oldest Doctor, while also looking towards the future. PLUS: "Who" meets "Powerpuff Girls."


Katie Couric admits she screwed up with her HPV vaccine episode
"We simply spent too much time on the serious adverse events that have been reported in very rare cases following the vaccine," she wrote on The Huffington Post. "More emphasis should have been given to the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccines."


NBC interested in standup comic Jerrod Carmichael

The up-and-coming comedian is developing a sitcom project for the Peacock.


Meet "The Real World: Ex-Plosion" cast, plus their exes
MTV has put up a video of the seven strangers and their former significant others. PLUS: Check out the interior decoration of the new "Real World" house.


"Crocodile Hunter" gets autotuned
Watch a tribute to the late Steve Irwin.


Watch a preview of "Broad City"
The Comedy Central show from producer Amy Poehler premieres Jan. 22.


"SYTYCD" stars wed
Stephen "Twitch" Boss and Allison Holker tied the knot today at Nigel Lythgoe's winery.

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<p>Firewall &amp;&nbsp;Iceberg, now with showtune references!</p>

Firewall & Iceberg, now with showtune references!

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 3

Dan and Alan also pick the best new shows of the fall seasons

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for the third installment of the Firewall & Iceberg video show! 

In today's episode, Dan and I respond to the phenomenon that was NBC's "The Sound of Music Live," try to find three good new sitcoms and three good new dramas that debuted this fall, and we attempt to read the minds of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in advance of Thursday morning's Golden Globe nominations announcement.

The time breakdown: 

"Sound of Music" 0:30 - 10:45

Best new dramas at mid-season 10:45 - 16:45
Best new comedies at mid-season 16:45 - 22:57
Golden Globe predictions 22:57 - 30:41

As always, you can send us questions at firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg. It is entirely possible I gave the wrong URL (substituting "shows" for "show") during the video, but that link is correct.

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<p>Zoe Saldana</p>

Zoe Saldana

Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Aziz Ansari to announce 2014 Golden Globe nominees

Nominations to be revealed on Thursday morning

Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Aziz Ansari will be announcing the 2014 Golden Globe nominees.

The trio of actors will be joined by Sosie Bacon, 21-year-old daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, who has been crowned Miss Golden Globes 2014. The nominations will be announced live on NBC's "Today Show" at 8:38am EST on Thursday and be streamed via GoldenGlboes.com and HFPA.com.

The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards airs Sunday, January 12 on NBC with returning hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

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Sundance 2014: Brendan Gleeson reunites with 'Guard' director in new 'Calvary' trailer

Sundance 2014: Brendan Gleeson reunites with 'Guard' director in new 'Calvary' trailer

Religious comedy also stars Chris O'Dowd, Moran and Aidan Gillen

Several years ago, Brendan Gleeson and writer-director John Michael McDonagh scored a Sundance hit with the low-key dark comedy "The Guard."

Sundance 2014 finds them reuniting for more bleak laughs and some religious introspection in "Calvary," with "Bridesmaids" star Chris O'Dowd in tow.

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<p>&quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

"12 Years a Slave"

Credit: Fox Searchlight

'12 Years a Slave' leads yet another critics group's nominations, in San Diego

'Short Term 12' also has another great showing

You guessed it, another regional group has gone for "12 Years a Slave" in a big way. As noted in yesterday's Oscar column, these groups speak to consensus more than the more "prestigious" groups that went last week. Though it's not to say the critics groups across the country won't be without their quirks that may not easily translate to the Academy. For instance, I find it interesting (in a good way) that "Short Term 12" has been doing so well with these groups. Here the film landed five nominations. Anyway, check out the full list below. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 11. And as always, keep track of the season at The Circuit.

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Comedy Central gives a 3-season renewal to 'Tosh.0'


Comedy Central gives a 3-season renewal to "Tosh.0"

Season 6, premiering in February, will run for 30 episodes.


Jane Lynch joins Carson's Daly's New Year's Eve show

"I'm going to be freezing my butt off like everybody else," Lynch says of her first experience in Times Square, adding: "I'm going to be calling Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper over all the time."


Golden Globe nominations will be announced by Aziz Ansari, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana

They'll announce nominees on Thursday at 5:38 AM PT/8:38 AM ET.

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<p>Mia Farrow in &quot;Rosemary's Baby&quot;</p>

Mia Farrow in "Rosemary's Baby"

NBC's 'Rosemary's Baby' remake gets writers, director

Production begins in Paris in January, so start casting!
Back in July at the Television Critics Association press tour, NBC announced a slew of event series or miniseries productions that the network was moving forward on. 
 
The Hillary Clinton miniseries, which actually had a writer/director (Courtney Hunt) and a top-tier star (Diane Lane) attached, fell apart spectacularly and is dead.
 
It's unclear where things stand on the adaptation of "Tommyknockers," which had Yves Simoneau attached to direct, or a Mark Burnett-produced story of the Mayflower landing.
 
One event series that's definitely moving forward is NBC's "Rosemary's Baby." On Tuesday (December 10), NBC announced a formal greenlight for the miniseries, which is roaring towards a production start in January in Paris.
 
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'Will & Grace' reunion: Megan Mullally to visit 'Sean Saves the World'


"Will & Grace" reunion: Megan Mullally to visit "Sean Saves the World"
She'll guest as Sean Hayes' sister.


Julie Andrews hasn't watched "The Sound of Music Live"
"Alas, I did not (see it)," she says. "I had a speaking engagement and I couldn't. But my kids did record it. I'll get around to it."


"SVU" is losing Captain Donald Cragen

Dann Florek filmed his final scenes last week.


"Bonnie and Clyde" drops on Night 2
After experiencing 9.8 million viewers on Night 1, about 7.3 million checked out the 2nd and concluding night of the A&E Networks' miniseries.


"Divorce Court" renewed through 2015

The long-running court show will continue on with Judge Lynn Toler.


NBC casts "Tin Man"
"Gossip Girl" vet Patrick Heusinger will play the title role of a robot accused of murder who's on the run.

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<p>Jeff Nichols' &quot;Mud&quot;&nbsp;also sparked for the group, picking up five nominations.</p>

Jeff Nichols' "Mud" also sparked for the group, picking up five nominations.

Credit: Roadside Attractions

'12 Years a Slave' dominates Phoenix Film Critics Society nominations

'Saving Mr. Banks' comes in a distant second

Another day, another regional critics group that dives full force into the "12 Years a Slave" tank. The film dominated the Phoenix Film Critics Society nominations today with 13 mentions. "Saving Mr. Banks" was a distant second nailing down nine, while "Gravity" picked up eight. Jeff Nichols' "Mud" also sparked for the group, picking up as many nominations as top Oscar players like "American Hustle" and "Captain Phillips." It showed up in the group's lengthy Best Picture/Top 10 list category as well as in Best Original Screenplay. Check out the full list below, and remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit.

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NBC orders a 'Rosemary's Baby' miniseries


NBC orders a "Rosemary's Baby" miniseries
The four-hour miniseries will adapt the 1967 Ira Levin bestseller, which was made into a classic Roman Polanski film.


Kevin Pollak tapped to play Anna Faris' dad on "Mom"
He'll play Alvin Biletnikoff, the boyfriend who abandoned Allison Janney's character.


CBS honors Nelson Mandela by playing Toto's "Africa"

How inappropriate was the music from "CBS This Morning"?


"King of the Nerds" books Mayim Bialik, Jon Heder, Bill Nye and Kevin Sorbo
They'll guest-judge along with the returning George Takei.


FX teases "Justified" Season 5
Watch crows ruin Raylan's hat.


Tina Fey & Amy Poehler guest-edit Entertainment Weekly, enlist Jon Hamm
In the issue hitting stands next week, Fey assigned Jon Hamm to interview his former high school student, Ellie Kemper, whom he used to teach drama to in St. Louis.


Spencer Pratt: "The Hills" producers wanted me to leave Heidi Montag at the alter
In last night's Spencer & Heidi special on E!, the couple also revealed how they blew through $10 million.


"Family Guy" coming out with a mobile game

The game, due next year, will be free to download.


Terry Crews is writing a book called "Manhood"
Due in May, the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star will write about the "ups and downs of his life and twenty-five year marriage, including straight-talking advice for men and the women who love them."


Listen to Lea Michele's debut single

Here's an excerpt from the "Glee" star's "Cannonball."


Courteney Cox may be dating a member of Snow Patrol
The "Cougar Town" star was spotted recently getting cozy with the band's Johnny McDaid.


TCM to pay tribute to "Sound of Music" actress Eleanor Parker

The actress famous for playing the Baroness, who died yesterday at age 91, will get a full-day tribute on Dec. 17.

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<p>I'll bet Bryan Cranston wishes he was in a nice safe underground bunker cooking some meth right about now, eh?</p>

I'll bet Bryan Cranston wishes he was in a nice safe underground bunker cooking some meth right about now, eh?

Credit: Warner Bros

Bryan Cranston leads the fight as the 'Godzilla' trailer comes stomping online

Sometimes, quiet really is the best strategy

It's all about the tease.

I have no doubt that when the new "Godzilla," directed by Gareth Edwards, arrives in theaters in May of 2014 that Godzilla will be seen onscreen extensively in some big giant crazy action sequences. None at all. When I had a long conversation one afternoon with Thomas Tull of Legendary Pictures way back at the start of this process, part of the attraction for him was getting Godzilla back onscreen and actually treating him like a character.

But for now, this first official trailer for the film is pure tease, and smartly handled. In particular, I love the way it starts. What I want most from this film is some sense of the awe we would feel if giant monsters suddenly woke up and started roaming the Earth, and it feels like they may have nailed that. Edwards wasn't the immediate choice to helm this film if you're just going by box-office accomplishments, but anyone who saw "Monsters" knows that he's very good at finding quiet moments even amidst chaos and mayhem.

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