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"American Horror Story: Coven"

 "American Horror Story: Coven"

Credit: FX

Watch: Some actual footage from 'American Horror Story: Coven'

They couldn't keep us in the dark forever

Finally, we get a good, long(ish) peek at what we can expect from "American Horror Story: Coven." Yes, there's still plenty of spooky imagery, but in this teaser we get a sense of the plot, the setting and, most importantly, what we can expect from Jessica Lange this time around. 

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 201

Dan and Alan talk 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mom,' 'Hostages' and 'The Blacklist'


Happy Friday, Boys & Girls!
As you probably know, this has been a trying medical week for Alan and the HitFix family. But most for Alan and his actual family. 
At one point, this was going to be a two podcast week. Then it was going to be a zero podcast week. And we ended up settling somewhere in the middle. Over the course of three days and many, many, many recorded segments -- Ignore the "Happy Wednesday" part -- we were able to cobble together this hour-long podcast.
We're sorry that you'll never hear our full review of FOX's "Dads," or "Sleepy Hollow" or "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," but we talked for a couple minutes about the second episode of "Dads" here and I assume we'll check in on the other two at some point.
Mostly, this podcast was an excuse to chatter about Sunday's awesome episode of "Breaking Bad," but we also snuck in brief reviews of next Monday's "Mom," "The Blacklist" and "Hostages," just because next week is going to be pretty insane.
Feel better, Alan!
And here's today's breakdown:
"Breaking Bad" (00:02:50 - 00:35:00)
"Mom" (00:35:30 - 00:42:00)
"Dads" Episode 2 (00:42:00 - 00:45:00)
"Hostages" (00:45:15 - 00:53:20)
"The Blacklist" (00:53:30 - 01:01:35)

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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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

 "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

Credit: TLC

TLC gives 'Honey Boo Boo' a New Year's eve special and more

The network orders 12 episodes and three new specials
All the "Honey Boo Boo" haters, turn away. TLC has much, much more planned for the perennial pageant loser, whose 15 minutes are nowhere near up. The network reports that 3.2 million viewers celebrated the commitment ceremony of Mama June and Sugar Bear, making it the most-watched episode in the series’ history. So, on Wed., Jan. 1 at 9:00 p.m., TLC will kick off the return of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" with a special devoted to the couple's unconventional honeymoon. 
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HBO making a film on the Benghazi attack

HBO making a film on the Benghazi attack
Last year's 9/11 terrorist attack is set to become a film from Jerry Weintraub, based on the book "Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi."

"Fringe's" John Noble joins "Sleepy Hollow"

The casting reunites him with "Fringe's" co-creators.

Louis CK and Conan O'Brien remember the launch of "Late Night" in 1993
Check out a picture of the staff 20 years ago, featuring Bob Odenkirk and Robert Smigel. PLUS: Louis CK rants against smartphones.

See the items from the "Breaking Bad" prop auction
Up for bidding are Walt's underwear, Tuco's grill and "Leaves of Grass."

"Coupling's" Richard Coyle joins John Malkovich on NBC's "Crossbones"

He'll play an undercover assassin in the drama from the creator of "Luther."

TLC orders more "Honey Boo Boo"

Twelve addition episodes have been ordered, plus three specials.

ABC creates a "Modern Family" GIF
See the cast, animated.

Watch the new "American Horror Story" trailer

"Coven" presents "Burn."

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<p>Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift performing together</p>

Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift performing together

Watch: Luke Bryan joins Taylor Swift on stage for 'Don't Want This Night To End'

They bounce around like little kids during high energy performance

Taylor Swift has been inviting fellow artists to join her on stage almost every night, including Jennifer Lopez, Cher Lloyd and Tegan & Sara in Los Angeles.

Last night, during the first of her three  shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, fellow superstar Luke Bryan joined her for the most upbeat, aerobic performance of Bryan’s “Don’t Want This Night To End.”

It’s one of the better guest appearances on the tour as they both appear to be having a blast. Bryan, whose former charttopper, “Crash My Party,” is still in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, is known for his energetic shows, as is Swift and so the two together turn it up to 11. They seem to not want the duet to end as it goes on for more than six minutes, with a cute little riff by Bryan at the end.

Now that we know the rumor of Swift and J-Lo recording a duet together was just that, a rumor, how about Swift and Bryan recording a tune together?

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<p>Is this the year &quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;breaks through to beat &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;for the comedy series Emmy?</p>

Is this the year "Louie" breaks through to beat "Modern Family" for the comedy series Emmy?

Credit: FX

Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Comedy Series

Will 'Modern Family' four-peat, or is this year for a 'Big Bang' or 'Louie' upset?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

As we head into the home stretch, we're dealing with the nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series, which includes two past winners in "30 Rock" and "Modern Family," two shows that expanded their nomination footprint this year in "Louie" and "Veep," plus the wildly popular "Big Bang Theory" and critically-adored "Girls."

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Credit: Le Pacte

Mexico's 'Heli,' Poland's 'Walesa' among latest foreign Oscar entries

Switzerland, the Philippines and the UK also join the race

National submissions continue to trickle in for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race, with the tally currently sitting at 37 entries. That's a competitive number already, though when you consider that last year's longlist contained nearly double that number of films, you realize just how much more crowded things are going to get before the deadline for entries -- only 10 days away. Among the countries we're waiting to hear from are such previous nominees (some of them with heavyweight possibilities this year) as Denmark, Israel, Italy, Canada, Iran and China. So the list of predicted nominees to your right, strong as it is, could change a lot in the coming weeks.

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Oscar Talk: Venice/Telluride/Toronto wrap

Oscar Talk: Venice/Telluride/Toronto wrap

Did the media paint a bull's-eye on the back of a frontrunner?

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

On the docket today…

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<p>M.I.A. is battling the NFL</p>

M.I.A. is battling the NFL

M.I.A. tackles the NFL over lawsuit

NFL wants $1.5 million, M.I.A. wants NFL to acknowledge what?

M.I.A. and the National Football League are embroiled in an ongoing legal battle 18 months after she flipped the bird during her half-time appearance with Madonna during Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012.

The NFL initially filed its a breach-of-contract suit against M.I.A. in March 2013, demanding she pay $1.5 million, which will go to charity. Last week, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the football league asked for a summary judgment requiring the English-Sri Lankan rapper to pay.

So now,  M.I.A., who has certainly been known to take on her opponents before, has decided she will wage a one-woman campaign against the NFL. "She is going to go public with an explanation of how ridiculous it was for the NFL and its fans to devote such furor to this incident, while ignoring the genocide occurring in her home country and several other countries, topics she frequently speaks to," her attorney Howard King told THR.

That is crazy and is one of the weakest red herrings we’ve ever seen tossed. So she wants the NFL, the NATIONAL Football League to take a stand on the atrocities going on in her home country. Hmmm. Not to make any light at all of the horrible things that are going on there and elsewhere, but I’m sure the NFL will get on that right after Commissioner Roger Goodell finishes his position paper on North Korea.

Furthermore, M.I.A. is calling the league’s bluff when it claims she has damaged its image. "Of course, the NFL's claimed reputation for wholesomeness is hilarious," King continues, "in light of the weekly felonies committed by its stars, the bounties placed by coaches on opposing players, the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players, the complete disregard for the health of players and the premature deaths that have resulted from same, and the raping of public entities ready to sacrifice public funds to attract teams."
Got to side with her on this one. But if M.I.A. found the NFL so repugnant, why did she agree to play with Madonna?

The fact that the NFL is trying to wring $1.5 million out of M.I.A., even if it is going to charity, for flipping the bird is insane, but M.I.A. taking the NFL on for its non-stand on international civil rights is equally ridiculous.

"Matangi," M.I.A.'s much-delayed new album (following her feud with her label, Interscope), comes out Nov. 5.

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"Secret Sex Lives: Swingers"

 "Secret Sex Lives: Swingers"

Credit: TLC

Exclusive clip: Rules get broken on 'Secret Sex Lives: Swingers'

One swinger wants to go a little further than her partner approves

Hey, guess what? Swingers get jealous! Not about their significant others having sex with other people, of course, but about emotional commitments and flirting. Who knew? This week on the four-part series "Secret Sex Lives: Swingers" (Sat. Sept. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery Fit & Health), our Atlanta-based couples discover that there are actually some lines that shouldn't be crossed. In this exclusive clip from the "Wives Gone Wild" episode, odd couple Hali and Bryan discuss renegotiating their agreement. It goes over about as well as you might expect it to. 

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Listen: Does  Justin Timberlake's new single 'TKO' knock you out?

Listen: Does Justin Timberlake's new single 'TKO' knock you out?

He returns to the slow groove with boxing metaphor-filled jam

TKO,” Justin Timberlake’s second single from “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 20” uses boxing as a metaphor for love.

He’s in love with someone who hits below the below even after the ref blows the whistle. “This isn’t the girl I used to know... I’m down for the count, yet girl, you knock me out.”

Like many of the songs on “The 20/20 Experience,” it’s a heavyweight of a song, weighing in at 7:06. Plus, it’s more of a rambling, shuffling groove of a tune rather than any kind of conventional chorus/verse/chorus.  Timbaland’s production is full of heavy bass beats and little curlicue background synth noises. There's some nice singing from Timberlake here, however, and he leaves the falsetto on the shelf for this one for the most part.

Similarly to many of those tracks, at around 5 minutes, the song morphs into a slightly different, slower tune with Timbaland repeating “She killed me with that coochie-coo.”

It’s not an instant hit and I’m not sure radio will gravitate toward it. Radio seems content to keep playing “Mirrors” over “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2’s” first single, the far catchier “Take Back The Night.”
“The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” comes out Sept. 27.

Are you knocked out by “TKO?”

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

Credit: Lifetime

'Project Runway': Still wishing you were a superfan?

Some fans got great makeovers, and some were hot messes

I bet you had the same reaction I did when I saw that tonight was the Superfan challenge on "Project Runway." How lucky these ladies are! They get top-to-toe makeovers and their VERY OWN OUTFITS courtesy of highly skilled (and, yes, highly stressed) designers! They meet Tim Gunn! They meet Heidi Klum! They meet... well, a bunch of judges who aren't Michael Kors! Sure, they have to listen to incessant plugs for L'Oreal hair care, but most gals get a version of that whenever they get their hair cut. What a treat!

It was only while watching the episode that I realized there is no amount of money that would inspire me to walk down a runway rocking a craptastic sofa cover or an unfinished suit that splendidly highlighted my back fat. I would also not care to have a well-meaning designer reveal to all of America that I had gobs of excess skin that needed to be corseted into an arrangement that made me look ]vaguely attractive and not so much like the Elephant Man. And so, with those bitter truths revealed, the dream of being a Superfan withers and dies.

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