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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 192

Dan and Alan talk Cory Monteith, 'Sharknado,' Emmys and Comic-Con


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
It's Firewall & Iceberg time, even if there aren't many new shows to review this week. 
We review "Axe Cop" and "High School USA," the first entries in FOX's new HDHD block and we discuss "The X-Files" as part of our Summer Pilot Rewatch, but we also preview Comic-Con and the Emmy Nominations, which are this week's big events.
Oh and yes... We talk about the majesty that is "Sharknado."
Of course, the podcast starts on a somber note with the tragic passing of "Glee" star Cory Monteith. Apologies for the inevitably harsh transition between that and "Axe Cop," but... That's just how it had to be done.
Next week's Summer Pilot Rewatch (or maybe two weeks from now... schedules are weird) will be "My So-Called Life." On the podcast, Alan says it's on Netflix. He lied. But it is on Hulu.
Today's breakdown:
Cory Monteith (00:00:55 - 00:12:30)
"Axe Cop" and "High School USA" (00:12:40 - 00:21:05)
Emmy preview (00:21:00 - 00:35:10)
Comic-Con preview (00:35:15 - 00:43:00)
"Sharknado!" (00:43:10 - 00:59:05)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "The X-Files" (00:59:05 - 01:18:00)

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 Podcast, episode 192: 'Axe Cop,' 'Sharknado,' 'The X-Files' & more

Dan and Alan also preview the Emmy nominations and Comic-Con and pay tribute to the late Cory Monteith


It's our last traditional Firewall & Iceberg Podcast — as in, recorded via Skype while we're 3000 miles away from each other — for a while. I'll be going to Comic-Con later this week, and the next podcast should be recorded in Dan's car on the way to the airport on Sunday night (Dan will then post it sometime Monday while I'm sleeping off a red-eye). Then I'll be back in California for press tour, and we'll be recording a few podcasts at irregular times in my hotel room. 

This wound up being a hodge-podge of stuff, from the tragedy of Cory Monteith's death to the silliness of "Sharknado," plus discussion of FOX's new late-night animated comedies previews of the Emmy nominations and Comic-Con, and our look back at the pilot of "The X-Files." (Our next pilot, to be discussed at a podcast at some indeterminate point in the future: "My So-Called Life," which is actually on Hulu and not Netflix streaming at the moment.) 

The lineup:

Cory Monteith (00:00:55 - 00:12:30)
"Axe Cop" and "High School USA" (00:12:40 - 00:21:05)
Emmy preview (00:21:00 - 00:35:10)
Comic-Con preview (00:35:15 - 00:43:00)
"Sharknado!" (00:43:10 - 00:59:05)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "The X-Files" (00:59:05 - 01:18:00)
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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Mira Sorvino joins 'Psych'

Mira Sorvino joins "Psych"

The Oscar winner will play a detective as part of a multi-episode arc.

Report: Alcohol and substances found in Cory Monteith's hotel room
E! reports there were "numerous amounts of alcohol" as well as unidentified substances in the "Glee" star's hotel room.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie signs on for a "Michael J. Fox Show" cameo

He'll play himself on an episode this fall.

Simon Cowell was left to judge "The X Factor" by himself over the weekend
Demi Lovato was sick, Kelly Rowland had to leave unexpectedly and Paulina had another prior commitment. "This is the show I've always wanted to have," Cowell said. "Now I will be the only person making decisions. God is good!"

"HIMYM" books Sherri Shepherd
"The View" star will sit next to Marshall on a cross-country flight.

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<p>Both of my kids thought this was MechaGodzilla at first glance. In related news, my kids are awesome.</p>

Both of my kids thought this was MechaGodzilla at first glance. In related news, my kids are awesome.

Credit: Mondo/Phantom City Creative

A striking new 'Godzilla' poster for Comic-Con raises the question of apocalypse fatigue

At what point have we had enough of the end of the world?

One of the things that filmmakers would do well to take away from this year as an important lesson is that we have reached the point of apocalyptic overload as a collective audience.

It makes sense. One of the things that special effects crews have gotten very good at is destroying cities. At this point, it's such a familiar image that it almost doesn't register in terms of how horrifying it would be if it were real. Last night, my oldest son was in my office and a preview for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" came on before whatever movie I had put in the player. He hasn't seen the film, but he stopped to look at the trailer, and the big "money shot," if you will, is the total and immediate destruction of London. Looking at it out of context like that, as a thrown-away bit of mayhem designed to get you to buy a ticket, it struck me as really distasteful.

One of the biggest sticking points regarding "Man Of Steel" for many of you appears to be the way the chaos and destruction of the final battle with Zod escalates and the sheer scale of the destruction. As violent as that fight is, what I found upsetting in the film was the effect of the World Engine, the terraforming device that consists of two machines, one on either side of the planet. The destruction caused by that device is truly horrible to witness, and I don't think Zack Snyder downplayed that at all. You see cars and buildings and people sucked up into the gravity field and then slammed back to Earth with such brutality that you know nothing could survive it.

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Watch: Justin Timberlake joins Jay-Z for 'Holy Grail' live in the U.K.
Credit: AP Photo/Joel Ryan

Watch: Justin Timberlake joins Jay-Z for 'Holy Grail' live in the U.K.

Here's what you can expect when the North American tour starts Wednesday

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s Legends of the Summer tour kicks off in North American on Wednesday in Toronto. The two superstars gave fans a little taste of what to expect as they played two dates during Yahoo’s Wireless Festival in the U.K. over the weekend. For Timberlake’s July 12 solo set, Jay-Z joined him for “Suit & Tie,” then on Saturday night, Timberlake returned the favor by coming out for “Holy Grail.” 

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" 

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of New Jersey': All hell breaks loose 'When Joes Collide'

A bonding, healing retreat ends up in a brawl

We knew it all had to come to blows sooner or later, didn't we? In this nightmare episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," the two Joes finally got into it, with Joe Gorga scrabbling across the floor like a feral monkey and Joe Giudice snarling like, well, Joe Giudice. Punches were thrown, Melissa somehow sandwiched herself in the middle of the ruckus -- and Teresa, the one who started it all, tottered away from the fight like a little kid who's been caught stealing cookies. I guess she was toddling off to ask someone to call 911, but really, that might be assuming too much of Teresa.

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Oscar winners Rick Carter and Alex Gibney among newly elected Academy governors
Credit: AMPAS

Oscar winners Rick Carter and Alex Gibney among newly elected Academy governors

10 first-timers in total have been elected

According to an Academy press release, 10 first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and one previous governor is returning to the board. This year's election increases the Academy's governing body from 43 to 48.

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'True Blood' renewed for Season 7

"True Blood" renewed for Season 7

HBO says of the renewal: "'True Blood’ remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers."

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Cory Monteith's autopsy put on the fast track

Cory Monteith's autopsy put on the fast track
The toxicology report has been expedited due to intense public interest a Vancouver police source tells E! Results should be expected in two to three days. PLUS: Details of Monteith's final night surface, "Glee" convention in England turns into a memorial, and Monteith's death alters "Glee's"  landscape permanently and irrevocably.

"Scandal" will be syndicated on BET this fall
Starting this fall, Seasons 1, 2 and 3 will air on BET, with Season 3 episodes airing after they debut on ABC.

ABC Family cancels "The Lying Game"
Actress Alexandra Chando revealed the cancelation on Instagram.

"Veronica Mars" coming out with a book series

Rob Thomas has signed a two-book deal to release a mystery series about an adult Veronica. It'll come out in 2014.

PBS creates trailers for fake reality shows

Watch trailers for "Tanning Family," "Long Island Landscapers" and "Clam Kings."

Kris Jenner promoting her talk show by holding a baby

Not daughter Kim Kardashian's baby.

"The Wire's" David Simon tackled the George Zimmerman verdict on his blog, arguing with commenters
Simon has responded to most commenters in the Trayvon Martin case.

VH1 renews "Hit the Floor"
The series starring Dean Cain and Kimberly Elise will return for a 2nd season.

"Downton Abbey" adds a live-in governess for Tom Branson
Actress Daisy Lewis has joined next season's cast.

Some of "The Newsroom's" 13 paid media consultants helped promote the new season
Among Aaron Sorkin's consultants are Chris Matthews, S.E. Cupp and Jeff Greenfield.

"Breaking Bad" teases Walter White
Watch a 10-second promo for the final episodes.

Lifetime teams Alicia Silverstone with "Sex and the City" creator
She'll play a former human resources director in the Darren Star-directed "HR."

BET to air a special on "Fruitvale Station"

A half-hour special tonight will go behind the scenes of the movie, telling "The Story of Oscar Grant."

Travel Channel renews "Bizarre Foods America" plus 3 more, developing "Celebrity Layover"
The cable network also greenlighted motorcycle reality show "Sturgis: 24/7" while renewing "Bizarre Food America," "The Dead Files," "Toy Hunter" and "Trip Flip."

Jennifer Love Hewitt unveils her baby bump

She says of her baby: ""I'm really excited to see what he or she is going to look like!"

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Jenny McCarthy

 Jenny McCarthy

Credit: ABC

'The View' names Jenny McCarthy as a new co-host

The rumors are true

So, the rumors were true after all. Barbara Walters announced this morning that, after 17 appearances on ABC’s “The View” and eight as a guest co-host, Jenny McCarthy will join the talk show as a co-host this fall. The comedian/actress/host and best-selling author officially starts on Monday, September 9 to help kick-off to Season 17.

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It's official: Jenny McCarthy named a co-host on 'The View'

It's official: Jenny McCarthy named a co-host on "The View"
"Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor," Barbara Walters said of Joy Behar's replacement, in a statement. "She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for 'The View.'"

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<p>Cory Monteith</p>

Cory Monteith

Credit: Fox

Cory Monteith's death leaves a big hole on 'Glee'

Cory Monteith's death leaves a big hole on "Glee"

As James Poniewozik notes, Monteith had more than a big role on the Fox series: "As Monteith played him, Finn was also often the heart and emotional anchor of a show that could take dizzying plot twists and roller coaster shifts in tone." He adds: "One thing I always admired in Monteith’s performance was that, even if he looked older than a teenager, he was able to capture Finn’s decent, unformed, half-boy-half-man naiveté."
"Glee" director Adam Shankman spoke with Monteith on Saturday: "He said that he was doing amazing"
"Glee" production was set to resume in 2 weeks, at the end of July
Mark Salling: "ill love you always Brother Cory"
John Stamos pays an emotional tribute -- "Glad i knew you Cory"
Matthew Morrison addresses Monteith's death in NYC  performance
How 22 shows handled an actor's death // More celebrity reactions
Lea Michele's rep asks for privacy during this "devastating time"
—See pics of Monteith on July 6 and a photo from July 11
Cory Monteith's best "Glee" performances
Monteith had been listening to a Friendly Fires' "Paris" on repeat in his last week
How the death investigation will proceed

"Big Brother" adds a disclaimer on housemates' prejudice

"At times, the Houseguests may reveal prejudices and other beliefs that CBS does not condone," states the CBS note.

"Homeland" stars submit to an Annie Leibovitz Vogue photo shoot
Check out Claire Danes lying on top of Damian Lewis. PLUS: Vogue declares Claire Danes "Spy, Mother, Comeback Kid."

Former "Real World" star arrested for sexual battery
Dustin Zito from the 2011 Las Vegas season allegedly reached under a female's skirt at a bar on Saturday night. He's also charged with resisting arrest.

Leighton Meester's "Veronica Mars" movie role recast

Due to Meester's busy schedule, her role of Carrie Bishop will be played by Andrea Estella, the lead singer of the band Twin Sister.

"Next Top Model" alum arrested after standoff with a police SWAT team
Renee Alway from Cycle 8 is being accused of a slew of crimes, including burglary, fraud and possession of narcotics.

Watch Eliot Spitzer "confront" Bill Hader on his "SNL" impersonation
Actually, says the disgraced ex-New York governor, "it's a pretty good impression." PLUS: Hader is now living in L.A.

See pics of Jimmy Kimmel's star-studded wedding
Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, Matt Damon, and even Andy Richter (a friend of the bride's) were in attendance. PLUS: Gabourey Sidibe pranked Kimmel by arriving in a wedding dress.

Kyle Massey: I'm not dying of cancer
The "Dancing with the Stars" alum was the victim of a Twitter hoax.

"HIMYM's" Josh Radnor recovering from a broken metatarsal bone

"No running-to-get-the-girl scenes for Mosby for 4-6 weeks," he tweeted.

Louis CK, animated

His "Live At The Beacon Theater" special has been transformed into a cartoon.

Obama golfs with the "Pardon the Interruption" guys

Tony Kornheiser celebrated his 65th birthday Saturday by golfing with the president and Michael Wilbon.

Watch the Season 4 "Boardwalk Empire" trailer

"Only kings understand each other."

"Big Brother" UK star who died of cancer will become the subject of a new opera
Jade Goody, who rose to fame in 2002 and died in 2009, has inspired an opera titled, "and the Crowd (wept)."

Check out a photo of John Lennon with the "Happy Days" cast
Taken in January 1974 when the former Beatle toured Paramount Studios.

Kelly Osbourne gets engaged

The "Fashion Police" star is set to marry her boyfriend, Matthew Mosshart.

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