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<p>Do you want literal flames for the Firewall &amp;&nbsp;Iceberg video logo, or the podcast's color bars?</p>

Do you want literal flames for the Firewall & Iceberg video logo, or the podcast's color bars?

Help choose the Firewall & Iceberg video logo!

Classic color bars, or literal fire and ice?

Back in the summer, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast went video, as Dan and I went on camera to discuss the Emmy nominations, and then the TV critics press tour. Over those two shows, we learned all sorts of exciting things about how to talk with our hands, proper eye contact, use of props and more.

Now the plan is for Firewall & Iceberg videos to be a weekly show on HitFix, premiering sometime this fall. We have many questions to answer about the show between now and debut day, and we wanted to broach one of them to you, the audience. Our graphics team has cooked up two different versions of a logo for the series: one based on the podcast's familiar color bars, one taking the heat and cold of the title more literally.

I've embedded a poll in this post, and you guys can vote on which you prefer. We will happily go with whichever one gets the most votes, and we'll share more details about the video show as we can.

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

Credit: Lifetime

Michael Kors stops by 'Project Runway' to bag on 'poopy pants'

The snarky judge has lots to say

He’s back! Though he's not returning for good (sigh), Michael Kors is joining the panel of "Project Runway" (Lifetime, Thurs. at 9:00 p.m. ET) as guest judge in this week’s episode and he has got a lot to say about…poopy pants. Yes, poopy pants.

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<p>Solomon Northup</p>

Solomon Northup

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'12 Years a Slave' featurette details the true story setting of Steve McQueen's film

Fox Searchlight's film is about to sieze the awards conversation again in Toronto

One of the reasons "12 Years a Slave" works so well is that it's rather naturally structured as a thriller. As the film follows Solomon Northup from freedom to shackles, his circumstances -- kidnapped in Washington D.C. and sold into slavery in the south -- are just terrifying, and director Steve McQueen follows that natural structure with convention and invention in equal measure.

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Has Valerie Harper already won 'Dancing with the Stars'?

Has Valerie Harper already won "Dancing with the Stars"?
Her recent terminal illness has made Harper the favorite to win "Dancing" this season. Even the show's producer, Conrad Green, admits she's could win: "If Valerie is a strong dancer, she's got a strong chance of winning the show."

Sofia Vergara is the highest-paid actress on TV, earning $30M in 1 year
Some of the "Modern Family" star's earnings come from outside ventures, such as deals with K-Mart and Covergirl. Kaley Cuoco and Mariska Hargitay tie at No. 2 with $11 million, while Tina Fey and Bethenny Frankel each earned $10 million.

"Glee" will sing 14 Beatles songs
Everything from "Yesterday" to "Let it Be" will be part of The Beatles tribute episode.

Jon Stewart's return proves "The Daily Show" itself is the true star
It was like he never left, which goes to show how much a well-oiled machine "The Daily Show" has become.

"Sons of Anarchy's" Ron Perlman calls "The Newsroom" TV's best show

"Great news! No better show on TV," he tweeted of "The Newsroom's" renewal, to the annoyance of "Sons of Anarchy" fans.

Carol Burnett will be honored by Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph
Burnett's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony will also feature Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence, as well as Julie Andrews and Tony Bennett.

"True Blood" ending won't matter: It died a long time ago
HBO's cancelation won't matter because the vampire drama wore itself out many seasons ago, says Molly Lambert. It became unwatchable, she says, "by running every character into the ground; by exhausting all possible pairings and love triangles; and, most of all, by introducing too many new elements that required tons of exposition."

"The Voice" stars sing "Reunited"
Watch their cheesy lake-set promo.

ABC puts "Trophy Wife" pilot online
Watch the first episode by clicking here. Also, watch "The Goldbergs" pilot and the pilot for "Back in the Game."

Is "Breaking Bad's" short timespan a flaw?
Way too much has happened in just over one year on the show. PLUS: See "Breaking Bad" on cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly.

Alyssa Milano's "sex tape" leaks
Courtesy of Funny or Die.

Matt Smith on "Doctor Who": It's the beginning of the end

Work has begun on the "Who" Christmas special.

VH1 creates a morning block out "Big Morning Buzz" and "The Gossip Table"
The 90-minute block kicks off on Sept. 30.

"The Wire" cast members reunite at "Boardwalk Empire" premiere
Check out Felicia "Snoop" Pearson with Tristan Wilds, Michael K. Williams and Domenick Lombardozzi.

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<p>Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in &quot;Foxcatcher&quot;</p>

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in "Foxcatcher"

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'Saving Mr. Banks,' 'Foxcatcher' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis' set for 2013 AFI Fest

Bennett Miller's film will see its world premiere as a gala selection

AFI Fest has come out swinging with a pair of big premieres for the 2013 edition of the Los Angeles-based festival and a closing night selection reflective of an American indie skipping across the festival circuit like a stone this year.

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Cover art for Janelle Monae's 'The Electric Lady'

Cover art for Janelle Monae's 'The Electric Lady'

Credit: Warner Music

Listen: Janelle Monae's 'The Electric Lady' in full

Stream the complete album one week before its release

Bits and pieces of Janelle Monae’s conceptual, dramatic new album  “The Electric Lady” have been popping up over the last several months, including “Q.U.E.E.N” featuring Erykah Badu and the funky “Dance Apocalyptic.” Now, you can feast on the whole 19-track set before it comes out Sept. 10, courtesy of VH1.

In addition to Badu, guests on the extravaganza include Prince, Miguel, Solance, Esperanza Spalding and Cee Lo-Green and Big Boi.

The cover album notes that “The Electric Lady” is composed of Suites IV and V, and has two empty circles remaining for what are surely Suite VI and VII.

Monae told Jet that the titular Electric Lady is from a painting of a woman by Monae, and she developed a character from there:

" When I was on tour last year and the year before, I was painting and singing in front of thousands of people. So I would paint this female silhouette night after night and I didn’t quite understand why I was so drawn to this image, this silhouette.

I ended up going off tour and going to Atlanta, Georgia and speaking to my therapist and she encouraged me. She said you should name the painting, name this series. You have all these hundreds of these paintings, name it. Do a showing of it. And so I started to try to come up with these names and I was having a hard time.

I knew that whoever she was, she didn’t want to be marginalized. You could not put her in a fence or categorize her. She was so much bigger than that, you know. I just felt an energy, a very visceral feeling of energy from her, so the words came to my spirit: The Electric Lady…because that’s what it felt like when I looked at her and thought of the colors and the vibrant colors and how it made me feel. There was electricity. It was electric and she was electric."


Get More: Janelle Monae,

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"Dancing with the Stars" hosts Brooke Burke Charvet and Tom Bergeron

 "Dancing with the Stars" hosts Brooke Burke Charvet and Tom Bergeron

Credit: ABC

'Dancing with the Stars' reveals Season 17 cast

One contestant just came back from the brink of death

This morning "Dancing with the Stars" announced its line-up of celebrity hoofers, and while there was the usual assortment of sitcom stars, reality TV nuts and at least one ringer, there were a few surprises, too. While we won't get to see who shines and who stumbles until the show returns (Mon. Sept. 16 at 8:00 p.m.), we can definitely start placing bets. 

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'Dancing' cast announced: Valerie Harper, Snooki, Bill Nye, Jack Osbourne

"Dancing" cast announced: Valerie Harper, Snooki, Bill Nye, Jack Osbourne
They'll be joined by Bill Engvall, Keyshawn Johnson, Brant Daugherty, Amber Riley, Leah Remini, Christina Milian, Corbin Bleu and Elizabeth Berkley. PLUS: See pics of "Dancing" stars and their partners.

Watch Jon Stewart's return to "The Daily Show"
Stewart's nearly smooth return was made possible by John Oliver and Stephen Colbert.

Bill Maher to Jay Leno: "What the f*ck is wrong with you?"
Maher teased Leno about NBC booting him for the 2nd time. PLUS: Leno visits Craig Ferguson and talks about his post-"Tonight Show" future of touring.

Jodie Foster directing one, possibly two, "House of Cards" episodes

The actress is currently in Baltimore scouting locations.

Arsenio Hall's 1st week guests include Chris Tucker and Magic Johnson
Next week, Arsenio will also have on Angela Bassett, Lisa Kudrow, Ice Cube and Mark Harmon. PLUS: Arsenio calls Paul Scheer's "ArScheerio" a "flawless reenactment."

Alicia Silverstone lost "My So-Called Life" role to Claire Danes because she was "too pretty"

As detailed in a New Yorker profile of Danes, "My So-Called Life" creator Willie Holzman says Danes was "sexy and not sexy, free and bound up, open and closed, funny and frighteningly serious," while producer Marshall Herskovitz said Silverstone was "so beautiful that that would have affected her experience of the world."

Check out Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" studio construction
His old "Late Night" studio is being expanded for the new show.

"Idol" releases pic of the new judges panel
J.Lo will sit in the middle of Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban.

NBA star Andre Drummond is dating the "iCarly" star he had a crush on, thanks to Twitter

Knicks star Drummond used Twitter to admit to his crush on Jennette McCurdy.

Shaquille O'Neal serenades LeVar Burton
With the "Reading Rainbow" theme song.

University of California, Irvine offering a "Walking Dead" online course
The free college class will be taught by actual professors, including professors of physics and from the social sciences.

Julie Chen tells Letterman: "Big Brother's" Aaryn was supposed to be "America's sweetheart"
Chen also talked about the awkwardness of last week's eviction interview.

Fired "Storage Wars" star scores a court victory
Dave Hester can proceed with the wrongful termination portion of his lawsuit.

Funny or Die takes on "Boardwalk Empire"

Watch Paul F. Thompkins as Richard Harrow.

Watch the "Eastbound and Down" Season 4 trailer
HBO has released the final season trailer.

"The Wire's" David Simon always knew Idris Elba would become a breakout star
From his first scene as Stringer Bell, Simon says, "The presence, the fluidity of the performance — the authority of the character. It was all there in those first lines." PLUS: Elba elevates the mess that is "Luther."

Gina Gershon transforms into Donatella Versace
Gershon says of her Lifetime role in the movie "House of Versace": "Surprisingly enough we’ve never met, though we have a lot of mutual friends."

A boy for Simon Cowell?

"The X Factor" star is reportedly having a son.

See pics from the Seth Meyers wedding

Here are some photos, including some of Meyers' "SNL" colleagues.

"Downton Abbey" book is due next month
"Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey" is billed as "The Official Backstage Pass to the Set, the Actors and the Drama."

"The Newsroom's" Alison Pill recalls sending out a topless photo of herself
She tells Conan that it was partly her new Blackberry's fault.

See Alec Baldwin's new daughter

Baldwin calls Carmen Gabriela a "second chance for me."

Omarosa dating a WWE star
Nearly a year after fiance Michael Clarke Duncan died of heart attack, the former "Apprentice" star has found a new love in WWE's Titus O'Neil.

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<p>Rob McElhenny and Charlie Day in &quot;It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,&quot;&nbsp;which moves to the new FXX&nbsp;channel tonight.</p>

Rob McElhenny and Charlie Day in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which moves to the new FXX channel tonight.

Credit: FXX

FX spin-off FXX debuts with 'It's Always Sunny' & 'The League'

Three funny shows, but does the new channel have its own identity?
At the summer TV critics press tour, FX president John Landgraf talked about some of the things he might do if he were the Mayor of Television, while acknowledging that he does not hold this non-existent position.(*) Landgraf is among the smartest and most eloquent executives in the business, but at the moment, “mayor” seems too small a designation for what he’s aiming for. Like Walter White(**), Landgraf’s trying to get into the empire business.
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<p>Donald Rumsfeld in &quot;The Unknown Known.&quot;</p>

Donald Rumsfeld in "The Unknown Known."

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Venice: American tricksters under scrutiny in 'The Armstrong Lie' and 'The Unknown Known'

Lance Armstrong and Donald Rumsfeld the focus of the fest's showcase docs

VENICE - Venice festival scheduling is a business that can seem haphazard at best, and perverse at worst. Kim Ki-duk's castration-and-incest bonanza "Moebius" straight after breakfast? Sure. Philip Groning's three-hour, 59-chapter dissection of domestic abuse to finish the day? Hey, why not? Sometimes, however, they let on that they really know what they're doing with a juxtaposition that seems too perfect to be accidental -- and they don't come much more effectively on-the-nose than last night's back-to-back double bill of Alex Gibney's "The Armstrong Lie" (B-) and Errol Morris' "The Unknown Known" (C+). (Even the titles have a pleasingly similar cadence.) It wasn't labelled in the programme as The Great American Douchebags Special, but we got the idea.

Perhaps it's a side effect of viewing them with only a 20-minute, theater-traversing in between, but the films seemed too well-matched -- not just in content, but in a number of their strongest and weakest points -- to review separately, even if they'll rarely be re-partnered outside the festival environment.

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Jeff Daniels: 'The Newsroom' renewed

Jeff Daniels: "The Newsroom" renewed
Daniels announced on Twitter that the HBO series will be back for Season 3.

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

Credit: Fox

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: The final four

The dancers perform five times - and not every time is a home run

Final four! And each dancer has to dance five times! Yes, the goal at this stage of "So You Think You Can Dance" is to wear out the dancers and/or give them torn muscles. Yay! No, really, this is going to be an amazing episode. If our final four survives, poor ducks. 

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