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Judge tosses Paula Deen racial discrimination lawsuit

Judge tosses Paula Deen racial discrimination lawsuit
The racial component of the case against the former Food Network star was thrown out, while sexual harassment claims were allowed to stand.

"New Girl" books Angela Kinsey and Eva Amurri

"The Office" and "Californication" vets will appear in the 2nd episode of the season.

NBC orders a prison break drama set in the future

Greg Berlanti's "Paradise" will be set in a Las Vegas prison in the late 21st century.

Freddie Prinze Jr. will reunite with his "Freddie" co-star on "Witches of East End"
He'll guest on the Lifetime drama, reuniting him with Madchen Amick, who co-starred with him on the 2005-06 ABC sitcom.

ABC buys a 3rd TV project from Shonda Rhimes, a comedy
This comedy script will revolve around a group of friends.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 195: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange is the New Black,' 'The Killing' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'The Wonder Years' pilot and answer your mail


After last week's advance review-heavy edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, this week had no major premieres of note, so Dan and I instead looked back: on the "Breaking Bad" season premiere, on last week's "The Killing" season finale, on the entire first season of "Orange is the New Black," and way back to the '80s (and then the '60s) as our pilot rewatch stops on "The Wonder Years." Next week: A J.J. Abrams double bill with "Felicity" & "Alias." 

The rundown:

Listener Mail - TV recruiting Twitter writers (00:01:20 - 00:12:05)
Listener Mail - "The Good Wife" flaws (00:12:10 - 00:22:35)
"The Killing" (00:23:25 - 00:40:25)
"Orange Is The New Black" (00:40:30 - 00:58:00)
"Breaking Bad" (00:58:05 - 01:24:10)
Summer Pilot Rewatch - "The Wonder Years" (01:24:30 - 01:39:00)

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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"Top Chef"

 "Top Chef"

Credit: Bravo

'Top Chef' heads to New Orleans in October

The franchise expands with "Padma's Picks"

Love "Top Chef"? Well then, good news. The franchise is stretching like a well-oiled gourmet pizza dough yet again. The show heads to New Orleans for season 11 on Wed. Oct. 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET, and this season kicks-off with a new digital video series.

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<p>Lady Gaga</p>

Lady Gaga

Credit: Interscope Records

Listen to Lady Gaga's new single, 'Applause' in full

Momma Monster really, really wants you to like her

After leakers got their hands on it over the weekend, an angry Lady Gaga officially released new single, “Applause,” today, a week earlier than planned.

The propulsive, driving track is a layered, dance twirler about how Gaga lives for, you guessed it, “Applause.”

The song opens with a staccato beat (a la “Paparazzi”) as  Lady Gaga sings in a very mannered, dramatic fashion, “I stand here waiting for you to beat the gong/to crash the critics saying, ‘Is it right or is it wrong’?.”

The song quickly bursts into a full-on dance track full of hand claps (as well as live audience applause later), and weaving synthesizers and echoes.  If Lady Gaga has drawn plentiful comparisons to Madonna, here she's in Annie Lennox mode when it gets to the bridge.

The production is an in-your-face assault of 3D sounds coming at you over and over as she reminds us again and again that she lives for her Little Monsters. While it's a bit overbearing, it’s a nice message for the fans to hear as she comes back with “ARTPOP” on Nov. 11. If this song is any indication, the album will explore her role in pop culture.

The song’s release comes two days after Katy Perry put out her new single, “Roar.”

Which song do you prefer?

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Watch: The Wanted's 'We Own The Night'
Credit: Island Records

Watch: The Wanted's 'We Own The Night'

Beautiful girls and the young at heart mingle

Oh, to be young (or young at heart), beautiful and to be able to sound like the group fun.  In the video for The Wanted’s  “We Own The Night,” which is a close clone to fun.’s “We Are Young,”  the British band celebrates the joys of a good night out.  With lyrics that sound more like a call to arms: “Let us wake up inside a stranger’s bed/let us drink until there is nothing left,” the lads are in it to win it... or until they puke, whichever comes first.

[More after the jump...]

 The good-natured clip, of course, features the girls getting dressed in various stages of clothing, while the boys just show up fully-clad. The fun element in the video is that an older couple, who can clearly drink and party the young kids under the table, shows up as well and they are the life of the party. Their livers may be shriveled, but they can keep up the young’uns.

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" 

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Do you trust the new Teresa?

Without Teresa's screaming, it's all about Jacqueline's dull tummy tuck
So, this week the detente between Teresa and everybody else continued, more or less. The episode was mostly calm, largely civil, and… weird. Just… weird. Not having Teresa running around and screaming (except while she played with her kids and tried to shatter every garishly expensive thing in her house) is like a day without car crashes. It's a good thing, but it's almost unsettling. When "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" has to trump up excitement by making Jacqueline's Beverly Hills tummy tuck seem as dangerous as a double-organ heart and lung transplant, you know the show's in trouble.
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'Breaking Bad' doubles the viewership of last year's premiere

"Breaking Bad" doubles the viewership of last year's premiere

About 5.9 million watched last night, "Breaking Bad's" biggest audience ever. That's compared to the 2.93 million for the Season 5, Part 1, premiere last year. Meanwhile, "Talking Bad" attracted 1.2 million. PLUS: "Breaking Bad" was huge on Twitter, everybody from Rihanna to Rebecca Black tweeted about the premiere, what will happen to the props?,
Jimmy Fallon releases his "Breaking Bad" poster, and how the color of the clothing provides clues to the characters.

"Duck Dynasty" for Congress?

Republicans in Louisiana are trying to get Willie Robertson to run for a soon-to-be vacated congressional seat.

Swiss shop clerk accuses Oprah of lying about racist encounter
"I don't know why she is making these accusations," says the shop assistant, speaking anonymously. "She is so powerful and I am just a shop girl."

Angus T. Jones now looks disheveled with a scruffy beard
Friends and family are said to be concerned over the former "Two and a Half Men" star's current appearance.

Courteney Cox breaks her wrist
The "Cougar Town" was in Cancun when she slipped, fell and injured herself.

"The Borgias" will end with an e-book

"The Borgia Apocalypse" will be based on creator Neil Jordan's script for a two-hour wrap-up movie.

Steve Wozniak admits to crying while watching "The Big Bang Theory"

The Apple co-founder can relate to the social awkwardness -- so much so that he's watched every episodes twice, taking down notes the 2nd time.

"Game of Thrones" stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are no longer dating in real life
The couple sparked a romance playing Jon Snow and Ygritte.

Kris Jenner fires back at Obama for "picking on" Kim & Kanye

The president said Kim Kardashian and Kanye West shouldn't be used as a mark for success.

Casey Wilson & June Diane Raphael sign a comedy deal with ABC
The "Happy Endings" alum and " NTSF:SD:SUV" star are poised to develop their own comedy, starring Raphael.

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<p>Bryan Cranston in &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Bryan Cranston in "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' premiere draws 5.9 million for a series high

Premiere more than doubles last summer's; 'Low Winter Sun' and 'Talking Bad' debut modestly

After "Breaking Bad" began its final batch of episodes with an audience more than double of last summer's premiere, can we call him The One Who Rates?

Sunday night's (mid)season premiere for the AMC drama drew 5.9 million viewers, by far the most in the show's history, and up 102% over the first episode from last summer, according to AMC. 3.6 million of those viewers were aged 18-49, making it the second highest-rated show on cable in that demographic, after fellow AMC drama "The Walking Dead" (which also happens to be the highest-rated entertainment series in all of television in the demo).

At 10 p.m., the new "Low Winter Sun" premiered to ratings — 2.5 million viewers overall — that "Breaking Bad" would have killed for in its infancy, but that don't seem quite as impressive in light of its lead-in. (And that number includes all the "Breaking Bad" viewers who stuck around for at least half an hour of "LWS" to see the previews for "BB" episode 2.)

And at 11 p.m., the first installment of the inexpensive, Chris Hardwick-hosted "Breaking Bad" discussion series "Talking Bad" averaged 1.2 million viewers.

The hype for "Blood Money" was higher than I've ever heard it for a "Breaking Bad" premiere, and clearly more people than ever before were interested. What I wonder is how many of the new viewers are people who caught up with the series in the year since we last had a new episode, and how many were brand-new folks who wanted to see what all the fuss was about. (And what, I wonder, did they make of trying to tread lightly into the story at this point?)

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Tom Bergeron

 Tom Bergeron

Credit: HitFix

Watch: Tom Bergeron talks new format for 'Dancing with the Stars'

He jokes that he has 'a stun gun' to 'zap Bruno' if he goes long

You never know who you're going to bump into on the red carpet, and this week my colleague Gregory Ellwood got a chance to interview Tom Bergeron at the D23 Expo. Though the host with the most was there to promote "Disney Legends," Greg asked him about "Dancing with the Stars" and the new, shorter format. While ABC had aired a separate results show in previous seasons, going forward the celebrity dance competition will combine performance with results. 

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<p>Paramore at the Teen Choice Awards</p>

Paramore at the Teen Choice Awards

Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Inside the 'Teen Choice Awards' with One Direction, Miley Cyrus, and two teenage girls

We rate the performances and disagree over Rebel Wilson's remarks

LOS ANGELES—My ears are still ringing. Last night, one of my closest friends, her two teenage daughters and I attended the Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater here.  The show is an extremely fast-paced two-hour event that salutes teens’ favorite TV actors and shows, movie stars and films, musicians and athletes.

[More after the jump...]

 I’d forgotten that teenage girls will scream at and for anything, so throughout the night, several thousand girls would raise the decibels to beyond earsplitting any time one of the following happened:  1) ANYONE  associated with “Pretty Little Liars” took the stage  2) ANYTIME there was a Miley Cyrus  mention or sighting  3) WHENEVER One Direction performed, accepted an award, was nominated for an award or was spotted in the audience  4) EVERY TIME a celebrity, no matter how minor--and we’re talking even “Dance Moms” level C-List, not even “Duck Dynasty" — walked through the audience and 5) They just felt like screaming, which is, pretty much, all the time.

After the show, Olivia (15), Jacqueline (13) and I (no longer a teenage) graded each of the performances and a few of the other show highlights.

One Direction: “Best Song Ever”:

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"The Man with the 132 lb. Scrotum"

 "The Man with the 132 lb. Scrotum"

Credit: TLC

Watch: 'The Man with the 132 lb. Scrotum' goes for a walk

And you think you have problems

Just in case you're having a bad day -- maybe you've been stuck in traffic, or you're feeling less than attractive -- you may want to watch this clip. There is, in fact, someone who's had a much worse day than what you're having; the guy with the 132 pound scrotum. 

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Dean Norris

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Dean Norris describes shooting the 'Breaking Bad' premiere's final scene

Dean Norris describes shooting the "Breaking Bad" premiere's final scene

"The last scene was really interesting," says Dean Norris of that final scene. The first take of the script was written to be violent and hard, he says. "Bryan and I thought it turned out okay," he adds, "but we weren't entirely satisfied. It was weird that this happened, because usually on Breaking Bad scripts you show up and it's written in such a way that you kind of flow right into it. But we felt uncomfortable; it seemed like too much." PLUS: Vince Gilligan explains the season premiere, what a powerful ending, why "Breaking Bad" had no choice with that ending, Is "Hero Hank" a red herring?, "Breaking Bad" smashes straight through audience anticipation, "Breaking Bad's" theme played with meth lab equipment, how was "Talking Bad"?, the case against "Breaking Bad," why Skyler White is the best "Bad" character, who is Kevin Cordasco?, Badger's "Star Trek" story gets animated, and Bryan Cranston on directing the season premiere.

Jimmy Fallon reveals an exact replica of his "Late Night" set, across the hall
Fallon is moving into the replica studio -- which once housed Letterman and Conan's "Late Night" shows -- so that his current studio can undergo a "Tonight Show" renovation.

Lea Michele pays a touching Teen Choice Awards tribute to Cory Monteith

Watch her get emotional at last night's ceremony.

This is John Oliver's final week guest-hosting "The Daily Show"

Jon Stewart returns on Sept. 4. PLUS: Oliver turns up in the wrong studio for Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy Fallon transforms into Walter White

"Late Night" will unveil its "Breaking Bad" parody in September.

Amy Poehler & Aubrey Plaza pretend to make out

Check out their demonstration for the paparazzi.

"The Following" adds Connie Nielsen

The "SVU" vet will play a love interest for Kevin Bacon.

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