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Jimmy Kimmel takes shots at advertisers, ABC, NBC, CBS for 11th year in a row

Jimmy Kimmel takes shots at advertisers, ABC, NBC, CBS for 11th year in a row

"The reason we're here," he told advertisers, "is because you are about to invest billions of dollars in a network that rolled a 400-lb. comedian off a diving board last week."

"Homeland's" Morena Baccerin is pregnant

Baccerin, who's currently filming Season 3, has confirmed she's expecting her first child with her husband of a year and a half.

Which ABC shows will likely take long breaks next season?
ABC boss Paul Lee mentioned "Grey's Anatomy," "Once Upon a Time" and "Scandal" as shows that may run for 12 weeks before taking a midseason hiatus.

ABC is a 4th-place network that doesn't think it's in 4th place
"ABC is the No. 1 television brand in America," says ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee, pointing to its strengths with shows like "Scandal" and "Once Upon a Time." Still, ABC is programming aggressively next season, in particular with its all-new Tuesday lineup that kicks off with Joss Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D." PLUS: Ranking ABC's new show trailers.

Report: Sarah Palin turned down a talk show offer from Mark Burnett
According to Newsmax, Palin declined to do a talk show because doing so would've forced her to move to either New York or Los Angeles.

"New Girl" became less whimsical for the better in Season 2
As Jon Caramanica notes, writers figured out that Zooey Deschanel's "charms lie not in her quirk but in her empathy and warmth. Deviation from the mean may be what fast-tracked Ms. Deschanel, but it was not a sustainable career plan. This season she's turned from mythical, unknowable creature to reliable rock." PLUS: Max Greenfield recounts working with Taylor Swift, and "New Girl" new hairstyles?

Connie Chung jumps out of a cake on "Maury"
Watch her celebrate her husband's 2,500th episode.

Claim: "Dancing" pros turned down offer for on-set injury prevention training
Two classically-trained dancers who are experts at preventing dancing injuries say their offer was rebuffed.

"The Mindy Project" is a pretty subversive sitcom
Mindy Kaling's character has slept with five guys, yet it's been no big deal. Nor has any of her interracial relationships. PLUS: Mindy has only dated white guys so far, and ranking all of Mindy's love interests.

"Big Bang's" big year attributed to an emphasis on relationships over science talk
Says Johnny Galecki: "I don't remember the last time Jim (Parsons) or I had one of those long, brain-wrenching, scientific-jargon speeches. It's not about that anymore; it's about how they relate to one another, as opposed to how they relate to science."

J.J. Abrams: I haven't watched every "Fringe" episode
The "Fringe" co-creator explains to Howard Stern and Jimmy Kimmel how his TV production company works -- he isn't as hands on with every "J.J. Abrams show." He didn't even watch every episode of "Fringe," despite being its co-creator. "There are a couple I didn't see," he says.

Ken Burns' to tackle "A Biography of Cancer" for PBS documentary series
Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" will be adapted into a six-hour documentary.

"Kitchen Nightmares" stars use Facebook to fire back at critics
Amy and Samy Bouzaglatell have become social media sensations since Friday's episode, when Gordon Ramsay stormed out on them.

Perhaps NBC picks Seth Meyers because he lacked drama
Myers, says Nathan Rabin, "is a consummate comedy professional rather than a live-wire comic genius like Letterman or O'Brien." That likely means he, unlike Conan and Letterman, won't create any drama. He's a safe, solid choice. PLUS: Meyers wants Amy Poehler as his first guest.

"Breaking Amish" spinoff disappoints
"Breaking Amish: Brave New World" was down 44% from the "Breaking Amish" season finale.

Watch a preview of CW's "Whose Line is it Anyway?"
Hosted by Aisha Tyler and featuring mainstays "Whose Line" mainstays Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady.

"Arrested Development" was always ahead of its time
With its resurrection this month, the "Arrested" comeback is proving perfect for the GIF age. PLUS: Watch video of the "Arrested" banana stand.

"Doctor Who's" Jenna-Louise Coleman: I've never been on a date
Though she has a boyfriend, the 27-year-old admits never having gone out on a one-on-one date.

"Mad Men's" costume designer on Ted's "badass" bomber jacket
Janie Bryant says the bomber jacket is vintage. "We were talking about Ted last week and I think that he does try harder and I think that huge collar speaks to that element," she says. PLUS: Kevin Rahm didn't know Ted flew a plane until he read the script.

Steve Harvey teaches Dr. Phil how to dance

Watch Dr. Phil attempt to boogie.


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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 181

Dan and Alan talk upfronts, 'How I Met Your Mother' finale and more


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls. 
This is looking like a two-podcast week and here's the first. 
With upfronts for NBC, FOX and ABC on our dance card, we had plenty to talk about, but then we also had finales for "Community" and "How I Met Your Mother," as well as "Mad Men." 
So... Yeah. Busy busy!
Expect the second podcast on Friday, probably, when we'll be able to talk about CBS and The CW, plus the series finale of "The Office" and... maybe some other stuff.
Today's breakdown:
NBC, FOX and ABC Upfronts (00:03:10 - 00:51:30)
"Community" finale (00:51:45 - 01:00:40)
"How I Met Your Mother" finale (01:00:45 - 01:16:20)
"Mad Men" (01:16:55 - 01:44:20)

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 181: Upfronts, 'Community,' 'How I Met Your Mother' & 'Mad Men'

Dan and Alan break down the first batch of fall schedules


It's Upfront Week here at the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which means the first of what should be two installments. In this one, we discuss NBC, FOX and ABC, then get into the "Community" and "How I Met Your Mother" finales before breaking down the latest "Mad Men." Speaking of which, here is the promised photo of a young Cloris Leachman that we discussed during the "Mad Men" segment: 

The lineup:

NBC, FOX and ABC Upfronts (00:03:10 - 00:51:30)
"Community" finale (00:51:45 - 01:00:40)
"How I Met Your Mother" finale (01:00:45 - 01:16:20)
"Mad Men" (01:16:55 - 01:44:20)
In theory, we'll be back with another one on Friday to talk about CBS, the CW, and some more finales (including "New Girl" and "The Office").

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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<p>Clark Gregg, Brett Walton and Chloe Bennett in a scene from &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Clark Gregg, Brett Walton and Chloe Bennett in a scene from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Credit: ABC

Watch the full-length 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' trailer

Agent Coulson puts together a team that's 'not exactly a team'

ABC just finished its upfront presentation, and it saved the best — or, at least, the show everyone around here cares about the most by far — for last, concluding the show by bringing Joss Whedon on stage with Clark Gregg and the rest of the cast of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Joss described the show as about "what it's like to be an ordinary person in an increasingly extraordinary and unreal world," and warned his actors that they were about to be the subjects of "some really inappropriate fanfic," then introduced the 3-minute trailer for the series. 

Again, these are trailers and not actual pilots, and it's easier to make a quippy action show look good than to, say, try to make a riveting pilot for "Tremé." But as my first even slightly extended look at what Whedon (and Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen) intend to do with the Marvel universe on the small screen, it's an excellent start. Enjoy: 

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Watch the amazing, creepy video for Queens of the Stone Age's new 'Kalopsia'

Watch the amazing, creepy video for Queens of the Stone Age's new 'Kalopsia'

Go ahead and sample a third of the album, including 'I Appear Missing'

Queens of the Stone Age are two for two as far as affecting animated videos featuring crows pecking at the dead, gore and zombie-like wanderers. Today's new offering, the clip for fresh "Kalopsia," is an achievement in its movements; "I Appear Missing," which appeared last week, is a torture device in color.

Both kind of rule.

"Kalopsia" is "a condition wherein things appear more beautiful than they are," and Josh Homme's voice at least starts out rather beautifully. There's a lot of Bowie feel in this track, even when they open up the room and rock out.

Downer "I Appear Missing" is much more on-the-nose, equal parts depressing and cruelly enlightening. Plus Dave Grohl drums on it, so at least there's a big morbid smile behind it all, before you hit the ground.

That makes it three official studio samplings that are out in the open from QOTSA's new 10-track album "... Like Clockwork," out on June 4. Listen to "Kalopsia," "Missing" and first single "My God Is the Sun" below.

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<p>Will Smith</p>

Will Smith

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Report: Will Smith looking to remake Sam Peckinpah's 'The Wild Bunch'

Is it a bad idea or is Peckinpah no longer off limits?

Will Smith recently revealed that he turned down Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning western "Django Unchained" because his character "wasn't the lead" and didn't get to "kill the bad guy." It was, in a word, movie star logic.

And that's fair enough. Even if there are those of us who think a movie like that is just what a guy like Will Smith could use at this point in his career, his career is his own. But I guess he still had a hankering for the wild west (if "Wild Wild West" didn't beat it out of him, that is), as he is reportedly eying a remake of Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch." But, well, it's not that simple…

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ABC releases its new show trailers

ABC releases its new show trailers
ABC has unveiled a nearly 3-minute "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." trailer, plus trailers for "Killer Women," "Mind Games," "Resurrection," "Mixology," "Betrayal," "Lucky 7," "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," "Back in the Game," "The Goldbergs," "Super Fun Night" and "Trophy Wife."

HBO greenlights gay-themed San Francisco-set series starring Jonathan Groff
The "Glee" alum will star as one of a trio of gay friends.

Here are 10 shocking pilot season rejects
From "Beverly Hills Cop" to the "Red" spinoff of "NCIS."

Watch the best of Bill Hader on "SNL"
Hader's first episode was on October 1, 2005. He did an "Impression Off" against fellow newbie Andy Samberg. PLUS: Hader's 14 best "SNL" characters.

Check out "SportsCenter's" massive new set

It's huge.

See the trailer for FX's "The Bridge"
The U.S. border series thriller debuts July 10.

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<p>Justin Bartha seems perfectly happy to discuss the possibility of a 'National Treasure 3'</p>

Justin Bartha seems perfectly happy to discuss the possibility of a 'National Treasure 3'

Credit: HitFix

Justin Bartha says 'National Treasure 3' is still a possibility

Will he be heading out on a new adventure soon?

Over the weekend, I drove to Las Vegas so I could sit down with the cast and crew of "The Hangover Part III" and talk to them about the film.

At this point, the actors seem relaxed because they've finished. Whatever happens with this last film, their work is done now. Whatever people end up thinking about the new film, they've taken their shot and wrapped up one of the unlikeliest franchises in modern memory.

I spoke to director Todd Phillips, lunatic co-star Ken Jeong, the members of the Wolfpack, and, in the final room, Justin Bartha and Heather Graham. My first observation is that Graham is a vampire. It's the only explanation for how she looks exactly the same now as she did 20 years ago. It's spooky.

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<p>J.J.&nbsp;Abrams on &quot;The Daily Show with Jon&nbsp;Stewart&quot;</p>

J.J. Abrams on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

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J.J. Abrams talks 'Star Trek' vs. 'Star Wars' and Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' on 'The Daily Show'

Stewart also fishes for a part in 'Star Wars'

Soon enough you'll get to decide for yourself on "Star Trek Into Darkness." Will you be delighted as a general moviegoer or up in arms with a large sect of Trekkies who have gotten bent out of shape? I'll be interested to find out (and we'll inquire on Friday), but for now, some fun with J.J. Abrams.

One guy taking the reins on both the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" franchises remains fascinating/crazy to me. I have no real deep love for either but it's still just…weird. Anyway, Abrams stopped by "The Daily Show" yesterday to discuss the two entities and the differences between them. Stewart is a "Trek" fan and that made for some fun conversation, but they also get into Stewart's upcoming directorial effort.

If you weren't aware, Stewart will be taking the summer off from "The Daily Show" to direct "Rosewater," based on Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy's 2011 book "And Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival." It's the true story of a Canadian-Iranian journalist Bahari, who was accused of planning to overthrow the Iranian government and arrested for four months in 2009. Months before his capture, Bahari appeared in a "Daily Show" sketch, in which correspondent Jason Jones pretended to be a spy. Bahari's captors even used some of the footage against him.

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<p>Al Pacino</p>

Al Pacino

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Al Pacino signs on for David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn'

Green's 'Prince Avalanche' isn't even in theaters yet and 'Joe' is in the can

When that fake list of Cannes titles went up a few weeks back, just a day or two before the official line-up was unveiled, I was hoping one particular title was true: David Gordon Green's "Joe." Alas, it wasn't. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan (hot of an amazing performance in "Mud," directed by Green's former North Carolina school mate Jeff Nichols) and it's part of what I feel is a new period for Green as an artist, taking what he's learned (and the relationships he's built up) to date and finding more fertile creative territory. His next film sure seems to be an extension of that.

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"Polygamy, USA"

 "Polygamy, USA"

Credit: NatGeo

Exclusive: Survey says 'Polygamy, USA' lifestyle not okay with most

Legalizing gay marriage is more popular than the idea of multiple spouses

If you're watching the NatGeo show "Polygamy, USA" (Tues. at 9:00 p.m.), you may have mixed feelings about what you're seeing as the show follows a community of fundamentalist Mormons practicing the unconventional lifestyle. The network recently conducted a survey to determine how people really feel about polygamy. The answer is, simply put, not that great. 

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ABC boss: 'Happy Endings' was 'just too narrow'

ABC boss: "Happy Endings" was "just too narrow"

ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee says "Happy Endings" was on brand, and he wasn't happy to cancel it. "What we found was it was just too narrow," he says.

ABC explains why "Dancing" was cut down to 1 night a week
"We want to focus it in," ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee said. "We're planning to do two seasons, and we think by taking the results show and building it into the two-hour block on Monday night, we can really build a sense of occasion to that and drive viewership to Monday night."

ABC orders "The Quest" reality show and "Toy Story of Terror"
"The Quest" is a fantasy reality competition from the creators of "The Amazing Race," while "Toy Story of Terror" is a Pixar special that will take the movie characters to a creepy roadside motel.

Is "HIMYM" really going to turn next season into the "longest wedding weekend ever"?
Are the creators really going to stretch out Robin and Barney's wedding over the season?

"Body of Proof" could end up on cable
The canceled ABC drama is being shopped around.

"HIMYM" gets ratings bump from mother reveal, "90210" goes out with 620,000 viewers
"How I Met Your Mother's" season finale, however, was slightly down from last season.

Ex-"Days of Our Lives" star arrested for selling cocaine

Dylan Patton, who played Will Horton on the daytime soap, was allegedly selling coke out of his home.

Cee Lo Green closing in on deal to return to "The Voice"

Cee Lo is said to be in advanced negotiations to return for Season 5.

Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn" to become a Univision TV series

The 1996 film starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino is getting a TV remake.

"Family Tree" has soft debut

About 794,000 viewers stuck around from the 1.2 million who watched "Veep" Sunday night.

"Revenge" Season 3: Emily will have "new malice in her heart"

ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee says: "We sat down with the show and they had such great, focused ideas about going back to the heart of Emily's journey and, as I mentioned, the malice in her heart. So we love the idea of it. We think it's a very strong show, and we really think it can grow next year."

"Once Upon a Time" loses its Little Red Riding Hood to CBS

Meghan Ory will star in the CBS drama "Intelligence."

"Downton Abbey" returns Jan. 5
Season 4 will be delayed in the United States, as usual.

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