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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 180: 'Family Tree,' Upfronts, 'Mad Men' & more

Dan and Alan also talk about the finales of 'The Americans,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Happy Endings'


Better late and long than never? Outside concerns delayed this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast until today, but we're pretty sure it's it's one of the longest we've ever done, and previews what should be a two-podcast week next week. We review HBO's "Family Tree," preview the network upfronts, break down some recent finales and do our usual "Mad Men" analysis. WARNING: Dan drops a cuss word in the middle of the "Mad Men" segment, while we're discussing good ol' Bob Benson.

The lineup:

"Family Tree" (00:01:00 - 00:14:35)
Upfronts Preview (00:14:35 - 00:47:00)
"Parks and Recreation" (00:47:00 - 01:02:20)
"Happy Endings" (01:02:25 - 01:10:45)
"The Americans" (01:10:50 - 01:26:00)
"Mad Men" (01:26:25 - 01:48:30)

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.

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"Arrested Development"

Credit: Netflix

Netflix won't let TV critics watch 'Arrested Development' in advance

Netflix won't let TV critics watch "Arrested Development" in advance

Is this a bad sign or has Mitch Hurwitz earned the right to be trusted?

Piers Morgan teams with Starz for '70s-set "Fleet Street"
The drama project will tackle the rise of tabloid journalism in England in the 1970s, from the perspective of an American journalist.

ABC may give "Castle" a 2-season pickup
Such a pickup would bring the ABC series to its 7th season.

"Game of Thrones'" Aiden Gillen keeps conscious of Littlefinger's mustache length
"Keep the mustache short," Gillen says of avoiding supervillain stereotypes, adding: "With Littlefinger, there's quite a lot of meticulous planning, even down to mustache length."

Australia getting its own "Bachelor"
"The Bachelor" franchise has already spawned a Canadian and British version.

"Mad Men": Where's Betty?

Betty Francis' season premiere storyline has yet to be resolved.

Another "Dexter" tease

Check out Dexter Morgan's "Masterpiece" wall.

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Watch: 'Mythbusters' meets 'Deadliest Catch' for a 'crabtastic' special

Captains Johnathan and Junior test their crab pot theory

This should be a fun mash-up! Tonight at 9:00 p.m. "Mythbusters" invites "Deadliest Catch" captains Johnathan and Junior to the show to put their long-held beliefs about their jobs to the test. Are crab pots truly indestructible? Is it better to do a 30-hour grind with no sleep or short naps? And can you really be dragged to the bottom of the sea if your foot gets caught in a coil?

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Watch: Selena Gomez wants you to 'Come & Get It' in new video

Watch: Selena Gomez wants you to 'Come & Get It' in new video

Maybe she should have played hard to get?

Selena Gomez continues on her path to let us know she’s all grown up in her video for “Come & Get It.” The beautifully-lensed video for the  song, which sounds like a Rihanna reject, opens with Gomez luxuriating in haute couture in a beautiful flower-filled field, as one does.

[More after the jump...]

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Watch Imagine Dragons' 'Demons' video and grab the tissues

Watch Imagine Dragons' 'Demons' video and grab the tissues

Rock band dedicates clip to young cancer patient

Everyone has a story, as Imagine Dragons’ new video for “Demons” shows, and the tales often come with very sad endings.

 The clip, which starts as a standard concert video, albeit one bathed in beautiful blue light, features the “Radioactive”-band performing the heavy mid-tempo track about the demons we all have living inside us before a hometown audience in Las Vegas.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Tom Hanks in &quot;Captain Phillips.&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips."

Credit: Sony Pictures

Tom Hanks battles modern-day pirates in tense new trailer for 'Captain Phillips'

Can this true story return Hanks (and Paul Greengrass) to the awards season?

In our recent list of 10 under-the-radar films to watch out for this summer, I listed the small Danish thriller "A Hijacking" as a title especially worthy of your attention. A sparse, nerve-shredding account of a Danish cargo ship held hostage by ruthless Somali pirates, it's a must-see on its own terms -- but also worth checking out as a primer (and yardstick) for this fall's pumped-up Hollywood take on a notably similar story: Paul Greengrass's "Captain Phillips." Now the first trailer has arrived, and it's a good one.

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"My Crazy Obsession"

 "My Crazy Obsession"

Credit: TLC

Watch: A woman stash of 3,000 creepy troll dolls on 'My Crazy Obsession'

The season finale focuses on toys 'so ugly they're cute'

It seems that there are people in the world with more storage space and more free time than the rest of us, and these are the people of "My Crazy Obsession" (season finale airs tonight on TLC at 10:00 p.m.). In this episode, we meet Michelle, who loves troll dolls and spends up to three hours a day hunting for them online, playing with them, and sticking them in odd parts of her house. No, I'm not making that up. 

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris</p>

Neil Patrick Harris

Credit: CBS

Neil Patrick Harris is poised to host the Tonys for the 4th time

Neil Patrick Harris is poised to host the Tonys for the 4th time

The NY Daily News reports that the "How I Met Your Mother" star has already begun prepping. Harris previously hosted the Tonys in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Jeanne Cooper from "The Young and the Restless" is dead at 84
The iconic soap star's death this morning was confirmed by her son, Corbin Bernsen.

17-year-old girl invents way to prevent Twitter from spoiling TV shows
Jennie Lamere's Twivo won the grand prize at a Boston hackathon. It allows Twitter users to censor their feeds from mentioning certain shows and their characters.

How accurate was "Game of Thrones'" ice wall ascent?
An ice climber fact-checks this week's episode.

Seth MacFarlane will appear in "The Simpsons" season finale

Check him out hitting on Marge.

TNT picks up "Legends" starring Sean Bean

The drama from "Homeland" producer Howard Gordon has Bean playing a deep-cover operative.

Watch the trailer for "Copper" Season 2
The BBC America series returns June 23.

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<p>Zhao Tao in &quot;A Touch of Sin.&quot;</p>

Zhao Tao in "A Touch of Sin."

Credit: Office Kitano

Cannes Check 2013: Jia Zhangke's 'A Touch of Sin'

Continuing our cheat sheet for the Cannes Competition

(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 20 films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. Taking on a different selection every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Steven Spielberg's jury. We're going through the list by director and in alphabetical order -- next up, Jia Zhang Ke's "A Touch of Sin.")

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Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan is crowned.
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan is crowned.
Credit: Miss America Pageant

Miss America pageant won't use the 'Miss America' song this year

Miss America pageant won't use the "Miss America" song this year

The "There she is, Miss America" song will be missing due to a legal dispute with the wife of songwriter Bernie Wayne.

CNN orders "Chicagoland," a Robert Redford-produced docuseries
The eight-part series will explore the Windy City.

"Arrested Development's" Banana Stand begins world tour
Netflix is promoting the new season with a banana stand. First stop: London, followed by cities in the United States.

Jimmy Kimmel gives Charles Ramsey a fake History channel trailer
"A star has been born," Kimmel says of the Cleveland hero.

Colin Ferguson joins "Haven"
The former "Eureka" star will be part of Season 4 of the Syfy series.

"Splash" ends season with a whimper
Last night's season finale was the lowest-rated show on a major network.

Adam Levine inks development deal with NBC

"The Voice" star is expanding his relationship with the Peacock

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Watch: Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard star in David Bowie's 'Next Day' video

Watch: Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard star in David Bowie's 'Next Day' video

NSFW video is predictably sacrilege... or is it holy?

"Thank you Gary. Thank you Mary. Thank you everybody," says David Bowie, playing Jesus. He's also giving gratitude to his co-stars in the new music video to his song "The Next Day," from his fresh album of the same name: Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard star as a corrupt priest and a prostitute in the short film, which strangely clocks in a little shorter than the song's 3:27 run-time.

Still, it's enough tape for some self-flagellation, stigmata, the beating of a homeless man, a depraved Catholic cardinal dishing out money, Mother Mary and madonna/whores, kissing of rings and cutting of rugs by Cotillard and Oldman, the latter of whom should win Lifetime Achievement For Hair in one fell swoop.

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<p>Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader in "The Mindy Project."

Credit: FOX

Review: 'The Mindy Project' - 'Frat Party'

Casey has big news, Mindy hangs out with college kids, and Bill Hader returns

A review of last night's "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I live in a furnished apartment right across the street from the Holocaust Museum...

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