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<p>Nick Offerman on &quot;The Simpsons&quot;</p>

Nick Offerman on "The Simpsons"

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Interview: Nick Offerman on his 'Simpsons' voice and TV life after 'Parks and Recreation'

Will Offerman be jumping into pilot season this spring?

I talked with Nick Offerman earlier this week and got the answer to the question I'm sure you're all wondering:

A ukelele. 

What? You weren't clamoring for details on the latest carpentry projects from Hollywood's endlessly busy Renaissance Man? 

Personally, I'm always interested in Offerman's woodworking, because I know the value he puts in maintaining that pursuit and skill -- it's not just a hobby -- while following a schedule that would exhaust a lesser man. On Offerman's recent/current slate: He's completing work on the final season of "Parks and Recreation." He's touring the country with his one-man humor/lifestyle spectacle "Full Bush." He directed the marvelous and star-studded video for Tweedy's "Low Key." He's apparently co-producing a documentary about writer Wendell Berry. He appeared in the summer blockbuster "22 Jump Street" and probably has another half-dozen movies coming out soon.

And this Sunday night (October 5), Offerman can be heard as a guest voice on "The Simpsons."

While Offerman is no stranger to FOX animation voices -- he produced and starred in "Axe Cop" and also was heard on "The Cleveland Show" and "Bob's Burgers" -- he describes the chance to guest on "The Simpsons" as "a pinnacle." 

In the episode, Offerman voices Captain Bowditch operator of The RelationShip, a vessel that gives fathers and sons the chance to learn to sail and to repair their relationships. And if you're surprised that Offerman is, himself, a passionate devotee of all things nautical, you haven't been paying enough attention.

Beyond talking about "The Simpsons" and carpentry, my interview with Offerman also covered the on-set emotions for the "Parks and Recreation" team, as well as his thoughts about this spring's pilot season and a return to TV.

It was a great chat, because Offerman is always great to chat with.

He can be heard on "The Simpsons" this Sunday. 

Check out the full Q&A...

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<p>Survivor&#39;s Remorse</p>

Survivor's Remorse

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Review: Starz's 'Survivor's Remorse' aims to build a better 'Entourage'

A pro basketball comedy from Mike O'Malley, Maverick Carter and... LeBron

To describe the new Starz comedy "Survivor's Remorse" as "NBA Entourage" sounds at once accurate and dismissive. Accurate because it's a show about a twentysomething phenom sharing his fame and fortune with his closest friends and family, dismissive because the actual "Entourage" was pretty horrible by the end.

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'Twin Peaks' creators spark rumors of a reboot
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'Twin Peaks' creators spark rumors of a reboot

Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddlesteon team for John le Carre's 'The Night Manager'

“Twin Peaks” creators spark rumors of a reboot
David Lynch and Mark Frost simultaneously tweeted “#damngoodcoffee” clues this morning.


Melissa Rivers may sue the doctor suspected of causing Joan Rivers’ death
Dr. Gwen Korovin, who unscheduled biopsy, is still seeing patients after last month’s accident.


Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddlesteon team for John le Carre's “The Night Manager”
Laurie is set to return to TV in the BBC drama about a British soldier turned luxurious hotel night auditor.


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<p>Outlander</p>

Outlander

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 250: 'Homeland,' 'Mulaney' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Survivor's Remorse' and some recent cable finales

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Happy Friday, boys and girls! It's not only the second Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of this week, but our 250th show! Or, well, my 250th show, because Dan still refuses to count the episode where Mo Ryan filled in for him while he was on another continent. As a result, there's not a lot in the way of anniversary celebrating, but there's more reviewing going on, including our discussion of Starz's promising "Survivor's Remorse," the wonderful "Bob's Burgers" premiere, the revamped "Homeland" and FOX's unfortunate "Mulaney," plus belated finale talk on "Masters of Sex" and "Outlander."

The rundown:

Survivor's Remorse" (00:00:55 - 00:10:50)
"Bob's Burgers" (00:11:00 - 00:13:00)
"Homeland" (00:13:00 - 00:26:30)
"Mulaney" (00:28:05 - 00:41:05)
"Outlander" midseason finale (00:41:40 - 00:55:40)
"Masters of Sex" finale (00:55:40 - 01:13:30)

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 250

Dan and Alan review 'Survivor's Remorse,' 'Homeland,' 'Mulaney' and several finales

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Happy Friday, Boys & Girls! 

Time for this week's second installment of The Firewall & Iceberg podcast.

We covered a lot on Tuesday's podcast, but we still have reviews for "Mulaney," "Survivor's Remorse" and the new season of "Homeland." We liked one and disliked the other two... 

And we talked about last Sunday's finales for "Outlander" and "Masters of Sex." 

Oh and "Bob's Burgers" is coming back on Sunday and the episode is awesome, so we at least mentioned that...

Here's today's breakdown:
"Survivor's Remorse" (00:00:55 - 00:10:50)
"Bob's Burgers" (00:11:00 - 00:13:00)
"Homeland" (00:13:00 - 00:26:30)
"Mulaney" (00:28:05 - 00:41:05)
"Outlander" midseason finale (00:41:40 - 00:55:40)
"Masters of Sex" finale (00:55:40 - 01:13:30)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>Eddie Redmayne in &quot;The Theory of Everything&quot;</p>

Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything"

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'Theory of Everything' composer says the precision of the piano made sense for Hawking

Get ready to hear a lot about Jóhann Jóhannsson

I expect composer Jóhann Jóhannsson will be getting hired more and more in the near future. Having come up through the documentary world, he was tapped last year for Denis Villaneuve's "Prisoners" and he ran with the ball, crafting a dynamic, layered, ominous score that really didn't get its due. That course is sure to be corrected with his work on James Marsh's Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything," a piano-driven work that stands out as one of the film's most identifying features.

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The real-life refugee cast of 'The Good Lie' give the film's script credit for telling truth
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The real-life refugee cast of 'The Good Lie' give the film's script credit for telling truth

These 'lost boys of the Sudan' have found a way to share their story

The cast of "The Good Lie" came by the HitFix studios this week so we could sit down to discuss the work they did in the film, and the way the movie manages to avoid some of Hollywood's most irritating bad habits.

First up, I spoke with Arnold Oceng and Kuoth Wiel. Oceng is the film's ostensible lead, although I think it's a fairly balanced movie overall in terms of the way it treats its ensemble cast. He's also the one cast member of the four main refugees with the most acting experience, and unsurprisingly, he was fairly poised in our interview.

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'The Wonder Years'' long-awaited DVD set: 300 original songs included, 14 omitted
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'The Wonder Years'' long-awaited DVD set: 300 original songs included, 14 omitted

'Gracepoint,' 'A to Z' and 'Bad Judge' debut to low numbers

“The Wonder Years’’ long-awaited DVD set: 300 original songs included, 14 omitted
Distributor Time Life was able to secure songs like the Joe Cocker intro “With A Little Help From My Friends" for the DVD release, which was held up for years due to song rights. But Time Life has released a list of the 14 songs it couldn’t get, including songs from The Doors, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Neil Young. However, 10 songs from Bob Dylan were secured, and it was thanks to him that other rights-holders came aboard. PLUS: A limited edition DVD set autographed and shaped like a miniature school locker will sell for $500.


“Gracepoint,” “A to Z” and “Bad Judge” debut to low numbers
Meanwhile, “How to Get Away with Murder” hung on to much of its impressive debut audience.


David Simon to reunite with “The Wire” cast members at PaleyFest NY
Joining him on Oct. 16 will be Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Seth Gilliam, Jim True-Frost, John Doman, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, and Jamie Hector, plus Dominic West via video.


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Steve Martin
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Steve Martin to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Accolade comes only a year after his Honorary Oscar

Everyone loves Steve Martin. Everyone used to like him when he was pumping out comedies in the '80s, but now everyone loves him. He has the awards to prove it.

American Film Institute announced today that Steve Martin will receive the organization's 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the "highest honor for a career in film," according to a press release. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015.

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<p>Packers QB Aaron Rogers</p>

Packers QB Aaron Rogers

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TV Ratings: Thursday Night Football rout tops 'Gracepoint,' NBC comedy premieres

'Scandal' and 'How To Get Away With Murder' hold up well for ABC

Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 2, 2014.

Yet another dismal Thursday Night Football rout still helped CBS hold off the primetime competition as "Gracepoint," "Bad Judge" and "A to Z" all delivered lackluster debuts.

Meanwhile, although ABC's Shonda Rhimes Thursday lineup sported across-the-board declines, none of the drops were dangerously large as the network finished second in all measures. [Plus, all three ABC dramas rose last week in Finals, which has been a consistent recent trend for ABC.]

Oh and The CW had its first fall premieres, with "The Vampire Diaries" delivering solid demo numbers and "Reign" flopping. "The Vampire Diaries" was, in fact, up from last year's finale and beat NBC's "Biggest Loser" among adults 18-34.

On to the Fast National ratings...

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Interstellar
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Theater owners decry 'Interstellar' 35mm rollout as Tarantino calls them 'barbarians'

Christopher Nolan is at the center of a new film-vs.-digital debate

In 1999, George Lucas's "The Phantom Menace" sent studios and theater owners into a tizzy. Along with the standard film prints, Lucasfilm rolled out a select number of "digital projection" test screenings for the latest "Star Wars" installment. The New York Times reported on the awestruck audiences, a mix of film enthusiasts, technophiles, and "Star Wars" geeks. One 17-year-old exclaimed, "All my friends who've seen it before are coming to see it again in 'dij','' — oh, kids and their slang! — ''It's 30 times better this way.'' Even the projectionist at the test screening's New Jersey theater agreed. "Film is wonderful. It's done tremendous things for us over the last 75 to 100 years. But another way is here. You're watching history.''

15 years later, the revolution continues — in reverse. And it's getting ugly. Can anyone save film projection?

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Nik Wallenda will be blindfolded for Chicago skyline tightrope walk
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Nik Wallenda will be blindfolded for Chicago skyline tightrope walk

Jimmy Kimmel transforms into a pig

Nik Wallenda will be blindfolded for Chicago skyline tightrope walk
"It's about challenging myself, and hopefully through challenging myself, inspiring other people to challenge themselves," Wallenda says of his live Discovery Channel stunt. "I've never performed blindfolded. I've trained a lot, intensively actually, blind-folded."


Jimmy Kimmel transforms into a pig
Watch “Jimmy the Pig” try to get kids to tell a lie.


Amazon picks up “Red Oaks” along with “Hand of God,” orders more scripts for “The Cosmopolitans”
Steven Soderbergh’s suburban comedy “Red Oaks” and Ron Perlman’s “Hand of God” will get full seasons, while Amazon will “explore the series” potential of Whit Stillman’s “The Cosmopolitans” via the additional scripts.


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Check out Triumph the Insult Comic Dog as a full-sized Times Square mascot
“Conan” sent Triumph to insult the other mascots.

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