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<p>Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler in Friday Night Lights</p>

Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler in Friday Night Lights

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 246

Dan and Alan also wrap up their 'Friday Night Lights' season 2 discussion


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for the first of a two-podcast week for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. Since there are so many shows debuting this weekend and early next week, we decided to deal with this week's early premieres while wrapping up our "Friday Night Lights" season 2 discussion today — with an epic hour discussion of the final two episodes and an attempt to rank the worst characters and ideas of the season — and we'll be back on Thursday or Friday to talk about "Madam Secretary," "Gotham" and a bunch of other new and returning shows.

NOTE: Due to lots of recent problems with the Skype connection, we tried a new method of recording the show this week. As with all things technical, there will be a learning curve, and it may not sound perfect all the time. But we continue to try things!

The rundown:

"Red Band Society" (00:01:00 - 00:11:50)
"Mysteries of Laura" (00:11:50 - 00:22:45)
"Friday Night Lights" Summer ReWatch (00:22:50 - 01:22:05)

As always, send questions to 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. 246

Dan and Alan review 'Red Band Society' and 'Mysteries of Laura' and complete the Summer ReWatch


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

It's time for the first of what we expect will be two installments of The Firewall & Iceberg podcast this week.

We'll have an installment at the end of the week with a LOT of new show reviews, because otherwise next week will be utterly untenable. This podcast, though, only has reviews for FOX's "Red Band Society" and "Mysteries of Laura."

And then, we wrap up this summer's Podcast Rewatch, "Friday Night Lights" Season 2. We talk about the last two episodes of the season and then we have a lot of fun debating and ranking the worst characters and plotlines. I think it's a great wrap-up to a Summer ReWatch I quite enjoyed doing and we hope you did, too!

Today's Breakdown:
"Red Band Society" (00:01:00 - 00:11:50)
"Mysteries of Laura" (00:11:50 - 00:22:45)
"Friday Night Lights" Summer ReWatch (00:22:50 - 01:22:05)

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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'Equalizer's' Denzel Washington won't wait another 12 years to work with Antoine Fuqua again

'Equalizer's' Denzel Washington won't wait another 12 years to work with Antoine Fuqua again

What's the word on Chloe Grace Moretz?

TORONTO - When an actor wins an Academy Award he or she usually tries to work with the director who helped guide them to the top of the mountain again.  Often, it has great results.  After winning a best supporting Oscar for "Terms of Endearment" Jack Nicholson reunited with James L. Brooks on "As Good As It Gets" and won best actor.  Jennifer Lawrence immediately worked with her "Silver Linings Playbook" maestro, David O. Russell, on "American Hustle" which resulted in back to back nominations.  Diane Weist won her first Oscar for Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" and her second for his comedy "Bullets Over Broadway."  That's just one reason it's somewhat surprising the prolific Denzel Washington took 12 years to reunite with his "Training Day" director, Antoine Fuqua for "The Equalizer."

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Rosie O’Donnell helps 'The View' deliver its best season premiere ratings in 8 years
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Rosie O’Donnell helps 'The View' deliver its best season premiere ratings in 8 years

Rosie O’Donnell helps “The View” deliver its best season premiere ratings in 8 years
Monday’s show was the 2nd-largest season premiere in show history, and its best since Rosie first joined “The View” in 2006.

NFL reportedly asked Rihanna to pay to play Super Bowl halftime — does the offer still stand after her F-word tweet?
According to TMZ, Rihanna was ticked off at the NFL and CBS to learn she was associated with CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” — and scapegoated when they pulled her song. (CBS acutally paid to license Jay-Z’s song featuring Rihanna). Now that she has a beef with CBS and the NFL, is there any chance of her paying to play Super Bowl halftime?

Study: Fewer women are working in primetime TV
As Deadline notes, a study found that "women comprised 27% of all people working as creators, directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and directors of photography – a decrease of 3.5% from the previous season."

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A creepy Meryl Streep invites you 'Into the Woods' in new poster

A creepy Meryl Streep invites you 'Into the Woods' in new poster

Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp also star in Sondheim adaptation

Disney's upcoming musical "Into the Woods" boasts an all-star cast, but Oscar-magnet Meryl Streep takes center stage in a new poster for the film, inviting viewers to take a trip into those dark, spooky, wonderful woods.

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Fury Tiger 1 Tank

Meet the only 'Fury' star bigger than Brad Pitt: the Tiger I tank

Learn more about the 1943 war machine director David Ayer recruited for his villain vehicle.

Writer-director David Ayer is all about in-your-face verisimilitude. For 2005's "Harsh Times," he relayed his South Central childhood directly to screen. With 2012's "End of Watch," he flocked to those same streets for a found footage exercise. And despite it's World War II setting, Ayer's ambition for raw intensity should keep his latest film, "Fury," squarely in the real. Not every director would pull strings to get an actual 1943 tank out on his recreated battlefield.

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Daniel Radcliffe, Brie Larson, Ben Kingsley
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Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley up the pedigree of Daniel Radcliffe-led 'Brooklyn Bridge'

A drama surrounding New York City's suspension landmark sets off awards alarms.

Daniel Radcliffe will win an Oscar, eventually. He's driven, he's eclectic, he's riding Leonardo DiCaprio-esque blockbuster momentum that he's happy to cash in for provocative material, and, most importantly, he's good. And getting better. Holding his own against Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Ralph Fiennes for a decade certainly helped.

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Virginia Madsen AMPAS Network Video
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Oscar-nominee Virginia Madsen is mad as hell when it comes to 'Network,' film, and culture

The 'Sideways' star digs through Academy Film Archive to unearth a personal favorite.

Actress Virginia Madsen worries that we aren't doing "Network" justice. "It's one of those great films that isn't seen enough, isn't talked about enough," she admits in the latest installment of "Let's Go to the Movies," the Academy's wish fulfillment video series. When invited to pluck a print from the Academy archive to take in on the big screen, Madsen went straight for Sidney Lumet's 1976 TV news satire, a remnant of a bygone era when movies were political, dangerous, and as prickly as their film grain.

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Exclusive: A sneak peek behind the Bayhem in a clip from the 'Transformers' Blu-ray
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Exclusive: A sneak peek behind the Bayhem in a clip from the 'Transformers' Blu-ray

In one minute, you will see more explosions than a Boston fireworks display

When I ran my most recent Film Nerd 2.0, several of you e-mailed me to point out what seemed to be a glaring contradiction in things I'd published here.

"Why were you complaining about your kids watching the 'Transformers' movies? Don't you like those movies?"

It is safe to call my relationship to the movies complicated. I am not sure I would say I enjoy the third and the fourth films, but I am endlessly fascinated by them. The scale on which Michael Bay is working is so preposterous that it's easy to get numbed by it when you're watching the actual movies. As "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" prepares to hit home video, we've got a clip from some of the behind-the-scenes extras that serves as a reminder of just how much actual physical labor goes into creating those outsized images.

People tend to dismiss these movies based on all of the digital effects included in each one (among other reasons), but more of what is happening onscreen is practical than I sometimes remember. I am particularly impressed in this short one-minute clip by just how many cars they manage to drop from the sky. I'd like to think that's one guy's specialty, and right now, he is somewhere napping until Michael Bay needs him to launch a bus through the air again.

No matter what rating the movie actually carries, Bay's films all have an R-rated sheen to them. He can't help it. It's simply the prism through which he views things. Just the fact that it perpetually looks like everyone on his set is moments away from dying for real is enough to push them over the top.

By now, I suspect you know whether or not you're buying "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" on Blu-ray or DVD. Either way, starting your day with stuff blowing up is always a good choice. And because it's Bay, rest assured, the home-video release is a beast. Gigantic. Epic. This is a one-minute clip. There are over three hours of special features on the disc, which arrives in stores on September 30th.

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10 Burning Questions for Returning Fall TV Shows - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' to 'Sleepy Hollow'

10 Burning Questions for Returning Fall TV Shows - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' to 'Sleepy Hollow'

Can 'New Girl' bounce back? Will a non-pregnant Kerry Washington change 'Scandal'?

Much of the attention each fall is paid to new shows. Which new programs will break out from the pack and become hits? Which dud will suffer the ignominy of being the fall's first cancellation? Which shows will grow to become assets in the TV landscape and which shows wasted all of their good ideas in the first couple episodes?

But let's not forget the dozens of shows that are returning to networks and cable before the end of 2014, because there are some entice questions to be asked.

Could a show like "New Girl" or "Homeland" pass through last season's creative rough patches to become favorites again?

Could a show like "The Good Wife" squander last season's momentum after too many big twists last year?

Will early-season time period trickery hurt "The Big Bang Theory"? Will nine months off the air hurt "Sleepy Hollow"?

What's in store for the few shows already heading toward their series finales?

Sepinwall and I field many of the Big Questions for Returning Shows in this gallery.

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<p>Gillian Jacobs</p>

Gillian Jacobs

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Gillian Jacobs and Judd Apatow will make 'Love' on Netflix starting in 2016

Don't worry, 'Community' fans, this doesn't Britta up Season 6

It's official: Confirming reports that have been floating around since the summer, Netflix announced on Tuesday (September 16) that it has given a two-season commitment to the new comedy "Love," which comes from Judd Apatow, among other producers.

[Yes, there's an old joke involving Marilyn Monroe's "Let's Make Love" that I want to make here, but I can't remember exactly how the joke went.]

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Monday's "Dancing with the Stars"

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TV Ratings: 'Dancing' premiere, 'MasterChef' finale lead Monday

CBS' 'Under the Dome' rises week-to-week

Fast National ratings for Monday, September 15, 2014.

The 19th season premiere for ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" came in well below last September's return, but still dominated Monday night overall. ABC's "Castle" repeat in the 10 p.m. hour allowed FOX to move up for a primetime tie thanks to the season finale for "MasterChef."

"Dancing" was down by 23 percent from last fall's premiere, but a much acceptable eight percent from the most recently spring return. ABC wants to emphasize that this was the most watched series telecast since May. And of course it was.

CBS was second overall for the night thanks to a rising installment of "Under the Dome," while the "USA vs. the World" special episode of "American Ninja Warrior" carried NBC to third among young viewers.

On to the numbers...

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