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David Schwimmer to play Robert Kardashian in FX’s O.J. Simpson miniseries
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David Schwimmer to play Robert Kardashian in FX’s O.J. Simpson miniseries

'The Colbert Report' ends on a series high

David Schwimmer to play Robert Kardashian in FX’s O.J. Simpson miniseries
The former “Friends” star has signed on as Kim Kardashian’s dad and O.J.’s confidante in Ryan Murphy’s "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson."


“The Colbert Report” ends on a series high
About 2.5 million watched last night’s finale, more than double the previous Thursday’s episode.

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Sarah Jessica Parker is poised for an HBO comeback in a 'Divorce' comedy
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Sarah Jessica Parker is poised for an HBO comeback in a 'Divorce' comedy

Sarah Jessica Parker is poised for an HBO comeback in a “Divorce” comedy
Parker is closing in on a deal that would have her play one half of a couple going through a very long divorce. The project is from British “Pulling” creator Sharon Horgan. Parker was last on HBO nearly 11 years ago, when “Sex and the City” ended in February 2004.

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Katie Hasty's Top 50 Albums of 2014

Katie Hasty's Top 50 Albums of 2014

FKA Twigs, Sylvan Esso, Sturgill Simpson, Aphex Twin and more

This isn't even a representation of what I listened to the most.

Top 10 and Top Albums list at year-end can be a popularity contest. They can be just another way to celebrate singles artists. It could be about enjoying the brand just as much as the album itself. Top 10s can be a metaphor for feelings.

Objectively, you can't say there's such thing as a definitive way to go-about making a year-end list. It can waver year to year: last year, I'd say my choices felt like they were all about color and boldness. This year, for me, it felt like it was all about discord.

FKA Twigs is not for everybody, but  "LP1" simply was one of the most put-together, challenging sets that moved me this year. I can't listen to the damned thing just any time. That wasn't how I marked it. Young Fathers basically made an album that was all my favorite depressing things all in one joyful place. Perfect Pussy's "Say Yes to Love" sounds like it was recorded in a tile bathroom with a holy purpose among seething band members. What a beautiful thing. I can't get anything done when I listen to Aphex "Syro." And so on.

I look forward to the "What, you don't have [XYZ Artist] on your list? God is dead and your life is sham!" comments every year. Tell me what you loved in 2014.

1. FKA twigs, "LP1"
2. Young Fathers, "Dead"
3. Aphex Twin, "Syro" Warp
4. Perfect Pussy, "Say Yes To Love"
5. Run The Jewels, "RTJ2" life or death
6. Sylvan Esso, "Sylvan Esso"
7. Sturgill Simpson, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music"
8. Flying Lotus, "You're Dead"
9. Godflesh, "A World Lit Only By Fire"
10. My Brightest Diamond, "This Is My Hand"
11. D'Angelo, "Black Messiah"
12. Static Selektah, "What Goes Around"
13. YOB, "Clearing the Path to Ascend"
14. Tinashe, "Aquarius"
15. Parquet Courts, "Sunbathing Animal"
16. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, "Piñata"
17. Jessie Ware, "Tough Love"
18. Luluc, "Passerby"
19. Frankie Cosmos, "Zentropy"
20. Clark, "Clark"
21. Moodymann, "Moodymann"
22. Kelis, "Food"
23. Swans, "To Be Kind"
24. East India Youth, "Total Strife Forever"
25. MØ, "No Mythologies to Follow"
26. Caribou, "Our Love"
27. Beyonce, "Beyonce"
28. The Phantom Band, "Strange Friend"
29. Schoolboy Q, "Oxymoron"
30. Shellac, "Dude Incredible"
31. Miranda Lambert, "Platinum"
32. St. Vincent, "St. Vincent"
33. Vince Staples, "Hell Can Wait"
34. Asgeir, "In the Silence"
35. Future, "Honest"
36. The War on Drugs, "Lost in the Dream"
37. Hozier, "Hozier"
38. Hurray for the Riff Raff, "Small Town Heroes"
39. Charli XCX, "Sucker"
40. J. Cole, "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
41. Angel Olsen, "Burn Your Fire For No Witness"
42. Ex Hex, "Rips"
43. Pharrell, "G I R L"
44. Eyehategod, "Eyehategod"
45. Mr. Gnome, "The Heart of a Dark Star"
46. Perfume Genius, "Too Bright"
47. Steve Dawson, "Rattlesnake Cage"
48. Ought, "More Than Any Other Day"
49. Beck, "Morning Phase"
50. Prince, "Art Official Age"

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'Hannibal' recasts Michael Pitt’s role
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'Hannibal' recasts Michael Pitt’s role

Facebook teams with HLN for a TV pilot

“Hannibal” recasts Michael Pitt’s role
Pitt has opted not to return as meat-packing magnate Mason Verger for Season 3, according to TV Line. So he’ll be replaced by actor Joe Anderson.


Facebook teams with HLN for a TV pilot
Details of the partnership are sketchy, but the pilot will make use of the popular social network without being “The Facebook Show.”


The Lucas Brothers to star in a Fox sitcom based on their lives
“22 Jump Street” stars Keith and Kenny Lucas, who already have a connection with Fox via their ADHD series "Lucas Bros. Moving Co.,” will play siblings who dropped out of law school to pursue their dreams.


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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 261: 'Mozart in the Jungle,' 'Serial' & more
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 261: 'Mozart in the Jungle,' 'Serial' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Jane the Virgin' and the year in comic book TV

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Happy Friday, boys and girls! We pushed this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast so we could give you some more podcast-on-podcast action, discussing the "Serial" finale along a review of Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle," a lot of comic book TV talk, plus spoiler-iffic discussion of "Jane the Virgin" and the finales of "Sons of Anarchy" (very briefly) and "The Newsroom" (less briefly). Busy busy busy. And next week is our Worst TV of 2014 episode! Angry Dan!

The rundown:

"Mozart in the Jungle" (00:00:55 - 00:12:00)
The Year in Superheroes (00:12:00 - 00:55:15)
Listener Mail: The "Sons of Anarchy" Finale (00:55:20 - 00:58:55)
"Jane the Virgin" (00:59:00 - 01:08:00)
"Newroom" finale (01:08:10 - 01:24:25)
"Serial" finale (01:24:25 - 01:42:35)

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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"Arrow"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 261 - 'Serial,' Superheroes and More

Dan and Alan talk 'Mozart in the Jungle,' 'The Newsroom,' 'Jane the Virgin' and more

The

Happy Friday, Boys & Girls.

We wanted to push back this week's installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast because we suspected we'd have things to say about the finale for the Serial podcast. And we did!

Delaying a couple days also allowed us watch seven episodes apiece of Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle."

In this podcast, we also talked about The Year in Superhero TV Shows, a segment that includes spoilers for "Arrow," "Gotham," "Constantine," "The Flash" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." We also did our first check-in on The CW's "Jane the Virgin' since the pilot and we discussed the series finale for "The Newsroom."

So it may seem like this is a slow-ish time for new TV, but we managed to fill over 100 minutes, our longest podcast in a while. 

Today's breakdown:
"Mozart in the Jungle" (00:00:55 - 00:12:00)
The Year in Superheroes (00:12:00 - 00:55:15)
Listener Mail: The "Sons of Anarchy" Finale (00:55:20 - 00:58:55)
"Jane the Virgin" (00:59:00 - 01:08:00)
"Newroom" finale (01:08:10 - 01:24:25)
"Serial" finale (01:24:25 - 01:42:35)

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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Roger Deakins recalls 'The Man Who Wasn't There' and film noir favorites

Roger Deakins recalls 'The Man Who Wasn't There' and film noir favorites

An interesting year that brought a Best Picture winner and a stylization opportunity

It seemed this year that if any artist was due for the retrospective treatment, it was "Unbroken" cinematographer Roger Deakins. While I of course did not address all of the 50-plus films he has shot throughout his illustrious career during a recent extended interview, I settled on a few in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of his work. Each of them — "Nineteen Eighty-Four," "Sid and Nancy," "Barton Fink," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Kundun," "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "The Village" — will get their own space in the next few days.

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USA orders 'timely and relevant' hacker thriller 'Mr. Robot' starring Christian Slater
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USA orders 'timely and relevant' hacker thriller 'Mr. Robot' starring Christian Slater

Check out Vince Vaughn on the 'True Detective' set

USA orders “timely and relevant” hacker thriller “Mr. Robot” starring Christian Slater
“Mr. Robot could not be more timely and relevant,” says USA president Chris McCumber. “The creative team behind this series has done a brilliant job, taking viewers on a wild ride that leaves them wanting more.  Malek gives a masterful performance as a hacker and unlikely hero, alongside Christian, who is perfectly cast.”


Check out Vince Vaughn on the “True Detective” set
He’s playing Frank Semyon, a career criminal, on Season 2 of the HBO series.


VH1 is sticking with “Sorority Sisters” despite the backlash
VH1 says it won’t change the black sorority sister reality show because it “seems to be connecting with its audience."


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Ask Alan, Episode 3: Hate-watching, holiday binge-watching & more

Ask Alan, Episode 3: Hate-watching, holiday binge-watching & more

Whither the final season of "Gilmore Girls"?

Welcome to the third installment of our Ask Alan video series, and what should be the last one of 2014. Also, because of my upcoming travels to LA for press tour, followed by most of Team HitFix going to Sundance, there may be a brief hiatus before we get to episode 4. But at least I remembered to wear a different t-shirt this time, even if it's also a red one.

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Marion Cotillard
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'Two Days,' Palme d’Or-winner snubbed from Oscar’s Foreign Language Short List

Nine films advance to final consideration

Friday morning, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Foreign Language Film short list for the 87th Academy Awards. Out of 83 films, nine made the cut, with familiar titles like "Ida" and "Force Majeure" making the cut, along with Golden Globe-amplified "Tangerines" slipping in over expected contenders.

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Craig Ferguson says on his final 'Late Late Show': 'I wanted to make this clear, I'm not retiring'
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Craig Ferguson says on his final 'Late Late Show': 'I wanted to make this clear, I'm not retiring'

Why 'The Colbert Report’s' finale was a cop-out

Craig Ferguson says on his final “Late Late Show”: "I wanted to make this clear, I'm not retiring”
Read spoilers from tonight’s “Late Late Show” finale, in which Ferguson alludes to reports that he’ll be back with a new early evening syndicated talk show featuring his “Late Late” sidekicks.


Why “The Colbert Report’s” finale was a cop-out
The celeb-filled finale, says Megan Garber, "was the star-gazing stuff that is so extremely typical of most late-night television: Look at all those celebrities! On one stage! Singing! You could read all that as Colbert bidding a fond farewell to irony as he leaves Comedy Central for the warm embrace of network TV. But it's hard not to note how starkly it contrasts with the thousands of episodes of ‘Colbert' that preceded it.” PLUS: Of course “Colbert” wasn’t going to die.


Revamped “Mythbusters” has "a new look, a new vibe, and it’s become more educational again”
Exec producer Dan Tapster and Adam Savage discuss the changes to the Discovery Channel series now that Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci are gone. And Savage confirms that he and Jamie Hyneman — "we’re not friends.”


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"Mom"

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TV Ratings: 'Mom' helps CBS top slow Thursday as NBC's People Magazine Awards tanks

The CW gets decent numbers from an IHeartRadio special

Fast National ratings for Thursday, December 18, 2014.

With a "Big Bang Theory" repeat and a new episode of "Mom" leading the way, CBS dominated Thursday night in all measures. 

And yes, CBS had the NFL preemption in Jacksonville and FOX had the preemption in Nashville on Thursday, but given that the game was between the Jaguars and Titans, it's unlikely that it caused a huge amount of ratings inflation.

Meanwhile, NBC's "People Magazine Awards" became the latest failed attempt to start a new primetime awards tradition, following in the footsteps of FOX's latest country music thing and the movie awards that failed on CBS last month.

The night was slow enough that The CW even got an OK audience for another of its normally lackluster IHeartRadio specials, in this case the Jingle Ball.

On to the numbers...

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