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'24' and Kiefer Sutherland return to Comic-Con: Live-Blog
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'24' and Kiefer Sutherland return to Comic-Con: Live-Blog

Expect plenty of hints about the future of the '24' franchise

Let's get the Comic-Con 2014 live-blogging extravaganza started! Over the next four days, I'll be blogging and live-blogging on a slew of Comic-Con panels from Ballroom 20 and Hall H.

Thursday will see a number of live-blogs, as I sit in Ballroom 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Let's start with "24," which returns to Comic-Con for the first time in years, bringing Kiefer Sutherland and promising many, many questions about the future of the franchise, as well as "24: Live Another Day."

As recently as Sunday, Peter Rice said that no determinations had been made about whether "24" will live yet another day, but let's see if there were secrets being saved for San Diego...

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Andy Samberg, Kit Harrington, Lena Dunham are on board for HBO sports mockumentary '7 Days in Hell'

Andy Samberg, Kit Harrington, Lena Dunham are on board for HBO sports mockumentary "7 Days in Hell"
The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star and the “Game of Thrones” hunk will play fierce tennis rivals in a film that will also feature Fred Armisen, Karen Gillan, Will Forte, Howie Mandel, June Squibb, Soledad O’Brien and Michael Sheen.

Adult Swim’s “Black Jesus” is "blasphemous, irreverent and disrespectful,” says a Christian group
The American Family Association and its One Million Moms division says of the Aaron McGruder series, “The blasphemous, irreverent and disrespectful show depicts him living in Compton Gardens and makes a mockery of the Lord.”

Mayim Bialik to co-host TV Land’s “Candid Camera” reboot
She’ll be joined by Peter Funt, son of “Candid Camera” creator Allen Funt.

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Extant&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Extant"

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TV Ratings: Big 'Extant' drop continues as 'Talent' leads NBC on Wednesday

'Taxi Brooklyn' also helps NBC in all measures

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

"America's Got Talent" and, to a much lesser extent, a series high for "Taxi Brooklyn" helped NBC control Wednesday night in all measures.

Over on CBS, despite a strong week for "Big Brother," "Extant" continued its steady decline.

That was pretty much it for Wednesday's notables, though "So You Think You Can Dance" was very slightly up for FOX, while "Motive" was slightly down for ABC.

On to the numbers...

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'Big Brother' tells Ariana Grande’s brother his grandpa died

“Big Brother” tells Ariana Grande’s brother his grandpa died
Frankie Grande’s final wish was to not be told about his grandfather dying while he was in the house.

“SpongeBob” and friends get buff for the 2nd movie
Check out a muscular SpongeBob SquarePants in "SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water,” which is due out in February.

Conan loses his head on "Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda”
Watch Conan O’Brien’s surprisingly violent cameo in the Roger Corman-directed scene.

Ricky Gervais “upset” with Louis CK: “I discovered that big sweaty slob”
Now that they’re battling in the same Emmy category, Gervais reveals his feud with his comedian pal Louis CK.

Emmy organizers want attendees to carpool and use fewer limos to get through Monday traffic
The shift this year to Monday rush hour has created a “nightmare” that has resulted in a major street that would normally close remaining open, while parking lots will be full of commuters.

“Extant” has lost 30% of its premiere viewership
The Halle Berry drama attracted 6.4 million viewers this week.

How will “The Avengers’” May 2015 sequel affects “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”?
Specifically, how will it affect Agent Coulson?

“Pornstache”: “OITNB” never made me a series regular, so I jumped to HBO
"The role that I have on ‘The Brink’ is a starring role, and it’s a no brainer,” Pablo Schreiber says of his new HBO show. “Absolutely, I chose to jump on board with that show. It was a better move for me as an actor.”

Kelsey Grammer becomes a dad again at age 59
The former “Frasier” star welcomed his 6th child, a boy who is the 2nd child with his wife Kayte Grammer.

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Al Pacino, Ethan Hawke and Laika's 'Boxtrolls' are heading for Venice

The world's oldest fest comes out with its selections

Films by David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol and Abel Ferrara will bring world premieres to the Lido di Venezia this year, as the Venice Film Festival has announced its selections for the 71st edition of the oldest such event in the world.

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<p>Franka Potente in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Franka Potente in "The Bridge."

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Sorrowsworn'

The show gets back to weirdness with the return of Steven Linder and other oddities

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as we speak in the universal language of pain...

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Vin Diesel on the crazy way he brought Groot to life in 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'
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Vin Diesel on the crazy way he brought Groot to life in 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

Plus find out why he thinks of Drew McWeeny when he thinks of Groot

There is nothing quite like a Vin Diesel interview.

As the planet prepares for the seismic impact of the release of "Guardians Of The Galaxy," one of the people who seems happiest about the entire thing is Diesel, and why not? Groot, the giant plant creature who he gives voice to in the film, is poised to be one of the breakout stars of the movie. He's sweet and gentle and dangerous and hilarious and very, very, very weird, which all sounds like a perfect way to describe Diesel himself.

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With 1 week to go, 'Big Bang Theory' cast negotiations haven't progressed

With 1 week to go, “Big Bang Theory” cast negotiations haven't progressed
Production is scheduled to begin one week from today, but little progress has been made.

Fox is using drones to promote “24: Live Another Day's” DVD at Comic-Con
“24” fans can take free drone lessons at Petco Park.

“Once Upon a Time” unveils a giant Comic-Con “Frozen” billboard
“Storybrooke has frozen over,” reads the tagline.

Ariana Grande won’t yank her brother from “Big Brother” to tell him their grandpa died
She tweeted this morning: "asked grandps last week if he wanted us to pull frankie off bb & he said "no way! he's gotta play the game even tho i don't understand it.”

Which “Game of Thrones” star will have the biggest movie career?
We’re starting to see some of the show’s younger stars, including Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, in movie roles.

FX boss: I was complimenting “True Detective” — not taking a shot at the HBO series
FX CEO was quoted as saying on Monday that “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto "is going to have to prove he can write something truly great every single year.” But some outlets omitted the last three words.

Dear Ted Cruz: Don’t call “True Blood” a “misogynist” show
You can ding the HBO series for its politics, but "the show isn’t misogynist,” says Amanda Marcotte, "and not just because you can see Alexander Skarsgård or Ryan Kwanten in the altogether in any random episode. (Though having a show that panders to the female gaze as much as the male gaze is a quiet triumph.) No, it’s because in the topsy-turvy, screwed-up world of True Blood, female characters are allowed to be just as crafty, evil, autonomous, and straight-up horny as the men.”

TV Land’s “Impastor” pilot taps “Dexter’s” Aimee Garcia and “Episodes’” Mircea Monroe
They’ll join Michael Rosenbaum in the comedy pilot about a fake gay pastor.

Steven Moffat: There’s still a chance Peter Jackson could direct a “Doctor Who” episode
"He's still incredibly busy on The Hobbit. I've spoken to him face to face, and he would like to do one,” says Moffat. PLUS: Every “Doctor Who” Series 8, teased.

Billy Bob Thornton backs away from his anti-“Cupcake Wars” comments
The “Fargo” star ticked off the reality show’s cast when he said on “Oprah’s Masters Class” this week, "Seriously, it's not that G** damn dangerous to make a cupcake."

Has "The Simpsons" been ruined by all the celebrity cameos?
"The show has a remarkably deep bench of established — beloved, even! — characters that it consistently casts aside in order to create episodes focused around celebrity guests,” notes Daniel D’Addario, who adds: "With very few exceptions, whenever a guest-star enters the fray, they become the absolute focus of attention, for whatever reason.”

“Drunk History” is actually a genuinely instructional documentary series
"The surprising part,” says Emily Nussbaum, "is that it’s ... a perversely effective way to deliver historical information. As it turns out, drunk narrators are also passionate, unpredictable, and entertaining narrators.”

Meghan McCain: I’m not joining “The View”
The Pivot star and daughter of John McCain was rumored as a possible conservative voice for “The View” panel.

Questlove hopes to bring music back to TV with VH1’s “SoundClash"
Premiering tonight, the show aims to create, as The Daily Beast notes, "a television show that both forces your favorite artists out of their comfort zones and reflects our own eclectic modern musical tastes.”

“Orange is the New Black” gets to use music from any genre
The Netflix comedy hasn’t had any trouble getting music cleared and licensed. “It feels effortless,” says music supervisor Bruce Gilbert. “I’m contacted daily by publishers and managers asking ‘What do you need for the show?’ It’s so nice to not be  able to tell them. I love that it can be absolutely anything."

See how the TV set evolved
An infographic shows all the television variations, from 1928 to 2007.

“Cheers” stars reunite
See how some of the stars, including Ted Danson and “Norm," look today.

“Arrow” Season 3: Here’s what’s happening
Exec producer Marc Guggenheim reveals some details on Season 3, before he heads to Comic-Con.

Check out the “How I Met Your Mother” Complete Series DVD box set
“The Whole Story” hits stores Sept. 23.

L.A. exhibit showcases "The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design”
Check out outfits for everything from “Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” to “Orange is the New Black."

“Turn’s” Angus Macfadyen joins “The Pinkertons”
He’ll co-star in the syndicated drama, playing the founder of the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency.

“The Killing’s” Mireille Enos welcomes her 2nd child with “Spin City’s” Alan Ruck
Son Larkin Zouey joins daughter Vesper Vivienne.

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Icona Pop

Exclusive: Icona Pop hits Mexico City with Miley Cyrus in clip from 'I Am Icon': Watch

Things take a strange turn south of the border

Swedish pop duo Icona Pop broke big around the world in 2012 with its smash, “I Love It.”

Since then, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo have been traveling the globe touring with acts like Passion Pit, Matt & Kim, Marina and the Diamonds, Katy Perry and, earlier this year, with Miley Cyrus on the North American leg of her Bangerz World Tour.

The pair, who released “This Is… Icona Pop” last year, chronicled their adventures on the road with Cyrus for a reality series on fashion and lifestyle website Refinery29. “I Am Icon” debuted July 10 and in this exclusive clip from the July 24 episode, they discover that there’s a bit of chaos waiting for them south of the border as they discover that the head of production for the festival they are playing has just been fired.

But there are also fans waiting for them, as Jawo talks about how excited they are because their biggest fan base on Facebook is in Mexico City.

To watch "I Am Icon," go here.


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<p>Halt and Catch Fire</p>

Halt and Catch Fire

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 239: Road trip 2014!

Dan and Alan discuss press tour, Comic-Con, 'Halt and Catch Fire,' 'Manhattan,' 'Orange Is the New Black' & more


Road trip? Road trip! Press tour is over, and Comic-Con is about to start, which means it's time for everyone's (least?) favorite Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of the year, recorded inside Dan's car as we drove from LA to San Diego. There is singing! There is a missed toll booth incident! There is Dan's annual excitement at passing the San Onofre nuclear power plant! And so much more! And along the way, we preview Comic-Con, close out press tour, review WGN's "Manhattan," check back in on "Halt and Catch Fire," wrap up "Orange Is the New Black" season 2, briefly discuss Dan's irrational hatred of Weird Al's "Word Crimes," and discuss Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." Lots and lots and lots o' stuff.

The rundown: 

Quick Comic-Con Preview (00:02:00 - 00:05:30)
Press Tour Breakdown (00:05:35 - 00:41:45)
"Manhattan" (00:41:45 - 00:50:50)
"Halt and Catch Fire" (00:50:55 - 00:59:05)
"Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 (00:59:05 - 01:12:20)
"Boyhood" (01:13:50 - 01:21:30)
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. 239 - Pre-Comic-Con Roadtrip Podcast

Dan and Alan talk Press Tour, 'Manhattan,' 'Halt and Catch Fire,' 'Orange Is The New Black' and more


Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!

It's Comic-Con Eve, which can only mean one thing... Roadtrip Podcast!

Because Alan's latest medical infirmity caused us to miss a video show on Tuesday, we had lots to discuss in this podcast, including the last week of TCA Press Tour and WGN's "Manhattan." Plus, we're both caught up on "Halt and Catch Fire," so we talked about that. Plus, we both finished Season 2 of "Orange Is The New Black" and we debriefed on that. And, heck, we saw "Boyhood" on a slow Press Tour night, so that was discussed as well.

The conversation was good enough that I went through the EZ Pass lane on the toll road, causing brief confusion and panic. 

Plus, I'd say this is probably our least-worst Roadtrip Podcast on an audio level. That doesn't mean it sounds great. Alan is louder than I am, because he's holding the mic. And there's a lot of "room tone," courtesy of my 2002 Ford Focus. 

Oh. And we sing. Badly. 

Here's the breakdown:
Quick Comic-Con Preview (00:02:00 - 00:05:30)
Press Tour Breakdown (00:05:35 - 00:41:45)
"Manhattan" (00:41:45 - 00:50:50)
"Halt and Catch Fire" (00:50:55 - 00:59:05)
"Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 (00:59:05 - 01:12:20)
"Boyhood" (01:13:50 - 01:21:30)

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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Amber from 'Big Brother'

Amber from 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother" Wednesday - The Power Of Veto And The Power Of Amber

Cody fights to keep his emotions in check as Caleb's jealousy infects everyone's strategies

Last time on “Big Brother,” Team America successfully completed another challenge but probably did more harm than good to their individual game plans. This feels like a prime pivoting point in the season, one in which the type of female-centric alliance that Joey tried to form might actually coalesce after Sunday’s semi-ludicrous nominations. Anything’s possible, including someone like Victoria actually doing something meaningful this season. Like I said: anything’s possible!

Let’s get to the live blog for Wednesday (July 23) and find out what happens…

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