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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 221

Dan and Alan talk 'Hannibal,' 'Americans,' 'Mixology' and much more


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!
We were supposed to do a Firewall & Iceberg Video Show today and a podcast tomorrow, but instead technical problems set in and so... All Podcast! We know. You're very sad. 
That means that we have reviews of NINE new and returning shows in this podcast. And we've got a couple shows we love! And a couple shows we hate! It really runs the gamut. 
And we talked just a little about the late, great Harold Ramis. Just because.
Here's today's breakdown:
Harold Ramis (00:01:25 - 00:05:00)
Weird NBC Moves (00:05:00 - 00:15:00)
"Mind Games" (00:15:15 - 00:21:50)
"Game of Arms" (00:21:50 - 00:27:40)
"Mixology" (00:27:40 - 00:35:15)
"The Americans" (00:35:20 - 00:42:30)
"The Red Road" (00:42:30 - 00:51:10)
"Vikings" (00:51:15 - 00:55:19)
"Hannibal" (00:55:20 - 01:03:30)
"Bates Motel" (01:03:35 - 01:08:25)
"Those Who Kill" (01:08:35 - 01:16:30)

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 221

Dan and Alan also review 'The Red Road,' 'Vikings,' 'Bates Motel' and lots of other mid-season premieres


Hey, so remember how the Firewall & Iceberg video show was going to return this week, and there was so much to talk about that even a video show and a podcast would barely be enough to contain it all? Well, technical difficulties scotched the video show's relaunch, which pushed this week's podcast up a day and also forced us to compress a lot of material into it (and dump other things, like a planned "True Detective" segment). With any luck, all the glitches will be worked out for next week, but in the meantime this is a review-heavy podcast, full of stuff we really liked, stuff we really hated, and a few things that fell in between.

The rundown: 

Harold Ramis (00:01:25 - 00:05:00)
Weird NBC Moves (00:05:00 - 00:15:00)
"Mind Games" (00:15:15 - 00:21:50)
"Game of Arms" (00:21:50 - 00:27:40)
"Mixology" (00:27:40 - 00:35:15)
"The Americans" (00:35:20 - 00:42:30)
"The Red Road" (00:42:30 - 00:51:10)
"Vikings" (00:51:15 - 00:55:19)
"Hannibal" (00:55:20 - 01:03:30)
"Bates Motel" (01:03:35 - 01:08:25)
"Those Who Kill" (01:08:35 - 01:16:30)
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.

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13 Oscar upsets we'd love to see this year

13 Oscar upsets we'd love to see this year

Not that they will ever happen

In the world of awards season you may know who is going to win. You may actually have been told a nominee is a lock to take home Oscar gold by the media. But that doesn't mean they'd get your vote. That's one reason we love when the proverbial upset occurs during the Academy Awards telecast. Nothing beats a surprise.

Well, instead of predicting what upsets are going to happen (and let's be honest, there are usually one or two every year), the In Contention team has rounded up the upsets that we'd actually love to see.

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<p>Ellie Goulding</p>

Ellie Goulding

Credit: AP Photo

Ellie Goulding's new 'Beating Heart' track from 'Divergent' percolates

Tunes from British singer's 'Halcyon' album also in the film

Ellie Goulding’s new tune, “Beating Heart,” from “Divergent,” fulfills the mandate of any song that escorts a soldier going off into battle: wanting a last moment with a loved one.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Song - U2 looks to upend Disney's 'Frozen'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Song - U2 looks to upend Disney's 'Frozen'

Is Pharrell a dark horse waiting to pounce?

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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'The Voice' returns slightly down after Olympics boost

“The Voice” returns slightly down after Olympics boost
The two-hour premiere delivered 15.7 million viewers.

Lena Dunham: Hosting “SNL” is a “dream come true”

“Can’t wait to debut my character’ girl who googled serial killers all night & has lots to say,” she tweeted. PLUS: Dunham poses as a ‘60s pinup model in lingerie.

Germany’s fan-funded “The Office” movie is a hit
Fans of “Stromberg,” which has been on the air since 2004, helped fund the movie and will share the film’s profits. The film revolves around the office workers going on a company outing. Watch the trailer.

“Full House’s” Candace Cameron Bure and NeNe Leakes may be going “Dancing”
Their the first two names to surface for the upcoming “Dancing with the Stars” season. PLUS: Erin Andrews says of Brooke Burke, “I have huge shoes to fill."

Mindy Kaling insists she’s a huge “Walking Dad” fan

Kaling took to Twitter to defend herself after a fan accused her of being a terrible “Talking Dead” guest. "I've seen every episode like twice!” she tweeted.

Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert each paid tribute to Harold Ramis
Ramis was Colbert’s bespectacled comedic role model.

What happened to Tara Reid?
Spoiler: Check out pics of her from the “Sharknado 2” set.

“True Detective” losing its director for Season 2

Cary Fukunaga, who directed every Season 1 episode, will still serve as an executive producer of the HBO series, but he’s resuming his movie-making career.

HBO unveils “Game of Thrones” character posters
Plus, see a special video of Tyrion. PLUS: Watch an impressive fan-made “Game of Thrones” trailer.

Jimmy Kimmel making another star-studded post-Oscars video

Martin Scorsese and Tom Hanks are among the guests for the post-Oscar episode.

MTV Movie Awards will air in April for the 2nd straight year
This year’s ceremony will be broadcast on April 13, and MTV is changing the "WTF Award” to the “#WTF Moment.”

"The Bachelor's" Juan Pablo stars in another Rochester Appliance ad
Juan Pablo Galavis filmed four commercials to be rolled out for the final "Bachelor" episodes.

Lindsay Price joins NBC’s “Lifesaver”

The “Beverly Hills 90210” alum will play the girlfriend of “Smash’s” Christian Borle. PLUS: Michael Trucco joins ABC's "Lifesaver" and David Anders and Michael Goodwin join CW's "iZombie."

Watch Netflix’s “Clone Wars” trailer
The final season debuts on the streaming service on March 7.

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Credit: Anton Corbijn

Coldplay veers into the mystic on new song 'Midnight'

Is this the British group's new direction?

Coldplay takes a bit of a left turn in the British band’s new tune, “Midnight.” The trance-like tune features Chris Martin’s heavily-processed vocals layered upon a bed of a spacey beats.  The band dropped the song with no warning at, appropriately enough, midnight. It’s the first new music from Coldplay since “Atlas,” written for “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

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Seth Meyers has a bigger “Late Night” debut than Jimmy Fallon

Seth Meyers has a bigger “Late Night” debut than Jimmy Fallon
Early numbers show last night’s “Late Night” was the best for the franchise in a decade.

NYC mayor will play himself on “The Good Wife”
Mayor Bill de Blasio will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Mayor Bloomberg, who also made a cameo on the CBS series.

Alec Baldwin’s daughter hired by TV Guide Network and “ET”
Ireland Baldwin, 18, will be a fashion correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight” and TVGN’s live coverage from the red carpet.

Seth Meyers' "Late Night" launch was too stuck in his “SNL” past

"At times,” says Darren Franich, "the premiere of 'Late Night' felt dangerously like the TV equivalent of 'It’s Pat' or 'A Night at the Roxbury,' an ‘SNL' sketch decontextualized into some awkward uncanny valley between What It Was and What It Wants To Be. Meyers was still yelling like a fake newscaster, not talking like a real host.” PLUS: Seth's monologue should be called “Weekend Upright,” it was a “not embarrassing” debut, Amy Poehler pretty much co-hosted the 2nd half of the show, was there a Stefon tribute on Seth’s desk?, Seth had a strong debut — playful and self-possessed, “Late Night” is in good hands once again, Seth showed a lot of promise, Seth had the most self-assured late-night debut in memory, and those chairs look ugly and uncomfortable and Seth’s desk looks too tiny and useless.

Miley Cyrus: I’m not playing Tinker Bell on NBC’s live “Peter Pan”
“I would rather choke on my own tongue,” she says of the false report.

Peter Dinklage could star in a “Beats Of Valhalla” series for HBO
A leading role is reportedly being written for the “Game of Thrones” star.

“Access Hollywood” adds Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski to its Oscar coverage
They’ll critique the fashion from this year’s red carpet.

Hallmark Channel orders “The Good Witch” starring Catherine Bell to series

She’ll reprise her TV movie role as Cassie Nightingale.

Watch Billy Bob Thornton on “Fargo”

Here’s your first glimpse of him in action in the FX remake.

“True Detective” and “Looking” hit series highs on HBO
Could the ratings rise be good news for “Looking”?

Bethenny Frankel is “relieved” her talk show was canceled

"What I really want right now is to be with my daughter, to do yoga, to
focus on Skinnygirl and my writing, and to give myself a break,” she explains in an open letter.

Josh Groban helps Jimmy Kimmel celebrate 2000 shows

The singer sang a special, ignorant song for Kimmel on last night’s show.

The Beatles meet social media on Jimmy Fallon
With Fallon as John Lennon and Fred Armisen as Ringo.

Ryan Seacrest and NBC are launching a new music awards show, but he won’t host

The iHeartRadio Awards will air on May 1, 17 days before the Billboard Awards on ABC. But Seacrest’s “Idol” schedule will keep him from hosting.

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<p>Megan Boone plays dress-up on &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Megan Boone plays dress-up on "The Blacklist"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: No Olympics? No problem, as 'Voice,' 'Blacklist' lead NBC Monday

'How I Met Your Mother' is strong, 'The Following' is weak
Fast National ratings for Monday, February 24, 2014.
Even without Winter Olympics coverage from Sochi, NBC extended its recent run of ratings domination with a big return for "The Voice" and an easy hourly win for "The Blacklist."
Without the Olympics, "The Bachelor" was able to regain some of its lost audience, which also boosted overall viewership for "Castle." 
CBS' comedy lineup came back with a solid "How I Met Your Mother" number, but much lower numbers for the rest of the Monday block, which were down double-digits.
The return of original programming meant another drop for FOX's sputtering "The Following," which is now well below lead-in "Almost Human" overall and tied with the freshman drama in the key demo.
And, finally, "Star-Crossed" was down a tiny bit from last week's premiere, settling in right at the usual "Hart of Dixie" number.
On to the numbers...
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Lena Dunham will host 'SNL' on March 8

Lena Dunham will host "SNL" on March 8
The "Girls" star will make her "Saturday Night Live" debut, as will musical guest The National.

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Roundup: Oscar bloggers become the story
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Roundup: Oscar bloggers become the story

Also: YouTube rescues 'The Square,' and J.Law gets dressy

I'm not sure I have anything much to say about Boris Kachka's lengthy profile of the Oscar-blogging community, but it's certainly a weird read. (In Contention largely escaped scrutiny, as Sasha Stone and Jeff Wells take the lion's share of column space.) "Today’s Oscar bloggers are writing from inside the house. You may not know their names, but most everyone in Hollywood does—loves them, hates them, courts them. At junkets they attend what one of them calls “Oscar Blogger Days.” They’re at every festival and VIP after-party, with a hand on Melissa Leo’s shoulder, a joke for Alfonso Cuarón, or a whisper into the ear of George Clooney’s publicist. When they write something negative or leave an actor out of their predictions, they hear about it, a lot." [Vulture]

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<p>Keri Russell in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: FX's 'The Americans' takes a leap in season 2

Some minor fine-tuning takes period spy drama from very good to great

"The Americans," FX's Cold War drama about KGB spies posing as a married couple in Ronald Reagan's America, had the poor timing to arrive as a very good new show near the start of what turned out to be an incredible year. Had it debuted in a different period — even a year or two earlier — it would have set a very high bar to clear for all that followed and been a constant point of comparison. But there was just so much quality TV in 2013 that it kept slipping behind other work, even though it had so much to recommend it. When I did my best-of rankings for the year, I wound up putting it 18th, simultaneously kicking myself for doing so while struggling to argue that I preferred it to the previous 17.

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