LOS ANGELES—Jason Mraz and Heart may not be the first names that you think of when you think of country music (or the last), but the two acts fit in perfectly at Tuesday night’s (5) All for the Hall benefit for Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame.
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Lena Headey has had a very fruitful run as a horrible, horrible person for the last few years. Images of Queen Cersei and Ma-Ma from "Game Of Thrones" and "Dredd" had all but crowded out the impression she made in the original "300" as Queen Gorgo.
Sitting down with her at the recent press day for "300: Rise Of An Empire," I was struck by how easily she's built a reputation for herself as a powerful on-screen figure. My oldest son is currently obsessed with all things related to "The Terminator," despite the fact that he hasn't seen any of the films yet. He listens to the scores for the first two films, he's read every word of a Cinefex issue released when "Terminator 2" came out, and he has several Terminator toys that he considers prized possessions. When he realized that Headey was one of the actors who has played Sarah Connor, he just about lost his mind.
Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!
Actually, it's a really Happy Wednesday if you're a Firewall & Iceberg fan, because we posted a video show this morning and now it's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
In this installment, we have reviews of "Sirens," "Resurrection" and El Rey's "From Dusk Till Dawn."
We also debated the most recent "How I Met Your Mother" twist and then we went into some "True Detective" depth on the eve of the finale.
"Sirens" (00:01:00 - 00:09:00)
"Resurrection" (00:09:05 - 00:17:10)
"From Dusk Till Dawn" (00:17:15 - 00:31:05)
The "How I Met Your Mother" twist (00:31:30 - 43:00)
"True Detective" pre-finale (00:43:00 - 01:06:40)
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.
It's a Firewall & Iceberg two-fer day! Minor technical difficulties bumped the return of the video show to this morning, and Dan and I also recorded a new podcast today discussing several other premieres, the recent "HIMYM" development, and a look back at "True Detective" so far, along with some speculation on the finale (which neither of us has seen).
There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.
“The Wire” creator teams with Oprah on a Martin Luther King Jr. miniseries on HBO
David Simon will oversee "America: In the King Years” with Oprah producing the miniseries based on the Taylor Branch book trilogy. Simon will reunite with “Treme” co-creator Eric Overmeyer in writing the “bible” for the entire miniseries.
Ty Pennington and Emeril Lagasse join TNT’s “On the Menu” from Mark Burnett
Pennington will host and Emeril will serve as “Menu Master” on the first reality cooking competition that will allow viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode.
Listen to Common rap about The Red Wedding on the “Game of Thrones” mixtape
The “Catch the Throne” mixtape featuring hip-hop and Latin artists aims to bring more “multicultural” viewers to the HBO series.
VH1 orders a “Walk of Shame” reality show
“Walk of Shame Shuffle” follows a young entrepreneur who helps college students who’ve “overindulged” get home the morning after.
Selina Meyer is George Washington in “Veep” poster
Check her out crossing the Delaware.
How “True Detective” will end: Here are the 5 craziest theories
Is Woody Harrelson the killer? PLUS: 18 revealing screengrabs from this week’s episode.
Russian TV denies responsibility for cutting Jared Leto’s Ukraine reference from its Oscar broadcast
That part of Leto’s speech was missing when it aired on delay on Russian state TV on Monday.
“Party Down South” forced to leave Pensacola, Florida
The locals weren’t happy to be part of the raunchy CMT reality show.
Claim: “Bachelor” Juan Pablo lives in an apartment with his mom and dad
According to Life & Style, “The Bachelor” is broke.
Hugh Laurie: King of Mardi Gras
See the former “House” star as The King of Bacchus.
Netflix picks up new “Trailer Park Boys” episodes
The Canadian mockumentary series Seasons 8 and 9 will soon be available on the streaming service.
Leah Remini gets her own reality show on TLC
The untitled reality show will emphasize the former “King of Queens” star’s Brooklyn roots as she lives with her family in L.A.
Whoopi Goldberg slams ABC for not allowing “The View” on the Oscar red carpet
"We are the only show -- and I hate to ring my own bell, but what the hell -- 'The View' is the only show that has an Oscar winner on the panel and I thought it was a crying shame that we weren't there,” she said, noting that other daytime ABC shows were represented, plus CBS’ “Rachael Ray.”
“Masterchef Junior” renewed for Season 3
Season 2 has yet to begin filming, but Fox has ordered an eight-episode 3rd season.
Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” logs its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, so even though Williams didn’t take home the Oscar for the tune from “Despicable Me 2,” he’s still a winner.
Patricia Arquette to star in “CSI’s” cyber crime spinoff
The former “Medium” star will play the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division.
Greta Gerwig has seen every “HIMYM” episode, and bonded with its cast
"They're so nice! I went and I hung out with all the cast and they were like, 'If you can be part of this world, it's crazy fun,'” says the independent film star. "They told me they believed in me, and it was really sweet."
NBC’s “Constantine” adds “Lost’s” Harold Perrineau and “True Blood’s” Lucy Griffiths
Perrineau will play an angel in the pilot about a reluctant supernatural detective.
VH1’s new reality shows include “White Girls of Rap,” "I ♥ Nick Carter” and DNA “Swab Stories”
VH1 will also go behind the scenes of a radio station in "This Is Hot 97."
“Today” inadvertently airs nudity from “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Producers forgot to censor the black-and-white nude posters hanging on the wall in one scene.
Amy Poehler stars in Old Navy ads
“I’m basically the Daniel Day Lewis of commercials,” she says of her new series of commercials, which will have her playing different characters.
Betty White gets turned on by Jason Momoa on Conan
Watch what happened when Conan showed the former “Game of Thrones” star’s Men’s Health cover.
Watch Ellen's Oscar journey
Cameras followed Ellen DeGeneres, from preparation to hosting the Academy Awards.
“About a Boy’s” ratings go up with Episode 2
Up 18% from the pilot.
"The Tomorrow People" books Leven Rambin
The "Sarah Connor Chronicles" and "Grey's Anatomy" will make trouble in the final three episodes of the season.
“Psych’s” series finale aftershow gets a host
“Attack of the Show” alum Kevin Pereira will lead the discussion on the one-hour March 26 finale aftershow.
WWE alum Chuck Palumbo will star in “Lords of the Car Hoards”
The Discovery Channel show will follow Palumbo as he visits “car hoarders” to rebuild legendary cars.
AMC has finally given a premiere date to "Halt and Catch Fire," its upcoming drama series about the computer industry in the early 1980s. The series — starring Lee Pace from "Pushing Daisies," Scoot McNairy and Kerry Bishé from "Argo," Mackenzie Davis from "Smashed" and Toby Huss from "King of the Hill" (Cotton Hill forever!) will debut on Sunday, June 1 at 10 p.m.
AMC also plans to premiere the pilot this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the SXSW Festival in Austin.
AMC had previously announced that the new season of "Mad Men" will debut on Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m., that Revolutionary War spy drama "Turn" will debut on April 6 at 9 p.m., that "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul" will debut sometime in November and that "Hell on Wheels" will also be back sometime in the summer. (With "Halt and Catch Fire" airing at 10 rather than 9, is it possible "Wheels" could return from the Saturday purgatory where it did fairly well?)
Watching last night's one-hour season premiere of "The Little Couple" should have been pure joy. Jen Arnold and Bill Klein have finally "completed their family" with the adoption of tiny Zoey from Mumbai, India. Despite worries about how their other son, Will, would accept a newcomer, he seemed to love her right off the bat. Yes, Zoey seemed a little clingy and doesn't have Will's easy, effervescent personality, but Jen seemed delighted that she finally had a baby who was small enough for her to cradle in her arms.
Jimmy Fallon acknowledged “Jimmy Kimmel Live's" Rob Ford interview
Kimmel got a shout-out last night in Fallon's "Tonight Show" monologue.
Conan: I’m realizing my “lifelong dream” by hosting the MTV Movie Awards
It’s more prestigious than the Oscars, the Tonys and the Emmys.
Olympic gold medalists/“Dancing” stars Meryl Davis & Charlie White are getting their own ABC specials
ABC has ordered four two-hour figure skating specials featuring the Olympic ice dancers.
Brooke Burke-Charvet goes from “Dancing” to “Melissa & Joey”
The Former “Dancing with the Stars” co-host will guest on two episodes of the ABC Family series as Joey Lawrence’s ex.
Check out Mira Sorvino on “Falling Skies”
The Oscar-winning actress makes her debut in Season 4 of the TNT series.
Fred Savage will direct and executive produce IFC’s “Garfunkel and Oates”
Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci’s comedy-folk duo begins filming today, with "The Wonder Years" star directing all eight episodes.
AMC’s ‘80s drama about the rise of computers will premiere June 1
“Halt and Catch Fire” stars Lee Pace and Scott McNairy.
HBO creating a “Game of Thrones” mixtape featuring rap and Latin artists
HBO hopes the "Catch the Throne” mixtape brings in more rap fans to watch the show.
AMC passes on sci-fi pilot “Line of Sight”
AMC’s 1st sci-fi pilot was to have starred David Morrissey as an NTSB investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash.
“True Detective’s” Yellow King theory, “solved”
“Blink and you’ll miss him."
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
NBC got decent news with the season's first real week of original comedies in the 9 p.m. hour, as "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" comfortably beat the sitcoms on FOX and ABC, joining with "The Voice" and "Chicago Fire" for a comfortable primetime win among young viewers.
CBS, of course, swept primetime overall, though all of its drama procedurals were nearing series lows.
Speaking of series lows ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Trophy Wife" both had miserable nights, but if the network wants a tiny bit of solace, "The Goldbergs" held up decently in the middle of the morass. "Trophy Wife," in turn, sent "Mind Games" to rather impressive lows in its second week.
On the negative side of things, FOX also got miserable numbers for "Glee."
Finally, over on The CW, "Supernatural" was down from last week, tightening the gap with the stable "Originals."
On to the numbers...