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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 248

Dan and Alan review 'Black-ish,' 'How To Get Away With Murder,' 'Transparent' and more

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls. 

Time for this week's installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. 

Last week we doubled things up so that we could both spend an hour wrapping up our "Friday Night Lights" Summer Rewatch, but also so that we could get a head-start on this week's reviewing. 

That means that this podcast contains reviews of new shows including ABC's "Black-ish," ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder" and Amazon's "Transparent." Although we didn't give it a full review, we reminded y'all that "Key & Peele" returns on Wednesday.

And we also answered one piece of Listener Mail about recent TV coverage of the NFL and we discussed Sunday's "Good Wife" premiere and Monday's "Sleepy Hollow" return.

So that's plenty for one podcast. We may need to double up again next week...

Here's today's breakdown:
"Black-ish" (00:01:55 - 00:11:30)
"Key & Peele" (00:11:35 - 00:14:30)
"How To Get Away With Murder" (00:14:30 - 00:29:15)
"Transparent" (00:29:15 - 00:46:05)
Listener Mail - Recent NFL Coverage (00:46:25 - 52:30)
"Good Wife" premiere (00:53:25 - 01:03:45)
"Sleepy Hollow" premiere (01:03:45 - 01:16:55)

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<p>Asha Sing</p>

Asha Sing

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Exclusive Premiere: Asha Sing's party pop 'Satellite' video

Summer's not over yet

You may have picked up on Asha Sing's beat last summer with her infectious "Mercy." And this summer is hardly over, according to her new music video for "Satellite."

Today, HitFix exclusively premieres the vid from the Miami-based artist, below. Again, Sing actively incorporates her Desi roots with a handful of Holi powder around her pool party.

"Satellite was really fun for me to make because it was the first time I got to take more of a directors role. We specifically created a story where I got to show my personality and more of my acting chops," Sing said. "The best part was that a lot of my best friends and family were in the video. We were cracking up the entire shoot trying to finish."

This fall, the former Shakira backup dancer sets off on her Be Unique Tour in South Florida to middle and high schools, to share her story "of choosing an education first and how she set out to break the barrier between Indian and American pop music, blending them together and ridding it of stereotypes."

The single "Satellite" was released in August.

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Julianne Moore - Maps to the Stars
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Is Julianne Moore channeling Lindsay Lohan in NSFW 'Maps to the Stars' clips?

Get a taste for David Cronenberg's Hollywood satire

In his Cannes Film Festival review of "Maps to the Stars," our own Drew McWeeny praised actress Julianne Moore for being "the one person in the film that truly gets the tone right." David Cronenberg's Hollywood satire isn't earning much love on the critical front for its lucid attack on the movie business, but it sounds like Moore, as a neurotic actress chasing a theoretically life-changing role, cuts through it with her usual contemplative bravado. As Drew puts it, she plays it "like a person walking a tightrope over a yawning pit of psychosis, her every emotion bubbling up and threatening to knock her off."

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HBO confirms Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell for 'True Detective' Season 2
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HBO confirms Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell for 'True Detective' Season 2

HBO confirms Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell for "True Detective" Season 2
Vaughn will play a career criminal named Frank Semyon, while Farrell will take on the role of “compromised detective” Ray Velcoro. The 2nd season will consist of eight episodes, the first two of which will be directed by Justin Lin. HBO also revealed Season 2's logline: “Three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.”

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<p>Colin Farrell</p>

Colin Farrell

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Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn to star in 'True Detective' season 2

The rest of the cast remains a mystery

After months of speculation, rumors and even actors making announcements ahead of HBO, we now know who two of the stars of "True Detective" season 2 will be: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn.

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Ben Kingsley found freedom in stillness while making Laika's 'Boxtrolls'
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Ben Kingsley found freedom in stillness while making Laika's 'Boxtrolls'

Plus: Why has Jonathan Glazer only made two films since 'Sexy Beast?'

BEVERLY HILLS — I absolutely love talking to Sir Ben Kingsley. He has a cadence, a swagger, a rhythm of speech that I find easy to tap into, understand, and bounce off of, like a surfer off waves. His passion for his craft is always on the surface. He delights in its specificity. And with "The Boxtrolls," he has carved out another memorable piece of work in one of cinema's most laureled filmographies.

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Miss America pageant responds to John Oliver’s 'Last Week Tonight' takedown
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Miss America pageant responds to John Oliver’s 'Last Week Tonight' takedown

'Super Creepy Rob Lowe' stars in a DirecTV ad

Miss America pageant responds to John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” takedown
The Miss America Organization said it was common practice to advertise the total figure offered for scholarships rather than what is actually being spent.


TruTV, the cable network formerly known as Court TV, is rebranding itself for comedy
The Turner cable network will introduce a “way more fun” tagline next month, plus four new comedies.


“Super Creepy Rob Lowe” stars in a DirecTV ad
Also meet the balding "Less Attractive Rob Lowe."


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Elisabeth Moss
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Elisabeth Moss joins Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett for Dan Rather scandal drama

'Zodiac' writer James Vanderbilt makes his directorial debut with 'Truth'

Though 'Mad Men' comes to an end in April 2015, it's only the beginning for Elisabeth Moss. After successfully transitioning from child actress to respected thespian with her work on "West Wing," her layered, assertive performance as Peggy Olson has turned her into an in-demand, dramatic commodity.

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'Gotham' debuts strong, 'Big Bang' dominates Monday night, 'Scorpion' scores 14 million
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'Gotham' debuts strong, 'Big Bang' dominates Monday night, 'Scorpion' scores 14 million

Years ending in 4 tend to be TV game-changers — will the same happen this year?

“Gotham” debuts strong, “Big Bang” dominates night, “Scorpion” scores 14 million
The Batman prequel gave Fox its best Monday launch since “Prison Break” in 2005, attracting 8 million viewers. Meanwhile, “The Voice” dropped, and so did “Dancing with the Stars” and “Sleepy Hollow.” ABC’s “Forever” brought in 8.3 million, while “The Blacklist” returned strong.


Years ending in "4" tend to be TV game-changers — will the same happen this year?
The “Rule of 4” is the reason there are so many big anniversaries this year, from “The Cosby Show’s” 30th to "Friends'" 20th to “Lost’s” 10th to “Gilligan’s Island’s” 50th."


TMZ: “SNL” is wrong to call our Kenan Thompson leaving report “incredibly inaccurate”
Says TMZ: “SNL says our story is ‘inaccurate as the season hasn’t even started and cast decisions aren’t made until the end of the season.’ But as we reported … this is not an SNL decision — it’s Kenan’s decision, and we know he’s already made it.”


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"Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: 'Gotham,' 'Scorpion' rock Monday like a hurricane, 'Sleepy Hollow' is drowsy

'The Big Bang Theory' has a huge Monday return for CBS

Fast National ratings for Monday, September 22, 2014.

Even airing outside of its normal Thursday home, "The Big Bang Theory" had a huge launch on Monday, combining with a strong premiere for "Scorpion" to help CBS snatch the Monday ratings crown from NBC, at least overall.

"Big Bang Theory" helped push "The Voice" to a relatively low fall launch, though "Blacklist" returned with big numbers to dominate the "Under the Dome" finale and carry NBC to a win among young viewers.

Over on FOX, the exhaustively promoted premiere of "Gotham" did reasonably big numbers, especially in the key demo, but the return of "Sleepy Hollow" after a nine-month absence was somewhat soft. 

Finally, the night's other major debut was ABC's sneak of "Forever," which drew well below the normal "Castle" ratings for its time period.

Stay tuned for more analysis later when Final Live+Same Day ratings become available.

Now, on to the Fast National numbers...

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Kendrick Lamar: 'I love myself' in new single 'i'
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Kendrick Lamar: 'I love myself' in new single 'i'

Trippy production with a heavy Isley Brothers sample

Kendrick Lamar goes back in time in a couple of ways for his much-anticpated new single "i."

It's the first solo release from the rapper since "good kid, m.A.A.d city" came along and blew minds two years ago (and about eights months since he was robbed of armfuls of Grammys).

The intro sounds like it was ripped from the Civil Rights era in the late '60s, with an announcer hyping a speech from "Brother Kendrick Lamar."

"He's not a rapper, he's a writer! He's a lover!" he says. "If you read in between the lines, we’ll learn to love one another. You can't do that without lovin' yourself..." Record scratch.

Then a guitar-tittering Isley Brothers sample, from "That Lady," kicks in, teleporting the Compton writer star right into 1973. The Rahki-produced and Ali-mixed song keeps it light and fun from then on out, with Lamar keeping the positive vibe flowing.

"Dreams are reality’s peace / Blow steam in the face of the beast / The sky can fall down / The wind can cry down / The strong in me / I still smile," he rhymes over the hooks. "I've been through a whole lot / Trials and tribulations but I know God/ Satan want to put me in a bow tie/pray that the holy water don’t go dry."

Keep an ear out for the blaring of car horns, shooting you in the city, but then goofily off-setting them with keyboards ad-libs straight outta the play room.

It's a refreshingly, self-loving song, a swagger without put-downs or diamonds.

Lamar has maintained that his new album will be out this year. This is a good sign of things to come.

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<p>Anthony Anderson in Black-ish</p>

Anthony Anderson in Black-ish

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Review: ABC's 'Black-ish' a sharp comedy about race, class and family

Not the fall's funniest sitcom pilot, but maybe its most promising

Ideally, the first episode of a new comedy is both laugh out loud funny and possessor of a clear comic point of view. But if I had to choose one or the other as a marker of what will be a better comedy in the long run, I'd go with the point of view. If a sitcom has something to say and a distinct way of saying it, then that's a sturdier foundation for humor than a half-hour that's not really about anything but has a bunch of good jokes crammed into it.

That's why ABC's "Black-ish" (it debuts tomorrow night at 9:30) is the new network comedy I'm most enthusiastic about. There are other shows this fall that made me laugh louder and more often (even if not always at moments designed for laughter), but "Black-ish" arrives as a comedy that knows what it's about, and how it wants to be about it in a very smart way.

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