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'SNL' reunion: Fred Armisen will be Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' bandleader

"SNL" reunion: Fred Armisen will be Seth Meyers' "Late Night" bandleader

Armisen will lead the "Late Night" band, even when he's in Portland shooting "Portlandia." Here's Meyers admiring Armisen's musical talents 10 days ago at the Howard Stern birthday bash. PLUS: New "Late Night" promos feature Seth's writers.

"NCIS: New Orleans" adds the star of "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift"
Lucas Black rounds out the cast as NCIS Special Agent LaSalle.

HBO teases "Veep" Season 3

Selina Meyer vs. balloons.

OWN's 1st TV movie will be based on Darlene Love's life

The R&B sensation's biopic will be based on her memoir, "My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story."

Lea Michele releases a Cory Monteith tribute song

Listen to the "Glee" star's new track, "You're Mine."

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 219

Dan and Alan also answer your mail


Streaming video is the hot topic this week on the Firewall & Iceberg podcast, as Dan and I present our thoughts on all the Amazon pilots (which I discussed here on the blog last week) and the new season of "House of Cards" (which I'll be reviewing here later this week). We also had time to answer a few of the many excellent questions we got, and please keep those emails coming.

Also, the Google+ Hangout we did last week with Mo Ryan has now been archived on YouTube, if you've been missing our faces of late.

The rundown: 

Amazon's new pilots (00:01:00 - 00:06:55)
"The After" (00:07:00 - 00:15:55)
"Bosch" (00:16:00 - 00:22:05)
"Mozart in the Jungle" (00:22:10 - 00:28:20)
"The Rebels" (00:28:20 - 00:33:15)
"Transparent" (00:33:15 - 00:38:30)
Amazon's decision-making process (00:38:35 - 00:44:55)
"House of Cards" (00:45:00 - 00:58:40)
Listener Mail: CBS' NFL rights (00:59:15 - 01:08:00)
Listener Mail: How we're going to treat "Better Call Saul" (01:08:10 - 01:12:15)
Listener Mail: "Shameless" (01:12:55 - 01:25:30)

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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<p>Cate Blanchett arrives at the 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon.</p>

Cate Blanchett arrives at the 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon.

Credit: AP Photo

Off the Carpet: Frontrunners try to maintain buzz while others aim to capitalize in phase two

As the nominees do lunch, the machinery is starting to click back to life

The Oscar nominees are gathering for lunch this afternoon as the Winter Olympics forge ahead in Sochi, gobbling up two weeks and extending the phase two timeline of this year's film awards season. The question is, how will that extension affect the race, if at all?

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<p>Chandler Riggs of &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;</p>

Chandler Riggs of "The Walking Dead"

Credit: AMC

'Walking Dead' return lurches past Olympics among young viewers

Sochi still topped AMC's zombies overall, if that matters to you
Even facing fierce competition from the Olympics, a Beatles special on CBS, "True Detective" and "Downton" Abbey" and more, AMC's "The Walking Dead" kicked off the second half of its fourth season on Friday (February 9) night with huge numbers. 
Per AMC, the midseason premiere drew 15.8 million viewers, including 10.4 million viewers among adults 18-49. While the Olympics comfortably topped "The Walking Dead" overall, the zombie drama was TV's top show in that key demo, a rather impressive achievement. 
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<p>Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons)&nbsp;leading a Crucifictorious rehearsal on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons) leading a Crucifictorious rehearsal on "Friday Night Lights."

Credit: NBC

‘Friday Night Lights’ band Crucifictorious reunites on ‘Parenthood’ web series

Landry and Billy Riggins will be stopping by the Luncheonette

The "Friday Night Lights" movie may be dead as of now, but a part of the series will live on, when Landry Clarke's Christian speed metal band Crucifictorious stops by the Luncheonette from "Parenthood." It's not for an episode of the series, but one of a series of web videos NBC is releasing over the next couple of weeks to keep fans of shows engaged while they're pre-empted by the Olympics.

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'The Walking Dead' returns to 15.8 million, beats Olympics in 18-49 demo

"The Walking Dead" returns to 15.8 million, beats Olympics in 18-49 demo
This year's midseason premiere topped last year's by 28%.

NBC to offer web episodes of "Parks and Rec," "Parenthood," "Chicago Fire" and "Grimm"
"Parks and Recreation's" Perd Hapley will star in "The Hapley Group," while "Parenthood" will offer "Friday Night at the Luncheonette," starring Amber and Max and Landry Clarke's Christian speed metal band Crucifictorious from "Friday Night Lights." "Chicago Fire's" web series will be called "I Am A Firefighter," while "Grimm's" will revolve around a Valentine's Day party.

Nick Zano joins Ellen's NBC lesbian-themed comedy

The "2 Broke Girls" alum will play the lesbian character's straight male friend on "One Big Happy."

Former "Bachelor" star Shayne Lamas is in a coma after suffering a miscarriage
Lorenzo Lamas' daughter, who was expecting her 2nd child, collapsed last night and was rushed to the hospital.

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Laurence Fishburne to play Anthony Anderson's dad on ABC's 'Black-ish'

Laurence Fishburne to play Anthony Anderson's dad on ABC's "Black-ish"

Fishburne got the recurring role after signing on as an executive producer on the ABC comedy pilot, in which Anderson plays an upper middle-class black man struggling to raise his kids with a sense of cultural identity.

Food Network renews Guy Fieri's "Grocery Games" and Alton Brown's "Cutthroat Kitchen"

They'll be back for a respective second and third season.

A&E orders more "Wahlburgers"
After airing three episodes, A&E has picked up 18 more.

"Banshee" is releasing a soundtrack
The Cinemax "Music From the Cinemax Original Series" release features 17 songs from the first two seasons.

ABC casts Kevin Alejandro in "Clementine"
He'll play the ex-boyfriend of the title character on the ABC drama.

Hulu adding more CBS series, from "Ghost Whisperer" to "Everybody Loves Raymond"
"Taxi," "The Brady Bunch" and "Melrose Place" are also coming to Hulu, along with "Undercover Boss" and "United States of Tara." PLUS: "Fraggle Rock" spinoff "The Dooziers" is also coming to Hulu.

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Jimmy Fallon unveils his 1st week 'Tonight Show' lineup -- Justin Timberlake will stop by

Jimmy Fallon unveils his 1st week "Tonight Show" lineup -- Justin Timberlake will stop by
In addition to previously announced Michelle Obama, Fallon will be joined in his first week by Jerry Seinfeld, Lady Gaga, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper and Tim McGraw. Fallon will end his first week with Timberlake.

The Beatles' 50th anniversary special gets solid numbers, but not as big as the Olympics
About 13.9 million watched the Grammy-produced special. PLUS: The special was mostly unwatchable.

Lena Dunham shows off her book cover
"Not That Kind of Girl" hits bookstores on Oct. 7.

Russian Police Choir performs "Get Lucky" on "Today" after being snubbed by NBC's Opening Ceremony coverage

Technically, the choir performed before the Opening Ceremony on Friday, but their viral video left people wondering why it wasn't shown on NBC.

See Jaimie Alexander on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
She's reprising her "Thor" role as Lady Sif.

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<p>Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated on NBC on Sunday night</p>

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated on NBC on Sunday night

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: 'Grammy Salute to the Beatles' is big, but can't match Olympics on Sunday

Competitive 9 p.m. hour also included 'Walking Dead,' with ratings to come
Fast National ratings for Sunday, February 9, 2014.
CBS got a pretty huge overall audience for "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," but that audience skewed old and couldn't match NBC's Sunday Olympics coverage from Sochi in any measure.
The Sunday Olympics coverage, which featured downhill skiing and a wide range of figure skating, was in line with Saturday's audience overall and rose from Saturday in the key demo.
Given the 40+ million viewers watching NBC and CBS in the 9 p.m. hour on Sunday, it will be interesting to see if AMC's "Walking Dead" return was impacted at all, or if the three networks were wooing three entirely separate audiences. I suspect the latter and we'll post on the zombie ratings when they become available. [PBS and HBO are less likely to provide the ratings for "Downton Abbey" and "True Detective," but there was definitely a lot of TV to watch in the 9 p.m. hour.]
For now on to ratings...
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<p>Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt</p>

Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt

Credit: AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam

Bruce Springsteen kicks off new U.S. tour April 8

Sixteen dates and counting

When Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band announced that they would play at New Orleans’ Jazz Fest on May 3, fans wondered if it was the start of a new U.S. tour, the group’s first since 2012.

Today, 15 U.S. tour dates to join the Jazz Fest date were announced, as Springsteen continues his tour of Australia. It's hard to imagine he'll stop with just these dates.

The U.S. outing will start in Cincinnati on April 8 and, for now, end on May 18, in Uncasville, Conn.  The dates are in support of Springsteen’s 18th studio album, “High Hopes,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in January.

Tickets go on sale for more dates on Feb. 21, though some start as early as Feb. 15. For more information, go to

4/8 - Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
4/12 - Virginia Beach, VA -Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
4/15 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
4/17 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
4/19 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
4/22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
4/24 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
4/26 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
4/29 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
5/1 - Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/3 - New Orleans, LA - Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/6 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/13 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
5/14 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
5/17 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
5/18 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun

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NYC is "troubled" by AMC's 'Walking Dead' underground stunt that scared pedestrians

NYC is "troubled" by AMC's "Walking Dead" underground stunt that scared pedestrians

"We are deeply troubled by this video," a spokesperson for New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. "We have forwarded it to the NYPD and are also conducting our own investigation."

"SNL" alum Chris Kattan arrested on suspicion of DUI

Watch footage of the 43-year-old Kattan getting taken into custody.

HLN rebrands itself as a social media cable channel

The former Headline News channel will reformat itself to tackle trending topics and viral news, starting tonight with the show "RightThisMinute," which will spotlight the best in web video.

HBO unveils its Season 4 15-minute trailer
Check out Peter Dinklage dancing.

Facebook created a "Look Back" video for Walter White

Watch a slideshow featuring the "Breaking Bad" character.

Jenna Fischer slams NBC for showing adult promos during daytime Winter Olympics coverage

"The Office" alum tweeted Saturday: "Hey NBC, maybe save the freaky mask-wearing-men/kidnapping promos of your adult shows for the evening Olympic coverage? #kidsarewatching"

Liam Neeson makes a cameo on "Key & Peele"

Neeson was promoting his new film "Non-Stop."

"American Idol" bringing back Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry as mentors

They'll be part of Randy Jackson's "Boot Camp."

Neil Patrick Harris dressed in drag to accept his Hasty Pudding Award
"I felt remarkably good in heels," he said after the Harvard presentation.

"Under the Dome": 2 of these 6 characters will die

Exec producer Neal Baer presented a list of which characters won't make it.

HBO teases "Silicon Valley"

Watch a 30-second preview of Mike White's new comedy.

Ken Burns launches an iPad app

All 25 Burns films will be enhanced via the new app.

Happy 30th birthday, Cecily Strong!

"Getting older is cool as hell, turns out," says the Weekend Update host, who turned 30 on Saturday.

"The Bachelorette's" DeAnna Papas welcomes a baby girl

Pappas met her husband on the set of "The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All."

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Beyonce at this year's Grammys

Beyonce at this year's Grammys

Credit: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP

Six early Grammy album of the year contenders

From Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' to Eminem's 'Marshall Mathers 2 LP'

We hear you, we know it’s only been a little more than two weeks since the Grammy Awards aired, but we’re looking ahead to potential album of the year nominees for the 2014 ceremony. 

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