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<p>Katy Perry at The Beatles' Grammy tribute for CBS</p>

Katy Perry at The Beatles' Grammy tribute for CBS

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Katy Perry, Dave Grohl, Imagine Dragons, Pharrell star in Beatles tribute

Salute to the Fab Four, featuring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, is a fun ticket to ride

LOS ANGELES—Even before Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr took the stage Monday night to close out the taping of “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” the audience had already gotten nearly three hours of tasty Fab Four covers by some of today’s top artists.

The CBS special, which airs Feb. 9, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” It airs a half-century later —to the day and time— of that momentous occasion. The country was still mourning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the excitement over the Beatles is credited with helping lift the  nation’s collective spirit.

{SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know about the artists on the program)

The taping at the Los Angeles Convention Center kicked off with footage of The Beatles playing “All My Loving” on the Sullivan show and all the attendant screaming girls (Fun Fact: The Sullivan show used a fifth camera, focused solely on the audience, for the first time. Plus, the crowd was so loud, none of the cameramen could hear the director so their shots were by guess work and memory from the rehearsals).
The Beatles performance segued into Maroon 5, dressed in similar black suits and skinny ties as the four lads, finishing the song.

Hosted by Grammy go-to guy LL Cool J, the show interspersed classic Beatles footage and short bios on John, Paul, George and Ringo with new interpretations of the Beatle classics. As is usually the case, some versions worked better than other: The Eurythmics’ take on “Fool On the Hill,”  Stevie Wonder’s funkified “We Can Work It Out,” John Mayer and Keith Urban’s rooftop re-creation of “Don’t Let Me Down,” and Alicia Keys and John Legend’s “Let It Be” were stand outs. Katy Perry’s “Yesterday” hit all the right emotional notes, although her voice would have been better suited for “Penny Lane” or something more upbeat. Pharrell Williams seemed the wrong fit for “Here Comes the Sun,” although Brad Paisley’s guitar work on the tune was, as always, stellar. Imagine Dragons took the biggest risk: restyling “Revolution” as if channeling Elvis Presley, sitting on four stools, clad in black leather, complete with Scotty Moore-type guitar licks.
The production values greatly enhanced the performances, with each act playing before an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colorful images: some familiar from Beatles’ movies, such as “Yellow Submarine,” and some brand new, but just as entertaining.

Ken Ehrlich, who executive produced the show (he also helms the Grammys), kept the taping moving quickly. During any downtime, clips from Beatles movies, such as “Help” and “A Hard Day’s Night” made things lively…though those were most likely for the benefit of the studio audience and won’t make the two-hour special.

The special included taped interviews with four “Sullivan Show” staffers, recounting in glorious detail the Beatles appearances (they made three) . The oral history is endearing, informative, and wildly entertaining, especially from Vince Calandra, who found himself filling in for a sick George Harrison during rehearsals.

Both Starr and McCartney, looking tremendously healthy and spry,  performed mini-sets on their own before joining together for “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey Jude” (with Starr on drums).
Whether you were born when the Beatles appeared on “Sullivan” or have only heard about it from your parents, the CBS special brings it all back alive in a way that will have you diving into the Beatles catalog as soon as the show is over.

Below is a rundown of the performances. Clearly, some of them (probably some of Starr and McCartney’s tunes) will have to be cut for the two-hour running time, but will hopefully be included in what is sure to be a forthcoming DVD of the event.

“All My Loving” (partial) – Maroon 5
“Ticket to Ride” – Maroon 5
“Don’t Let Me Down” – John Mayer and Keith Urban
“In My Life” – Ed Sheeran
“Let It Be” – Alicia Keys and John Legend
“Revolution” – Imagine Dragons
“Yesterday” – Katy Perry
“Fool on the Hill” – Eurythmics
“Here Comes the Sun” -- Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams
“Hey Bulldog” --- Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne
“Something” –  Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, and Dhani Harrison
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Joe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr. , and Dave Grohl (on drums)
“We Can Work It Out” – Stevie Wonder
“Matchbox” – Ringo Starr
“Boys” – Ringo Starr
“Yellow Submarine” – Ringo Starr
“Magical Mystery Tour” – Paul McCartney
“Birthday” – Paul McCartney
“Get Back” – Paul McCartney
"I Saw Her Standing There" -- Paul McCartney
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”/”With a Little Help From My Friends” – Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
“Hey Jude” – Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (on drums)

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Gayle King says Oprah Winfrey doesn't feel snubbed after Oscar nominations

Gayle King says Oprah Winfrey doesn't feel snubbed after Oscar nominations

Which supporting actress nominee is she pulling for instead?

One of the big names missing when the Oscar nominations were revealed earlier this month was media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who won acclaim for her supporting turn in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," but failed to pick up a nomination.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 217

Dan and Alan talk 'Fleming' and catch up from two weeks away


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.
Sorry for two weeks away, but we're back for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. 
As we explain in this week's podcast, between Alan's physical circumstances and my TCA Press Tour and Sundance circumstances, we missed out on two weeks of potentially busy podcasts, but we returned for a week with almost nothing.
So we reviewed BBC America's "Fleming" just because it happened to be new and premiering this week. And then we also did a quick check-in on a bunch of shows that premiered over the past couple weeks, discussed the press tour, talked Golden Globes and more.
Here's today's breakdown:
"Fleming" (00:03:20 - 00:11:20)
Press tour recap (00:11:25 - 00:27:15)
Golden Globes (00:27:20 - 00:34:30)
"Rake" (00:34:40 - 00:43:05)
"Black Sails" (00:43:05 - 00:48:35)
"Suburgatory" (00:48:35 - 00:54:20)
"Looking" (00:54:20 - 01:03:30)
"How Your Mother Met Me" (01:03:30 - 01:09:05)
"Sleepy Hollow" (01:09:05 - 01:18:45)

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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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 217

Dan and Alan revisit press tour, the Golden Globes and more


Hey, remember Firewall & Iceberg? We had such plans — such big plans — for January. We were gonna record a couple of in-person podcasts at press tour. We were maybe going to record an in-person video show or two. Then one of us broke his stupid ankle, and suddenly it became logistically impossible to record anything at all for a while. But Dan's back from Sundance, which meant it was time to catch up on a bunch of things we might have otherwise discussed over the last two weeks, plus some newer topics like BBC America's Ian Fleming miniseries, and last night's "HIMYM" 200th. The rundown: 

"Fleming" (00:03:20 - 00:11:20)
Press tour recap (00:11:25 - 00:27:15)
Golden Globes (00:27:20 - 00:34:30)
"Rake" (00:34:40 - 00:43:05)
"Black Sails" (00:43:05 - 00:48:35)
"Suburgatory" (00:48:35 - 00:54:20)
"Looking" (00:54:20 - 01:03:30)
"How Your Mother Met Me" (01:03:30 - 01:09:05)
"Sleepy Hollow" (01:09:05 - 01:18:45)

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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'Scandal' is casting for Fitz & Mellie's 2 older kids

"Scandal" is casting for Fitz & Mellie's 2 older kids

Get ready to meet 15-year-old Jerry and Karen, his younger sister.

Robert Evans is developing a cable drama about Hollywood in the '70s

The former Paramount Studios honcho who oversaw "The Godfather" and who was celebrated in the documentary "The Kid Stays in the Picture" will delve into the studio system when "there was a mob influence, drugs, sex, excess, casting couches, and some of the best movies made in the 20th century."

Oprah Winfrey cancels her 60th birthday party

Oprah, who turns 60 on Wednesday, opted to cancel her birthday party because her guest list got out of control, according to E!

Casey Wilson and "Happy Endings" creator are re-teaming for NBC's "Marry Me"
Wilson will star in fiance David Caspe's "Mad About You"-esque comedy pilot about a newly engaged couple. PLUS: NBC orders a Jason Bateman-produced comedy pilot.

Stephen Root joins AMC's "Turn"
He'll help establish the first American spy ring on the Revolutionary War drama.

Fox says Regis Philbin isn't leaving his Fox Sports 1 show -- he's just taking a break

Reege will take February off from "Crowd Goes Wild" before returning in March for a limited schedule.

Seth Meyers asks fans to design his desk
The winner will get a chance to hang out on Seth's new "Late Night" set.

Craig Ferguson isn't concerned about his new "Late Night" rival, Seth Meyers
"I just do my show," says the "Late Late Show" host. "My show is not like any other show out there. I just do the show I want to do for me."

Alyson Hannigan weeps over "HIMYM"
Watch Hannigan cry on "The Talk" over the prospect of losing TV hubby Jason Segel.

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Letterman will interview Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for their 50th-anniversary return to Ed Sullivan Theater

Letterman will interview Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr for their 50th-anniversary return to Ed Sullivan Theater
David Letterman's interview with the surviving Beatles will be shown not on "The Late Show," but on the CBS special "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," which airs 50 years to the night of their famous "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance.

Syfy renews "Haven" for a supersized Season 5

The sci-fi drama will return with 26 episodes, half of which will air in the fall.

Chevy Chase lands on "Hot in Cleveland"

The former "Community" star will guest-star on the TV Land comedy when he goes on a date with Valerie Bertinelli.

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<p>&quot;Aquel No&nbsp;Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)&quot;</p>

"Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)"

Credit: Producciones Africanauan S.L.

Oscar-nominated live action shorts aim for the gut, the heart and the funnybone

Yet another race this year that's difficult to call

It seems an uncommon occurrence for the live action short Oscar category to feel so much more compelling than its animated counterpart. Perhaps that's because the potential for instant gratification is so readily apparent in the animated field, or that the animators so often have a wide array of styles and media up their collective sleeve, making for a fresh-feeling crop every year. But I can't remember the last time the live action nominees made for this stacked a race, and indeed, like the animated shorts and the documentary shorts, the field is in keeping with the overall trend throughout the Oscars this year: thick competition.

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NBC orders Ellen's lesbian-themed comedy pilot

NBC orders Ellen's lesbian-themed comedy pilot
"One Big Happy" revolves around a lesbian who gets pregnant as her straight best male friend gets married to the love of his life.

Tim Tebow will guest co-host "GMA"

The ESPN analyst will appear on Friday's "Good Morning America."

Disney Channel unveils its first same-sex couple

"Good Luck Charlie's" lesbian moms Susan and Cheryl made their debut on Sunday's episode.

"The Following" disappoints in its timeslot return

The Kevin Bacon drama had its lowest-ever rating in the key 18-49 demo.

Michelle Obama is helping the Puppy Bowl players practice
This year's Puppy Bowl players paid a visit to the White House, where they worked out with First dogs Bo and Sunny.

Amazon Prime adds "Hannibal"

NBC hopes the addition of "Hannibal" will boost Season 2's ratings.

"The Walking Dead" releases a new midseason trailer

Says Rick: "We'll never get things back to the way things used to be."

"Portlandia" offers a glimpse of Season 4

Check out the "Prairie Home Companion Tailgating" sketch.

"Veronica Mars" movie theaters revealed

AMC has listed which locations will be showing the "Veronica" movie.

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<p>Jake Gyllenhaal in &quot;Enemy.&quot;</p>

Jake Gyllenhaal in "Enemy."

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Daniel Radcliffe among Canadian Screen Award nominees

'Enemy' and 'Tom at the Farm' lead the field

We neglected to report on the nominations for the Canadian Screen Awards a little earlier this month, and while there is zero overlap between their list and the Academy's, more than a few of these names should be familiar to you. Leading the way with 10 nomination is Denis Villeneuve's Jake Gyllenhaal-starring thriller "Enemy," which was somewhat overshadowed at the Toronto fest last year by the pair's Hollywood collaboration, "Prisoners." Gyllenhaal joins the Best Actor field along with two other notable non-Canucks, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Radcliffe. Not present in the category is Xavier Dolan, but the boy wonder's kinky noir "Tom at the Farm" (one of my 2013 Top 10) scored eight nods, including Best Picture. Also nominated in the top field: Canada's unsuccessful Oscar submission "Gabrielle." Full list of nominees after the jump. Keep up with the season at The Circuit.

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Oscars will celebrate 'The Wizard of Oz's' 75th anniversary

Oscars will celebrate "The Wizard of Oz's" 75th anniversary

"We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars," say the show's producers.

Watch a preview of Tina Fey's car ride with Jerry Seinfeld

Fey reveals on this week's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" that she doesn't drive.

"Duck Dynasty"-backed congressman has invited Willie Robertson to tonight's State of the Union speech

Robertson will be Louisiana U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister's guest tonight, after the reality stars helped him get elected.

Regis Philbin is leaving Fox Sport 1's "Crowd Goes Wild"

The sports show has been a flop, averaging 62,000 viewers. Reege will exit after the Super Bowl.

Jimmy Kimmel's lie detector confirms "The Bachelor's" Sean & Catherine didn't have sex
A professional polygraph examiner found that Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici weren't lying when they said they didn't have sex before marriage.

Chuck Lorre uses his "Mom" and "Mike & Molly" vanity cards to explain his Ben Affleck penis joke
Lorre insists he was just joking -- he didn't actually peek at Affleck's penis while the two were peeing.

Evaluating Peter Capaldi's "Doctor Who" outfit

Is he paging Justin Bieber? PLUS: Capaldi & Jenna Coleman embrace in new on-set photos.

Spoiler: Check out "24: Live Another Day" filming with Kiefer Sutherland and Yvonne Strahovski
Here are new spoilery photos from the set.

Madonna will join Miley Cyrus on MTV "Unplugged"
There's no word on what the duo will perform together.

Jon Stewart enlists "Jersey Boys" and other NYers to beg Sean Hannity to stay in New York
Watch "The Daily Show's" epic production, all for the Fox News host.

"HIMYM" creators regret not using The Mother more in the 1st half of the season
"In hindsight," says Carter Bays, "it took making the first half of the season to realize we weren't using her enough, but I think these last nine episodes correct that error nicely." PLUS: Here's every loose end that was wrapped on last night's episode, and Episode 200 was one of "HIMYM's" highest-rated episode in years.

Meet the new droid for DisneyXD's "Star Wars Rebel"
His name is Chopper. PLUS: Watch Bill Hader do "Star Wars" impressions on Conan.

Kaley Cuoco buys the "Khloe & Lamar" house
"The Big Bang Theory" star is spending $5.49 million to buy the reality stars' mansion.

ABC renews "Bet On Your Baby"

The game show where parents predict what they're child is going to do next will return for a 2nd season.

Kerry Washington didn't tell her "Scandal" co-stars she was pregnant
Says Joe Morton: "We sort of knew, but she obviously wanted to keep it private, so we helped her do that. So there was no kind of big celebration."

Nigella Lawson won't face drug charges after admitting to using cocaine

The celebrity chef had admitted using marijuana and cocaine while in court.

Watch Amy Poehler on top of boyfriend Nick Kroll

Watch a preview of tonight's "Kroll Show."

"Ellen" mistakes Travis Barker for Pink's husband

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" labeled Carey Hart as "Travis Barker."

"The State" stars reunite on "@midnight"
Michael Ian Black joined former co-stars Michael Showalter and Kerri Kenny-Silver last night on Comedy Central.

Stephen Colbert boasts about his Grammy win
"It is like the Nobel prize of audiobooks," he says of winning the award for best spoken word album.

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<p>Monday's &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot;</p>

Monday's "How I Met Your Mother"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' 200th episode bump lifts CBS on Monday

'The Blacklist' and 'Intelligence' rise, while 'The Following' is so-so
Fast National ratings for Monday, January 27, 2014.
The 200th episode of "How I Met Your Mother" got a big bump for CBS and delivered Monday's biggest audience among young viewers. Combined with "Mike & Molly," which did Monday's largest overall audience and CBS won the night in most key measures.
I say "most key measures" because ABC won among younger female viewers -- 18-49, but not 25-54 -- thanks to "The Bachelor."
Meanwhile, NBC's "The Blacklist" rose week-to-week, as did CBS' "Intelligence."
Taking a predictable drop from its preview airing after playoff football was "The Following" and while it wouldn't be even vaguely fair to compare the drama's time period premiere to last weekend's sneak, it would be totally fair to observe that "The Following" came in solidly below season averages for "Sleepy Hollow" in the time period, including last week's finale.
On to the numbers...
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Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
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Albert Brooks joins Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in 'A Most Violent Year'

J.C. Chandor's next film was acquired by A24 at Sundance

J.C. Chandor is pretty hot property these days. His first film, "Margin Call," netted him an Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay; "All is Lost" may not have garnered quite the awards attention people initially expected, but was still a formidable follow-up -- one that earned him a Cannes berth, lest we forget. So hopes are high for Chandor's third feature, "A Most Violent Year," which is already building quite an ensemble.

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