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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 214 - Best of 2013

Dan and Alan discuss their favorite shows of 2013


Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!
Apologies for the technical issues that prevented us from posting a Firewall & Iceberg Video Show yesterday and the timing issues that prevented us from having a podcast last week. However, this should make up for some of that neglect.
You may have seen our ballots in HitFix's 2nd Annual TV Critics' Poll
But that doesn't mean you can't also enjoy hearing us talk about our Top 10 lists and about the year's best TV for a regular-length podcast.
So that's what this is! It's our Best of 2013 Podcast.
Today's breakdown:
Best of 2013 - 00:00:00 - 01:14:45

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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<p>French Oscar submission &quot;Renoir&quot; received four nods.</p>

French Oscar submission "Renoir" received four nods.

Credit: Samuel Goldwyn Films

'Blue is the Warmest Color,' 'French Minister' among leading Lumiere nominees

'The Past' is largely overlooked
On the French awards circuit, the Lumiere Awards are roughly to the Cesar Awards what the Golden Globes are to the Oscars -- though there's often quite a lot of disparity between their nomination lists. Bertrand Tavernier's political satire "The French Minister" leads the Lumiere nods with five mentions, with four apiece for "Blue is the Warmest Color," "Grand Central," "Nine Month Stretch" and French Oscar submission "Renoir." Interestingly, Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" was largely overlooked, receiving only a screenplay nod, while Berenice Bejo missed the Best Actress lineup. Full list of nominations below; everything else at The Circuit
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 214: Best TV of 2013

Dan and Alan discuss their top 10 lists for a very deep year in television


Last week, Firewall & Iceberg only appeared in video form due to a scheduling issue. This week, you only get us in podcast form due to technical difficulties torpedoing this week's video show. Win some, lose some. But it's a good podcast this week, as Dan and I go back and forth on our lists of the best shows of the year. And if everyone's lucky, we'll follow next week with the always-popular Worst-Of podcast. The very simple rundown:

Best of 2013 - 00:00:00 - 01:14:45

As always, send questions to 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, 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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'The Big Bang Theory' cast is poised to get a rich 3-year deal

"The Big Bang Theory" cast is poised to get a rich 3-year deal

The possible deal would lock up the cast through Season 10.

Martin Scorsese: "I only watched 'The Sopranos' once or twice. I just couldn’t connect with it"

Scorsese -- a producer on "Boardwalk Empire," which is from a former "Sopranos" exec producer -- may not be a "Sopranos" fan, but he did connect with "Curb Your Enthusiasm": "Basically," he says, "I started watching 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' that is the key one, that is when I realized you could do something on television."

NFL: We'll move the Super Bowl to Saturday or Monday if New York is hit by extreme weather
A devastating snowstorm could mean Super Bowl Sunday will be moved to Saturday or Monday or Tuesday.

Sundance Channel is developing an NRA drama -- "Cold Dead Hands"
The drama series would focus on a family whose patriarch heads the National Rifle Association.

62% of ABC viewers are female
As the NY Times reports, ABC has had to depend on female viewership since it's the only major network without NFL games: "More strikingly," reports Bill Carter, "the top five most popular shows among women are on ABC, as well as seven of the 10 most popular. All of those shows have an audience that is more than 70 percent female. (No. 1 is “Grey’s Anatomy” with an audience just under 76 percent female.)"

Julia Roberts: I'd be up for a "Glee" cameo

Roberts has been directed twice by Ryan Murphy, so she'd be willing to work with him again on his Fox TV show. "If he came up with a some funny soap opera back from the dead moment for the last vestiges of the entire series, wouldn't that be fun!" she says. PLUS: Marlee Matlin to play a Nationals judge.

Bravo schedules a "Mindy Project" marathon for New Year's Eve day
All 11 Season 2 episodes will be shown, starting at 8:30 AM.

Michael Rapaport joins Ed Burns' TNT cop drama pilot "Public Morals"

He'll play Burns' NYPD partner in the pilot set in 1967 New York City.

Ellen and her guest co-host Julia Roberts scare Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Watch Julia play a trick on Julia.

NBC will air a 2-hour Jimmy Fallon "Best of Late Night" primetime special
The special looking back at five years of Fallon on "Late Night" airs Sunday, Jan. 5.

Could Jay Leno overshadow Jimmy Fallon's launch?

This Leno to CNN talk could prove to be a distraction from Fallon's "Tonight Show" takeover.

Here are the Top 100 most-watched shows of the fall

"NCIS" is No. 1, "The Blacklist" is No. 5 and "The Voice" is No. 10.

Hallmark Channel announces its Kitten Bowl lineup

From Brett Furve to Jay Catler.

Discovery Channel to celebrate New Year's Day with "Lone Target"

An ex-Navy SEAL will battle several elite military and law enforcement tracking teams on the reality adventure contest.

Kathy Griffin is a Guinness record-breaker with her latest Bravo special
Griffin now owns the Guinness World Record for most standup specials by a comedian, at 20.

Ryan Seacrest's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" will feature Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Blondie and Icona Pop will also join Miley Cyrus for this year's telecast.

CMT's new reality shows include "Tobacco Wars," "My Big Redneck Family" and "Death Valley"
CMT also hopes to lure more males with "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Ranch."

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is bringing back Fred Armisen for Super Bowl episode
He'll reprise his "Melipnos" role from the premiere.

Paul Rudd makes out with Barbara Walters on "GMA"
They couldn't keep their hands off each other.

TruTV orders "Undercover Magic"
Comedian/magician Michael Carbonaro will perform tricks on unsuspecting people, all captured on hidden camera.

Watch the extended trailer for the "Doctor Who" Christmas special
The special premieres one week from today.

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'12 Years a Slave,' McConaughey, Thompson get lucky with Las Vegas critics
Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

'12 Years a Slave,' McConaughey, Thompson get lucky with Las Vegas critics

Wide-ranging awards also include 'Pacific Rim' and 'This is the End'
The Las Vegas Film Critics' Society gives out awards in more categories than most, so this time "12 Years a Slave" can claim Best Costume Design and Best Original Score alongside its wins for Best Picture, Director and Supporting Actress. Their second-favorite film, "Dallas Buyers Club," took Best Actor and Supporting Actor, while Emma Thompson landed Best Actress for "Saving Mr. Banks." "Gravity," meanwhile, settled for four technical prizes and the Best Picture bronze medal, while they even found categories for "Pacific Rim" and "This is the End." Full list after the jump; everything else at The Circuit
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<p>Zach Braff</p>

Zach Braff

Credit: AP Photo

Zach Braff returns to Sundance with Kate Hudson in 'Wish I Was Here'

'Clerks' to celebrate 20th anniversary with a Midnight Screening

Things have been kind of quiet in the land of Zach Braff of late. Unless you count his appearance as a bellhop monkey in "Oz the Great and Powerful." Or the critically savaged play he wrote a couple of years ago, the title of which escapes me. (I saw it; the critics were not entirely wrong.) On the directorial front, meanwhile, he hasn't made a feature film since his 2004 debut, "Garden State" -- which earned him enough first-film accolades, including Independent Spirit and National Board of Review wins, plus a WGA nod, that you'd have expected a follow-up sooner rather than later.

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<p>&quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;&nbsp;star Lupita Nyong'o received two awards.</p>

"12 Years a Slave" star Lupita Nyong'o received two awards.

Credit: Fox Searchlight

'12 Years a Slave' tops with Florida film critics

Steve McQueen's drama picked up six awards

The Florida Film Critics Circle wasn't looking to flip the script today as members of the group handed Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" the prize for Best Picture of 2013. The film's star, Lupita Nyong'o, picked up two honors, for Best Supporting Actress and the year's Breakout Award. Check out the full list of winners below, and as always, keep track at The Circuit.

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Twitter's birth is set to become a TV series

Twitter's birth is set to become a TV series
The recent book "Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal," is being adapted for TV with the help of Lionsgate.

Jimmy Fallon's unveils his "Tonight Show" logo

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" is using the moon as a backdrop.

"The Voice" season finale down from last year

The finale was up from last week, but down 20% from 2012.

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<p>Adele Exarchopoulos in &quot;Blue is the Warmest Color.&quot;</p>

Adele Exarchopoulos in "Blue is the Warmest Color."

Credit: Sundance Selects

'Blue is the Warmest Color' takes France's prestigious Louis Delluc Prize

Abdellatif Kechiche becomes only the fifth director to win the award twice

The César may be the most Oscar-equivalent honor on the French awards circuit, but arguably the most prestigious is the Louis Delluc Prize, established in 1937 and awarded annually by a jury of critics and industry figures to the film they deem the best French production of the year.

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CNN's Jeff Zucker is interested in reuniting with Jay Leno

CNN's Jeff Zucker is interested in reuniting with Jay Leno
The former NBC boss who famously restored Leno back to "The Tonight Show" reportedly wants Leno to host a late-night or primetime show on CNN.

Report: Demi Lovato exiting "The X Factor"
People says Lovato is done after two seasons because "she plans to spend next year completely focused on her music."

GLAAD slams "Duck Dynasty" star for his comments equating homosexuality with bestiality
"Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong," Phil Robertson tells GQ. "Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men." GLAAD's response: "Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe."

HBO to air "James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend" on Sunday
The 30-minute special will pay tribute to the man who made "The Soprano Network."

Tessanne Chin celebrates her "Voice" win
"Some good rum, good Jamaican rum," she says.

"The Fonz" is a random "man on the street" in BBC interview
A BBC reporter seemingly didn't know who Henry Winkler was, but he insists he was just starstruck.

Nancy Grace signs deal to stay at HLN through 2017
She'll remain the centerpiece of HLN's primetime lineup for the foreseeable future.

Josh Peck of "Drake & Josh" coming to "The Big Bang Theory"
He'll play Stuart's "mortal enemy."

Netflix is offering 2 fireplace shows for the holidays
There are "Crackling Fireplace" and {"Crackling Yule Log Fireplace," plus DVD-style extras and commentary.

USA orders "Chisley Knows Best"

The reality show centers on an Atlanta family headed up by self-made millionaire Todd Chrisley.

Zach Galifianakis stars in the "Between Two Ferns" Christmas spectacular

With Samuel L. Jackson, Tobey Maguire and Arcade Fire.

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<p>Your &quot;Voice&quot; winners</p>

Your "Voice" winners

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: Low 'Voice' finale, 'NCIS' lead Tuesday split

CBS wins overall, but NBC tops the key demo
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 17, 2013.
"The Voice" wrapped its latest installment far below the numbers for last fall's finale, but still high enough to dominated Tuesday night among young viewers. Overall, though, NBC couldn't come close to competing with CBS' three new procedurals, which ruled overall.
That was the full extent of Tuesday's original programming, as ABC, FOX and The CW all went with repeats.
On to the numbers...
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Costume Designers' Guild to celebrate Judd Apatow
Credit: AP Photo

Costume Designers' Guild to celebrate Judd Apatow

Veteran costume designer April Ferry will also be honored

When you think of contemporary filmmakers who are particularly keyed into the art of costume design, you might name Baz Luhrmann, Tarsem Singh or Xavier Dolan -- but Judd Apatow probably wouldn't be among the first names to come to mind.

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