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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 211

Dan and Alan discuss 'Getting On,' 'Walking Dead' and The Future


It's time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg. 
For this week? We're business-as-usual.
Next week, however, things may start to change. We kick off this podcast by explaining the shape of things to come.
Then we review HBO's "Getting On" and BBC America's "Doctor Who" telefilm "An Adventure in Space and Time." We did a Dan's Reality Round-Up and talked about the latest resurrection of "The Killing." We used listener mail to discuss Sunday's "The Walking Dead" and also talked about FXX and "Orange Is The New Black."
Today's breakdown:
Explanation of Things To Come (00:01:00 - 00:05:40)
"Getting On" (00:05:40 - 00:17:55)
"An Adventure in Space and Time" (00:17:55 - 00:27:45)
Dan's Reality Round-Up (00:27:45 - 00:45:15)
The resurrection of "The Killing" (00:45:15 - 00:54:05)
Listener Mail - "Walking Dead" (w/spoilers) (00:54:25 - 01:07:30)
Listener Mail - FXX (01:07:35 - 01:16:45)
Listener Mail - "Orange Is The New Black" awards classification (01:16:50 -  01:23:05)

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.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.


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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 211

Dan and Alan announce plans for the new Firewall & Iceberg video show and answer your mail


Happy Monday, boys and girls — for the last time. No, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast isn't going away, but it is moving to later in the week, as a logistical piece of next week's launch of the Firewall & Iceberg video show. Dan and I explain how things will work at the top of an eclectic show that includes a review of a new HBO show, a look at the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary, Dan's Reality Round-Up and more.

The rundown:

Explanation of Things To Come (00:01:00 - 00:05:40)
"Getting On" (00:05:40 - 00:17:55)
"An Adventure in Space and Time" (00:17:55 - 00:27:45)
Dan's Reality Round-Up (00:27:45 - 00:45:15)
The resurrection of "The Killing" (00:45:15 - 00:54:05)
Listener Mail - "Walking Dead" (w/spoilers) (00:54:25 - 01:07:30)
Listener Mail - FXX (01:07:35 - 01:16:45)
Listener Mail - "Orange Is The New Black" awards classification (01:16:50 -  01:23:05)

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 or stream it on Dan's blog.

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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A self-deprecating Lady Gaga is a likable Lady Gaga

A self-deprecating Lady Gaga is a likable Lady Gaga

Her humanity shines through during her 'SNL' stint

Is the joke on Lady Gaga? This weekend while hosting and performing on “Saturday Night Live,” she repeatedly poked fun at herself. And guess what? It made her likeable again.

She started the self-deprecation early. In her opening monologue (loved that flapper dress!), she shamelessly baited the audience for “cheap applause,” and then launched into a re-worked version of her hit “Applause” as a Broadway-style number. She went over the top, giving it up for teachers and first responders and even poked fun at her pants-eschewing self. Ending it with “New York, New York” was perfect.

The wink and nods continued throughout the show. As Karen, the nerdy Genius Bar employee and guest on “Waking Up with Kimye”  she opined, “people who try too hard with their outfits are  hiding something,” and then stared wide-eyed into the camera with the ever-so-slightest hint of a grin on her lips.

In “The Worst Cover Songs of All Time” sketch she performed “Born This Way” as her cover of Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” playfully referencing the similarities between the two songs, and in a slightly cringe-inducing sketch, she played an older version of herself who no one remembered as having been famous.

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<p>Jason&nbsp;Sudeikis (left)&nbsp;and Will&nbsp;Forte in probably one of my favorite &quot;SNL&quot;&nbsp;sketches of their era</p>

Jason Sudeikis (left) and Will Forte in probably one of my favorite "SNL" sketches of their era

Credit: AP Photo

Will Forte talks 'Nebraska' with fellow 'SNL' alum Jason Sudeikis

On the nature of truth in drama with two of the funniest guys around

LOS ANGELES — Paramount brought out some artillery on behalf of "Nebraska" star Will Forte Sunday afternoon as the actor's fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum Jason Sudeikis moderated a post-screening Q&A with the Best Supporting Actor hopeful for a capacity audience filled with mostly Screen Actors Guild members.

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<p>Russell Tovey, Frankie J. Alvarez and Jonathan Groff on the set of HBO's &quot;Looking.&quot;</p>

Russell Tovey, Frankie J. Alvarez and Jonathan Groff on the set of HBO's "Looking."


Is HBO's 'Looking' the great gay TV series some of us have been waiting for?

Trying not to get too hyped about the new series

When it comes to "gay" TV shows, I tend to keep my expectations low. Lord knows there are more than enough gay men and women working in Hollywood today ( just behind the camera, of course) so you'd think we'd have a long line of quality shows to look back upon. Sadly, that hasn't been the case. There have been lots of well written and wonderfully conceived gay characters, but specific TV shows?  Not so much.

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Kate Walsh to play a 'Bad Judge' in an NBC comedy pilot

Kate Walsh to play a "Bad Judge" in an NBC comedy pilot
The "Private Practice" alum will play a "sexually unapologetic woman" who also happens to be a criminal court judge. "Bad Judge" is produced by Walsh, Will Ferrell and Anne Heche.

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'Breaking Bad's' Anna Gunn and Jacki Weaver join Fox's 'Broadchurch' remake

"Breaking Bad's" Anna Gunn and Jacki Weaver join Fox's "Broadchurch" remake
Gunn will take on the Olivia Colman role of Detective Ellie Miller while Weaver will play a "mysterious" new woman in town on "Gracepoint."

"Flash" pilot won't be part of "Arrow"
Although Grant Gustin will appear on "Arrow," he'll shoot a standalone pilot for the "Flash" character, rather than a backdoor pilot.

It's the "Gay Bachelor" starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and George Takei
In this Funny or Die spoof, Takei hosts and the "Modern Family" star is "The Bachelor."

"Sesame Street" does "The Hunger Games"

Watch "The Hungry Games."

The Beatles first appeared on American TV 50 years ago today
Three months before going on Ed Sullivan, The Beatles were profiled on NBC's "The Huntley Brinkley Report."

Check out Christina Ricci as Lizzie Borden

Here's Lifetime's poster for the film based on the infamous 1890s murderer.

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<p>Broncos QB Peyton Manning</p>

Broncos QB Peyton Manning

Credit: Joe Mahoney/AP

TV Ratings: Broncos-Chiefs game rules for NBC Sunday, while 'Almost Human' gets an OK sampling

'Once' sinks for ABC, but 'Revenge' and 'Betrayal' rise
Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 17, 2013.
NBC scored with a Sunday Night Football game pitting two of the NFL's best teams in the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, drawing a huge primetime audience in all measures.
In preliminary numbers, the Broncos-Chiefs game delivered the best overall household rating for a November NFL game since 1996, but the emphasis here is on "preliminary."
FOX, meanwhile, benefitted from an NFL doubleheader, which gave a decent (but not spectacular) sampling to the sci-fi police procedural "Almost Human," which will have its time period premiere on Monday. 
With the added genre competition from "Almost Human," ABC's "Once Upon a Time" slipped below a 2.0 rating among young viewers, but both "Revenge" and "Betrayal" posted tiny gains.
While some fluctuation is inevitable, on to the numbers...
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'Almost Human' has a solid debut

"Almost Human" has a solid debut
About 9.1 million checked out the Fox drama on Sunday night. PLUS: Is Karl Urban's character a robot, too?

"Dallas" Season 3 kicks off in February
The TNT series will return Feb. 24 for an eight-episode run before returning in the summer.

ABC orders "Rising Star," an always-live singing competition with real-time voting
The Israeli format is live from the very beginning, with the performer separated from the studio audience by a "translucent floor-to-ceiling LED screen."

"SNL" creates an NFL Red Zone channel for reality TV brawls
Introducing Rose Zone. PLUS: Watch unaired Female Sea Captains sketch, and Lady Gaga has the "SNL's" highest ratings of the season.

How James Gandolfini's body was brought back to the U.S.

One of the Gandolfini's best friend recalls that it initially was supposed to take more than a week to fly the former "Sopranos" star back to America.

Nick Cannon: Mariah Carey wasn't referring to Nicki Minaj as "Satan" on "Idol"

Cannon says wife Mariah Carey was describing the situation of "American Idol" as "Satan," not a specific person. PLUS: A Nick Cannon imposter pulls off a jewelry heist.

"Duck Dynasty"-backed candidate wins election

Vance McAllister beat the Republican establishment in a Louisiana special election for a U.S. House seat thanks to the A&E reality stars' endorsement.

Jimmy Kimmel roasted

Comedians from Jeff Ross to Joel McHale came out to honor Kimmel on Saturday night.

"The Walking Dead's" return of The Governor should be a lesson for "Homeland"
The Governor's return was managed much better than Brody's return on "Homeland." PLUS: David Morrissey on his return.

Sony yanks the "Breaking Bad"-"Malcolm in the Middle" alternate ending from YouTube
Sony wants the DVD feature to be watched on the DVD, but you can still watch it here.

See photos from "Doctor Who's" 50th anniversary special
Here are pics from "The Day of the Doctor."

MTV makes "Generation Cryo" available 1 week early on its app

The sibling search reality show will be up tonight, one week before it debuts on TV.

Snooki & JWoww go "Breaking Bad"
The MTV stars dressed up as iconic TV characters, including Walt and Jesse, Paris and Nicole and Blossom and Six.

"Veep" giving VP Selina Meyer a wardrobe makeover

“She was a little bit more conservative last season. We're trying to move her a little more (fashion) forward,” says wardrobe designer Kathleen Felix Hager, who joins the HBO series for Season 3.

So long, Kenny Powers!

The "Eastbound & Down" series finale was excellent. PLUS: What a disappointment after a strong season, an appreciation of Kenny Powers, and watch Lindsay Lohan's scene.

Bravo sets premiere dates for 3 January reality shows
"Toned Up," "Blood, Sweat & Heels" and "100 Days of Summer" will kick off in the new year.

"Revenge" delivers a shocker
Why did that happen?

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<p>Scarlett Johansson at the Rome premiere of &quot;Her.&quot;</p>

Scarlett Johansson at the Rome premiere of "Her."

Credit: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

McConaughey and Johansson win in Rome, as 'Her' campaign gathers pace

The actress looks to become the first-ever Oscar nominee for a voice performance
The Rome Film Festival isn't traditionally a headline-grabbing event -- in terms of prestige and pulling power, it's still emerging from the shadow of Venice, the former ward of Rome festival director Marco Mueller. And sure enough, not even a Best Film win from the James Gray-led jury will get many people talking about Alberto Fasulo's "TIR," an Italian hybrid documentary about a truck driver's lonely life on the road. (Even that choice seems to echo the Venice fest, after the surprising Golden Lion win for Italian highway documentary "Sacro GRA" in September.)
Still, with their acting awards, Gray's jury -- intentionally or otherwise -- secured a bit of media attention for the festival with two very starry choices. Matthew McConaughey took Best Actor for "Dallas Buyers Club," while Scarlett Johansson was their Best Actress pick for "Her."
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<p>Ethan (left)&nbsp;and Joel Coen at the AFI&nbsp;Fest premiere of &quot;Inside Llewyn&nbsp;Davis&quot;</p>

Ethan (left) and Joel Coen at the AFI Fest premiere of "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Credit: AP Photo

Joel and Ethan Coen discuss 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' long-time collaborations and the allure of New York

Also: Thoughts on filling the very big shoes of cinematographer Roger Deakins

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — "Inside Llewyn Davis" is the Joel and Ethan Coen's 16th feature to date. Starring Oscar Isaac as a shade of New York folk singer Dave Van Ronk, it tells the story of the scene that Bob Dylan came into, the calm before a storm. It's a love letter to music of the era, making for a potent collaboration — their fourth — with music maestro T Bone Burnett.

The filmmaker siblings are notoriously difficult interviews, though in most of my experiences with them it's been pleasant. You just can't drop the usual mundane queries and expect excitement. But when you key on to something they really want to discuss, usually something that has nothing to do with the film at hand, they light up. They don't suffer too much heady consideration about their work and remain pragmatic, almost refreshingly so, in the face of such things. Nevertheless, they collectively make for one of the most vital voices in all of American art.

I recently sat down with the duo to discuss, among other things, long-standing collaborations, the allure of stardom and the romance of New York City. Read our back and forth below.

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<p>Sandra Bullock at the Hollywood Film Awards last month.</p>

Sandra Bullock at the Hollywood Film Awards last month.

Credit: AP Photo

Roundup: Bullock joins McConaughey on Palm Springs honor roll

Also: 2013's best undistributed films, and campaigning at the Governors' Awards

As I wrote last week, the Palm Springs Film Festival makes a habit of giving their annual Desert Palm Achievement Awards to surefire Best Actor and Actress Oscar nominees, and they've almost certainly maintained that record this year. Matthew McConaughey was recent named the first recipient; now he's joined by "Gravity" star Sandra Bullock -- "the epitome of cinematic talent and versatility," in the words of fest chairman Harold Matzner. (I bow to no one in my love for Bullock, but... the epitome?) The actress, currently Cate Blanchett's chief challenger in the Best Actress race, will be presented with the honor at the festival's awards gala on January 4. [PSIFF]

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