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<p>Don't you do it, Kenny. Don't you dare make April cry. Kenny, I'm warning you. I... oh, damn it, Kenny!&nbsp;See what you did?!?!</p>

Don't you do it, Kenny. Don't you dare make April cry. Kenny, I'm warning you. I... oh, damn it, Kenny! See what you did?!?!

Credit: HBO

Review: Kenny Powers burns it all down in this week's electrifying 'Eastbound'

Why can't Kenny let himself be happy?

"Move. Get out of the way. Worst goddamn Fix My Marriage Party ever."

Can you think of any other TV show that has ever gone the places that this one is going this season? At this point, describing "Eastbound & Down" as a comedy is doing a disservice to the show and to the work that Jody Hill, Danny McBride, and David Gordon Green are doing from week to week.

There are two episodes left this season, and I can't imagine how they're going to wrap it all up, and more importantly, I don't want to imagine it. I am not speculating. I'm not searching for spoilers. I just want to sit back and watch it play out and enjoy, because at this point, I know these guys have it. I know they've hit a groove and they're playing out some amazing material and they're pushing these characters to a very real breaking point. You can tell when a creative team is in a groove, when they're just crushing it from moment to moment, and the energy around this season is genuinely impressive.

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"Life Below Zero: The Thaw"

 "Life Below Zero: The Thaw"

Credit: Nat Geo

Exclusive clip: Will the big thaw ground 'Life Below Zero'?

An airstrip comes perilously close to going underwater

You'd thinking it would be easier to live in Alaska when things warm up. Of course, you'd be wrong. It turns out that all that rapidly melting snow tends to flood necessary things like air landing strips. In this exclusive clip from "Life Below Zero: The Thaw" (airs Tues. Nov. 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Nat Geo), meet Sue, who is looking at the death of her business as well as a dearth of supplies for her community in Kavik if flood waters render her landing strip inoperable. Man, if it's not one thing it's another...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 209

Dan and Alan discuss 'Sleepy Hollow,' 'Mike & Molly,' 'Saturday Night Live' and more


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! This is not, in fact, the All "Breaking Bad" installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
Instead, we talked about "Mike & Molly" and "Sleepy Hollow" and we answered a few pieces of Listener Mail touching on "Parenthood," Race and "Saturday Night Live" and the TV Equivalent of The Mendoza Line.
We were a smidge tight on time, so this podcast is a tight hour. 
Here's today's breakdown:
The New "Mike & Molly" (00:00:50 - 00:18:50)
"Sleepy Hollow" (00:18:50 - 00:32:40)
Listener Mail: Hattie & "Parenthood" (00:33:05 - 00:45:30)
Listener Mail: Race & "SNL" (00:45:35 - 00:54:55)
Listener Mail: TV's Mendoza Line: (00:55:00 - 00:59:30)

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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<p>&quot;This is the End&quot;</p>

"This is the End"

Credit: Sony Pictures

Five Golden Globe comedies the HFPA should be considering but probably isn't

The usual suspects are sure to dominate but these deserve a boost

The deadline for Golden Globe submissions was Friday and so studios had to declare whether their contenders would be aiming for comedy or drama consideration. Of course, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) can overturn these categorizations, as they have in the past with films like "True Grit." Between now and the time ballots go out to members of the organization on Nov. 27, the group may do that with one or more of the films that straddle the line between comedy and drama, but it's a rare occurrence.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 209

Dan and Alan also discuss 'SNL' diversity and whether there's a TV version of the Mendoza Line


The all-"Breaking Bad" edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast still exists at some indeterminate point in our future, boys and girls, but in the meantime, Dan and I did a more traditional installment this week, including discussing the return of "Mike & Molly" — which really turns into a long discussion of movie stars working in TV and vice versa — checking in on "Sleepy Hollow" and "Parenthood," and answering several of the excellent questions you guys submitted over the past week. (Please keep 'em coming!) And please vote for us in the Podcast Awards.

The rundown:

The New "Mike & Molly" (00:00:50 - 00:18:50)
"Sleepy Hollow" (00:18:50 - 00:32:40)
Listener Mail: Hattie & "Parenthood" (00:33:05 - 00:45:30)
Listener Mail: Race & "SNL" (00:45:35 - 00:54:55)
Listener Mail: TV's Mendoza Line: (00:55:00 - 00:59:30)


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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<p>Everything seems to be in &quot;Gravity's,&quot;&nbsp;well, gravity at the moment.</p>

Everything seems to be in "Gravity's," well, gravity at the moment.

Credit: Warner Bros.

Off the Carpet: The awards circuit comes to life ahead of AFI Fest

With new entries set to unveil, studios get their ducks in a row

It's been a few weeks since I've been prepared to offer much of anything in this space, and really, it's been good to let the dust settle, as plenty has happened. "The Monuments Men" got out of dodge. "The Wolf of Wall Street" committed to Christmas. "Her" found critical embrace and "The Book Thief" has emerged as Fox's best bet for awards success. AFI Fest is on the horizon, and with it, the fates of "Out of the Furnace," "Lone Survivor" and, in some ways, "Saving Mr. Banks." The groundwork has mostly been laid otherwise and the circuit work is starting to click in.

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<p>&quot;Nebraska&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Paper&nbsp;Moon&quot;</p>

"Nebraska" and "Paper Moon"

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Paramount plays up 'Nebraska's' old-fashioned charms with 'Paper Moon' double bill

LA's New Beverly Theater will host the Nov. 10 event

Every once in a while a studio capitalizes on parallels between one of its awards hopefuls and a classic of the medium that also did pretty well on the circuit by booking a double bill. Fox Searchlight did it with "The Wrestler" and "On the Waterfront," for instance. This year, Paramount is going that route with Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and Peter Bogdanovich's "Paper Moon."

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Chris Hemsworth trusts Whedon for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and teases Mann's 'Cyber'

Chris Hemsworth trusts Whedon for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and teases Mann's 'Cyber'

And what did Alan Taylor bring to 'Thor: The Dark World'?

LONDON - There is something refreshingly humble about Chris Hemsworth. In this business you quickly hear who is difficult to work with either on set or when making the publicity rounds.  Hemsworth?  Well, imagine you've been cast as one of the premier members of Marvel Studios "The Avengers."  You're getting your own franchise feature film. And, the next thing you know, your co-star (Tom Hiddleston) not only steals the first movie he becomes so popular he's almost the top draw for the sequel. If any of this is bothering Hemsworth's ego it isn't showing. Instead, he's all smiles and - seemingly - no drama as he enjoys the impressive directions his career continues to take.

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Kasi Lemmons

 Kasi Lemmons

Listen: CulturePop No. 31 - Kasi Lemmons, 'Black Nativity'

We talk with the writer/director about her new movie and more

Well, we finally found a guest whose work so moved Melinda that she started tearing up in the interview. If you haven't seen Kasi Lemmons' "Eve's Bayou," it's one of Melinda's favorite movies of all time. We discussed the 1997 film, but also Lemmons' new movie, "Black Nativity," which is based on Langston Hughes' musical of the same name.

We had a great time talking to Kasi, who walked us through her creative process, the challenges of bringing together a "dream cast," and why it's been so great to work with major talents including Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor in her directing career. If you weren't familiar with Kasi's work beyond "Silence of the Lambs" (she started her career as an actress) before this podcast, we suspect you'll be renting some movies (she also directed "Talk to Me" and "The Caveman's Valentine") and checking out "Black Nativity" after you listen. Here's the rundown: 

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<p>Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in &quot;Mike &amp;&nbsp;Molly.&quot;</p>

Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell in "Mike & Molly."

Credit: CBS

Will the 'new' 'Mike & Molly' make Melissa McCarthy a TV star?

Do movie stars automatically become TV stars? And do stars even matter in TV?

I'm not sure I've heard the word "new" thrown around as often in a marketing campaign for a show entering its fourth year as I have for "Mike & Molly" — or, as all the CBS promos have dubbed it, "The New Mike & Molly" — which returns tonight at 9. Though the ads don't entirely hide the fact that this is a show that has existed for several years, we're told over and over about all that's new about the new "Mike & Molly," as if emphasizing that thought enough might subconsciously convince the audience that this is a first-time debut.

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'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan will guest on 'Community'

"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan will guest on "Community"
Gilligan, who will be playing a "smooth-talking gold digger," is just the latest TV show creator to cameo on the NBC comedy. "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz recently shot his own cameo.

E! picks up "Saved by the Bell" reruns

The '90s comedy will air from 7 a.m to 9 a.m. weekdays starting next week.

"SNL" writers also have a diversity problem: Kerry Washington was stuck with black female stereotypes
As Soraya Nadia McDonald notes, "Mammy, Jezebel and big booty ghetto girl are our ball-and-chain. We can’t shake them."

"The Following" adds Jacinda Barrett
The former "Real World" star will play a "very disarming and alluring woman."

TNT orders a missing persons reality show that uses an app
"APB With Troy Dunn" will utilize a social media app to get viewers' tips.

Did Eminem lip-sync on "SNL"?
It looked like the rapper didn't try to hide during his "Berserk" performance.

"The Simpsons" takes shots at "Cable News Alley"

Watch Ken Brockman's visit to CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

Charlie Sheen throws the "Anger Management" crew a party at his house
A plane was flown overhead to celebrate the completion of Episode 55.

What if David Hasselhoff sang the "Fresh Prince" theme song?
Watch a "Baywatch"-"Knight Rider"-"Fresh Prince of Bel Air" mashup.

Morrissey hires "The Walking Dead's" David Morrissey
The British actor will read the audiobook of the singer Morrissey's "Autobiography" (no relation).

Nancy Pelosi will deliver the Letterman Top 10
The Democratic former Speaker of the House will deliver the Top 10 on Tuesday in honor of election day.

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<p>Justin Bieber live on Oct. 25</p>

Justin Bieber live on Oct. 25

Credit: AP Photo

Justin Bieber has a 'Bad Day' on new single

Is it another song about Selena Gomez?

It turns out Justin Bieber’s newest song, “Bad Day,” is definitely an apt title. In case you’ve missed the lastest Biebs’ news, in the last 72 hours, he was supposedly caught leaving a Brazilian brothel, then he was struck with a water bottle while performing in San Paulo, and then if that weren’t enough, Katy Perry surpassed him on Twitter to become the new queen of social media.

All that, however, is nothing compared to the pain he’s feeling in the lulling, mainly acoustic “Bad Day,” his fifth release in his #MusicMondays flight of putting out a new song every week.

As the visual below shows, there’s a gray cloud over Bieber and it’s because his lady walked away “like it was nothing, baby.” He couldn’t breathe because “you took away the biggest part of me,” he sings.

The song goes into a sweet falsetto about a minute in as he remains stunned that it was so easy for for her to walk away.

Throughout the tunes we’ve heard so far from Bieber’s diary, he’s taken responsibility for the breakup, but he’s also been decimated by it. And, like the other songs we’ve heard, “Bad Day” is a nice pop song, but there’s nothing so dynamic on it that it feels like required listening.

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