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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 206

Dan and Alan discuss 'Reign,' 'Homeland,' 'New Girl' and more


Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls!
For the second straight week, Thursday is the new Monday and we have a new episode of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
This week, we reviewed The CW's "Reign" and we played catch-up on "How I Met Your Mother," "New Girl" and "Homeland." And we answered questions about ratings for "The Walking Dead" and... Get this... NBC's struggles.
Next week? "Dracula" and stuff!
Here's today's breakdown:
"Reign" (00:02:00 - 00:14:45)
Listener Mail: "Walking Dead" ratings (00:15:00 - 00:22:55)
Listener Mail: NBC Thursday (00:23:00 - 00:32:30)
"How I Met Your Mother" (00:32:40 - 00:42:30)
"New Girl" (00:42:35 - 00:53:40)
"Homeland" (00:53:40 - 01:05:00)

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"Pacific Rim"

Credit: Warner Bros.

Tech Support: A tight race beyond 'Gravity' for Best Visual Effects features hobbits, Jaegers and men of steel

It's probably safe to engrave the Oscar on this one now, though

Best Visual Effects has long been one of the most "mainstream" of the Oscar categories. It’s always filled with blockbusters and films which have made lots of money. This year, though, beyond the race for the win (it would appear), the race for nominations is fairly wide open.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Katy Perry loves you 'Unconditionally' on new single: Listen

Is she singing about John Mayer?

Katy Perry showed us how fierce she is on “Roar,” and now she reveals that her love can be just as fierce on new single, “Unconditionally.”  The electronic power ballad (there’s a genre for you) is a testament to the strength of her love, as much as it is a strength to her vocal power.

The song starts with a beat and a synth line as she fears that she’s scared off her lover by getting too close, but she then promises that there’s nothing he can do to scare her away.  Dr. Luke and Cirkut’s production is a bit cold in contrast to her warm vocals, but in some ways that gives her all the most power to shine as she belts out her fidelity.  The title word doesn't scan well so there are parts that feel  a bit clunky, but Perry gets around that.

Is this about John Mayer? You decide.

"Unconditionally" is on Perry's fourth studio album, "Prism," which comes out Oct. 22.


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<p>Mark&nbsp;Wahlberg in&nbsp;&quot;Lone Survivor&quot;</p>

Mark Wahlberg in "Lone Survivor"

Credit: Universal Pictures

Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor' to premiere at AFI Fest

Special screenings added, including 'Her,' 'August: Osage County' and 'The Last Emperor 3D'

AFI Fest sure has done a great job of securing itself some nice buzz titles this year. In addition to "Out of the Furnace" it has been announced today that Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" will also see its world premiere at the Hollywood festival.

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<p>Evangeline Lily as Tauriel in Peter Jackson's &quot;The Hobbit:&nbsp;The Desolation of Smaug.&quot;</p>

Evangeline Lily as Tauriel in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

Credit: Warner Bros.

Evangeline Lilly goes from 'hired help' on 'Lost' to star treatment in 'The Hobbit'

An epic conversation on big elf ears and fighting for stunts

WELLINGTON, NZ - In May of 2012, Evangeline Lilly greeted a crew of American journalists on the set of "The Hobbit."  Actually, in theory it was the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." After our visit that changed and it's still not clear what movie features the scene we saw Lilly appear in, but her Middle Earth debut was subsequently pushed to a new "second" film, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." That meant the world would have to wait another year to meet Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh's original character, played by Lilly, Tauriel.

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<p>Scotty McCreery</p>

Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery on 'See You Tonight,' Brad Paisley and country lyrics: Interview

What does he really think about his first album?

When Scotty McCreery’s debut album, 2011’s “Clear As Day” bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, he became the youngest solo male to achieve that milestone.

Now with “See You Tonight,” his second studio album (not including a Christmas set), the “American Idol” champ hopes to prove that he has a sustainable country career. The 20-year old sophomore at Raleigh’s North Carolina State University attends classes during the early part of the week, and then spends most weekends traveling around the country playing gigs and visiting radio stations.

What comes across in even a brief conversation with McCreery is how grounded and mature he seems for someone who just turned 20. He's clearly enjoying college life, but he not likely to be showing up at any parties dropping Molly with Miley Cyrus.

On “See You Tonight,” which came out on Tuesday (15), McCreery co-wrote five of the tracks, fulfilling his goal to play a greater role in the creation of his albums. He talked to HitFix about the making of the album, his first headlining tour, if country music has a content problem and what he really thought of his first album.

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'Revolution' hits another series low, 'Super Fun Night' continues to tumble

"Revolution" hits another series low, "Super Fun Night" continues to tumble
Meanwhile, ABC's "Toy Story" special attracted 10.3 million viewers and beat "Survivor" and "Revolution" in the key 18-49 demo.

"SVU" releases the uncut version of Munch's roast
See the extended five-minute version.

Idris Elba on "The Wire": "I've never watched an entire season"
The actor tells Playboy: "I've seen a full episode at screenings but never at home. I've never watched an entire season. I've not seen any episode of season 2, most of season 3, and none of seasons 4 and 5. I'm supercritical of my own work."

"How I Met Your Mother" conspiracy theory: Will there be a shocking ending?
Here's one piece of speculation of where "HIMYM" might be headed -- don't read if you don't want to know. PLUS: 17 times "HIMYM" should've ended.

"Parks and Rec" stars partied for their 100th episode
Everybody was playing with the whipped cream.

"Big Bang" vs. "Parks and Rec": Why such a massive ratings divide between the 2 comedies?
Both sitcoms should have similar audiences, yet their viewership couldn't be further apart -- even when you take into consideration DVR viewers.

Scott Baio headed to "Sam & Cat"
He'll play a cop on the Nick series.

"American Horror Story" pays tribute to Stevie Nicks
On last night's episode, Nicks was known as "the white witch." PLUS: Read the real story behind Kathy Bates' character.

"Hart to Hart" stars reunite, with Amy Poehler & Adam Scott
Scott and Poehler, who recreated the "Hart to Hart" opening for "The Greatest Event in Television History," got to hang with Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers.

Arcade Fire to take over "The Colbert Report"

The band will perform on Monday's show.

Watch "Real Housewives" star Brandi Glanville's acting debut on Lifetime

She's appearing in the Lifetime film "Missing at 17."

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<p>Wednesday's &quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Arrow"

Credit: The CW

TV Ratings: 'Toy Story,' ALCS baseball lead Wednesday tie, while 'Arrow' rises

'Survivor' and 'Criminal Minds' let CBS rule overall
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
ABC got strong numbers from its "Toy Story of Terror" Pixar special, as the network tied for the Wednesday night lead among young viewers with "Criminal Minds"-led CBS and with FOX's playoff baseball coverage.
CBS still dominated primetime overall, with wins for all three primetime hours.
On NBC, "Revolution" will likely hit series lows, though "Ironside" appears not to be falling, which would be good news for the network were its stable ratings not so low.
And on The CW, "Arrow" was up from last week's premiere in all measures, delivering its biggest overall audience since April and its best 18-49 figures since February.
On to the numbers...
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Ryan Murphy: 'Glee' will end after next season

Ryan Murphy: "Glee" will end after next season
In addition to saying that Season 6 will be "Glee's" last, Murphy said he'll have to reconfigure the ending from being devoted to Rachel and Finn to honoring Finn. "The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story,” he told reporters last night at a special Paley Center event. “I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was – he was in it. I knew what the last line was – she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now."

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<p>Michael Moore in &quot;Bowling for Columbine.&quot;</p>

Michael Moore in "Bowling for Columbine."

Credit: MGM Home Entertainment

Cinema Eye's list of 25 most influential docs ranges from Michael Moore to Orson Welles

Only five Oscar-winning films make the grade

When it comes to documentaries, the Academy has missed the boat on landmark films as often as they have with narrative features -- and one need only look at Cinema Eye's new list of the 25 most influential documentaries of all time to be reminded of that.

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<p>Tom Hanks in &quot;Saving Mr. Banks.&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks in "Saving Mr. Banks."

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Roundup: Saving -- but not sanitizing -- Mr. Banks

Also: The boring hotness of 'Blue is the Warmest Color,' and Stone on Ebert
Advance word on Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" -- one of the season's few remaining big reveals -- is increasingly positive ahead of its world premiere this Sunday in London: I've spoken to some fairly hard-to-please critics who were charmed by the true-life Hollywood tale. That might be because it's slightly less softball filmmaking than it appears to be from the outside. Speaking to the NYT's Brooks Barnes, director John Lee Hancock and others discuss their determination to present Walt Disney as he really was: “I was a bit afraid because we wanted to be honest about Walt ... I imagined the moment when Disney would say, ‘Sorry, we like him better as a god than a human.’ To their credit, they were smart enough and brave enough to realize that a human Walt was not only a better character, but was easier to love.” [New York Times
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ABC orders more scripts for 'Trophy Wife' and 'The Goldbergs'

ABC orders more scripts for "Trophy Wife" and "The Goldbergs"
Each Tuesday comedy has received a three-script order, which could pave the way for more episodes.

Conan O'Brien and Jack White are considering buying a minor league baseball team
Both have reportedly met with Dodgers management about buying a minor league team. PLUS: Preview Conan's interview with Mel Brooks for "Serious Jibber-Jabber."

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" announces 3 new cast members
Twins Nicole and Teresa Napolitano and their friend Amber Marchese are joining Season 6.

Jimmy Fallon: We're doing "Late Night" now as if it was "The Tonight Show"
"We're doing our show as if we were doing 'The Tonight Show,'" Fallon said Wednesday during an interview in Orlando. "It's news to everyone else. We have been doing 'The Tonight Show.'"

"The Neighbors" celebrating "Challoweenukah"

The ABC comedy is combining Halloween and Chanukah.

Game shows hosted by "Original Kings of Comedy" comedians are doing very well

Cedric the Entertainer is up 20% in the key demo with "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," while Steve Harvey is up 15% with "Family Feud."

Kerry Washington will be just the 9th black woman to host "SNL"

Seven of the nine black women who have hosted "Saturday Night Live" hosted in the past decade. PLUS: Could Kenan Thompson be right?, and here are more funny black women, and even more.

Discovery Channel's L.A. office features a painting of Honey Boo Boo
There are also cardboard cutouts of Mama June and her famous daughter.

Chris Pratt is back on the "Parks and Rec" set
Pratt was busy the past few months filming "Guardians of the Galaxy" in London. PLUS: See "Parks and Rec's" 100-episode cake.

Why "Lost's" Damon Lindelof and Twitter were a bad combination

With an intense fanbase of "Lost" fans, it was hard for somebody like Lindelof to move on on a medium like Twitter.

NBC interested in an animated comedy voiced by Ed Helms
Helms is teaming with an "Office" producer on "Mystery Island."

Should little kids wear "Breaking Bad"-themed Halloween costumes?
One mom is appalled by two kids in Walter White and Jesse Pinkman costumes, complete with "blue meth" lollipops.

"SVU" sends Munch out in style
Richard Belzer's character got a special sendoff.

Shawn Ryan and Justin Lin team up for a 1957-set Hawaii drama pilot for Fox
The project would focus on the shadiness in Hawaii as it prepares to become the 50th state.

The Clash were already big Ian Rubbish fans

How did Fred Armisen land an interview with The Clash? Not only were they fans of his Ian Rubbish character, but Mick Jones actually watches "Portlandia."

Marc Summers: Nickelodeon is "going in the dumper"
Listen to the former "Double Dare" host lash out at his former cable network.

BBC planning 2,500 hours of programming for the 100th anniversary of World War I
The programming will be presented from 2014 to 2018.

"Heroes of Cosplay" getting extra episodes
Syfy has ordered six more episodes of its breakout reality show.

"Modern Family's" Sarah Hyland looks totally different in "Bonnie and Clyde"
Hyland is playing Clyde's sister-in-law in the Lifetime film.

Jerry Seinfeld's wife confirms that Whitney Cummings threw glassware at her head

Howard Stern brought Cummings to a Seinfeld party, where she rubbed her "privates" on the couch.

Former "Homeland" star Diego Klattenhoff doesn't get the hate for Dana Brody
Klattenhoff, who played Mike on "Homeland" and who now stars on "The Blacklist," calls the anti-Dana phenomenon a "weird thing." PLUS: Damian Lewis won't let his kids watch "Homeland."

"Welcome to the Family" books Yvette Nicole Brown
The "Community" star will guest as a next-door neighbor.

"Grey's Anatomy's" Jesse Williams hangs with Elmo

Watch his visit to "Sesame Street."

Amy Poehler on "SNL's" Cecily Strong: "She's crushing it" on Weekend Update
"She's going to be great," says the former Weekend Update anchor. "She's so great already and she's just starting."

"Shameless" character actor Ed Lauter dies
Lauter, 74, appeared on a number of TV shows, from "ER" to "Grey's Anatomy."

"Switched at Birth" adds "Ugly Betty's" Alec Mapa

He'll play a new friend for Lea Thompson.

"Kevin Arnold" meets "Buffy"
Fred Savage is directing an episode of "The Crazy Ones."

"New Girl's" Nick & Jess relationship: Why it's not working
Nick and Jess together are "alarmingly sexless."

Danny McBride makes a commercial for "cat wine"
"Good yum Drinky!"

Tim Allen's "Home Improvement" son directed him on "Last Man Standing"
Jonathan Taylor Thomas is sitting behind the camera for this week's episode.

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