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Marcia Gay Harden is coming to 'How to Get Away with Murder'
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Marcia Gay Harden is coming to 'How to Get Away with Murder'

'New Girl' unveils a new opening credits

Marcia Gay Harden joins “How to Get Away with Murder”
She’ll recur after the midseason finale, but details of her role are being kept under wraps. PLUS: How much body makeup does Viola Davis use for her sex scenes?


“New Girl” unveils a new opening credits
Liz Meriwether tweeted that the new opening now includes Damon Wayans Jr. and Hannah Simone. "Don't get mad at me. I don't know how to do good main titles. I barely shower,” she wrote.


Report: Rosie is keeping a “tight grip” on “The View” guest list
According to the NY Daily News, Rosie "has been attempting to slash guests from the schedule and infuriating staffers with her unpredictable moods.” PLUS: “The View” reportedly kicked out a staffer on Monday after she sued ABC.


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'Chappie' trailer introduces a feeling robot from the director of 'District 9'
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'Chappie' trailer introduces a feeling robot from the director of 'District 9'

Sharlto Copley tries something new in a performance capture role

Neill Blomkamp made a big noise with his first narrative feature, and one of the things that made "District 9" so electrifying was that it seemed to come out of nowhere. It was a surprise, and it was a fresh take on science-fiction during a period when it felt like there wasn't much being done in the genre.

The hard part about coming out of nowhere and surprising everyone is that you can only do it once. His second film, "Elysium," had the crushing weight of expectation on it, and Blomkamp stumbled in the execution. It's certainly an ambitious film, and he's just as technically adept as he was in "District 9," but he wasn't really able to pull all of the narrative threads together. One of the common elements between the two films was Sharlto Copley, the hero of one film and the villain of the other.

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Neil Patrick Harris’ variety show threatened by striking writers
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Neil Patrick Harris’ variety show threatened by striking writers

Lifetime cancels 'Witches of East End'

Neil Patrick Harris’ variety show threatened by striking writers
The WGA East is threatening to strike Harris’ variety show because it’s being produced by ITV Studios America, which, as Deadline reports, "hasn’t signed a contract with the guild and has been locked in a bitter labor dispute with the union over reality shows it produces in the U.S."


Lifetime cancels “Witches of East End”
The supernatural drama has gotten the axe after two seasons.


Watch “SNL's” screw-up from last week’s episode
Leslie Jones suffered a “most painful episode of stage fright” in a “The Couple” sketch featuring Chris Rock that was quickly replaced by the dress rehearsal version for the West Coast and online audiences. PLUS: Did “SNL” make a mistake hiring Jones?


EX-Fox and NBC boss put in charge of TBS and TNT
Kevin Reilly, who has been responsible for everything from “Glee” to “Nip/Tuck” to “Gotham,” “The Office,” “The Shield" and “30 Rock,” will use his long track record of finding hits to help both cable networks, which have had trouble with scripted fare.

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'Big Hero 6' and 'Boxtrolls' lead Oscar's official 20 Best Animated Feature Film contenders

'Big Hero 6' and 'Boxtrolls' lead Oscar's official 20 Best Animated Feature Film contenders

How many of these have you actually seen?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the 20 films that have submitted for this season's best animated picture Oscar.  The films in contention, if they qualify, include:

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How to Get Away with Murder

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 255: 'The Newsroom,' 'The Comeback' & more

Dan and Alan also check in on 'Scandal,' 'How to Get Away with Murder' & 'Agents of SHIELD'

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is on a regular schedule this week — though we will either be delayed or off altogether next week — as Dan and I discussed two returning HBO shows, checked in on three ABC dramas, and discussed the first cancellations of the fall.

The rundown:

Recent TV Cancellations (00:00:50 - 00:15:55)
"The Newsroom" (00:16:45 - 00:31:00)
"The Comeback" (00:31:00 - 00:43:55)
"Scandal" (00:44:00 - 00:56:15)
"How To Get Away With Murder" (00:56:20 - 01:07:10)
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (01:07:10 - 01:20:20)
As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 255

Dan and Alan review 'Newsroom' and 'The Comeback' and check in on 3 ABC dramas

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls! Time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

It seems like it's been a while since we podcast, but I guess that's just because last week's show was on the early side to accommodate "Boardwalk Empire" finale talk.

Because we didn't discuss early cancellations last week, we spent some time today on the demises of "Manhattan Love Story," "Utopia" and, after 13 episodes, "A to Z" and "Bad Judge" (and probably "Mulaney").

We also reviewed a pair of HBO shows -- "Newsroom" and "The Comeback" -- and checked in on a trio of ABC shows -- "Scandal," "How To Get Away With Murder" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Today's breakdown:

Recent TV Cancellations (00:00:50 - 00:15:55)
"The Newsroom" (00:16:45 - 00:31:00)
"The Comeback" (00:31:00 - 00:43:55)
"Scandal" (00:44:00 - 00:56:15)
"How To Get Away With Murder" (00:56:20 - 01:07:10)
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (01:07:10 - 01:20:20)

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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Jon Stewart drops by CNN months after launching a Kickstarter to buy the news network
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Jon Stewart drops by CNN months after launching a Kickstarter to buy the news network

'Mom’s' Allison Janney and Anna Faris will host the People’s Choice Awards

Jon Stewart drops by CNN months after launching a Kickstarter to buy the news network
The Daily Show” host paid a visit as part of an interview with Christiane Amanpour to promote his new film “Rosewater." In June, Stewart announced a $10 billion Kickstarter to buy CNN.


“Mom’s” Allison Janney and Anna Faris will host the People’s Choice Awards
The continue the tradition of CBS sitcom stars hosting the annual award show. “2 Broke Girls” stars Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings hosted the People’s Choice Awards earlier this year, succeeding two-time host Kaley Cuoco.


CW sets “Hart of Dixie" Season 4 premiere for Jan. 9
It’s unclear if Rachel Bilson, who’s pregnant in real life, will be pregnant on her show. PLUS: “Masters of Illusion” also returns Jan. 9.


Watch the trailer for “The Real World: Skeletons”
The roommates on the 30th season set in Chicago will be forced to deal with “skeletons” from their past.

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Rachel Bilson of "Hart of Dixie"

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'Hart of Dixie' gets a January premiere on The CW

Rachel Bilson dramedy will have a 10-episode fourth season

Are you ready to return to BlueBell to catch up with Lemon, Brick, Annabeth, Meatball and the rest of the gang?

Just me? 

Well fine.

The CW announced on Tuesday (November 4) that "Hart of Dixie" will return for its fourth season on Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. 

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<p>Simon Baker in &quot;The Mentalist&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Simon Baker in "The Mentalist" 

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CBS sets 'Mentalist' final season, plus 'Survivor' and 'Amazing Race' spring dates

'Undercover Boss' is also returning next month

CBS did some midseason tinkering on Tuesday (November 4) morning, setting a season premiere and series finale for "The Mentalist," scheduling the return of "Undercover Boss" and announcing spring dates for new installments of "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race."

Note that none of CBS' Tuesday announcements impact current programming in any way, so don't go looking for cancellations or anything, though both "Madam Secretary" and "The Good Wife" will drop off the schedule for a few weeks rather than airing repeats.

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CBS sets 'The Mentalist's' final season
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CBS sets 'The Mentalist's' final season

Kathy Griffin says she might not replace Joan Rivers on E!'s 'Fashion Police'

CBS sets "The Mentalist's" final season
The Simon Baker drama is returning for a shortened 7th and final season, kicking off the first of 13 episodes on Nov. 30. PLUS: CBS announces season finale dates for “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race,” plus the premiere of “Undercover Boss."


Kathy Griffin says she might not replace Joan Rivers on E!'s “Fashion Police”
"They did offer it to me,” Griffin tells “Access Hollywood," adding: "I don't know if the situation is correct at this time for me or right for me at this time.”


“Scandal” bringing back Mama Pope
Details on Khandi Alexander’s return are being kept under wraps.


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C-3PO star Anthony Daniels says 'Star Wars: Episode 7' is better than 'Empire Strikes Back'
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C-3PO star Anthony Daniels says 'Star Wars: Episode 7' is better than 'Empire Strikes Back'

Bold words from one of the franchise's most stalwart stars

Bold words, Threepio. Bold words.

I didn't see it until someone retreated it late Monday night, but Anthony Daniels, probably fresh from the "Episode VII" wrap party over the weekend, made a pretty big claim on Twitter this weekend.

There is a reason "The Empire Strikes Back" is constantly referred to as the gold standard of genre sequels. It's a film that took everything the first movie did and fine-tuned it, and it such breathless storytelling that it feels like every frame of the film is urgently important. Watching people imitate the film in all the wrong ways over the years, it's become clear that it is harder than it looks to make a sequel that really delivers for an audience.

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Best Screenplay 2015: Oscar contenders include 'Budapest,' 'Boyhood,' 'Gone Girl'

Best Screenplay 2015: Oscar contenders include 'Budapest,' 'Boyhood,' 'Gone Girl'

Could the Coen brothers land their first nod for a film they didn't direct?

The screenplay races sort of go back and forth every couple of years as to which — original or adapted — is the most competitive. Typically the adapted field is tough to crack because it's full of Best Picture contenders leaping off best-sellers or historical tomes, but this year, the original race seems to be the most impenetrable for anything not bringing the absolute goods. Interesting.

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