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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 190

Dan and Alan talk 'House of Cards,' 'The Shield, 'Hill Street Blues' and more


Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! It's time for this week's installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
Despite not reviewing a single new show, we somehow still managed to get over 90 minutes this week. That includes a lot of time on our Summer Pilot Rewatch segment on "Hill Street Blues" and "The Shield" some Listener Mail and, because I finally got around to finishing it, a segment reflecting on the full run of "House of Cards."
No clue how the podcast got so long despite the paucity of new stuff, but that won't be a problem next week with "Orange Is The New Black," "Camp," "The Bridge" and "The Newsroom."
And, in honor of the return of Aaron Sorkin's new show, next week's Pilot Rewatch... "The West Wing." 
Here's today's breakdown:
Listener Mail - "Kitchen Confidential" (00:02:45 - 00:10:10)
Listener Mail - What "Under the Dome" means (00:10:10 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Favorite Guest performances (00:15:25 - 00:33:30)
"House of Cards" (00:33:50 - 55:30)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "Hill Street Blues"/"The Shield" (00:55:35 - 01:33:00)

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>Justin Timberlake</p>

Justin Timberlake

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Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead 2013 sales

Halfway through, who are the year's other big sellers?

Only one album has sold more than a million copies half-way through 2013 and that album is Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.”

While the biggest-selling album of 2013, so far, belongs to JT, the top-selling single honors go to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“The 20/20 Experience” has sold 2 million copies, while “Thrift Shop” has shifted 5.6 million units. This marks only the second year in SoundScan’s 22-year history that only one album had hit the million milestone in the first six months. The last time it happened? Last year...

The top 5 selling albums of 2013 so far are, in addition to “The 20/20 Experience,” Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (985,000), Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” (884,000), Blake Shelton’s “Based On A True Story...” (703,000) and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (692,000).  See Top 20 chart here.

The numbers only signify the copies sold since Jan. 1, 2013 but not the cumulative for an album that was released before then (for example, “Babel’s” tally since its release is 2.4 million).

Following “Thrift Shop,” the top-selling singles are Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess (3.5 million); Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” (3.4 million), Rihanna’s “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko (3.3 million), and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” (3.2 million).  See Top 20 chart here.

Album sales are down 6% over this time last year, while digital track sales fell  by 2%, according to Billboard.

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Fun. contemplates return to studio for follow-up to 'Some Nights'

But first comes headlining U.S. tour

Fun. is thinking about its next album, but before the trio follows up “Some Nights,” it has several nights to spend on the road.

“‘Some Nights’ was written and recorded in a two-month time period, and I think that’s one of the elements that made it successful as an album,” guitarist Jack Antonoff told Billboard. “It should be a documentation of a band in a moment, not a giant, three-year process. So the next album will be the same.”

Before the “We Are Young” group goes back into the studio, the band will be on tour throughout the rest of the summer. Its headlining Most Nights Summer Tour starts July 6 in Toronto.  Antonoff calls the outing “equal parts victory lap and a bridge to the next record.”

For now, Antonoff says there are “hints of a game plan” for the group’s third set, but nothing concrete. “I assume some time at the beginning of next year we’d like to be in the studio, but that all depends on when the feeling hits and when we have a concept that’s worthy,” he says. “Until then, we have the parameters of what the album really is, it’s hard to hone in on them and work specifically on it, and we’re not there yet.”

In the meantime, the band is working “Why Am I The One,” the fourth single from “Some Nights.”

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<p>Robin Thicke</p>

Robin Thicke

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Listen to Robin Thicke's new song, 'Give It 2 You' with Kendrick Lamar

Sample tracks from the full 'Blurred Lines' album

With “Blurred Lines” still in residence at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Robin Thicke has released a second song from his forthcoming album... and his obsession with his male member continues.

“Give It 2 You,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, is another booty call, though unlike the Marvin Gaye/Prince-influenced “Blurred Lines,” “Give” relies more on an electronic dance bed rather than ‘70s soul.

[More after the jump...]


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Kerry Washington secretly weds NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha

Kerry Washington secretly weds NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha

The "Scandal" star has been secretly dating the formerly all-pro cornerback, who now plays for the San Francisco 49ers, since last summer. According to E!, they wed in Idaho on June 24. Asomugha is no stranger to acting himself, having guest-starred on "Friday Night Lights," "Leverage" and "The Game."

Another "Big Brother" star loses her job over racist comments

GinaMarie Zimmerman, who was captured using the N-word in the house, has been dumped by her beauty pageant employer.

"America's Most Wanted's" John Walsh helps promote Shark Week
He wants to capture the killer of Snuffy the Seal.

Check out another "Veronica Mars" movie pic

Veronica with Vinnie Van Lowe.

The Situation loses his lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch
The "Jersey Shore" star sued over "The Fitchuation" T-shirt, accusing the clothing company of trying to capitalize on his name.

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"Bizarre ER"

 "Bizarre ER"

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Watch: Three severed limbs get reattached on 'Bizarre ER'

Two reattachments take - but one goes south

Like gross stuff? Then you'll be happy to know that the  fifth season of "Bizarre ER" is almost upon us. The award-winning program from Maverick TV is narrated by actor John Barrowman ("Scandal," "Torchwood") and features the compelling and downright strange cases of medical survival that come through hospital doors from both sides of the pond. "Bizarre ER" is set to premiere with back-to-back episodes Saturday, July 6 at 10 PM ET.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 190: 'House of Cards,' 'Hill Street Blues,' 'The Shield' & more

Dan and Alan also answer questions about 'Under the Dome,' guest performances' and Kitchen Confidential'


For a holiday week in which we didn't review a single new show, Dan and I somehow cooked up 90-plus minutes of Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for your Independence Day enjoyment, including a dip into the mailbag, a belated discussion of "House of Cards" season 1, and a double-length pilot discussion of "Hill Street Blues" and "The Shield."  Next week's homework: "The West Wing." 

The lineup:

Listener Mail - "Kitchen Confidential" (00:02:45 - 00:10:10)
Listener Mail - What "Under the Dome" means (00:10:10 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Favorite Guest performances (00:15:25 - 00:33:30)
"House of Cards" (00:33:50 - 55:30)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "Hill Street Blues"/"The Shield" (00:55:35 - 01:33:00)
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>Robin Thicke</p>

Robin Thicke

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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' makes it 4 weeks atop Billboard Hot 100

Thicke continues to block Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' out of the top spot

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell holds at No. 1 for the fourth week on the Billboard Hot 100, but that’s not where the good news ends: the song also becomes the first in six months to sell in excess of 400,000 downloads in successive weeks.

Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell holds at No. 2 (making it another in the long list of very popular songs that gets locked out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100).

Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” refuses to stop in its march up the charts, as it rises 5-3 to make it Cyrus’s second-biggest Hot 100 hit behind 2009’s “Party In the U.S.A.,” which peaked at No. 2, according to Billboard.

Imagine Dragon’ “Radioactive” slips 3-4, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton creeps back up into the Top 5, inching 6-5.

In a week that sees no newbies entering the Top 10, Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” featuring Nelly, drives down two, 4-6. Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” holds at No. 7, as does Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” at No. 8.  Selena Gomez’s” Come & Get It” stays at No. 9 and Ariana Grande’s “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller,” rebounds into the Top 10, rising 11-10, one spot shy of its No. 9 peak.

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David Duchovny signs on for Comic-Con's "X Files" 20th-anniversary reunion

David Duchovny signs on for Comic-Con's "X Files" 20th-anniversary reunion
He'll be joined at the July 18 event by Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson. PLUS: "Sherlock" and "Orphan Black" will be at Comic-Con.

Kaley Cuoco & Henry Cavill: Here's your 1st look at the "Big Bang"-Superman couple

They were spotted this week going on a hike.

"Bunheads" still hasn't been canceled, but the sets have been torn down
ABC Family is seeing better numbers from new entries "Twisted" and "The Fosters," yet the cable network hasn't axed "Bunheads," which is a reason for some optimism.

NYC yanks permit allowing Jay-Z to perform on Letterman's marquee

The July 9th performance has been canceled. "The mayor’s office approved it, and then just like that, it got denied," a police source tells the NY Post, adding that cops were concerned about the potential for terrorism and the logistical nightmare of such a large crowd.

"Criminal Minds" books Camryn Manheim

She'll appear in the two-part season premiere.

Jason Sudeikis hints at "SNL" exit, says he had nothing to do with Jay Pharoah's tweet deletion

Without saying whether he's gone, Sudeikis responded to Pharoah's tweet that he was leaving, and adds of "SNL": "It's an emotional journey getting through a season, much less the final one."

"To Catch a Predator's" Chris Hansen's ex-mistress pens open letter about their affair

Former TV newswoman Kristyn Caddell claims she was fooled into thinking Hansen's marriage was miserable.

Ex-"SNL" intern sues

A former "SNL" intern and a former MSNBC intern are suing NBC Universal in the latest lawsuit revolving around overworked interns who aren't paid.

Watch a preview of "Sharknado"
Syfy's sharks meets tornados film debuts July 11.

Sandra Lee releases her first novel

The Food Network star's "The Recipe Box" is a romance novel.

Adam Carolla proposes to Jimmy Kimmel in honor of Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling
When Carolla proposed and Kimmel said he was already engaged, Carolla responded: "That skinny blonde bitch? I thought that was your Pilates instructor!"

David Hasselhoff: Convenience store pitchman
Watch his new music video for Cumberland Farms.

Rebecca Romijn is still called "Stamos"

"Oh my God, it happened to me last night!!" says Romijn, who divorced John Stamos eight years ago and married Jerry O'Connell in 2007.

Here are July 4th TV marathons

From "Pawn Stars" to "Food Network Star." PLUS: MTV to celebrate "Music Independence Day" on Thursday.

Beverley Mitchell shows off her baby

Check out the "7th Heaven" star and her four-month-old.

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<p>Justin Timberlake of &quot;Runner, Runner&quot;</p>

Justin Timberlake of "Runner, Runner"

Justin Timberlake dishes on the set of 'Runner, Runner'

Star talks R-ratings, character changes, Puerto Rico and more
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - The cast and crew of "Runner, Runner" have found an oasis in the otherwise downtrodden La Perla neighborhood. 
Up a steep hill -- I shudder to think of how the heavier parts of production navigated the tight and inclined alleyways of an area not designed for car or truck travel -- in what appears to just be the backyard of one of the area's nicer -- "Nicer" being a relative term -- the film has constructed a restaurant. In the background, extras pretend to eat and converse and make signs of mimed laughter, all having a terrific time sotto voce. Even further back, some patrons gyrate, dancing to music that isn't there. 
The relative silence is an accommodation for stars Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton. They're trying to have an important conversation, darnit. Timberlake's Richie, a former college student who becomes wrapped up in the murky world of off-shore gambling and online poker, and Arterton's Rebecca, a somewhat mysterious woman with ties to this semi-legal world, are having a getting-to-know-you dinner. They may be flirting. She may be trying to con him. He may be trying to work her for information. They may be flirting and conning and working all at once.
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<p>Gemma Arterton and Justin Timberlake of &quot;Runner, Runner&quot;</p>

Gemma Arterton and Justin Timberlake of "Runner, Runner"

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Set Visit: 'Runner, Runner' weathers storms and slums in Puerto Rico

Justin Timberlake/Ben Affleck thriller opens in September
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - Nestled between the historic city wall of Old San Juan and a rocky promontory into the Atlantic, La Perla is one of the more picturesque ghettos in the world. 
Originally build up in the late 19th century as a place-of-exile for variably non-desirable aspects of San Juan society -- cemeteries, housing for former slaves, refuges for the homeless and a slaughterhouse -- La Perla developed a reputation for crime and danger, an image built partially on fact and partially on the neighborhood's intended isolation from the main city. Today, asking San Juan natives about La Perla can get either graphic stories of violence, police apathy and DEA raids or else blank stares. 
But, like I said, there's beauty here and not just from the white-capped waves breaking on the shore, or even the Santa Maria Magdalena Cementery, in which the dead have a place of honor, a flower-studded outlook onto the ocean, and the living need only tip-toe through the eastern side of La Perla's gates to pay tribute to their departed loved ones.
The houses, stacked one on top of the other, crawling up the hill as if hoping for egress themselves, are vibrantly colored, creating a mosaic of purples and yellows and hot pinks. The architecture is diverse as well, with traditional archways sharing space with vast walls of block glass, a remnant of '80s style that leads me to pretend abodes were once the residences of towering criminals brought down by Crockett and Tubbs, never to return again. Rusted satellite dishes teeter atop the corrugated green roofs, but otherwise it could be almost any year in La Perla. Poverty is timeless. 
Although there's a strong law enforcement presence on the outside of the wall, I talk to denizens who say that the police mostly leave La Perla on its own, though those stories don't jibe with stories that speak of recent attempts at a cultural renaissance in the neighborhood, which has also been an enclave for "artistic types" over the years.
It's August of 2012 and, at this moment, La Perla is positively swarming with a different assortment of artistic types, specifically a Hollywood movie production. Directed by Brad Furman ("The Lincoln Lawyer") and starring Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton, the online gambling thriller "Runner, Runner" has taken over. 
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James Gandolfini's $70M estate will mostly go to his 13-year-old son

James Gandolfini's $70M estate will mostly go to his 13-year-old son
Gandolfini's 8-month-old daughter Liliana and widow will also get a large amount of "The Sopranos" star's assets.

Paula Deen's magazine will keep publishing
Cooking With Paula Deen's publication won't be suspended, said Deen's magazine publisher.

CBS says it does not condone "Big Brother" stars' racist and homophobic comments
As it's done previous, the network said: "We certainly find the statements made by several of the Houseguests on the live Internet feed to be offensive." PLUS: "Big Brother" model loses her job over her offensive comments.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech will be commemorated in a PBS documentary
"March on Washington" will air Aug. 27, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the famous speech.

Watch Prince Charles voice a Dalek on the "Doctor Who" set
Charles and Camilla visited the "Who" set today, and he got to yell "Exterminate!"

John Barrowman weds
The "Torchwood" star married his longtime partner, Scott Gill.

"24" and "Sopranos" alum Louis Lombardi joins "Lost Angels"

He'll play one of Mickey Cohen's men on the Frank Darabont TNT drama.

"America's Got Talent" hits another season low
The NBC reality show nabbed 9.32 million viewers last night and beat "Big Brother."

Netflix expands its PBS programming
"Nova," "Secrets of the Dead" and several Ken Burns documentary will soon be available to stream, as well as several kids shows.

LeAnn Rimes shows off her "Anger Management" lingerie
Rimes tweeted her on-set experience throughout Tuesday.

"Luther" returns in UK to its lowest premiere viewership
About five million watched the Season 3 premiere on BBC.

Check out a "Dexter"-inspired cake
With Dexter Morgan wrapped in plastic.

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