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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' gets an Oct. 8 premiere date

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” gets an Oct. 8 premiere date
FX also announced a description of this season: "The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike…" PLUS: Watch the latest creepy teaser.

Winona Ryder, Jon Bernthal, Alfred Molina join David Simon’s HBO miniseries
Ryder will play the City Council president on "Show Me a Hero,” while Molina will play a fellow City Council member. “The Walking Dead’s” Bernthal will play a Harvard-trained lawyer.

Nick Offerman shares his “Simply Genius Shower Thoughts”
Check out the “Parks and Rec” star’s new series for Mashable.

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<p>Mira Sorvino in Intruders</p>

Mira Sorvino in Intruders

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 242: Emmy predictions, 'Friday Night Lights' & more

Dan and Alan also review Netflix's "BoJack Horseman" and BBC America's "Intruders"


Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! It's a relatively slow time in the TV world, but we still had plenty to talk about, thanks to the Emmys taking place a month early due to NBC's football commitments, thanks to a couple of oddball premieres on Netflix and BBC America, and thanks to us choosing to discuss 3 — count 'em — episodes of "Friday Night Lights" in one sitting. (We'll do episodes 10 & 11 for next week's show.)

The rundown:

"BoJack Horseman" (00:01:10 - 00:09:15)
"Intruders" (00:09:20 - 00:18:40)
The 2014 Emmy Awards (00:18:45 - 00:37:30)
Listener Mail: Writing Credits (00:37:45 - 43:50)
"Friday Night Lights" Season 2 Rewatch (00:43:55 - 01:24:00)

As always, send questions to 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.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 242

Dan and Alan discuss 'Intruders,' 'BoJack Horseman' and the Emmys


Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! I was traveling yesterday, so it's time for a slightly delayed installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. 

Fortunately, there was nothing timely that we missed yesterday, but we have reviews for Netflix "BoJack Horseman" and BBC America's "Intruders," which premiere on Friday and Saturday, respectively. We preview the Emmys a little and we also answered a piece of Listener Mail about writer credits.

And we have a trio of "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 episodes to celebrate this week, including "Pantherama!," "Seeing Other People" and "The Confession," which we discussed in a lengthy and amorphous blob.

Today's breakdown:
"BoJack Horseman" (00:01:10 - 00:09:15)
"Intruders" (00:09:20 - 00:18:40)
The 2014 Emmy Awards (00:18:45 - 00:37:30)
Listener Mail: Writing Credits (00:37:45 - 43:50)
"Friday Night Lights" Season 2 ReWatch (00:43:55 - 01:24:00)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 


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


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Tony Shalhoub joins 'Nurse Jackie'

Tony Shalhoub joins “Nurse Jackie”
The “Monk” alum will recur as an ER doctor who befriends Nurse Jackie.

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Jay Leno on Robin Williams: 'He was a guy I would have liked to have grown old with'

Jay Leno on Robin Williams: "He was a guy I would have liked to have grown old with”
“It would have been fun to be 87 or 88 with him,” says Leno, who’s one year older than Williams. "I look at Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks and I go, 'How much fun will that be for Jerry (Seinfeld) and I and Robin and all the other guys when we get older to tell lies about how famous we used to be.' And I realize now I'll never have that opportunity with Robin.”

Ian Somerhalder shares his first Season 6 “Vampire Diaries” pics of Damon
“Did he eat Bonnie?”

"SNL" alum Horatio Sanz: Will Ferrell helped George W. Bush with his likable impression
In the “SNL” updated oral history book, Sanz blames Lorne Michaels and former head political writer Jim Downey, who leans conservative, for “SNL” appearing too neutral, or too soft on the right. He also thinks Ferrell’s impression influenced how voters saw Bush. "You know, if Will hadn't done that impression, or at least made him likable, it may have tipped it the other way,” he says. "I honestly think so. We made up for it. I think Tina's impression basically killed Sarah Palin.” PLUS: Obama rejected a sketch about racial profiling.


Dan Patrick’s “Sports Jeopardy!” debuts on Crackle on Sept. 24
The Sony-owned digital network has ordered 52 episodes.

Al Roker turns 60, gets offered a White House job from Vice President Biden
“Look,” said Biden, "if I were running the administration or the next one, I’d have you in it. I mean, what the hell?”

ABC’s “Selfie” can be watched on Twitter
The pilot has also been available in a tweet.

DirecTV renews Neil LaBute’s “Full Circle”
The relationship drama will be back for a 10-episode 2nd season.

“Cosmos” has become a hit among stoners
The four-time Emmy winner from Seth MacFarlane has become huge in the marijuana-consuming world.

Kathy Griffin joins forces with the Zingbot to roast “Big Brother” contestants
Watch a preview of tonight’s episode.

“House of Cards” alum Rachel Brosnahan joins “The Dovekeepers”
She’ll play a key role in the four-hour miniseries from Roma Downey and Mark Burnett about four women at the siege of Masada.

“Jersey Shore’s” Ronnie & Sammi are officially over
"We were drifting apart and not really spending any time together,” says Ronnie Ortiz-Magro.

“20/20’s” Elizabeth Vargas is headed for divorce
As she heads back to rehab, Vargas is reportedly dealing with her family falling apart.

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<p>Lizzy Caplan in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."

Credit: Showtime

Emmy Predictions 2014: Outstanding comedy/drama lead actress

Can anyone beat Julia Louis-Dreyfus? Will Claire Danes threepeat?

Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting.

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CBS will show 'Madam Secretary’s' pilot twice in 1 night

CBS will show “Madam Secretary’s” pilot twice in 1 night
Due to an NFL delay, “Madam Secretary” will debut before and after “The Good Wife."

NBC's “Working the Engels” canceled
The U.S.-Canadian summer family comedy has been yanked in favor of new “Welcome to Sweden” episodes.

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<p>&quot;Madam Secretary&quot;</p>

"Madam Secretary"

Credit: CBS

CBS doubles 'Madam Secretary' premiere to combat NFL delay

Tea Leoni drama is being protected from scheduling uncertainty

Well, this is one way to keep your new show from getting lost amidst an inevitable Sunday primetime delay.

CBS announced on Wednesday (August 20) that next month's "Madam Secretary" premiere will get a same-night encore to combat inevitable confusion caused by an NFL doubleheader.

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Showtime renews 'Masters of Sex' and 'Ray Donovan'

Showtime renews “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan”
Both sophomore shows will be back for Season 3.

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

Showtime renews 'Masters of Sex' & 'Ray Donovan' for season 3

Both series to return with 12-episode runs next year

The cable drama renewals just keep on coming. A few hours after AMC announced a second season of "Halt and Catch Fire," and a day after "Rectify" and "The Strain" got renewed, Showtime has ordered third seasons of both "Masters of Sex" and "Ray Donovan." Both shows will be back next year with 12-episode seasons, and are each halfway through their second seasons.

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Billy Crystal will speak in tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys

Billy Crystal will speak in tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys
At last year’s Emmys, Robin Williams spoke in tribute to Jonathan Winters. PLUS: Sara Bareilles will provide the "In Memoriam" music.

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Read an excerpt from 'SNL’s' updated oral history: Sarah Palin hated being portrayed as an 'idiot'

Read an excerpt from “SNL’s” updated oral history: Sarah Palin hated being portrayed as an “idiot”
In "Live From New York” by Tom Shales and James Miller, which adds 200 pages to the 2002 book, Palin says: "I know that they portrayed me as an idiot, and I hated that, and I wanted to come on the show and counter some of that...If I ran into Tina Fey again today, I would say: 'You need to at least pay for my kids' braces or something from all the money that you made off of pretending that you're me! My goodness, you capitalized on that! Can't you contribute a little bit? Jeez!’"

Discovery orders "Bear Grylls: Breaking Point”
Grylls’ new show will help everyday people overcome their biggest fears.

“Saved by the Bell” first aired 25 years ago today
Here are 25 things you never knew about the show that originated from "Good Morning, Miss Bliss.” PLUS: Here are some “Saved” guest-stars, from "Punky Brewster "to Tara Reid.

Bryan Cranston autographs a baseball as “Walter White”
“I can use a guy like you,” the former “Breaking Bad” star wrote in his autograph for pitcher Brian Wilson at last night’s Dodger game.

Connie Britton takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The “Nashville” star nominated her former roommate, Lauren Graham. PLUS: TMZ staffers gleefully dump ice water on Harvey Levin.

“Conan” is devoting an entire episode to bloopers
Thursday’s episode is being dubbed the “scrapisode."

“Parks and Rec” bringing back Megan Mullally and Natalie Morales
Tammy 2 and Tom Haverford’s ex will be part of the final season.

Jimmy Fallon beats Pierce Brosnan in "GoldenEye 007”
The former James Bond was easily beaten in the classic Nintendo game.

Another Duggar is on the way
Recently married "19 Kids and Counting” star Jill Duggar is pregnant.

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