<p>&quot;The Killing&quot;</p>

"The Killing"

Credit: AMC

'The Killing' will be back in August on Netflix

Joan Allen joins the cast for a military school-set mystery

Hallelujah, it's raining blood?

Yeah, probably not. 

On Thursday (April 24), Netflix officially at a late-summer premiere date for the fourth and final season of "The Killing."

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<p>Ty Burrell takes Sydney</p>

Ty Burrell takes Sydney

TV Ratings: 'Survivor' and 'Modern Family' lead, but FOX still tops Wednesday

'American Idol' is up week-to-week in all measures for FOX

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

"Survivor" was Wednesday night's top show overall, while "Modern Family" was the best among young viewers, but with "American Idol" posting week-to-week gains, FOX won the night in all measures.

With CBS and NBC mostly in repeats, the night was short on notables. "Suburgatory" retained most of its "Middle" lead-in, as "Mixology" squandered more than half of its "Modern Family" lead-in, but that's pretty much business as usual. And over on The CW, both "Arrow" and "The 100" were steady in the key demo, but down a hair overall.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Tony of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Tony of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Sitting in my Spy Shack'

After Tony's betrayal last week, will he ever recover?

Pre-credit sequence. Jefra is still trying to piece together what went down at the last Tribal. This could take a while. She asks Tony for his reasons. "You guys wouldn't understand where I'm coming from," Tony says. This works for Trish, who insists she isn't mad about being totally in the dark. "I still trust Tony and he still trusts me," Trish insists. Spencer knows that Tony is unpredictable and that he may not be useful for long. "The sooner we make a move against Tony, the better," Spencer says.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 6</p>

The "American Idol" Top 6

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 6 Performances - Country & Rock Night

The remaining Finalists take on songs from a pair of genres

We're down to six on "American Idol" and the singers are doing double-duty on Wednesday (April 23) night.

Alex, Jena, Caleb, CJ, Jessica and Sam will each sing one song dubbed "Country" and another song deemed "Rock." 

Two quick thoughts:

1) Dexter Roberts picked the wrong week to go home. If ever a theme would have helped ease Dexter along in his "Idol" genre, this would have been it.

2) For all of the Judges' Save thing, this week's theme seems to doom Sam Woolf, doesn't it? I continue to suspect that Jena, Caleb and Alex are in their own voting class. And of the remaining three singers, who can pretty much go home in any order as far as I'm concerned, two of them can be comfortably classed in a country-rock niche and the other one is Sam Woolf. Either we're about to see some impressive theme cheating from Sam, or else he's doomed before he begins.

Or is he?

Click through for the whole recap and just chime in!

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 227

Dan and Alan talk 'Community,' 'Mad Men' and and Reality TV

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! It's time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

On Tuesday's Firewall & Iceberg Video Show, we reviewed "Black Box," "Bad Teacher" and talked about recent episodes of "Scandal," "Parenthood" and "Game of Thrones."

That meant that the podcast included some news -- Amazon/HBO made a pact -- and Dan's Reality Roundup, as well as discussion of the "Community" finale and season, plus our usual "Mad Men" talk, which devolved in VERY strange ways at the end.

Today's breakdown:
Listener Mail: HBO/Amazon deal (00:1:10 -  00:8:50)
Listener Mail: Dan's Reality Roundup (00:08:55 - 00:21:00)
Listener Mail: Late-night homogeneity (00:21:00 - 00:25:45)
"Community" finale (00:25:50 - 00:39:05)
"Mad Men" (00:39:05 - 01:01:40)

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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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;About a Boy&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "About a Boy"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Voice' and CBS repeats lead Tuesday while 'Supernatural' rises sharply

Without a new 'NCIS,' 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' adds viewers

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

NBC's "The Voice" was down week-to-week, but it still combined with steady "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" to help the network win Tuesday in the key demo. Meanwhile, procedural repeats still dominated overall for CBS.

With "NCIS" airing repeats, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." got a solid audience bump, but was actually down from last week's 9 p.m. hour in the key demo.

There were a few other notables on a repeat-filled evening.

FOX's "The Mindy Project," which gets very little good news, actually built on last week's overall audience and maintained its demo number despite a "New Girl" repeat (and a weak new "Glee") as a lead-in. 

Meanwhile, The CW's "Supernatural" opened up what I'm assuming is its widest gap over "The Originals." "Supernatural" was actually up 37 percent in total viewers, but I'm told the only preemption was in Syracuse.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Keith Carradine of &quot;Fargo&quot;</p>

Keith Carradine of "Fargo"

Credit: FX

Interview: Keith Carradine talks 'Fargo' and a 'Deadwood' anniversary

Has the Oscar-winning 'Nashville' star become 'venerable' yet?

CALGARY - If actors aren't monitoring when there shows are celebrating their 10th anniversaries, I've taken it upon myself to inform them.

Like in January, Method Man didn't know that the 10th anniversary of "Method & Red" is coming up this summer, but I told him. And now he knows! Assuming he remembers. Which he probably doesn't.

And in March, on the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo," I told Keith Carradine about the 10th anniversary of "Deadwood." He hadn't known, but he's more likely than Method Man to remember.

And yes, I place the 10th anniversaries of "Method & Red" and "Deadwood" on the same plane.

Playing Lou Solverson, father of Allison Tolman's Molly Solverson, Carradine is part of the soulful core of "Fargo." Yes, there's a spiraling assortment of increasingly violent crimes, but there's also the relationship between a father, a former cop now living a safer life behind the counter of a diner, and the daughter who followed in her dad's footsteps, much to his chagrin.

It's a bond that hits home for Carradine, son of acting legend John Carradine, brother of Dave and Robert, father of Martha Plimpton. He knows what it's like to be part of a semi-reluctant professional lineage. 

In our interview, he talks about that personal tie to the material, as well as his relationship with relative newcomer Tolman. Carradine speculates on the point at which an actor becomes venerable and discusses his theory on the passing of time vis a vis the "Deadwood" anniversary.

It's a great chat.

Watch "Fargo" tonight on FX and check out the full Q&A below...

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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Monday's "The Blacklist"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: Strong 'Blacklist' hold leads NBC to Monday split

CBS comedies, FOX dramas are steady for the night

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 21, 2014.

It's almost certain to change in Final numbers, but at least in preliminary figures, NBC's "The Blacklist" retained nearly its entire key demo lead-in from "The Voice" and outdrew the singing competition as well, carrying NBC to a Monday split.

Among other notables, "Dancing with the Stars" helped ABC win Monday overall, FOX's dramas held steady, The CW's dramas added a few viewers and CBS' new comedy block retained well.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Allison Tolman of &quot;Fargo&quot;</p>

Allison Tolman of "Fargo"

Credit: FX

Interview: 'Fargo' star Allison Tolman discusses being the dark story's hero

Molly Solverson is more than a bumbling cop for the TV newcomer

CALGARY - One week ago, on the eve of the premiere of FX's "Fargo," most of the stories focused on Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, the biggest names associated with the semi-adaptation of the Coen Brothers' Oscar-winning film.

I certainly posted my own interviews with Thornton and Freeman, so I participated in that blizzard of hype.

Having already seen the pilot, I knew the secret of "Fargo," which is that while Thornton and Freeman have the showy parts -- and they're both terrific -- the actual hero of the twisted story of murder, blackmail and revenge is wet-behind-the-ears local cop Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman.

Of course, Thornton has an Oscar and Freeman is simultaneously Watson and Bilbo Baggins, while Tolman is a total newcomer, a Texas-born, Chicago-based actress who had been concentrating on writing and sketch comedy before "Fargo" came her way. 

But now, after "Fargo" delivered a solid premiere for FX last week, it seems like the right time to shine the spotlight on Tolman.

I sat down with Tolman on a sunny March day on the "Fargo" set in Calgary shortly before she settled in to shoot a prickly scene opposite co-star Bob Odenkirk, who plays a less capable member of the Bemidji PD. The balminess of the weather that day -- temperatures perked up above freezing for the first time in months -- steered the initial conversation before we discussed the strange circumstances of her landing the role, Tolman's approach to Molly's investigative capabilities and finding the proper balance of comedy and drama for that "Fargo"-flavored tone.

Click through for the full Q&A and check out the second episode of "Fargo" on Tuesday (April 22) night on FX...

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<p>America shunned poor Katharine McPhee in &quot;In My Dreams&quot;</p>

America shunned poor Katharine McPhee in "In My Dreams"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Amazing Race,' 'Good Wife' lead Sunday while 'Believe' and 'Cosmos' rise

ABC's 'In My Dreams' is another Hallmark Hall of Fame dud

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 20, 2014.

On a sluggish Easter Sunday, "The Amazing Race" helped CBS claim victory among young viewers, while "Good Wife" led the network to its usual overall victory.

Even though it was down week-to-week, ABC's "Once Upon a Time" was actually Sunday's top show in the key demographic, but Hallmark continued not to be a successful brand for ABC, as "In My Dreams" was the network's latest Hall of Fame flop.

"In My Dreams" took the place of spring success "Resurrection" and the lack of 9 p.m. hour competition helped both FOX's "Cosmos" and NBC's "Believe" post week-to-week gains.

Note that this was the rare Sunday without any sports overrun for CBS, which gives the rare opportunity to look at the semi-actual numbers for the network's Sunday shows.

On to the numbers...

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