FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 1 - HitFix Picks
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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 1 - HitFix Picks

Which early 'Simpsons' episodes are we looking forward to catching up on?

On Thursday (August 21) morning at 10 a.m. ET, FXX is going to begin its Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, a showcase for 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie."

That's a lot of episodes and if you're a "Simpsons" neophyte, you may be intimidated by the sheer avalanche of yellow-tinged animation. 

Fortunately, we're here to help. The individual fans on Team HitFix are weighing in on one or two episodes per day until even we may collapse under the avalanche of comedic greatness.

And, since we know that nobody can watch 48 episodes per day and remain sane, we'll also recommend an episode or two that you might be able to skip each day if you need to shower, take a quick nap or show love to members of your family. 

Check out our recommendations and chime in with your own favorites...

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' sets its October premiere date
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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' sets its October premiere date

Michael Chiklis is the big name joining the '50s carnival season

We always knew that the latest installment of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's "American Horror Story" would have an October premiere. All three prior installments did, so why should this one be any different?

Now, however, we have an actual premiere date for "American Horror Story: Freak Show."

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 242

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

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

"Madam Secretary"

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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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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;America&#39;s Got Talent&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "America's Got Talent"

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TV Ratings: Dipping 'America's Got Talent' leads NBC Tuesday, CBS repeats rise

CBS is a close second overall, but can't compete in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

With "America's Got Talent" carrying NBC to victory in all measures, Tuesday's other very minor notables included an audience bump for CBS' "NCIS" repeat and a drop for ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss."

NBC's "Food Fighters" got a tiny audience bump, while ABC's "20/20: From Hell" special attracted little interest.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;MasterChef&quot;</p>

"MasterChef"

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TV Ratings: 'American Ninja Warrior,' 'MasterChef,' 'Under the Dome' lead Monday

The CW had its best Monday since 2011

Fast National ratings for Monday, August 18, 2014.

As usual, "American Ninja Warrior," "MasterChef" and "Under the Dome" were among the Monday night standouts, as NBC, CBS and FOX were all able to claim little bits and pieces of primetime victory.

Meanwhile, the season premiere of "America's Next Top Model" wasn't especially high, but it combined with a pair of strong "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" episodes to help The CW to its best Monday overall since December 2011. This is reflective mostly on what The CW has programmed on Mondays over the years, but so it goes.

When it comes to Monday notables, "Running Wild," "American Ninja Warrior" and "Mistresses" were all down a little, while "MasterChef" and "Hotel Hell" both rose a hair.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Cam Newton</p>

Cam Newton

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TV Ratings: NFL preseason gets FOX preliminary Sunday win

'Big Brother' leads CBS to total viewers win

Fast affiliate ratings for Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Pre-season football and "Big Brother" led to a split in Sunday night's early ratings, with FOX winning the night among young adults, while CBS had the most overall viewers. Keep in mind, much of this is likely to change due to the live nature of football.

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<p>&quot;A to Z&quot;</p>

"A to Z"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'A to Z'

Already available online, this rom-com gets by on likability not humor

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>Uzo Aduba</p>

Uzo Aduba

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2014 Creative Arts Emmy Winners include 'Sex,' 'Scandal' co-stars

'True Detective,' 'Sherlock' and 'Orange Is The New Black' all have big nights

The first round of 2014 Emmy Awards were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday (August 16) night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. 

The ceremony, which precedes the Monday, August 25 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, offered signs of hope for a number of drama and comedy hopefuls.

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<p>Analeigh Tipton of &quot;Manhattan Love Story&quot;</p>

Analeigh Tipton of "Manhattan Love Story"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Manhattan Love Story'

'America's Next Top Model' favorite Analeigh Tipton deserves better

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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