<p>Baron Davis of &quot;Sin City Saints&quot;</p>

Baron Davis of "Sin City Saints"

Credit: Yahoo

Interview: 'Sin City Saints' star Baron Davis compares acting to playing under Mike Dunleavy

Is the Yahoo comedy star still hoping for an NBA comeback?

Somewhat lost amidst the hype about the return of "Community," Yahoo premiered the original basketball comedy "Sin City Saints" last week. 

Focusing on the hijinks surrounding an NBA team in Las Vegas, "Sin City Saints" has a strong cast that includes Malin Akerman, Toby Huss, Bruce from "Mixology," Tom Arnold and several former NBA players including Rick Fox and Baron Davis.

A couple weeks back I sat down to talk to Davis and Arnold in separate conversations about the new Yahoo comedy.

Baron Davis plays Billy Crane, a former NBA player who retired too young and decides to take one last shot at a comeback. Davis, of course, also retired young and there were links of media reports suggesting he was hoping to join the roster of an NBA playoff team. In our conversation, we also talked about Davis' personal dislike for practice and how that carries over to pretending to play basketball on TV.

In addition to his basketball career, Davis has been paying his dues in Hollywood for a while. He produced the Stacy Peralta documentary "Crips and Bloods: Made in America," among other projects. Most recently, through Indiegogo funding, Davis has been putting together "The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce," a documentary about the Compton summer league that he's also directing.

In the interview, Davis discusses his hopes for a comeback and his own experiences with dreadful NBA owners, which gets comedic treatment in "Sin City Saints," now available on Yahoo.

Check out the full Q&A and stay tuned for the Tom Arnold interview, which is kinda just a monologue or two about Las Vegas...

 

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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Monday's "Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: 'Night Shift,' 'Following' dip as ABC, NBC split Monday

ABC takes the night overall, while NBC wins among young viewers.

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 30, 2015.

"Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice" led the normal ABC and NBC Monday split. The only meaningful variations included drops for "Night Shift" and "The Following."

Also declining on Monday? "Scorpion," "Mike & Molly" and, well, most things.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>John Slattery of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>

John Slattery of "Mad Men"

Credit: AMC

Interview: 'Mad Men' star John Slattery reflects on Roger Sterling's journey

Slattery talks Robert Morse, directing and learning to recognize exposition

The following article contains a spoiler about the upcoming second half of the "Mad Men" season. It's not a big spoiler. It's about facial hair. But I feel like warning you anyway, given how secretive Matt Weiner and the "Mad Men" team are about even the least significant of spoilers.

The last seven "Mad Men" episodes begin to roll out on Sunday, April 5 and other than that facial hair spoiler, there's no point in trying to get anybody to talk about where things are headed. But we were able to talk about where we've been, so if you haven't seen the 2014 episodes, that's spoiled here.

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<p>Edward James Olmos of &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Edward James Olmos of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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Interview: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' guest star Edward James Olmos

The 'Battlestar' veteran has only cryptic hints about Agent Gonzalez

No stranger to taking command of a carrier on a sci-fi-tinged show, Edward James Olmos made his debut on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." last week.

We still don't know much about the "Battlestar Galactica" star's Agent Gonzalez, other than that he is apparently the head of The Real S.H.I.E.L.D., whatever that actually means.

I didn't get many answers in a brief conversation with the "Stand and Deliver" Oscar nominee last week. It was one of those things where a nine minute interview became a 7:30 interview, which was made shorter by the need to repeat several questions due to a problematic phone connection.

Still, I learned that Olmos has a long personal history with Marvel comics, which helped the producers woo him even though they couldn't tell him all of the secrets about Agent Gonzalez.

Regarding spoilers, the only tidbit of knowledge I gleaned was this: "When Agent Gonzalez laughs, the whole world laughs with him." Olmos told me to remember that, so you should probably remember it took. 

Think of this as just a little tease for Tuesday (March 31) night's "Marvel's Agents of S..H.I.E.L.D." 

Full -- relatively speaking -- Q&A after the break...

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<p>Walker</p>

Walker

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'Walking Dead' finale, 'Killing Jesus' draw big Sunday numbers

Latest Bill O'Reilly adaptation hits NatGeo highs, while zombies hit a finale high

The latest season finale of "The Walking Dead" and the premiere of National Geographic's "Killing Jesus" both delivered notable numbers on Sunday (March 29). 

[Insert facile resurrection/Zombie Jesus joke.]

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<p>Becki Newton of &quot;Weird Loners&quot;</p>

Becki Newton of "Weird Loners"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 274 - 'Younger,' 'American Odyssey'

Dan and Alan also talk 'Weird Loners,' 'The Mindy Project' and the return of 'Coach'

The

Happy Monday, Boys & Girls. 

It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

Because I'm traveling today, we recorded this on Friday, but we're posting it today to keep on our regular schedule. 

That means that we didn't talk at all about "The Walking Dead" and its finale, just as we haven't talked at all about the show this half-season. If you have any questions about "Walking Dead" and that second half, email us at FirewallIceberg@HitFix.com and we can get to that next podcast?

Even without "Walking Dead," we had plenty to talk about, including reviews for "Weird Loners," "Younger" and "American Odyssey," some spoiler-free pre-season "Mad Men" talk and  some chatter about the finale for "The Mindy Project." We also touched on the return of "Outlander" and NBC's bizarre resurrection of "Coach."

Next week's podcast? INSANITY! But that's off in the future...

Today's breakdown:
"Coach" Returns (00:01:15 - 00:11:35)
"Weird Loners" (00:11:45 - 00:20:55)
"Younger" (00:21:00 - 00:32:10)
"Outlander" (00:32:10 - 00:35:15)
"American Odyssey" (00:35:20 - 00:43:50)
Listener Mail: "Mad Men" return (00:43:55 - 01:00:05)
"Mindy Project" finale (01:00:10 - 01:08:55)

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>Haaz Sleiman of &quot;Killing Jesus&quot;</p>

Haaz Sleiman of "Killing Jesus"

Credit: National Geographic Channels/Kent Eanes

'Killing Jesus' star Haaz Sleiman talks crucifixion, spirituality and pressure

'The Visitor' star discusses playing Jesus on the NatGeo film's Morocco set

[Read my more exhaustive "Killing Jesus" set report here.]

OUARZAZATE, MOROCCO. It's late October in central Morocco and Haaz Sleiman is worried about crucifixion.

Because context is important, it should be noted that Sleiman is sitting in a tent on the set of National Geographic's "Killing Jesus" and he's playing Jesus. We're deep into production on the adaptation of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard book, but director Christopher Menaul has saved perhaps the hardest scene for late in the shoot.

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<p>Joaquin of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Joaquin of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Interview: Joaquin Souberbielle talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

Joaquin pitches his new reality show with buddy Rodney

Power couples rarely work out well on "Survivor" and power couplings certainly didn't work out well for Joaquin Souberbielle on "Survivor: Worlds Apart."

Joaquin started the season by volunteering for a leadership position on his White Collar tribe. He and second-in-command So told a fib about a secret Immunity clue, didn't find the Idol and So was the first player voted out this season. 

From there, Joaquin got to fly a bit under the radar until he formed another power couple in the shuffled Escameca tribe, forming an East Coast bond with Rodney. Unfortunately, Joaquin misjudged how much other people, particular swing-vote Sierra, distrusted Rodney and a majority alliance fell apart and Joaquin was sent packing.

Fortunately, Joaquin doesn't sound bitter about what went down.

He's got a pitch for a new Joaquin/Rodney reality show, he's full of mockery for Shirin and he's mighty annoyed that his tribe threw that last Immunity.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>&quot;Hieroglyph&quot;</p>

"Hieroglyph"

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John Rhys-Davies compares 'Hieroglyph' potential to 'Game of Thrones'

By now I hope you've read my full "Killing Jesus" report from the set in Morocco, a report that included a number of quotes from veteran John Rhys-Davies, an actor more than willing to offer retrospectives on the entirety of his entire career.

Well, it happens that that career includes an intriguing ordered-straight-to-series-and-the-cancelled-before-airing FOX drama named "Hieroglyph" and it happens that "Hieroglyph" also shot in Morocco. And Rhys-Davies actually brought up "that pilot for FOX" of his own volition.

"'13 on the air, we don't even need to see the pilot. It's gonna be that good.' Yeah, right," Rhys-Davies said, mocking the network's thought process. "So they screwed everybody's year up by postponing it and postponing it until absolutely five-minutes-to-five on the very last day they said, 'Uh, not gonna do now. No. Can't get scripts of the right quality.' By which time, everyone had cancelled everything else they were gonna be doing for the back part of the year and a lot of people were going, 'Agh.'"

As he notes, "Hieroglyph" was ordered to series, a first episode was shot, but then, after a management shift at FOX, the plug was pulled.

Since "Hieroglyph" has always amused and perplexed me, I asked him a key question: Did *he* think it was gonna be any good?

"I think so. I think we would have had maybe a couple of shaky episodes, as you do, till things settle down. You know, 'It's about this character and this character and their dynamic...' And actually that character works a bit better there and this character... It would have found its place. I think it was different," Rhys-Davies said. "Imagine 'Game of Thrones' set in ancient Egypt. I think it could have been quite remarkable. Could it have been done on budget? The thing is, when you inherit a show, when the guy who's said, 'Yes, this is what we're going to do,' leaves and goes to another network, you inherit his shows and the one thing that you do not want to do is inherit The Bay of Pigs. This is not a good thing to inherit. So every show has to be looked at with utter suspicion. 'Is this the bomb he has left behind that will ruin my reputation?' And it's part of that sort of politics that killed it as well. The cast was good. I think it could have been very sexy. Lovely production team. I like those writers. They could have delivered the goods."

So there you go.

"Killing Jesus" airs Sunday (March 29) on National Geographic.

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<p>Duke vs Utah</p>

Duke vs Utah

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TV Ratings: Sweet 16 leads CBS Friday, 'Grown Ups' tops 'Glee' finale

'Hart of Dixie' finale gets a tiny audience bump for The CW

Fast National ratings for Friday, March 27, 2015.

CBS got another decent night of NCAA Tournament coverage and dominated Friday primetime in all measures.

"Dateline"-driven NBC and "Shark Tank" repeat-led ABC finished second. ["Dateline" was apparently also a rebroadcast.]

FOX, meanwhile, aired the dreadful Adam Sandler movie "Grown Ups," which comfortably outdrew last week's "Glee" finale.

And speaking of finales, the "Hart of Dixie" finale may have given The CW a small uptick, though CW Friday numbers have a tendency to adjust down overall.

Let's get to the numbers...

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