<p>&quot;The Amazing Race&quot; hits Morocco</p>

"The Amazing Race" hits Morocco

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Morocc' and Roll'

Tanning, twirling and tea-pouring come into play, as does a U-Turn

I missed the monkey in Friday (October 24) night's episode of "The Amazing Race."

Before the episode, Phil Keoghan tweeted a picture with a money, so I was excited for a monkey, but rather than being a heavily featured monkey, there was apparently just a single monkey on a leash and I missed him. I caught the monkey in the odd Prego commercial that aired after the episode, but I sat in disappointment not noticing the Moroccan monkey who apparently appeared.

Sigh.

So Friday night was one big disappointment for me.

That's not entirely the fault of the "Amazing Race" episode, mind you. There was a good Detour and a nicely chaotic Roadblock, but is anybody else feeling like this season is slowly devolving into a mixture of unlikable teams and boring teams?

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

Analeigh Tipton of "Manhattan Love Story"

Credit: ABC

ABC reads America's thoughts, pulls 'Manhattan Love Story'

We have our first cancellation of the 2014-2015 season

If the main characters on ABC's "Manhattan Love Story" were able to learn the fate of ABC's "Manhattan Love Story," it might be fun to read their thoughts.

My hunch?

Peter: "Oh poop. Boobs."

Dana: "Oh poop. Purses."

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<p>Damian Lewis</p>

Damian Lewis

Credit: Joel Ryan/AP

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis will make 'Billions' on Showtime

'John Adams' and 'Homeland' veterans will shoot their pilot in early 2015

Showtime capped off a busy week of pilot casting by landing a pair of Emmy winners to topline its drama pilot "Billions."

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis will star in the pilot, which will shoot in New York City in early 2015.

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<p>Harold Perrineau</p>

Harold Perrineau

'Constantine' star Harold Perrineau discusses his 'warrior angel' and yelling 'Walt!'

'Lost' veteran discusses his angelic wings and his new NBC drama

Since he was first cast in NBC's "Constantine," Harold Perrineau has had a consistent refrain regarding his angelic new role: Manny, dapper winged consigliere to demon-busting Constantine, is no Clarence.

It's not a wonderful life in the world of "Constantine" and, in fact, it's Manny's responsibility to make it clear to the title character that dark days are coming and to impress upon Constantine the need to keep humanity on the map.

Earlier this week, Perrineau stopped by HitFix's video studio to discuss Manny's role in this universe, a role the actor has described as both "an angel of questionable intent" and also, in this interview, a "warrior angel." 

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<p>Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos</p>

Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos

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TV Ratings: Peyton Manning leads CBS Thursday, 'Murder' rises, 'A to Z' dips

'Scandal' and 'Grey's Anatomy' are also up for second place ABC

Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 23, 2014.

For the second time in five days, Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to victory and helped lead a network to primetime gold as CBS' Thursday Night Football cruised to victory in all measures.

Thursday night saw upticks for all three parts of ABC's Shonda Rhimes-dominated lineup, with a particular bump for "How To Get Away With Murder."

The news was less good over on NBC where "Bad Judge" slipped down to The Mulaney Line with a 1.0 key demo rating and "A to Z" dipped below The Line, a depth FOX's "Gracepoint" continues to inhabit. At least FOX can be pleased that "Gracepoint" didn't drop this week despite having a "Bones" repeat as a lead-in.

And, again, with both of the participating Thursday Night Football teams hailing from outside of the Eastern or Central time zones, CBS' numbers are predictably imprecise.

On to the numbers...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 253

Dan and Alan review 'Constantine' and talk finales for 'The Knick' and 'Manhattan'

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Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls!

Due to last week's onslaught of Vancouver set visits, I didn't have any time to catch up on a slew of established shows, which caused me to need to take the early part of this week for mini-binging. That's why we've got a slightly late Thursday installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

The two shows with the mini-binging were "The Knick" and "Manhattan," which both had their finales last weekend, so we cover those in some depth. We also reviewed NBC's "Constantine," which premieres on Friday.

And then we covered some of the big recent topics in TV news, including the early lack of cancellations and HBO and CBS' early pushes into a la carte streaming services.

Busy busy!

Next week's another busy one, so it's unclear if we're gonna podcast or not. It'll probably be Monday, or not at all! We'll see.

And now, here's today's breakdown:
"Constantine" (00:01:10 - 00:12:40)
Listener Mail - No Cancelations (00:13:00 - 00:31:35)
Listener Mail - "The Bridge" cancellation (00:31:40 - 00:37:25)
Listener Mail - HBO/CBS a la carte streaming (00:37:30 - 00:49:40)
"The Knick" finale (00:49:50 - 01:07:50)
"Manhattan" (01:07:50 - 01:20:00)

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.

<p>Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals</p>

Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals

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TV Ratings: World Series Game 2 leads FOX Wednesday, so-so 'The 100' return

'Black-ish' retains well, 'Stalker' is steady in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 22, 2014.

The Kansas City Royals won Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, equalizing the Fall Classic, while FOX coasted to primetime victory in all measures.

Once again, it's worth noting that these are time-period ratings and with one of the World Series cities on the West Coast, they're extra-inexact and preliminary.

Among Wednesday positives, "Black-ish" was up slightly in viewers from last week and continued its steady retention behind "Modern Family." Also remaining steady was "Stalker," which has barely dropped from its premiere among young viewers, though the overall number is threatening to fall below 7 million.

And over on The CW, "Arrow" was up week-to-week, but the season premiere of "The 100" could only equal last week's "Flash" encore in that slot, which isn't all that bad, but also isn't all that great. 

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jaclyn of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Jaclyn of "Survivor"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'Blood is Blood'

A Shuffle shakes things up for the remaining couples and singles

Pre-credit sequence. When we left off, Drew had just masterfully organized a conspiracy against himself and flawlessly executed his own elimination from the game. "Tribal was freakin' insane," says a perplexed Jon, vowing to do damage control. He goes to everybody and apologizes and says he'd have voted with them if they'd told him. The "You're either with me or against me" rant that the editors teased last week was actually Jon quoting Drew. Jeremy is pleased to be in the middle.

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<p>Katie Cassidy on Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

Katie Cassidy on Wednesday's "Arrow"

Credit: The CW

'Arrow' star Katie Cassidy teases Laurel's growth and destiny

How did the 'Harper's Island' veteran respond to early-season on-screen tragedy?

VANCOUVER, BC. It may not have happened the way comics fans initially expected, but Canary is coming. Or is she?

[Stop reading here if you fear all spoilers from the DC Comics Universe and you've been able to avoid those spoilers on TV's "Arrow." And stop reading if you haven't watched the third season's first two episodes of "Arrow."]

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<p>Malcolm woos Thea in last season&#39;s &quot;Arrow&quot; finale</p>

Malcolm woos Thea in last season's "Arrow" finale

Credit: The CW

'Arrow' stars John Barrowman and Willa Holland on their dysfunctional father-daughter bond

Wednesday's 'Corto Maltese' episode is a big one

VANCOUVER, BC. For most of the season's first two "Arrow" episodes, a pretty big question lingered: Where the heck are Thea Queen and her newly-revealed pop Malcolm Merlyn?

Viewers got at least a partial answer at the very end of last week's episode when we were whisked off to Corto Maltese -- a land most famous from Vicki Vale's award-winning series of photos -- and discovered that Thea has apparently been undergoing some intense martial arts training courtesy of dad and his minions.

The abrupt departure from Starling City was part of Thea's attempt to redefine herself after a grief-and-danger-filled season, but it remains to be seen who Thea will be when we see her next. It's doubtful that she'll just return to being Oliver Queen's club-operating sister, but is she on the path to be the latest incarnation of the classic Green Arrow sidekick known as Speedy?

Rest-assured that nobody involved wants to give any definitive answers, but on the Vancouver set of "Arrow" last week, stars Willa Holland and John Barrowman teased what we can expect from this week's episode, which focuses heavily on Thea and Malcolm, or at least on Oliver's quest to get Thea back.

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