Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 256

Dan and Alan review 'State of Affairs' and 'The Missing' and talk 'Gotham' and 'Homeland'

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.

It's time for a bits-n-pieces installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

We've got some reviews -- "State of Affairs" and "The Missing."

We've got some check-ins -- "Homeland" and "Gotham."

And we answered some mail, which let us discuss "Too Many Cooks," which is what you're really listening for anyway.

Here's today's breakdown:
"The Missing" (00:00:50 - 00:09:10)
"State of Affairs" (00:09:10 - 00:18:25)
Listener Mail: "Too Many Cooks" (00:18:35 - 00:28:45)
Listener Mail: Critics' Poll Predictions (00:28:55 - 00:36:00)
Listener Mail: Shared narrative universes (00:36:00 - 00:42:15)
"Homeland" check-in (00:42:15 - 00:50:50)
"Gotham" check-in (00:50:50 - 01:10:35)

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<p>Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Blacklist' midseason finale helps NBC split Monday as 'Gotham,' 'Scorpion' dip

'Dancing with the Stars' leads ABC to another overall win

Fast National ratings for Monday, November 10, 2014.

NBC got a small bump for the midseason and time period finale for "Blacklist," as the network ruled Monday among young viewers. ABC remained dominant overall, though, paced by "Dancing with the Stars" and "Castle."

Other Monday variations were just the usual hiccups and fluctuations, with "Gotham" and "Scorpion" both dipping a little and The CW's "The Originals" and "Jane the Virgin" rising. It was, in fact, the most watched "Originals" episode of the season.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Misha Collins on the &quot;Supernatural&quot; red carpet</p>

Misha Collins on the "Supernatural" red carpet

Credit: Daniel Fienberg/HitFix

'Supernatural' 200th episode reflections from Misha Collins, Felicia Day and more

Mark Sheppard and Genevieve Padalecki also reflect on the milestone episode

VANCOUVER, BC. To recap, back in October I worked the red carpet at a special 200th episode gala in Vancouver for The CW's "Supernatural."

Last night, I posted my red carpet Q&As with series creator Eric Kripke, plus long-time EP Robert Singer and slight-less-tenured EP Adam Glass.

Now it's time for my interviews with the assortment of beloved "Supernatural" supporting players who attended the 200th episode party, actors who may not have been around for the duration of the show, but have made their marks in different ways.

That certainly includes Misha Collins, whose Castiel didn't arrive until the fourth "Supernatural" season, but has played a key role in the move to shift the drama from its monster-of-the-week format to the higher Heaven-and-Hell stakes that have characterized its later years. 

Showing up a season later was Crossroads demon Crowley, played by Mark Sheppard. Thanks to "Supernatural," "Doctor Who," "Battlestar Galactica" and "The X Files," few actors have the body of cult-favorite work accumulated by Sheppard.

So I talked with both Collins and Sheppard about their role in the longevity of "Supernatural."

Genevieve Padalecki may only have appeared in 12 episodes as Ruby, taking over the role in the fourth season from Katie Cassidy, but she also married Jared Padalecki in 2010, giving her a unique perspective on the "Supernatural" phenomenon.

And while Felicia Day's Charlie Bradbury has only been in four episodes thus far (with another on the day), few performers are more tapped into the world of online phenomena, which "Supernatural" surely is, than the woman behind "The Guild" and other Internet ventures.

So check out my Q&As with Misha Collins, Felicia Day, Mark Sheppard and Genevieve Padalecki below. And remember that the 200th "Supernatural" episode airs on Tuesday, November 11.


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<p>&quot;Evil Dead&quot;</p>

"Evil Dead"

Starz orders 'Evil Dead' series starring Bruce Campbell

'Ash Vs. Evil Dead' will premiere in 2015

Strap on your chainsaw arm and get ready for the return of Ash.

Starz announced on Monday that it has ordered a series version of "Evil Dead," a project announced by Sam Raimi back at San Diego Comic-Con in July. 

The 10-episode order for "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" is full of intriguing elements.

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<p>Packers QB Aaron Rodgers</p>

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

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TV Ratings: Green Bay Packers' rout leads NBC Sunday domination

NFL helps 'The Simpsons' rise for 'Futurama' crossover

Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 9, 2014.

The Green Bay Packers handed the Chicago Bears one of the worst losses in franchise history and helped Sunday Night Football and NBC dominate the primetime competition.

With NBC in control despite the lopsided score, the other networks were mostly within normal ranges on Sunday. 

ABC, for example, saw "Resurrection" drop a little and "Revenge" rise a bit, week to week, while NFL overrun gave a boost to FOX's entire lineup, from "The Simpsons" crossover with "Futurama" through to "Mulaney." [It would be downright silly to suggest that the "Futurama" crossover played much role in the week-to-week bump for "The Simpsons," but others may do so if they choose.]

All ratings are, of course, preliminary and likely to change with NBC, FOX and CBS, preempted 17 minutes in several major markets, all impacted by live football.

On to the numbers...

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<p>The &quot;Supernatural&quot; 200th Episode Party</p>

The "Supernatural" 200th Episode Party

Credit: Daniel Fienberg/HitFix

'Supernatural' creator Eric Kripke and producers celebrate 200 episodes

Robert Singer and Adam Glass also reflect on the milestone episode

VANCOUVER, BC. Three weeks ago, I had a position on the 200th Episode Gala red carpet for The CW's "Supernatural," a little-show-that-could that has gone from being seemingly near cancellation a few years ago to taking a regular place as one of the network's steadiest hits. 

Over the course of nearly two hours of red carpet time, I had swift and efficient conversations with many of the people who make the '67 Impala that is "Supernatural" hum and purr.

I talked with stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, who have anchored "Supernatural" from the beginning, but also with co-stars including fan favorites Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard and Internet favorite Felicia Day, plus a trio of writers and producers.

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With the 200th "Supernatural" episode airing on Tuesday (November 11), I'll be running those quick Q&As in three parts, starting this this series of red carpet chats with a slew of the key creative forces from "Supernatural" past and present.

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<p>Julie McGee considers quitting on &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Julie McGee considers quitting on "Survivor"

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Interview: Julie McGee talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

'Survivor' quitter talks trail mix, John Rocker, Jeff Probst and more

"Survivor" fans almost never respond well to players who quit the game, but in my experiences doing weekly exit interviews, I've talked to many players who voluntarily departed and I've heard almost no second-guessing. 

You might expect that reflecting on the decision to quit months after-the-fact on a full stomach and a regular sleep schedule might lead to regrets, but that has yet to be the case.

Julie McGee, who left "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" at the end of this week's episode, is similarly comfortable with her decision. At the time, she missed boyfriend John Rocker and felt alienated from her tribe after controversy involving trail mix and, months later, she's fine with what she did. 

She's not necessarily fine with the way "Survivor" depicted the events around her exit, preferring to emphasize that she only had bits and pieces of trail mix in her bag and not a cache of snacks, but Julie sounds like she's at peace with the rest. She's still annoyed with Alec. She's still doubtful about Missy's sincerity. And although she wishes the editing hadn't made her sound like she felt the other castaways disliked her because of her prettiness, she knows the things that were said about her. 

Click through for the full Q&A with Julie McGee...

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<p>Matt Ryan of &quot;Constantine&quot;</p>

Matt Ryan of "Constantine"

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TV Ratings: 'Grimm,' 'Amazing Race' rise amidst normal Friday split

'Constantine' is up a little, while 'Last Man Standing' opens a lead over 'Cristela'

Fast National ratings for Friday, November 7, 2014.

After a week of Halloween-depressed numbers last Friday, many shows bounced back a little this week, including "Grimm," "Constantine," "The Amazing Race" and even "America's Next Top Model."

All the tiny fluctuations had no impact on the Friday bottom line, which continued to be an easy "Blue Bloods"-led overall win for CBS and an easy "Shark Tank"-led key demo win for ABC.

One thing to watch if you care about such things: The gap between "Last Man Standing" and ABC's new comedy "Cristela" was very small through their first month, but there's beginning to be some air between the two shows.

Oh and FOX's "MasterChef Junior" encore did, indeed, beat last week's new "Utopia."

On to the numbers...

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<p>Dale Wentworth has his torch snuffed on &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Dale Wentworth has his torch snuffed on "Survivor"

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Interview: Dale Wentworth talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

Dale's pissed off about Jeff Probst giving Hunahpu rice

Because of travel last week, I didn't get to do my "Survivor" recap until Friday and I didn't get to do my "Survivor" exit interview until Tuesday and I'm only posting it tonight, which probably means that I already need to remind people who Dale Wentworth even was.

It's not that Dale didn't do interesting things. 

Kelley's father started fire with his glasses, orchestrated Nadiya's elimination by referencing "Amazing Race" precedent, bickered with Missy about rice and made a semi-valiant attempt to save his hide with the use of a Fake Immunity Idol.

It's just that when "Survivor" moves on, it's sometimes hard to remember the people left behind. Fans are already on to being up-in-arms about this week's departed castaway and that unapologetic exit interview will be posting tomorrow.

In my conversation with Dale we chatted about his difficulties swaying his tribe to focus on somebody else instead of him, we talked about fire-making and we discussed eating too much rice on "Survivor." Dale had a lot to say about Jeff Probst's rice deal with Hunahpu and since I'm in total agreement with him, I was happy to let him go on.

Click through for the full Q&A and stay tuned for another exit interview tomorrow...

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

"The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - ' Pretty Fly For a Food Scientist'

The teams head to Sicily for the show's 300th Leg

Happy 300th Leg to "The Amazing Race."

No, that doesn't mean this was the 300th episode of "The Amazing Race." By my count, it was only 296, but... Oh, I'm not going to bother trying to figure it out.

"The Amazing Race" celebrated this semi-arbitrary milestone in predictable fashion with a Leg that featured a fantastic Roadblock, an interestingly misgauged Detour, some beautiful Sicilian scenery, an opening 20 minutes of filler and...

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