Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 211

Dan and Alan discuss 'Getting On,' 'Walking Dead' and The Future

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It's time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg. 
 
For this week? We're business-as-usual.
 
Next week, however, things may start to change. We kick off this podcast by explaining the shape of things to come.
 
Then we review HBO's "Getting On" and BBC America's "Doctor Who" telefilm "An Adventure in Space and Time." We did a Dan's Reality Round-Up and talked about the latest resurrection of "The Killing." We used listener mail to discuss Sunday's "The Walking Dead" and also talked about FXX and "Orange Is The New Black."
 
Today's breakdown:
Explanation of Things To Come (00:01:00 - 00:05:40)
"Getting On" (00:05:40 - 00:17:55)
"An Adventure in Space and Time" (00:17:55 - 00:27:45)
Dan's Reality Round-Up (00:27:45 - 00:45:15)
The resurrection of "The Killing" (00:45:15 - 00:54:05)
Listener Mail - "Walking Dead" (w/spoilers) (00:54:25 - 01:07:30)
Listener Mail - FXX (01:07:35 - 01:16:45)
Listener Mail - "Orange Is The New Black" awards classification (01:16:50 -  01:23:05)

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<p>Broncos QB Peyton Manning</p>

Broncos QB Peyton Manning

Credit: Joe Mahoney/AP

TV Ratings: Broncos-Chiefs game rules for NBC Sunday, while 'Almost Human' gets an OK sampling

'Once' sinks for ABC, but 'Revenge' and 'Betrayal' rise
Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 17, 2013.
 
NBC scored with a Sunday Night Football game pitting two of the NFL's best teams in the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, drawing a huge primetime audience in all measures.
 
In preliminary numbers, the Broncos-Chiefs game delivered the best overall household rating for a November NFL game since 1996, but the emphasis here is on "preliminary."
 
FOX, meanwhile, benefitted from an NFL doubleheader, which gave a decent (but not spectacular) sampling to the sci-fi police procedural "Almost Human," which will have its time period premiere on Monday. 
 
With the added genre competition from "Almost Human," ABC's "Once Upon a Time" slipped below a 2.0 rating among young viewers, but both "Revenge" and "Betrayal" posted tiny gains.
 
While some fluctuation is inevitable, on to the numbers...
 
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<p>Marie and Tim of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Marie and Tim of "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'One Hot Camel'

Teams raft, buggy, cook and dress camels in UAE
It's really tough to keep a good Bunny down.  That's been the lesson imparted by "The Amazing Race" for the past few weeks.
 
Baseball Wives Nicky & Kim finished last in the season's fourth Leg, which ended up at a Viking lodge in Norway, but it was a Keep On Racing Leg.
 
Then they finished last again in the seventh Leg, falling behind in Abu Dhabi, but it was a Non-Elimination Leg.
 
What would it take to actually knock the Baseball Wives out?
 
A full recap of Sunday (November 16) night's relatively fun, albeit entirely suspense-less, episode of "The Amazing Race" after the break…
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<p>Emily Deschanel of &quot;Bones&quot;</p>

Emily Deschanel of "Bones"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'Bones,' 'Raising Hope' have weak Friday starts as CBS wins

'Grimm' and 'Blue Bloods' are among Friday's risers
Fast National ratings for Friday, November 15, 2013.
 
Guess what? CBS' "Undercover Boss," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" each dominated their hours overall on Friday and, with a slightly low "Shark Tank" on ABC, CBS also won the crown among young viewers.
 
The big news was elsewhere, though.
 
FOX's plan to strengthen Friday by transplanting a pair of established performers failed to pay immediate dividends as both "Bones" and "Raising Hope" premiered to numbers below what they'd normally draw elsewhere in the week. "Bones," in fact, drew 2 million fewer viewers than an original episode did just four days earlier, falling 0.8 in the key demo. While "Bones" did improve on the time period's viewer numbers, it couldn't compete with "MasterChef Junior" in the key demo.
 
Over on NBC, "Grimm" was up week-to-week and, for the most part, "Dracula" may have stopped dropping.
 
Finally, the season finale of "America's Next Top Model" had a good night for The CW and "The Carrie Diaries" may have gone up a hair as well.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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CBS orders 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff pilot

CBS orders 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff pilot

'How I Met Your Dad' will also use MacLaren's Pub
Only a few weeks after rumors broke that CBS was developing a spinoff from the departing "How I Met Your Mother," the network has moved forward and officially ordered a pilot.
 
Titled "How I Met Your Dad" -- or "HIMYD" -- the spinoff will be written and executive produced by "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey and executive produced by "How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
 
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<p>Joel Kinnaman and&nbsp;Mireille Enos of &quot;The Killing&quot;</p>

Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos of "The Killing"

Credit: AMC

Unkillable: Netflix resurrected 'The Killing' for Season 4

Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return for a shortened final season
From the "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" file: "The Killing" has been resurrected once again.
 
Netflix announced on Friday (November 15) afternoon that a fourth season of "The Killing" has been ordered as a streaming exclusive.
 
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<p>Thursday's &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Big Bang' leads CBS while 'Vampire Diaries' tops 'Parks and Recreation' on Thursday

'The X Factor' rises for FOX
Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 14, 2013.
 
Up week-to-week, "The Big Bang Theory" maintained its position as Thursday night's top show in nearly every imaginable demographic and paced CBS' tight win among young viewers and comfortable overall win, even if "Elementary" slipped back behind "Scandal" in the 10 p.m. hour.
 
FOX had a second straight night of week-to-week gains for "The X Factor," though those numbers may be slightly inflated by NFL preemptions in Nashville.
 
At least FOX has inflated numbers to blame on football, though. NBC had another dismal Thursday with a weak return for "Parks and Recreation" and low numbers for "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" and even those ratings may be inflated a hair by NFL coverage in Indianapolis. 
 
The CW will be chuffed about its overnight performances, with "The Vampire Diaries" topping both "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" and "Parks and Rec" in the key demo and "Reign" also getting a small bump.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Selena Gomez</p>

Selena Gomez

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Double Elimination and Selena Gomez performs

Which two acts went home on the first Elimination Thursday?

Last week, "X Factor" screwed up the voting and treated viewers to 13 frenzied performances in an hour, thereby denying us a performance by one Ms. Selena Gomez.

This week, we'll try again on Selena Gomez.

We'll also see the return of Fifth Harmony.

And we're eliminating two acts and presumably getting the rankings for the other 10 acts.

Buckle up and join the live-blog!

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<p>Anson Mount and Common of &quot;Hell on Wheels&quot;</p>

Anson Mount and Common of "Hell on Wheels"

Credit: AMC

AMC renews 'Hell on Wheels' for an expanded Season 4

Anson Mount/Common drama laughs in the face of Saturday nights
Normally, when a show has its renewal delayed and then rescinded and then the show is shipped off to Saturday nights, that's a sign that the show is playing out the string on the way to cancellation. 
 
It's very rare that not only does the show overcome those obstacles, but it thrives and goes from the bubble to a no-brainer renewal with a show of extra confidence.
 
Welcome to the strangeness of AMC's "Hell on Wheels."
 
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<p>Peele &amp; O'Neill!</p>

Peele & O'Neill!

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Criminal Minds' leads CBS Wednesday as 'X Factor' also rises

'Modern Family' is Wednesday's top show in the key demo
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
 
After getting squashed by ABC's CMA Awards telecast last week, "Criminal Minds" bounced back in a big way with a season high audience, leading CBS to Wednesday wins both overall and among young viewers.
 
"Criminal Minds" was one of several shows posting rebounds without ABC's special, with FOX's "X Factor" also regaining some of its missing audience and The CW's "Arrow" rising to its second largest audience of the season. "CSI" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" were also up a little.
 
There was also good news for ABC's "The Middle," which returned up after a week away, as did "Back in the Game." ABC will boast that "Super Fun Night" was also up from its last original airing, but that was after a "Modern Family" repeat, as opposed to last night's new "Modern Family." And even "Nashville" was up a hair from two weeks ago.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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