Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 238

Dan and Alan talk Emmy nominations, 'The Strain,' 'Masters of Sex' and celebrity Jewishness

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Happy Saturday, Boys & Girls. 

Huh?

Yes. Saturday. And because Alan was sick and made it to press tour late, we just didn't have time to record anything during the week. Apologies.

However, even though it isn't a typical podcast day, Alan and I wanted to make sure we talked about "The Strain" and "Masters of Sex" before they premiere on Sunday. We also chatted a bit about the Emmy nominations, which were both awful and awesome, and we discussed an embarrassing moment for Dan at Saturday morning's TCA panels.

Here's today's breakdown:
Emmy nominations (01:38 - 18:30)
"The Strain" (18:35 - 30:50)
"Masters of Sex" Season 2 (30:55 - 38:55)
"The Divide" (39:00 - 44:50)
Jew/Not-a-Jew (44:55 - 52:35)

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<p>Corey Stoll of &quot;The Strain&quot;</p>

Corey Stoll of "The Strain"

Credit: FX

'The Strain' star Corey Stoll talks hair, leading man roles and vampires on the set

Guillermo del Toro adaptation premieres on FX on Sunday

TORONTO, ON. Let's get this out of the way, because you're already thinking it.

It's mid-March in a chilly interview room on the Toronto set of FX's "The Strain" and star Corey Stoll is chatting with one of three small roundtables of reporters. We've been talking for at least 15 minutes without addressing the elephant in the room, so I broach the all-important topic: Hair, or augmentation thereof.

Stoll's visibility has increased dramatically in recent years and it's not like audiences are unfamiliar with seeing him with tonsorial assistance. His Ernest Hemingway in "Midnight in Paris" featured both a well-adorned head and a mustache that he carried over into NBC's "Law & Order: Los Angeles." That role and his Golden Globe nominated turn in "House of Cards" were recognizably clear-pated, which has already had people scratching their heads about the floppy hair Stoll is sporting in "The Strain."

What, I ask Stoll, are the advantages and disadvantages of acting with hair?

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<p>Wrong &quot;Badlands&quot;</p>

Wrong "Badlands"

Martial arts drama 'Badlands' gets a series order from AMC

'Smallville' duo Al Gough and Miles Millar get their second series order of the day

AMC has given a direct-to-series order to "Badlands," a new martial arts drama that has absolutely nothing to do with the classic Terrence Malick film featured in the picture accompanying this story.

Actually, "Badlands" is based very loosely on the Chinese tale "Journey to the West." 

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<p>&quot;Outlander&quot;</p>

"Outlander"

Credit: Starz

'Outlander' gets an early premiere, split first season on Starz

The first eight episodes will be followed by a hiatus

Although Starz didn't panel the time-spanning romance "Outlander" at Friday's (July 11) Television Critics Association press tour panel, the Diana Gabaldon still featured heavily in the network's announcements. 

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MTV renews 'Catfish,' sends 'Shannara' to series
Credit: MTV

MTV renews 'Catfish,' sends 'Shannara' to series

Plus, premiere dates for 'Awkward,' 'Happyland' and more

MTV kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour day on Friday (July 11) with a big series pickup, a big renewal and a slew of premiere dates.

The renewal is, if my Twitter feed is any indication, an important one: "Catfish: The TV Show" has been picked up for a fourth season. The adaptation of the hit Sundance documentary, "Catfish: The TV Show" is Wednesday's top original cable series among viewers 12-34. 

Shouldn't the ongoing existence of "Catfish" make it harder and harder for the obfuscations necessary for the ongoing existence of "Catfish"? I would thing so. But I would apparently be wrong.

MTV also gave a series order to "Shannara," based on the Terry Brooks fantasy series.

"Smallville" veterans Al Gough and Miles Millar are serving as writers and executive producers on the 10-episode first season, with Jonathan Liebesman ("Wrath of the Titans") directing the first two episodes. 

If this matters to you: The first "Shannara" season will actually be based on the second book in the series, "The Elfstones of Shannara."

MTV also announced premiere dates for "Are You The One?" (September 29), "Awkward" (September 23), "Faking It" (September 23) and "Happyland" (September 30)

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<p>&quot;Welcome to Sweden&quot;</p>

"Welcome to Sweden"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' leads CBS Thursday, while 'Sweden,' 'Engels' have OK launches

'Hell's Kitchen' and 'Gang Related' have FOX in second in the demo

Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 10, 2014.

The season's second "Big Brother" eviction delivered Thursday's best key demo numbers and combined with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat to help CBS lead primetime in most measures.

Also on Thursday, NBC's "Welcome to Sweden" premiered got off to a decent start, with the launch of "Working the Engels" dipping a bit. Both comedies came in below the May premiere for "Undateable," but "Sweden" was above recent "Undateable" numbers and "Working the Engels" was comparable.

Among other notables, ABC's "NY Med" and "Rookie Blue" were consistent and helped the network finish second overall, while "Hell's Kitchen" helped FOX take second in the key demographic.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Clive Owen of &quot;The Knick&quot;</p>

Clive Owen of "The Knick"

Credit: Cinemax

Press Tour: Cinemax renews 'The Knick,' creators discuss the journey from 'Shaggy Dog'

Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen will both return for 10 more episodes

Cinemax preceded its Thursday (July 10) Television Critics Association press tour panel for the 1900 NYC medical drama "The Knick" by announcing that it has already renewed the series, which won't premiere until August 8.

The 10-episode renewal wasn't a huge shock, because "The Knick" is a very important series for Cinemax as it continues its transition from Skinemax to the fun action-fueled destination for shows like "Strike Back" and "Banshee" to the kind of network capable of luring talent like director Steven Soderbergh and star Clive Owen.

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<p>Sean Bean of &quot;Legends&quot;</p>

Sean Bean of "Legends"

Credit: TNT

Press Tour: 'Legends' star Sean Bean has little to say about Sean Bean dying

Bean does, however, list his favorite on-screen death

As you may have heard, seen and read on the Internet, Sean Bean is prone to dying on the big and small screen.

You know this, right? I don't need to run through the list of movies and TV shows in which Bean has died, because I don't want to spoil "The Smurfs" for you or something. [Note: That was a joke. Sean Bean probably doesn't die in "The Smurfs." I haven't seen it. I just didn't want to spoil something real.]

TNT also knows it. On Thursday (July 10) morning at the Television Critics Association press tour, TNT presented a panel for the new undercover FBI agent drama "Legends." 

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Press Tour: July 2014 HBO Executive Session Live-Blog
Credit: HBO

Press Tour: July 2014 HBO Executive Session Live-Blog

Expect 'Game of Thrones,' 'True Detective' and other discussion

Welcome to my first live-blog for the July 2014 Television Critics Association press tour!

Up first, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo take the stage to discuss "True Detective," "Game of Thrones," "The Leftovers" and whatever else we feel like we want to talk about.

Follow along!

That's Richard Plepler above. He looks like a character on "Mad Men," doesn't he?

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<p>Halle Berry of &quot;Extant&quot;</p>

Halle Berry of "Extant"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Extant' premiere misses 'Dome' numbers but leads CBS Wednesday

'Taxi Brooklyn' helps NBC to a second place performance

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

The series premiere of the Halle Berry drama "Extant" didn't come close to either the first or second season premiere numbers for "Under the Dome," but CBS' latest summer event series still helped the network win Wednesday in all measures.

Actually, among young viewers, "Extant" couldn't even hold onto its "Big Brother" lead-in, but CBS is probably pleased that the sci-fi series added viewers at the half-hour and didn't drop in the key demo.

Among other Wednesday notables, "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Taxi Brooklyn" both posted very small declines.

On to the numbers...

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