Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 177

Dan and Alan talk 'Defiance,' 'Hemlock Grove,' Roger Ebert and more

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Greetings, Boys & Girls. It's Monday, but as those watching coverage of the deadly blasts in Boston know, it's not a happy one. My/our thoughts go out to all of my friends and family in Boston, but really to the whole city.
 
The news of the blasts broke really within seconds of us completing what inexplicably ended up being a ridiculously long podcast, apparently our longest podcast ever. 
 
Most/Many of our listeners will have zero interest in a nearly two-hour podcast on this day of all days, but for those looking for distraction, here it is. It'll still be there tomorrow or Wednesday or whenever. And my apologies for my over-chipper "Happy Monday," which sounds pretty jarring as I listen to it now.
 
Today's times:
"Defiance" (00:00:50 - 00:15:10)
"Hemlock Grove" (00:15:15 - 00:31:45)
"Mary & Martha" (00:31:45 - 00:39:00)
Roger Ebert (00:39:05 - 00:50:00)
Listener Mail - Lead-Ins (00:50:15 - 00:59:35)
Listener Mail - "Game of Thrones" aging (00:59:45 - 01:07:50)
"Cougar Town" finale (01:08:00 - 01:14:55)
"Go On" finale (01:15:00 - 01:27:45)
"Mad Men" (01:27:50 - 01:52:50)

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.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>Katie struggles on Sunday's &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Katie struggles on Sunday's "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'My Cheese Is Out of Control'

Altitude causes problems for teams in the Alps
Due to live-blogging responsibilities on Sunday (April 14) night's MTV Movie Awards (plus CBS' Masters overrun), I wasn't able to watch "The Amazing Race" in my normal Slingboxed East Coast fashion. 
 
While that will delay tonight's recap, the work logjam proved serendipitous, because Sunday's episode wasn't really about the individual challenges or any real sense of drama. It was about grandeur, courtesy of one of the show's favorite locations, up in the Swiss Alps. A lot of things that might have annoyed me about Sunday's Leg got entirely swallowed up in the mountainous expanses which looked far better spread out in HD on my TV than they would have squashed on my computer three hours earlier. 
 
And even though most of the Leg was just dedicated to Racers digging through their mental thesauruses trying to come up with original ways to describe snow and mountains, I guess things got exciting toward the end, though I have some serious questions about all of that. 
 
Plus, somebody went home. It's odd that I've only done four "Amazing Race" exit interviews this season and we're in mid-April, so at least there'll be another one tomorrow morning. [The first eliminated team went home in a week in which Monday was a holiday, if you'll recall, hence no exit interview. And you're lying if you can remember the names of the two firemen who went home first. Lying.]
 
So let's continue with a brief discussion of this Leg. I still have to watch "Mad Men" tonight, so I'm putting a cap on this recap at some point...
 
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<p>Rebel Wilson</p>

Rebel Wilson

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2013 MTV Movie Awards Live-Blog

Rebel Wilson hosts the annual golden popcorn giveaway on MTV

Welcome, friends, to my live-blog of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards! 

Join the conversation below... Or start a conversation below!

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<p>Michael of &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

Michael of "Survivor: Caramoan"

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Interview: Michael Snow talks 'Survivor: Caramoan'

Latest castoff talks Corinne, Phillip and turkeys
If not for a major shift minutes before Tribal Council on Wednesday (April 10) night's "Survivor: Caramoan," not only would Michael Snow not have gone home, but his name probably wouldn't have been written down a single time.
 
The votes were supposed to go against Malcolm, but sensing a move to send her packing, Andrea urged her alliance to switch from a complicated, Favorite-alienating vote, to the seemingly more simple elimination of yet another Fan. And, indeed, it appears to have been easy enough to make that shift, as Michael departed the game with a blurred display of his middle finger and the kiss-off, "You Turkeys."
 
To some degree, Michael deserves credit for having made it past the Merge at all. He was the last Favorite standing from the three who made a straggling minority in the motley post-swap Bikal tribe, having watched Julia and best bud Matt go out earlier. And the writing was on the wall after last week's episode, in which Michael's fiercest ally, Corinne, was blindsided.
 
In his exit interview, Michael discusses the turkeys who voted him out, his relationship with Corinne and the one good thing about getting voted out early.
 
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<p>Candice Glover from Wednesday's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Candice Glover from Wednesday's "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 6: Results - Plus Kelly Clarkson and Scotty McCreery

Will Lazaro go home or will we see the Judges' Save?

I thought I had it all figured out last week. I assumed that unless Lazaro Arbos went home, anybody left would receive the Judges' Save and be kept around. What I didn't count on was Lazaro finishing so high -- Top 3 and the producers probably know exactly how far up -- that the judges couldn't afford to keep Burnell Taylor for another week for fear of losing one of the five women in a double-elimination this week.

Instead, Burnell went home and we were treated to Lazaro's cover of "Close To You," which stands as one of the worst performances ever by a Top 10 finalist on "American Idol." I guess we would have been treated to that performance either way, though. Never mind.

But anyway... I'm started tonight's episode with the exact same assumption as last week: The only person going home tonight will be Lazaro. Any of the five women would get the Save. 

Let's see how things play out...

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<p>Andrea of &quot;Survivor: Caramoan&quot;</p>

Andrea of "Survivor: Caramoan"

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Recap: 'Survivor: Caramoan' - 'Cut Off the Head of the Snake'

An episode of heavy strategizing culminates in a wacky Tribal Council
Pre-credit sequence. When last we left our castaways, Corinne had just been unceremoniously blindsided. Now what? Monkey! Monkeys everywhere! It's like they've been waiting for Corinne to leave. Did Corinne eat monkeys? That would explain so much! "I look at last night as a victory," says Reynold, basically figuring even if his alliance fell flat, any time somebody other than him goes home, it's a win. Eddie and Reynold are beginning to recognize that they're female kryptonite, noting that any time a girl aligns with them, she goes home. Uh-oh. Stop cutting to Adorable Andrea. I don't like what you're implying, editors. "I am iron-clad with my guys, with Eddie and Malcolm," says Reynold, who decides that the time has come to flirt with Andrea. "I still have the only Idol that nobody else knows about," observes Malcolm. "They thought they cut off the head of the snake. They thought they killed the rebel leader, I guess. They don't know they missed yet," Malcolm says. I hope that's not foreshadowing. But I'm sure that between Andrea getting next to Poison Reynold and Malcolm's cockiness, something is sure to be foreshadowed.
 
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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 6</p>

The "American Idol" Top 6

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Recap: 'American Idol' - Top 6: Burt Bacharach and Song I Wish I'd Written Night

It's a double theme night, as we get 12 performances

We're down to the Top 6 on "American Idol" and since the shows aren't getting any shorter, that means we're looking at a double-performance night. And with each singing going twice, we also have a pair of dueling themes.

We have that old "Idol" standby with Songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David -- I didn't have enough characters to get "Hal David" in this headline, but he's important, too -- and then we have the more ambiguous Songs I Wish I'd Written. 

Wouldn't it have been cool if "Idol" had turned that second theme sideways and let any contestant with writing chops do a song they actually had written? Who amongst us wouldn't want to watch a full performance of Angie Miller's original? And I hear Janelle writes, too. Bring it on! Oh well.

On to the recap. Share your thoughts below...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 176

Dan and Alan talk 'Da Vinci's Demons,' 'Shameless,' 'Justified,' 'Mad Men' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! It's time for a busy installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
With finales for "Shameless" and "Justified," premieres of "Veep," "Nurse Jackie" and "Da Vinci's Demons" and our first in-depth "Mad Men" discussion of the season, we went 90+ minutes and could have done much more except for scheduling restrictions.
 
Whee!
 
It's unclear if next week's podcast is going to be delayed a day or two. We'll let you know when we know!
 
Anyway...
 
Today's breakdown:
"Da Vinci's Demons" (00:01:10 - 00:18:00)
"Nurse Jackie" (00:18:15 - 00:28:45)
"Veep" (00:28:50 - 00:36:05)
"Justified" finale (00:36:40 - 00:48:35)
"Shameless" finale (00:48:40 - 01:03:30)
"Mad Men" (01:03:30 - 01:31:55)

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.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>Elisabeth Moss of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>

Elisabeth Moss of "Mad Men"

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Interview: 'Mad Men' star Elisabeth Moss discusses Peggy's return and lying to reporters

Also, we discuss why Peggy-Don 'shipping is just plain wrong
Across the six interviews I did with various stars of AMC's "Mad Men," I don't know if a single actual plot-point was spoiled. Matthew Weiner runs a tight ship.
 
The sixth interview probably could, in some hyper-sensitive circles, be considered a spoiler merely by the actor in question.
 
Yes, Elisabeth Moss is going to be back on "Mad Men" this season. I'm sorry if Peggy's presence in last season's finale didn't give that away, or if that fact was also unspoiled despite Moss featuring in both promotional images and trailers for the new season.
 
Elisabeth Moss and Peggy, Don Draper's favorite protegee, will be back on "Mad Men" this season. 
 
Of course, you may have been fooled last spring when Peggy took a new job offer and abandoned Don and then Moss gave a number of interviews saying that she didn't know what was next for Peggy and that her fate was in Weiner's hands. 
 
In this interview, Moss admits to perhaps a wee bit of lying last spring and discusses how Weiner told her about what was coming next for Peggy. We talked about the "Mad Men" culture of secret keeping and then we had a long back and forth about why it's strange people have to keep asking if Don and Peggy are eventually going to hook up. 
 
Click through for the full conversation
 
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<p>January Jones of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>

January Jones of "Mad Men"

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Interview: 'Mad Men' star January Jones discusses Betty's transformation

She jokes 'I don't know what the hell I'm doing most of the time'
Back in January, if you'll recall, I interviewed January Jones in Park City, Utah about her Sundance Film Festival premiere "Sweetwater" and I got to break the news of the "Mad Men" Season 6 premiere date to her.
 
At the time, although she hinted we'd get more Betty Francis this season, she couldn't tell me anything about what was coming up for Season 6.
 
Jones still wouldn't have been able to tell me anything when we sat down last month for a pre-premiere conversation, so we spent most of the time looking back and discussing the physical transformation Betty underwent last season. Here, Jones discusses her initial discomfort with the prosthetics and her fears about being used as a prop, as well as the ways in which the experience improved her acting.
 
Before talking to Jones, I had spoken with John Slattery, who wished he'd gotten to direct her more and said, "She has a way of making it look like it's all really happening in real time while we're shooting it and it's sorta wild to watch." So I made sure to talk with Jones about the immediacy of her process.
 
It's an interesting conversation and it won't spoil anything for you, so click through for the full interview...
 
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