FOX made a big spring and summer scheduling announcement on Wednesday (March 26) afternoon, but the only thing anybody on my Twitter feed wanted to discuss was the fact that after this Friday, "Enlisted" is off the schedule, at least for the foreseeable future.
Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!
I know that some of you have been feeling a little Firewall & Iceberg Podcast withdrawal. Apologies. Alan was traveling. And I was traveling. And there was only a limited amount of new TV to talk about. And y'all got *two* in-person video shows! So Firewall & Iceberg still loved you these past two weeks. Just not in podcast form.
But we're back.
And it's a fairly busy podcast today. We answer some mail about various things including Emmy category manipulation, we paid brief tribute to the late James Rebhorn and we talked about the finales of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Girls."
And next week should be even busier!
And I sound like poo in this week's podcast. No clue why. Apologies.
Here's today's breakdown:
Listener Mail - Emmy category moves (00:01:50 - 00:20:25)
Listener Mail - The future of "Enlisted" (00:20:32 - 00:28:10)
James Rebhorn (00:28:10 - 00:31:30)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" finale (00:31:55 - 00:47:10)
"Girls" finale - (00:47:20 - 01:09:50)
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In what will likely be the least surprising piece of news today, El Rey Network has announced that "From Dusk Till Dawn" has been renewed for a second season.
What? You thought that the flagship series for El Rey Network, a series created by the network's founder, wasn't going to be picked up? Duh.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
CBS got week-to-week bumps for "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Person of Interest" to expand its normal overall advantage on Tuesday and also capitalized on a dip for "The Voice" (and a "Chicago Fire" repeat) to win the night among young viewers as well.
The dip for "The Voice" wasn't severe and it mirrors the show's usual post-Chairs drop, while both "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" continued to be reasonably stable for NBC. So mostly it was the "Chicago Fire" repeat that dropped NBC out of first for the night in the key demo.
Among other Tuesday notables, "Glee" held onto most of last week's gains, while the season finale for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" improved on "New Girl" in most key measures.
On to the numbers...
If this summer's Emmy races are half as exciting as this spring's jockeying for Emmy category position, we're gonna have a real barnburner on our hands come August.
Two weeks ago, Netflix fired the first salvo, electing to submit "Orange Is The New Black" in the comedy category after going as a drama for Golden Globes contention. Personally, I think that was the smart and correct choice and, in a perfect world, "Orange" could fill out the supporting actress field on its own. [That won't happen. But it should.]
Then earlier this morning, Showtime unexpectedly announced that after three years as a drama for Emmy purposes, "Shameless" will submit as a comedy this year. I'd always advocated "Shameless" as a comedy in years past and I would put Emmy Rossum in any open field of actress contenders, regardless of category. Still, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the move in this particular season, which has probably been more consistently dramatic in tone than the three that came before. Rossum remains the show's top contender for nods and it's true that the Lead Actress Drama field is absurdly packed -- Seven nominees last year and that didn't include Rossum, Tatiana Maslany or Julianna Margulies -- but the Lead Actress Comedy is hardly empty, though Laura Dern and Tina Fey will both fall out from last year's Top 6.
But the biggest shoe to drop? Well, that came on Tuesday afternoon, as HBO confirmed that winter sensation "True Detective" will submit in the Drama field, rather than in the Miniseries category.
On the PaleyFest red carpet on Monday (March 24) night, I chatted with most of the stars of Showtime's "Masters of Sex," which resumed production last week.
My interview with Lizzy Caplan was nifty to begin with, as she talked about Masters' end-of-season betrayal, followed by his finale confession. But it really hits a high gear toward the end when I skipped asking about the awkwardness of filming the show's sex scenes and instead asked about awkward reactions to the sex scenes after the show started airing.
Unprompted, she teases that this season's scenes are "pretty steamy, they make Season 1 look like baby games." Then she launched into an impression of her Israeli uncle's reaction to watching the first season. It's pretty much my favorite thing so far this week.
Stay tuned for my chats with Michael Sheen, Teddy Sears, Caitlin Fitzgerald and awesome new cast regular Annaleigh Ashford, as well as series creator Michelle Ashford.
Check out the Lizzy Caplan interview above and remember that "Masters of Sex" returns to Showtime on July 13.
Ragnar and his "Vikings" gang will be back on History next year.
History announced on Tuesday (March 25) that "Vikings" has been renewed for a 10-episode third season, beginning production this summer and airing next year.
Fast National ratings for Monday, March 24, 2014.
"Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice" were both down week-to-week, but the hoofing and crooning competitions still helped ABC win Monday overall and NBC claim the crown among young viewers.
Monday's biggest notable was a big bump for the penultimate episode of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother," which rippled through in gains for the rest of the network's lineup.
In contrast, The CW saw a big audience decline for "The Tomorrow People," which fell to "Beauty and the Beast" levels after last week's encouraging time period premiere.
On to the numbers...
It's going to be an absurdly busy summer of original programming on ABC. I mean, you may not be excited about any of that original programming, but it's sure going to be filling a lot of primetime real estate.
On Monday, ABC announced a summer 2014 schedule that includes four new shows, plus eight returning series. There are scripted dramas, competitive reality shows, docudramas, things from Canada and more.
Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 23, 2014.
CBS got 41 minutes of overrun from a tight NCAA Tournament thriller between North Carolina and Iowa State, which boosted the network's lineup to Sunday primetime wins in most measures.
Due to that NCAA Tournament overrun, I have to remind you that these numbers are time period data and thus we don't have any sort of exact ratings for Sunday night's pivotal episodes of both "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist."
On the other three networks, there was some consistency, at least: Nearly everything went down. ABC got a second straight week of fairly steep declines from "Resurrection," though the freshman hit was still easily Sunday's top drama. Also drooping were FOX's "Cosmos," as well as NBC's "Believe" and "Crisis," which shed viewers after a weak premiere for "American Dream Builders."
Let's get to the numbers...