<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; judges</p>
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The "American Idol" judges

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 11 Premiere Live-Blog - Savannah Auditions

Ryan, Randy, Steven and J-Lo begin their quest for a new singing star

Welcome, dear friends, to another season of "American Idol." It's time, once again, to search for the best young singer in our great nation, or at least the best young singer in our great nation who doesn't have a current recording contract and wasn't discovered in 10 previous seasons of "American Idol," didn't audition of "The Voice," didn't audition for "X Factor" and doesn't prefer to sing in the sort of ensemble that might be better suited for "The Sing-Off." 

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 112

Dan and Alan talk TCA press tour and review 'Justified,' 'Unsupervised,' 'Touch' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys and Girls! It's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast time...

Alan is currently flying back across the country to reunite with his family, but as TCA press tour ended on Sunday afternoon, we sat down together to debrief from the last week of the Tour. Mostly, Alan was watching the Giants game. We also reviewed the new season of "Justified" and took early looks at FX's "Unsupervised" and FOX's "Touch." Then we Skyped up in the evening to debrief after the dreadful Golden Globes telecast.

 
As we mentioned in the podcast, I'm going to be at Sundance for the next week, so either we won't have a podcast next week, or it'll be an end-of-the-week podcast. Either way, there will be no podcast next Monday. 
 
But this podcast is ample for the interim...
 
Podcast breakdown:
Press Tour Week Two (00:00 - 44:35)
"Justified" (44:40 - 51:40)
"Unsupervised" (51:40 - 57:15)
"Touch" (57:20 - 01:06:00)
The Golden Globes (01:06:45 - 01:15:00)

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.] 

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<p>Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais</p>
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Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais

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Golden Globes 2012 Live-Blog

Follow the winners, losers, speeches and Ricky Gervais...

Welcome, friends, to my live blog of the 2012 Golden Globe Awards! 

There's a funny story for how I ended up handling live-blogging duties rather than HitFix's all-around Awards Guru Gregory Ellwood, but I'll let him tell it. 

As for me, I'm just so happy to be done with the Television Critics Association press tour that I'm raring and ready to go...

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Watch: Efren Ramirez talks FOX's 'Napoleon Dynamite'

T-shirt talk with the man the fans know as "Pedro"
When it comes to Efren Ramirez, it's all about t-shirts.
 
When the man who helped turn "Vote For Pedro" into one of the decade's most ubiquitous, annoying t-shirt fad sits down in front of you with a "You Don't Know Me" t-shirt, it isn't arbitrary. 
 
Although Ramirez is most closely associated with his presidentially aspirational character from "Napoleon Dynamite," he's always been happy to talk about his career beyond Pedro, his acting inspirations and, in this interview from the fall, his recent experience meeting fans at San Diego's Comic-Con.
 
"Napoleon Dynamite" migrates to FOX in animated form tonight (January 15). Before the premiere, check out this video interview.
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<p>John Landgraf</p>
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John Landgraf

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Press Tour '12 Live-Blog: FX Executive session with John Landgraf

Expect lots and lots of Charlie Sheen questions. And maybe some 'Powers' stuff

Thanks to Mr. Charlie Sheen, FX's executive session with President & General Manager John Landgraf could be fun... Let's find out...

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<p>&quot;Napoleon Dynamite&quot;</p>
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"Napoleon Dynamite"

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HitFix Interview: Jon Heder talks FOX's 'Napoleon Dynamite'

New 'Napoleon Dynamite' cartoon premieres on Sunday
When "Napoleon Dynamite" went from Sundance sleeper to art house curiosity to mainstream sensation in 2004, it elevated its star to that pantheon of actors who are unavoidably and inextricably linked with a single role.
 
Eight years later, Jon Heder's name and the character of Napoleon Dynamite are still tied together. Since "Napoleon Dynamite," Heder has had some small successes ("Benchwarmers," "Monster House") and at least one big hit ("Blades of Glory"), but there's only one "Napoleon Dynamite."
 
"Yeah. I go to Disneyland and people are like "Freakin' Idiot!" and I'm like, "What'd I ever do to you? Oh. Oh, you're quoting the movie,'" laughed Heder when we spoke last summer following a table read for the first season finale of the FOX animated comedy adaptation of "Napoleon Dynamite." 
 
In the interview, Heder and I discussed the positives and negatives of the "Napoleon Dynamite" phenomenon, the spirit of the new animated series
and the challenge of finding that Napoleon Dynamite voice once again.
 
Click through...
 
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Zombie

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Press Tour '12 Live-Blog: AMC's 'The Walking Dead'

Expect lots of chatter about Frank Darabont, budgets and whatnot

Let's get down to business with Saturday's (January 14) Television Critics Association press tour panel for AMC's "The Walking Dead"...

In case you didn't already see, AMC has extended the previously renewed third season of "The Walking Dead" to 16 episodes. But Season 2 is only 13 episodes and it's returning on February 12 to wrap things up.

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<p>Tina Majorino</p>
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Tina Majorino

Watch: Tina Majorino talks 'Napoleon Dynamite'

How was Comic-Con and what's new with Deb in animated form?
"Napoleon Dynamite" was a key transitional point in Tina Majorino's career, ending a hiatus between her time as as the child star of "Andre" and "Waterworld" and her later, young adult work on "Veronica Mars," "Big Love" and "Bones."
 
Majorino is returning to the world of "Napoleon Dynamite" this spring in FOX animated form, as viewers are reintroduced to her liger-loving Deb.
 
Check out my interview -- conducted in September, along with most of these pesky FOX video interviews -- with Majorino, which touched on the cast's then-recent visit to San Diego's Comic-Con, the influence of comedy veteran Mike Scully on the series and how Deb has changed in her animated incarnation.
 
"Napoleon Dynamite" premieres on FOX on Sunday, Jan. 15.
 
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<p>&nbsp;Ricky Gervais</p>
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 Ricky Gervais

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Press Tour: Ricky Gervais has his Golden Globes targets ready

'Life's Too Short' star-creator is returning to host because we said he wouldn't
Members of the Television Critics Association have grown accustomed to Ricky Gervais visiting us via satellite from Across the Pond, but on Friday (January 13) morning, reporters were treated to Gervais in the flesh. 
 
Gervais was able to drop by the TCA press tour panel for his new HBO comedy "Life's Too Short" because he's already in Los Angeles. As you may have heard, the "Office" and "Extras" creator is preparing for his third tour of duty as host of the Golden Globe and for his third tour of duty as lightning rod for trumped up Hollywood controversy.
 
"I wasn't going to do it a third time, but then I kept reading reports, press saying 'You'll never be invited back.' So I did it to annoy them," Gervais told reporters, many of whom probably wrote similar reports.
 
Asked if he was nervous about Sunday's telecast, Gervais cracked that he hadn't been nervous previously, but he is now. 
 
"What's the worst that could happen? I end my career once a week, if you read the press," Gervais cracked. "I only do things that can end my career. That's my fun. That's my extreme sport."
 
It's obvious, though, that he doesn't especially care about reviews of his performances or the possibility of irritating more sensitive members of the entertainment community. I can surmise that conclusion because, well, Gervais says so.
 
"If you get final edit, which i do and I demand... nothing else matters, and you're bulletproof. If I'm happy with my performance. I'm a considerate comedian. I don't view comedy as your conscience taking a day off... I stand by it, like I did every joke I did last year. And I don't care what people think," Gervais said.
 
And it's equally obvious that even some of the most seemingly irate of Gervais' celebrity targets were merely playing offended on previous Golden Globes nights. Johnny Depp, for example, appears as himself on "Life's Too Short," lampooning his own degree of feigned irritation.
 
"I said, 'Sorry about the Golden Globes, do you want to get your own back?'" Gervais said of his via-text pitch to Depp.
 
When a critic mentioned that bets were being taken in some circles on which stars will be Gervais' targets on Sunday -- and also asked a preview -- the cheeky host seemed simultaneously amused and bemused.
 
"I have specific targets, yeah. I've written the gags. But 'targets' isn't a word I'd use. 'Subjects.' Why are they betting on who I'll - what sort of a bet is that? Really? Ugh! I'm going to do a monologue about the year, and then introduce six or seven people throughout the show like I did last year," Gervais said. 
 
He continued, "But I've got nothing against any of those people in the room. I've worked with many of them, I like many of them, I admire most of them. They're just gags. I'm not trying to hurt anyone's feelings or give them a bad night or undermine the moral fabric of America. I'm a comedia. I'd rather they laugh than gasp, but I cherish the gasps along with the laughs. I don't know. I think that everyone took it well. I don't know who was really outraged last year. Everyone I spoke to... was cool with it. If someone says, "I'm outraged," then there was outrage. What did I say that was so outrageous? Oh, yeah, I just remembered..."
 
As always, you can check out HitFix on Sunday night for full Golden Globes coverage.
 
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Watch: Geoff Stults talks 'The Finder'

How is his new character like Magnum meets Fletch?
After its introduction last spring as a backdoor pilot in an episode of "Bones," FOX's "The Finder" has undergone a bit of an overhaul, with new characters and new dynamics.
 
One thing that remains in place is Geoff Stults, tapping into a rarely utilized goofball vein to play preternaturally gifted war vet Walter. It's not that the "Happy Town" and "October Road" veteran had never done comedy before, but there's a welcome looseness to Stults' "Finder" performance.
 
Some of that looseness pops up in the interview I did with Stults back in September, in which we talk about his "Magnum meets Fletch" interpretation of the title character, the changes from the original pilot and working opposite an even taller co-star in Michael Clarke Duncan.
 
"The Finder" premieres on Thursday (Jan. 12) night on FOX. 
 
Check out the interview...
 
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