<p>&quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

"The Voice"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: Tuesday 'Voice' boosts 'Chicago Fire,' 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' tops 'Carter'

'Fresh Off the Boat' takes a small demo dip, but grows overall

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

"The Voice" dominated Tuesday night in all measures and helped give a big boost to "Chicago Fire," as NBC took advantage of CBS repeats to cruise to primetime victories across the board.

Tuesday's big premiere was FOX's below-"MasterChef Junior" launch for the new season of "Hell's Kitchen," which helped cause tiny dips for both 9 p.m. comedies.

Over on ABC, "Fresh Off The Boat" posted a small drop among young viewers, but rose a hair overall, while the return of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was, if nothing else, above recent averages for "Marvel's Agent Carter."

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Uncle Buck&quot;</p>

"Uncle Buck"

Why ABC's African-American 'Uncle Buck' pilot shouldn't be titled 'Uncle Buck'

ABC's got a great diverse family comedy brand. Maybe don't add a racial slur?

At this moment, in the world of TV comedy, nobody is doing diversity better than ABC.

"Fresh Off The Boat" is one of the best new comedies of the spring, maintaining its creative momentum from a strong pilot and generating a consistently solid audience in a time period that has caused ABC nothing but trouble in recent years.

"Black-ish" was one of the fall's better new comedies and after the usual out-of-the-blocks maturation, it has become reliably smart and perceptive, doing a reasonably good job of holding onto that fickle "Modern Family" audience.

I didn't have any use for "Cristela," but people I respect have been aggressively and demonstrably on-board for it since Day 1.

ABC also has comedies celebrating families from The Heartland ("The Middle"), conservatives ("Last Man Standing"), secular Jews ("The Goldbergs"), intimacy-free gay marriage ("Modern Family") and wealthy snobs in the Hamptons ("Revenge").

As much as I've hated a certain subset of the ABC comedy brand – a subset that has recently included "Work It," "Mixology" and "Manhattan Love Story," – I have only the highest respect for the diverse family comedy brand that ABC is building.

That's why it's important to get out ahead of the game on this one: ABC is doing a new comedy pilot based on the John Hughes film "Uncle Buck." Sure. Why not? Everybody's adapting movies as TV pilots and "Uncle Buck" is neither the movie property most deserving of a TV version this spring, nor the movie property least deserving of a TV version of this spring. [Give me 10 “Uncle Buck” shows before I need a “Marley & Me.”] And I fully endorse that ABC's instinct is to do this pilot with an African-American cast led by Mike Epps and Nia Long.

So it's here that I have to address a statement to ABC, a question I already asked on Twitter: You know your African-American-centric "Uncle Buck" can’t be called "Uncle Buck," right? Or maybe I should rephrase that and say that you know your African-American-centric "Uncle Buck" shouldn't be called "Uncle Buck," right?

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<p>Mary Elizabeth Winstead of &quot;The Returned&quot;</p>

Mary Elizabeth Winstead of "The Returned"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 270 - 'American Crime,' 'Dig' and more

Dan and Alan also review 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' and 'The Returned'

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

It's time for our third Firewall & Iceberg Podcast in the past five business days. That feels like a lot, eh?

Well, in this week's installment, we've got oodles and oodles of reviews, including "American Crime," "Dig," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "The Returned."

I'll admit that I got a little bit grumbly, unfortunately. But I like one of the shows!

And we also talked a bit about the wrap-up for "Marvel's Agent Carter" and Tuesday night's return for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Here's today's breakdown:
Remembering Leonard Nimoy (00:01:00 - 00:09:05)
"American Crime" (00:10:00 - 00:20:30)
"Dig" (00:20:35 - 00:31:45)
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (00:31:50 - 00:42:30)
"The Returned" (00:42:30 - 00:56:15)
"Agent Carter"/"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (00:56:20 - 01:05:20)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

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

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<p>&quot;Man Seeking Woman</p>

"Man Seeking Woman

Credit: FXX

'Man Seeking Woman' gets a second season on FXX

Jay Baruchel comedy has boosted FXX audiences in young demos

Good news for Gorbachaka fans!

FXX announced on Tuesday (March 3) that "Man Seeking Woman" has been renewed for a 10-episode second season.

The first new series to originally premiere on FXX is also the first new series to originally premiere on FXX and earn a renewal, even with ratings that, on the surface, don't necessarily appear that impressive. 

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<p>Kevin Bacon of &quot;The Following&quot;</p>

Kevin Bacon of "The Following"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'Voice' leads Monday as 'Following' premiere tops 'Sleepy Hollow'

'Night Shift' slips below an 'NCIS: LA' repeat in its second half-hour

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 2, 2015.

"The Night Shift" posted week-to-week gains in total viewers to help (a tiny bit) NBC cap off an overall primetime win on Monday, while it was "The Voice" leading the network to its domination among young viewers (where "Night Shift" actually dropped). 

Monday's big notable premiere was FOX's "The Following," which came in above last week's "Sleepy Hollow" finale, but far below last year's Monday premiere. ["The Following" premiered last year with a post-football Sunday airing. It'd be silly to compare anything to that.] If you want one last "Following" comparison, the Season 3 premiere was almost identical to last April's Season 2 finale. And "Gotham" slipped a little from last week for FOX.

The night saw a small dip for "The Bachelor" with its "Women Tell All" special and a small bump from "Mike & Molly," CBS' only new program of the night.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Credit: ABC

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' producers tease 'Birth of a Superhero' return

The Inhumans are coming! What does that mean for the ABC drama?

It's been nearly three months since the last new episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

The fall finale, titled "What They Become," was fittingly a build-up to a grand revelation about Skye's true identity. Or maybe we should say Daisy Johnson's identity, because The Inhumans are coming to "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which is apparently mighty exciting if you're a Marvel fan.

But what if you're not necessarily a devotee of the Marvel comics and you're maybe one of those people who tuned out on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." at some point during its first 32 episodes?

Last week, on the secretive "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." set, the show's producers chatted with a group of reporters about what's in store for the second half of the season. 

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<p>&quot;The Hunting Ground&quot;</p>

"The Hunting Ground"

Credit: Sundance

Interview: 'Hunting Ground' filmmakers talk campus sexual assault, Jameis Winston and more

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering discuss the rush to get their hot-button doc onto screens

With Michael Moore preferring to incite ire on social media rather than in movie theaters, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are carving out a niche as contemporary documentary filmmaking's most reliable provocateurs, capable of planting their flag in an issue and generating emotion, debate, ire and, occasionally, tangible change.

For the past two films, the issue troubling Dick and Ziering -- He's the director, she's the intrepid producer -- has been institutional cover-up or denial of sexual abuse. "The Invisible War" earned Emmys and an Oscar nomination for its coverage of the sexual assault epidemic in the military. 

Their latest documentary, "The Hunting Ground," is taking the issue to the even more sensitive terrain of college campuses, stirring up the hornet's nest on both a general level, but also in specific scandals like the one involving Florida State football star Jameis Winston. 

Like "The Invisible War," "The Hunting Ground" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival" and as with "The Invisible War," the "Hunting Ground" premiere was attended by many of the documentary's subjects, leading to both tears and multiple standing ovations. 

"Hunting Ground" arrived at Sundance with distribution already in place, courtesy of RADiUS and CNN Films. Its roll-out began in several markets last week and will continue, leading up to an airing several months in the future on CNN.

Last week, I sat down with Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering to discuss the film's swift turnaround from production to Sundance to release. We talked about the treatment of sensitive subjects surrounding future 1st Round NFL draft pick Winston, as well as the challenges of getting responses from the big universities mentioned in the documentary. And we also discussed the general state of the documentary marketplace, which has seemingly become robust in recent years with outlets like CNN, HBO, Showtime and PBS all offering exposure for documentaries.

Click through for the full Q&A and check your local listings to see when "The Hunting Ground" arrives in your market...

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<p>Taylor Schilling of &quot;Orange Is The New Black&quot;</p>

Taylor Schilling of "Orange Is The New Black"

Credit: Netflix

Netflix sets 'Orange Is The New Black' for June, 'Wet Hot American Summer' for July

'Sense8' and 'Between' also get premiere dates

Netflix set its late-spring/summer release schedule on Monday (March 2) morning, setting premiere dates for a slew of specials, returning favorites and new shows.

The highest profile of the launch dates is the June 12 drop for Season 3 of "Orange Is The New Black," which has emerged as an Emmy favorite and a SAG Awards winner since the second season hit last June.

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<p>&quot;The Last Man on Earth&quot;</p>

"The Last Man on Earth"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'Last Man on Earth' premiere, 'Madam Secretary' return pace Sunday

'Secrets & Lies' has a decent premiere, while 'Battle Creek' launches soft

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 1, 2015.

FOX got a strong premiere for the new comedy "Last Man on Earth," which delivered Sunday's top numbers among young viewers and helped the network win primetime in that measure. CBS, meanwhile, easily won Sunday overall thanks to the return of "Madam Secretary," despite a weak premiere for "Battle Creek.

Falling somewhere in-between the premieres for "The Last Man on Earth" and "Battle Creek" was an OK launch for ABC's "Secrets & Lies."

Both "Last Man on Earth" and "Secrets & Lies" had double-episode premieres and both shows had encouraging splits, retaining their full key demo numbers for their second episodes.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Dean Winters of &quot;Battle Creek&quot;</p>

Dean Winters of "Battle Creek"

Credit: CBS

Interview: 'Battle Creek' star Dean Winters on nearly killing Josh Duhamel and more

What did it take for this New York boy to shoot in Los Angeles

In CBS' "Battle Creek," Dean Winters plays Detective Russ Agnew, a grouchy-but-determined Michigan law enforcement veteran who yearns for more and better resources, but isn't happy when support comes in the form of seemingly perfect FBI agent Milt Chambers (Josh Duhamel).

It's an oft-retold story, but things almost went awry immediately between the two "Battle Creek" stars.

"The first time I met Josh, I came in last March for rehearsal and I was lost and I was driving to the lot on Manhattan Beach and I was looking at my GPS and I literally came within a foot of running him over," Winters too me when we sat down together two weeks ago. "It’s like I almost killed my co-star without even meeting him. But he and I got along famously like off the bat."

Winters was glued to his GPS because he's a New York City guy, born and bred, and he's made a successful and varied career on East Coast productions and the occasional limited LA stint. And the need to move to Los Angeles nearly caused him to shy away from "Battle Creek," before he realized that opportunities to work on a David Shore-run show from a Vince Gilligan pilot script don't come along often.

In our conversation, Winters talks about acclimating to Los Angeles and the process of finding the tone of "Battle Creek," which may be funnier than what you're expecting. It's a tone he notes comes at least in part from his actual dynamic with Duhamel.

Invariably, the discussion also turned to Winters' former "Oz" co-star J.K. Simmons, who was on the verge of winning an Oscar when we talked. And, as the two are well-regarded insurance pitchmen, we also chatted about Mayhem, the Allstate campaign that surely ranks among Winters' most recognizable roles.

And check out my interviews with "Battle Creek" stars Josh Duhamel and Kal Penn.

"Battle Creek" premieres on Sunday, March 1 and the full Q&A is below.

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