<p>Kym and Alli on Sunday&#39;s &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Kym and Alli on Sunday's "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Thinly Sliced Anchovies'

Attention-to-detail proves important in Copenhagen

Oh, come on. 

I'm doing a slew of set visits in Vancouver and I started watching "The Amazing Race" after midnight and within 20 minutes, it was clear that nobody was going home on Friday's (October 17) episode.

Nope. You can't make your entire episode into an semi-altruistic showcase, essentially a joint commercial for Ford hybrids and Danish eco-consciousness and then send somebody home. Nope, this was an episode about good feelings for both a country trying to do well by Mother Earth and a company paying "The Amazing Race" to talk about its automotive advancements. 

But then, to make matters worse, it became clear based on the editing -- and based on a week of very spoilery editing -- that this was the week that Jim's hubris would finally catch up with previously formidable Team Dentist. Actually, it had always been Jim's hubris that ran the risk of cursing the Dentists, but Misti got in on the action when she got to the Detour and talked about how their job was about attention to detail. I guess it's true that dentists are, by their professional nature, very invested in detail. The Dentists then proceeded to blunder every imaginable detail across three different tasks. 

But the Dentists have the all-powerful Save, so they were never going to go home no matter how badly they self-immolated -- between this and "Survivor," this was very much a week for CBS reality self-immolation -- so it was this was an episode that felt like a Non-Elimination episode and was going to be a Non-Elimination Leg regardless if Jim & Misti finished last.

So which was it? 

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<p>The last play of Thursday&#39;s Jets-Patriots game</p>

The last play of Thursday's Jets-Patriots game

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TV Ratings: Jets-Patriots football leads CBS Thursday as 'Murder' dips

'Vampire Diaries' and 'Reign' are both up for The CW

Fast National ratings for Thursday, October 16, 2014.

A consistently tight Thursday Night Football game between the Jets and Patriots didn't give CBS a bit ratings boost, but the coverage was in line with last week and led the network to primetime wins in all measures.

Thursday's ratings sported only minor variations, so it's better not to over-invest in thought, which would be the kind of thing ABC might say after a semi-steep Week 4 decline for "How To Get Away With Murder," which may or may not have been the victim of the closeness of the CBS football game.

Things continued to be discouraging for FOX's "Gracepoint," which dropped even as "Bones" was up a little. 

NBC's "Bad Judge" continued to hold its advantage over lead-out "A to Z," though "A to Z" held its place at The Mulaney lead, week-to-week.

And over on The CW, both "The Vampire Diaries" and "Reign" were up and I've been told preemptions were negligible, so good luck making sense of anything.

On to the numbers...

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<p>It&#39;s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown</p>

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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TV Ratings: 'Great Pumpkin' helps ABC split Wednesday with CBS

'Black-ish' viewing continues to fluctuate

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

CBS and ABC tied in the Wednesday ratings among young adults — CBS with its usual lineup, ABC swapping in animated holiday specials for its 8'clock sitcoms — though CBS handily won the night overall among total viewers.

For the night, CBS averaged a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49, and 9.29 million viewers overall, while ABC did a 2.1 with 6.51 million viewers. NBC was third (1.5, 7.5 million), followed by FOX (1.1, 3.39 million) and the CW (0.6, 1.94 million).

8 p.m. -- "Survivor" (2.3, 9.32 million viewers) won the hour for CBS, with "Toy Story of TERROR!" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" combining to be down slightly (2.0, 6.28 million) from "The Middle" and "The Goldbergs." "The Mysteries of Laura" was third for NBC (1.3, 8.52 million), followed by "Hell's Kitchen" on FOX (1.2, 3.66 million) and "Arrow" on the CW (0.8, 2.25 million).

9 p.m. -- ABC won the hour thanks to "Modern Family" (3.3, 9.46 million) and "Black-ish" (2.5, 6.92 million), which was down from last week but steady from the week before. CBS was second with "Criminal Minds" (2.4, 10.75 million), followed by "Law & Order: SVU" on NBC (1.7, 7.27 million), "Red Band Society" on FOX (0.9, 3.11 million), and a "The Flash" repeat on the CW (0.5, 1.63 million), that roughly equaled the debut audience for "Jane the Virgin" two nights earlier.

10 p.m. -- "Stalker" put CBS back in first place (1.7, 7.8 million), ahead of "Chicago PD" on NBC (1.6, 6.71 million) and "Nashville" on ABC (1.3, 5.08 million).

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.

<p>Michael Pe&ntilde;a of &quot;Gracepoint&quot;</p>

Michael Peña of "Gracepoint"

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Interview: Michael Peña on 'Gracepoint,' 'CHiPs,' 'Ant-Man' and more

One Q&A and one video interview and there's a lot he can't say

VICTORIA, BC and LOS ANGELES, CA. It's a double-dose of interviews with Michael Peña about his new FOX drama "Gracepoint."

Back in May, I sat down with Peña on the Vancouver Island set of the "Broadchurch" remake. 

At the time, the versatile actor, whose credits range from "End of Watch" to "Eastbound & Down" to the upcoming "Fury," didn't know the answer to the big mystery of "Gracepoint," specifically who killed his character's young son. 

By the time we talked on video in Los Angeles in August, Peña was a little bit more guarded about the show's mysteries, though he was much more willing to discuss his potential upcoming movie version of "CHiPs," which may or may not happen.

But it's nice to have both interviews available. In the print interview from the set, Peña discusses what attracted him to this particular television and his personal approach to the character, as a father himself. He also talks about how he imprinted parts of himself on Mark Solano.

And above, he talks about the things he can't say about the different tones of his various projects and a couple upcoming movie roles.

Check out the video above and the Q&A below.

"Gracepoint" airs its third episode on Thursday (October 16) night at 9 p.m. on FOX.

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'We're a Hot Mess'

Drew decides to take control. Is this a good idea?

Pre-credit sequence. When we left things, Coyopa had just weakened a weak tribe by booting the otherwise unappealing John Rocker. "We weren't winning anyways, so..." Alec says. "Kudos to the team," says Baylor, who thinks they'll be better with John Rocker's attitude removed. Dale admits that he let his social game slide and suspects he's toast if they lose again. Dale had a social game at some point?

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<p>Grant Gustin of &quot;The Flash&quot;</p>

Grant Gustin of "The Flash"

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TV Ratings: 'Flash' zips past ABC, FOX as 'Marry Me' helps normal Tuesday split

NBC tops the key demo while 'NCIS' leads CBS overall

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

The second week of "The Flash" kept The CW in third place for Tuesday in the key demo as the impressively steady "NCIS: New Orleans" helped CBS win the night overall and the "Voice"-boosted "Marry Me" premiere contributed to NBC's win among young viewers.

The drop for "The Flash" was easily within expectations and still led into another strong showing for "Supernatural."

ABC got most of Tuesday's negative news with the flattish "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." as the night's lone bright spot. "Selfie" was down to The Mulaney Line (a 1.0 in the key demo), "Manhattan Love Story" remained below The Line and dipper in viewers and "Forever" continued its steady slip.

FOX's comedies were also in a low place, as repeats in the 8 p.m. hour put the network itself below The Mulaney Line for Tuesday.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Jane the Virgin</p>

Jane the Virgin

Credit: CW

TV Ratings: NBC wins Monday, 'Jane the Virgin' debuts well for CW

No big drops, with 'Scorpion' and 'Gotham' stabilizing

Fast National ratings for Monday, October 13, 2014.

Monday night's 49ers-Rams game aired on one CBS affiliate and one CW affiliate, which may skew the final ratings a bit, but in preliminary numbers, the CW's "Jane the Virgin" had a promising debut, "Scorpion" stabilized after last week's big drop, "Big Bang Theory" was the night's most-watched show, and NBC won the night on the strength of "The Voice" and "The Blacklist."

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'Gotham' star Robin Lord Taylor says Oswald is 10 percent of the way to full Penguin

'Gotham' star Robin Lord Taylor says Oswald is 10 percent of the way to full Penguin

What's up with the Gordon-Cobblepot relationship going forward?

In the world of FOX's "Gotham," Future Batman is a sad middle schooler. Future Riddler is a puzzle enthusiast working for Gotham PD. Future Catwoman is an agile girl with trust issues. And Future Poison Ivy is just a kid with some interest in horticulture. 

Perhaps that's why it's so much fun to watch Robin Lord Taylor strutting or waddling his stuff as Oswald Cobblepot. No, he isn't The Penguin, but Oswald is well on his way to being an ingratiating little budding psychopath. 

"I don't know if there was ever a completely 'normal' Oswald," Taylor said when he stopped by the HitFix video studio last week, referencing the eccentric performance by Carol Kane as Mama Cobblepot as some of the origin for the eventual supervillain. 

When last we saw Oswald, he was popping up at Jim Gordon's door, which is sure to cause awkwardness since so far as several crime lords know, The Future Commissioner Gordon shot Oswald and let his body wash away.

"I do think that Gordon is really the only person in Gotham City who Penguin trusts and, on top of that, he owes him his life and I don't think he takes that lightly," Taylor teases. In a little bit that was trimmed from this interview, Taylor suggested that Oswald isn't likely to feed Gordon a guilt trip about the crimes he's committed since Gordon let him go free. See, Oswald just wants a friend. 

As vicious and an unpredictable as Taylor's Oswald is, though, the actor says we have a whole lot of darkening and craziness to go.

"I think we're 10 percent there," Taylor says of his journey to Penguin-dom.

Check out the full interview above.

And a new episode of "Gotham" airs Monday night at 8 p.m. on FOX.

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 252

Dan and Alan review 'Jane the Virgin,' 'Marry Me' and talk 'Walking Dead' and 'Boardwalk Empire'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.

Time for a slightly early-in-the-week installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

We bumped this podcast up to Monday so that we could get in a review for The CW's "Jane the Virgin," which we both kinda like. It also adds some freshness to our discussions of Sunday's "The Walking Dead" and "Boardwalk Empire."

In this busy podcast, we also reviewed NBC's "Marry Me," discussed the first few "Parenthood" episodes of the season and answered a few pieces of Listener Mail.

Whee!

Next week's podcast might be a bit later in the week so that I can catch up on a few things that I won't get to this week. That was just a warning. Worry not. A podcast will exist.

And here's today's breakdown:
"Jane the Virgin" (00:00:55 - 00:13:30)
"Marry Me" (00:13:30 - 00:21:50)
Listener Mail: FOX's fall struggles (00:22:20 - 00:31:20)
Listener Mail: Haircut-based TV declines (00:31:25 - 00:41:55)
"Parenthood" (00:42:00 - 00:53:00)
"The Walking Dead" (00:53:10 - 01:08:00)
"Boardwalk Empire" (01:08:00 - 01:28:00)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

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

<p>Zombies! From &quot;The Walking Dead&quot; Season 5.</p>

Zombies! From "The Walking Dead" Season 5.

Credit: AMC

'Walking Dead' Season 5 premiere sets AMC records

Zombie favorite returns above last fall's premiere

America's appetite for brains, or at least our appetite for watching the living dead and their appetite for brains, remains unabated.

AMC's "The Walking Dead" returned on Sunday (October 12) night and set new highs for both the series and, by logical extension, for the network.

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