<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;America&#39;s Got Talent&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "America's Got Talent"

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TV Ratings: Small 'America's Got Talent,' 'Food Fighters' bumps lead NBC Tuesday

Maroon 5 draws few viewers to The CW

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

NBC's "America's Got Talent" and "Food Fighters" were both up a hair from last week and carried the network to Tuesday wins in all measures.

There were few other notables on Tuesday, with ABC's special "Bachelor in Paradise" copying Monday's numbers and The CW's "IHeart Radio Album Release Party with Maroon 5" drawing a negligible audience.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;The President Wore Pearls&quot;</p>

"The President Wore Pearls"

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 7 - HitFix Picks

A religious conversation, Artie Ziff's return, a musical episode... AND A HOTPLATE

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

Day 7 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon goes from "Simpsons Tall Tales" (the end of Season 12) through to "The President Wore Pearls" (the beginning of Season 15).

I must admit: The "Simpsons" fans on Team HitFix are beginning to drop like flies. Josh Lasser's fandom carried through the Tomacco episode, but no further. David Lewis wrote a blurb here for "Simpsons Tall Tales," the episode he says ended his active support of the show. 

Fortunately, Sepinwall and I had a pair of favorites apiece and Katie Hasty also had a preferred episode, so we've got some recommendations for you, plus a couple episodes you can avoid. 

[And while I only wrote up two episodes I love, there are at least 10 more that I'll be happy to rewatch if I'm around and another 10 more that I'd enjoy having on in the background. Possibly more. This may be the worst period for "The Simpsons" thus far, but I'll always maintain that middling-to-poor "Simpsons" is still more rewatchable than nearly anything else on TV.]

Check out our recommendations for Day 7 and chime in with your own favorites...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 243

Dan and Alan discuss the 2014 Emmys, 'Garfunkel and Oates,' 'Rectify' and more

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

It's time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

If you have a hankering for nearly 45 minutes of Emmy blathering, you'll love this podcast.

If you don't... We discussed the full second season of "Rectify," the first three episodes of IFC's "Garfunkel and Oates" and then we had two relatively good "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 episodes to talk about.

Whee!

It is, as she said, a long one...

Today's breakdown:
The 2014 Emmys (00:00:45 - 00:43:10)
"Garfunkel and Oates" (00:43:10 - 00:54:50)
"Rectify Season 2 (00:55:00 - 01:13:10)
"Friday Night Lights" Summer Rewatch (01:13:15 - 01:38:10)

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>Your &quot;Breaking Bad&quot; Emmy winners</p>

Your "Breaking Bad" Emmy winners

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TV Ratings: NBC gets top-rated Monday Night Emmys since 1976

'MasterChef,' 'Hotel Hell' and 'Under the Dome' are only slightly impacted

Fast National ratings for Monday, August 25, 2014.

Airing on an atypical Monday in August, the Primetime Emmy Awards delivered primetime-winning numbers for NBC, despite the repetitive nature of the big winners. 

Per NBC, fast nationals for the Emmys telecast were down from last year's show, which benefited from an inflated NFL lead-in, but they were up from the 2012 telecast. In fact, NBC is claiming that these were the second highest ratings Emmys in preliminary metered market ratings in the past eight years.

We will, of course, have more accurate figures later, but if Seth Meyers' claim that these were the first Monday Emmys since 1976 was correct, then we're confident saying this was the highest rated Monday Emmys telecast since 1976.

The Emmys had only limited impact on the competition. FOX's "MasterChef" dropped in viewers but was flat in the key demo, while "Hotel Hell" maybe even rose a hair in the demo. ABC's "Mistresses" was up week-to-week and CBS' "Under the Dome" posted only a small drop. On The CW, "America's Next Top Model" was down, but only a hair.

On to the numbers...

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 6 - HitFix Picks
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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 6 - HitFix Picks

These episodes are a glove-slapping, computer-tapping, hunger-striking fun

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

Day 6 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon starts with "The Simpsons Bible Stories" and carries through "Children of a Lesser Clod," going from Episode 221 through Episode 268.

Again, we're not in the Golden Age anymore, but that doesn't mean that there aren't great episodes kicking around in here. We have seven top-notch recommendations and that doesn't even include the crayon-in-the-brain favorite "HOMR" or the toad-licking "Save me Jeebus!" fun of "Missionary: Impossible."

Actually, "Missionary: Impossible" should definitely be here, but I'd already saluted two favorites and nobody else wanted to call it. Oh well.

Check out our recommendations for Day 6 and chime in with your own favorites...

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<p>Bryan Cranston</p>

Bryan Cranston

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Emmy Awards 2014 Live-Blog

Will 'Orange Is The New Black' and 'Breaking Bad' reign? Or will upsets abound?

Never again, TV Academy. 

Never again.

I don't care if NBC has to do the Emmys in August because of football and if NBC is scared of going head-to-head with a competing award show. Doing the Emmys on Monday is just wrong.

But we shall trudge on!

Seth Meyers is hosting. Some fantastic TV shows and actors are nominated. 

Follow along. Comment below. Join the fun. Make the fun.

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<p>2006&#39;s &quot;The Omen&quot;</p>

2006's "The Omen"

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Lifetime orders 'Omen' sequel 'Damien' straight to series

'Walking Dead' veteran Glen Mazzara is bringing a new Damien to TV

Are you ready for a "dark, romantic" incarnation of Satanic tyke Damien?

Lifetime sure hopes so, because the cable network has ordered a six episode straight-to-series sequel to "The Omen," fittingly titled "Damien."

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<p>NFL Preseason action from Sunday</p>

NFL Preseason action from Sunday

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TV Ratings: Bengals-Cardinals NFL preseason and a 'Big Brother' high lead Sunday

VMA and 'True Blood' finale ratings won't be out until later

Fast National ratings for Sunday, August 24, 2014.

A season high for "Big Brother" delivered Sunday's best individual performance among young viewers, but it was an NFL preseason game between the Bengals and Cardinals that led NBC to Sunday ratings victories.

Among other Sunday notables, "Rising Star" rose a tiny bit in its season finale and "Unforgettable" was also up a hair.

Note that FOX had NFL preseason overrun, skewing its early-evening results, while NBC will have the normal live event uncertainty.

We'll also have to wait until later for major cable results, including the series finale for HBO's "True Blood" and MTV's Video Music Awards coverage.

On to the numbers...

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 5 - HitFix Picks
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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 5 - HitFix Picks

Frank Grimes, gun control, the World Trade Center and a trio to skip

[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]

When folks complain that "The Simpsons" hasn't been good for 15 years, we normally mock them, but as we hit Day 5 of FX's Every Simpsons Marathon, even we have to admit that there is a small shift in quality. There are still great episodes in this period, which goes from "The Canine Mutiny" through "Maximum Homerdrive," but a couple of our intrepid recommenders only took one episode apiece for this period. And we have a trio of "skippable" episodes at the end of the article. Expect the ratio of classic-to-skippable episodes to even out in the last week of the Marathon.

And some of the episodes in this period are kinda polarizing. Dave Lewis made "Homer's Enemy" one of this recommendations (and I'd be inclined to agree), but Frank Grimes hater Alan Sepinwall would have written a counterpoint had he had the time.

Check out our recommendations for Day 5 and chime in with your own favorites...

 

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MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Live-Blog
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MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Live-Blog

All the Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Beyonce and other people we can stand

Welcome, friends, to HitFix's MTV Video Music Awards 2014 live-blog. 

Earlier today I was watching FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon and it was the "Homerpalooza" episode, which begins with Homer lamenting that he's no longer hip to the contemporary music scene. 

Marge tells him not to worry.

"Record stores have always seemed crazy to me," she declares. "Music is none of my business."

Well, music is none of my business. Artists who aren't "American Idol" veterans or who haven't appeared on "American Idol" are none of my business. Actually, I take that back. I also know people who were on "X Factor," which is why I know who Fifth Harmony and Demi Lovato are. 

But with HitFix's actual qualified music staffers doing breakout stories and reviews of performances, I get to do a live-blog even though I know who none of these people are.

Follow along and make fun of my musical ignorance.

But remember... Music is none of my business. MTV and I have that in common.

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