<p>A Very 'Chuck' Wedding</p>
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A Very 'Chuck' Wedding

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 75

Dan and Alan talk finales ranging from 'Chuck' to 'Castle' to 'How I Met Your Mother'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls. Time for yet another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
Seriously, you've heard a lot of us lately. Because we didn't podcast til Tuesday last week, this is our third podcast in under a week. And they've all been long podcasts.
 
This week? FINALE-MANIA! 
 
Pretty much working our way through a checklist, we discuss the finales of "Survivor," "The Office," "Community," "Parks & Recreation," "Big Bang Theory," "Chuck," "Castle," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Good Wife," "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Simpsons."
 
Whew.
 
So clearly I don't need to add that this podcast contains lots and lots of spoilers? It's all for stuff that's already aired, in some cases weeks ago, but still... Spoilers ahoy!
 
Here's the breakdown:
The cancelation of "United States of Tara" -- 01:30 - 06:45
"American Idol" finale preview -- 06:50 - 12:10
"Survivor" finale -- 12:15 - 18:20
"The Office"/"Community"/"Parks and Recreation" -- 18:30 - 32:00
"The Big Bang Theory" -- 32:05 - 37:15
Listener Mail regarding cliffhangers -- 37:30 - 44:30
"Chuck" -- 44:30 - 51:00
"Castle" -- 51:00 - 56:30
"How I Met Your Mother" -- 56:30 - 01:03:20
"The Good Wife" -- 01:03:20 - 01:07:14
"Grey's Anatomy" -- 01:07:15 - 01:11:35
"The Simpsons" -- 01:11:35 - 01:17:25
 

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<p>&nbsp;Rachel Bilson of The CW's 'Hart of Dixie'</p>
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 Rachel Bilson of The CW's 'Hart of Dixie'

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 74

Dan and Alan discuss CBS and The CW's upfront presentations

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Happy Friday, Boys & Girls. 
 
As promised -- though perhaps a little on the late side -- it's time for a bonus upfronts week Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
On Tuesday, we covered the NBC, FOX and ABC upfronts. Today, it's CBS and CW. We also answered two pieces of related listener mail and then reviewed HBO's upcoming telefilm "Too Big to Fail."
 
We'll be back on Monday *or* Tuesday with a finale-driven podcast.
 
Here's the breakdown:
CBS's Upfront -- 01:00 - 28:20
The CW's Upfront -- 28:25 - 39:30
Listener Mail --  42:30 - 50:45

"Too Big to Fail" -- 51:00 - 01:00:00 

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<p>Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly and Annie Ilonzeh of 'Charlie's Angels'&nbsp;</p>
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Rachael Taylor, Minka Kelly and Annie Ilonzeh of 'Charlie's Angels' 

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 73

Dan and Alan discuss ABC, FOX and NBC's upfront presentations

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls. Time for a one-day-delayed installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
With Alan zipping around Manhattan on Monday for FOX and NBC's upfront presentations, there was no chance to podcast and we wanted to wait until after ABC announced today, hence the late hour. 
 
The result is roughly an hour-and-twenty minutes of upfronts conversation, covering NBC, FOX and ABC giving first impressions of their schedules and the little bits we've seen of their new shows. With any luck, we'll find time to podcast again on Friday so that we can give similar depth to CBS and The CW.
 
Here's the breakdown:
NBC's Upfront -- 06:00 - 36:40
FOX's Upfront -- 36:45 - 53:30
ABC's Upfront -- 53:35 - 01:20:30

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>Josh Charles of 'The Good Wife'</p>
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Josh Charles of 'The Good Wife'

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HitFix Interview: Josh Charles teases the 'Good Wife' finale

How are Will and Alicia different now than last season?
Fans of CBS' "The Good Wife" are a passionate lot and preview scenes from Tuesday (May 17) night's season finale have already been known to cause palpitations and conniptions.
 
Will and Alicia? It's on! Or is it?
 
Even if I knew what happens in the finale, titled "Closing Arguments," I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise, nor would Josh Charles.
 
I chatted with Charles last week after the season's penultimate episode, just to get a sense where things are going for Will in the finale and beyond. It was hard not to be struck by the "Sports Night" veteran's passion for his current project and the though he's put into his character. This was an interview where maybe I didn't get to ask as many questions as I might have liked, but when somebody is this exited and this articulate about their work, who's going to complain?
 
Click through for my interview with Josh Charles...
 
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<p>Ralph of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'</p>
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Ralph of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

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HitFix Interview: Ralph Kiser talks 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

Latest 'Survivor' bootee explains why Rob got lucky and Andrea slept on the ground
A farmer from Virginia, Ralph Kiser began the "Survivor: Redemption Island" season as one of the game's most colorful players, displaying carpentry skills, stumbling upon an Immunity Idol and not shying away from confrontation with the notorious Russell Hantz.
 
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<p>This is Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson). He may not exist anymore.</p>
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This is Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson). He may not exist anymore.

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HitFix Interview: Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman discuss the 'Fringe' finale and future

How will things change? Will the 2026 Future return? And more...
FOX's "Fringe" wrapped up its third season on Friday night with a brain-bending cliffhanger that left fans expressing themselves with excited combinations of exclamation points and question marks. 
 
Many fans loved the apparent shift in the "Fringe" paradigm. Some fans were less enamored. But for all of them, there was one major question: What the heck is this going to mean moving forward?
 
On Monday, I got on the phone with "Fringe" showrunners Jeff Pinkner and and Joel Howard "J.H." Wyman to discuss "The Day We Died" and the way it will ripple into Season Four this fall.
 
It won't surprise "Fringe" fans to know that I got very few concrete answers about next season, but I think that Pinkner and Wyman definitely provided a lot of insight into their approach to the structure and mythology of their show.
 
Click through for the full interview, but only assuming you've seen the finale...
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<p>The cast of 'Outsourced'</p>
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The cast of 'Outsourced'

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 72

Dan and Alan preview next week's upfronts, looking at what's in and out

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Happy Monday, Boys and Girls. Time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
Next week is a big week for TV, with the networks doing their upfronts presentations to advertisers and revealing their schedules for next fall. With that looming, Sepinwall and I spent around 40 minutes looking at the lay of the land and making predictions and analysis and whatnot.
 
Then, we answered a pile of Listener Mail.
 
Here's the breakdown:
Upfronts Preview -- 00:40 - 42:00
Listener Mail: TV shows you like despite unappealing heroes -- 42:05 - 47:20
Listener Mail: Non-English-language programming -- 47:20 - 50:30  
Listener Mail: Shows with overlapping locations -- 50:33 - 55:25
Listener Mail: Chuck Bass' bad behavior on "Gossip Girl" -- 55:30 - 01:01:25

 

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<p>Steve of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'</p>

Steve of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

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HitFix Interview: Steve Wright talks 'Survivor: Redemption Island'

Lots of talk about rice, race, Phillip and Russell with the latest 'Survivor' bootee
This week's "Survivor: Redemption Island" exit interview was with Steve Wright, 51-year-old former NFL veteran and yet another member of the nearly depleted Zapatera tribe.
 
And that, of course, meant only one thing: Lots and lots of talk about rice, or at least the circumstances through which a war over rice led to a war over race between Steve and Phillip.
 
Not surprisingly, Steve still thinks that Phillip is crazy and still insists that calling Phillip crazy is a reflection on the Former Federal Agent's sanity and not the color of his skin.
 
What else did Steve have to say about The Incident and about how he plans on treating Phillip at the live reunion? 
 
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<p>'The Beaver'</p>

'The Beaver'

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Movie Review: 'The Beaver'

The tone is erratic, but Mel Gibson's performance is committed
I may be the only person alive who kinda likes the romantic comedy "Keeping the Faith." It's not a great movie. It features Jenna Elfman as an apparently irresistible love interest, so it's at least partially doomed from the start. And Edward Norton somehow got it in his head that 128 minutes was an appropriate length for a slight romantic comedy.
 
What "Keeping the Faith" does that I admire, though, is that it takes a premise that seems like the set-up for a really cheap joke -- "So a priest and a rabbi fall in love with the same woman..." -- and finds a way to treat it more semi-seriously than one would ever expect or than you could ever have convinced anybody from trailers or promotion.
 
To be clear: The Jodie Foster-directed "The Beaver," the film I've actually sat down to write about today, has absolutely nothing to do with "Keeping the Faith." They share almost no common DNA beyond their similar basic medium.
 
What makes me link the two movies, in the most tenuous way possible -- I promise that after this introduction, I'll never mention "Keeping the Faith" again in this review or possibly ever again -- is that "The Beaver" could easily be a bad joke writ large. "Mel Gibson plays a guy who goes a little nuts and begins to only speak through a tattered beaver puppet." You hear that and you assume either that it's a cheap punchline or that the Oscar-winning director had a particularly wild weekend and TMZ was there to film the whole thing. See? Cheap punchline! To counteract that perception, "The Beaver" has been marketed as an almost whimsical fairy tale of a movie, something about a main character who was only able to become a better man by becoming a better beaver. 
 
The challenge is that "The Beaver" is neither of those two things. It isn't the broad, lazy joke and it isn't the maudlin, life-affirming, self-help movie. 
 
"The Beaver," which goes into limited release on Friday (May 6), is the kind of dark portrait of mental illness you rarely see on the big or small screen. Or at least that's one of the movies that "The Beaver" is trying to be, the one I appreciated most. Unfortunately, there's a wacky sitcom and a manipulative melodrama that are trying to force themselves onto the screen in "The Beaver" and neither Foster or writer Kyle Killen are quite strong enough to maintain the balance, though I found myself really respecting the effort.
 
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<p>Walton Goggins of 'Justified'</p>

Walton Goggins of 'Justified'

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 71

Dan and Alan talk 'Justified' and 'Fringe' on the eve of their finales

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Happy Monday and time for another Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
It's a light week this week, so we came in at barely under an hour, even after discussing the state of "Justified" and "Fringe" pre-finale and answering a pile of Listener Mail.
 
Next week? Much busier, as we preview where the networks stand on the eve of upfronts. Then the week after that, with the upfronts themselves, we'll probably have multiple podcasts. Very busy.
 
"Justified" pre-finale -- 01:00 - 20:30
"Fringe" pre-finale -- 20:40 - 33:00
Listener mail: Can a comedy be "the best show on TV" -- 33:22 - 39:15
Listener mail: Low-rated networks getting audiences -- 39:15 - 43:10
Listener mail: The decline of the lead-in -- 43:20 - 47:20
Listener mail: Shows that were successful after cast departures -- 47:30 - 58:50

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