<p>&quot;Springfield Up&quot;</p>

"Springfield Up"

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 9 - HitFix Picks

'The Simpsons Movie' joins the Marathon, plus five more episodes to watch

[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 9 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "Simpson Christmas Stories" (mid-Season 17) through "Funeral for a Fiend" (mid-Season 19). It's a bit truncated in terms of half-hour episodes, because from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. FXX is airing "The Simpsons Movie."

Fortunately, we've got some episodes to recommend and Sepinwall wanted to salute the movie, so you can still dedicate quality time to the Marathon.

And there are some good ones we didn't get to. I love the poetry humor and author cameos in the poorly titled "Moe'N'A Lisa." And I know lots of fans love "24 Minutes," but nobody in our dwindling group of fans wanted to salute it. Feel free to watch, though!

Check out our recommendations for Day 9 and chime in with your own favorites...

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<p>&quot;Jericho&quot;</p>

"Jericho"

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'Jericho' wins HitFix's first Uncanceled Showdown

The finale pit CBS' post-apocalyptic drama against 'Almost Human'

Even though ratings were only tepid after its first resurrection by CBS, "Jericho" has won HitFix's first Uncanceled Showdown as the series fans would most like to see get a second (or, in this case, third) chance on air.

After three weeks of voting, which saw over 900,000 votes cast, "Jericho" had no trouble conquering "Almost Human" in the final round and claiming our crown.

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<p>Adam and Bethany of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Adam and Bethany of "The Amazing Race"

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'Amazing Race' Season 25 cast pictures revealed

The cast was already announced when they left NYC in May

Another day, another CBS reality show cast announcement, as "The Amazing Race" has revealed the 11 teams competing in the upcoming season.

Thursday's (August 28) cast announcement was rather different from CBS' Wednesday unveiling of the latest "Survivor" cast, which includes controversy-inflaming former Major Leaguer John Rocker and former "Amazing Race" veterans Nadiya and Natalie Anderson.

CBS actually announced the 11 "Amazing Race" teams back at the end of May, when a very public starting line in the heart of Times Square required some measure of early transparency lest social media spoil all the secrets ahead of time.

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<p>Halle Berry from &quot;Extant&quot;</p>

Halle Berry from "Extant"

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TV Ratings: 'Dance,' 'Extant' rise while 'Talent' and 'Big Brother' lead Wednesday

CBS tops the key demo, while NBC wins overall

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

"Big Brother" helped CBS win Wednesday night among young viewers, while "America's Got Talent" helped NBC win overall. Same as it ever was.

There were minor positive fluctuations with a slew of Wednesday originals, with "Extant," "So You Think You Can Dance" and the season finale for "Motive" all rising slightly. "Big Brother," "America's Got Talent" and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" were flat.

None of those variations were especially notable.

On to the numbers...

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 8 - HitFix Picks
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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 8 - HitFix Picks

Marge drinks and crusades, while Homer builds a robot in our picks

[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.]

And then there were only two.

Day 8 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon takes us from "The Regina Monologues" to "The Italian Bob," or from early in Season 15 through to early in Season 17. 

Honestly, I think that some of these are mighty funny installments for a show that went past its 350th episode in this period, but there's no question that a fair amount of repetitiveness had set in here and an impressive number of plots feel either cribbed from earlier shows, or at least siblings to earlier plots. I mean... Homer gets an RV again! Sideshow Bob tries to kill Bart a couple times! The Simpsons go to... Italy and England and China!

Perhaps that's why we're now just down to me and Sepinwall and Katie Hasty giving recommendations. But don't worry, we offered five up good episodes and I added two episodes that you can skip, though I suspect most viewers will be skipping closer to 30 or 40 or 50 episodes.

Check out our recommendations for Day 8 and chime in with your own favorites...

 

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<p>Zach Galifianakis</p>

Zach Galifianakis

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Zach Galifianakis makes FX a 'Baskets' case for 2016

Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel co-created the comedy with the 'Hangover' star

FX has given a series order to "Baskets," a new comedy from the creative all-star team of Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel.

But don't get too invested in "Baskets," because its premiere is a mighty long way away.

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<p>Nadiya and Natalie of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>

Nadiya and Natalie of "Survivor"

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New 'Survivor' cast features 'Amazing Race' twins and John Rocker

A former Miss Michigan is also among the 18 new castaways

While the second "Blood vs. Water" cast for "Survivor" doesn't feature any returning castaways, that doesn't mean that the group is devoid of familiar faces.

CBS announced the new "Survivor" cast on Wednesday (August 27) morning and, to put it politely, notoriety abounds.

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<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.

 

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