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)

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<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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Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC' 'Bad Judge'
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Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC' 'Bad Judge'

The pilot for Kate Walsh's new comedy stinks, but it's being retooled

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>The second part of &quot;Who Shot Mr. Burns?&quot;</p>

The second part of "Who Shot Mr. Burns?"

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FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon: Day 4 - HitFix Picks

From Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z, our picks feature Poochie, obesity, Radioactive Man and more

[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 4 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon really is where the show hits its peak. It's possible that it can't equal the heights of Day 2 and Day 3, but there's a depth to the episodes between "Round Springfield" and "Grade School Confidential" that no other day can top.

How good is this day? I even like the big Abe episode, "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish.'"

How good is this day? We didn't even consider "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" and it includes the immortal line, "To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems."

And we considered, but didn't write up "Homer's Phobia," with John Waters in one of the show's best guest vocal turns.

And nobody even mentioned "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)" even though Homer's Guatemalan insanity pepper hallucination is an aesthetic highlight.

It's so good that we even let Drew write up a third favorite, because otherwise "Lisa the Vegetarian" wasn't gonna make our recommendations and that would have been sad, though his blurb doesn't mention any of my three favorite lines from that episode, which only goes to show how many great episodes are in Day 4 and how many great lines there are in some of these episodes.

But don't worry. We still found at least one episode for you to skip if you want to nap.

Check out our recommendations for Day 4 and chime in with your own favorites...

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