<p>Laurence Fishburne of &quot;Hannibal&quot;</p>

Laurence Fishburne of "Hannibal"

Credit: NBC

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 292 - Emmy nominations, 'Hannibal'

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 3 and the 'Magnum PI' not-finale


Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!

It's time for this week's installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

Last week, knowing we wouldn't be recording until today, we requested that y'all send us questions to steer our Emmy nominations talk and you came through in spades! Great questions! And we started this podcast with over 30 minutes of Emmy nominations talk.

But that didn't record properly, so it's gone.

We started *this* podcast, then, with 20-ish minutes of apologies and Emmy nomination talk.

Then, for spoiler fans, we did a midseason check-in on NBC's "Hannibal," we talked a bit about the season-as-a-whole of Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" and then we did this week's Summer Finales ReWatch, which was neither a finale, nor a *re*watch for me. 

Today's breakdown:
Emmy nominations 00:01:00 00:20:20
"Hannibal" at midseason (00:20:30 - 00:37:50)
"Orange is The New Black" Season 3 (00:37:55 - 00:54:20)
"Magnum PI" not-finale (00:54:25 - 01:08:50)

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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<p>&quot;BoJack Horseman&quot;</p>

"BoJack Horseman"

Credit: Netflix

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 291 - 'BoJack Horseman,' 'Dinosaurs' and more

Dan and Alan also review 'The Jim Gaffigan Show,' 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' and more


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls! 

We're back!

I may be loitering over at TheFienPrint.com these days, while Alan may continue to be chugging along at HitFix, but The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast remains intact. 

We couldn't tell you anything definitive last week because there were some negotiations still to do, but everything is signed, sealed and delivered and the podcast will continue!


We have lots and lots of comedy in this week's podcast. Or we review lots and lots of comedy. We've got new series reviews for "The Jim Gaffigan Show," "Impastor" and that FX thing that I hate typing out. We also check in on the second seasons of "Married" and "BoJack Horseman."

And, finally, our Summer ReWatch Finales this week are "Alf" and "Dinosaurs"... 

Today's breakdown:
"The Jim Gaffigan Show" (00:02:30 - 00:15:50)
"Impastor" (00:16:00 - 00:22:15)
"Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" (00:22:20 - 00:34:45)
"Married" (00:34:45 - 00:42:35)
"BoJack Horseman" (00:42:40 - 00:52:45)
"Alf" & "Dinosaurs" finales (00:52:45 - 01:11:50)

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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<p>Richard Sammel of &quot;The Strain&quot;</p>

Richard Sammel of "The Strain"

Credit: FX

'The Strain' Season 2: 10 things we learned on the set

Recasting, Corey Stoll's wig, Guillermo del Toro's directing and more

TORONTO, ONTARIO. It's a mild spring day in Toronto, but unknowably dark things are happening at the Royal York Hotel.

A group of journalists has descended on the filming location for Season 2 of FX's "The Strain," but we can't see what's actually being filmed. 

Yes, the late-season episode is heavy on spoilers, not that it's really a spoiler to tease that one-or-more of our intrepid heroes have run afoul of the vampire hordes and one-or-more of our intrepid heroes is staging a rescue mission of some sort. That's standard operating procedure on the FX adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's thriller trilogy.

The real reason we can't observe filming is one of simple logistics: A pursuit is taking place in the stairwells of the Royal York. Stairwells are tight. The number of reporters isn't tiny. 

For that reason, we're sitting in a medium-sized ballroom at the Royal York, a room "Strain" producer Miles Dale tells us once housed a James Brown show, which seems nearly unfathomable as the stars of the "Strain" make their way in to sit down at a roundtable with the press over two days.

The headline of this story is either incomplete or misleading. We learned way more than 10 things over our two days of interviews. The problem is that many of the things we learned are spoilers relating to the entire second season "Strain" season, which premieres on July 12 on FX. Hardly a plotpoint was skipped during our various interviews, as we got details on the rising vampire menace, the determined human resistance and the fate of New York City.

This feature spoils nothing big, but sheds some light on Guillermo del Toro's directing contributions to the season, some key recasting, the state of Corey Stoll's wig, a couple important evolving "Strain" relationships and more.

Click through to whet your appetites for Season 2...

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<p>Aden Young of &quot;Rectify&quot;</p>

Aden Young of "Rectify"

Credit: SundanceTV

SundanceTV renews 'Rectify' for Season 4 - Here Are 5 Reasons You Should Watch

Aden Young gives one of TV's best performances

On the eve of its third season premiere, SundanceTV has renewed "Rectify" for Season 4.

With Season 3 premiering on Thursday (July 9) night, Season 4 will air in 2016 and, fittingly, SundanceTV said that an official episode count has yet to be announced, which makes sense for a show that has had six, 10 and six episodes in its first three seasons.

"Even in an increasingly crowded field of dramas on television, ‘Rectify’ has established itself as something special," blurbs Charlie Collier, president of AMC and SundanceTV. "What Ray McKinnon, this incredible cast and everyone associated with the show have been able to achieve is remarkable, and we are so pleased to usher in this third season with an order for a fourth. ‘Rectify’ has had such a huge impact in establishing SundanceTV as a home for high-quality, intelligent drama. We are excited to continue this important partnership with Ray and the entire team."

"Rectify" has made my end-of-the-year Top 10 each of the past two years and it joined Sepinwall's Top 10 for 2014. On this week's podcast, we raved about the start of Season 3, which finds the show on solid footing as it moves forward.

Sadly, though, most people still probably don't have a clue what "Rectify" is and with only 16 episodes to catch up on, here are five reasons you should watch Ray McKinnon's baby:

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

"America's Got Talent"

Credit: NBC

Tuesday Ratings: 'Hollywood Game Night' return caps NBC win, 'Zoo' is steady

'America's Got Talent' leads Tuesday in all measures

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

"America's Got Talent" and a decent return for "Hollywood Game Night" helped NBC cruise to Tuesday night victory overall and crush the competition in the key demographic. 

The night's other notable was very solid Week 2 retention for CBS' "Zoo," which was down only 0.1 in the key demo and a few hundred-thousand viewers overall.

Let's get to the numbers...

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How to find a good foil, by Guillermo del Toro: On 'The Strain'

How to find a good foil, by Guillermo del Toro: On 'The Strain'

Which changes from the books does the 'Pacific Rim' director love?

TORONTO, ONTARIO. Like a body finding itself overrun with squiggly bloodworms and going from human to vampire, FX's "The Strain" is undergoing a transformation.

The series launched last summer with a pilot directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan from the literary trilogy by Chuck Hogan. In the early rounds of promotion, "The Strain" had few cheerleaders more jovial and engaged than Guillermo del Toro and there are few cheerleaders more engaged and engaging than Guillermo del Toro.

But as "The Strain" moved deeper into its first season, deviations from the books became larger and larger. Thomas Eichhorst, pretty much an afterthought stooge in the book, became perhaps the TV show's defining villain in the hands of breakout star Richard Sammel. Nora's (Mia Maestro) unstable mother, a character whose importance stretches into the third book, was killed off with minimal emotional impact. And who the heck is "Dutch"?

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<p>Michael Chiklis of &quot;The Shield&quot;</p>

Michael Chiklis of "The Shield"

Credit: FX

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 290- 'Rectify,' 'Strain' and 'Shield' finale

Dan and Alan also review 'Masters of Sex' and '7 Days in Hell'


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls. After two weeks away, it's the triumphant return of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

We begin this week's podcast, because how could we not, by discussing my professional transition, which I announced last Thursday.

From there, there's plenty to discuss, including reviews for new seasons of "Rectify," "The Strain" and "Masters of Sex," plus the HBO comedy-sports special "7 Days in Hell."

Then we spent a lot of time talking about the series finale of "The Shield" which -- SPOILER!!! -- we really like.

And because we're assuming Firewall & Iceberg will continue, we also announced our next Summer Finale Rewatch offerings and they make me giggle.

Today's breakdown:
"Rectify" (00:02:40 - 00:13:00)
"The Strain" (00:13:00 - 00:28:00)
"7 Days in Hell" (00:28:05 - 00:34:50)
"Masters of Sex" (00:34:50 - 00:46:25)
"The Shield" finale (00:46:25 - 01:17:35)

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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<p>&quot;Penn &amp; Teller: Fool Us&quot;</p>

"Penn & Teller: Fool Us"

Credit: The CW

Monday Ratings: 'Bachelorette' leads ABC, 'Fool Us' returns strong for The CW

NBC is second with strong 'American Ninja Warrior'

Fast National ratings for Monday, July 6, 2015.

It didn't get much help from "The Whispers," but "The Bachelorette" delivered Monday's top performance in all measures and helped carry ABC to narrow Monday victories over "American Ninja Warrior"-driven NBC.

Monday also saw an unimpressive finale for NBC's "The Island," as well as a strong return for the premiere of The CW's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" and a slight uptick for the Top 20 reveal on "So You Think You Can Dance."

[Expect those "Penn & Teller" numbers to dip a little, since The CW had baseball preemptions in several markets, including Chicago.]

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Corey Stoll of &quot;The Strain&quot;</p>

Corey Stoll of "The Strain"

Credit: FX

'The Strain' star Corey Stoll promises a drunker, more humorous Season 2

What's up with Ephraim Goodweather and the vampire infection this summer?

TORONTO, ONTARIO. When we left the heroes of FX's "The Strain," the present was looking bleak. 

The New York City skyline already exhibited signs of the bedlam caused by the gradual infiltration of vampiric forces turning ordinary people into monomaniacal bloodsuckers bent on devouring loved ones. 

And as we ended the first season, the plucky anti-vampire resistance made up of virologists, ratcatchers and other motley believers, had just been dealt a major blow when direct sunlight failed to kill The Master.

It's late March and "The Strain" star Corey Stoll doesn't necessarily seem gloomy about the future. 

Sitting in a ballroom at the Toronto hotel serving as a location for a late-Season 2 "Strain" episode, Stoll admits that Dr. Ephraim Goodweather isn't just dealing with the undead this season, but will continue to face his own demons.

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<p>Women&#39;s World Cup Final</p>

Women's World Cup Final

Credit: AP

Sunday Ratings: How many people watched Team USA's World Cup win?

'Big Brother' and 'Celebrity Family Feud' still draw on Sunday

Fast National ratings for Sunday, July 5, 2015.

The US Women's National Team scored a decisive World Cup Final victory over Japan and also draw huge numbers to FOX on Sunday night.

The soccer action and its subsequent, extended post-game crushed Sunday competition that included ABC's summer hit "Celebrity Family Feud," CBS' reliable "Big Brother" and NASCAR coverage on NBC.

An obligatory reminder that these numbers reflect time period data and NOT the ratings for the soccer game itself, since the Final started in early primetime on the right side of the country, but only hit West Coast primetime in its second half.

Let's get to the numbers...

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