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

The

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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<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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