"American Idol"

 "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 12 Live-Blog - Chicago Auditions

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj take their ongoing squabble to a new locale

Yet again, I do want to reassure everyone that Dan is fine. He will be back to recap "American Idol" very soon, and he's just asked me to help out this week and next week, as he's very busy in Park City, Utah. I do hope he gets to see some of these early episodes, though, just so I know I'm not hallucinating these Mariah vs. Nicki encounters, which don't always make much sense (I blame editing) but thankfully don't seem too heated. Yet. 

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"American Idol"

 "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 12 Premiere Blog - New York Auditions

Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban join the judges' table

First off, Dan is fine. He was planning to be with all of you today, but alas, it was not to be. He called me shortly after he landed in Park City, Utah (where he's on deck to cover Sundance) and asked me to pinch hit, as the wi-fi there was on the fritz. There are very few things that can keep Dan from his appointed rounds (he's like a postal carrier that way), but an inability to actually file a story will take any reporter down at the knees. To complicate matters, I was in Santa Clarita visiting the set of "Vegas" at the time, so I'm also coming to the party a little late (thus, the lack of live blogging). My apologies in advance if this seems a little harried because, well... it is. So let's get on with the show!

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<p>Shirley MacLaine of &quot;Downton Abbey&quot;</p>

Shirley MacLaine of "Downton Abbey"

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Press Tour: PBS chief addresses 'Downton Abbey' airing delays, Kevin Clash fall-out

Will 'Downton' ever air day-and-date with The UK?
PASADENA, CA. - After 10 days of network and TV panels at the Television Critics Association press tour, Monday (January 14) marked the beginning of PBS' presentation time, with PBS President Paula Kerger addressing big news like the "Downton Abbey" premiere schedule and the fall controversy involving departed "Sesame Street" star Kevin Clash.
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 166
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 166

Dan and Alan talk TCA press tour, 'The Following,' 'Legit' and more


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! It's time for a new installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
You'll notice that while we're posting on Monday, this podcast was actually recorded at the end of last week, so there is NO discussion of the Golden Globes. Sorry. Sepinwall and I recorded when we had the time, contemplated recording more if we had time and then didn't have time. There's plenty here, but there's nothing about the last two days of TCA Press Tour or other things from the past few days.
And there's plenty here because I'm off to Sundance on Wednesday, so we won't have time to podcast again for the next 10-ish days. There may be a podcast at the *end* of next week, but there won't be anything before that. So we have lots of reviews here, including this Monday's premieres ("The Carrie Diaries") and next Monday's big premiere ("The Following).
This week's breakdown:
Press tour stuff (00:01:20 - 00:34:00)
"The Carrie Diaries" (00:34:10 - 00:43:50)
"Continuum" (00:44:00 - 00:50:55)
"The Kroll Show" (00:50:55 - 00:55:30)
"Archer" (00:55:30 - 00:58:00)
"Legit" (00:58:00 - 01:07:00)
"Ripper Street" (01:07:10 - 01:14:40)
"The Following" (01:15:10 - 01:31:10)


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.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes</p>

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes

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2013 Golden Globe Awards Live-Blog

Following Tina Fey & Amy Poehler and all of Sunday's winners

Because of the football game between the Patriots and Texans -- GO PATS! -- I missed most of the red carpet coverage before Sunday (January 13) night's Golden Globe awards.

That gives me something else to muse on during this live-blog, other than the usual winners, losers, speeches and graceful hosting by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Follow the live-blog, join the conversation and make fun of the dreadful predictions from me and Greg Ellwood.

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<p>The CW President Mark Pedowitz</p>

The CW President Mark Pedowitz

Credit: The CW

Press Tour 2013 Live-Blog: The CW Executive Session with Mark Pedowitz

Expect 'Battle Royale,' 'Arrow' and 'Vampire Diaries' spinoff questions

The CW President Mark Pedowitz has met with the Television Critics Association press tour a few times now, but Sunday (January 13) morning marks the first time he's come before us with that most elusive of TV programming unicorns -- a bona fide hit. 

How will the fall success of "Arrow" impact The CW in the present and what will it mean for future development, including the network's "Wonder Woman" prequel and more? 

Click through for the full TCA press tour live-blog:

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<p>David Nevins</p>

David Nevins

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Press Tour 2013 Live-Blog: Showtime Executive Session with David Nevins

Expect plenty of 'Homeland' and 'Dexter' talk

"Dexter" is back!

"Homeland" dominated the Emmys (but declined in quality)!

"Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex" are coming!

Expect these to be topics discussed when Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins meets with the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday (January 12) afternoon.

Click through for the full live-blog...

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<p>CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler</p>

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler

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Press Tour 2013 Live-Blog: CBS Executive Session with Nina Tassler

The head of TV's most watched network probably won't face much grilling

It's another relatively controversy-free season for CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler.

Yes, "Partners" and "Made in Jersey" tanked and neither "Vegas" nor "Elementary" is necessarily doing the numbers CBS would like, but it's still TV's most watched network and hits like "NCIS" show no sign of fading.

Click through to see what gets discussed in lieu of confrontation...

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<p>ABC President Paul Lee</p>

ABC President Paul Lee

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Press Tour 2013 Live-Blog: ABC Executive Session with Paul Lee

Expect updates on 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' from the ABC president

It's party time for ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee. 

Expect questions about the failure of of "Last Resort" and the upcoming production on Joss Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D."

Click through...

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<p>J.J. Abrams</p>

J.J. Abrams

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J.J. Abrams briefly discusses the end of 'Fringe'

Original co-creator talks about what he knew from the beginning
You probably know this already, but it's worth a reminder: J.J. Abrams is a busy guy.
In addition to working in post on his upcoming "Star Trek" sequel, Abrams' Bad Robot TV shingle has a busy roster that has made him a surprisingly regular presence at the Television Critics Association press tour this week, popping up to panel NBC's "Revolution" and dropping by FOX's TCA party to support the end of "Fringe."
Abrams was one of the three original creators of "Fringe," along with Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and he has remained a strongly interested creative force through the five-season run which will be wrapping up on January 18.
Along with a fellow reporter -- Credit on the non-HitFix questions to Will Harris -- I got a quick two-on-one chat with Abrams on Tuesday (January 8) night, talking for five minutes about the conclusion of "Fringe" and his reflections on the sci-fi drama's 100-episode run.
Click through for the full conversation.
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