<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' - 'Livin' on the Edge'

A fake Idol, an aspiring quitter and funny impressions boost a straight-forward episode

Pre-credit sequence. Hali's gone. I may not miss her, but Merica will, especially the awesome sloth who may or may not have anything to do with camp. Dan, standing by his "flippers never win" nonsense, is lecturing Shirin on how to play "Survivor," but Shirin is still hoping for a Blue Collar fracture. She wants to go to the end, which will only work if somebody on Blue Collar splits from the rest. Shirin tells everybody that she's voting for Mike at the end, which is the start of her fracturing process. Will she find help from Rodney? Boston's Finest thinks Dan is wrong in saying that flippers don't win the game, but he emphasizes that it matters when you flip and he sounds ready to flip at some point. How soon? Dunno, but let's just say Rodney isn't Blue till he dies at all. "I don't need no more friends. What I need is zeroes in my bank account," he says, promising he's got a Mike Tyson knockout punch coming, an analogy that lines up with his previous treatment of women. A storm is brewing and Jenn is miserable about her position in and participation in the game. "For selfish reasons, I don't want Jenn to go," Shirin admits, but she's also looking to make a new alliance of some sort. Shirin goes to work and she goes first to Mike and Sierra. Mike thinks that taking Shirin on would be a good way of getting rid of other threats and Shirin wants to target her former White Collar mate Carolyn. He's interested. And for Shirin, while she knows that flipping wouldn't put her in the driver's seat immediately, she's hoping to be "in the passenger seat backseat driving." Well, if she can pull this off, I'd be impressed.

Read Full Post
<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 7</p>

The "American Idol" Top 7

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - American Classics performances plus Elimination

Who did America target for elimination and who did Twitter send home?

Wednesday (April 15) night's "American Idol" theme is American Classics and America played some role in choosing the eligible songs and at some point, somehow, we'll find out who America put in the Bottom 2 and then America will get to go on Twitter and choose who we/they want to save.

That's a lot of responsibility on you tonight, America.

Good thing I only have to recap!

Click through and follow along.

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;Weird Loners&quot; went HOW low?</p>

"Weird Loners" went HOW low?

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'NCIS' leads CBS Tuesday as 'iZombie' devours 'Weird Loners'

'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and 'The Flash' post small demo gains

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

A weak week for "NCIS" still ranked as Tuesday's most watched show and finished behind only "The Voice" among adults 18-49. And with "The Voice" dropping and "Chicago Fire" airing a repeat, CBS was able to add a key demo crown to its normal overall Tuesday dominance.

Though "NCIS" may have been down from last week, there were a lot of positive notes on Tuesday as "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "The Flash" and "iZombie" were up a little, as was "NCIS: New Orleans."

With "New Girl" in a repeat, FOX's "Weird Loners" had what was presumably one of the ugliest in-season nights ever for an original comedy on the Big 4, helping the network easily finish in fifth. [The "Mulaney" finale averaged just over 1.1 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating, proving something can go lower than last night's "Weird Loners." But it's hard.]

Let's get to the numbers...

Read Full Post
Netflix locks up Season 4 of 'Orange Is the New Black'
Credit: Netflix

Netflix locks up Season 4 of 'Orange Is the New Black'

At the not-sociable-for-the-West Coast hour of 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday (April 15), Netflix made what surely wasn't a taxing announcement... "Orange Is The New Black" has been renewed for a fourth season. 

Duh. But also... Yay!

The third season of "Orange Is The New Black" is set to debut on Netflix on Friday, June 12.

The newly ordered (but previously a foregone conclusion) fourth season will premiere on Netflix in 2016.

Netflix also dropped a new Season 3 First Look on Wednesday. Check it out:

Read Full Post


Credit: Warner Brothers

Joe Wright gives Peter Pan a new spin on the set of 'Pan'

Plus a first look at the new poster for the pirating fantasy

LONDON, ENGLAND. Since J.M. Barrie birthed the character in 1902, Peter Pan has been imagined in myriad forms. He's been featured on-stage in plays and a musical. He's been the focus of live-action movies and animation, of wild reimagination and strict Barrie-inspired adherence. Everybody has a first image of Peter Pan that springs to mind, whether it's Disney, Mary Martin or even Robin Williams.

It's a property accompanied by expectations, which makes it familiar ground for director Joe Wright.

"I have a bit of a habit of that because, you know, 'Pride and Prejudice' was kind of quite close to a lot of people’s hearts. And 'Atonement' was as well and 'Anna Karenina' was as well," Wright says. "So I try not to really think about it and really just make a film that is representative of my own feelings about the book and my relationship with the book. And not worry too much. I try not to worry really."

It's August 2014 and it's Day 72 of the mammoth 91-day shoot for "Pan," Wright's ambitious Peter Pen origin story.

Read Full Post
<p>Hugh Jackman of &quot;Pan&quot;</p>

Hugh Jackman of "Pan"

Credit: Warner Brothers

Set Report: 'Pan' star Hugh Jackman is The Nicest Man in the World

Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund and director Joe Wright celebrate their Blackbeard

LONDON, ENGLAND. The Nicest Man in the World is strung up on a wire, hovering above an enormous pirate ship and yet entirely engulfed in the vastness of the studio at the Cardington Airship Sheds outside of London.

The Nicest Man in the World is actually in the process of being decidedly less-than-nice. Aboard a ship dubbed the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard and his gang of nefarious pirates have been fighting off a slew of Indians, including Rooney Mara's Tiger Lily and he who fights with Tiger Lily must surely face the audience's wrath.

Over and over again, Blackbeard is hoisted up into the air and comes swooping down, sword out-stretched. It's a threatening and, frankly, badass entrance, made all the scarier by Blackbeard's raw scalp, a scar that gets touched up between shots. It's clearly one of the key scenes in Joe Wright's revisionist Peter Pan epic "Pan" and there's little doubt that Hugh Jackman is having a ball being terrifying. Even if the frequent ascending and descending might get on a different actor's nerves. Each time, though, Jackman's intense glower remains alive and intimidating.

It's quite a feat for a man who is, by all accounts, The Nicest Man in the World.

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;The Night Shift&quot;</p>

"The Night Shift"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Gotham' returns low as 'Dancing,' 'Voice' lead Monday

'Scorpion' is Monday's scripted leader, while 'The Following' ticks up for FOX

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 13, 2015.

The Monday ratings race continues to be fairly basic. ABC wins comfortably overall thanks to "Dancing with the Stars," while NBC wins comfortably in the key demo thanks to "The Voice."

"Dancing with the Stars" was even up from last week and while "The Voice" dipped a hair in the key demo, it added a few viewers.

Monday's biggest notable was the return of "Gotham" after over a month away, which took a steep dive in all measures, but still helped "The Following" move up again after last week's series lows.

And while "The Originals" and "Jane the Virgin" both got huge bumps from last week, The CW had baseball preemptions in New York City, so these numbers are coming down.

Let's get to the numbers...

Read Full Post
<p>Jon Hamm of &quot;Mad Men&quot;</p>

Jon Hamm of "Mad Men"

Credit: AMC

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 277 - 'Orphan Black,' 'Messengers' & more

Dan and Alan also talk 'Mad Men' and 'Last Man on Earth'


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! 

It's going to be yet another double-episode week for The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

Today? Reviews. We start with The CW's "Messengers" and Season 3 of "Orphan Black," then we checked in on the polarizing evolution or devolution of FOX's "Last Man on Earth." Finally, we gabbed about the "New Business" episode of "Mad Men."

Check back on Thursday, probably, for the promised all-"Justified" podcast installment. If you have any last questions for that podcast, this evening is our cutoff at FirewallIceberg@HitFix.com.

Here's today's breakdown:
"Messengers" (00:01:15 - 00:09:20)
"Orphan Black" (00:09:20 - 00:22:45)
Listener Mail: "Last Man on Earth" (00:22:45 - 00:36:50)
"Mad Men" (00:36:55 - 01:06:20)

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.

Read Full Post
<p>Masters champion Jordan Spieth</p>

Masters champion Jordan Spieth

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: Masters conclusion boosts CBS Sunday as 'Odyssey,' 'A.D.' slip

'Game of Thrones' and MTV Movie Awards contribute to low night

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 12, 2015.

The conclusion of Jordan Spieth's record Masters run extended into primetime on Sunday, boosting CBS' slate and carrying the network to victory in most measures.

Other than the sport-skewed CBS lineup, most of the competition struggled on Sunday, with NBC's "A.D." and "American Odyssey" both taking dips and ABC's "Revenge" slipping below The Mulaney Line in the key demo.

It almost certainly didn't help that the broadcast networks had to compete with the season premiere of "Game of Thrones" and, to a lesser degree, the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. Those numbers will come later/eventually.

On to Sunday's network Fast Nationals...

Read Full Post
<p>Amy Schumer</p>

Amy Schumer

Credit: MTV

MTV Movie Awards 2015 Live-Blog

Amy Schumer hosts the annual celebration of one sort of cinematic excellence

Welcome to my live-blog for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, the year's only kudosfest likely to make me perpetually check for the correct spelling of "Ansel Elgort."

Sunday's (April 12) show is being hosted by Amy Schumer and offers the intrigue of Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne going against Zoe Saldana for Best On-Screen Transformation, but then makes you wonder how if Eddie Redmayne was eligible for stuff, he isn't up for Best Male Performance. And who doesn't like an award show pitting "Guardians of the Galaxy" against "Boyhood" against "Selma" for Movie of the Year?

Ladies and Gentlemen... The MTV Movie Awards!

Read Full Post