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

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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.

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<p>Hugh Jackman of &quot;Pan&quot;</p>

Hugh Jackman of "Pan"

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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.

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<p>&quot;The Night Shift&quot;</p>

"The Night Shift"

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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...

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

Jon Hamm of "Mad Men"

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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

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.

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<p>Masters champion Jordan Spieth</p>

Masters champion Jordan Spieth

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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...

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<p>Amy Schumer</p>

Amy Schumer

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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!

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<p>Hali of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Hali of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Interview: Hali Ford talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

Whose vote against her was 'like the dog returns to his vomit'?

I'm still not sure why Hali Ford and her alliance were so surprised at the end of Wednesday (April 8) night's "Survivor: Worlds Apart." 

I guess I can understand why Hali was surprised. It would have been reasonable that, given the options in her four-person minority group, the game steering Blue Collar group would have targeted the seemingly stronger Jenn or the seemingly more annoying Shirin rather than voting against Hali, who proved a patriotic member of the newly merged Merica Tribe.

But even after talking to Hali, I don't get why they assumed that wobbly Blue Collar partisan Sierra was going to join their anti-Dan vote, nor why anybody had a reason to expect either Will or Tyler or anybody else to give them enough votes to actually succeed. 

In this week's "Survivor" exit interview, Hali tries to explain what went wrong with the vote, why she was disappointed in Joe's strategic play and why it was more important to target Dan than Rodney. She also suggests that had she made it through this vote, she was prepared to move over to an alliance with Mike, even though we never saw them bonding on TV.

There were phone connection issues here that left me tentative about asking several Constitution studies questions that I had ready. I just wasn't prepared to have to repeat and over explain that sort of question. Apologies.

Check out the full Q&A below...

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<p>Tom Selleck of &quot;Blue Bloods&quot;</p>

Tom Selleck of "Blue Bloods"

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TV Ratings: Low 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' still lead Friday split

'20/20' and 'Grimm' stay true to normal form

Fast National ratings for Friday, April 10, 2015.

"Shark Tank" and "Blue Bloods" still led ABC and CBS to their usual primetime split on Friday night, though both shows were on the low side, continuing a recent downward trend for nightly ratings. 

Spring fever?

There isn't much to discuss about Friday's numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

"The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Smells Like a Million Bucks'

In Monaco, things teams experience ziplining and perfume-making

I know that sometimes teams are going to get lost on "The Amazing Race" and that every once in a while, getting lost is going to get a team eliminated on "The Amazing Race."

But if you're going to get lost on "The Amazing Race" and that's going to be your undoing... Try to make it dramatic. Ask 50 people for directions and get increasingly more flummoxed. Fight and throw your maps in the air in outrage. Bang your head against your car horn repeatedly. Go the wrong way and end up in an ocean or accidentally steer yourself into a foreign country, through a hostile border, forcing armed guards to shoot out your tires.

Oh and don't get so horribly lost that you get eliminated from "The Amazing Race" when you're in one of the smallest countries in the world.


More on Friday's (April 10) "The Amazing Race" after the break. But not much more. I don't care a lot...

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