<p>J. August Richards got yet another new look</p>

J. August Richards got yet another new look

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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' guest J. August Richards on Deathlok's latest return

Has Mike Peterson taken control of Deathlok?

J. August Richards has been one of the most judicially used tools in the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." shed. 

The Joss Whedon veteran appeared in the show's pilot as newly enhanced struggling father Mike Peterson and then popped up periodically in the first season as the initially malevolent, but ultimately heroic Deathlok.

Every time Richards returns to "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," it seems like Deathlok has been modified somewhat, either with an embellished suit or with an evolution in Mike's connection to his humanity.

Richards' latest "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." appearance came on Tuesday's (April 7) episode and the actor just coincidentally happened to be on-set when a group of reporters descended on The Unmarked Marvel Black Site where the ABC series is shot.

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<p>Kyle Howard</p>

Kyle Howard

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'Your Family or Mine' star Kyle Howard on how his new TBS comedy isn't 'My Boys'

Is Howard's return to TBS like 'My Boys'? He explains the differences

Sometimes it seems like I spend a disproportionate amount of my life talking with actors about the differences between single-cam and multi-cam comedies.

Here's another of those interviews.

TBS and Sony Pictures TV's "Your Family or Mine" returns star Kyle Howard to the network and studio behind "My Boys," which had a well-regarded four-season run (but somehow aired only 49 episodes, which surprised me a little) ending in 2010.

In November, I sat down with Howard on the "Your Family or Mine" set to talk about whether he feels any continuity between his earlier sitcom and the new one -- this was before a new creative administration took over at TBS -- and how the difference between single-cam and multi-cam comedies impact him.

Howard agreed with co-star Kat Foster that the two leads have a very good chemistry and that that kind of chemistry is both rare and lucky. He also explains why he didn't have time to be star-struck around Richard Dreyfuss and JoBeth Williams, who play his "Your Family or Mine" parents.

"Your Family or Mine" premieres on Tuesday, April 7 on TBS.

Check out the full Q&A below.

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<p>&quot;Grace of Monaco&quot;</p>

"Grace of Monaco"

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Nicole Kidman dud 'Grace of Monaco' lands on Lifetime

Roughly one year after it was laughed out of the Cannes Film Festival, the Nicole Kidman debacle "Grace of Monaco" had finally found a home... Lifetime.

Lifetime announced this week that "Grace of Monaco" will premiere on Monday, May 25 at 8 p.m.

Directed by Olivier Dahan ("La Vie en Rose"), "Grace of Monaco" features Kidman in the title role and co-stars Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey and Paz Vegas.

In his D- review for the film, HitFix's Guy Lodge called "Grace of Monace" "a hilariously ham-handed attempt to dig beneath the Kelly mystique, only to find further foil-wrapped layers of mystique beneath. Well, maybe not mystique so much as a perfumed blankness."

"Grace of Monaco" stands at 9 percent Fresh on RottenTomatoes.

And now it'll almost certainly get Nicole Kidman a Golden Globe nomination and perhaps Emmy consideration. Who needs Oscars?

Lifetime is aggressively pushing into the business of rescuing film festival underperformers. Last month, the network set a May 2 premiere for Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon's "Stockholm, Pennsylvania," which drew only tepid interest at Sundance in January.

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<p>Kat Foster and Kyle Howard of &quot;Your Family or Mine&quot;</p>

Kat Foster and Kyle Howard of "Your Family or Mine"

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'Your Family or Mine' star Kat Foster on the Myth of Romantic Chemistry

Co-star Kyle Howard made her believe in casting magic

Kyle Howard has made his "Your Family or Mine" co-star Kat Foster believe in love, or at least believe in on-screen chemistry.

"I never totally bought the idea of 'chemistry,' like 'romantic chemistry.'" Foster told me. "I always thought like,'"Oh well if you’re a nice and sweet person with some kind of charm you can probably kind of have chemistry with anyone.' And I thought that for a while and then as we’ve shot the show I’ve started to buy chemistry because I truly feel that Kyle and I really have a genuine kind of simpatico that is actually very, very rare to find with someone you’re playing opposite."

All together now: "Awww..."

The conceit of "Your Family or Mine" is that Foster's Kelli and Howard's Oliver are married. Each episode alternates between the couple's interactions with her family -- Her mom and dad are Ed Begley Jr and Cynthia Stevenson -- and his -- with Richard Dreyfuss and JoBeth Williams as his parents. Theoretically, this structure allows us to see how individuals and couples are different depending on the high-pressure context of their respective families.

I talked with Foster and most of her "Your Family or Mine" co-stars in November on the TBS comedy's set in Culver City. In addition the chemistry question, we discussed the fun and challenge of playing differently inflected versions of the same character, as well as her comfort level with the multi-cam comedy format.

"Your Family Or Mine" premieres on Tuesday, April 7. 

Check out the full Kat Foster Q&A below...

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<p>&quot;Better Call Saul&quot;</p>

"Better Call Saul"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 275 - 'Mad Men' premiere, 'Better Call Saul' finale

It's an all-spoiler installment of Firewall & Iceberg, plus a little 'Twin Peaks' talk

The

Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

Because you've been so well-behaved, this will be a two-podcast week of Firewall & Iceberg.

There's not to review this week, including "Daredevil," "The Comedians" and the returns of "Louie," "Veep" and "Silicon Valley," among other things.

And none of that is in this podcast.

In this podcast, we talked about "Mad Men," the finale of "Better Call Saul" and a little bit about the David Lynch/Showtime kerfuffle involving "Twin Peaks."

So if you don't watch "Saul" or "Mad Men," this ain't the podcast for you, but check back on Thursday.

Today's podcast breakdown...
David Lynch and "Twin Peaks" (00:01:25 - 00:10:50)
"Mad Men" - "Severance" (00:11:00 - 00:45:48)
"Better Call Saul" finale (00:45:50 - 01:06:10)

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>The 2015 NCAA Championship</p>

The 2015 NCAA Championship

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TV Ratings: Wisconsin-Duke title game helps CBS dominate Monday

'The Following,' 'Jane the Virgin' draw ugly numbers

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 6, 2015.

A competitive showdown between high-powered and star-studded No.1 seeds Duke and Wisconsin helped the 2015 NCAA Championship Game draw its best overnight numbers in 18 years, getting a huge bump from last year's game and leading CBS to Monday domination.

Keep in mind, as always, that these are time period numbers for a game that started a bit after 9 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. PT, rather than ratings for the game itself.

While "The Voice" and "Dancing with the Stars" mostly held their own against CBS' basketball, the enhanced competition took a bite out of a few scripted shows, sending "The Following" to below The Mulaney Line with a 0.9 key demo rating and also dropping the drama below 3 million viewers. Basketball also sent The CW's "The Originals" and "Jane the Virgin" to low ratings.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Nina Dobrev of &quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot;</p>

Nina Dobrev of "The Vampire Diaries"

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Nina Dobrev is leaving 'The Vampire Diaries'

Season 7 will be a season of transition for the long-time hit

Already renewed for next year, "The Vampire Diaries" is going to look very different in Season 7.

On Monday (April 6) afternoon, Nina Dobrev took to Instagram to announce that this will be her last season on the CW hit.

In a long note accompanying a picture of Dobrev with "Vampire Diaries" co-creator Julie Plec, the star writes:

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<p>&quot;A.D. The Bible Continues&quot;</p>

"A.D. The Bible Continues"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: Solid 'A.D.' premiere, but '10 Commandments,' 'Madam Secretary' lead

'American Odyssey' stumbles from its solid lead-in

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 5, 2015.

NBC's "The Bible" sequel "A.D. The Bible Continues" delivered Sunday's best individual ratings, but "The Ten Commandments" still helped ABC score a slim Sunday win in the key demo, while CBS' dramas scored a slim victory overall.

Because of the Easter holiday, all of CBS' originals are deemed "specials" within Nielsen semantics, which probably doesn't matter to you, but certainly matters to CBS, since "Madam Secretary" and "The Good Wife" tied series lows and "Battle Creek" hit a low.

In addition to the decent launch for "A.D.," NBC also premiered "American Odyssey," which launched better than such early spring debacles as "The Slap" and "Allegiance," but launched lower than last spring's "Crisis" and suffered a decline at the half-hour.

Let's get to the numbers...

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

Kelly Remington of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Interview: Kelly Remington talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

Blue Collar devotee admits to post-Merge strategic gaffes

For fans of slick Idol play and Tribal Council blindsides, Wednesday's (April 1) "Survivor: Worlds Apart" episode was a season highlight.

Probably Kelly, the Blue Collar stalwart who fell victim to the Jenn's Idol shocker and had her torch snuffed, wasn't quite as enthusiastic, but at least Kelly realizes what she did wrong.

Looking back on her "Survivor" ouster, Kelly admits that she was so irked by her post-Shuffle Nagarote tribe that she could could only be bothered to play nice with them for a few days, but couldn't maintain that diplomacy after the Merge, leaving no doubt that she'd flipped and putting a target on herself. She still thinks, though, that voting her out was a personal decision and not a strategic move.

She's probably right.

In her exit interview -- a slightly truncated conversation due to travel and timing on my part -- the New York state trooper also discusses the impact of her challenge head injury and the amusement of watching Mike try and frequently fail to let her win a pre-Merge Immunity Challenge.

Click through for the full Q&A, in which I dwelled more on the lack of painkillers than I might have if I'd had a better sense of my reduced time...

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<p>Friday&#39;s &quot;Hawaii Five-0&quot;</p>

Friday's "Hawaii Five-0"

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TV Ratings: 'Blue Bloods,' 'Hawaii Five-0' make it a Good Friday for CBS

'Dateline' and 'Grimm' put NBC in second for the night, while 'Cristela' rises

Fast National ratings for Friday, April 3, 2015.

Good Friday and the first night of Passover had a smaller impact on the Friday ratings race than ABC's "Shark Tank" repeat, as "The Amazing Race," "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" were able to sweep the primetime hours and give CBS wins in most measures.

Friday offered little else of note, though The CW got decent numbers for "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" and FOX's "21 Jump Street" airing couldn't compete with last week's "Grown Ups."

Oh and "Cristela" was up for ABC, if you're paying attention. Apparently there was a crossover with "Last Man Standing." Who knew?

On to the numbers...

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