Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 246

Dan and Alan review 'Red Band Society' and 'Mysteries of Laura' and complete the Summer ReWatch


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

It's time for the first of what we expect will be two installments of The Firewall & Iceberg podcast this week.

We'll have an installment at the end of the week with a LOT of new show reviews, because otherwise next week will be utterly untenable. This podcast, though, only has reviews for FOX's "Red Band Society" and "Mysteries of Laura."

And then, we wrap up this summer's Podcast Rewatch, "Friday Night Lights" Season 2. We talk about the last two episodes of the season and then we have a lot of fun debating and ranking the worst characters and plotlines. I think it's a great wrap-up to a Summer ReWatch I quite enjoyed doing and we hope you did, too!

Today's Breakdown:
"Red Band Society" (00:01:00 - 00:11:50)
"Mysteries of Laura" (00:11:50 - 00:22:45)
"Friday Night Lights" Summer ReWatch (00:22:50 - 01:22:05)

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10 Burning Questions for Returning Fall TV Shows - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' to 'Sleepy Hollow'

10 Burning Questions for Returning Fall TV Shows - 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' to 'Sleepy Hollow'

Can 'New Girl' bounce back? Will a non-pregnant Kerry Washington change 'Scandal'?

Much of the attention each fall is paid to new shows. Which new programs will break out from the pack and become hits? Which dud will suffer the ignominy of being the fall's first cancellation? Which shows will grow to become assets in the TV landscape and which shows wasted all of their good ideas in the first couple episodes?

But let's not forget the dozens of shows that are returning to networks and cable before the end of 2014, because there are some entice questions to be asked.

Could a show like "New Girl" or "Homeland" pass through last season's creative rough patches to become favorites again?

Could a show like "The Good Wife" squander last season's momentum after too many big twists last year?

Will early-season time period trickery hurt "The Big Bang Theory"? Will nine months off the air hurt "Sleepy Hollow"?

What's in store for the few shows already heading toward their series finales?

Sepinwall and I field many of the Big Questions for Returning Shows in this gallery.

<p>Gillian Jacobs</p>

Gillian Jacobs

Credit: Bravo

Gillian Jacobs and Judd Apatow will make 'Love' on Netflix starting in 2016

Don't worry, 'Community' fans, this doesn't Britta up Season 6

It's official: Confirming reports that have been floating around since the summer, Netflix announced on Tuesday (September 16) that it has given a two-season commitment to the new comedy "Love," which comes from Judd Apatow, among other producers.

[Yes, there's an old joke involving Marilyn Monroe's "Let's Make Love" that I want to make here, but I can't remember exactly how the joke went.]

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<p>Monday&#39;s &quot;Dancing with the Stars&quot;</p>

Monday's "Dancing with the Stars"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Dancing' premiere, 'MasterChef' finale lead Monday

CBS' 'Under the Dome' rises week-to-week

Fast National ratings for Monday, September 15, 2014.

The 19th season premiere for ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" came in well below last September's return, but still dominated Monday night overall. ABC's "Castle" repeat in the 10 p.m. hour allowed FOX to move up for a primetime tie thanks to the season finale for "MasterChef."

"Dancing" was down by 23 percent from last fall's premiere, but a much acceptable eight percent from the most recently spring return. ABC wants to emphasize that this was the most watched series telecast since May. And of course it was.

CBS was second overall for the night thanks to a rising installment of "Under the Dome," while the "USA vs. the World" special episode of "American Ninja Warrior" carried NBC to third among young viewers.

On to the numbers...

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Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone talk puzzling, modeling and 'New Girl' Season 4

Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone talk puzzling, modeling and 'New Girl' Season 4

Plus, more details on Winston's basketball career

Season 3 of "New Girl" was a season of transition for Hannah Simone's Cece and Lamorne Morris' Winston.

For Cece, the season began with her discovering that she was being cheated on and saw her giving up on her modeling aspirations to become, at least in the short term, a bartender, before she left on a romantic dalliance with a younger man.

Meanwhile, Winston began to come to terms with his thwarted hoop dreams and seemed to find at least a temporary calling as a potential police officer, while putting his own needs second to those of his cat. 

Last week, I sat down with Morris and Simone to talk about the season of quarterlife crisis and the impact of those changes on Cece and Winston this season.

We also talked quite a bit about Winston's run of weekly peculiarities.

"I caught on probably once Max Greenfield said something out loud about it," Morris says.

And yes, the conversation contains plenty of talk about Winston's subpar basketball career and the allure of puzzling, complete with a brief chorus of the "Puzzling" song. 

The "New Girl" writers would do well to note that Morris and Simone are really funny together. 

"New Girl" premieres on Tuesday, September 16 night at 9 p.m. on FOX.

15 most anticipated new shows for Fall 2014 - 'Gotham,' 'Flash' and more

15 most anticipated new shows for Fall 2014 - 'Gotham,' 'Flash' and more

Which of your most anticipated fall shows didn't make our list?

No, we're not going to try to convince you that this is the most promising fall for new TV in years.

If you've followed my Take Me To The Pilots series, you can already guess that there are a handful of B-grade and B-minus-grade pilots, several of which absolutely have the potential to get better than that, but all of which have the potential to drop lower.

If you're a fan of comic books, this is probably your fall, with "The Flash" and "Gotham" ranking among our favorite network pilots and "Constantine" having theoretical potential, though we'll have to see some episodes with the new female lead before drawing conclusions.

But don't think that networks have started programming only to 18-34-year-old men. "Jane the Virgin" and "How To get Away With Murder" are just a couple of the new network shows targeting different demos, while expanding our range to cable and streaming services let us look forward to the likes of "Transparent," "The Affair" and HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" miniseries.

Here are 15 new shows and movies we're looking forward to this fall, but they aren't the only things with potential. For example, FOX's well-acted "Gracepoint" takes a long time to get going, but by its seventh episode, it's not "Broadchurch" anymore. And we wouldn't rule out the possibility that the casts of "Selfie" or "Mulaney" or "Madam Secretary" could make those must-catch shows by December.

Check out our gallery:

<p>Rebecca Rittenhouse</p>

Rebecca Rittenhouse

'Red Band Society' co-star Rebecca Rittenhouse discusses bridging the age gap

What secrets is the newcomer's Nurse Brittany harboring?

Rebecca Rittenhouse is stuck between worlds on FOX's "Red Bad Society."

Set in and around the pediatric ward at a hospital, sets up the patients and the health care providers. 

The kids are played by network TV relative newcomers like Nolan Sotillo, Zoe Levin, Ciara Bravo, Charlie Rowe and Brian "Astro" Bradley.

The grown-ups, in contrast, are led by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, frequent TV regular Dave Annable and Wilson Cruz, who only played one of the pivotal characters on one of the pivotal teen dramas in history.

Rebecca Rittenhouse, however, is going to be a fresh face to nearly everybody checking out "Red Band Society," which premieres on Wednesday (September 17) night on FOX. She has fewer screen credits than most of the young stars of "Red Band Society," but she's also in a position of some on-screen authority as Nurse Brittany.

It's an appropriate position for Rittenhouse. Her character is a nurse and a caregiver, idolizing Spencer's Nurse Jackson. However, she's also young enough that her patients can engage in flirtations and crushes with her that seem only somewhat inappropriate.

Last week, I sat down with Rittenhouse to discuss how Nurse Brittany fits into the world of "Red Band Society" and how the stratification within the story has impacted the cast off-screen. [Hint: They're all buddies!]

Check out the interview above...

<p>Conan O&#39;Brien at Simpsons Take The Bowl</p>

Conan O'Brien at Simpsons Take The Bowl

Credit: Matthew Imaging

Highlights from The Simpsons Take The Bowl

Conan O'Brien, tributes to Phil Hartman, Courtney Galiano and more

There's no point of reviewing Sunday (September 14) night's The Simpsons Take The Bowl show from The Hollywood Bowl, at least not in a traditional way.

Sunday's presentation was the third and final night for The Simpsons Take The Bowl and, alas, if you didn't catch one of the shows... That's it. Sorry.

Timed to loosely synchronize with the classic comedy's 25th anniversary, the show's recent syndicated move to FXX and Sunday, September 28 premiere for the new season, The Simpsons Take The Bowl was a terrific two hours of live music, singing and dancing, culminating in fireworks. The event featured an assortment of new animation tailored around the venue, but also included classic "Simpsons" bits including Homer's plummet down the Springfield Gorge, Homer's gambol through The Land of Chocolate and the transition from the Ajax Steel Mill into The Anvil.

I'm not sure that all of my favorite "Simpsons" musical moments were acknowledged. I guess Terry Cashman had other things to do and couldn't make a "Talking Softball" appearance. I know Harry Shearer is starring in a play in London and I assume Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner had similar reasons for being absent. Kelsey Grammer's a busy guy, but it should would have been nice to hear some Sideshow Bob crooning live. But when you're distilling 552 episodes, a movie, an Oscar nominated short and a hit album into a two-hour concert, choices will always be made. 

So in lieu of an actual review, let me quickly recount a few highlights:

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<p>Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears</p>

Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: Bears-49ers action leads NBC past Miss America on Sunday

'American Dad' and 'Unforgettable' also make ripples

Fast National ratings for Sunday, September 14, 2014.

NBC's Sunday Night Football telecast of a close game between the Bears and 49ers dominated a Sunday that also saw NFL coverage boost CBS, so-so numbers for Miss America and the penultimate FOX week for "American Dad."

Between NBC's live football and roughly a 50-minute NFL overrun for CBS, Sunday numbers are, as always, preliminary and subject to change.

On to those numbers...

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<p>&quot;American Crime&quot;</p>

"American Crime"

Credit: ABC

Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'American Crime'

John Ridley's new drama sure thinks it's Important, but is it?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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