FOX shakeup: 20th Century Fox TV chiefs take over newly named Fox Television Group
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FOX shakeup: 20th Century Fox TV chiefs take over newly named Fox Television Group

Dana Walden and Gary Newman will be Chairmen and CEOs

Confirming weekend rumors, 21st Century Fox announced on Monday (July 14) morning that 20th Century Fox TV heads Dana Walden and Gary Newman are set to oversee Fox Television Group, a new entity combining both the FOX network (Fox Broadcasting Company - FBC) and 20th Century FOX TV (TCFTV).

The official announcement says that "FBC and TCFTV will continue to operate as independent entities, but will share financial and creative goals," with Walden and Newman leading. 

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<p>Julie Chen of &quot;Big Brother&quot;</p>

Julie Chen of "Big Brother"

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TV Ratings: 'Rising Star,' 'Big Brother,' 'Unforgettable' rise on Sunday

CBS leads overall, but ABC currently leads the key demo

Fast National ratings for Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Boosted presumably by the overtime conclusion of the World Cup Final, ABC's lineup was up on Sunday night, including "Rising Star," which helped the network lead primetime among young viewers. CBS, meanwhile, capitalized on early primetime strength for "60 Minutes" and "Big Brother" to cruise to an overall win.

There were few other notables on Sunday, but CBS' decision to swap time periods for "Unforgettable" and "Reckless" resulted in a predictable demo bump for "Unforgettable" at nine, now gifted with a "Big Brother" lead-in, and a predictable demo drop for "Reckless," but both shows did very close to what they did last week.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Christopher Walken</p>

Christopher Walken

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NBC's "Peter Pan Live!' hooks Christopher Walken, but not Kristen Bell

'Deer Hunter' Oscar winner will menace Peter Pan, whoever plays Peter Pan

Oscar winner Christopher Walken is ready to terrify small children and to share a live "Tarantella" with America.

NBC announced on Sunday (July 13) morning that although the network has yet to secure a Peter Pan or Wendy for its "Peter Pan Live!," the network has cast the "Deer Hunter" star as Captain Hook.

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Press Tour: July 2014 NBC Executive Session Live-Blog
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Press Tour: July 2014 NBC Executive Session Live-Blog

Robert Greenblatt, Paul Telegdy and Jennifer Salke meet the press

It's Sunday (July 12) morning and it's showtime for NBC's day at the Television Critics Association press tour. 

For the second straight tour, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and President for Late Night and Alternative at NBC Paul Telegdy have mostly positive news to report, so we'll see what news they have to break and if there's anything bad we can find to bring up.

You may recall that it was this same trio back in January that I goaded into promising a renewal for "Parks and Recreation" (a renewal that would have happened whether I opened my mouth or not). 

Let's see what happens this year.

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<p>&quot;The Strain&quot; showrunner Carlton Cuse</p>

"The Strain" showrunner Carlton Cuse

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From the 'Strain' Set: Showrunner Carlton Cuse on working with Guillermo del Toro and more

'Lost' veteran also talks vampires, casting challenges and horror

TORONTO, ON. With "Lost" (and "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr," if you like) front and center on his resume, Carlton Cuse knows a thing or two relating to fanboys, but that's actually how he originally came to Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's "The Strain" series.

"Almost two years ago, I was approached by WME and asked whether I actually knew this property, 'The Strain' trilogy," Cuse recalls, sitting with a small roundtable of reporters on the Toronto set of "The Strain," which premieres on FX on July 13. "In fact, I had read the first book just as a fanboy, just because I was intrigued by it and loved Guillermo's stuff. I actually had a little bit of a relationship with Chuck Hogan. We had talked at one point about doing something else together. I really loved the book. So WME said, 'Hey, would you consider meeting with Guillermo? We're thinking about turning 'The Strain' trilogy into a television series. It's one of those things where Guillermo doesn't feel like there's a way to do this amount of storytelling as a film.' I was like, 'Yeah, absolutely.'"

Given that del Toro and Hogan were always likely to be adapting at least the pilot and del Toro was planning to direct the pilot, that meeting could have been intimidating for a fan, but Cuse says that the process was immediately collaborative. 

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 238

Dan and Alan talk Emmy nominations, 'The Strain,' 'Masters of Sex' and celebrity Jewishness

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Happy Saturday, Boys & Girls. 

Huh?

Yes. Saturday. And because Alan was sick and made it to press tour late, we just didn't have time to record anything during the week. Apologies.

However, even though it isn't a typical podcast day, Alan and I wanted to make sure we talked about "The Strain" and "Masters of Sex" before they premiere on Sunday. We also chatted a bit about the Emmy nominations, which were both awful and awesome, and we discussed an embarrassing moment for Dan at Saturday morning's TCA panels.

Here's today's breakdown:
Emmy nominations (01:38 - 18:30)
"The Strain" (18:35 - 30:50)
"Masters of Sex" Season 2 (30:55 - 38:55)
"The Divide" (39:00 - 44:50)
Jew/Not-a-Jew (44:55 - 52:35)

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>Corey Stoll of &quot;The Strain&quot;</p>

Corey Stoll of "The Strain"

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'The Strain' star Corey Stoll talks hair, leading man roles and vampires on the set

Guillermo del Toro adaptation premieres on FX on Sunday

TORONTO, ON. Let's get this out of the way, because you're already thinking it.

It's mid-March in a chilly interview room on the Toronto set of FX's "The Strain" and star Corey Stoll is chatting with one of three small roundtables of reporters. We've been talking for at least 15 minutes without addressing the elephant in the room, so I broach the all-important topic: Hair, or augmentation thereof.

Stoll's visibility has increased dramatically in recent years and it's not like audiences are unfamiliar with seeing him with tonsorial assistance. His Ernest Hemingway in "Midnight in Paris" featured both a well-adorned head and a mustache that he carried over into NBC's "Law & Order: Los Angeles." That role and his Golden Globe nominated turn in "House of Cards" were recognizably clear-pated, which has already had people scratching their heads about the floppy hair Stoll is sporting in "The Strain."

What, I ask Stoll, are the advantages and disadvantages of acting with hair?

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<p>Wrong &quot;Badlands&quot;</p>

Wrong "Badlands"

Martial arts drama 'Badlands' gets a series order from AMC

'Smallville' duo Al Gough and Miles Millar get their second series order of the day

AMC has given a direct-to-series order to "Badlands," a new martial arts drama that has absolutely nothing to do with the classic Terrence Malick film featured in the picture accompanying this story.

Actually, "Badlands" is based very loosely on the Chinese tale "Journey to the West." 

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<p>&quot;Outlander&quot;</p>

"Outlander"

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'Outlander' gets an early premiere, split first season on Starz

The first eight episodes will be followed by a hiatus

Although Starz didn't panel the time-spanning romance "Outlander" at Friday's (July 11) Television Critics Association press tour panel, the Diana Gabaldon still featured heavily in the network's announcements. 

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MTV renews 'Catfish,' sends 'Shannara' to series
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MTV renews 'Catfish,' sends 'Shannara' to series

Plus, premiere dates for 'Awkward,' 'Happyland' and more

MTV kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour day on Friday (July 11) with a big series pickup, a big renewal and a slew of premiere dates.

The renewal is, if my Twitter feed is any indication, an important one: "Catfish: The TV Show" has been picked up for a fourth season. The adaptation of the hit Sundance documentary, "Catfish: The TV Show" is Wednesday's top original cable series among viewers 12-34. 

Shouldn't the ongoing existence of "Catfish" make it harder and harder for the obfuscations necessary for the ongoing existence of "Catfish"? I would thing so. But I would apparently be wrong.

MTV also gave a series order to "Shannara," based on the Terry Brooks fantasy series.

"Smallville" veterans Al Gough and Miles Millar are serving as writers and executive producers on the 10-episode first season, with Jonathan Liebesman ("Wrath of the Titans") directing the first two episodes. 

If this matters to you: The first "Shannara" season will actually be based on the second book in the series, "The Elfstones of Shannara."

MTV also announced premiere dates for "Are You The One?" (September 29), "Awkward" (September 23), "Faking It" (September 23) and "Happyland" (September 30)

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