<p>Tom Cavanagh</p>

Tom Cavanagh

'Flash' star Tom Cavanagh says being Reverse Flash was what drew him to the show

Secret-keeping has been a part of his life for six months now

Going back all the way to upfronts last May, Tom Cavanagh has been mighty coy about the secret identity of Dr. Harrison Wells. 

In January at the Television Critics Association press tour, he finally came out and said point-black that Wells is, indeed, the yellow-clad Reverse Flash and it was only last week that The CW finally came out and released the first image of Cavanagh in the yellow costume.

On Saturday's (March 14) PaleyFest 2015 purple carpet for "Flash" and "Arrow," I asked Cavanagh how long he's been keeping the secret and the answer seems to have been "The whole time."

In fact, as Cavanagh pantomimes in the interview posted above, it was the lure of getting to play Reverse Flash that caused him to stay in the room with the "Flash" producers last pilot season.

Cavanagh also talks about the challenges of secret keeping, his hesitation to sign a non-disclosure agreement and the process of actually getting to try on his Reverse Flash suit.

Check out the full interview above and also my chat with "Flash" star Grant Gustin and my interview with "Flash"/"Arrow" EP Greg Berlanti.

"The Flash" returns to The CW tonight (March 17).

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<p>The &quot;Man Seeking Woman&quot; season finale</p>

The "Man Seeking Woman" season finale

Credit: FXX

HitFix First Look: 'Man Seeking Woman' finale goes to the ends of the Earth

Season 1 is ending, but FXX renewed the Jay Baruchel comedy last week

FXX's "Man Seeking Woman" has its season finale on Wednesday (March 18) night at 10:30 with an episode titled "Scepter."

Fortunately for fans of the frequently absurd romantic fantasia, FXX announced a second season renewal last week for the Jay Baruchel comic vehicle.

Last week's "Man Seeking Woman," which FXX kept referring to as "Woman Seeking Man," was one of my favorite episodes to date. After eight episodes of often inspired, but occasionally repetitive, glimpses of heightened romance through the eyes of Baruchel's Josh, the episode titled "Teacup" inverted the formula and followed Britt Lower's Liz for 30 minutes.

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<p>The Season 20 &quot;Dancing with the Stars&quot; cast</p>

The Season 20 "Dancing with the Stars" cast

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: Mixed 'Dancing' premiere eats into 'Voice' as ABC, NBC split Monday

'Scorpion' repeat easily beats FOX's 'The Following'

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 16, 2015.

The 20th season premiere for ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" was down from the September launch among young viewers, but up in viewers as ABC won Monday overall. And while "Dancing" took a bite out of "The Voice," NBC still had no trouble winning the night among young viewers.

Most of Monday's variations were very minor shifts, including slight down-ticks for "Mike & Molly" and "Jane the Virgin," but a tiny bump for "The Originals."

Let's just get to the numbers...

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Interview: 'Community' star Jim Rash on The Dean's sexuality, directing and more

What's in store for Dean Pelton and how does Yahoo "Community" feel different?

The cast of "Community" has come a long way from where they were when the comedy premiered on NBC in 2009 to where they are now as "Community" begins its latest rebirth on Yahoo. Not to take anything away from the career arcs of Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi or Alison Brie, but Jim Rash's journey from comic day player perhaps best known for a resemblance to Moby to beloved supporting performer, Oscar-winning screenwriter and acclaimed indie director seems like the biggest leap.

As the cast of "Community" has shifted in recent years, Rash's Dean Pelton has become increasingly central and as Rash's creative profile has grown, thanks to "The Descendants" and "The Way Way Back," he was able to write an episode in The Lost Dan Harmon-less Season.

The sixth "Community" season begins on Tuesday (March 17) on Yahoo and Rash has been able to add TV directing to his resume as he and Oscar-winning writing and directing partner Nat Faxon helmed a pair of episodes this season including the Dean-heavy second installment.

I sat down with Rash two weeks ago to talk about the different historical layers of "Community" and whether we're on "Community 2.0" or "3.0" or "4.0" this season, as well as his experience directing on the show. We also discussed the particular and unique creative environment that has allowed nearly every cast member to seek outside writing, directing or producing opportunities during various "Community" hiatuses. And we talked about what his plans are for when "Community" inevitably ends.

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>Grant Gustin</p>

Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin explains why 'Flash' won't get too dark, plus The 3 H's of 'Flash'

Why will 'Flash' be able to withstand a spinoff?

For all of its levity, "The Flash" has always had as its backdrop the death of Barry Allen's mother and his father's conviction.

Things took a darker turn in a recent episode when evidence suggested that Young Barry had witnessed time-bending Flash Barry on the night of the murder. This revelation meant two key things: The first, that time-travel was something that might become a part of Barry's skill-set, but the second being the sad knowledge that even by going back in time, Barry hadn't averted the tragedy.

It's the kind of morbid information that could linger as the season progresses, but on Saturday's (March 14) PaleyFest 2015 purple carpet, Grant Gustin told me that hasn't exactly been the case.

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<p>Greg Berlanti</p>

Greg Berlanti

Greg Berlanti compares 'Arrow'/'Flash' spinoff to 'The Magnificent Seven'

In our interview, the ubiquitous producer also explains how he can be so busy

This may not be 100 percent accurate, but if you cover the TV industry, hardly a week seems to go by without producer-writer Greg Berlanti having a pilot picked up.

The "Everwood" and "Brothers and Sisters" veteran has most recently been working to expand the presence of the DC Comics Universe on The CW. 

"Arrow" launched in 2012 and immediately became on of The CW's foundational hits.

"The Flash" was loosely spun out of "Arrow" this season and has become the sort of breakout smash The CW has been search for years, reliably topping some of its competition on other networks.

And it was only a couple weeks ago that it was announced that Berlanti and his team are developing an elaborate "Arrow"/"Flash" spinoff featuring a slew of characters from both shows, including Brandon Routh's Atom, Victor Garber's Firestorm and Wentworth Miller's Captain Cold.

On the PaleyFest 2015 purple carpet on Saturday (March 14), I began my interview (featured above) with Berlanti by asking how many of him there are. His answer, as is always the case, was to be generous about the importance of his collaborators, including Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 272 - 'Jinx' finale, 'Community' and more

Dan and Alan also review 'Bloodline' and 'Undateable'


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.

It's time for an early-week installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

We've got plenty to cover in this podcast, including the return of "Community" and "Undateable," the Netflix premiere of "Bloodline" and Sunday night's chilling series finale of HBO's "The Jinx."

We also answered follow-ups to a couple things we discussed in recent podcasts.

Here's today's breakdown:
"Community" (00:01:25 - 00:13:15)
"Undateable" (00:13:15 - 00:21:15)
"Bloodline" (00:21:15 - 00:32:55)
Listener Mail: TV Character Mt. Rushmores (00:33:10 - 00:40:00)
Listener Mail: Supporting Characters surpassing Leads on Great Shows (00:40:00 - 00:48:40)
"The Jinx" Finale (00:49:10 - 01:17:45)

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>&quot;Madam Secretary&quot;</p>

"Madam Secretary"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Madam Secretary,' 'Once Upon a Time' lead Sunday split

'Last Man on Earth' is among many dippers

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 15, 2015.

"Once Upon a Time" dipped from last week, but still led ABC to a Sunday primetime win among young viewers, while "60 Minutes" and "Madam Secretary" helped CBS build up a huge overall lead and coast to victory in total viewers.

Nearly everything was down on Sunday, including FOX's "Last Man on Earth," which remained the network's most watched show on Sunday, only by a hair, but also helped FOX to a second place finish in the key demo.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Emily Bett Rickards</p>

Emily Bett Rickards

'Arrow' star Emily Bett Rickards weighs in on Felicity's Jewishness

The time wasn't right, sadly, to teach Rickards the hora

On Saturday (March 14) afternoon's PaleyFest 2015 purple carpet for The CW's "Arrow" and "The Flash," I was content to let a dozen other reporters ask Emily Bett Rickards about Felicity Smoak's romantic choices between Oliver Queen and Ray Palmer, about her advanced and evolving hacking skills and about whether things are becoming crowded in the Arrow Cave.

For me, this was the best possible time to ask Rickards about my personal favorite part of Felicity Smoak's backstory, specifically the character's Jewishness, which has been referenced in four or five lines through two seasons, as well as through the character's menorah, which had a place of honor at her workplace desk.

[If you stop to think about it, Felicity has been far more demonstrably Jewish than the characters on ABC's "The Goldbergs." I find this interesting.]

I was able to chat with Rickards about her increased interest in Felicity's Jewishness, as well as the "Arrow" writer -- Beth Schwartz, if you're curious -- who has been Judaism Svengali. 

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<p>Tobias Menzies</p>

Tobias Menzies

'Outlander' star Tobias Menzies on Black Jack: 'The Devil's sexy, isn't he?'

Two-role star talks about the catharsis of Black Jack and Frank's big midseason finale

On "Outlander," Tobias Menzies plays a pair of very different characters. Frank Randall is dogged and dependable. Black Jack Randall is, as Menzies puts it, "a study in sadism."

Black Jack is a nasty piece of work, but in certain corners of the internet, there are great affection for him.

"I completely understand it," Menzies told me on the PaleyFest 2015 purple carpet for "Outlander." "Yeah. Of course. The Devil's sexy, isn't he?"

Menzies explained, "I try and understand him as much as I can, make him as three-dimensional, as rooted in the life he's lead. I think he's a product of that war and that time, rather than just sorta randomly evil."

Plus, it's just liberating to play the bad guy.

"You get to say and do all of the things that you're not allowed to do in your own life and that is absolutely cathartic and enjoyable. There's a relish about it," Menzies laughed.

But our carpet conversation wasn't only about Black Jack. Menzies excitedly talked about the "Outlander" midseason finale "Both Sides Now," in which he got to experience some 1945 Frank Randall moments that aren't in Diana Gabaldon's book.

Check out the full interview above. Also check out my interview with Sam Heughan and my chat with Caitriona Balfe.

"Outlander returns to Starz on April 4.

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