Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 242

Dan and Alan discuss 'Intruders,' 'BoJack Horseman' and the Emmys

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! I was traveling yesterday, so it's time for a slightly delayed installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. 

Fortunately, there was nothing timely that we missed yesterday, but we have reviews for Netflix "BoJack Horseman" and BBC America's "Intruders," which premiere on Friday and Saturday, respectively. We preview the Emmys a little and we also answered a piece of Listener Mail about writer credits.

And we have a trio of "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 episodes to celebrate this week, including "Pantherama!," "Seeing Other People" and "The Confession," which we discussed in a lengthy and amorphous blob.

Today's breakdown:
"BoJack Horseman" (00:01:10 - 00:09:15)
"Intruders" (00:09:20 - 00:18:40)
The 2014 Emmy Awards (00:18:45 - 00:37:30)
Listener Mail: Writing Credits (00:37:45 - 43:50)
"Friday Night Lights" Season 2 ReWatch (00:43:55 - 01:24:00)

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

"Madam Secretary"

Credit: CBS

CBS doubles 'Madam Secretary' premiere to combat NFL delay

Tea Leoni drama is being protected from scheduling uncertainty

Well, this is one way to keep your new show from getting lost amidst an inevitable Sunday primetime delay.

CBS announced on Wednesday (August 20) that next month's "Madam Secretary" premiere will get a same-night encore to combat inevitable confusion caused by an NFL doubleheader.

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;America&#39;s Got Talent&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "America's Got Talent"

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TV Ratings: Dipping 'America's Got Talent' leads NBC Tuesday, CBS repeats rise

CBS is a close second overall, but can't compete in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

With "America's Got Talent" carrying NBC to victory in all measures, Tuesday's other very minor notables included an audience bump for CBS' "NCIS" repeat and a drop for ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss."

NBC's "Food Fighters" got a tiny audience bump, while ABC's "20/20: From Hell" special attracted little interest.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;MasterChef&quot;</p>

"MasterChef"

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TV Ratings: 'American Ninja Warrior,' 'MasterChef,' 'Under the Dome' lead Monday

The CW had its best Monday since 2011

Fast National ratings for Monday, August 18, 2014.

As usual, "American Ninja Warrior," "MasterChef" and "Under the Dome" were among the Monday night standouts, as NBC, CBS and FOX were all able to claim little bits and pieces of primetime victory.

Meanwhile, the season premiere of "America's Next Top Model" wasn't especially high, but it combined with a pair of strong "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" episodes to help The CW to its best Monday overall since December 2011. This is reflective mostly on what The CW has programmed on Mondays over the years, but so it goes.

When it comes to Monday notables, "Running Wild," "American Ninja Warrior" and "Mistresses" were all down a little, while "MasterChef" and "Hotel Hell" both rose a hair.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Cam Newton</p>

Cam Newton

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: NFL preseason gets FOX preliminary Sunday win

'Big Brother' leads CBS to total viewers win

Fast affiliate ratings for Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Pre-season football and "Big Brother" led to a split in Sunday night's early ratings, with FOX winning the night among young adults, while CBS had the most overall viewers. Keep in mind, much of this is likely to change due to the live nature of football.

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<p>&quot;A to Z&quot;</p>

"A to Z"

Credit: NBC

Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'A to Z'

Already available online, this rom-com gets by on likability not humor

[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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<p>Uzo Aduba</p>

Uzo Aduba

Credit: Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images

2014 Creative Arts Emmy Winners include 'Sex,' 'Scandal' co-stars

'True Detective,' 'Sherlock' and 'Orange Is The New Black' all have big nights

The first round of 2014 Emmy Awards were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday (August 16) night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. 

The ceremony, which precedes the Monday, August 25 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, offered signs of hope for a number of drama and comedy hopefuls.

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<p>Analeigh Tipton of &quot;Manhattan Love Story&quot;</p>

Analeigh Tipton of "Manhattan Love Story"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Manhattan Love Story'

'America's Next Top Model' favorite Analeigh Tipton deserves better

[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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<p>Anna Gunn of FOX&#39;s &quot;Gracepoint&quot;</p>

Anna Gunn of FOX's "Gracepoint"

Credit: FOX

Take Me To The Pilots '14: FOX's 'Gracepoint'

Eventually this may cease to just be a clone of 'Broadchurch,' but not through 2 episodes

[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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Uncanceled Showdown Round 2 pits 'Firefly' vs 'Terminator' and 'Deadwood' vs 'Rome'

Uncanceled Showdown Round 2 pits 'Firefly' vs 'Terminator' and 'Deadwood' vs 'Rome'

'Pushing Daisies' vs 'Jericho' makes for another tight matchup

It's time for Round 2 of HitFix's Uncanceled Showdown.

We launched the first round last week, featuring 32 shows that we felt ended prematurely, either One Season Wonders or Unfinished Multi-Season Runs. [And yes, we left out a lot of your favorite truncated shows. Guess what? We can do this again!]

That first round generated over 400,000 votes. 

Some of the results were predictable. Sorry, "Borgias," but "Firefly" got 97 percent of the vote in that round. Yes. 97 percent. 

Some of the results were a little less predictable. I'd figured that "Moonlight" might have enough fan juice to withstand the recency bias of "Almost Human," but I was wrong. And "Terra Nova" was a show that wasn't necessarily a popular inclusion, but it knocked off cult favorite "Wonderfalls."

If tournaments are well-seeded, first round match-ups are sometimes less competitive and then things start getting tough and there are some fantastic match-ups in the second round.

"Pushing Daisies" and "Jericho" got nearly identical vote totals in the first round, so we'll see whether pies or nuts reign in Round 2.

"Firefly" has the power of the Whedon Empire, but there's no way it's going to get 97 percent of the vote against "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," which ended with one of the most infuriating and intriguing twists of any show in recent memory. 

You'll also have a tough choice between a girl who talks to God and a woman who talks to Log and between a pair of profane HBO period dramas.

So go vote for your favorites. Voting for this round ends on August 18.