<p>Jonathan Banks of &quot;Better Call Saul&quot;</p>

Jonathan Banks of "Better Call Saul"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 271 - 'Powers,' 'iZombie' and more

Dan and Alan also review 'One Big Happy' and discuss 'Better Call Saul'


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

Due to the possibility that we may not have a regularly scheduled podcast next Tuesday, today's episode is kinda all over the map. We have a review of PlayStation's "Powers," which is already out, but also "iZombie" and "One Big Happy," which premiere next week. We also answered some mail and talked about Monday night's eventful and terrific "Better Call Saul."

We may have a second podcast later this week, or maybe a podcast early next week as usual. Who knows? 

Here's today's breakdown:
"Powers" (00:00:55 - 00:15:20)
"iZombie" (00:15:25 - 00:24:55)
"One Big Happy" (00:25:00 - 0035:20)
Listener Mail: The "Empire" phenomenon (00:33:00 - 00:42:50)
Listener Mail: "Last Man on Earth" (00:43:30 - 00:51:25)
Monday's "Better Call Saul" (00:51:45 - 01:10:55)

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>Monday&#39;s &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Monday's "Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: 'The Voice' helps NBC hold off Monday's 'Bachelor' finale

FOX's 'The Following' takes a big drop

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 9, 2015.

"The Voice" built up a big enough lead in the first two hours of primetime for NBC to still win Monday in most measures despite another weak performance from "The Night Shift."

Three hours of finale action for "The Bachelor" had ABC in a close second in the key demo, though ABC dominated in the 18-34 demo and also won easily among women 18-49.

And the combination of "Scorpion" and "NCSI: Los Angeles" put CBS in second overall for the night.

Meanwhile, without a new "Gotham" for support, the season's second episode of "The Following" plummeted to sub-"Sleepy Hollow" levels.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Lucy Lawless</p>

Lucy Lawless

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Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert somehow land Lucy Lawless for 'Evil Dead' series

Lucy Lawless has signed on to join the cast of Starz' "Ash vs Evil Dead," which will begin production in New Zealand this spring and will premiere on Starz later this year.

This will be Lawless' first role on Starz since "Spartacus," a series that was also executive produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. Raimi and Tapert also executive produced a little Lucy Lawless show called "Xena: Warrior Princess. "

Oh and Lawless has been married to Tapert since 1998.

Lawless will play Ruby in the "Evil Dead" spinoff, opposite returning franchise star Bruce Campbell's Ash. Ruby is described as "a mysterious figure who is myopic in her quest to hunt down the source of the recent Evil outbreaks." She also believes that the outbreaks are Ash's fault.

Raimi is directing the first "Ash vs Evil Dead" episode and co-wrote the pilot with Ivan Raimi.

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<p>Sam Simon</p>

Sam Simon

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'The Simpsons' co-creator Sam Simon dies - 5 classic Simon 'Simpsons' moments

Writer-producer hired the original 'Simpsons' writing staff

Sam Simon, a nine-time Emmy winner and one of the co-creators of "The Simpsons," died on Sunday (March 8) after a long battle with colorectal cancer. 

He was 59.

A writer and later showrunner on "Taxi," Simon also produced and wrote for "Cheers."

Simon was part of the original team that helped develop "The Simpsons" into a regular-length series after it began its run as shorts on "The Tracey Ullman Show."

Credited as series co-creator with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, Simon assembled the original team of "Simpsons" writers, a murderers' row that included legendary show scribes including John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti, Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky. Simon, and the staff he brought together, has been given much of the credit for helping craft the sensibility of the series, as well as the ever-expanding universe of Springfield.

Simon left the show in 1993 and had a wildly eclectic post-"Simpsons" career including a number of successful World Series of Poker appearances, a run as manger to heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster and a number of high profile charitable ventures.

Sam Simon, kinda

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<p>&quot;The Walking Dead&quot; companion series</p>

"The Walking Dead" companion series

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'Walking Dead' companion series gets a two-season order from AMC

Check out the first picture from the LA-set zombie series

You didn't seriously think that AMC was going to reject its "Walking Dead" companion series pilot, did you?

If you did, you were wrong.

If you assumed this one was pretty close to a lock?

Mazel tov.

AMC announced on Monday (March 9) that the currently untitled "Walking Dead" companion pilot has been given a two-season series order.

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;Family Guy&quot;</p>

Sunday's "Family Guy"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Family Guy,' 'Madam Secretary' top Sunday

'Last Man on Earth' and 'Battle Creek' dip more than 'Secrets & Lies'

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 8, 2015.

The first primetime of Daylight Saving Time saw a slew of drops on Sunday, though it's unclear home much springing forward really had to do with declines for "Last Man on Earth" and "Battle Creek," which were also probably just suffering normal Week 2 dips.

"Last Man on Earth" and "Family Guy" helped FOX tie for the Sunday title among young viewers with "Once Upon a Time"-led ABC, while "Madam Secretary" and "60 Minutes" still carried CBS to a comfortable victory overall.

Of the shows premiering last Sunday, ABC's "Secrets & Lies" suffered the smallest drops and easily beat "Revenge" in every measure on my ratings sheet.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Bates Motel&quot;</p>

"Bates Motel"

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Interview: Showrunner Kerry Ehrin teases 'Bates Motel' Season 3

Where are Norman and Norma Bates after last season's polygraph finale?

A&E's "Bates Motel" begins what should be a pivotal third season on Monday (March 9) night.

Series creators Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin have always approached the "Psycho" prequel as a finite piece of storytelling and Ehrin tells me that the plan is still for "Bates Motel" to be a five-season arc. 

Presumably -- but not necessarily, since Ehrin and Cuse retain a cone of spoiler silence -- that's a five-season arc from Norma and Norman Bates' arrival in White Pine Bay through  to the events that are implied took place before Marion Crane hit the road with $40,000 of somebody else's money and sought refuge from the rain in Bates Motel.

"Bates Motel" started off in a dark place, ended the first season with a murder and the second season only added torque to the twisty dynamic between Norman and Norma. In Season 2, we had unearthed secrets of incest, an all-out drug war and increased realizations from both Norman and Norma that Norman goes a little mad sometimes and bad things happen.

So where does that leave us in Season 3?

Don't expect too many future-centric details from Ehrin, but when I chatted with the "Moonlighting" and "Friday Night Lights" veteran, she was more than happy to talk about where we left things in Season 2 and how the dynamics have changed as we look forward. We chatted a lot about Norma's split desire to protect her son and maybe also to protect herself given what she now knows about Norman. We discussed Norman's rather eerie success with the ladies. And we talked about Dylan's importance to the storytelling and how actual marijuana laws in the state of Oregon have impacted "Bates Motel" storytelling.

The interview should whet your appetite for Monday's premiere without spoiling anything. 

So check out the full Q&A and also check out my gallery of snapshots from the Vancouver set of "Bates Motel" at the bottom of the story...

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<p>Vince Sly of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Vince Sly of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Interview: Vince Sly talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

When is a 'coconut vendor' not really a coconut vendor? On 'Survivor'

Vince Sly does not have a feather in his hair as we talk in the aftermath of his "Survivor: Worlds Apart" elimination. 

We're on the phone, so I have to take his word for it. 

Vince also notes that he's not a coconut vendor, even if that's how he was introduced on "Survivor." He owns Coconut Caravan and that is, indeed, business that sells coconuts, but that's only a weekend job. He's actually a holistic counselor and owner of four art galleries.

Yes, Vince says things like, "I’ll never badmouth anybody in the show because you really are the center of your own microcosmic universe when you’re out there. Every thought, emotion, feeling, sentiment you have feels like it’s going to alter all of existence no matter what you do."

But he also says far more pragmatic things like noting that the difference between him and The Barbie Block in his No Collar tribe was that the lifestyle he lives is one that he's chosen and not a youthful uncertainty of trying to figure out what's next. I completely buy that this would be the thing that separated him from the Jenn/Joe/Hali alliance that ended up voting him out. 

Vince also takes exception to the way the editing portrayed his crush on Jenn and his rivalry with Joe.

Click through for the full Q&A, because what Vince says sounds pretty plausible, albeit occasionally trippy...

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'Bates Motel' cast teases Season 3, plus photos from the set

'Bates Motel' cast teases Season 3, plus photos from the set

Check out Norman Bates' taxidermy, plus the set's secret Hitchcock cameo

VANCOUVER, BC. It's mid-October on the set of A&E's "Bates Motel," cold and rainy outside, dry and warm inside.

The stars of the "Psycho" prequel can't say very much. 

Things are generally kept under wraps with the "Bates Motel" cast, with co-creator Carlton Cuse and showrunner and co-creator Kerry Ehrin keeping a close eye out for potential spoilers. In this case, though, it's fairly easy for the stars, minus the absent Vera Farmiga, to remain mum, since a small group of reporters is visiting on the eve of the start of production on Season 3, so while the actors may have been told general arcs for the season, they couldn't be overly forthcoming even if they wanted to.

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<p>&quot;Blue Bloods&quot;</p>

"Blue Bloods"

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TV Ratings: 'Blue Bloods' tops ABC's 'In an Instant' debut to lead CBS Friday

'Shark Tank' beats 'The Amazing Race' in the 8 p.m. hour

Fast National ratings for Friday, March 6, 2015.

While ABC's "Shark Tank" was, as usual, Friday's top show among young viewers, both "Hawaii Five-0" and "Blue Bloods" beat ABC's special airing of "In an Instant" to help CBS dominate Friday overall and eke out a slim win among young viewers.

Mostly Friday was pretty flat, so let's just get to the numbers...

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