<p>&quot;Bad Teacher&quot;</p>

"Bad Teacher"

TV Ratings: 'Bad Teacher,' 'Black Box' have so-so premieres as CBS leads Thursday

'Parks and Recreation' is up a little for its finale

Fast National ratings for Thursday, April 24, 2014.

On a weak Thursday across-the-board, "The Big Bang Theory" had its lowest-rated episode of the season, but still led CBS to comfortable primetime domination in all measures.

CBS' new comedy "Bad Teacher" got off to a decent, but unspectacular, start as it outperformed most recent airings of the now-departed "Crazy Ones" and also topped the Monday numbers for fellow freshman comedy "Friends With Better Lives." "Bad Teacher" retained most of its key demo lead-in from "Two and a Half Men."

That's qualified praise for "Bad Teacher" and, similarly, ABC can probably muster a little enthusiasm for "Black Box," which ranks as the network's second best drama premiere of the spring, not that that's saying a whole lot. ABC went so far as to call this the network's most-watched 10 p.m. drama debut since "Nashville" in 2012.

Relative to last week's Fast Nationals, "American Idol" and "Grey's Anatomy" were both down, "Parks and Recreation" and "Reign" were up a little and "Hell's Kitchen" and "Surviving Jack" were flat.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Seth Meyes</p>

Seth Meyes

Credit: NBC

Seth Meyers will host the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC

Telecast is set for August because of NBC's football schedule

NBC is sticking with network tradition and looking to the 12:30 late-night hour to find a host for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards.

The network announced on Thursday (April 24) evening that "Late Night with Seth Meyers" star Seth Meyers will host the 66th Emmy Awards on Monday, August 25, 2014. The ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre and will air live coast-to-coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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<p>Last night&#39;s &quot;Idol&quot; featured Grumpy Cat. Tonight&#39;s &quot;Idol&quot; probably will not. For that, we are all Grumpy.</p>

Last night's "Idol" featured Grumpy Cat. Tonight's "Idol" probably will not. For that, we are all Grumpy.

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 6 Results

No matter what happens, Grumpy Cat won't be going home

It's Judgement Night on "American Idol" and, once again, my feelings are simple:

If Jessica, CJ or Sam goes home? Business as usual. 

If Caleb, Jena or Alex goes home? We burn this thing to the ground.

And if Grumpy Cat returns for the second straight show? Well, that's just gravy!

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<p>&quot;The Killing&quot;</p>

"The Killing"

Credit: AMC

'The Killing' will be back in August on Netflix

Joan Allen joins the cast for a military school-set mystery

Hallelujah, it's raining blood?

Yeah, probably not. 

On Thursday (April 24), Netflix officially at a late-summer premiere date for the fourth and final season of "The Killing."

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<p>Ty Burrell takes Sydney</p>

Ty Burrell takes Sydney

TV Ratings: 'Survivor' and 'Modern Family' lead, but FOX still tops Wednesday

'American Idol' is up week-to-week in all measures for FOX

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

"Survivor" was Wednesday night's top show overall, while "Modern Family" was the best among young viewers, but with "American Idol" posting week-to-week gains, FOX won the night in all measures.

With CBS and NBC mostly in repeats, the night was short on notables. "Suburgatory" retained most of its "Middle" lead-in, as "Mixology" squandered more than half of its "Modern Family" lead-in, but that's pretty much business as usual. And over on The CW, both "Arrow" and "The 100" were steady in the key demo, but down a hair overall.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Tony of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Tony of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Sitting in my Spy Shack'

After Tony's betrayal last week, will he ever recover?

Pre-credit sequence. Jefra is still trying to piece together what went down at the last Tribal. This could take a while. She asks Tony for his reasons. "You guys wouldn't understand where I'm coming from," Tony says. This works for Trish, who insists she isn't mad about being totally in the dark. "I still trust Tony and he still trusts me," Trish insists. Spencer knows that Tony is unpredictable and that he may not be useful for long. "The sooner we make a move against Tony, the better," Spencer says.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 6</p>

The "American Idol" Top 6

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 6 Performances - Country & Rock Night

The remaining Finalists take on songs from a pair of genres

We're down to six on "American Idol" and the singers are doing double-duty on Wednesday (April 23) night.

Alex, Jena, Caleb, CJ, Jessica and Sam will each sing one song dubbed "Country" and another song deemed "Rock." 

Two quick thoughts:

1) Dexter Roberts picked the wrong week to go home. If ever a theme would have helped ease Dexter along in his "Idol" genre, this would have been it.

2) For all of the Judges' Save thing, this week's theme seems to doom Sam Woolf, doesn't it? I continue to suspect that Jena, Caleb and Alex are in their own voting class. And of the remaining three singers, who can pretty much go home in any order as far as I'm concerned, two of them can be comfortably classed in a country-rock niche and the other one is Sam Woolf. Either we're about to see some impressive theme cheating from Sam, or else he's doomed before he begins.

Or is he?

Click through for the whole recap and just chime in!

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 227

Dan and Alan talk 'Community,' 'Mad Men' and and Reality TV

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! It's time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

On Tuesday's Firewall & Iceberg Video Show, we reviewed "Black Box," "Bad Teacher" and talked about recent episodes of "Scandal," "Parenthood" and "Game of Thrones."

That meant that the podcast included some news -- Amazon/HBO made a pact -- and Dan's Reality Roundup, as well as discussion of the "Community" finale and season, plus our usual "Mad Men" talk, which devolved in VERY strange ways at the end.

Today's breakdown:
Listener Mail: HBO/Amazon deal (00:1:10 -  00:8:50)
Listener Mail: Dan's Reality Roundup (00:08:55 - 00:21:00)
Listener Mail: Late-night homogeneity (00:21:00 - 00:25:45)
"Community" finale (00:25:50 - 00:39:05)
"Mad Men" (00:39:05 - 01:01:40)

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>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;About a Boy&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "About a Boy"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Voice' and CBS repeats lead Tuesday while 'Supernatural' rises sharply

Without a new 'NCIS,' 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' adds viewers

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

NBC's "The Voice" was down week-to-week, but it still combined with steady "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" to help the network win Tuesday in the key demo. Meanwhile, procedural repeats still dominated overall for CBS.

With "NCIS" airing repeats, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." got a solid audience bump, but was actually down from last week's 9 p.m. hour in the key demo.

There were a few other notables on a repeat-filled evening.

FOX's "The Mindy Project," which gets very little good news, actually built on last week's overall audience and maintained its demo number despite a "New Girl" repeat (and a weak new "Glee") as a lead-in. 

Meanwhile, The CW's "Supernatural" opened up what I'm assuming is its widest gap over "The Originals." "Supernatural" was actually up 37 percent in total viewers, but I'm told the only preemption was in Syracuse.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Keith Carradine of &quot;Fargo&quot;</p>

Keith Carradine of "Fargo"

Credit: FX

Interview: Keith Carradine talks 'Fargo' and a 'Deadwood' anniversary

Has the Oscar-winning 'Nashville' star become 'venerable' yet?

CALGARY - If actors aren't monitoring when there shows are celebrating their 10th anniversaries, I've taken it upon myself to inform them.

Like in January, Method Man didn't know that the 10th anniversary of "Method & Red" is coming up this summer, but I told him. And now he knows! Assuming he remembers. Which he probably doesn't.

And in March, on the Calgary set of FX's "Fargo," I told Keith Carradine about the 10th anniversary of "Deadwood." He hadn't known, but he's more likely than Method Man to remember.

And yes, I place the 10th anniversaries of "Method & Red" and "Deadwood" on the same plane.

Playing Lou Solverson, father of Allison Tolman's Molly Solverson, Carradine is part of the soulful core of "Fargo." Yes, there's a spiraling assortment of increasingly violent crimes, but there's also the relationship between a father, a former cop now living a safer life behind the counter of a diner, and the daughter who followed in her dad's footsteps, much to his chagrin.

It's a bond that hits home for Carradine, son of acting legend John Carradine, brother of Dave and Robert, father of Martha Plimpton. He knows what it's like to be part of a semi-reluctant professional lineage. 

In our interview, he talks about that personal tie to the material, as well as his relationship with relative newcomer Tolman. Carradine speculates on the point at which an actor becomes venerable and discusses his theory on the passing of time vis a vis the "Deadwood" anniversary.

It's a great chat.

Watch "Fargo" tonight on FX and check out the full Q&A below...

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