Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 225

Dan and Alan talk 'Shameless' and 'Justified' finales and the big 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' change

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls.

Time for a busy and spoiler-y Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

On this week's show, we discuss the finales for "Shameless" and "Justified" and then we discuss both "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and Tuesday's game-varying episode of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I'm pretty sure we only spoil the shows in question in the segments in question, but if you haven't seen various episodes and finales, be cautious!

Today's breakdown:
"Shameless" finale (00:01:15 - 00:18:00)
"Justified" finale (00:18:05 - 00:37:15)
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and Tuesday's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (00:37:20 - 01:06:35)

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<p>Tuesday&#39;s &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Tuesday's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: No 'Winter Soldier' bump for 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' as NBC, CBS split Tuesday

'NCIS' leads CBS overall, while 'The Voice' and 'Chicago Fire' pace NBC in the demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

A widely hyped and well-received episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." actually dropped in ratings despite a tie-in to the blockbuster "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Of course, even with a huge bump ABC wouldn't have competed on Tuesday with "The Voice"-driven NBC and "NCIS"-fueled CBS.

For CBS, there was a big week-to-week bump for "NCIS," which helped the network easily win Tuesday overall, while "Chicago Fire" capitalized on a "Person of Interest" repeat to lead NBC to a key demo victory.

Among Tuesday decliners, "The Voice" lost a chunk of support, which also translated into drops for "About a Boy" and "Chicago Fire." ABC's comedies were also down, but FOX's "The Mindy Project" was up a hair.

On to the numbers...

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<p>UConn celebrates its National Championship</p>

UConn celebrates its National Championship

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: UConn-Kentucky NCAA Championship leads CBS past 'Dancing,' 'Voice' on Monday

'Bones' still rises against tough Monday competition

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 7, 2014.

The University of Connecticut never trailed for a second in Monday night's NCAA Championship Game, but despite the lack of drama, the conclusion of March Madness gave CBS easy ratings wins, easing past both "The Voice" on NBC and ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

Despite all of that competition, there was still room for FOX's "Bones" to improve week-to-week and for "The Following" to add a few viewers. And boosted by "The Voice," NBC's "American Dream Builders" doubled its dismal Sunday performances.

In fact, the basketball game had almost no impact on ratings for "Dancing" or "The Voice" either, reminding us once again at how separate the passionate sports audience often is from the regular primetime audience.

Keeping in mind, of course, that this represents time period data and will surely change, at least for CBS, on to the numbers...

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<p>Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore of &quot;Bates Motel&quot;</p>

Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore of "Bates Motel"

Credit: A&E

A&E renews 'Bates Motel' for Season 3

'Psycho' prequel will get 10 more episodes in 2015

A&E is checking into The Bates Motel for a third season of... um... "Bates Motel."

The network formally announced on Monday (April 7) that "Bates Motel" will begin production this fall on a new run of 10 episodes. Presumably, they'll premiere in early 2015, following in the footsteps of the first two "Bates" seasons.

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<p>Awwww. Sonny from &quot;Treme&quot; has a crush.</p>

Awwww. Sonny from "Treme" has a crush.

Credit: HBO

'Game of Thrones' premiere is HBO's top program since the 'Sopranos' finale

'Shameless' has its biggest finale yet for Showtime

Don't stop believing in the ratings power of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Sunday (April 6) night's Season 4 premiere attracted HBO's biggest audience since the series finale of a little show called "The Sopranos." 

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<p>The Band Perry performed at Sunday&#39;s ACM Awards</p>

The Band Perry performed at Sunday's ACM Awards

Credit: Chris Pizzello/AP

TV Ratings: ACM Awards lead CBS Sunday while 'Resurrection' falls below 'Once Upon a Time'

'Cosmos' and 'Crisis' are both steady, relatively speaking

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Sunday night's telecast of the Academy of Country Music Awards was down significantly from last year, but it still helped CBS cruise to victory in all measures. 

While "Once Upon a Time" was up week-to-week for ABC, the network witnessed continued declines for "Resurrection," plus another drop for "Revenge."

Among new shows, there were also drops for NBC's "Believe" and "American Dream Builders," though both "Cosmos" and "Crisis" were up a hair in total viewers and flat in the key demo.

[Expect "Game of Thrones" premiere numbers either later in the day or tomorrow.]

On to the numbers...

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Annaleigh Ashford and Teddy Sears tease 'Masters of Sex' Season 2

Annaleigh Ashford and Teddy Sears tease 'Masters of Sex' Season 2

Also, Caitlin Fitzgerald weighs in on her favorite on-screen baby

Ooops. I got busy in the last week and didn't have time to post the rest of my "Masters of Sex" interviews, so you're getting all of the supporting actors in a single post. 

You may have already watched my terrific interview with Lizzy Caplan and my conversations with Michael Sheen and creator Michelle Ashford.

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<p>The &quot;Raising Hope&quot; series finale</p>

The "Raising Hope" series finale

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'Unforgettable' return leads CBS Friday split as 'Hannibal' falls, 'Hope' finale rises

'Shark Tank' helps ABC win the key demo, while CW comedies drop

Fast National ratings for Friday, April 4, 2014.

The not-especially-huge third season premiere of "Unforgettable" still won its hour overall to help CBS win Friday in total viewers, but it was far less successful among young viewers, where "Shark Tank" led ABC to its usual Friday win.

Because of the weird way CBS has scheduled "Unforgettable," it's impossible to truly compare seasons. Friday's return was up from last season's late-July premiere in total viewers, but it was down in the key demo. Of course, despite the summer slot, the last "Unforgettable" premiere had a strong "Big Brother" lead-in, while the drama had to be a self-starter on Friday.

Last week's "Hannibal" bump proved to be a "Dateline"-fueled illusion as the cult favorite drama drooped again, as did its "Grimm" lead-in. Also way down for the week were The CW's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "Hart of Dixie."

The news was a tiny bit better for the series finale of "Raising Hope," which didn't exactly get a "How I Met Your Mother"-sized finale bump, but at least it was up week-to-week.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Sarah&#39;s torch is snuffed</p>

Sarah's torch is snuffed

Credit: CBS

Interview: Sarah Lacina talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Latest 'Survivor' bootee discusses her dramatic blindside

Sarah Lacina was pretty confident that she was safe on Wednesday (April 2) night's "Survivor: Cagaya."

But Sarah was more than confident that she was staying. She was certain that she was the one deciding who would go home. In the immediate aftermath of the season's Merge, Sarah was positioned as the swing vote between two five-person alliances. 

She was the queen. 

She was the president.

She was blindsided. 

Fed up with Sarah's power and insecure about her own position with her former Brains alliance, Kass was wooed to the dark side and flipped, sending Sarah packing in a shocking Tribal Council that saw two Hidden Immunity Idols get played on castaways who received a combined total of zero votes.

It was a tough moment for Sarah, an Iowa-based police officer who immediately bonded with New Jersey's Tony to form the short-lived Cops -r- Us alliance. Nothing actually came of that alliance, since Tony was lying to Sarah about the forces massing against her, though there was a failed attempt to throw an Immunity challenge.

In this week's exit interview, Sarah discusses why Kass was stupid to flip, why she read Tony so poorly and which aspects of her blindside surprised her most.

Full Q&A below...

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<p>The &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; finale</p>

The "How I Met Your Mother" finale

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother' DVD will include an alternate ending

Series co-creator Carter Bays tweeted the announcement on Friday

Did you hate the ending for "How I Met Your Mother"?

Are you willing to pay a large sum of money to get an ending you might like more?

If so... You're in luck!

Late Friday (April 4) afternoon, just days after a series finale which was, let's just say "contentious," Deadline.com broke the news that an alternate "How I Met Your Mother" ending might appear on complete series DVD, series co-creator Carter Bays took to Twitter to explain and confirm.

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