<p>Chadwick Boseman of &quot;Get On Up&quot;</p>

Chadwick Boseman of "Get On Up"

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Chadwick Boseman channels James Brown on the 'Get On Up' set

How does the '42' star tap into his inner Godfather of Soul?

NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI. It's mid-December on the Mississippi set of "Get On Up" and it's possible that the hardest working man in show business is the young actor playing The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.

We're between shots in a scene recreating James Brown and The Famous Flames' iconic performance in the concert film "T.A.M.I. Show" and everything is resetting. 

For Chadwick Boseman, though, there's no such thing as a reset. The cameras may not be rolling, but Boseman's feet keep shuffling across the shiny green linoleum of the Natchez Auditorium stage, which is standing in for the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. He only pauses to run over to the monitor to see how his footwork looks, but then he returns to the stage, dancing his way there and back.

Chadwick Boseman has become something of a perpetual motion machine, but if you watch old videos of James Brown, the rhythmic restlessness is one of the first things you'll notice about the Godfather of Soul as well. 

When I mention this to the movie's choreographer Aakomon Jones, also playing one of the Flames, he's instantly gratified.

"That's literally where I start," Jones smiles. "Because we got into the cool slides and all that footwork and the spins and all that. It's just this thing that James Brown does when he's like driving the beat, he's clicking both heels, one into the other -- right-left, right-left, right-left. I worked with Chad on that for hours, maybe two days straight before we ever started trying to add flashes. I knew that if he got that, he had 60 percent of what James Brown is as a performer as far as quantity, because he does that throughout his entire performance. He'll flash here, he'll slip off to the fight and dance-break and he'll hit a spin or a split, but 75 percent of the time? He's right-left with the heels. That's what keeps the band locked in."

And Boseman is certainly locked in as well. 

Director Tate Taylor, the man behind the Oscar-winning hit "The Help," is shooting James Brown's "T.A.M.I. Show" numbers as full, uninterrupted songs. [After editing, I highly doubt that's the approach Taylor will take, but I can assure you that at least in the moment, the performances are sustained.]

Boseman goes through the entirety of his "Out of Sight" performance, which includes spins, a split and ends with him on his knees as the crowd shrieks.

"Mr. Brown, would you like another?" Taylor asks. And every time, Boseman does, indeed, want another.. 

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<p>Chadwick Boseman of &quot;Get On Up&quot;</p>

Chadwick Boseman of "Get On Up"

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Set Visit: 'Get On Up' team promises a James Brown biopic done right

Tate Taylor and Aakomon Jones discuss capturing The Hardest Working Man in Show Business

NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI. If you greet biopics with a certain amount of trepidation, "Get On Up" director Tate Taylor is right there with you.

"I’ve never been a big fan of biopics," the well-dressed helmer of "The Help" tells a pair of visiting reporters, pausing between shots in mid-December, more than eight months before the scheduled August 1, 2014 release date.

"The last one I really loved was 'Coal Miner’s Daughter.' I loved that," Taylor continues.

"Coal Miner's Daughter," which won an Oscar for Sissy Spacek, opened in 1980.

"For me I think what makes them successful is I approached this as, 'This is a movie about an amazing man. And, oh yeah, he’s James Brown.' That’s how I approached this, is who he was and what made him the man he was," Taylor explains. "And what I honed in on, what I thought was special is you can usually do a movie about someone’s drive to succeed and how they got there but what I think’s interesting about James Brown, is he didn’t want to go backwards. And that’s a fear, I think, I have and a lot of people relate to. Everybody can relate to that and that’s what made me think it would be accessible for audiences regardless of the music, is that fear of, 'Oh my gosh, what if this all goes away?' Not, 'Oh, I’ve done enough and I can coast.' Some people, they don’t want it to go away. And that’s what I really wanted to focus in on what it takes to keep it where you are and then reinvent yourself over and over and over."

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<p>Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling on Tuesday&#39;s &quot;The Mindy Project&quot;</p>

Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling on Tuesday's "The Mindy Project"

TV Ratings: 'NCIS' leads CBS Tuesday, 'Supernatural' rises and 'Mindy' tops 'New Girl'

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is up, 'Glee' is down

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

With "NCIS" routing "The Voice" overall and closing the gap among young viewers to a minuscule 0.2 rating, CBS commandingly won Tuesday in total viewers and was able to eke out a victory in the key demo.

There were mixed returns all around on Tuesday night.

On the positive side, ABC got demo rises for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Goldbergs," "Person of Interest" grew on CBS and NBC saw a bump for "Chicago Fire." The CW also got a good week for the nested "Supernatural" spinoff and also for "The Originals."

On the down side, NBC's "About a Boy" slipped and FOX's "Glee" hit a series low.

And on the neither-good-nor-bad-but-different front, FOX's "The Mindy Project" improved on its "New Girl" lead-in both overall and among young viewers.

On to the numbers.

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May 2014 TV Events We're Looking Forward To - Finales, Premieres & More

May 2014 TV Events We're Looking Forward To - Finales, Premieres & More

Which 15 May TV events are we most anticipating this month?

One of the questions we frequently get asked on Firewall & Iceberg is "Do Sweeps Periods Still Matter?" and the answer we always give is, "Kinda." They're not the almighty forces they once were, but they still matter.

Case-in-point? May Sweeps 2014! How many of your favorite shows have already ended for the season? "Community"! "Parks and Recreation"! "Scandal"! "Parenthood"! They're all done. 

However, May still marks the end of the Official Nielsen 2013-2014 Season and it marks the start of the summer programming season, so between May 1 and May 31, there's a lot of programming we're looking forward to, whether it's a TV milestone like Baba Wawa's retirement, a big plot point on a favorite show like Christina's departure from "Grey's Anatomy," an movie event like HBO's "Normal Heart" or NBC's "Rosemary's Baby" or a new series premiere like "Penny Dreadful" on cable or "Gang Related" on FOX.

Here are 15 things we're looking forward to watching on TV in May and our feeble rationales. You're probably looking forward to 15 totally different things. There's too much TV.

What are you looking forward to?

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<p>&quot;Almost Human&quot;</p>

"Almost Human"

Credit: FOX

FOX cancels 'Almost Human' after one season

Karl Urban, Michael Ealy and Minka Kelly starred

It will be 13-episodes-and-out for the FOX robot procedural "Almost Human."

News of the "Almost Human" cancellation first broke on Tuesday (April 29) evening on Deadline.com and HitFix can now confirm that the J.J. Abrams-produced drama will not be back next season, a victim either of lackluster ratings or of FOX's already-aggressive plans for next season.

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<p>Zoe Saldana of &quot;Rosemary&#39;s Baby&quot;</p>

Zoe Saldana of "Rosemary's Baby"

Credit: NBC

Exclusive 'Rosemary's Baby' image finds Zoe Saldana in stylish repose

NBC miniseries starts on Sunday, May 11

We're only two weeks from the birth of NBC's new take on "Rosemary's Baby" and, courtesy of NBC, HitFix has an exclusive picture of Zoe Saldana, who will be stepping into a modern version Mia Farrow's pixie cut for the Ira Levin adaptation.

As you can see from the picture above -- a very nice NBC-provided image that is NOT an exclusive -- the new "Rosemary's Baby" has been moved from New York City to Paris and the picture is presumably meant to make us sympathize with Patrick J. Adams' character, because we also would make some very dark pacts to get a Parisian flat with that unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower.

In addition to Adams and Saldana, "Rosemary's Baby" stars Jason Isaacs and Carole Bouquet.  The teleplay comes from Scott Abbott and James Wong, with "Europa, Europa" and "Treme" veteran Agnieszka Holland.

"Rosemary's Baby" will air its first two hours on Sunday, May 11 and the story will conclude on Thursday, May 15.

You'll note that in our exclusive gallery image (below), Saldana is wearing that same sleeveless red number. Credit to costume designer Pierre-Yves Gayraud and costume supervisor Catherine Boisgontier for the snazzy dress.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 228

Dan and Alan discuss '24,' 'Louie,' the 'Parks and Recreation' finale and more

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls. No video show this week, so it's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

There's lots to cover this week, including the series premiere of "Playing House," the return of "24" and "Louie" and the finale for "Parks and Recreation."

We also, of course, chatter about this Sunday's "Mad Men." It's what we do.

Here's today's breakdown:
"Playing House" (00:01:25 - 00:09:20)
"24: Live Another Day" (00:09:25 - 00:27:10)
"Louie" (00:27:15 - 00:34:05)
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" (00:34:10 - 00:41:45)
"Parks and Recreation" finale (00:41:45 - 00:58:55)
"Mad Men" (00:59:00 - 01:23:40)

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>&quot;Les Revenants&quot;</p>

"Les Revenants"

Credit: SundanceTV

A&E orders Carlton Cuse's 'Returned' remake to series

Raelle Tucker is working with the 'Lost' vet on the 'Les Revenants" adaptation

A&E has given a 10-episode series order to "The Returned" which, unlike ABC's "Resurrection," actually is a remake of the critically adored French zombie drama "Les Revenants."

"Lost" veteran Carlton Cuse wrote the pilot script for "The Returned" and he will executive produce the series with "True Blood" veteran Raelle Tucker.

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<p>Kevin Bacon of &quot;The Following&quot;</p>

Kevin Bacon of "The Following"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: Rising 'Voice,' 'Dancing' lead Monday, while 'Following' finale is up

'Friends with Better Lives' gets a bump for CBS

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 28, 2014. 

Monday night offered more good news than usual.

"Dancing with the Stars" got a big overall bump and helped ABC win Monday in total viewers, while "The Voice" rose, albeit far less, to help NBC keep control of the night among young viewers. 

Among the other shows posting growth on Monday were ABC's "Castle," all of CBS' comedies including "Friends with Better Lives" and the season finale for "The Following," which was up a hair despite a "Bones" repeat as a lead-in.

Of course, not everything can rise and "The Blacklist" was down a hair on Monday, but not in any notable way.

The CW's dramas were down from last Monday's Fast Nationals, but in line with Monday's Finals, which accounted for baseball preemptions.

On to the numbers...

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<p>J. August Richards and Chloe Bennet of &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

J. August Richards and Chloe Bennet of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Credit: ABC

Interview: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' co-star J. August Richards talks Deathlok

How much Mike Peterson is left in Deathlok?

In some ways, the journey of J. August Richards' Mike Peterson has been the journey of the first season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

In the pilot, Peterson was introduced as an ordinary father who got superpowers through the use of the Centipede Device. He just wanted to be a hero to his son, but instead he became a victim of the technology and he had to be secured by S.H.I.E.L.D. A bit later, he was recaptured and his technology was overhauled to make him the villainous Deathlok.

With each passing appearance, we see less and less Mike Peterson and more and more Deathlok.

Late last week, I got on the phone with Richards to talk about his character's evolution and how much humanity still remains in Deathlok. We talked about the balancing act of keeping just a touch of heroism in a cybernetic bad guy and about the awesome new "Art of Level Seven" art featuring Deathlok looming over Skye and Ward. 

And, finally, the "Angel" veteran talked about that brief moment last summer when his casting was announced and everybody thought he was playing a different figure from Marvel lore.

Richards appears on Tuesday's (April 29) episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." 

Click through for the full Q&A...

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