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

"Almost Human"

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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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<p>Colin Hanks of FX&#39;s &quot;Fargo&quot;</p>

Colin Hanks of FX's "Fargo"

Credit: FX

Interviews: Colin Hanks and Joey King talk FX's 'Fargo'

Why is Colin Hanks a better on-screen father than Channing Tatum?

CALGARY - It's mid-March and they're having a heatwave on the set of FX's "Fargo."

According to a nearby thermometer, the temperature is 27 degrees and with the sun already beating down, there's a good chance that things could get above freezing in Minnesota-by-way-of-Alberta. 

This is cause for celebration and nearly everybody is behaving as if summer has arrived. The assistant director is walking around the parking lot set in short-sleeves, even as two members of the crew are shoveling snow for the backdrop to the next scene. In truth, though, things have become so mild on the "Fargo" set that they've run out of actual fresh snow and they're using pristine white stunt-snow delivered via truck.

Although all of the "Fargo" actors have their own nightmare stories about shooting in sub-zero temperatures brought about by the polar vortex, on this morning, the stars are actually having makeup applied to make their cheeks look ruddier and colder. 

Next to a Duluth police cruiser, Colin Hanks and Joey King are both being prepped for their next scene, a long take that finds Gus Grimley's car getting stuck in the snow. On a show that embarked on a dizzying bodycount before the completion of the pilot, it looks like a low-stakes scene, but in Noah Hawley's reimagining of the Coen Brothers' wintertime classic, it's often the little things that cause the most drama, or that cause otherwise stable characters to crack.

In this case, a patch of slippery ice is going to cause frustration for Hanks' Gus, an in-over-his-head cop and father who became a key piece in a small-town crimewave after a late-night encounter with Billy Bob Thornton's Lorne Malvo in the "Fargo" pilot. 

The potential for a snowy stumble is why Hanks and King are in makeup next to the car, but a pair of dopplegangers are standing 10 feet away being made to look equally frigid. Hanks has a stunt-double to make sure that an upcoming pratfall is flawlessly executed, while King has a stunt-double to make sure that somebody other than a 14-year-old actress is behind the wheel of the squad car when it's supposed to be reversing in a snowbank. 

It's not that King isn't at least peripherally capable of putting a car in reverse, but the need for a stunt-woman becomes clear when the "Ramona" star expresses confusion at how to make the dinging stop during dialogue-driven closeness. The answer? Close the car door. Yeah. Better to have a pro behind the wheel.

Several hours later, the stunt has been executed flawlessly. No bones were broken on the various slip-and-falls and no actors were crushed underneath the wheels of the Ford Taurus. In quick succession, I sat down with King and then Hanks to discuss the Grimley family, one of two father-daughter duos -- Allison Tolman and Keith Carradine's Solversons are the other -- that give "Fargo" its heart.

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<p>Craig Ferguson of &quot;The Late Late Show&quot;</p>

Craig Ferguson of "The Late Late Show"

Credit: CBS

Craig Ferguson announces he's leaving 'The Late Late Show'

CBS' latest late-night departure is now set for December

Boy oh boy. So many other shoes keep dropping you'd think the world of late television was an octopus.

The month of April began with David Letterman's announcement that he was retiring from CBS' "Late Show" in 2015.

It took exactly a week for CBS to announce that Stephen Colbert would be coming cover from Comedy Central to take over "The Late Show."

And now, the month of April will end with CBS making a clean late-night sweep.

On Monday (April 28) afternoon, Craig Ferguson announced that he will step down as host of "The Late Late Show" at the end of December.

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<p>&quot;Grease&quot;</p>

"Grease"

Credit: Paramount

FOX sets 'Grease Live' for 2015

'The Sound of Music' may be opening the musical floodgates

NBC is no longer the only player when it comes to live network TV productions of classic musicals. 

FOX announced on Monday (April 28) morning that the network is moving forward with "Grease Live," an entirely self-explanatory live production of "Grease," which will premiere in 2015.

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;Once Upon a Time&quot;</p>

Sunday's "Once Upon a Time"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'Once Upon a Time,' '60 Minutes' pace Sunday split, series low for 'Revenge'

'Amazing Race' rises, 'Cosmos' and 'Believe' are steady

Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 27, 2014.

With "60 Minutes" standing as Sunday's most-watched show, CBS easily won the night overall, while "Once Upon a Time" and "Resurrection" led ABC to Sunday victory among young viewers.

Although CBS had no sports overrun, "The Amazing Race" posted big gains over last week's sluggish totals, but "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist" were both down.

After a week away, ABC's "Resurrection" actually grew in viewers, but finished down a head in the key demo, leading into a down return for ABC's "Revenge."

Even with "Resurrection" returning to ABC, both "Believe" and "Cosmos" held onto last week's gains for NBC and FOX respectively.

[Note that NBC was preempted for the NBA playoffs in Portland.]

On to the numbers...

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