<p>Cristin Milioti</p>

Cristin Milioti

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother' Mother lands an NBC pilot lead

Cristin Milioti will topline 'A to Z' for NBC
So "How I Met Your Dad" has found its Mother, but The Mother from "How I Met Your Mother" has found a new sitcom gig. 
 
Got it?
 
Yesterday, amidst much gnashing of teeth and wailing, it was revealed that Greta Gerwig will be the lead in CBS' "HIMYM" kinda-spinoff "How I Met Your Dad."
 
And today, WBTV and NBC announced that Cristin Milioti will play one of the leads in "A to Z," a new comedy pilot from executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
 
That wasn't so complicated at all, was it?
 
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<p>Will Forte</p>

Will Forte

Credit: Bravo

Will Forte, 'Lego Movie' team land FOX series order

'Last Man on Earth' is slated for midseason 2014-2015
Continuing its "Pilot season is dead" theme, FOX has given yet another direct-to-series order, this one to a comedy project from Will Forte and the team behind the critically adored hit "The Lego Movie."
 
FOX announced on Wednesday (February 12) that it has ordered "Last Man on Earth," a single-cam comedy that will begin production this summer for a midseason slot in the 2014-2015 broadcast season.
 
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<p>Donal Logue</p>

Donal Logue

Credit: Getty

'Terriers' star officially lands key 'Gotham' role

Donal Logue is set for regular mentor turn on FOX's Batman prequel
Yup. We're just casting up a storm now on FOX's Batman origin story "Gotham" and we appear to have stopped casting "O.C." stars entirely. However, you're probably a fan of two or three shows featuring the latest "Gotham" addition.
 
FOX and WBTV confirmed on Wednesday (February 12) that Donal Logue has been cast as Detective Harvey Bullock in "Gotham," which received a direct-to-series order. Donal's involvement has been rumored for a couple weeks, with some reports even suggesting he might be playing Future Commissioner Gordon. Now we have the final word.
 
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<p>Shaun White eyes the Olympics scoreboard</p>

Shaun White eyes the Olympics scoreboard

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: Shaun White's disappointing Olympics night gives NBC a big Tuesday

'New Girl,' 'Brooklyn' and 'Dads' all droop against the Olympics
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
 
Even though reports had already broken earlier in the day that Shaun White failed to make it to the medal podium, NBC's Tuesday coverage of the Winter Olympics from Sochi still rose slightly from Monday and, of course, dominated in all measures.
 
Once again, the Olympics crushed most of the original programming in its path, sending the "Dads" finale, "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" to impressively low numbers.
 
The one show that proved impervious to the Olympics steamroll? ABC's "Killer Women," which did almost exactly the same dismal numbers it did last week.
 
On to those numbers...
 
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<p>Greta Gerwig</p>

Greta Gerwig

Credit: Dan Steinberg/AP

Greta Gerwig lands the lead in CBS' 'How I Met Your Dad'

'Frances Ha' star will serve as a producer-writer if it goes to series
The TV pilot season is in its early casting phases, but we already have our first genuine shocker. 
 
HitFix can confirm that indie film stalwart Greta Gerwig has landed the lead in CBS' high profile "How I Met Your Mother" not-exactly-spinoff, somewhat discordantly titled "How I Met Your Dad."
 
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<p>John Wesley Shipp of &quot;The Flash&quot;</p>

John Wesley Shipp of "The Flash"

Credit: CBS

The CW's 'The Flash' pilot lands TV's original Flash for mystery role

John Wesley Shipp lands what would be a recurring role going forward
It's not that we weren't excited about Jesse L. Martin and Tom Cavanagh joining "The Flash."
 
And Grant Gustin was good enough in his "Arrow" stint that we're totally on-board with him as a lead.
 
But here's a piece of casting news for The CW's "The Flash" that has us really geeking out a little.
 
On Tuesday (February 11), The CW and WBTV confirmed that John Wesley Shipp is going to guest star in the "Flash" pilot. 
 
That's right, y'all. The Flash is going to be in "The Flash."
 
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<p>Erin Richards</p>

Erin Richards

Credit: FOX

FOX's Batman prequel 'Gotham' casts The Penguin, Alfred

Barbara Kean and a Gotham Homicide captain have also been cast
Sadly, it appears that FOX's "Gotham" is not, in fact, casting only veterans of "The O.C." However, the high-profile DC Comics adaptation has added a quartet of actors for regular roles, including the The Penguin and Alfred.
 
News broke over the weekend that "The O.C." and "Southland" veteran Ben McKenzie will play Jim Gordon, the detective who will eventually become the Commissioner Gordon of "Batman" lore. 
 
McKenzie will be joined by Robin Lord Taylor, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee and Erin Richards.
 
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<p>Julia Mancuso skied for bronze on NBC on Monday</p>

Julia Mancuso skied for bronze on NBC on Monday

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: Monday Olympics coverage eats into 'Following,' 'Bachelor' and more

NBC comfortably wins the night in all measures
Fast National ratings for Monday, February 10, 2014.
 
For a reminder of why the other networks normally preempt original programming during the Olympics, take a look at NBC's Monday domination. The Winter Games from Sochi ruled primetime in all measures and took double-digit bites out of everything from "The Bachelor" to "The Following" to "Almost Human" to "Intelligence" on Monday.
 
It's slightly notable to look around to see where the Olympics coverage made its biggest impact, as it seems to have hurt "Almost Human" more than "The Following" among young viewers, but maybe hurt "The Following" more overall. And, perhaps not surprisingly, the Olympics only made a slight dent in The CW's numbers -- raw numbers, that is, not percentages -- though we've now had two straight weeks of "Hart of Dixie" doing the same key demo number as "Beauty and the Beast."
 
Meanwhile, for what its worth, even the Olympics coverage was a little soft, down from the past two nights in total viewers, though in the general vicinity among young viewers.
 
Let's look at the numbers...
 
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<p>Tom Cavanagh</p>

Tom Cavanagh

Credit: Evan Agostini/AP

Tom Cavanagh joins The CW's 'The Flash' pilot

Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker also star
"Yogi Bear" star Tom Cavanagh has landed one of the leads in The CW's pilot for "The Flash."
 
Sorry. That was mean.
 
"Ed" favorite Cavanagh will play Harrison Wells in the WBTV/CW pilot. While the character isn't an established part of the DC Comics universe, he was very briefly name-checked in a news report in one of the "Arrow" episodes that introduced Grant Gustin as Barry Allen.
 
Wells is described as "the mind and money behind Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator" and "a rock star in the world of physics." As we've already seen on "Arrow," bad things happened to Wells' lab, which makes him into a pariah, but one very speedy consequence of the explosion offers him a chance at redemption.
 
Previously announced "Flash" co-stars include Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett and Carlos Valdes.
 
Written by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, the "Flash" pilot will be directed by David Nutter.
 
Cavanagh was most recently seen on the small screen on episodes of "Blue Bloods" and "The Goldbergs." His history with Berlanti includes "Eli Stone" and "Jack & Bobby."
 
 
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 219

Dan and Alan talk Amazon pilots, 'House of Cards,' 'Shameless' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
 
Time for a busy installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
Oddly, we neared the 90 minute mark without discussing either Sunday's "Walking Dead" or, if memory serves, mentioning the Olympics at all.
 
We did, however, spend a ton of time on the new Amazon pilots, which are available for you to watch yourselves, if you haven't already. Given that availability, we're a bit more spoiler-y than normal when it comes to "The After" and "Transparent," treating those discussions a little bit more like  our discussions, fittingly, of shows that have already aired. You've been warned! [And you'll get warned again, I'm sure.]
 
Here's today's breakdown:
Amazon's new pilots (00:01:00 - 00:06:55)
"The After" (00:07:00 - 00:15:55)
"Bosch" (00:16:00 - 00:22:05)
"Mozart in the Jungle" (00:22:10 - 00:28:20)
"The Rebels" (00:28:20 - 00:33:15)
"Transparent" (00:33:15 - 00:38:30)
Amazon's decision-making process (00:38:35 - 00:44:55)
"House of Cards" (00:45:00 - 00:58:40)
Listener Mail: CBS' NFL rights (00:59:15 - 01:08:00)
Listener Mail: How we're going to treat "Better Call Saul" (01:08:10 - 01:12:15)
Listener Mail: "Shameless" (01:12:55 - 01:25:30)

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