<p>Jay Baruchel of &quot;Man Seeking Woman&quot;</p>

Jay Baruchel of "Man Seeking Woman"

Credit: FXX

'Man Seeking Woman' star Jay Baruchel on returning to TV, comedy and Canadian pride

'Undeclared' veteran explains what drew him to Simon Rich's script

TORONTO, CANADA. After a morning spent slipping and falling, for comedic effect, on the ice of a suburban hockey rink, "Man Seeking Woman" star Jay Baruchel is eager to talk about his new FXX romantic comedy.

The Powers That Be, however, are not cooperating. 

We're in a small Baptist church that has had its basement retrofitted into a "Man Seeking Woman" production hub and, at the moment, a high-profile guest star who I can't currently reveal is shooting in front of a green-screen in the room next door. A door is closed, but Baruchel is excited about his first regular TV series gig in nearly a decade and a stern AD keeps peeking in to "shush" the source of loud vocalizations, ignoring that the noise is coming from the guy who's first on the call-sheet.

Read Full Post
<p>Joaqu&iacute;n Cos&iacute;o</p>

Joaquín Cosío

Credit: AP

Exclusive: FX's 'The Strain' finds its vampire-fighting Silver Angel

An acclaimed Mexican star will play the beloved luchador

FX has filled one of the key new roles for the upcoming second season of "The Strain," casting a well-respected Mexican star of stage and screen to play a heroic former luchador. 

HitFix can report exclusively that Joaquín Cosío will join the Season 2 cast playing Angel Guzman Hurtado. 

Read Full Post
<p>Golden Globes</p>

Golden Globes

Credit: AP

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 264 - 'Justified,' Golden Globes and more

Dan and Alan review 'Man Seeking Woman,' '12 Monkeys,' 'Backstrom' and more


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls! Time for an in-person edition of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. Well, you're not in person, but with Alan in town for TCA press tour, we're both in person.

We'll also do an in-person video show at some point this week, allowing us to talk a bit about press tour and to also review a couple other shows including "The Americans" and Pivot's "Fortitude." 

But for today? Much to discuss! We break down the Golden Globes telecast and its winners and then we reviewed a quintet of new and returning shows including "Broad City," "Man Seeking Woman," "12 Monkeys," "Justified" and "Backstrom." [Actually "including" implies we reviewed more shows than that. We didn't. Those are the five shows we reviewed here.]

Today's breakdown:
Golden Globes (00:01:40 - 00:17:10)
"Broad City" (00:17:25 - 00:27:40)
"Man Seeking Woman" (00:27:40 - 00:37:20)
"12 Monkeys" (00:37:25 - 00:45:50)
"Justified" (00:45:55 - 00:56:10)
"Backstrom" (00:56:10 - 01:10:00)

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.

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;Man Seeking Woman&quot;</p>

"Man Seeking Woman"

Credit: FXX

Interview: 'Man Seeking Woman' creator Simon Rich on Japanese penis monsters and Jay Baruchel

'SNL' veteran reflects on bringing his short stories to TV

TORONTO, CANADA. FXX's new series "Man Seeking Woman" is a 2015 romantic-comedy with a very specific voice. 

Not to spoil too much, but it's the story of Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel), a young Chicagoan who faces single life after he breaks up with long-time girlfriend Maggie (Maya Erskine) and discovers that returning to the dating pool is absurd, surreal, whimsical and occasionally sad. 

The main voice behind "Man Seeking Woman" comes very clearly from Simon Rich, whose listed age is 30. 

The son of prolific writer Frank Rich, Simon Rich has the resume of a much, much older man. He was a staff writer on "Saturday Night Live" for four years, one of the youngest ever. He's been a regular contributor to the New Yorker, a staff writer at Pixar and the author of the novels "Elliot Allagash" and "What in God's Name," plus four collections of short stories including "The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories," which is the basis for "Man Seeking Woman."

I was on the Toronto set of "Man Seeking Woman" in November and it was striking to watch Rich at work. If he's 30 with the resume of a 50-year-old, he could pass for 20, a snazzily dressed 20, bouncing around the hockey arena location bouncing ideas off of Baruchel and other writers and producers, checking back and forth between dailies from that morning's shoot, as well as cuts of past episodes. 

Between shots, as a zamboni circled the ice, I was able to sit down with Rich in a chilly hallway to discuss the flights of fancy that define "Man Seeking Woman," as well as the importance of Jay Baruchel to the entire series, which premieres on January 14.

If you want to go into "Man Seeking Woman" knowing nothing, you may want to skip this interview until after the premiere.

Otherwise, check out the full conversation below...

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;The Bachelor&quot;</p>

"The Bachelor"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'The Bachelor,' 'Mike & Molly' lead Monday

ESPN will presumably have dominated the night

Fast National rating for Monday, January 12, 2015.

With TV's largest audience watching the college football National Championship on ESPN, several networks opted not to air originals on Monday, allowing "The Bachelor" to carry ABC to a key demo win and "Mike & Molly" to pace CBS' overall triumph.

There have already been reports that the Oregon-Ohio State game may have drawn the largest audience in cable history, so this was all in the shadow of that.

On to the numbers...

Read Full Post
<p>Max Greenfield</p>

Max Greenfield

Credit: FOX

Interview: 'New Girl' star Max Greenfield on Fat Schmidt, Evil Schmidt and Schmidt's new love

And what does Greenfield think of the new credits?

Last week, before the 2015 "New Girl" premiere, I posted my interviews with Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson from the Clyde's Bar set on the Fox Lot.

I didn't want to burn anybody out on conversations about the new "New Girl" credits, so I held off on posting my interview with Max Greenfield, only to realize that one of the arcs he teases in our conversation debuted last week.

So "New Girl" viewers have already seen the start of the relationship between Schmidt and Zoe Lister Jones' marvelously named local politico Fawn Moscato. Feel free to pretend like you haven't seen the first flickerings of that romance. 

In the conversation, Greenfield and I discussed Schmidt's detour into Evil Schmidt for parts of last season, as well as the current sweet friendship between Schmidt and Cece. We also talked a bit about the process of becoming Fat Schmidt and his secret fear when he does that flashback character.

And yes, this will be the last time I discuss credits with any of the actors from "New Girl."

Click through for the full interview.

Read Full Post


Credit: Showtime

'Shameless' gets a speedy Season 6 pickup from Showtime

The Gallaghers will return for 12 episodes in 2016

Only one day after the Season 5 premiere and with no ratings to report, Showtime announced that "Shameless" has been renewed for a sixth season of 12 episodes.

Production on "Shameless" Season 6 will begin later this year and, as usual, "Shameless" will return in early 2016.

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;Penny Dreadful&quot; Season 2</p>

"Penny Dreadful" Season 2

Credit: Showtime

'Penny Dreadful' returns in April, check out the bloody creepy first trailer

Helen McCrory is going to make things creepy.

If you thought things were bloody twisted in the first season of "Penny Dreadful," it looks like the second season is about to up the ante.

Showtime announced on Monday (January 12) at the Television Critics Association press tour that "Penny Dreadful" will return on April 26, airing in the 10 p.m. hour.

Read Full Post
<p>Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins</p>

Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins

Credit: Showtime

Showtime's David Nevins on the State of the Network - Press tour live-blog

Perhaps we'll buzz about 'Twin Peaks' and 'Happy-ish' and Cameron Crowe's upcoming pilot

I'm not immediately sure what news might come out of Monday's (January 12) Television Critics Association press tour executive session with Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins, but Nevins is usually good for a frank glimpse into what's happening at the network.

So click through and follow along.

Read Full Post
<p>Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

Credit: CBS

'Scorpion,' 'NCIS: New Orleans' and 'Madam Secretary' earn renewals

'Stalker' and 'The McCarthys' aren't dead

After The CW renewed eight shows on Sunday, corporate sibling CBS had to at least try to compete at the TCA press tour on Monday (January 12).

While CBS' three Monday renewals couldn't match The CW's eight, all three CBS 2015-2016 pickups were for freshman shows, topping the two first-year dramas earning CW renewals.

CBS specifically picked up the season's top three most-watched new shows in "NCIS: New Orleans," "Madam Secretary" and "Scorpion."

Read Full Post