<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Modern Family&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Modern Family"

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TV Ratings: Wilting 'Idol' leads FOX Wednesday, 'The 100' dips, 'Modern Family' rises

'Survivor' clobbers 'Idol' in the 8 p.m. hour

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

The "Survivor" margin-of-victory over "American Idol" is growing with each week, but with CBS' procedurals in repeats, FOX still won Wednesday night in all key measures.

It was ABC that capitalized on the absence of new "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" episodes, as "Modern Family," "Mixology" and "Nashville" were all up from their last originals. 

In contrast, The CW's "The 100" dropped from last week's premiere, falling behind "Arrow," but still far exceeding the network's time period averages.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Tony of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Tony of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'We Found Our Zombies'

A pre-credits shocker turns the game upside down

Pre-credit sequence. Farewell, Uncle Cliffy. Solana returns to camp and Trish has a speech to make, but Lindsey isn't interested in hearing. "You guys just screwed up majorly," she tells nobody in particular, admitting that she doesn't have any alliances anymore. "I will respect you, because this is a team moving forward, but I don't like you," Trish smirks. Of course, Trish just threw away a big numbers advantage in order to break up what she's calling a two-person alliance of Lindsey and Cliff. "You disgust me. Everything about you is annoying. Your laugh. Your teeth. Your face," Lindsey tells Trish, calling her "the most horrific person" she's met. Trish doesn't care. "I can leave here and never think of you again," Lindsey insists, calling Trish a bully. Lindsey doesn't want to play with Trish anymore, so she goes off wandering. Nobody knows where Lindsey is, other than the cameraman and everybody's favorite interloper, Jeff Probst. "I can't have somebody antagonizing me right now," Lindsey says, worrying she might go nuts. Lindsey also lists being cold, wet and hungry as factors and she knows that she's going to regret quitting, but she sounds like she's done. Probst tells Lindsey that nobody has ever quit because of something they might do. Lindsey is determined to exit and Probst wants to strategize on how she should leave. The possibility of explaining herself to the tribe is raised, but Lindsey prefers to "do a little curtsey" on the beach, leaving it up to Probst to explain Lindsey's absence Suddenly Trish is feigning concern. "I do feel bad, because I kinda came down on her," Trish says with no sincerity. Tony doesn't bother feeling pretend-bad. "It was a beautiful thing, two for the price of one," Tony says. LJ compares it to a zit. Woo claims enthusiasm at a fresh start, but he knows he could go next. Well. That was weird.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 9</p>

The "American Idol" Top 9

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 10 Performances - (I'm With The) Band Night

The remaining contestants sing with Rickey Minor and the band

Tonight's them is (I'm With The) Band. I have no clue what that means.

FOX not-so-helpfully explains that the singers "will act as the lead singer for Rickey Minor and his band, performing their favorite songs." How is that different from what happens every week? Or does it just mean that Minor won't actively attempt to sabotage the performers like he's been doing all season long?

Sigh. Click through and follow along with the fun.

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<p>&quot;Night Shift&quot;</p>

"Night Shift"

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'Undateable,' 'Crossbones' and 'Night Shift' get NBC summer premieres

'Taxi Brooklyn,' 'Welcome to Sweden' and 'Working the Engels' also get homes

For 10 months, they've been pictures on the side of milk cartons, but... 

"Crossbones" lives!

"Undateable" lives!

"The Night Shift" lives!

NBC announced six scripted additions to its already busy summer slate on Wednesday (March 26) and if you were looking for premiere dates for all of the mysteriously vanished shows the network unveiled last May, we've found them!

In all, NBC will be airing six original scripted shows this summer, the most for any broadcast network in more than 20 years, so NBC says. [By my count, ABC's summer schedule will include five original scripted shows.]

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<p>He *does* look a lot like Harry</p>

He *does* look a lot like Harry

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FOX sets summer premieres, benches 'Enlisted,' announces 'I Wanna Marry 'Harry''

'Enlisted' will return. FOX promises. No. Really.

FOX made a big spring and summer scheduling announcement on Wednesday (March 26) afternoon, but the only thing anybody on my Twitter feed wanted to discuss was the fact that after this Friday, "Enlisted" is off the schedule, at least for the foreseeable future.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 223

Dan and Alan discuss Emmy fun and finales for 'Girls' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! 

I know that some of you have been feeling a little Firewall & Iceberg Podcast withdrawal. Apologies. Alan was traveling. And I was traveling. And there was only a limited amount of new TV to talk about. And y'all got *two* in-person video shows! So Firewall & Iceberg still loved you these past two weeks. Just not in podcast form.

But we're back.

And it's a fairly busy podcast today. We answer some mail about various things including Emmy category manipulation, we paid brief tribute to the late James Rebhorn and we talked about the finales of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Girls."

And next week should be even busier!

And I sound like poo in this week's podcast. No clue why. Apologies.

Here's today's breakdown:
Listener Mail - Emmy category moves (00:01:50 - 00:20:25)
Listener Mail - The future of "Enlisted" (00:20:32 - 00:28:10)
James Rebhorn (00:28:10 - 00:31:30)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" finale (00:31:55 - 00:47:10)
"Girls" finale - (00:47:20 - 01:09:50)

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.

 

<p>&quot;From Dusk Till Dawn&quot;</p>

"From Dusk Till Dawn"

Credit: El Rey Network

El Rey Network renews 'From Dusk Till Dawn' early

Robert Rodriguez series gets 13 more episodes of mayhem

In what will likely be the least surprising piece of news today, El Rey Network has announced that "From Dusk Till Dawn" has been renewed for a second season.

What? You thought that the flagship series for El Rey Network, a series created by the network's founder, wasn't going to be picked up? Duh.

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<p>Let the good times roll!</p>

Let the good times roll!

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: Rising 'NCIS' leads CBS past slipping 'Voice' and NBC on Tuesday

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' finale builds on 'New Girl'

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

CBS got week-to-week bumps for "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Person of Interest" to expand its normal overall advantage on Tuesday and also capitalized on a dip for "The Voice" (and a "Chicago Fire" repeat) to win the night among young viewers as well.

The dip for "The Voice" wasn't severe and it mirrors the show's usual post-Chairs drop, while both "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" continued to be reasonably stable for NBC. So mostly it was the "Chicago Fire" repeat that dropped NBC out of first for the night in the key demo.

Among other Tuesday notables, "Glee" held onto most of last week's gains, while the season finale for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" improved on "New Girl" in most key measures.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Matthew McConaughey of &quot;True Detective&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey of "True Detective"

Credit: HBO

'True Detective' will submit for Emmy contention as a drama

Matthew McConaughey series will now go head-to-head with 'Breaking Bad'

If this summer's Emmy races are half as exciting as this spring's jockeying for Emmy category position, we're gonna have a real barnburner on our hands come August.

Two weeks ago, Netflix fired the first salvo, electing to submit "Orange Is The New Black" in the comedy category after going as a drama for Golden Globes contention. Personally, I think that was the smart and correct choice and, in a perfect world, "Orange" could fill out the supporting actress field on its own. [That won't happen. But it should.]

Then earlier this morning, Showtime unexpectedly announced that after three years as a drama for Emmy purposes, "Shameless" will submit as a comedy this year. I'd always advocated "Shameless" as a comedy in years past and I would put Emmy Rossum in any open field of actress contenders, regardless of category. Still, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the move in this particular season, which has probably been more consistently dramatic in tone than the three that came before. Rossum remains the show's top contender for nods and it's true that the Lead Actress Drama field is absurdly packed -- Seven nominees last year and that didn't include Rossum, Tatiana Maslany or Julianna Margulies -- but the Lead Actress Comedy is hardly empty, though Laura Dern and Tina Fey will both fall out from last year's Top 6.

But the biggest shoe to drop? Well, that came on Tuesday afternoon, as HBO confirmed that winter sensation "True Detective" will submit in the Drama field, rather than in the Miniseries category.

Wow.

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'Masters of Sex' star Lizzy Caplan reveals awkward family reactions to her sex scenes

'Masters of Sex' star Lizzy Caplan reveals awkward family reactions to her sex scenes

The star also teases a Season 2 time jump in this video interview

On the PaleyFest red carpet on Monday (March 24) night, I chatted with most of the stars of Showtime's "Masters of Sex," which resumed production last week.

My interview with Lizzy Caplan was nifty to begin with, as she talked about Masters' end-of-season betrayal, followed by his finale confession. But it really hits a high gear toward the end when I skipped asking about the awkwardness of filming the show's sex scenes and instead asked about awkward reactions to the sex scenes after the show started airing.

Unprompted, she teases that this season's scenes are "pretty steamy, they make Season 1 look like baby games." Then she launched into an impression of her Israeli uncle's reaction to watching the first season. It's pretty much my favorite thing so far this week.

Stay tuned for my chats with Michael Sheen, Teddy Sears, Caitlin Fitzgerald and awesome new cast regular Annaleigh Ashford, as well as series creator Michelle Ashford.

Check out the Lizzy Caplan interview above and remember that "Masters of Sex" returns to Showtime on July 13.