Pre-credit sequence. When we left things, Jon was confused. Upon returning to camp? Jaclyn is confused, going so far as to suggest that Alec might have voted for himself. Amidst this disarray, Natalie has decided that she's going to pretend that she blew the communication and thought she was part of the block voting Alec, not part of the Keith block. Baylor is impressed with Natalie's acting skills and Jon has accepted Natalie's line about not being talked to enough. The worry, at least for Jon, is that Keith could win Immunities and screw things up. The next morning, Natalie makes it clear to Keith that she saved him and he needs to stick with her and with Missy and Baylor. The plan is to target Jon. Again.
Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. Time for the Best of 2014 installment of The Firewall & Iceberg.
If you've already read/watched our Top 10s or gone through the HitFix Critics' Poll, you pretty much know everything we're going to say in this podcast, but you've never heard us talk about them together on the same podcast. At least not all at once. At least not for this year.
So yeah, you know the drill here.
We spoil some stuff about the shows we discuss. Maybe not the BIG things, but definitely some stuff, so just be cautious. We tip-toe some, but not entirely.
Best of 2014 (00:00:30 - 01:17:50)
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Casting has officially begun in earnest for the second season of FX's "Fargo," which is officially set to begin production in Calgary in January.
The first two actors formally announced for the 10-episode anthology miniseries are Kirsten Dunst ("Bring It On") and Jesse Plemons, who appear to be set as the civilian side of the story, which will be set in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota in 1979.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
CBS' odd couple pairing of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show proved effective, pushing the network to victory both overall and among young viewers.
After last week's bump, NBC's "The Voice," "Marry Me" and "About a Boy" were all down, while the network also got weak numbers for its hour-long commercial for Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken."
There was better news, though, on FOX, where "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" were both up and also on The CW, where "The Flash" held onto last week's "Arrow" crossover gains. And for "Supernatural," it was the most watched episode in four years, since October 2010.
On to the numbers...
"Modern Family" and "House of Cards" were the only shows to receive multiple individual nominations plus ensemble recognition as the Screen Actors Guild announced its 2015 award nominations on the TV side on Wednesday (December 10) morning.
With a few exceptions -- "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany joining the field or Uzo Aduba earning a well-earned "Orange Is The New Black" nomination -- it was a predictable slate of nominations headed by the same returning favorites, though several fresh shows popped up in key categories.
Fast National ratings for Monday, December 8, 2014.
A soft episode of "The Voice" was Monday's top show in all measures, carrying NBC to primetime wins, while the return of "Mike & Molly" gave CBS a bit of a bump to finish second.
Among other Monday notables, ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" premiered to solid numbers and helped boost "Castle" past NBC's struggling "State of Affairs" in the 10 p.m. hour. That, of course, may change since ABC had the Monday Night Football preemption in both Atlanta and major Wisconsin markets.
Meanwhile, with "Gotham" and "Sleepy Hollow" in repeats, FOX will apparently basically be The CW for a couple weeks on Mondays.
On to the numbers...
First announced in development in January 2013 and then set for a summer 2014 premiere out of "24: Live Another Day" and then pushed to midseason, the event series "Wayward Pines" finally has an official launch.
FOX announced on Tuesday (December 9) morning that the 10-episode thriller will premiere on Thursday, May 14 at 9 p.m. ET. And "Wayward Pines" won't just be rolling out in the United States. The series will be debuting in 125 countries on FOX channels throughout Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and Latin America.
In addition to unveiling its Movies of the Year list, the American Film Institute announced its TV Programs of the Year selections on Monday (December 8) and let's just say that the group is intriguingly distracted by shiny new things.
Your AFI TV Programs of the Year:
"Game of Thrones"
"How To Get Away With Murder"
"Jane the Virgin"
"Orange Is The New Black"
Kurt Cobain, Nina Simone and Tig Notaro are among the big names getting documentary treatment at this January's Sundance Film Festival.
On Monday (December 8), Sundance announced 13 documentaries that will be premiering out of competition at the Festival, which runs from January 22 to February 1 in Park City. It's a group of films from some of documentary cinema's biggest names and, unsurprisingly, from some of Sundance's most frequent attendees.
Sundance regular Liz Garbus ("The Farm: Angola, USA") is taking the previously vacant US documentary Day One Film slot with "What Happened, Miss Simone?" The documentary looks singer and activist Nina Simone was recently acquired by Netflix, which had "Mitt" in an out-of-competition slot at last year's Festival.
Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 7, 2014.
A tight Sunday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers gave NBC a commanding primetime win on Sunday, easily holding off football-boosted FOX and CBS.
With so much NFL inflation in the mix it's hard to point to actual ratings notables on Sunday, but ABC's "Resurrection" and "Revenge" were both up from series lows last week.
CBS' NFL overrun with 19 minutes in some markets and 16 minutes in others, so there's very little point in trying to accurately sort things out.
On to the numbers...