<p>Robert Durst</p>

Robert Durst

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HBO targets 'Serial' fans with 'The Jinx' documentary series

Andrew Jarecki brings Robert Durst's strange story to TV

When is it OK to refer to your six-part documentary series that nobody had heard of before today as "one of the most anticipated television events of 2015"? When you're HBO and you're about to latch on to one of the swelling pop culture waves of 2014.

Filling the excruciating two-week gap between installments of the addictive "Serial" podcast, on Tuesday (December 2) morning, HBO announced that it will premiere "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" in February 2015.

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<p>&quot;Toy Story That Time Forgot&quot;</p>

"Toy Story That Time Forgot"

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Interview: 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' star Wallace Shawn on the series' anti-decadence message

'Princess Bride' star discusses Rex's innocence and the bourgeois lifestyle

You'd have to go a long way to find a career that touches as many far-flung bases as that of write-director-actor Wallace Shawn.

One can know Shawn's voice from the "Toy Story" movies, but not recognize him from "The Princess Bride." You could, I suppose, know him as Blair's eventual stepfather on "Gossip Girl" and not know him as Rex or Vizzini. You could think yourself an intellectual and know "My Dinner with Andre" or "Vanya on 42nd Street," without knowing any of Shawn's acclaimed, often outspokenly political plays or his myriad essays.

Shawn is so multi-faceted an artist that it's entirely unsurprising that a very brief conversation tied to ABC's very enjoyable "Toy Story That Time Forgot," airing on Tuesday, December 2, begins with simple questions about Rex's endearing short-armed innocence and progresses to the lure of acting to help him maintain a bourgeois lifestyle, delves into the anti-decadence message of the "Toy Story" franchise and closes with the idea people don't recognize him from "Toy Story" because he doesn't resemble a dinosaur. 

It's a fun chat and my only wish is that we'd been able to talk longer, because I had "Princess Bride," "Gossip Girl," Mike Nichols and Andre Gregory questions aplenty...

"Toy Story That Time Forgot" airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Check out my full Q&A with Wallace Shawn...


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<p>Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright of &quot;House of Cards&quot;</p>

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright of "House of Cards"

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Netflix sets 'House of Cards' Season 3 premiere for February 2015

First teaser features Air Force One

As expected, the third season of "House of Cards" will follow in the footsteps of the first two with a February premiere on Netflix, but now we have an official date.

Netflix announced on Monday (December 1) that "House of Cards" will premiere, as usual in its entirety, on February 27, 2015.

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<p>FXX&#39;s &quot;Man Seeking Woman&quot;</p>

FXX's "Man Seeking Woman"

Credit: FXX

HitFix First Look: Love hurts for Jay Baruchel in new 'Man Seeking Woman' promos

FXX comedy premieres on January 14

Set to premiere on January 14, FXX's "Man Seeking Woman" is dark-and-sweet half-hour romantic comedy, but that's a bit reductive. 

Ideally, your first response to the series should come knowing as little as possible, because the "Man Seeking Woman" description -- The 10-episode comedy follows naïve twenty-something Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) on his unrelenting quest for love -- tells you precious little.

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<p>Emmanuel Sanders of the Broncos</p>

Emmanuel Sanders of the Broncos

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TV Ratings: NBC's Broncos-Chiefs action holds off CBS' Sunday NFL overrun

'Revenge,' 'Resurrection' both hit series lows for ABC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 30, 2014.

CBS started Sunday primetime with a burst of NFL overrun courtesy of a tight game between the Patriots and Packers, but NBC held on to win the night with its Sunday Night Football coverage from the Broncos and Chiefs.

With the two big NFL games and the tail end of a holiday weekend, the rest of Sunday's numbers were low across-the-board, including series-worsts for "Mulaney" and "Resurrection." ABC's dramas and FOX's comedies were, in fact, weak across-the-board.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Grimm&quot;</p>

"Grimm"

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TV Ratings: 'Grimm' helps NBC to post-Thanksgiving Friday wins

'Frosty the Snowman' does solid numbers for CBS

Fast National ratings for Friday, November 28, 2014.

On a post-Thanksgiving Friday featuring the start of the Christmas-themed programming season, "Grimm" helped NBC score a slim win overall and tie with "20/20"-paced ABC for victory in the key demo.

The CW got good numbers for a slew of family-friendly encores, while CBS also got an OK first 2014 "Frosty the Snowman" airing. 

On to the numbers...

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<p>Reed does the splits</p>

Reed does the splits

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'This Is Where We Build Trust'

Multiple Idols play a big role in an exciting episode

Apologies for the lateness of this recap. I went back to New England for Thanksgiving and, after six inches of wet snow, power went off late Wednesday afternoon and didn't return until late Friday afternoon. Fortunately, my exit interview this week was already holiday-delayed, so I'm right on schedule there. Anyway... Happy Thanksgiving!

Pre-credit sequence. Josh is gone. Jeremy is gone. So... Now what at Huyopa? Sloth! Is that supposed to be symbolic or just cute? Keith is confused by what happened at Tribal Council, because he was expecting Reed to be going home. He thinks Reed is still around because of... ummm... mathematical mess and other stuff that goes over Keith's head. Oddly, it has come to pass that Reed seems to either be in a dominant position, or else he thinks he's in a dominant position and he's musing on either sticking with Jon or, possibly, taking Jon out. Natalie feels that she can't trust anybody. Trying to build trust, Jon tells Natalie about his Idol. And now Natalie is also thinking of how she might possibly blindside Jon as well. Natalie decides to go on a quest for an Idol, thinking that her vague recollection of the Exile Idol clue might help her find an Idol that clearly nobody else could have already found. But I guess desperate times call for desperate measures.

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<p>Adam and Bethany of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Adam and Bethany of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'You're Taking My Tan Off'

The teams head to Singapore, where a Double U-Turn and a Fast-Forward loomed

Can we just skip to next week and the triumphant return of the "My Ox Is Broken" task?

I kinda wish that "Amazing Race" recycled the most difficult of challenges more frequently. Like the hay bale challenge from Season 6 and Season 15? That one could totally be done every five seasons. 

And if next week's ox return is triumphant, aren't we going to be annoyed that the show waited 20 full seasons before giving somebody else the chance to try to top Colin's Season 5 meltdown? I sure will be.

Fine. Let's not get ahead of ourselves. 

Friday (November 28) night's "Amazing Race" was probably the most purely entertaining Leg of the season. It had an exciting decision process on the Fast-Forward, an impressively photogenic Roadblock and a Detour that rewarded fans who like their Detours noisy and will probably infuriate anybody who stops to think about it for more than a second. And then we had extensive drama involving a final task and a Double U-Turn that will surely reward fans who like the pure good/evil binary applied by The Wrestlers and will probably frustrate viewers who like "The Amazing Race" to be played with thought and strategy and aren't particularly engaged by cartoonishly ignorant evil.

So was this actually a good episode of "The Amazing Race"? I... don't know. I really just can't tell with this show anymore. But there were definitely a lot of moving pieces in this episode and moving pieces keep episodes entertaining.

Let's recap!

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<p>Richard Sherman celebrates Turkey Day</p>

Richard Sherman celebrates Turkey Day

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TV Ratings: FOX's 'Cause for Paws' is solid, but NBC football leads Thanksgiving

Seahawks-49ers action tops Thursday in all measures

Fast National ratings for Thursday, November 27, 2014.

Expect to see a second "Cause For Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular" next year, because the FOX special drew solid Thanksgiving ratings, but it still couldn't compete with NBC's telecast of the NFL game between the Seahawks and 49ers.

Airing on Thanksgiving didn't hurt CBS' "Elementary," which was up from last week in the key demographic, but it did now favors for new episodes of "Mom," Two and a Half Men" and "The McCarthys," which falters without "Big Bang Theory" to lead the night.

The "Cause for Paws" numbers are presumably NFL-inflated, while CBS' NFL numbers are inaccurate as per usual.

[Pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday Notes: Due to power outages in New Hampshire, I didn't get to Wednesday's ratings. CBS led both overall and among adults 18-49 thanks to new episodes of "Survivor" (8.93 million and a 2.1 key demo), "Criminal Minds" (10.85 million and a 2.2 key demo) and "Stalker" (8.15 million and a 1.6 key demo). NBC's "Making of Peter Pan Live" drew a weak 3.02 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating. And FOX's new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.47 million and a 1.1 key demo) and "Red Band Society" (2.49 million and a 0.7 key demo) weren't especially impressive.]

On to Thursday's ratings...

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<p>Grumpy Cat</p>

Grumpy Cat

Credit: Lifetime

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 258

Dan and Alan review Grumpy Cat and 'Toy Story' holiday specials and more

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!

If you're heading over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving, here's a new installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast to help you pass the time. 

In this week's installment, we reviewed Lifetime's Grumpy Cat Christmas movie, Pixar's "Toy Story" holiday special and, just in case we don't get to podcast by next Tuesday, Bravo's "Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce."

We also talked extensively about The State of TV Comedy and about "How To Get Away With Murder" in the aftermath of its fall finale thing. 

Here's today's breakdown:
"Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever" (00:01:30 - 00:09:15)
"Toy Story That Time Forgot" (00:09:20 - 00:15:10)
"Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" (00:15:10 - 00:24:10)
Listener Mail: State of TV Comedy (00:24:35 - 00:48:10)
Listener Mail: The Correct Number of Cooks (00:48:15 - 01:01:40)
Listener Mail: "How To Get Away With Murder" (01:01:50 - 01:13:05)

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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