<p>Stan Lee</p>

Stan Lee

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Interview: Stan Lee on his 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' cameo and his hopes for the ABC drama

Marvel legend recalls the original creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It may have premiered in the fall with more hype than any other new network drama, but ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." truly comes into its own on Tuesday (February 4).
 
No, I haven't seen Tuesday's episode, titled "T.R.A.C.K.S." and I don't know if "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has turned a creative corner.
 
Sorry. 
 
But Tuesday's episode finds the show going through one of the crucial Marvel rites of passage: Marvel impresario Stan Lee will finally make his first guest appearance.
 
Lee, who created the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Jack Kirby, has made regular appearances in the Marvel feature films -- "Guardians of the Galaxy" will apparently end his streak -- and he has done voice work on several Marvel-affiliated animated shows, so it's a sign of impressive restraint that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." waited for the 13th episode before fitting him in. [If you haven't checked out my colleague Drew McWeeny's story about the cameos, I know I've spoiled the twist, but it's still worth reading.]
 
And it's possible that this might not be a mere cameo for Stan Lee. As he explains it, it's more of a supporting role and "it has a bearing on what the plot of the episode is." Bonus!
 
I chatted with the Marvel legend last week about his latest guest appearance, his memories of the original creation of this universe and what he thinks of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." so far. 
 
Check out the full, spirited Q&A with the 91-year-old icon after the break...
 
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<p>The true MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII: Manning Face</p>

The true MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII: Manning Face

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Super Bowl XLVIII grabs the Most-Watched TV Show crown with 111.5 million viewers

How did 'New Girl' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' perform?
[UPDATE: The final audience total for Super Bowl XLVIII ended up at 112.2 million viewers, "New Girl" ended up with 26.3 million and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" with 15.1 million.]
 
Apologies for this morning's incorrect guess that no records would be broken by Super Bowl XLVIII.
 
The lopsided result was presaged by a safety on the game's first play from scrimmage, but the Seahawks rout over the Broncos was still watched by 111.5 million viewers on average, making it latest Super Bowl to grab the crown of The Must-Watched Television Show in U.S. History. 
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 218

Dan and Alan talk Super Bowl ads, 'Sherlock,' Philip Seymour Hoffman and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
Have you recovered from your Super Bowl hangover? Hope so!
 
It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg video-free podcast. 
 
In this week's installment, we talked Super Bowl commercials, "New Girl," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," and we discussed the third season of "Sherlock," which ended opposite the Super Bowl. We also begin the podcast discussing the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman. So... Lots of stuff!
 
We should also mention that on Thursday, we're doing a Google+ Hangout with Mo Ryan of the Huffington Post. Join us, if you can figure out what a Google+ Hangout is!
 
Here's today's breakdown:
Philip Seymour Hoffman (00:01:10 - 00:13:50)
Super Bowl Stuff (00:13:55 - 00:35:05)
"New Girl" (00:35:05 - 00:43:00)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (00:44:15 - 00:54:20)
Listener Mail on Inept TV Law Enforcement (00:54:55 - 01:01:25)
"Bones" moving back to Mondays (01:01:35 - 01:09:25)
"Sherlock" (01:09:30 - 01:23:00)
 

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.

 

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<p>Percy Harvin returns a kickoff for a TD in Super Bowl XLVIII</p>

Percy Harvin returns a kickoff for a TD in Super Bowl XLVIII

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TV Ratings: Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII rout helps FOX rout Sunday night

Lots of people watch 'New Girl,' but we don't know how many yet
Fast National ratings for Sunday, February 2, 2014.
 
There will probably be no records for Super Bowl viewership this year after a Big Game that was a Seattle Seahawks rout starting from the very first play. Still, FOX dominated Sunday night in all key measures thanks to Super Bowl XLVIII. Duh.
 
The Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl came in far below last year's Ravens-49ers game in preliminary Fast National ratings, but that's not especially reflective of anything, so don't make any judgments.  
 
It always bears repeating: These are not the ratings for the Super Bowl. These are time period ratings. For the first time in recent memory, the Super Bowl didn't make it into Pacific Time Zone primetime at all. So stay tuned for actual ratings this afternoon. The same is true with "New Girl," which aired its entire post-Super Bowl episode in primetime, starting at 10:20-ish for while, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" started at 10:50-ish and then extended out of primetime.
 
The other three competing networks were up from last year, albeit not by so much that it's notable.
 
So stay tuned for real FOX numbers later. Here's what we have for now…
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<p>Super Bowl XLVIII</p>

Super Bowl XLVIII

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Super Bowl XLVIII Live-Blog: Commercials, trailers and 2014's Big Game

Chime in on your favorite ads and maybe even on some football

Super Bowl Sunday, Baby!

I'm not gonna lie: Going into the conference final games two weeks ago, there were two teams I would have happily been able to root for and two teams I was, at best, apathetic on. Naturally, the Patriots and 49ers lost, so I have only minimal rooting interest in the Super Bowl itself. I'm half-heartedly rooting for the Seahawks because I like Russell Wilson, as a USC fan I appreciate the good years Pete Carroll gave us (leaving aside the probation), and because I'm always willing to root against Peyton Manning.

Mostly, though, this live-blog will be about the commercials. I know they've all been available online this week, but I've skipped all of them, because what's the fun of a Super Bowl if you've seen all of the ads. I know there's something with a puppy and a horse. I've heard somebody about Tom Hiddleston and Jaguar. But the ads themselves? They're all gonna be new to me.

So click through and join the conversation! Or start the conversation if people aren't talking!

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<p>Donnie Wahlberg also directed Friday's &quot;Blue Bloods&quot;</p>

Donnie Wahlberg also directed Friday's "Blue Bloods"

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TV Ratings: Big Friday for 'Shark Tank' and 'Blue Bloods' while 'Enlisted' and 'Bones' slip

'Carrie Diaries' finale duplicates last week's numbers
Fast National ratings for Friday, January 31, 2014.
 
All of the normal Friday champs had big nights, with "Hawaii Five-0," "Blue Bloods" and "Undercover Boss" all hitting season highs and "Shark Tank" coming in strong, albeit below last week's series highs, as ABC and CBS scored their normal primetime victories. 
 
While "Shark Tank" may have been down from last week, both "Last Man Standing" and "The Neighbors" were up for ABC.
 
And not only were they season highs for the CBS hour-longs, but you'd have to go back a bit to find any competition. For "Blue Bloods," it was its biggest audience since its series premiere. Yes. Series. And for "Undercover Boss," it was the biggest audience since last February.
 
FOX, in contrast, had a tough night with "Bones," "Enlisted" and "Raising Hope" all dropping, though the numbers for "Bones" were still quite respectable.
 
Finally, the season (series?) finale for The CW's "The Carrie Diaries" duplicated last week's audience in viewers and may have ticked up a hair in total viewers. We'll have to wait and see.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Jim Parsons and James Earl Jones of &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Jim Parsons and James Earl Jones of "The Big Bang Theory"

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TV Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' thumps 'Idol' to rule Thursday while 'Community' holds

'Rake' takes a big drop for FOX
Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 30, 2014.
 
In their first head-to-head meeting of the season, "The Big Bang Theory" crushed "American Idol" as CBS rolled to primetime wins in all measures.
 
Among several Thursday notables, NBC's "Community" was able to withstand the new "Big Bang" episode, basically duplicating last week's ratings, which weren't exactly great, but sometimes you have to take good-ish news with grains of salt. "Parks and Recreation" was also stable with last week.
 
Meanwhile, "Rake" took a big drop in its second week, proving to be particularly weak in the young demos that have traditionally been the bread and butter for its "American Idol" lead-in.
 
Finally, "The Vampire Diaries" was down a hair for The CW, but "Reign" was flat week-to-week, with counts as good news for that network.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; Omaha auditioner Simon Hauck. It seems unlikely that he's going to be good. But maybe I'll be surprised!</p>

"American Idol" Omaha auditioner Simon Hauck. It seems unlikely that he's going to be good. But maybe I'll be surprised!

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #6 - Omaha

J-Lo, Keith and Harry head to Nebraska to try to find the next superstar

Apparently we're nearly done with "American Idol" auditions.

And all in the blink of an eye!

Season 13 auditions conclude on Thursday (January 30) night with a talent showcase from Omaha. 

Will it be yet another night of talented guitar players? 

Click through and follow along!

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<p>Kenzie Hall of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Kenzie Hall of "American Idol"

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TV Ratings: Slipping 'American Idol' leads Wednesday, 'Arrow' rises for The CW

'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' and 'Chicago PD' also rise
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 29, 2014.
 
"American Idol" posted another week of slight declines on Wednesday night, but still dominated primetime in all measures.
 
On a Wednesday that offered a mixture of repeats and originals, NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago PD" capitalized on CBS repeats to rise, along with The CW's "Arrow" and "The Tomorrow People." Predictably, without their comedy hit lead-ins, ABC's "Suburgatory" and "Super Fun Night" were both down, as was NBC's "Revolution."
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>Harry Connick Jr.</p>

Harry Connick Jr.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #5 - Salt Lake City

The judges head to Utah for yet another two hours of auditions

Just when I think I'm out of Utah, they pull me back in.

After a week in Park City covering the Sundance Film Festival (and still doing my "Idol" recaps), I'm back in Los Angeles, but naturally this week's Wednesday (January 29) audition episode comes to us from... Salt Lake City.

Whee!

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