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FOX sets 'American Idol,' 'Empire' premiere dates

'Empire' premiere will air with limited commercial interruptions

After a somewhat rough fall, FOX is slowly making announcements for the spring of 2015, revealing a two-night premiere for "American Idol" and a launch for the already-heavily-promoted musical drama "Empire."

Season 14 of "American Idol," also know as "AI, AD" ("American Idol, After Dawg"), will begin with a two-night three-hour premiere on Wednesday, January 7 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, January 8 from 8 to 10 p.m.

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<p>&quot;Secrets and Lies&quot;</p>

"Secrets and Lies"

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ABC sets 'American Crime' and 'Secrets and Lies' premieres, 'Murder' finale

Viola Davis drama will wrap its first season with a two-hour finale

On Wednesday (November 19) morning, ABC announced premiere dates for two of its high profile midseason dramas, while setting an early finale date for its biggest new hit of the fall.

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<p>Bill Cosby</p>

Bill Cosby

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NBC's Bill Cosby project will not move forward

No script was ever turned in, nor was a pilot officially ordered

As new accusations of rape and sexual impropriety are levied against Bill Cosby, the comedy legend's broadcast partners are, predictably, pulling back.

One day after Netflix announced that it was postponing the premiere date for the comedy special "Bill Cosby 77" (and one day after former supermodel Janice Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight that Cosby raped her in 1982), NBC confirms that it will not be moving forward with plans to bring Cosby back to TV with a new pilot.

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<p>Scott Bakula of &quot;NCIS: New Orleans&quot;</p>

Scott Bakula of "NCIS: New Orleans"

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TV Ratings: 'NCIS: New Orleans' leads CBS, 'MasterChef Junior' dips, 'Flash' rises on Tuesday

ABC's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' and NBC's 'Marry Me' and 'About a Boy' are up

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

"NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" were both up week-to-week, leading CBS to a dominant overall win and a tight victory among young viewers on Tuesday. 

Tuesday primetime featured a lot of little week-to-week fluctuations, including "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" both rising a tiny bit despite a drop for "MasterChef Junior."

Over on ABC, a "Shark Tank" repeat comfortably outperformed recent comedy block numbers and helped "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." inch up. Presumably that "Shark Tank" repeat also was responsible for some of the "MasterChef" decline, though that's total speculation.

Most of the night's increases and decreases were pretty minimal, but "NCIS: New Orleans" added nearly two million viewers over last week's airing, which came against the second half of a two-hour "The Voice," rather than NBC's significantly lower-rated comedies. And even those NBC comedies were way up from their last airing, though that airing was after a "Voice" clip show.

And both of The CW's dramas ticked up week-to-week. It was the most watched "Supernatural" since January.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Tom Hardy</p>

Tom Hardy

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Tom Hardy's 'Taboo' lands at FX

Steven Knight is creating the 1813-set period revenge drama

FX has landed American distribution for the BBC One drama "Taboo" starring Tom Hardy.

Set to begin production in the UK in mid-to-late 2015, "Taboo" won't actually premiere on FX until mid-2016, which is the kind of long-term planning you have to do when you're dealing with the star of "The Dark Knight Rises," "Bronson" and "Locke."

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 257

Dan and Alan answer mail touching on 'Arrow,' Bill Cosby and the 'Serial' podcast


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

Time for an All-Mailbag Edition of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

Nobody bothered to schedule anything new for us to review this week and, as a result, we dipped into our overflowing mailbag for a sextet of queries that allow us to check in on "Arrow" and "Black-ish," touch on recent news involving Bill Cosby and Glen Larson and, for the first time in Firewall & Iceberg history, to discuss in another podcast, in this case "Serial."

And next week? It's an All-Grumpy Cat Podcast. No. Really. It may be heavy on Grumpy Cat if y'all don't send in more great messages.

Oh and in answer to your question: Yes, we probably spoil things from the first eight installments of "Serial," but I'm not sure we spoiled anything that will actually spoil the experience of listening to "Serial" from scratch, though I could be wrong.

Here's today's breakdown:
Listener Mail: NBC's Bill Cosby Comedy (00:01:45 - 00:09:15)
Listener Mail: Glen Larson's passing (00:09:25 - 00:18:05)
Listener Mail: "Serial" (00:18:05 - 00:44:00)
Listener Mail: Desert Island Viewing Options (00:44:00 - 00:48:20)
Listener Mail: "Arrow" check-in (00:48:20 - 01:00:55)
Listener Mail: "Black-ish" check-in (01:01:40 - 01:08:10)

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>Monday&#39;s &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Monday's "Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: 'State of Affairs' can't match 'Blacklist' as NBC splits Monday

'Scorpion' is Monday's most-watched scripted show

Fast National ratings for Monday, November 17, 2014.

The series premiere of "State of Affairs" fell short of the normal numbers for "The Blacklist," but the Katherine Heigl drama still helped NBC win Monday night in the key demographic, though it lost to "Castle" as part of ABC's overall sweep.

Most of the other Monday originals were pretty steady, with a tiny uptick for FOX's "Gotham" and for CBS' "2 Broke Girls" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."

ABC had the Monday Night Football preemption in both -- Nashville and Pittsburgh -- markets, so expect some adjustments.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Mike &amp; Molly&quot;</p>

"Mike & Molly"

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'Mike & Molly' takes over for 'The Millers' in December

Get ready for a four-episode mini-marathon on December 1

The nice thing about having an established show on the bench for midseason is that you can use it to fill a scheduling hole with only limited promotion.

Just days after confirming the somewhat abrupt cancellation of "The Millers," CBS has scheduled a December premiere for the Emmy-winning comedy "Mike & Molly."

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'Sleepy Hollow' extra Bearded Man Walking Away From Bar tells all

'Sleepy Hollow' extra Bearded Man Walking Away From Bar tells all

The glamour and backstory of The Fien Print's 'Sleepy Hollow' cameo

The episode description for Monday (November 17) night's "Sleepy Hollow" episode, titled "Mama," teases that Jenny and Abbie will "come face-to-face with their past" and mentions a series of mysterious deaths and "an especially surprising spirit."

No mention is made of resolution to last week's cliffhanger involving Bearded Man Walking Away From Bar.

That, unfortunately, is the life of an extra. You dedicate minutes -- whole minutes! -- to crafting an interior life for a character who may not even have a name in the official record, you work to hone that personal narrative so that it has a beginning, a middle and an end, you improvise and refine your performance, but then you watch the finished product and your entire arc has been reduced to nearly nothing, the faintest whisper of a story. In fact, if you end up being able to spot the back of your head, the outer edge of your shoulder or the shadow of your beard bathed in a sea of green light, that counts as a triumph.

If you watched last week's "Sleepy Hollow" and you also follow me on Twitter, you may have very briefly spotted me in a scene that took place two-thirds of the way through the episode.

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<p>Evan Rachel Wood</p>

Evan Rachel Wood

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HBO orders star-studded 'Westworld' to series

Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Wright star

HBO has picked up its star-studded "Westworld" pilot to series, an entirely unsurprising development given the creative talent on both sides of the camera. 

"Inspired by" the 1973 film from writer-director Michael Crichton, HBO's "Westworld" was written and directed by "Person of Interest" creator Jonathan Nolan, co-written by Lisa Joy and will be executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub.

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