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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)

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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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TV Ratings: Patriots-Colts game leads Sunday, while 2-hour 'Once' boosts ABC

NBC wins Sunday night as per usual

Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 16, 2014.

The NFL action between the Patriots and Colts helped NBC roll to an easy Sunday night ratings win in all key measures, holding off NFL-boosted FOX and slightly NFL-boosted CBS both in the key demo and overall.

Because of the football it's hard to say whether or not "Bob's Burgers" benefitted from its new post-"Family Guy" time period. And, as always, it's hard to get a sense or comparative performance from CBS' Sunday drama, though it's worth noting that CBS' NFL delays/preemptions were minimal.

The night's other variation was ABC's two-hour block of "Once Upon a Time," which came in collectively below last week's single episode, but still easily improved the 9 p.m. hour and helped "Revenge" to some small growth.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Erin Richards</p>

Erin Richards

'Gotham' star Erin Richards won't spoil Barbara's secrets

'Gotham' star will discuss Barbara's complexities and her fancy apartment

"Gotham" star Erin Richards stopped by the HitFix offices last week, which was a pleasant surprise because she has spent so much of her fall cooped up in Barbara Kean and James Gordon's rather palatial apartment. And even when she got out of the apartment two weeks ago, it was to get abducted in the middle of a clash between two of Gotham's warring mob elements.

Actually, no. Not "abducted." Richards correctly takes exception to my wording.

"It was a bit more of a feminist move," she protests. "She wasn't just a little pawn moving around. She went, 'I'm gonna go fight for my man' and she went and fought for him."

And Richards also insists she hasn't been claustrophobic spending most of her time in that apartment set this season.

"It's a really nice apartment and she spent a lot of money on that apartment and we should see it as much as possible," she laughs.

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<p>Josh Canfield of &quot;Survivor: San Juan Del Sur&quot;</p>

Josh Canfield of "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur"

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Interview: Josh Canfield talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

This week's bootee discusses working with Jaclyn, targeting Baylor

"Survivor: San Juan Del Sur" may have its share of savvy strategic players, physical threats and lucky Idol-finders, but the entire season may ultimately not be shaped by any one strong player or powerful couple, but rather by Julie McGee's untimely decision to quit.

Julie, girlfriend to former baseball player John Rocker, departed "Survivor" in the episode that aired last week and her exit preempted a vote that was predetermined to go against Boston firefighter Jeremy. The vote against Jeremy was going to be the centerpiece of Broadway veteran Josh Canfield's charge for the million dollars, swiftly taking out the head of the rival alliance after the Merge. 

Instead, Julie's self-elimination meant a skipped Tribal Council and it meant that Keith's Immunity victory went for naught. In the next Immunity Challenge, a memory task came down to Josh and Jeremy, with Jeremy winning, preempting his own departure and shifting voting momentum against Josh.

Josh's only hope was perpetual swing vote Jon & Jaclyn, but Jaclyn's feelings were hurt after she felt ignored by the boors in her alliance and she pushed boyfriend Jon toward Jeremy's alliance.

Farewell, Josh.

In his exit interview, Josh maintains that he was attentive to Jaclyn and that Miss Michigan made a mistake in abandoning her alliance due to perceived slighting. He also takes issue with my suggestion that Jon & Jaclyn have achieved a level of joint clout rarely seen before on "Survivor." He also explains why he decided to target Baylor rather than Missy once Jeremy was no longer an option.

Check out the full Q&A below...

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<p>Robert Pattinson at the Hollywood Film Awards</p>

Robert Pattinson at the Hollywood Film Awards

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TV Ratings: CBS' Hollywood Film Awards experiment tanks on Friday

'Shark Tank' leads ABC, while 'Grimm' and 'Constantine' add viewers

Fast National ratings for Friday, November 14, 2014.

CBS hoped there might be an audience for precursor award show kicking off the  seemingly never-ending season that culminates in the high-rated Golden Globes and Oscars. There was not. The first CBS primetime broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards tanked on Friday might, leaving CBS in a last-place tie with The CW among young viewers.

With CBS taking itself out of the Friday picture, "Shark Tank" led ABC to victories in all measures, though the night's most watched show was actually NBC's "Dateline."

Among other Friday notables, both "Grimm" and "Constantine" were down week-to-week for NBC in the key demo, but perhaps due to the freed CBS audience, both dramas posted the tiniest of overall gains.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;The Millers&quot;</p>

"The Millers"

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CBS cancels 'The Millers' early in Season 2

Will Arnett comedy will still air at least once more on Monday

It didn't take long for "The Millers" to go from a freshman "success" -- quotation marks necessary -- to a second year cancellation for CBS.

CBS pulled a minor shocker in this week's Friday Evening News Dump, canceling "The Millers" after only four episodes aired in the second season. 

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