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ABC moves 'Quantico' to Sundays, holds 'Of Kings and Prophets'

Priyanka Chopra drama will air after 'Blood & Oil'

Upfronts Week may be the culmination of development season and it may come at the climax of the official network TV season, but it's only the start of lengthy process of tweaking that takes place leading up to the start of the fall season in September.

We've already had a couple weeks of preliminary recasting -- so far we've mostly learned the actors departing new shows, but we have yet to get their replacements -- and now it's time to get down to the business of schedule shuffling.

ABC confirms news that was actually announced on the sly on the network's official website that the FBI drama "Quantico" is shifting from Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. to Sunday nights at 10 p.m. 

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<p>&quot;Hannibal&quot; Season 3</p>

"Hannibal" Season 3

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 287 - 'Hannibal,' 'Community' finale

Dan and Alan also review Netflix's 'Sense8' and discuss the 'Six Feet Under' finale


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

In this week's installment, we're talking about some unusual programming including the return of NBC's art-house thriller "Hannibal," the premiere of Netflix's art-house sci-fi-type-thing "Sense8" and the finale of Yahoo's always boundary-pushing "Community."

And then we discussed our first Summer Finale Rewatch, the "Six Feet Under" finale. 

Next week is gonna be a bit screwy because Alan's gonna be in town to moderate an event, so we're definitely going to do some sort of in-person video thing at some point, but that may prevent us from doing a formal podcast, but our next Summer Finale Rewatch is available on Hulu and Netflix so you can get started on it whenever!

So here's today's breakdown:
"Hannibal" (00:01:30 - 00:12:50)
"Sense8" (00:12:55 - 00:26:25)
"Community" finale (00:26:30 - 00:47:15)
"Six Feet Under" Finale (00:47:25 - 01:12:30)

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

"The Whispers"

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Monday Ratings: 'Whispers' premieres well as 'American Ninja Warrior' tops 'Bachelorette'

'The Island' is steady in its second week.

Fast National ratings for Monday, June 1, 2015.

The series premiere of "The Whispers" held well from its "The Bachelorette" lead-in to top NBC's "The Island" and give ABC Monday wins both overall and in the key demographic.

ABC needed that "Whispers" triumph to take the night because, for the second straight week, "American Ninja Warrior" was able to beat "The Bachelorette" head-to-head over the first two hours of primetime. With only a 0.1 key demo rating dip in its second half-hour, ABC has to be pleased with the premiere.

The night's other premiere was FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance," down 20 percent from last year's return.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Abby Fortson of &quot;The Whispers&quot;</p>

Abby Fortson of "The Whispers"

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Review: ABC's 'The Whispers' offers creepy kids and little more

Flat adult characters and a wheel-spinning mystery doom ABC's new drama

As director and producer, few storytellers have utilized the wonderment and fascination (and sometimes horror) of children as points-of-entry into the wonderment and fascination of the adult world more effectively than Steven Spielberg has. 

Conversely, Spielberg has also masterfully used the normalized responses of children to the abnormal as an approach to disarm world-weary grown-ups. 

From Cary Guffey in "Close Encounters" to Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore in "E.T." to Heather O'Rourke in "Poltergeist" to Christian Bale in "Empire of the Sun" to Haley Joel Osment in "A.I." to Dakota Fanning in "Taken" and "War of the Worlds," Spielberg has always know that there's something pure and primal in the reactions of children and that those reactions can be used to steer the reactions viewers of all ages.

Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers of ABC's new "the kids are not alright" drama "The Whispers," but his participation has been underplayed by the network. Partially I suspect that's because Spielberg's name isn't just a non-factor when it comes to TV audiences, one could almost argue that it has become a warning of sorts. ABC knows this all too well after the failure of the Spielberg EPed "Lucky 7" and "The River" in recent years.

But it's one thing not to mention Spielberg's limited involvement with something like "Lucky 7," because ordinary people winning the lottery isn't a subject matter that fans associate with the Oscar-winning director of "Jurassic Park," but when it comes to a story of innocent children being drawn into dark circumstances by mysterious forces of unknown origin as grown-ups frantically search to a cause? That's totally Steven Spielberg's wheelhouse. 

ABC might not be trumpeting Steven Spielberg's name with "Whispers" because the network doesn't think his name will help the drama, which premieres on Monday (June 1) night, but the smarter reason why they may not be using his name is because tying Spielberg's name to "Whispers" is a guaranteed linkage to a dozen movies and television shows that do what "Whispers" is trying to do and do it better.

If, on the most basic level, you find scary kids to be scary and your reaction to scary kids being scary is so intense that you don't require anything else from a drama, there's a good chance that you'll like "Whispers." It has little unblinking children delivering ominous dialogue in measured monotones and it has a lot of that. It has nothing else, but I'm not going to try to tell you that that's not something. So if you don't care about adult characters or a plot that progresses with any sort of momentum in the direction of anything resembling answers? "Whispers" may be your new summer obsession, because scary kids are unquestionably scary. Steven Spielberg understood you need more than that for great storytelling, but maybe he was wasting his time with all of that other stuff.

More on "Whispers" after the break...

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<p>&quot;A.D. The Bible Continues&quot;</p>

"A.D. The Bible Continues"

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Sunday Ratings: Two-hour 'Dateline' boosts 'A.D.' and NBC

'Golan the Insatiable' has a small, but not awful debut

Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 31, 2015.

"Dateline" was Sunday's top show among young viewers by a wide margin and helped NBC to victory there. 

With "60 Minutes" leading the way, though, CBS still won Sunday overall.

The second hour of "Dateline" was, in fact, Sunday's only show to go above The Mulaney Line of a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and helped both "A.D. The Bible Continues" and "American Odyssey" post small gains.

Let's get to the numbers...

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

"The Whispers"

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'The Whispers' stars compare their ABC drama to 'Lost,' '24'

Lily Rabe, Milo Ventimiglia and Barry Sloane talk from the set of their mysterious drama

Way back in October, I joined a group of reporters on a long week of set visits in Vancouver and over several months I've posted stories and interviews from "The Flash," "Arrow," "iZombie," "Once Upon a Time," "The 100," "Bates Motel," "Backstrom" and the 200th episode red carpet for "Supernatural."

The last of the shows to premiere, but the second of the sets that we actually visited, was ABC's midseason drama "The Whispers," which found us sitting in a chilly tent in a park near a school not seeing anything by way of production and not necessarily able to talk about anything by way of the show. We arrived in Vancouver to warnings that the original "Whispers" pilot had been changed to something more ambiguous to draw out the mystery, making it hard to talk about what the former pilot was about.

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<p>&quot;Blood and Oil&quot;</p>

"Blood and Oil"

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DVR Gridlock 2015-16: Sunday Nights

NBC's football coverage will still dominate the fall

[As in years past, this week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. I'm also probably gonna ignore that I have a fancy new six-tuner DVR that means that I really don't have to make choices anymore. This will assume that I make choices for my own sanity.]


7:00 p.m.
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos"
CBS: "60 Minutes"
FOX: "The OT," "Bob's Burgers"
NBC: NFL Pre-Game

8:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Once Upon a Time"
CBS: "Madam Secretary"
FOX: "The Simpsons," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
NBC: Sunday Night Football

9 p.m.
ABC: "Blood and Oil"
CBS: "The Good Wife"
FOX: "Family Guy," "The Last Man on Earth"
NBC: Sunday Night Football

10 p.m.
ABC: "Of Kings and Prophets"
CBS: "CSI: Cyber"
NBC: Sunday Night Football

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<p>Lee Pace and Mackenzie David of &quot;Halt and Catch Fire&quot;</p>

Lee Pace and Mackenzie David of "Halt and Catch Fire"

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'Halt and Catch Fire' stars Lee Pace and Mackenzie Davis on their characters' sexualities and ambitions

The '80s set AMC computer drama returns on Sunday night

I sat down with "Halt and Catch Fire" stars Lee Pace and Mackenzie Davis in January at the Television Critics Association press tour when they hadn't begun production on the second season of the AMC drama, so there was a limit to how much could actually be spoiled about Season 2, which premieres this Sunday evening (May 31).

While I could get some Season 2 teases in my chat that same morning with showrunner Jonathan Lisco, with Davis and Pace the conversation mostly stuck to where their respective characters, Joe and Cameron, grew and changed in the first season.

How were Joe and Cameron shifted by their ill-fated relationship?

How were they changed by the less-than-rhapsodic reception to the computer they designed?

And is Davis just a big fan of Mary Stuart Masterson's haircut from "Some Kind of Wonderful"?

Click through for the full Q&A...

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<p>Kelli Garner in &quot;The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe&quot;</p>

Kelli Garner in "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe"

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Review: Lifetime's 'Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe'

'My Generation,' 'Pan Am' star shines in perhaps her best role to date

In our ever-more-fragmented media landscape, we're seeing fewer and fewer recognizable brand-name stars for *everybody*, but we're probably getting more and more recognizable brand-name stars for *somebody*. 

And that means that people who, to certain individuals, are clearly stars of a certain stature are virtual unknowns to great masses, possibly to majorities. And that's even the case with culture-watching professionals.

Take Britt Robertson. I didn't see many "Tomorrowland" reviews calling her an unknown or even a newcomer, thankfully, but plenty of critics are still bending over backwards to reference credits like "Dan in Real Life" or "Delivery Man" as if audiences may struggle to place her. I hear her name and I think of an actress who has been the unquestioned star of at least two network TV shows and one of the stars (if only for a for a season) of a bona fide hit. In the sphere of what I do, Britt Robertson isn't a rising star. She's somebody who TV networks have been banking on (without breakout success, mind you) for five-plus years. 

The same thing happened when "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" premiered at Sundance and movie critics had to strain to identify a lot of actors who had the temerity to only be familiar from the small screen

But that doesn't mean that I don't have blindspots. "Undateable," for example, added Bridgit Mendler to its cast for Season 2 and I'd never heard of her, but she has 4.5+ million Twitter followers. Mendler, like Ciara Bravo or the periodic YouTube personalities who pop up on the reality shows I watch, is proof that there are corners of the Internet and of my TV dial in which people I've never heard of are beloved by millions.

Lifetime's two-part telefilm or miniseries or whatever you call a four-hour program on TV these days "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" stars Kelli Garner and for most viewers, one of the pleasures of "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" will be watching a Marilyn Monroe biopic without the leading lady being weighted down by the burden of familiarity. 

But to me, Kelli Garner is a star, or at least an actress who I've wanted to see become a star for a pretty long time, going back to Larry Clark's "Bully" in 2001. After indies like "Thumbsucker" and "Lars and the Real Girl," ABC decided Kelli Garner was ready for stardom in both "My Generation" and "Pan Am," but America wasn't buying it. So for me, one of the pleasures of "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" is watching Kelli Garner finally earn a role that allows her to bring together many of the skills hinted at previously. 

It's nice that "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" works on those two levels -- either as an immersive performance in which an actress you don't know disappears into the iconography of one of the most famous women of the 20th Century or in which a long on-the-cusp actress finally fulfills her long-evident potential -- because four hours is a lot of time to watch what is a very, very, very conventional biopic of a woman who hasn't lacked for variably conventional biopics in the past.

If you come to "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" looking for biographical or psychological insights into Marilyn Monroe's life that you've never heard before, you're almost certain to be disappointed and, given the running time, you probably won't make it to Night 2 unless you're like, "I came for Joe DiMaggio and I'm not leaving until I get Joe DiMaggio." 

If you come to "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe," airing on May 30 and May 31, looking for a sexy, nuanced lead performance and a few other highlights? There are reasons enough to stick with the movie.

[That's my review in a nutshell, but more after the break...]

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<p>&quot;Dr. Ken&quot;</p>

"Dr. Ken"

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DVR Gridlock 2015-16: Friday Nights

'Shark Tank' and 'Blue Bloods' will still probably rule the night

[As in years past, this week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. I'm also probably gonna ignore that I have a fancy new six-tuner DVR that means that I really don't have to make choices anymore. This will assume that I make choices for my own sanity.]


8:00 p.m.
ABC: "Last Man Standing," "Dr. Ken"
CBS: "The Amazing Race"
The CW: "Reign"
FOX: "MasterChef Junior"
NBC: "Undateable," "People Are Talking"

9:00 p.m. 
ABC: "Shark Tank"
CBS: "Hawaii Five-0"
The CW: "America's Next Top Model"
FOX: "World's Funniest"
NBC: "Grimm"

10:00 p.m. 
ABC: "20/20"
CBS: "Blue Bloods"
NBC: "Dateline"

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