<p>Billy Campbell of &quot;Helix&quot;</p>

Billy Campbell of "Helix"

Credit: Syfy

Syfy renews 'Helix' for Season 2

New episodes will premiere in early 2015

Just hours ahead of Friday's (March 28) first season finale, "Helix" has been renewed for a 13-episode second season. 

"Helix" will resume production later this year and will return in early 2015. [Because of a poorly written press release, there were some initial reports that "Helix" wouldn't be back until late 2015. That's not the case. Don't worry, "Helix" fans.]

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<p>Dayton is on to the Elite 8. They&#39;re pleased.</p>

Dayton is on to the Elite 8. They're pleased.

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: NCAA Sweet 16 leads CBS Thursday, while 'Vampire Diaries' stumbles

'Surviving Jack' gets an OK sample after a weak 'Idol'

Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 27, 2014.

While still coming in far below the normal standards set by CBS' Thursday lineup, NCAA Sweet 16 coverage at least helped CBS win the night in all measures, though with live events it's hard to tell which of two games was a big draw, etc. 

It was yet another lackluster week for "American Idol," which dropped in viewers and was flat in the key demo, making it now nearly even with "Hell's Kitchen." "Idol" was a good enough lead-in to help "Surviving Jack" get FOX's biggest overall comedy audience since the Super Bowl, though the Chris Meloni show's demo numbers were on par with the network's normal Tuesday sitcom sluggishness. 

ABC's entire lineup was up in the key demo, including "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," though the low ratings for that soon-to-end drama were the reason ABC didn't win the night. "Parenthood" also got a small bump with two hours of "Hollywood Game Night" outdrawing the network's usual comedies.

Meanwhile, The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" was significantly down from last week and only barely topped "Reign." I don't have an explanation for that, but it's a 36 percent drop and a new series low. 

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Mind Games&quot;</p>

"Mind Games"

Credit: ABC

ABC pulls 'Mind Games' for 'Celebrity Wife Swap'

Kyle Killen and Christian Slater may need to look to cable

It has been another short network TV run for Kyle Killen. 

On Thursday (March 27) afternoon, ABC pulled "Mind Games" effective immediately.

That's what happens when you draw 2.06 million viewers and do a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49. Those were the numbers for this past Tuesday's airing of "Mind Games" and they proved to much for ABC to bear, especially with plenty of inventory on the shelf.

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<p>Jena Irene shined on Wednesday&#39;s &quot;American Idol.&quot; She&#39;s not going home tonight.</p>

Jena Irene shined on Wednesday's "American Idol." She's not going home tonight.

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 9 Results plus Janelle Monae performs

Tonight's results show is only a half-hour! 30 MINUTES!

After years of threatening and promising and hoping, "American Idol" will actually do a half-hour results show tonight.

YAY!

And if "Surviving Jack" isn't a disaster -- it's quite likable, give it a shot! -- we should have half-hour results shows for several weeks to come.

YAY!

Let's get down to business, because this is gonna be a fast one. [That's what she said.]

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;Modern Family&quot;</p>

Wednesday's "Modern Family"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: Wilting 'Idol' leads FOX Wednesday, 'The 100' dips, 'Modern Family' rises

'Survivor' clobbers 'Idol' in the 8 p.m. hour

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

The "Survivor" margin-of-victory over "American Idol" is growing with each week, but with CBS' procedurals in repeats, FOX still won Wednesday night in all key measures.

It was ABC that capitalized on the absence of new "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" episodes, as "Modern Family," "Mixology" and "Nashville" were all up from their last originals. 

In contrast, The CW's "The 100" dropped from last week's premiere, falling behind "Arrow," but still far exceeding the network's time period averages.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Tony of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Tony of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'We Found Our Zombies'

A pre-credits shocker turns the game upside down

Pre-credit sequence. Farewell, Uncle Cliffy. Solana returns to camp and Trish has a speech to make, but Lindsey isn't interested in hearing. "You guys just screwed up majorly," she tells nobody in particular, admitting that she doesn't have any alliances anymore. "I will respect you, because this is a team moving forward, but I don't like you," Trish smirks. Of course, Trish just threw away a big numbers advantage in order to break up what she's calling a two-person alliance of Lindsey and Cliff. "You disgust me. Everything about you is annoying. Your laugh. Your teeth. Your face," Lindsey tells Trish, calling her "the most horrific person" she's met. Trish doesn't care. "I can leave here and never think of you again," Lindsey insists, calling Trish a bully. Lindsey doesn't want to play with Trish anymore, so she goes off wandering. Nobody knows where Lindsey is, other than the cameraman and everybody's favorite interloper, Jeff Probst. "I can't have somebody antagonizing me right now," Lindsey says, worrying she might go nuts. Lindsey also lists being cold, wet and hungry as factors and she knows that she's going to regret quitting, but she sounds like she's done. Probst tells Lindsey that nobody has ever quit because of something they might do. Lindsey is determined to exit and Probst wants to strategize on how she should leave. The possibility of explaining herself to the tribe is raised, but Lindsey prefers to "do a little curtsey" on the beach, leaving it up to Probst to explain Lindsey's absence Suddenly Trish is feigning concern. "I do feel bad, because I kinda came down on her," Trish says with no sincerity. Tony doesn't bother feeling pretend-bad. "It was a beautiful thing, two for the price of one," Tony says. LJ compares it to a zit. Woo claims enthusiasm at a fresh start, but he knows he could go next. Well. That was weird.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 9</p>

The "American Idol" Top 9

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 10 Performances - (I'm With The) Band Night

The remaining contestants sing with Rickey Minor and the band

Tonight's them is (I'm With The) Band. I have no clue what that means.

FOX not-so-helpfully explains that the singers "will act as the lead singer for Rickey Minor and his band, performing their favorite songs." How is that different from what happens every week? Or does it just mean that Minor won't actively attempt to sabotage the performers like he's been doing all season long?

Sigh. Click through and follow along with the fun.

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<p>&quot;Night Shift&quot;</p>

"Night Shift"

Credit: NBC

'Undateable,' 'Crossbones' and 'Night Shift' get NBC summer premieres

'Taxi Brooklyn,' 'Welcome to Sweden' and 'Working the Engels' also get homes

For 10 months, they've been pictures on the side of milk cartons, but... 

"Crossbones" lives!

"Undateable" lives!

"The Night Shift" lives!

NBC announced six scripted additions to its already busy summer slate on Wednesday (March 26) and if you were looking for premiere dates for all of the mysteriously vanished shows the network unveiled last May, we've found them!

In all, NBC will be airing six original scripted shows this summer, the most for any broadcast network in more than 20 years, so NBC says. [By my count, ABC's summer schedule will include five original scripted shows.]

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<p>He *does* look a lot like Harry</p>

He *does* look a lot like Harry

Credit: FOX

FOX sets summer premieres, benches 'Enlisted,' announces 'I Wanna Marry 'Harry''

'Enlisted' will return. FOX promises. No. Really.

FOX made a big spring and summer scheduling announcement on Wednesday (March 26) afternoon, but the only thing anybody on my Twitter feed wanted to discuss was the fact that after this Friday, "Enlisted" is off the schedule, at least for the foreseeable future.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 223

Dan and Alan discuss Emmy fun and finales for 'Girls' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! 

I know that some of you have been feeling a little Firewall & Iceberg Podcast withdrawal. Apologies. Alan was traveling. And I was traveling. And there was only a limited amount of new TV to talk about. And y'all got *two* in-person video shows! So Firewall & Iceberg still loved you these past two weeks. Just not in podcast form.

But we're back.

And it's a fairly busy podcast today. We answer some mail about various things including Emmy category manipulation, we paid brief tribute to the late James Rebhorn and we talked about the finales of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Girls."

And next week should be even busier!

And I sound like poo in this week's podcast. No clue why. Apologies.

Here's today's breakdown:
Listener Mail - Emmy category moves (00:01:50 - 00:20:25)
Listener Mail - The future of "Enlisted" (00:20:32 - 00:28:10)
James Rebhorn (00:28:10 - 00:31:30)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" finale (00:31:55 - 00:47:10)
"Girls" finale - (00:47:20 - 01:09:50)

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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