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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 266 - 'The Slap,' 'Bosch' and more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Book of Negroes,' a 'Happy Endings' tease and more


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

At least for one week, we're back on a regular Firewall & Iceberg Podcast schedule.

In this week's installment, view's got a trio of reviews for new shows or miniseries or event series things, including "The Slap." Is it as risible as NBC's ad campaign? Find out!

And then we answered a small pile of mail, including questions about the "Happy Endings" return rumors, low "Americans" ratings and possible "Mad Men" prequels.

Lots of stuff!

Today's breakdown:
"The Slap" (00:01:30 - 00:20:45)
"Bosch" (00:20:45 - 00:36:25)
"The Book of Negroes" (00:36:25 - 00:51:40)
Listener Mail: "Happy Endings" (00:51:55 - 01:01:15)
Listener Mail: CW Expansion (01:01:20 - 01:06:40)
Listener Mail: "The Americans" (01:07:00 - 01:12:05)
Listener Mail: "Mad Men" prequels (01:12:10 - 01:17:50)

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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<p>Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: 'Scorpion,' 'Bachelor' pace Monday split, 'Virgin' tops 'Originals'

'Celebrity Apprentice' takes a big dip for NBC

Fast National ratings for Monday, February 9, 2015.

"Scorpion" was Monday's top show overall, leading CBS to an easy overall victory, while "The Bachelor" continued its late-season rise and lifted ABC to victory among young viewers.

There were some interesting blips on the Monday radar, including "Jane the Virgin" improving on its "The Originals" lead-in in most measures for The CW.

Monday also saw a rather huge dip for NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," both for the hour filler special and the actual episode.

Other declining shows included "Gotham," "Sleepy Hollow" and both CBS 8 p.m. comedies.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Sunday&#39;s &quot;Walking Dead&quot; winter premiere&nbsp;</p>

Sunday's "Walking Dead" winter premiere 

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'Walking Dead' return helps 'Better Call Saul' premiere break cable record

In your face, "Deadwood." Here comes Saul.

"Better Call Saul" had the biggest series premiere in cable history (among young viewers) on Sunday (February 8) night and it definitely had absolutely nothing to do with its "Walking Dead" lead-in.

Nope. Absolutely nothing. 

AMC is boasting this morning that the series premiere of "Better Call Saul" drew 4.4 million viewers among adults 18-49 in its special 10 p.m. airing on Sunday. The "Breaking Bad" prequel drew 6.9 million viewers in total, including 4.0 million viewers among adults 25-54. 

How much of that audience will stick around for the "Better Call Saul" premiere in its regular time period tonight?

We'll have to wait and see.

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<p>Sam Smith</p>

Sam Smith

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TV Ratings: The 2015 Grammy Awards drop on Sunday for CBS

Stay tuned for 'Walking Dead' ratings later in the day

Fast National ratings for Sunday, February 8, 2015.

CBS' broadcast of the 2015 Grammy Awards was down double-digits from last year's Grammys telecast among young viewers and also dropped overall, but still dominated Sunday in all measures.

Whereas ratings on normal live events are preliminary, CBS stubbornly refuses to air the Grammys live nationwide, however the telecast ran 45 minutes outside of primetime, so these aren't the ratings for the 2015 Grammys so much as the ratings for the primetime segment of the 2015 Grammys.

Those numbers will come later, as will numbers for the "Walking Dead" winter premiere, though this will probably be a rare circumstance in which "Walking Dead" wasn't the night's top show.

Certainly nothing on network TV was able to get any traction against the Grammys, which crushed FOX's original comedy slat, an "American Ninja Warrior" special on NBC and a screening of "The Hunger Games" on ABC.

On to the numbers...

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Grammy Awards 2015 Live-Blog

Join us to chatter about all of the winners, losers and performances

The 2015 Grammy Award winners have been coming fast and furious for nearly three hours.

That's the strange thing about Grammy night. Almost all of the awards are given out beforehand, so the actual telecast features only a dozen awards (give or take) and a wide assortment of performance.

Follow along and join the conversation as I live-blog all of those performances, plus all of the awards, even though I have no real opinions on the inevitable winners and losers. It should be fun!

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TV Ratings: 'Glee' hits a new low as 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' lead Friday

As usual: CBS rules overall and ABC takes the key demographic

Fast National ratings for Friday, February 6, 2015.

Friday night was business-as-usual: Led by "Blue Bloods," CBS had all three of the night's most-watched shows and dominated overall, while "Shark Tank" carried ABC to a slim victory among young viewers.

Most Friday offerings were on the low side, with viewership dips for all three CBS dramas, ABC's offerings, "Constantine" and "Grimm," though many of those shows were on par in the key demo.

FOX had some of the week's uglier declines with both "World's Funniest Fails" and "Glee" plummeting to especially weak numbers.

Wanna know what was up on Friday? The CW's "Hart of Dixie." 

On to the numbers...

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<p>Robert Durst of &quot;The Jinx&quot;</p>

Robert Durst of "The Jinx"

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Review: HBO's 'The Jinx' is a top notch true-crime drama

Director Andrew Jarecki's second time telling Robert Durst's twisted story is the charm

Perhaps a good way into reviewing Andrew Jarecki's HBO docu-mystery "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" is through its title.

Unless there's a more direct articulation later on, the title comes from a quote in the second episode. 

New York real estate heir Robert Durst is musing on why he didn't want to have kids with his first wife Kathleen.

"Somehow I thought I might be a jinx," Durst tells Jarecki.

Durst has spent three decades linked to Kathleen's disappearance, as well as several other murders, including a colorful 2001 case in Galveston, Texas that begins "The Jinx."

A jinx, indeed.

This brings me to Serial, the podcast that's likely to be mentioned in every single review of "The Jinx."

In the final Serial episode -- Spoiler alert, but not really -- Sarah Koenig's colleague Dana Chivvis raises the specter that in order to accept the innocence of Adnan Sayid, you have to be willing to accept that Adnan has been the victim of an unimaginable string of bad luck. I'm not going to get into cell towers and The Nisha Call or any of the specifics, but Dana's point is that the best way to excuse these sticky pieces of anti-Adnan evidence is to just say that the universe was pretty much conspiring against the appearance of Adnan's innocence. 

When it comes to hypothetical innocence, the difference between being a jinx and having bad luck is at the center of the difference between Serial and "The Jinx," both tremendous pieces of ongoing true crime investigation.

Bad luck speaks to victimization. It speaks to wrong place/wrong time circumstance. It allows for pity and mercy and advocacy. Oh and Adnan Sayid has been in jail for 15 years.

Being a jinx? That's ominous. That's inviting the forces of darkness, even if you don't have the ability to steer them yourself, or at the very least acknowledging their inevitability. It may not be the active imparting of harm, but as Robert Durst presents it, it's at least the passive enabling of harm. Oh and Robert Durst is a free man.

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TV Ratings: Solid 'Blacklist' start, but viewers don't pledge 'Allegiance'

'Big Bang Theory' leads CBS overall, while ABC wins the key demo

Fast National ratings for Thursday, February 5, 2015.

The Thursday premiere of "Blacklist" got off to an encouraging start for NBC, topping "Scandal" overall and giving NBC a big boost for the hour, but the same cannot be said of "Allegiance," which is an instant dud for the network.

NBC's new drama lineup had the effect of slightly hurting ABC -- all three dramas were down -- and probably permanently crushing "Backstrom," but it didn't change the Thursday pecking order. "The Big Bang Theory" still carried CBS to overall victory and ABC's three dramas still won in the key demographic.

Also notable on Thursday, "The Vampire Diaries" saw small week-to-week growth, but "Reign" slipped below a million viewers for the night. And while "Backstrom" was way down, "American Idol" actually rose week to week for FOX.

Let's get to the numbers...

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"American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - 'Hollywood Week #2' - Group Round

Hollywood Week continues with the occasionally entertaining group round

I'm not sure how often "American Idol" has done Hollywood Week, or how often Hollywood Week has reached its climax with group performances, but the reality is that group performances have almost always been anti-climatic and low-drama, but every once in a while somebody totally freaks and the drama is tremendous. 

Will Thursday (February 5) night's show feature a gripping Group Round? Or a fizzle in which one or two people forget lyrics, one or two people go to bed earlier and nobody really cares? 

Let's find out...

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<p>Baz Luhrmann</p>

Baz Luhrmann

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Baz Luhrmann's 'The Get Down' earns a Netflix series order

Shawn Ryan is among the EPs on the '70s-set music-fueled drama

Netflix has given a 13-episode series order to "The Get Down," a new music-fueled drama from Oscar nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann.

Set against the backdrop of 1970s New York City, the Sony Pictures Television series will focus on the socio-economic conditions that led to the rise of punk, hip-hop and disco "told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world...forever."

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