<p>Joey Cook of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Joey Cook of "American Idol"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - Top 8 Girls Perform Motown

America made some shocking choices on Wednesday. Will Thursday be even more surprising?

I put a picture of Trevor Douglas with my Wednesday night "American Idol" recap, because I figured that even with a bad performance last week, he was still likely to advance.

I was wrong.

American made some interesting choices when it came to the Boys but will voters have better or more predictable judgment when it comes to the Girls?

Click through, follow along, comment below and let's find out!

Read Full Post
<p>Jonathan and Harley of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Jonathan and Harley of "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

'The Amazing Race' Exclusive: The teams get dressed up in Thailand

Check out pictures of the couples in their Thai evening wear

"The Amazing Race" returns to Thailand on Friday (March 6) night's episode and it looks like things are going to be getting a little strange.

The trailers for the episode have mostly concentrated on the zip-lining and subsequent drama, particularly with blind-daters Hayley & Blair, who are seemingly headed for an epic blow-up.

However, it appears that a challenge in Thailand is going to make the pairs take part in a Thai nightclub act of some sort. Normally, I'd think that would be good news for Jonathan & Harley, since what are the New Kids on the Block if not a glorified Thai nightclub act. But this season has already demonstrated Jonathan's insecurity when it comes to choreography.

So instead, this may be a chance for Vegas showgirl Jackie and blind-dating partner Jeff to take control?

Check out the pictures below and check back tomorrow night for my full recap.

Read Full Post
<p>Jason Isaacs of &quot;Dig&quot;</p>

Jason Isaacs of "Dig"

Credit: USA

Review: USA's 'Dig' goes from Holy Land mystery to wholly bland dud

HitFix
D+
Readers
n/a
Jason Isaacs is the only reason to watch and he's not enough

"The Big Bang Theory" did an episode in which Amy ruins "Raiders of the Lost Ark" for Sheldon by pointing out that for all of the action and adventure, "Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of the story. If he weren’t in the film, it would turn out exactly the same."

I've watched "Raiders of the Lost Ark" subsequently and, thankfully, Amy didn't actually ruin the movie. I can't dispute her regarding the main character's agency, but it's still an awesome movie, one of the genre's most thrilling achievements.

You cannot, it turns out, ruin "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by pointing out a structure flaw.

You also, fortunately, cannot ruin "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by doing a dreadful story about nefarious forces searching for the Ark of the Covenant, or Ark-adjacent artifacts. But if you could ruin "Raiders of the Lost Ark" merely by desecrating its dramatic objective, USA's "Dig" might come dangerously close.

Let us all be grateful, then, that Gideon Raff and Tim Kring's bungled attempt to somehow dumb down Dan Brown is merely a waste of time and ample talent and not actually much of a black mark on storytelling history.

Neither as involving as "The Da Vinci Code" nor as fun as "The Librarian," "Dig" is a religiously inflected thriller that offers few thrills and paints only an empty and cartoonish gloss on religious extremism. I can't rule out the possibility that its blatant silliness might encourage some viewers, but its lack of narrative momentum will likely dissuade many more.

That should be enough of a review, but I'll go into a few more details...

Read Full Post
<p>Taraji P. Henson of &quot;Empire&quot;</p>

Taraji P. Henson of "Empire"

Credit: FOX

TV Ratings: 'Empire' rises again, 'Survivor' tops 'Idol' and 'CSI: Cyber' is OK

'The Voice' special takes a bite out of 'Idol'

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

"American Idol" took a big dip on Wednesday night, but FOX barely felt the pinch as "Empire" did what "Empire" has been doing for two months now, defying all expectations with yet another improbable jump across the board, leading FOX to comfortable primetime wins in all measures.

FOX is saying that the 18-49 number for "Empire" this week is the highest for any regularly schedule broadcast drama since "Grey's Anatomy" in October 2009. [Emphasis on "regularly scheduled" because of the out-of-regular-time-period "Lost" finale in May 2010 and, presumably, because of post-Super Bowl dramas and whatnot.]

"Empire" continues to take a bite out of "Criminal Minds" in the 9:00 hour, though the 10 p.m. premiere of "CSI: Cyber" on CBS maintained most of its lead-in.

And in the first part of its season finale, The CW's "The 100" held its own and improved on its "Arrow" repeat lead-in.

On to the numbers...

Read Full Post
<p>Max of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Max of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' - 'It Will Be My Revenge'

Pixelation and monkeys reign as insecurity leads to a big Tribal Council blindside

Pre-credit sequence. Oddly, rather than returning to camp post-vote with White Collar, we kick things off on the Blue Collar beach where the crabs are plentiful. Everybody is enjoying their food. Everybody, that is, other than Dan. Dan returns from the sea after a bit of drama that caused him to lose his underwear. He's made a diaper out of a shirt, with a belt around his waist. And with Dan wearing his shirt as underwear, that means Dan doesn't have a shirt. The ladies suggest he might want to cut up his jeans, but Dan doesn't want to "raw dog" in jeans, which makes sense because you sure don't want to be the first player in "Survivor" history to be medically evacuated with chafed genitals. Lindsey babbles about how this was Dan's strategy because he had nothing else going for him. She just wants to get to Tribal Council to give him the boot in his shirted rump.

Read Full Post
<p>Trevor Douglas of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Trevor Douglas of "American Idol"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 14 - Top 8 Boys Perform

How will tonight's four non-advancers be announced?

Last week, the "American Idol" Top 24 performed over two chaotically edited nights. 

This week, we're going to apparently be eliminating eight people, while also showcasing eight performances per night leading up to eliminations next week.

And Aretha Franklin's going to be involved in some way.

Click through and follow along!

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

"The Voice"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: Tuesday 'Voice' boosts 'Chicago Fire,' 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' tops 'Carter'

'Fresh Off the Boat' takes a small demo dip, but grows overall

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

"The Voice" dominated Tuesday night in all measures and helped give a big boost to "Chicago Fire," as NBC took advantage of CBS repeats to cruise to primetime victories across the board.

Tuesday's big premiere was FOX's below-"MasterChef Junior" launch for the new season of "Hell's Kitchen," which helped cause tiny dips for both 9 p.m. comedies.

Over on ABC, "Fresh Off The Boat" posted a small drop among young viewers, but rose a hair overall, while the return of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was, if nothing else, above recent averages for "Marvel's Agent Carter."

On to the numbers...

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;Uncle Buck&quot;</p>

"Uncle Buck"

Why ABC's African-American 'Uncle Buck' pilot shouldn't be titled 'Uncle Buck'

ABC's got a great diverse family comedy brand. Maybe don't add a racial slur?

At this moment, in the world of TV comedy, nobody is doing diversity better than ABC.

"Fresh Off The Boat" is one of the best new comedies of the spring, maintaining its creative momentum from a strong pilot and generating a consistently solid audience in a time period that has caused ABC nothing but trouble in recent years.

"Black-ish" was one of the fall's better new comedies and after the usual out-of-the-blocks maturation, it has become reliably smart and perceptive, doing a reasonably good job of holding onto that fickle "Modern Family" audience.

I didn't have any use for "Cristela," but people I respect have been aggressively and demonstrably on-board for it since Day 1.

ABC also has comedies celebrating families from The Heartland ("The Middle"), conservatives ("Last Man Standing"), secular Jews ("The Goldbergs"), intimacy-free gay marriage ("Modern Family") and wealthy snobs in the Hamptons ("Revenge").

As much as I've hated a certain subset of the ABC comedy brand – a subset that has recently included "Work It," "Mixology" and "Manhattan Love Story," – I have only the highest respect for the diverse family comedy brand that ABC is building.

That's why it's important to get out ahead of the game on this one: ABC is doing a new comedy pilot based on the John Hughes film "Uncle Buck." Sure. Why not? Everybody's adapting movies as TV pilots and "Uncle Buck" is neither the movie property most deserving of a TV version this spring, nor the movie property least deserving of a TV version of this spring. [Give me 10 “Uncle Buck” shows before I need a “Marley & Me.”] And I fully endorse that ABC's instinct is to do this pilot with an African-American cast led by Mike Epps and Nia Long.

So it's here that I have to address a statement to ABC, a question I already asked on Twitter: You know your African-American-centric "Uncle Buck" can’t be called "Uncle Buck," right? Or maybe I should rephrase that and say that you know your African-American-centric "Uncle Buck" shouldn't be called "Uncle Buck," right?

Read Full Post
<p>Mary Elizabeth Winstead of &quot;The Returned&quot;</p>

Mary Elizabeth Winstead of "The Returned"

Credit: A&E

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 270 - 'American Crime,' 'Dig' and more

Dan and Alan also review 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' and 'The Returned'

The

Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

It's time for our third Firewall & Iceberg Podcast in the past five business days. That feels like a lot, eh?

Well, in this week's installment, we've got oodles and oodles of reviews, including "American Crime," "Dig," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and "The Returned."

I'll admit that I got a little bit grumbly, unfortunately. But I like one of the shows!

And we also talked a bit about the wrap-up for "Marvel's Agent Carter" and Tuesday night's return for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Here's today's breakdown:
Remembering Leonard Nimoy (00:01:00 - 00:09:05)
"American Crime" (00:10:00 - 00:20:30)
"Dig" (00:20:35 - 00:31:45)
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (00:31:50 - 00:42:30)
"The Returned" (00:42:30 - 00:56:15)
"Agent Carter"/"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (00:56:20 - 01:05:20)

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.

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;Man Seeking Woman</p>

"Man Seeking Woman

Credit: FXX

'Man Seeking Woman' gets a second season on FXX

Jay Baruchel comedy has boosted FXX audiences in young demos

Good news for Gorbachaka fans!

FXX announced on Tuesday (March 3) that "Man Seeking Woman" has been renewed for a 10-episode second season.

The first new series to originally premiere on FXX is also the first new series to originally premiere on FXX and earn a renewal, even with ratings that, on the surface, don't necessarily appear that impressive. 

Read Full Post