Eoin Macken explains the motorcycle-doctor 'Night Shift' key art
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Eoin Macken explains the motorcycle-doctor 'Night Shift' key art

Back in October, I spent three days on the Morocco set of National Geographic's "Killing Jesus."

You can see the first part of my coverage, Kelsey Grammer's thoughts, here.

Grammer was paired with Eoin Macken, who plays Herod Antipas in the telefilm and, toward the end of the interview, Macken mentioned that he was preparing to return to work on NBC's "The Night Shift."

I couldn't resist asking if he'd get the chance to do more key art riding a motorcycle in the ER. Macken was... Amused.

"Oh f***'s sake, yeah!" the Irish actor exclaimed. "Jesus Christ. Would you like to know how hungover when we did that?  When we finished shooting, we all had a big massive party and then the next day we’re doing stills.  And we’re so easily malleable that day because everyone had headaches. We’re like, ‘We’ll do whatever you want.’  Do you want this? Sure. They were clever about it."

Still obviously bemused by the picture, he added, "We’ve had many conversations with deaf ears.  I realized then the importance if photo-kill in America and I’ve never thought about that before."

"The Night Shift" Season 2 key art did not, in fact, include the motorcycle.

And "Killing Jesus" premieres on Sunday, March 29 at 8 p.m. on National Geographic.

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<p>Loretta and Raylan on &quot;Justified&quot;</p>

Loretta and Raylan on "Justified"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 273 - 'X-Files,' 'Justified,' 'Americans'

Dan and Alan also talk 'Girls,' 'Broad City' and 'Empire'

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

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

We were delayed slightly by FOX's announcement of the six-episode limited return of "The X-Files," so we got to discuss that a bit.

And since this week was light on premieres, we took the chance to do a ton of catching up, including just-past-midseason looks at "Justified" and "The Americans," as well as post-finale discussions of "Empire," "Broad City" and "Girls."

That's a lot to cover -- there are spoilers for already-aired episodes of all five shows, but no spoilers for anything upcoming -- so let's just jump right in!

Today's breakdown:
The "X-Files" return (00:00:45 - 00:08:45)
Listener Mail: Cable episode counts (00:09:05 - 00:17:50)
Listener Mail: Producer to build a programming night (00:17:55 - 00:23:00)
"Justified" (00:23:15 - 00:40:20)
"The Americans" (00:40:20 - 00:58:25)
"Empire" finale (00:58:35 - 01:08:25)
"Broad City" finale (01:08:30 - 01:16:40)
"Girls" finale (01:16:45 - 01:27:35)

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>Kelsey Grammer in National Geographic&#39;s &quot;Killing Jesus&quot;</p>

Kelsey Grammer in National Geographic's "Killing Jesus"

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'Killing Jesus' star Kelsey Grammer talks faith, religion and Herod's genitals

Plus, check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes Kelsey Grammer clip

OUARZAZATE, MOROCCO. When the story of Jesus is told, the name of "Herod the Great" is rarely accompanied by applause.

That is not the case on the central Moroccan set of National Geographic's "Killing Jesus" in late October 2014.

We're off to the side of a towering, multi-tiered set standing in for The Temple in Jerusalem, bearing witness to endless repetitions of a shot featuring Herod and an assortment of priests ascending the steps. Kelsey Grammer has been off to the side of video village watching as robed stand-ins went up and down the steps making sure the light was right, serving as a cheerleader to get the shot and move on.

Grammer's motivation becomes clear an hour later when the shot is finally locked and a bellowing voice declares, "That's a wrap for Kelsey Grammer."

For one brief moment, Herod is beloved by all and takes in the adulation from the cast and crew.

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<p>&quot;The X-Files&quot;</p>

"The X-Files"

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No Conspiracy: FOX resurrects 'The X-Files' for 6-episode run

Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and Chris Carter are all back

Capping off days of incessant rumors and years of slowly percolating buzz, FOX made it official on Tuesday (March 24) morning: "The X-Files" is coming back to TV.

The landmark sci-fi-tinged conspiracy drama, which ran 202 episodes on FOX between 1993 and 2002, will resume production in Summer 2015 on a six-episode event series. FOX will announce additional details, specifically a premiere date, later.

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<p>&quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

"Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: 'Dancing,' 'Voice' and 'Scorpion' lead as NBC, ABC split Monday

'The Following' gets a tiny bump for a two-hour block

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 23, 2015.

Monday nights have already settled into their regular routine. "Dancing with the Stars" and ABC continued to dominate Monday overall, while "The Voice" and NBC remain unstoppable in the key demo, just as it was all fall.

CBS, meanwhile, tied for second in the key demo and finished third overall, but also featured Monday's top scripted program in most measures with "Scorpion."

Finally, a two-hour block of "The Following" got a tiny uptick among young viewers for FOX.

Let's get to the numbers...

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March Mayhem Heroes vs. Villains Round 2 pits Mal Reynolds vs Rick Grimes

March Mayhem Heroes vs. Villains Round 2 pits Mal Reynolds vs Rick Grimes

Dorothy Gale, Arya Stark and The Daleks pulled big first round upsets

Nearly 450,000 votes were cast in the first round of HitFix's March Mayhem Heroes vs. Villains tournament and much like the real NCAA Tournament's opening round, things stayed close to chalk. No.1 seeds Batman, The Joker, Walter White and Xena all won easily, as did Han Solo, raptor Clever Girl, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Tony Soprano.

There were still upsets, though. Dorothy held off a late-charging Bella for a 13-4 shocker, while Arya Stark knocked off Veronica Mars in another 13-4 win. The biggest upset, at least in terms of seeding, was The Daleks, a No.14 seed, topping Mayor Richard Wilkins, who didn't turn into a giant serpent in time.

Hannibal Lecter, a No.12 seed, was one of several performers whose first round totals exceeded expectations for their seeding.

Just as things began to get all higgledy-piggledy in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the second round has some intriguing match-ups.

On the TV side, Mal Reynolds is going to need some help from the Whedonverse to hold off Rick Grimes, one of the leading votergetters in the first round, while Oliver Queen got a big last-second push to advance in the first round, but will now face off with Buffy the Vampire Slater.

On the movie side, Marvel lovers may be split between Groot and Black Widow, while Joker vs Voldemort is as pure a matchup of evil as one could possibly hope for.

Round 2 goes through Thursday!

Get to voting!

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<p>Wichita State celebrates</p>

Wichita State celebrates

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TV Ratings: NCAA overrun leads CBS Sunday, 'Last Man on Earth' rises

'Secrets & Lies' also rises for ABC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Boosted by a half-hour of NCAA Tournament overrun, CBS dominated Sunday overall and won a slim victory among young viewers as well.

Due to the live nature of the basketball coverage, Sunday numbers are preliminary, but at least in Fast Nationals, all three of CBS' Sunday dramas slipped overall, though "Madam Secretary" was up in the key demo and the other two were flat.

There was more positive news for FOX's "Last Man on Earth" and ABC's "Secrets & Lies," which both rose a little on Sunday.

FOX also, it should be noted, had sports inflation on Sunday thanks to 30-ish minutes of NASCAR overrun.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Max Dawson of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Max Dawson of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Interview: Max Dawson talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

Former Northwestern professor and current reality TV consultant has a lot to say about his 'Survivor' run

The "Survivor: Worlds Apart" cast was a bit short on recognizable celebrities, if your idea of "celebrity" happens to be former professional athletes or nearly-forgotten '80s TV stars.

If, however, you spend time around the world of reality TV or academia, or you spend time around those who spend their time around those worlds, there's no question that Max Dawson entered "Survivor: Worlds Apart" as the season's biggest superstar.

As a member of Northwestern's Communications department, Max taught several years of a course titled "The Tribe Has Spoken: Surviving TV’s New Reality," as well as other courses on TV, new media and the business betwixt them. Several of my critical buddies, including Mo Ryan and Myles McNutt and Erik Adams, made appearances in the "Survivor" class. Since 2013, Max has worked as a consultant for and on the reality TV industry. 

He may not be Lisa Whelchel or Jimmy Johnson, but Max Dawson is almost certainly the most public and professional a "Survivor" super-fan to ever get to appear on "Survivor."

It didn't help.

There's no question that Max got screwed by a tribal shuffle in which he and White Collar cohort Shirin found themselves on a new tribe with a significant physical disadvantage, which led to a predictable defeat in the first post-swap Immunity Challenge. 

But whatever dismal cards the "Survivor" Gods dealt him, Max dealt himself some questionable cards. Did he really need to be lecturing Jenn on the Zodiac signs of "Survivor" winners? Were there alternatives to soaking his warty, ray-stung feet in the tribal water pot? [He says no.] Could he have done a better job of shoring up his alliance with Carolyn? [He says yes.] Should he have separated a bit more from Shirin and not become a two-headed super-fan target? 

This is one of those exit interviews in which I probably had enough questions for a four-hour conversation, but there was less time to get to general state-of-"Survivor" questions than I might have liked. Oh well.

Click through for my full Q&A with Max Dawson, beginning with my meta question about "Survivor" exit interviews...

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<p>&quot;Glee&quot;</p>

"Glee"

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TV Ratings: 'Glee' ends with a whimper, 'Shark Tank' leads ABC Friday

The 'Glee' series finale stays below The Mulaney Line

Fast National ratings for Friday, March 20, 2015.

The series finale of "Glee" got a 30 percent audience bump for FOX, but in practical numbers that meant growth of just over 500,000 viewers, while the former sensation grew only 0.1 in the key demo and failed to hit The Mulaney Line.

With the NCAA Tournament failing to generate any big Friday night upsets, CBS' basketball coverage had a weak night and "Shark Tank" was able to lead ABC to primetime wins in most measures. 

Over on The CW, "Hart of Dixie" was up from recent airings in viewers, while the pilot for "iZombie" got a solid encore sampling.

Let's get to the numbers...

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<p>Lindsey of &quot;Survivor: Worlds Apart&quot;</p>

Lindsey of "Survivor: Worlds Apart"

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Interview: Lindsey Cascaddan talks 'Survivor: Worlds Apart'

One of this week's bootees discusses Rodney, Dan, Mike and the Blue Collar Tribe

It's likely that Lindsey Cascaddan's "Survivor: Worlds Apart" run will be remembered for her disagreements with the men in her Blue Collar tribe, escalating frustrations that had her targeting first buffoonish Dan, then slave-driving Mike and finally boorish Rodney in three consecutive episodes.

After interviewing the 24-year-old Florida hairdresser, I'm disappointed with didn't get to see more. Lindsey's read on her male tribemates is perceptive and nuanced in a way that Lindsey was never really given the chance to be on "Survivor." 

Instead, Lindsey was constantly on the defensive, fighting with the guys while simultaneously expressing great Blue Collar pride. 

And in her exit interview, even while lamenting the sexism she fought at the Blue Collar camp, Lindsey thinks there was a valuable lesson that she was able to convey through her experience, even if she wasn't able to stick around for very long.

Click for the full Q&A and see if that lesson comes through...

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