Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 170: Oscars, 'Golden Boy,' 'Vikings,' 'Red Widow' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss the 'Downton Abbey' finale and answer your mail

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I'm back from Disney World, and the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back with me (and Dan, who did not go to Disney World last week). Lots to discuss (and that's even though neither of us had time to watch HBO's "Parade's End"), including last night's Oscars, CBS' "Golden Boy," ABC's "Red Widow," History's "Vikings," the "Downton Abbey" finale and more. The lineup: 

Oscars (00:02:45 - 00:26:20)
"Golden Boy" (00:26:25 - 00:40:50)
"Red Widow" (00:40:55 - 00:51:50)
"Vikings" (00:51:50 - 01:02:00)
Listener Mail - Watching TV on the road (01:02:20 - 01:08:30)
Listener Mail - NBC's need to experiment (01:08:35 - 01:15:45)
The "Downton Abbey" finale (01:15:55 - 01:36:30)
 
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<p>&quot;Arrested Development&quot;&nbsp;stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in a scene from one of the upcoming Netflix episodes.</p>

"Arrested Development" stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in a scene from one of the upcoming Netflix episodes.

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Netflix still 'hopeful' for more 'Arrested Development' seasons

Netflix chief executive tells investors the revival may be too tough to pull off twice

"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz has made no secret of his desire to use the new Netflix season of his uncanceled comedy to drum up interest (and money) in making the long-discussed "Arrested" movie. So the idea that these might be the only new episodes ever isn't in and of itself a surprise.
What is a surprise is that the CEO of Netflix very bluntly told investors he didn't expect to make more than the episodes that will premiere in May.

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<p>&quot;Avatar:&nbsp;The Last Airbender.&quot;</p>

"Avatar: The Last Airbender."

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While I was out...

'The Americans' was renewed, 'Parks and Recreation' had a wedding, and more

Glad to see me? I guess we're in the next life!

Back from a fun week off with the family, that included a trip to Disney World, the conclusion of an "Avatar: The Last Airbender" marathon(*) with my daughter, airport hijinks, etc. I clocked back in last night to watch and write about Seth MacFarlane and the Oscar-cast.

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<p>Seth MacFarlane was flanked by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe in one of my Academy Awards musical numbers.</p>

Seth MacFarlane was flanked by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe in one of my Academy Awards musical numbers.

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Review: Seth MacFarlane emcees a conflicted, bloated, song-heavy Oscar-cast

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'Family Guy' creator sings, dances and occasionally offends at Academy Awards

The career of Seth MacFarlane has often seemed like a battle for supremacy between Frat Boy Seth and Old-Time Hollywood Seth, and every time it seems the former has won, the latter will slip an extended recreation of "Shipoopi" from "The Music Man" into an episode of "Family Guy." He makes his money on dick and fart jokes and '80s reference humor, but you get the sense sometimes that he'd be happier singing showtunes.

MacFarlane's stint as host of the 2013 Academy Awards was that battle writ large, on the most prominent stage he's ever had, and a rare one where he wasn't hiding behind an animated rendering of an evil baby or a crude teddy bear. MacFarlane came out dressed in a classic black tuxedo, channeling Johnny Carson as he cracked jokes about being the last choice to host the show and about "Argo" being "so top secret that the film's director is unknown to the Academy." It was Old-Time Hollywood Seth all the way for a few minutes, before the other guy started to slip in and cause trouble, starting with a Chris Brown joke that drew groans in the room and another about the dialogue of "Django Unchained" being "loosely based on Mel Gibson's voicemails."

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<p>Laurie Holden as Andrea in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Laurie Holden as Andrea in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'I Ain't a Judas'

Andrea tries to broker a peace between the prison and Woodbury, but is anyone interested?

A quick review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I finish my run...

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<p>Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Video Games'

Hannah and Jessa head upstate to see Jessa's father

I'm on vacation, but I got to see tonight's "Girls" early, and have a few quick thoughts on it coming up just as soon as I like the way you fold down your turtleneck...

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<p>Amy Poehler in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Ben and Leslie/Correspondents' Lunch'

The gang tries to throw an impromptu wedding, and Leslie battles a local reporter

I'm on vacation this week, but I got to see both of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" episodes before I left, and I have a few thoughts on them coming up just as soon as I figure out what Neve Campbell sounds like...

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Abed (Danny Pudi)&nbsp;brings Britta (Gillian Jacobs)&nbsp;and Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;to an Inspector Spacetime convention.</p>

On "Community," Abed (Danny Pudi) brings Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Troy (Donald Glover) to an Inspector Spacetime convention.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Conventions in Space and Time'

The gang goes to an Inspector Spacetime convention, where Abed's new friend doesn't like his old one

I'm on vacation this week, but I saw tonight's "Community" in advance, and have one or two thoughts on it coming up just as soon as we touch tentacles and download...

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<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' co-creator Mike Schur on writing the perfect finale

Tonight's first episode won't end the series, but it could have
Do not be alarmed if the first of tonight’s two episodes of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” (it airs at 8:30) feels like a series finale. It was designed to function as one — just in case — as have the last several of the show’s season finales.
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<p>Matthew Rhys and Keri Rusell in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Matthew Rhys and Keri Rusell in "The Americans."

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'In Control'

Both sides scramble when President Reagan is shot

I'm on vacation this week, but I got to see tonight's "The Americans" in advance, and I have a few quick thoughts coming up just as soon as I dig up a buried weapons cache...

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