<p>Mariah Carey will be an &quot;American Idol&quot;&nbsp;judge.</p>
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Mariah Carey will be an "American Idol" judge.


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Press Tour 2012: FOX president Kevin Reilly welcomes Mariah Carey

Will this be the year that FOX finishes in second place?

FOX has been the top-rated network on television for the past 8 television seasons. But as network entertainment president Kevin Reilly faced the press assembled for the Television Critics Association summer press tour, he also acknowledged that this is a network in the midst of a transition — which could, depending on how big a boost top rival CBS gets from airing the Super Bowl next year, the end of that first place streak.

"I can tell you that at the very least, it's going to be close," Reilly said of the possibility of finishing second for the first time in almost a decade. "Whether we end up getting nudged out of the title, we'll see."

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<p>Ed Weeks, Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Ed Weeks, Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina in "The Mindy Project."

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A day in the life of press tour '12: FOX

A 'Fringe' farewell, new 'X Factor' judges, Mindy Kaling and more

My stint at the Television Critics Association summer press tour begins today, though Fienberg has already been here for two days covering what sounds like a very interesting slate of PBS panels (particularly if you're a "Downton Abbey" fan).

If you've been reading me a long time, you know what press tour is. If you haven't, my press tour primer from the Ledger days still applies. I'll be tag-teaming with both Fienberg and Liane Bonin Starr to cover the bulk of the tour, so keep all three of our blogs bookmarked if you want to know about it all.

Though I won't be doing this every day, I like to do a quick run-through of the schedule for certain days to give you all a sense of what the tour is like, and of what things you may be reading about today and in days to come. PBS wrapped up tonight, and FOX arrives for a full day of panels and other events. Here's how their schedule looks (all times are Pacific):

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<p>Dev Patel in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Dev Patel in "The Newsroom."

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Review: 'The Newsroom' - 'Amen'

Mackenzie can't do math, Neal finds a kindred spirit and many people get injured

A few quick thoughts on last night's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I keep walking into a glass door...

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<p>Walt and Jesse make their pitch to Mike on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Walt and Jesse make their pitch to Mike on "Breaking Bad."

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Review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Madrigal'

Hank's investigation has ripple effects on Mike and the rest of Gus's organization

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I guard the special sauce...

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<p>Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown from &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown from "Community."

Watch: 'Community' stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie & Yvette Nicole Brown at Comic-Con, Part 2

How did they become the tightest-knit, silliest cast on television?

Time for part 2 of my Comic-Con chat with "Community" co-stars Joel Mchale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown. Part 1 was the more serious end of things, as the actors talked about the show's continued survival, their feelings about Dan Harmon's exit, their relationship with the fans, etc.

In part 2, things get a bit sillier (albeit not to the furry level of last year's McHale/Brown/Rash extravaganza) as they discussed exactly how they came to be such a tightly-knit group — right before the cameras rolled, Jacobs and Brie were loudly dueting on Flight of the Conchords' "Jenny" "Debra" by Beck — whether the cast or the study group is emotionally closer and (for a surprisingly long period of time) what the heck is up with Chevy Chase's feet.

Enjoy. The new season of "Community" debuts Friday, October 19 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. 

<p>Alma and Sophia entertain a visitor on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alma and Sophia entertain a visitor on "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 8: 'Childish Things' (Veterans edition)

Alliances are forged, or rejected, in a female-centric hour

We're continuing our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the veteran-friendly version; click here for the newbie-safe one.

After taking some time off from the project due to Comic-Con, I've got a review of episode 8, "Childish Things," coming up just as soon as I both reject and repudiate the offering...

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<p>Alma and Sophia entertain a visitor on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alma and Sophia entertain a visitor on "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 8: 'Childish Things' (Newbies edition)

Alliances are forged, or rejected, in a female-centric hour

We're continuing our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the newbie-safe version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

After taking some time off from the project due to Comic-Con, I've got a review of episode 8, "Childish Things," coming up just as soon as I both reject and repudiate the offering...

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<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;takes the girls out to eat.</p>

"Louie" takes the girls out to eat.

Credit: FX

Review: 'Louie' - 'Daddy's Girlfriend, Part 1'

Louie goes looking for love in so many places

I've been taking some days off this week, so as I suggested at the end of last week's "Louie" review, I'm going to discuss the "Daddy's Girlfriend" two-parter after it concludes next week. But for those of you who want to discuss fist pumps, Parker Posey, Maria Bamford, fake reality TV shows and everything else from part 1, have at it. We'll have a lot more to talk about next week, as part 2 is my favorite of the five episodes FX sent out in advance of the season.

<p>Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown from &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown from "Community."

Watch: 'Community' stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie & Yvette Nicole Brown at Comic-Con, Part 1

How did they react to Dan Harmon's exit? And what does Gillian want in a 'Community' movie?

A year ago at Comic-Con, I sat down with the bulk of the "Community" cast in two groups of three for a couple of long video interviews. One conversation was pure anarchy, while the other featured the funniest/furriest running gag I've ever been in a room for.

This year, I got Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown, and while I was tempted to force some kind of sequel to "YOU GUYS!!!!," there were too many serious things to discuss about "Community" as it approaches its fourth season, including the firing of creator Dan Harmon, the hiring of new showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio, and the way the insanity of the show's fans has buoyed the actors no matter how dark the show's fate has seemed.

Things get a bit goofier towards the end of this part of the interview, as they discuss Jacobs' plan for a "Community" movie, but look for more laughs in part 2 (coming tomorrow morning) as the actors discuss exactly how and why they've become so close and silly together.

The new season of "Community" begins on Friday, October 19 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 139: Emmy nominations, 'Sullivan & Son' and more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 139: Emmy nominations, 'Sullivan & Son' and more

Dan and Alan also review the 'Breaking Bad' premiere and another 'Buffy'

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Time for a mid-week, Emmy heavy edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I discuss the nominations, try to review TBS' "Sullivan & Sons" as quickly as possible before moving on to the "Breaking Bad" premiere and a strange "Buffy" season 1 episode. Also, for those of you who didn't already see it on Twitter, here's the Emmy Rossum photo being discussed.

As mentioned on the show, our next podcast will be sometime next week, but not necessarily on Monday, as I'll have just arrived in LA for the TV critics press tour.

The line-up: 

Emmy Nominations (00:01:40 - 00:38:20)
"Sullivan and Son" (00:38:25 - 00:45:15)
"Breaking Bad" premiere (00:45:25 - 01:04:40)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (01:04:45 - 01:15:45)
 
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, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.