Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 194: Press tour, 'Clear History' & 'My So-Called Life'

Dan and Alan go audio-only to discuss the latest TCA doings

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After giving you a video podcast earlier in the week (which you can still listen to in the car and at the gym by simply not looking at the video), the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back in its more traditional audio-only form. (For all I know, it's even in mono.) After a morning of Hulu panels, Dan and I adjourned to my hotel room here at press tour to discuss the latest doings at TCA, to review Larry David's HBO movie "Clear History" (which doesn't air for a week and a half, but next week's show will be busy) and to continue our summer pilot rewatch with "My So-Called Life," (The next pilot rewatch, for a date TBD: "The Wonder Years," fake music and all.) We're not sure when the next podcast will be, and whether we'll be doing both audio and video ones before I leave LA next week, but stay tuned to the blog, Twitter, etc. for the usual updates. The rundown: 

TCA Press Tour (00:02:00 - 00:45:30)
"Clear History" (00:45:30 - 54:30)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "My So-Called Life" (00:54:30 - 01:11:30)

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<p>Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones are both leaving &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones are both leaving "Parks and Recreation."

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Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones leaving 'Parks and Recreation' at mid-season

It's literally true that the NBC comedy is losing two of its main castmembers

Rashida Jones was one of the very first members of the "Parks and Recreation" cast. Rob Lowe was one of the last two regulars added to the cast at the end of the second season. And now both will be leaving together midway through the new season.

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<p>Would &quot;Dexter&quot;&nbsp;fans want to watch a spinoff built around Quinn and/or Batista?</p>

Would "Dexter" fans want to watch a spinoff built around Quinn and/or Batista?

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Press Tour: 'Dexter' spinoff in the works?

Who on earth would viewers want to see carrying their own show?

Early in his executive session at press tour, Showtime president David Nevins noted that the channel had signed "Dexter" showrunner Scott Buck to an overall deal to secure his services after the show ends. Later, when asked whether plans are still going forward for a "Dexter" spinoff, Nevins said, "Of course. We announced a deal with Scott Buck today. Draw your own conclusions."

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<p>Emmy Rossum and the rest of the &quot;Shameless&quot;&nbsp;gang will be back in January. Got a problem with that?</p>

Emmy Rossum and the rest of the "Shameless" gang will be back in January. Got a problem with that?

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Showtime announces 'Shameless,' 'House of Lies' & 'Episodes' premiere dates

'Californication' will shift to the spring to air with 'Nurse Jackie'

At his press tour executive session, Showtime president David Nevins announced the usual January premiere dates for "Shameless" and "House of Lies," and a spring return for "Nurse Jackie," while moving "Episodes" and "Californication" into new windows.

The fourth season of "Shameless" will debut Sunday, January 12 at 9 p.m., followed by the third seasons of "House of Lies" at 10 and "Episodes" at 10:30.

"Californication," which was paired with "Shameless" and "Lies" this year, will be held for the spring to air after the sixth season of "Nurse Jackie," on a date still to be announced.

Less than six months to more Gallagher family hijinks, folks.

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<p>The last time the Flash was a live-action TV&nbsp;character, he looked like John Wesley Shipp.</p>

The last time the Flash was a live-action TV character, he looked like John Wesley Shipp.

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Press Tour: The Flash to be introduced on 'Arrow,' while CW puts 'Amazon' on hold

No conflicts between DC's movie and TV plans for Barry Allen, the fastest man alive

The Flash is one of the few DC Comics heroes outside of the big 3 of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to have gotten the live-action TV treatment. In the 1990-91 season, John Wesley Shipp played Barry Allen, the fastest man alive, in a drama for CBS.

More than two decades later, Barry may be returning to the small screen in live-action form in an upcoming episode of the CW's "Arrow."

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<p>Claire Danes and Damian Lewis came to press tour to talk &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;season 3.</p>

Claire Danes and Damian Lewis came to press tour to talk "Homeland" season 3.

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Press tour: 'Homeland' producers on dark season 3

Some spoilers and some not as the producers, Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Rupert Friend faced the press

Often, press tour sessions for returning shows tend to be a cagey cat-and-mouse game between reporters who want information about upcoming storylines and producers who want everything to remain a secret.

Today's "Homeland" session, though, was different. Not only had the critics seen the season's first two episodes (which, before anyone asks, I mostly liked a lot, particularly in how they deal with the aftermath of season 2), but producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon were fairly forthcoming about what happens in them, to the point where one critic actually paused to ask whether they felt an answer that had just been given should be treated as a spoiler.

Suffice it to say, Gansa is not Matt Weiner, and told us we should feel free to write about that and other things. But I know that many of you want to know little or nothing about upcoming episodes of your favorite shows, so let me put a big fat "HOMELAND" SEASON 3 SPOILER WARNING right here. After the jump I'm going to deal with the stuff that's not spoiler-y at all, and then after that, I'm going to put a second big warning before I get to a couple of the questions that dealt with things you may not want to know.

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<p>Robin Williams in &quot;The Crazy Ones.&quot;</p>

Robin Williams in "The Crazy Ones."

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Press Tour: Robin Williams can be serious or silly on 'The Crazy Ones'

Oscar-winner will improvise, but is happy to read David E. Kelley's dialogue

In the most memorable moment of the press tour panel for CBS' "The Crazy Ones" — Robin Williams' first regular series role since "Mork & Mindy" ended in 1982 — Williams responded to a question about whether he's a sad clown by throwing a mock, tear-filled tantrum that ended with co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar literally pulling him back to his seat with his microphone cord. When he finally sat down, he made a few Anthony Weiner jokes ("Do you think he has a thing on his phone that says, 'No more!'?"), then gave a more serious answer about where his comedy comes from.

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Firewall & Iceberg Video Podcast: Summer press tour talk

Firewall & Iceberg Video Podcast: Summer press tour talk

Dan and Alan break down cable and NBC's time in front of the TV critics

Happy Monday, everybody! Time for another bonus video installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast! Dan and I will be recording a traditional audio breakdown of all things press tour later this week (maybe on Wednesday), but we took a few minutes yesterday to step out onto the balcony of my room to chat about the early days of press tour, including HBO, AMC and NBC's time in front of the Television Critics Association.

As with the audio podcast in its early days, these videos are an evolving process. We've learned things from the first one about the Emmys, and improvements have been made (though my hair can only grow back in so quickly) based on feedback. Onward and upward!

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<p>CBS&nbsp;will dip a toe into the serialized drama waters this fall with &quot;Hostages.&quot;</p>

CBS will dip a toe into the serialized drama waters this fall with "Hostages."

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Press Tour: Les Moonves comes out of the bullpen for CBS

CBS chairman's first TCA exec session in years discusses the ever-changing network business model

It's been more than eight years since CBS chairman Les Moonves took the stage for a CBS executive session at press tour, and even then it was unusual, as most executives at his level circa 2005 left TCA to their underlings. But with CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler suddenly unavailable due to the death of a close friend, Moonves filled in, and it was a bit like seeing Mariano Rivera come out of the bullpen to close a game in AA ball. It's a job Moonves could do as well as anyone in his profession ever has, but also one for which he was vastly overqualified.

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<p>Liev Schreiber as &quot;Ray Donovan.&quot;</p>

Liev Schreiber as "Ray Donovan."

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'Ray Donovan' - 'The Golem'

What does everyone think of the Showtime drama so far?

Tonight's "Ray Donovanwas the last of the five episodes I saw before I wrote my initial review of the series. I was not crazy about the series (though I liked specific pieces of it), particularly as it moved along, and had felt that the pilot was the best of the five by a significant margin. So now that you've all had a chance to see what I've seen, I'm curious how you're feeling about "Ray." A number of you were fans of the pilot; do you still feel that way now?

 

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