Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 219

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 219

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Streaming video is the hot topic this week on the Firewall & Iceberg podcast, as Dan and I present our thoughts on all the Amazon pilots (which I discussed here on the blog last week) and the new season of "House of Cards" (which I'll be reviewing here later this week). We also had time to answer a few of the many excellent questions we got, and please keep those emails coming.

Also, the Google+ Hangout we did last week with Mo Ryan has now been archived on YouTube, if you've been missing our faces of late.

The rundown: 

Amazon's new pilots (00:01:00 - 00:06:55)
"The After" (00:07:00 - 00:15:55)
"Bosch" (00:16:00 - 00:22:05)
"Mozart in the Jungle" (00:22:10 - 00:28:20)
"The Rebels" (00:28:20 - 00:33:15)
"Transparent" (00:33:15 - 00:38:30)
Amazon's decision-making process (00:38:35 - 00:44:55)
"House of Cards" (00:45:00 - 00:58:40)
Listener Mail: CBS' NFL rights (00:59:15 - 01:08:00)
Listener Mail: How we're going to treat "Better Call Saul" (01:08:10 - 01:12:15)
Listener Mail: "Shameless" (01:12:55 - 01:25:30)
 

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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<p>Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons)&nbsp;leading a Crucifictorious rehearsal on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Landry Clarke (Jesse Plemons) leading a Crucifictorious rehearsal on "Friday Night Lights."

Credit: NBC

‘Friday Night Lights’ band Crucifictorious reunites on ‘Parenthood’ web series

Landry and Billy Riggins will be stopping by the Luncheonette

The "Friday Night Lights" movie may be dead as of now, but a part of the series will live on, when Landry Clarke's Christian speed metal band Crucifictorious stops by the Luncheonette from "Parenthood." It's not for an episode of the series, but one of a series of web videos NBC is releasing over the next couple of weeks to keep fans of shows engaged while they're pre-empted by the Olympics.

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Alex Karpovsky and Allison Williams in "Girls."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Girls' - 'Free Snacks'

Hannah gets a new job and immediately wonders if she should regret it

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I am being written about in popular service publications...

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On "The Walking Dead," Michonne (Danai Gurira) makes some new friends.

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'After'

Rick, Carl and Michonne cope with the end of their time in prison

A review of "The Walking Dead" mid-season premiere coming up just as soon as I eat all the pudding...

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<p>Emma Kenney and Jeremy Allen White in &quot;Shameless.&quot;</p>

Emma Kenney and Jeremy Allen White in "Shameless."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Shameless' - 'There's the Rub'

Things fall apart for Fiona, the Army and Lip both look for Ian, and Frank builds a sweat lodge

A review of tonight's "Shameless" coming up just as soon as I try to steal a helicopter...

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<p>On &quot;True Detective,&quot;&nbsp;Marty (Woody Harrelson)&nbsp;and Rust (Matthew McConaughey)&nbsp;hatch a plan.</p>

On "True Detective," Marty (Woody Harrelson) and Rust (Matthew McConaughey) hatch a plan.

Credit: HBO

Review: 'True Detective' - 'Who Goes There'

Cohle goes back undercover, while Hart has marital problems

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I'm the Michael Jordan of being a son of a bitch...

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<p>On &quot;Enlisted,&quot; Pete and the guys help out a dorky base dad (Andy Daly). </p>

On "Enlisted," Pete and the guys help out a dorky base dad (Andy Daly).

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Talkback: 'Enlisted' - 'Rear D Day'

Pete decides to embrace the suck, while Sgt. Major Cody asks for Jill's help

A busy day today means I don't have time to write about tonight's "Enlisted— notable for the guest appearance by Andy Daly as dorky dad Rodney, for being yet another out-of-order episode (Derrick says it's only been two weeks since Pete punched the colonel in Afghanistan) and for a good Jill/Sgt. Major Cody subplot — but since you guys seem to be really enjoying the show so far, I figured I'd give you a chance to discuss "Rear D Day." 

Have at it.

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<p>Titus Welliver in &quot;Bosch,&quot;&nbsp;one of five new Amazon pilots.</p>

Titus Welliver in "Bosch," one of five new Amazon pilots.

Credit: Amazon

With ‘The After,’ ‘Bosch’ and more, Amazon crowdsources its pilots again

A more promising group of pilots than last year's batch

Last April, Amazon entered the original series business in a very novel way: by making 14 pilot episodes — six children's shows, two animated comedies and six live-action ones — available for all of its customers to watch and offer feedback on, whether through customer reviews or surveys about each show. Amazon didn't say those things — plus the number of times each show was viewed — would be the only factors for what got turned into a series and what didn't, but it seemed like a much more democratic, and sensible, approach to series development than the byzantine process most of the networks still use.

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<p>Jesse Custer in &quot;Preacher.&quot;</p>

Jesse Custer in "Preacher."

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Seth Rogen officially adapting ‘Preacher’ comic for AMC

Can Rogen, Goldberg and 'Breaking Bad' alum Sam Catlin turn Garth Ennis' blasphemous comic epic into TV?

It's official: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are adapting "Preacher" for Sony and AMC, with "Breaking Bad" alum Sam Catlin serving as showrunner and executive producer.

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<p>Betsy Brandt and Michael J. Fox in &quot;The Michael J. Fox Show.&quot;</p>

Betsy Brandt and Michael J. Fox in "The Michael J. Fox Show."

Credit: NBC

NBC pulls 'The Michael J. Fox Show' from schedule

How did what NBC thought was a sure thing not work out to this degree?

NBC was so certain that "The Michael J. Fox Show" would be a hit that the network ordered a full season worth of episodes without even making a pilot. Instead, the sitcom was such a ratings disappointment that tonight NBC quietly pulled it from the schedule, replacing it and the already-canceled "Sean Saves the World" with "Hollywood Game Night." Production had already wrapped on the season, 15 episodes have aired; it's unclear when the remaining 7 (including a "Back to the Future" reunion between Fox and Christopher Lloyd) will air, though an NBC publicist told Vulture's Joe Adalian that they were looking for a place on the schedule after April 3. It's not officially canceled, but with those numbers and the amount of money NBC spent, it's hard to imagine it returning next season.

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