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<p>On &quot;Cougar Town,&quot;&nbsp;Jules (Courteney Cox), Travis (Dan Byrd)&nbsp;and Laurie (Busy Philipps)&nbsp;try to deal with their awkward new situation.</p>

On "Cougar Town," Jules (Courteney Cox), Travis (Dan Byrd) and Laurie (Busy Philipps) try to deal with their awkward new situation.

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Season premiere review: 'Cougar Town' - 'All or Nothin'

The Cul-de-Sac Crew is back, and trying to deal with Laurie and Travis' relationship

A quick review of tonight's "Cougar Town" season premiere coming up just as soon as I have a respectable Latin mustache...

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<p>I've seen wooden extras before, but this is ridiculous.</p>

I've seen wooden extras before, but this is ridiculous.

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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' offers answers about Coulson but frustrates anyway

Is that really how they're going to explain things?

When the last episode of "Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD" aired, it seemed like a natural and intriguing place to hit pause for the season, and they promised that they'd be offering answers when the show finally returned.

So… did they?

Starting with the "previously on" clips package, there is an admirable sense of urgency to the episode. It felt like they took the mid-season break into account, using the entire pre-title teaser to re-introduce the team in action. We get May and Ward breaking up a deal to sell "100% premium grade Chitauri metal," and one guy gets away and takes off running. We get to see Fitz/Simmons and their drones head him off in one direction, we see Skye hacking the building's security network, and when the guy finally reaches the roof, there's a full SHIELD team waiting there with Agent Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows) at the head of it.

Picking up 36 hours after Coulson's abduction, things have definitely changed a bit. Agent Hand has taken over The Bus, which is now packed with agents, and it seems that there are two different agendas in play. Hand is looking for Centipede, and the team is worried about Coulson.

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<p>Meghan Ory and Josh Holloway in &quot;Intelligence.&quot;</p>

Meghan Ory and Josh Holloway in "Intelligence."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Intelligence'

What did everybody think of the new CBS spy show with Josh Holloway?

Yesterday, I posted my review of CBS' "Intelligence." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did it play as "Chuck" without the sense of humor and nerd references, or as something cooler? Do you feel like the show did a good job of showing how much better Josh Holloway is than a guy with a smartphone or Google Glass? Does "cyber-rendering" seem interesting, or just like a higher-tech version of the scenes where Will Graham or the CSIs visualize what happened at a crime scene? How did you feel about Meghan OryMarg Helgenberger as the slightly disapproving boss? Sawyer with a haircut? And even if the rest of the show was middling, was Holloway charming enough to keep you around? 

Have at it.

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<p>A &quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;flashback reveals how Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.)&nbsp;became Coach.</p>

A "New Girl" flashback reveals how Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) became Coach.

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Clavado En Un Bar'

Jess ponders a career change in another flashback-heavy episode

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as our school has an ethnic gay bully...

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"Killer Women"

 "Killer Women"

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Interview: 'Killer Women''s Tricia Helfer on trumpets and serial killers

The star talks about the smoky scene she was 'happy was a short clip'
Most celebrities are literally underwhelming. Hollywood is the land where short actors can pass for giants thanks to clever cinematography and the occasional well-placed apple box. What struck me first about Tricia Helfer (the star of "Killer Women," which premieres tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC) when I met her on the show's Albuquerque set is just how tall she is.
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<p>Craig Robinson, Stephanie Beatriz and Andy Samberg in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Craig Robinson, Stephanie Beatriz and Andy Samberg in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." 

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Pontiac Bandit'

Craig Robinson guest stars, Peralta and Diaz team up, and Boyle returns to work early

A review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I work for a charity that finds jobs for down-on-their-luck white people...

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<p>Rainn Wilson of &quot;Backstrom&quot;</p>

Rainn Wilson of "Backstrom"

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FOX picks up Rainn Wilson drama 'Backstrom' from 'Bones' creator

Former CBS pilot takes yet another spot on FOX's 2014-2015 schedule
Continuing several of the trends of this development season, FOX has given a 13-episode series order to "Backstrom," a crime drama produced for CBS last spring.
 
Based on Leif G.W. Persson's novels, "Backstrom" was adapted for TV by "Bones" creator Hart Hanson and stars Rainn Wilson as a Portland detective often hampered by his own self-destructive tendencies. Yes, by the way, "Backstrom" sounds an awful lot like "Rake," the new FOX legal drama featuring Greg Kinnear as an attorney often hampered by his own self-destructive tendencies and both of them sound an awful lot like "House," the beloved FOX medical drama about a doctor often hampered by his own self-destructive tendencies. Perhaps that's why FOX execs are convinced that "Backstrom" is a good fit for the network.
 
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<p>This will not end well, gentlemen.</p>

This will not end well, gentlemen.

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Review: Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor' offers spectacular combat but no substance

There's something troubling about the lack of meaning

I have no doubt that Peter Berg genuinely idolizes the US military.

Every detail in "Lone Survivor" feels carefully considered and deeply felt. Berg's script is lean and rings authentic all the way through. Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Taylor Kitsch all seem dedicated to telling this story as truthfully as possible. It is obvious that Peter Berg considers this an important story and that he took the responsibility of bringing it to the screen as something important and urgent.

Despite that, my primary reaction to "Lone Survivor" as a film is "And?" While I can admire the way the story is told, as a story it does nothing for me. We watch a team of SEALs get sent on a mission that, even if it had succeeded would have accomplished nothing of any importance, and then we watch them die one by one. That's pretty much it. I've seen the film twice, looking for something more in it, convinced that I simply hadn't connected with it the first time. Despite the profound sense of respect the film obviously has for the people it depicts, it ultimately strikes me as a hollow exercise.

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"The Legend of Mick Dodge"

 "The Legend of Mick Dodge" 

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Exclusive clip: 'Legend of Mick Dodge' reveals weird pinecone uses

The NatGeo show reveals the real secret to roughing it

Who says TV isn't educational anymore? In this exclusive clip form Nat Geo's new series "The Legend of Mick Dodge" (premiering Tues. Jan. 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET), we learn tons of helpful stuff from the man himself. You know what a pinecone and a stick really is? No, really. And that pinecone can also clean your ears. And, um, other parts of your body. Hey, we didn't make this stuff up.

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 5

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 5

Dan and Alan also review 'Chozen' and 'The Spoils of Babylon' and preview the Golden Globes and press tour

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for another Firewall & Iceberg video show! With such a busy week for premieres — we already covered eight different new and returning shows in yesterday's podcast — we had to squeeze in four different reviews in the video show, including a discussion of the great "True Detective," plus previews of the Golden Globes and the Television Critics Association press tour, which begins on Thursday. And with me in LA for a little bit, there's a chance that the next video show might feature Dan and I in the same room.

The rundown:

 

0:07 - Golden Globes Preview
5:24 - TCA Press Tour Preview
10:44 - "Spoils of Babylon" Review
14:42 - "Enlisted" Review
18:08 - "Chozen" Review
21:41 - "True Detective" Review

 

As always, you can send us questions at firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.

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<p>Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara in &quot;Her.&quot;</p>

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara in "Her."

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'Her' comes out on top in Oklahoma

But they're not so keen on 'August: Osage County'

How many more states do we have to go? Oklahoma is the latest to weigh in with their favorites, and they've picked Spike Jonze's "Her" as their film of the year, also handing it Best Original Screenplay. "12 Years a Slave" took Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Best Adapted Screenplay, but beyond that, the love was generously spread around, with "American Hustle," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Blue Jasmine" and "The Hunt" among the other winners. Matthew McConaughey, meanwhile, received a Body of Work award for three performances, while "August: Osage County" received a Worst of 2013 "prize." Full list after the jump, and everything else at The Circuit.

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<p>Richard Linklater (center)&nbsp;with&nbsp;Julie Delpy and&nbsp;Ethan Hawke on the set of &quot;Before Midnight&quot;</p>

Richard Linklater (center) with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke on the set of "Before Midnight"

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Linklater, Hawke and Delpy discuss their 'Before' trilogy and why 'life is magic enough'

Also: How each film has mirrored the film industry's status quo every step of the way

For Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, the goal of three unique films — 1995's "Before Sunrise," 2004's "Before Sunset" and 2013's "Before Midnight" — that have followed the lives of Celine and Jesse, a pair of love-struck individuals, has been to make viewers feel like they know them. These are people trying to be understood, and the idea is "to get in on their communication," as Linklater puts it. The films have aimed to depict Celine and Jesse as fully as they can, and the result has been one of the most singular on-going cinematic experiences in the modern canon.

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