<p>The Sopranos final scene</p>

The Sopranos final scene

Credit: HBO

David Chase finally answers the 'Is Tony Soprano dead?' question (sort of)

Will Chase's clipped, cryptic response finally put the matter to rest?

"The Sopranos" creator David Chase has finally — out of frustration more than anything else — answered the "Is Tony dead?" question.

Well, sort of.

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Uncanceled Showdown final pits 'Jericho' vs. 'Almost Human'

Uncanceled Showdown final pits 'Jericho' vs. 'Almost Human'

Can android fans somehow hold off the peanut lovers?

Well, this is not necessarily the final match-up we were expecting when the Uncanceled Showdown brackets were set up, but the competition has come down to two shows: "Almost Human," which held off a late charge from "Freaks and Geeks" to win the One-Season Wonder field, versus "Jericho," which crushed all comers, including the once-mighty "Firefly" and its browncoat fans.

That is, of course, part of the fun of a thought experiment like this. "Firefly" seemed an obvious finalist, but it turns out that the same fans who convinced CBS to uncancel "Jericho" in the first place were able to stomp everyone in their path. "Almost Human," meanwhile, was one of a large group of shows we were considering for the lower seeds on that side of the bracket (look for "Rubicon," "Better Off Ted," "Karen Sisco" and more in Uncanceled Showdown 2: The Uncancelling, sometime in 2015!); it could just as easily have been, say, "The Chicago Code" in that 10 seed, and then who knows how that bracket might have turned out? Still, when in doubt on any internet-based pop culture poll, it's safest to bet on the sci-fi show, even over something as beloved as "Freaks and Geeks."

So go vote for your favorite if you have one left (or vote against the one whose victory would annoy you most). You have until Thursday, August 28 at noon Pacific to cast a vote; the winner will be announced that day.

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<p>Garfunkel and Oates</p>

Garfunkel and Oates

Credit: IFC

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 243: Emmys, 'Garfunkel and Oates' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Rectify' season 2 and talk more 'Friday Night Lights'

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! You want a lot of Emmy ranting from me and Dan on this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast? Boy, have you got it! We did about 45 minutes on all the Emmy predictability (and the many good moments in the show itself) before jumping over to catch up on IFC's "Garfunkel and Oates" and break down "Rectify" season 2, before shifting into the stretch of "Friday Night Lights" season 2 that began to remind us of the good show it was both before and after.

The rundown:

The 2014 Emmys (00:00:45 - 00:43:10)
"Garfunkel and Oates" (00:43:10 - 00:54:50)
"Rectify Season 2 (00:55:00 - 01:13:10)
"Friday Night Lights" Summer Rewatch (01:13:15 - 01:38:10)

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>Ty Burrell wins an Emmy for Modern Family</p>

Ty Burrell wins an Emmy for Modern Family

Credit: AP

‘Breaking Bad’ & ‘Modern Family’ lead familiar Emmy winners list

Cranston beats McConaughey, 'Sherlock' somehow dominates movie category, 'Orange' largely ignored

The easiest way to win an Emmy is to have already won an Emmy, and rarely has that wisdom proved more true than at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, where "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" repeated last year's best drama and comedy series wins, and where you had to squint sometimes to find a person and/or show that hadn't accepted one of these trophies before.

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<p>Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in Masters of Sex.</p>

Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in Masters of Sex.

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Asterion'

Bill and Virginia's relationship evolves as they struggle to keep their clinic afloat

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as we pass Stalin's gift shop...

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<p>Chris Zylka and Sarah Margaret Qualley in The Lefovers</p>

Chris Zylka and Sarah Margaret Qualley in The Lefovers

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'The Garveys at Their Best'

Kevin throws a party, Tommy confronts his past and Laurie has a doctor's appointment

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I get a Thug Life tattoo on my neck...

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<p>Breaking Bad</p>

Breaking Bad

Credit: AMC

Emmy Predictions 2014: Outstanding drama series

Will 'Breaking Bad' repeat for Outstanding Drama Series? Or will 'True Detective' play spoiler?

Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting.

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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus in &quot;Veep.&quot;</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep."

Credit: HBO

Emmy Predictions 2014: Outstanding comedy series

Will this be the end of the 'Modern Family' streak? And is 'Veep' or 'Orange' better-poised to beat it?

Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting.

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<p>Rectify</p>

Rectify

Credit: Sundance

'Rectify' creator Ray McKinnon looks back on season 2

'Was that obtuse enough?' he asks at the end of one answer

Before he was the creator of one of TV's most beautiful and emotionally powerful dramas in Sundance's "Rectify," Ray McKinnon was a character actor. And because I'm so used to watching his long, scarecrow-like frame pop up in films and movies, I never thought of "Rectify" protagonist Daniel Holden — a former Death Row inmate whose conviction is overturned, and who is embodied by an actor (the terrific Aden Young) with no physical resemblance to McKinnon — as an avatar of his creator. Even when I interviewed McKinnon before "Rectify" premiered, I was looking at the man who had played Reverend Smith on "Deadwood," Linc Potter on "Sons of Anarchy," etc.

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<p>Aden Young in Rectify</p>

Aden Young in Rectify

Credit: Sundance

Season finale review: 'Rectify' - 'Unhinged'

Daniel has to confess his 'crime' in order to go free

"Rectify" just wrapped up its second season, a couple of days after Sundance ordered a third. I spoke briefly with Ray McKinnon about the season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I hoard food under stress...

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