<p>You&#39;re the Worst</p>

You're the Worst

Credit: FX

FX renews 'You're the Worst' & 'Married' for longer second seasons

Younger-skewing 'You're the Worst' will move to FXX; both shows get 13-episode orders

Today, FX is not the worst. It is the best, for having renewed "You're the Worst" — and also "Married."

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 249: 'Selfie,' 'A to Z,' 'Gracepoint' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Manhattan Love Story,' 'Bad Judge,' 'Stalker' and 'The Simpsons' & 'Family Guy' premieres


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! It's gonna be another double-dip this week for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, because there are just too darned many premieres this week to squeeze into a single installment. Most of the ones in today's podcast are, unfortunately, not among the best of this fall's freshman class, though if you enjoy Angry Dan or Incredulous Alan, you will be getting a good amount of both throughout this discussion, before we segue into talking about "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" premieres. 

Back either Thursday or Friday with a mix of new ("Mulaney") and returning ("Homeland") shows, plus belated finale talk about "Masters of Sex" and "Outlander."

The rundown:

"Selfie" (00:00:55 - 00:13:20)
"Manhattan Love Story" (00:13:23 - 00:23:15)
"Stalker" (00:23:15 - 00:26:25)
"Bad Judge" (00:26:30 - 00:39:10)
"Gracepoint" (00:39:10 - 00:53:00)
"A to Z" (00:53:00 - 01:06:20)
Sunday's "Simpsons" and "Family Guy" (01:06:20 - 01:18:40)

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>Yvonne Strahovski</p>

Yvonne Strahovski

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Yvonne Strahovski joins ABC's 'Astronaut Wives Club'

Mid-season drama adapted by Stephanie Savage to focus on the wives of NASA's original astronauts

With the future of the "24" franchise — and her role as Jack Bauer's latest trusty sidekick — in limbo, Yvonne Strahovski has gone back to the past in more ways than one with her new gig, playing one of the title roles in ABC's "Astronaut Wives" club, written and executive produced by Stephanie Savage, and by "Chuck" co-creator Josh Schwartz.

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<p>Manhattan Love Story and A to Z</p>

Manhattan Love Story and A to Z

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Fall TV reviews: 'Manhattan Love Story' & 'A to Z'

Cliches, gender stereotypes, and some likeable actors who need better material

The hot trend in TV dramas this fall is comic book adaptations, as every broadcast network but CBS will have at least one show based on a Marvel or DC title (with CBS likely following next year with its "Supergirl" pilot). If there's a hot trend in the new sitcoms (of which there aren't a ton), it's with a genre that's often been used to counterprogram comic book movies: the romantic comedy.

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<p>Jada Pinkett Smith in Gotham</p>

Jada Pinkett Smith in Gotham

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Review: 'Gotham' - 'Selina Kyle'

Gordon and Bullock hunt kidnappers who are targeting homeless kids — like the young Catwoman

A review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as I'm a monkey riding a racehorse...

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<p>Selfie &amp; Bad Judge</p>

Selfie & Bad Judge

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When your heroines are too bad or not bad enough: ABC's 'Selfie' & NBC's 'Bad Judge'

One show is too obsessed with social media, while the other show isn't about anything at all

Even in the era of Walter White, Don Draper and the gang from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," broadcast network executives are still obsessed with the idea of likable and admirable heroes, especially when it comes to comedy. You'll occasionally find your questionable morality in network dramas like "Scandal" and "The Good Wife," but sitcom protagonists tend to have their rough edges sanded off as quickly and artlessly as possible.

One new network comedy debuting this week illustrates why the suits tend to freak out about likability, while another demonstrates the pitfalls of trying to tone down bad behavior. ABC's "Selfie" (Tuesday at 8 p.m.) features a heroine so obnoxious that one wishes the network had stepped in to soften her up, while NBC's "Bad Judge" (Thursday at 9 p.m.) stripped away many of its heroine's most questionable traits from the original pilot and didn't bother replacing them with anything worth watching for.

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

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex

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Season finale review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised'

Familiar faces return and truths come to light in the second season finale

"Masters of Sex" has wrapped up another season. I spoke with showrunner Michelle Ashford about various decisions that went into this year's stories, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I have all the gravitas of a toothpaste commercial...

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<p>Caitlin FitzGerald and Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex</p>

Caitlin FitzGerald and Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex

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'Masters of Sex' creator Michelle Ashford talks season 2

When is it okay to rewrite history? And why so much Cal-o-Metric?

“Masters of Sex” wrapped up an alternately excellent and frustrating second season tonight. I reviewed the finale here , and I had a long talk with “Masters” creator Michelle Ashford about the various big decisions of season 2, including the time jump, fictionalizing more aspects of the Masters and Johnson story and… Cal-o-Metric? All that coming up just as soon as I’m a doctor who also went to medical school…

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<p>Peter Griffin meets Homer Simpson</p>

Peter Griffin meets Homer Simpson

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Season premiere talkback: 'The Simpsons' & 'Family Guy'

What did everybody think of Homer and Peter finally meeting in the crossover?

On Friday, I wrote about the season premiere of "The Simpsons," and the "Family Guy" premiere in which Peter and his family wind up in Springfield hanging out with Homer and company. For those who tuned in to either or both tonight, what did you think? Did the love-fest of FXX's Every "Simpsons" Ever marathon inspire any long-absent "Simpsons" fans to check out "Clown in the Dumps"? Did either storyline in that episode — the death in the A-story, or Lisa's fear for Homer's mortality in the B-story — amuse and/or touch you? Will you miss the deceased character, or are they too minor to mourn? And how did you feel the couch gag — directed by Don Hertzfeldt, whose "Rejected" short is on YouTube — worked as a commentary on the notion that the series is just going to keep running forever, to diminishing returns?

And I'm curious how both "Simpsons" and "Family Guy" fans felt about "The Simpsons Guy." A good meeting of two different sensibilities, or like trying to mix comedic oil and water? Better or worse than that time Jay Sherman came to Springfield? Did the chicken fight go on for too long, or does an hour-long crossover with "The Simpsons" all but demand an epic battle like that? And if you had to choose between "Simpsons" James Woods and "Family Guy" James Woods, who would win?

Have at it.

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<p>Kelly Macdonald in Boardwalk Empire</p>

Kelly Macdonald in Boardwalk Empire

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Cuanto'

Nucky and Margaret reunite, while Luciano visits Capone

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as my wheat farm goes belly up...

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