Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 190: 'House of Cards,' 'Hill Street Blues,' 'The Shield' & more

Dan and Alan also answer questions about 'Under the Dome,' guest performances' and Kitchen Confidential'

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For a holiday week in which we didn't review a single new show, Dan and I somehow cooked up 90-plus minutes of Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for your Independence Day enjoyment, including a dip into the mailbag, a belated discussion of "House of Cards" season 1, and a double-length pilot discussion of "Hill Street Blues" and "The Shield."  Next week's homework: "The West Wing." 

The lineup:

Listener Mail - "Kitchen Confidential" (00:02:45 - 00:10:10)
Listener Mail - What "Under the Dome" means (00:10:10 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Favorite Guest performances (00:15:25 - 00:33:30)
"House of Cards" (00:33:50 - 55:30)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "Hill Street Blues"/"The Shield" (00:55:35 - 01:33:00)
 
As always, 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 or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
<p>In &quot;Under the Dome,&quot; Deputy Linda (Natalie Martinez)&nbsp;tries to fight a fire without help of the fire department.</p>

In "Under the Dome," Deputy Linda (Natalie Martinez) tries to fight a fire without help of the fire department.

Credit: CBS

Review: 'Under the Dome' - 'The Fire'

The big summer hit has an underwhelming second episode

A review of tonight's "Under the Dome" coming up just as soon as I spray paint myself a door...

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<p>Jon Voight and Liev Schreiber in &quot;Ray Donovan.&quot;</p>

Jon Voight and Liev Schreiber in "Ray Donovan."

Credit: Showtime

Series premiere: 'Ray Donovan' - 'The Bag or the Bat'

What did everybody think of the new Showtime drama?

I posted my review of Showtime's "Ray Donovanearlier in the week. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched the pilot tonight (or viewed it online previously), what did you think? Do you buy Liev Schreiber as the most intimidating fixer in LA? Did the Hollywood satire seem funny or hacky? Was Jon Voight intimidating enough for you? How did you feel about the Marilyn Monroe moment? And will you watch again?

I didn't love the pilot, but it was by far the most successful of the five episodes I've seen, and each ensuing episode expanded the problems I had with the show. Definitely not one I'll be reviewing regularly, but maybe I'll check in after the fifth has aired to see if those of you who liked the pilot now share my concerns, or if you're still enjoying.

Have at it.

<p>Dexter (Michael C. Hall)&nbsp;and Harrison (Jadon Wells)&nbsp;have a strange night out together in the &quot;Dexter&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Harrison (Jadon Wells) have a strange night out together in the "Dexter" season premiere.

Credit: Showtime

Season premiere review: 'Dexter' - 'A Beautiful Day'

The final season begins with Deb and Dexter at odds

A quick review of the final season premiere of "Dexter" coming up just as soon as I get the bowling team back together...

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<p>Among the highlights of the final &quot;30 Rock&quot;&nbsp;season:&nbsp;Liz (Tina Fey)&nbsp;got to dress like a princess at her wedding to Criss (James Marsden).</p>

Among the highlights of the final "30 Rock" season: Liz (Tina Fey) got to dress like a princess at her wedding to Criss (James Marsden).

Credit: NBC

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Comedy Series

Celebrating 'Parks and Recreation,' '30 Rock,' 'Louie' and more

Our journey through the Emmy ballot concludes with our second series category: Outstanding Comedy Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate shows that weren't submitted (like "Bunheads," or most of the primetime animated comedies), nor can we reassign a show to what seems a more appropriate category (say, nudging "Enlightened" from comedy to drama). I'm also steering clear of shows (even ones I historically like) where I didn't see enough of the eligible season to feel confident in picking it (I'm overdue for summer marathons of several FX sitcoms, for instance, and the rest of this season of "Veep," and I haven't seen any of the Hulu episodes of "The Thick of It").

Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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<p>Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in &quot;Strike Back.&quot;</p>

Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in "Strike Back."

Credit: Cinemax

'Strike Back' season 3 trailer

Scott and Stonebridge head to Colombia in our first glimpse of Cinemax action drama's new season

Cinemax has released the new trailer for their third season(*) of "Strike Back," the lean, mean and totally fun, badass action drama starring Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 189: 'Dexter,' 'Ray Donovan,' Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore

Dan and Alan also answer your mail

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Time for the second of this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast installments, in which we discuss one old and one new Showtime drama, answer some mail, and continue our summer pilot rewatch with "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."  Next week's homework: "Hill Street Blues" (note: Hulu has placed the first two episodes together as one video, so you can stop around the 48 or 49-minute mark, when the pilot clearly ends) and "The Shield." 

The lineup:

"Dexter" (00:01:15 - 00:13:00)
"Ray Donovan" (00:13:00 - 00:27:30)
Listener Mail - Best New Shows (00:27:45 - 00:34:55)
Listener Mail - What counts as TV? (00:35:00 - 00:44:40)
Summer Rewatch: "The Dick Van Dyke Show"/"Mary Tyler Moore" (00:44:45 - 01:04:20)
 
As always, 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 or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
<p>Richard Gant and Timothy Olyphant in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Richard Gant and Timothy Olyphant in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 4: 'Full Faith and Credit'

Seth tries to negotiate a peace between Hostetler and Steve

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

Thoughts on episode 4, "Full Faith and Credit," coming up just as soon as I have the delightful surprise of meeting your identical twin...

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<p>Rob Brown and Clarke Peters in &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

Rob Brown and Clarke Peters in "Tremé."

Credit: HBO

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Drama Series

A mix of inevitable nominees and brilliant longshots

Part 9 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to the first of the two big series categories: Outstanding Drama Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate shows that weren't submitted (like "Bunheads"), nor can we reassign a show to what seems a more appropriate category (say, nudging "Enlightened" from comedy to drama).

Dan's exhaustive analysis is here
, and embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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<p>James Gandolfini.</p>

James Gandolfini.

Credit: AP

James Gandolfini eulogized by 'Sopranos' creator David Chase and friends and family

'The feeling was real,' Chase says of his leading man

NEW YORK -- They had been here so many times before, in funeral clothes, looking solemn, huddling close together. But that was fiction. This was real, and this was without the man who always stood at the center of those scripted gatherings, casting a giant shadow upon them.

This was "The Sopranos" cast and crew, and friends and family, coming together one more time to say goodbye to James Gandolfini.

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