<p>Khandi Alexander and Wendell Pierce in &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

Khandi Alexander and Wendell Pierce in "Tremé."

Credit: HBO

'Treme' co-creator David Simon on the series' end and his career's future

'I don't think I have demonstrated that I'm a particularly good fit for television,' he says

HBO just aired the series finale of "Tremé"you can read my review of the finale here — and as I often do when that show ends a season (or "The Wire" before it), I got on the phone with co-creator David Simon to talk about it.

But though we talked about a few specifics of the final season — for instance, what decisions he and Eric Overmyer had to make about how to work within a reduced budget that allowed them to make 5 episodes rather than the 10 or 11 of previous seasons — the conversation mostly veered into a discussion of where Simon finds himself at this stage of a critically-revered but commercially-unsuccessful career. As he notes at one point, he's now been a TV producer longer than he was a newspaper reporter, but he still isn't sure he quite belongs in the business — "I don't think I have demonstrated that I'm a particularly good fit for television" — and wonders if might leave HBO for another creative "insurgency," or leave the medium altogether.

So lots of that, and about the reactions to the series over the years, all coming up just as soon as I kill the rest of the day making myself pretty...

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<p>Lucia Micarelli in &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Lucia Micarelli in "Treme."

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Series finale review: 'Treme' - '...To Miss New Orleans'

Carnival comes again as we say goodbye to Antoine, LaDonna, Davis and friends

"Tremé" has come to an end. I had a lengthy interview with co-creator David Simon about the final season — but more, ultimately, about the past, present and future of his career — and I have a review of the series finale coming up just as soon as my shoes feel like science projects...

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<p>Matthew McConnaughey in &quot;True Detective,&quot;&nbsp;Alison Brie in &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;and Greg Kinnear in &quot;Rake.&quot;</p>

Matthew McConnaughey in "True Detective," Alison Brie in "Community" and Greg Kinnear in "Rake."


Most anticipated TV premieres of 2014

Could next year have even more quality shows than this one?

So remember how Fienberg and I spent much of 2013 talking about the very high-class problem of Too Much Good TV? Remember how each of us wound up having to do top 25 lists (minehis), and at least one Best of the Rest list, in an attempt to recognize even a decent portion of all that quality?

Well, it looks like 2014 has the potential to be even stronger than this year was.

In a little over a week, the winter Television Critics Association press tour is starting, which means we've been deluged with screeners for many the notable network and cable shows debuting over the next month or two. It's an intimidating pile in terms of both quantity and quality. HBO's "True Detective" already feels like it has a very high position secured for next year's top 10 list, for instance. Had it debuted in the fall as planned, FOX's "Enlisted" would have put nearly all of the other first-year comedies to shame. "Community" is coming back with Dan Harmon at the helm again, and early returns are promising. "Justified" and "Shameless" and "Archer" are coming back in the next couple of months. Sundance is debuting another original series in "The Red Road." Netflix will give us new seasons of "Orange Is the New Black" and "House of Cards." "Sherlock" finally gives us its third season. "Hannibal" is back at the end of February, earlier than expected. The new seasons of "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men" will presumably be on in their usual spring windows.

So even without "Breaking Bad," "Enlightened," or a few other shows that made one or both of our best-of lists for 2013, 2014 does not appear to be lacking for impressive stuff.

Dan, Liane Bonin Starr and I picked out some of the premieres — for both new and returning shows — we're most excited about, along with other notable premiere dates that we know about. We're not even really getting into shows for summer, or for next fall ("Boardwalk Empire" should be back then, for instance), but just covering the winter and what little we know about early spring. But buckle up and start carving out some time and some DVR space, kiddies. Looks to be a fun ride.

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<p>Anna Gunn as Skyler White in &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Anna Gunn as Skyler White in "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad': 'Ozymandias' review, take two

Revisiting the series' greatest and most devastating hour from a more sober point of view

Back in mid-September, "Breaking Bad" gave us its best episode ever in "Ozymandias, on the exact same day I wound up in the hospital with a burst appendix and a bad infection. I watched, and wrote about, "Ozymandias" only hours after surgery, while very high on painkillers, and though my review was not full gibberish, it was gibberish enough that it's nagged at me ever since.

So the following is an attempt to get right what once went wrong, possibly "Quantum Leap"-style, by writing the review I wish I could have written back on September 15. I can't promise it won't be colored by things that happened in the ensuing "Granite State" or "Felina," so if you happen to be coming to this review years from now as a person lucky enough to be watching "Breaking Bad" for the first time, you may want to read the semi-coherent original review and return to this later.

A whole lot of thoughts on "Ozymandias" coming up just as soon as I remind you to put on your seat belt...

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<p>Vera Farmiga in &quot;Bates Motel,&quot;&nbsp;Terry Crews in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine&quot;&nbsp;and Travis Fimmel in &quot;Vikings.&quot;</p>

Vera Farmiga in "Bates Motel," Terry Crews in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and Travis Fimmel in "Vikings."

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Best of the rest: The TV freshman class of 2013

Critics loved 'The Americans,' but what about 'Sleepy Hollow' or 'Trophy Wife'?

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the Great Quality TV Deluge of 2013 was how much of it came from brand-new series. It was an insanely good freshman class, not just from expected sources, like FX offering up another terrific prestige drama in "The Americans" or Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan's great partnership on "Masters of Sex," but from outlets that had never really made their own shows before. The year's most acclaimed new series was on Netflix — and it wasn't even "House of Cards," which got the most hype, but "Orange Is the New Black" — while channels like Sundance and BBC America  alsogot in on the fun.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 215: Worst TV of 2013

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 215: Worst TV of 2013

What shows will join 'Dads' and 'Dexter' in our discussion of the creative low points of the year?


Happy holidays, Firewall & Iceberg fans! We didn't want to guarantee a Worst Of podcast, just in case there was not time to get it done before year's end, but it turns out that there was time! So Dan and I sat down for an hour and went back and forth on some of the worst and/or most disappointing television we watched in 2013. Lots and lots of Angry Dan in this one! Enjoy, and travel safe, everybody! The rundown: 

TV's Worst of 2013 - 00:00:00 - 01:04:30

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>David Morse in &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

David Morse in "Tremé."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Treme' - 'Sunset in Louisianne'

Delmond plays Albert a tune, Antoine pulls an all-nighter and Davis faces a milestone birthday

A review of tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as I open a Young Republicans club...

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<p>&quot;The Returned.&quot;</p>

"The Returned."

Credit: Sundance

Season finale talkback: 'The Returned' - 'The Horde'

What did everybody think of the French 'zombie' series' first season?

The first season "The Returnedjust finished airing on Sundance, though international viewers of course saw it a while back. You know how much I liked the show when I first reviewed it (having seen all the episodes), and now I want to open up the discussion with no worry about spoilers. Keeping in mind that there will be another season, how did y'all feel about the first? 

As I noted in that review, "The Returned" does a lot of things that would drive me nuts in a sci-fi/fantasy series that wasn't this good at characterization, tension and mood, but I'm curious whether any of you wanted to throw up your hands when Adele's cop boyfriend just kept staring at the surveillance monitors, or when other characters showed such a lack of curiosity into what was causing this phenomenon, or when so little was explained at the end. I don't think answers are necessary with this kind of show — often, trying to explain the mysterious does shows more harm than good — but not everyone feels that way.

So did you feel hypnotized by "The Returned" or hustled? Did you come to feel for Victor or just find him the creepiest child of all time the whole time? Do you remain as amazed as I was by the casting of the two redheaded sisters? And are you looking forward to the second season, whenever Sundance winds up airing it?

Have at it.

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<p>Hugh Dancy and the rest of the &quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;gang will be back in February.</p>

Hugh Dancy and the rest of the "Hannibal" gang will be back in February.

Credit: NBC

NBC's 'Hannibal' to return in February

Season 2 of Bryan Fuller's Hannibal Lecter reboot will air on Fridays

Bryan Fuller and David Slade's "Hannibal" was one of my very favorite series of 2013, an imaginative and visually stunning reboot of Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham that managed to shake off all the dust that had accumulated around the characters over several decades, film adaptations and imitators. But it was also a very low-rated show that was renewed by NBC largely because it's an international co-production that costs less than their other dramas.

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<p>We've seen Ted Mosby propose to the Mother, but we probably won't see their first meeting til the end of March.</p>

We've seen Ted Mosby propose to the Mother, but we probably won't see their first meeting til the end of March.

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother' series finale to air in March

Earlier finale means fewer repeats before the end, and a chance for CBS to settle next year's schedule

After asking "How I Met Your Mother" fans to wait nine seasons for the moment where Ted Mosby comes face-to-face with the woman of his dreams, CBS won't try to stretch that ninth season all the way until May, instead airing the one-hour series finale on March 31.

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