<p>Dean Norris from &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;(and &quot;Under the Dome&quot;), Aaryn from &quot;Big Brother&quot;&nbsp;and Uzo Aduba of &quot;Orange Is the New Black&quot;&nbsp;were part of an eventful TV&nbsp;summer.</p>

Dean Norris from "Breaking Bad" (and "Under the Dome"), Aaryn from "Big Brother" and Uzo Aduba of "Orange Is the New Black" were part of an eventful TV summer.

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Summer TV Winners & Losers for 2013

A busy season gave us the sublime of 'Breaking Bad' and the stupidity of 'Big Brother'

Back in the spring, I wrote about the strange phenomenon of having too many good TV shows airing at the same time. The TV business tends to ease back on the throttle in the summertime, but the summer of 2013 was still the busiest I can remember.

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<p>Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson in &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' producers talk Coulson, Joss & more

How involved will Joss be? How many comic book characters will appear?
No new show this fall comes with more hype than “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” It’s a spin-off of the global blockbuster “The Avengers.” It’s the first big push into TV for the current incarnation of Marvel. And it’s co-created by a fellow named Joss Whedon, whose prior TV shows — “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Firefly” in particular — have made him like unto a god among certain segments of TV fandom.
 
Joss will not, however, be the primary showrunner on “S.H.I.E.L.D.” When asked back at press tour how involved he’ll be, Whedon candidly said, "As much as an executive producer can while he's also making a movie ("The Avengers: Age of Ultron")." The day-to-day work will fall to other producers, including TV vet (and former “Angel” producer) Jeffrey Bell, Whedon’s brother Jed Whedon and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen, both of whom worked with Joss on “Dollhouse” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”
 
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<p>Demi&aacute;n Bichir and Diane Kruger in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger in "The Bridge."

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Vendetta'

Sonya identifies a new prime suspect... who just happens to be a dead man

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I cheer for pants...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 198: 'Breaking Bad' & 'Miami Vice'

An abbreviated podcast has us discussing Phil Collins, perfect stubble and table-side guac

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Due to my erratic end-of-summer schedule, this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is both late and abbreviated, as we only had time to discuss the latest "Breaking Bad" and revisit the "Miami Vice" pilot. We'll be back next Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on Labor Day holiday travel and whatnot) for more "Breaking Bad" talk, "Luther," "Boardwalk Empire" and the launch of FXX, and on that show we'll announce our final final pilot re-watch choice. (Comment here or click on the email link below if you have something you want to do, keeping in mind the caveats we mention in the podcast itself.) 

The rundown:

"Breaking Bad" (00:01:20 - 00:30:45)
"Miami Vice" (00:30:50 - 00:53:00)

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>Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher star in FOX's &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher star in FOX's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' creators Mike Schur and Dan Goor talk

Their new FOX comedy with Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher isn't a mockumentary
One of this fall’s most promising new series is FOX’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a new comedy starring Andy Samberg as a wisecracking but effective NYPD detective, Andre Braugher as his disapproving new boss and Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio and Chelsea Peretti, among others, as their co-workers. (It premieres, like FOX's other Tuesday comedies, on September 17, and will air at 8:30, right before "New Girl.") Part of the promise comes from that cast, and part from the creative team of Mike Schur and Dan Goor, who have spent the last five seasons working together on a little show called “Parks and Recreation.” (Schur will split time between the two, while Goor is now full-time on "Brooklyn.")
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Register at HitFix and you could win a Hodor t-shirt!

Register at HitFix and you could win a Hodor t-shirt!

Four out of five Hodors say registering for HitFix is hodor

A few weeks ago, the prize for registering at HitFix (or updating your current registered account) was a copy of my book. (Signed paperbacks to the winners should be going out this week.) This week's prize is another one with What's Alan Watching? appeal: our very special Hodor-themed t-shirt (with a WAW logo on the back), which expresses a philosophy of life as only Hodor can.

Again, all you have to do is follow this link to either register for a new account or update your old one and you'll be entered for a drawing to win said t-shirt. It's fast, it's easy, it's Hodor.

<p>Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston and Jeff Daniels in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston and Jeff Daniels in "The Newsroom."

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Review: 'The Newsroom' - 'Red Team III'

The Genoa story is a big hit, and then a bigger fiasco

A review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I spend $1000 to meet Daniel Craig...

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<p>Aaron Paul as Jesse in &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Aaron Paul as Jesse in "Breaking Bad."

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Review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Confessions'

Walt makes a video, Jesse checks his pockets and Hank and Marie have an awkward family dinner

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I tell you about the table-side guacamole...

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<p>If NBC&nbsp;hadn't canceled &quot;JAG,&quot;&nbsp;would Catherine Bell have wound up on the show?&nbsp;And would &quot;NCIS&quot;&nbsp;exist at all?</p>

If NBC hadn't canceled "JAG," would Catherine Bell have wound up on the show? And would "NCIS" exist at all?

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What if NBC didn't cancel 'JAG' after one season?

Would 'NCIS' exist? Would NBC be doing better than CBS at this point?

This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?

In the spring of 1996, NBC was at the peak of its Must-See TV period. "Seinfeld," "ER," "Friends," "Frasier" and "Law & Order" were  healthy and powerful, and there was a successful secondary tier of shows like "Wings," "Mad About You" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." The previous fall, the network had launched a new drama called "JAG," starring David James Elliott as a Naval officer and attorney who traveled the globe having adventures and defending sailors in court. By today's standards, "JAG" — which averaged 11.6 million viewers a week, despite airing on Saturday — would be a big hit, but that year it was the #79 show on TV overall, and its audience was on the old side, at a time when "Friends" and its imitators were pushing NBC ever-younger. The Peacock canceled "JAG," and CBS — which was in such dire straits that the network was happy to take any viewers, of any age — picked it up for the next spring. It would air 205 episodes over nine seasons for CBS, never a massive hit but a reliable performer and foundational piece as CBS dug itself out of a gaping hole. More importantly, when "JAG" was in its later years, the show's creator Don Bellisario pitched a spin-off to CBS about the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, aka "NCIS," which is entering its 11th season, is the most-watched drama on television and has spawned yet another successful spin-off in "NCIS: LA."

What if NBC didn't cancel 'JAG' after one season? 

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<p>Let's hug it out, folks, before we say goodbye to &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;next week.</p>

Let's hug it out, folks, before we say goodbye to "Deadwood" next week.

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Programming note: 'Deadwood' review delayed one last time

Just trying to hold off on saying goodbye to Swidgin, Wu and the rest

Hey all you hoopleheads, in what may be a familiar refrain at this point in the summer, this week's "Deadwoodreview has been delayed until next week at this time. The way I figure it, it just delays the amount of time until we're done discussing the show forever. Sigh...

While I'm otherwise occupied, I highly recommend going back to last week's review — specifically, to the run of comments by Jim Beaver and Keone Young that start right here. Each man contributes a long and extremely poignant memory about their time on the show, and both then follow that up with something more light-hearted. As always, I view whatever I'm writing as a "Deadwood" actor comment delivery system.

Sorry for one last delay, but we'll have much to talk about, vis a vis "Tell Him Something Pretty," in a week.