<p>Kevin Bacon in &quot;The Following.&quot;</p>

Kevin Bacon in "The Following."

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Press Tour: 'The Following' panel kisses, but doesn't tell

Kevin Williamson and company didn't have a lot of insight about serial killer violence

Kevin Williamson knows more than a little about pop culture analysis. His "Scream" movies were loving deconstructions of the tropes of slasher movies, and other Williamson works like "Dawson's Creek" and the first "I Know What You Did Last Summer" movie featured plenty of meta commentary about the nature of the stories being told.

His new FOX serial killer drama "The Following," though, is played entirely straight. And when Williamson joined star Kevin Bacon and the rest of the show's cast at press tour, he was only a bit reflective of where the show fits into the long tradition of serial killers in pop culture, and not at all about what the show has to say about the many violent acts its characters commit (other than that they're horrific), and what place violent entertainment has in a post-Columbine, post-Aurora, post-Newtown world.

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<p>Michelle (Sutton Foster)&nbsp;goes to work for a magician (Michael DeLuise)&nbsp;in &quot;Bunheads.&quot;</p>

Michelle (Sutton Foster) goes to work for a magician (Michael DeLuise) in "Bunheads."

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Review: 'Bunheads' - 'You Wanna See Something?'

Michelle gets a new job while the girls pass a package around in the dramedy's welcome return

A review of the "Bunheads" mid-season premiere coming up just as soon as I wire a cardboard box for electricity...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 165: Press tour, 'Girls,' 'Shamless,' 'Enlightened' & more

Dan and Alan also review Cinemax's "Banshee"

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Time for a half-and-half installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which covers both the first few days of the Television Critics Association press tour and the premieres of a bunch of pay cable shows this weekend, from Cinemax's latest drama to the return of one of TV's most divisive (and, from our POV, best) comedies. The lineup: 

TCA Press Tour (00:01:20 - 00:34:55)
"Banshee" (00:35:10 - 00:43:20)
"Girls" (00:43:25 - 00:53:40)
"Enlightened" (00:53:45 - 00:59:29)
"Shameless" (00:59:30 - 01:10:50)
 
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.

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<p>On &quot;Happy Endings,&quot;&nbsp;something about Jane's friend seems awfully familiar.</p>

On "Happy Endings," something about Jane's friend seems awfully familiar.

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Morning TV Round-Up: 'Bob's Burgers' & 'Happy Endings'

Leg waxing, laser tag and bird autopsies?

Press tour eats into a lot of my TV-watching and reviewing time (much of what I write this week, review-wise, will be of shows I screened before I came to tour), but I did manage to catch last night's episodes of "Bob's Burgers" and "Happy Endings," and have a few quick thoughts coming up just as soon as I mount a dead fly from my windowsill production of "Pippin"...

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<p>Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot; </p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

Credit: FX

Review: In 'Justified' season 4, Raylan Givens investigates a mystery

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FX treats its hit “American Horror Story” not as an ongoing drama series but a collection of miniseries, all operating under the same title, and often using the same actors, but as different characters, in different settings, exploring different corners of the horror universe.
 
FX’s “Justified,” which returns tomorrow night at 10, is clearly not an “American Horror Story”-style anthology. The hero is always Timothy Olyphant as 21st century gunslinger Raylan Givens, the setting is always the cities and hollers of Kentucky, and there’s now an enormous cast of characters who continue along with Raylan.
 
Yet watching the first two episodes of “Justified” season 4, I couldn’t help feeling like “Justified” showrunner Graham Yost is using an approach to each season that’s a distant cousin to what’s happening over at “American Horror Story.” “Justified” will always be a show about the fastest gun east of the Mississippi, but each year the show reinvents itself in the kinds of stories it tells about Raylan and friends.
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<p>Katharine McPhee in &quot;Smash.&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee in "Smash."

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Press Tour: 'Smash' producers discuss season 2 revamp

New actors! A new musical! 'Bigger'! 'Younger'!

At NBC's executive press tour session this morning, network chairman Bob Greenblatt referred to "Smash" as "an unqualified success." When I asked him to qualify the success of a show that replaced its creator with a new showrunner, got rid of several castmembers, hired several new ones, is changing the stories and otherwise undergoing a significant creative revamp, Greenblatt insisted, "I can't qualify unqualified success."

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<p>NBC&nbsp;has relied a lot on &quot;The Voice&quot;&nbsp;to return to success this season.</p>

NBC has relied a lot on "The Voice" to return to success this season.

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Press Tour: NBC executives celebrate success, talk 'Revolution,' 'The Voice,' 'Parenthood' & more

Can the network stay on top while 'The Voice' is on the bench until late March?

During the last golden age of NBC — so long ago that Warren Littlefield may have come on stage wearing an onion on his belt, which was the style at the time — the network's presidents  made an artform of filibustering their way through each press tour executive session, pummeling the press into submission with statistics and graphs and charts demonstrating NBC's unquestioned dominance in primetime, late night, mornings and possibly day-parts that had yet to be invented. It was their way to brag, but also to drain our spirits so we wouldn't have the energy to pounce on the network's few weak spots from the mid-'90s through the early '00s.

NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt didn't quite pull off that trick during his first press tour session since the network's return from the abyss, but his introductory remarks were significantly longer than they've been of late, featured lots of numbers illustrating NBC's success in the fall, and may or may not have ended with Greenblatt dropping the mic before taking our questions.

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<p>The cast of &quot;Cougar Town,&quot;&nbsp;which makes its TBS&nbsp;debut on Tuesday night.</p>

The cast of "Cougar Town," which makes its TBS debut on Tuesday night.

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Press Tour: 'Cougar Town' crew happy to be at TBS

Same show, but now a network that will actually promote it

The "Cougar Town" cast and producers arrived at press tour with a clear message: Same show, same (easily mocked) title, new network — and a network that seems much more supportive than the old one.

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<p>The &quot;Cougar Town&quot; cast is coming to press tour, but will the mustaches ride with them?</p>

The "Cougar Town" cast is coming to press tour, but will the mustaches ride with them?

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The show that never ends: Time for the Television Critics Association press tour

The networks get together to show off their mid-season wares

It's that time once again, boys and girls, for Dan, Liane and I get to camp out at the happiest place on earth: the Television Critics Association press tour!

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 164: 'Downton Abbey,' 'Justified,' 'Cougar Town' & more

Dan and Alan also review NBC's 'Deception' and the returns of 'Bunheads' and 'The Joe Schmo Show'

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Happy New Year from your friends at Firewall & Iceberg Podcast! On our first show of 2013 — and our last before the start of the mid-season TV critics press tour — Dan and I review a bunch of new and (mostly) returning series, including "Downton Abbey," "Justified" and "Cougar Town." The lineup: 

"Downton Abbey" (00:02:08 - 00:18:45)

"Bunheads" (00:18:47 - 00:26:27)

"Deception" (00:26:28 - 00:33:20)

"Justified" (00:33:28 - 00:44:53)
"The Joe Schmo Show" (00:44:54 - 00:55:20)
"Cougar Town" (00:55:22 - 00:1:04:00)

 

 

 

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.

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