<p>Knight Rider</p>

Knight Rider

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 257: All-mailbag edition

Dan and Alan answer your questions about Bill Cosby, 'Serial,' 'Arrow' & more


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! A slow week and a plethora of good questions — several of them touching on subjects we were itching to talk about anyway — led to an all-mailbag edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. Dan and I answered your questions about Bill Cosby, Glen Larson, "Arrow," "Black-ish" and another podcast: the "This American Life" spin-off "Serial."

The rundown:

Listener Mail: NBC's Bill Cosby Comedy (00:01:45 - 00:09:15)
Listener Mail: Glen Larson's passing (00:09:25 - 00:18:05)
Listener Mail: "Serial" (00:18:05 - 00:44:00)
Listener Mail: Desert Island Viewing Options (00:44:00 - 00:48:20)
Listener Mail: "Arrow" check-in (00:48:20 - 01:00:55)
Listener Mail: "Black-ish" check-in (01:01:40 - 01:08:10)
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>Katherine Heigl in State of Affairs</p>

Katherine Heigl in State of Affairs

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Series premiere talkback: 'State of Affairs' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of Katherine Heigl's return to TV?

I posted my review of "State of Affairs" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Watered-down "Homeland," or its own exciting thing? Were you happy to have Katherine Heigl back on TV, or did this seem like a bad fit for her? Were you interested in the inner workings of what the briefers do? Do you care about what happened to Charleston's fiance? Are you having issues with the name Charleston Tucker? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Harvey Dent on Gotham</p>

Harvey Dent on Gotham

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Review: 'Gotham' - 'Harvey Dent'

Nicholas D'Agosto plays the future Two-Face, while Gordon and Bullock chase a serial bomber

A review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as someone mugs me with a diving board...

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<p>State of Affairs</p>

State of Affairs

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Review: Katherine Heigl returns to TV in 'State of Affairs'

The 'Grey's Anatomy' alum is a CIA analyst who briefs the president in 'Homeland'-esque drama

Imitation is the sincerest form of television, and anytime a new show becomes a hit, you can guarantee that another network — usually several networks — will be racing to copy it. With "State of Affairs" — either the last new fall network show, or the first mid-season replacement, depending on your point of view — the question isn't whether it's imitating another show, but which one.

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Review: 'The Affair' - 'Episode 6'
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Review: 'The Affair' - 'Episode 6'

With summer coming to an end, will Noah and Alison's affair end with it?

A quick review of tonight's "The Affair" coming up just as soon as I compare my wife to a horse...

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Consumed'

Daryl and Carol seek shelter while looking for Beth

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I offer to take the top bunk...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Lockdown'

Jake takes command, but makes the same mistakes as always

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I solicit drugs using perfect grammar...

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<p>Edge of Tomorrow</p>

Edge of Tomorrow

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When bad marketing happens to great projects: 'Edge of Tomorrow,' 'Terriers' & more

Making good movies and TV is hard, but selling them can be even harder

Last night, I finally got around to watching "Edge of Tomorrow" — or, as it's been retitled for home video, "Live. Die. Repeat." (Much more on that in a minute.) I had heard good things from friends and fellow critics, several of whom called it their favorite film of this past summer, and it was as they promised: funny and clever and absolutely kick-ass, with great performances from Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, and a very wise pivot of the usual Tom Cruise persona to acknowledge that many of us would probably enjoy seeing him humiliated, injured and killed as often as possible in a big-budget movie.

How, I wondered, had a big-budget sci-fi action film  with a star as relatively big as Cruise still is, and as well-made as this was, have been such a box office disappointment?

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Aaron Brownstein Must Be Stopped'

Max gets heartbreaking news, Jasmine gets a job and Ruby throws a party

A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I'm watching a keg and marijuana paraphernalia...

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The city that bleeds: On 'Serial,' 'Homicide' & 'The Wire'

Does it matter how the first season of the 'This American Life' spin-off ends?

Like a lot of you, I imagine, my ongoing crime story obsession this fall comes not from TV, but from a podcast: "Serial," a "This American Life" spin-off where reporter Sarah Koenig looks into a 15-year-old Baltimore murder case in which teenager Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

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