<p>Taylor Schilling goes to women's prison in &quot;Orange Is the New Black.&quot;</p>

Taylor Schilling goes to women's prison in "Orange Is the New Black."

Credit: Netflix

Review: Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black'

HitFix
B+
Readers
A-
Dramedy from 'Weeds' creator Jenji Kohan doesn't come with the hype of 'House of Cards' or 'Arrested Development'

The female prison dramedy "Orange Is the New Black" is the fourth Netflix original series to debut this year (all 13 episodes of the first season should be available to stream after 12 a.m. Pacific tonight), and battling it out with the horror series "Hemlock Grove" for the lowest profile. "House of Cards" was the splashy, expensive acquisition, bought out from under the noses of HBO and company, starring Kevin Spacey, directed by David Fincher, and arriving with all the polish and fanfare of a premiere cable drama. The new season of "Arrested Development" was the resurrection of a beloved comedy series that was canceled much too soon in the mid-'00s. And yet each was something of a disappointment: "House of Cards" felt formulaic and emotionally empty, while "Arrested Development" struggled to recreate the old magic with the characters mostly separated.

Read Full Post
<p>Demi&aacute;n Bichir and Diane Kruger in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Review: FX's 'The Bridge' a gripping look at crime on the border

HitFix
B+
Readers
A-
Cops Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir investigate a serial killer

Many elements of FX's new crime drama "The Bridge" (it debuts tomorrow night at 10) may seem familiar. One of its two main characters, El Paso homicide detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) suffers (undiagnosed) from Asperger's syndrome, putting her into good, if socially clumsy, current company with the likes of Temperance Brennan on "Bones," Will Graham on "Hannibal" and both the Cumberbatch and Miller versions of Sherlock Holmes. It will spend most of its first season dealing with the pursuit by Cross and Mexican cop Hector Ruiz (Demián Bichir) of a baroque serial killer, which invites immediate comparisons to "Dexter," "Hannibal," the current season of "The Killing" and virtually every other serial killer-obsessed cop show of the moment. And it is, like "The Killing," a remake of a popular Scandinavian series, "Bron," which was set on the border between Denmark and Sweden.

But what makes "The Bridge" special, and potentially great, is an attribute more often applied to real estate than TV drama: location, location, location.

Read Full Post
<p>Key &amp;&nbsp;Peele.</p>

Key & Peele.

Credit: Comedy Central

Key & Peele to host the TCA Awards

Liam Neesons' biggest fans will emcee for the Television Critics Association on August 3

I can tell you who the new TCA Awards hosts are with just two words:

Liam Neesons.

Okay, maybe two more (plus an ampersand):

Key & Peele.

Read Full Post
<p>Junior isn't the only bad thing about &quot;Under the Dome,&quot;&nbsp;but he's almost certainly the worst.</p>

Junior isn't the only bad thing about "Under the Dome," but he's almost certainly the worst.

Credit: CBS

Review: 'Under the Dome' - 'Manhunt'

Your local critic has had about enough of this Stephen King adaptation

A quick review of tonight's "Under the Dome" — most likely my last on the subject — coming up just as soon as I know about the Sherman Anti-Trust Act...

Read Full Post

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 191: 'The Bridge,' 'The Newsroom' & more

Dan and Alan also review NBC's "Camp" and revisit "The West Wing" pilot

The

We're back on Monday again for this week's busy Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which had so many notable premieres — "The Bridge," "Camp," "Orange Is The New Black" and "The Newsroom" — that we passed the 90-minute mark without even dipping into the mailbag. Comic-Con may leave next week's schedule up in the air, but whether it's Monday, Wednesday or later, we'll be following today's "The West Wing" pilot discussion by looking at the pilot of "The X-Files." 

The lineup:

he Bridge" (00:00:55 - 00:21:20)
"Camp" (00:21:20 - 00:35:25)
"Orange Is The New Black" (00:35:00 - 00:54:20)
"The Newsroom" (00:54:25 - 01:11:00)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "The West Wing" (01:11:10 - 01:35:10)
 
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>Time to start crying, &quot;Community&quot; fans:&nbsp;Donald Glover will only be part-time in season 5.</p>

Time to start crying, "Community" fans: Donald Glover will only be part-time in season 5.

Credit: NBC

Donald Glover to be part-time on 'Community' season 5

Actor will reportedly appear in 5 of 13 episodes to focus on his Childish Gambino rap career

Troy and Abed sep-uh-raaaaating!

Well, this new piece of news about "Community" season 5 is not cool cool cool: as first reported by Vulture's Joe Adalian, Donald Glover will only be appearing in 5 of next season's 13 episodes of the NBC comedy.

Read Full Post
<p>Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

'The Bridge' producer Meredith Stiehm on translating Denmark/Sweden into U.S./Mexico

Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir play cops from opposite sides of the border in new drama from 'Cold Case' creator
Wednesday night at 10, FX premieres “The Bridge,” a new longform cop drama adapted from a popular Scandinavian crime series about a dead body found on the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden, which eventually leads to a serial killer operating in both countries. Here, the action has been moved to the U.S./Mexico border crossing between El Paso and Juarez, with Diane Kruger playing an American cop with undiagnosed Asperger’s and Demian Bichir as her charming Mexican counterpart.
 
Leading the adaptation is veteran producer Meredith Stiehm, who cut her teeth on “NYPD Blue,” created and ran “Cold Case” for years, and was part of the murder’s row writing staff for the first two seasons of “Homeland,” where she was responsible for some of the series’ best episodes (including “The Weekend” in season 1 and “The Clearing” in season 2).
 
I liked “The Bridge” quite a bit (review to follow later in the week), and I recently spoke with Stiehm about the choices she made in adapting the original, how she’s approaching her heroine’s social deficits, whether comparisons to “The Killing” (which was adapted by fellow “Cold Case” alum Veena Sud) are fair, and more.
Read Full Post
<p>Christopher Guest and Nina Conti in &quot;Family Tree.&quot;</p>

Christopher Guest and Nina Conti in "Family Tree."

Credit: HBO

Season finale review: 'Family Tree' - 'Cowboys'

Tom's stay in California appears to come to an end; should the HBO comedy continue?

A quick review of the "Family Tree" season finale coming up just as soon as I steal a toy from a kids charity...

Read Full Post
<p>Michael C. Hall and Charlotte Rampling in &quot;Dexter.&quot;</p>

Michael C. Hall and Charlotte Rampling in "Dexter."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Dexter' - 'Every Silver Lining...'

Dexter gets to know Dr. Vogel, while Deb goes to another dark place

A quick review of tonight's "Dexter" coming up just as soon as I give you an electrolyte replenishment formula...

Read Full Post
<p>On &quot;Deadwood,&quot;&nbsp;Captain Turner gets the advantage of Dan.</p>

On "Deadwood," Captain Turner gets the advantage of Dan.

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 5: 'A Two-Headed Beast'

Dan and Captain Turner do battle in the thoroughfare in one of the greatest fight scenes ever filmed

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 5, "A Two-Headed Beast," coming up just as soon as I put that down to drunkenness or a high estimate of athleticism...

Read Full Post