<p>On &quot;Hannibal,&quot;&nbsp;Jack (Laurence Fishburne)&nbsp;and Will (Hugh Dancy)&nbsp;discuss their latest victim with the team.</p>

On "Hannibal," Jack (Laurence Fishburne) and Will (Hugh Dancy) discuss their latest victim with the team.

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Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Trou Normand'

Will gets lost in a case, and Lecter tries to protect Abigail Hobbs

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I criss-cross the state line of regret...

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<p>Fixin' for a bloody outcome one last time with &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;season 3.</p>

Fixin' for a bloody outcome one last time with "Deadwood" season 3.

Credit: HBO

Are you ready for the summer? (2013 edition)

Announcing this summer's blog rewatch series

It's that time once again, boys and girls. The broadcast network TV season ended last night at 11, and now we move into the summer, which will be a mix of leftover network programs (set your clocks now for the return of "Zero Hour"!), cheap foreign imports and co-productions (ABC's "Motive," NBC's "Crossing Lines"), and a bunch of cable series to be excited about ("Breaking Bad"!), nervous about ("The Killing"!) and some combination of the two ("The Newsroom"!).

As always, I'll be mixing and matching in terms of what shows I'm writing about — will I have enough new things to say about each "Newsroom" episode? — and as usual, I'll also be revisiting a classic TV season from the past, one week at a time. And that season is (in case you couldn't tell from the picture and its caption)...

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<p>On &quot;Modern Family,&quot;&nbsp;Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson)&nbsp;has his day in court.</p>

On "Modern Family," Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) has his day in court.

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Season finale review: 'Modern Family' - 'Goodnight, Gracie'

The Dunphys and Pritchetts head to Florida for the funeral of Phil's mom

A review of the "Modern Family" season finale coming up just as soon as I spend a summer at the nation's smallest B'nai Brith chapter...

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<p>Billy Crystal will star in an FX&nbsp;sitcom pilot called &quot;The Comedians.&quot;</p>

Billy Crystal will star in an FX sitcom pilot called "The Comedians."

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Billy Crystal to star in FX comedy pilot 'The Comedians'

If picked up, would be first regular TV job in decades for the 'Soap' and 'SNL' alum

Nearly 30 years since his one season on "Saturday Night Live," Billy Crystal is returning to television, as star and producer of a comedy pilot for FX called "The Comedians."

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<p>Anne Heche in &quot;Save Me.&quot;</p>

Anne Heche in "Save Me."

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Review: In NBC's 'Save Me,' Anne Heche talks to God

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A Showtime leftover doesn't really fit at NBC

Bob Greenblatt was hired as NBC's latest would-be savior because of the success he had at Showtime, which went from HBO's ignored rival to a buzz and awards magnet under his leadership, which yielded "Dexter," "Nurse Jackie" and other success stories. Other than a brief window back in the fall, his tenure at NBC hasn't been any more successful than the last bunch of entertainment presidents — and in some ways has been worse — but what's interesting is how little connection his programming taste has had between his old job and his new one.

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<p>&quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham.</p>

"Hannibal" star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham.

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HitFix First Look: 'Hannibal' is worried about Will Graham

Will's gift takes an increasing toll; can the bad Dr. Lecter help him?

As I noted last week, the fate of "Hannibal" remains very much up in the air at NBC, which has to factor in 1)The strong quality of the show and the stellar reviews, 2)The very modest (if that) ratings, 3)The reduced cost, since the show is an international co-production, and 4)Where they might put it next season, given that they've already ordered several mid-season shows that don't yet have timeslots.

But the show continues to be great, and this week's episode (airing, as usual, Thursday at 10 Eastern) puts the focus back onto Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, whose gift for thinking like a serial killer (or, rather, like all serial killers) is taking a greater emotional cost with each new case. In this exclusive clip, Will goes to Mads Mikkelsen's Dr. Lecter for guidance after he loses time while visiting another grisly crime scene. Enjoy, and we'll have more to talk about after "Trou Normand" airs on Thursday night.

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<p>Laura Linney in &quot;The Big C:&nbsp;Hereafter.&quot;</p>

Laura Linney in "The Big C: Hereafter."

Credit: Showtime

Series finale review: 'The Big C: Hereafter'

Cathy and her family prepare for the end as the Showtime dramedy concludes on a strong note

Showtime's "The Big C" — or, specifically, the concluding miniseries titled "The Big C: Hereafter" — came to an end last night, and I have a few thoughts coming up just as soon as you don't take cash...

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<p>In the &quot;Rectify&quot;&nbsp;finale, Daniel (Aden Young) stops by the local diner.</p>

In the "Rectify" finale, Daniel (Aden Young) stops by the local diner.

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Season finale review: 'Rectify' - 'Jacob's Ladder'

Daniel ponders a trip out of town as the terrific first season comes to a close

Some thoughts on the finale of "Rectify," and this entire first season, coming up just as soon as it's time we got into yarn...

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<p>Scott Foley, TJ&nbsp;Miller and Becki Newton in &quot;The Goodwin Games.&quot;</p>

Scott Foley, TJ Miller and Becki Newton in "The Goodwin Games."

Credit: FOX

Review: FOX's 'The Goodwin Games' has potential it won't get to realize

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Some interesting pieces in a new sitcom from the 'HIMYM' guys, but it's a dead show walking

I hear it a lot: I don't want to waste time watching a new show that might be canceled; if it's a success, I'll try it. On the one hand, I get it: I've been frustrated (and, in some cases, sad) when a show I invested my time and energy into got canceled in the early stages, and in some cases might have preferred not to have seen it. On the other, I'm grateful for even the one season I got of "Freaks and Geeks" and "Terriers," and I know plenty of Bryan Fuller fans who revere "Wonderfalls" even though FOX pulled it after only four episodes.

That said, "Freaks and Geeks" is a classic, and was very clearly one from the first episode. The harder call is making an investment in a show that has potential it hasn't realized yet, and that might not be on the air long enough to figure itself out — or, in the case of a show like FOX's "The Goodwin Games," that will never have that chance.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 183: 'Behind the Candelabra,' 'The Goodwin Games,' 'Motive' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Save Me,' talk about 'SNL' departures and a wacky 'Mad Men'

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The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is actually on a Monday for once this week, though we'll be back to an irregular schedule next week thanks to both the Memorial Day holiday and Netflix's release of "Arrested Development." (Dan and I want to have enough time to watch it all.) In the meantime, we had an awfully busy podcast today, including reviews of three summer series, the best HBO movie in forever, analysis of two finales and debate about an especially wacky episode of "Mad Men." 

The lineup:

"The Goodwin Games" (00:01:30 - 00:13:19)
"Motive" (00:13:20 - 00:22:35)
"Save Me" (00:22:37 - 00:34:20)
"Behind the Candelabra" (00:34:25 - 00:46:00)
"New Girl" (00:46:00 - 00:56:30)
"Saturday Night Live" (00:56:35 - 01:13:25)
"Mad Men" (01:15:45 - 01:44:00)
 
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