<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.
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<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...

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<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...

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<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...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 190: 'House of Cards,' 'Hill Street Blues,' 'The Shield' & more

Dan and Alan also answer questions about 'Under the Dome,' guest performances' and Kitchen Confidential'


For a holiday week in which we didn't review a single new show, Dan and I somehow cooked up 90-plus minutes of Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for your Independence Day enjoyment, including a dip into the mailbag, a belated discussion of "House of Cards" season 1, and a double-length pilot discussion of "Hill Street Blues" and "The Shield."  Next week's homework: "The West Wing." 

The lineup:

Listener Mail - "Kitchen Confidential" (00:02:45 - 00:10:10)
Listener Mail - What "Under the Dome" means (00:10:10 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Favorite Guest performances (00:15:25 - 00:33:30)
"House of Cards" (00:33:50 - 55:30)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "Hill Street Blues"/"The Shield" (00:55:35 - 01:33:00)
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>In &quot;Under the Dome,&quot; Deputy Linda (Natalie Martinez)&nbsp;tries to fight a fire without help of the fire department.</p>

In "Under the Dome," Deputy Linda (Natalie Martinez) tries to fight a fire without help of the fire department.

Credit: CBS

Review: 'Under the Dome' - 'The Fire'

The big summer hit has an underwhelming second episode

A review of tonight's "Under the Dome" coming up just as soon as I spray paint myself a door...

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<p>Jon Voight and Liev Schreiber in &quot;Ray Donovan.&quot;</p>

Jon Voight and Liev Schreiber in "Ray Donovan."

Credit: Showtime

Series premiere: 'Ray Donovan' - 'The Bag or the Bat'

What did everybody think of the new Showtime drama?

I posted my review of Showtime's "Ray Donovanearlier in the week. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched the pilot tonight (or viewed it online previously), what did you think? Do you buy Liev Schreiber as the most intimidating fixer in LA? Did the Hollywood satire seem funny or hacky? Was Jon Voight intimidating enough for you? How did you feel about the Marilyn Monroe moment? And will you watch again?

I didn't love the pilot, but it was by far the most successful of the five episodes I've seen, and each ensuing episode expanded the problems I had with the show. Definitely not one I'll be reviewing regularly, but maybe I'll check in after the fifth has aired to see if those of you who liked the pilot now share my concerns, or if you're still enjoying.

Have at it.

<p>Dexter (Michael C. Hall)&nbsp;and Harrison (Jadon Wells)&nbsp;have a strange night out together in the &quot;Dexter&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Harrison (Jadon Wells) have a strange night out together in the "Dexter" season premiere.

Credit: Showtime

Season premiere review: 'Dexter' - 'A Beautiful Day'

The final season begins with Deb and Dexter at odds

A quick review of the final season premiere of "Dexter" coming up just as soon as I get the bowling team back together...

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<p>Among the highlights of the final &quot;30 Rock&quot;&nbsp;season:&nbsp;Liz (Tina Fey)&nbsp;got to dress like a princess at her wedding to Criss (James Marsden).</p>

Among the highlights of the final "30 Rock" season: Liz (Tina Fey) got to dress like a princess at her wedding to Criss (James Marsden).

Credit: NBC

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Comedy Series

Celebrating 'Parks and Recreation,' '30 Rock,' 'Louie' and more

Our journey through the Emmy ballot concludes with our second series category: Outstanding Comedy Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate shows that weren't submitted (like "Bunheads," or most of the primetime animated comedies), nor can we reassign a show to what seems a more appropriate category (say, nudging "Enlightened" from comedy to drama). I'm also steering clear of shows (even ones I historically like) where I didn't see enough of the eligible season to feel confident in picking it (I'm overdue for summer marathons of several FX sitcoms, for instance, and the rest of this season of "Veep," and I haven't seen any of the Hulu episodes of "The Thick of It").

Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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<p>Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in &quot;Strike Back.&quot;</p>

Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in "Strike Back."

Credit: Cinemax

'Strike Back' season 3 trailer

Scott and Stonebridge head to Colombia in our first glimpse of Cinemax action drama's new season

Cinemax has released the new trailer for their third season(*) of "Strike Back," the lean, mean and totally fun, badass action drama starring Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Rhona Mitra.

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