<p>Andrew Lincoln in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Andrew Lincoln in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

'The Walking Dead' returns to record ratings

Ratings higher than ever for the most popular show in basic cable history

You can't stop "The Walking Dead," which returned last night to its biggest ratings ever — an incredible 16.1 million viewers and a whopping 8.2 rating among adults 18-49.

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<p>Damian Lewis as Brody in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis as Brody in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

'Homeland' star Damian Lewis on Brody's return

Where will the show take Brody now? What was it like to go bald for season 3?

Damian Lewis made his first appearance of "Homeland" season 3 in tonight's episode, "Tower of David," which I reviewed here. On Friday, I spoke briefly with the show's Emmy-winning leading man about where exactly he and Brody find themselves at this stage, and how much life he thinks the character has left in him.

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<p>Beau Bridges and Michael Sheen in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Beau Bridges and Michael Sheen in "Masters of Sex."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Standard Deviation'

Masters gets frustrated with the brothel, and we see his past with Scully

A quick review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I take a Midol and watch "General Electric Theater"...

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<p>Patricia Arquette and Steve Buscemi in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Patricia Arquette and Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'The North Star'

Nucky sees Margaret on the way to Tampa, while Chalky can't resist Daughter Maitland

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I'm attacked by a rogue possum...

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<p>Damian Lewis as Brody on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis as Brody on "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Homeland' - 'Tower of David'

Brody resurfaces in Venezuela, while Carrie gets back on her meds

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I build a house out of popsicle sticks...

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<p>Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Season premiere review: 'The Walking Dead'

Life at the prison is good — but is it too good to last?

"The Walking Dead" is back for a fourth season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I guess that you were a homicide cop...

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<p>Erika Christensen and Sam Jaeger as Julia and Joel on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Erika Christensen and Sam Jaeger as Julia and Joel on "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Nipple Confusion'

Victor's school struggles spark conflict, Sarah takes Kristina's picture and Jasmine wants a break

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I put Dick Cheney on my pro/con list...

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<p>Sam Elliott as Eagleton Ron on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Sam Elliott as Eagleton Ron on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Doppelgangers'

Sam Elliott, Billy Eichner and June Diane Raphael guest star as Eagleton parks department staffers

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as we burn widows for learning arithmetic...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 205: 'The Walking Dead' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 205: 'The Walking Dead' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss the new season's early winners and losers

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Better late than never, it's time for a new Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. When last we left you, we were going to review some of the fall's lesser shows like "Super Fun Night" and "Sean Saves the World," and then do another podcast on Monday discussing "The Tomorrow People," "American Horror Story: Co-ven," etc., but life got in the way repeatedly. The planets finally aligned today, however, and while we had to skip a bunch of premieres, we were still able to discuss tonight's debut of "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," the return of "The Walking Dead" on Sunday, early winners and losers of the new fall season, the flood of spin-offs being developed and all the rumblings about Showtime executives interfering with "Homeland" and "Dexter." 

With the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, don't expect the next podcast til Tuesday at the earliest.

The rundown:

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (00:01:40 - 00:16:20)
Season 4 of "The Walking Dead" (00:16:25 - 00:26:25)
Early Season Successes and Failures (00:26:30 - 00:49:30)
Listener Mail - Spinoffs (00:50:05 - 00:56:15)
Listener Mail - Showtime meddling (00:56:20 - 01:04:55)

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>Richard Belzer as John Munch on &quot;Law &amp;&nbsp;Order:&nbsp;Special Victims Unit.&quot;</p>

Richard Belzer as John Munch on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

Credit: NBC

'Law & Order: SVU' retires Detective Munch

Between 'SVU,' 'Homicide' and a bunch of other series, Belzer has played Munch for more than 20 years

After 20 years, several hundred episodes and appearances on more shows than any other character in American TV history, Detective John Munch is retiring.

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