<p>Boardwalk Empire</p>

Boardwalk Empire

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 254: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'The McCarthys' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Mike Tyson Mysteries' & 'Benched'

The

Happy Monday, boys and girls! Despite concern about business travel mucking with the schedule this week, we were able to record a Firewall & Iceberg Podcast that touched on three new comedy premieres this week, but which is mainly an excuse to dive deep on the "Boardwalk Empire" series finale, along with some thoughts on the series as a whole.

The rundown:

"Mike Tyson Mysteries" (00:00:55 - 00:09:50)
"Benched" (00:09:55 - 00:19:20)
"The McCarthys" (00:19:25 - 00:28:05)
"Boardwalk Empire" finale (00:28:15 - 01:14:25)
 
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.

<p>Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire</p>

Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire

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Series finale review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Eldorado'

The series concludes with Nucky facing his past, present and future

"Boardwalk Empire" came to an end tonight. I spoke at length with creator Terence Winter, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I think about the things I want in life, then imagine myself in a dress...

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<p>Boardwalk Empire</p>

Boardwalk Empire

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'Boardwalk Empire' creator Terence Winter on the series finale

Who lived, who died, and why?

"Boardwalk Empire" has come to an end. As I've done after each previous season — and as I also did at the start of this final one, just because of the big time jump and the decision to end the show — I spoke with the show's creator Terence Winter about everything that went down, and how he arrived at the various fates for Nucky, Margaret, Chalky, and his other creations, in addition to how he intertwined them with the real-life stories of Lucky Luciano, Al Capone and company.

My finale review is here, and the Winter interview is coming up just as soon as I ask you an important question about Marlene Dietrich...

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Four Walls and a Roof'

Rick's group goes against the Terminus cannibals one more time

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I really like the middle...

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<p>Constantine</p>

Constantine

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Series premiere talkback: 'Constantine' - 'Non Est Asylum'

What did everybody think of NBC's new supernatural drama?

This morning, I posted my review of NBC's "Constantine." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight — or saw an earlier version at Comic-Con, or through other methods — what did you think? Was Matt Ryan a better or worse choice than Keanu Reeves? If you're a fan of the character from the comics, did this feel like an authentic translation, or one that just got the surface aspects right? Did you like Lucy Griffiths as Liv, or did you understand why the producers were so eager to dump her after this episode? How did you feel about Harold Perrineau as the angel? Did you like the Constantine vs. Constantine climax? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

<p>Boardwalk Empire</p>

Boardwalk Empire

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Chalky's bookcase, Gillian & Jimmy, and more: Great 'Boardwalk Empire' moments

Sex, death and much strangeness in between

"Boardwalk Empire" did many things well in its run, which comes to an end on Sunday night at 9. The thing it did best of all — and therefore the thing that fills me with excitement about finale — is bring stories to an end. This is a show that killed off many characters in its five seasons, but always did so with aplomb, usually making sure that a character's final moment would be as memorable and appropriate as possible. But it also found expert, precise closure to stories that didn't involve death, so that the end of each season would inevitably make the episodes before feel like more than the sum of their individual parts.

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<p>Parenthood</p>

Parenthood

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'The Scale of Affection Is Fluid'

Max learns about dating, while Crosby and Zeek hit the bars

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as my sister gives me her condoms...

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<p>Constantine</p>

Constantine

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Review: NBC's 'Constantine' a tepid take on DC/Vertigo mystic hero

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Matt Ryan looks the part, but the pilot's too generic for its hero

The TV version of John Constantine doesn't smoke.

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<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 253: 'Constantine,' 'The Knick' & more

Dan and Alan also talk a la carte streaming and the lack of fall cancellations

The

Happy Thursday, boys and girls! We pushed back this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast by a few days to give Dan a chance to catch up on "The Knick," which we discussed along with the first season of "Manhattan." Before that, we reviewed NBC's "Constantine," and answered mail about the lack of network cancellations, the consequences of a cable cancellation, and the potentially awesome and/or expensive a la carte cable future. 

The rundown:

"Constantine" (00:01:10 - 00:12:40)
Listener Mail - No Cancelations (00:13:00 - 00:31:35)
Listener Mail - "The Bridge" cancellation (00:31:40 - 00:37:25)
Listener Mail - HBO/CBS a la carte streaming (00:37:30 - 00:49:40)
"The Knick" finale (00:49:50 - 01:07:50)
"Manhattan" finale (01:07:50 - 01:20:00)
 
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.

<p>Arrow</p>

Arrow

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Review: 'Arrow' - 'Corto Maltese'

Oliver and Thea reunite, while Laurel plays vigilante

A quick review of tonight's "Arrow" coming up just as soon as I don't know how to vacation like a normal person...

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