<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

Credit: HBO

Series premiere review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Pilot'

The world struggles to move on from a Rapture-like event

"The Leftovers" debuted on HBO tonight. I published a review of the early part of the season on Wednesday, and an interview with creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta on Thursday, and now I have specific thoughts on the first episode coming up just as soon as I wonder how Gary Busey made the cut...

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<p>I Love Lucy</p>

I Love Lucy

Summer sitcom rewind: 'I Love Lucy' - 'Job Switching'

Lucy and Ethel work at the chocolate factory, while Ricky and Fred learn to cook and clean

We're continuing this periodic summer project where we revisit classic sitcom episode. This week we're going waaaay back to the 1950s for one of the most famous television half hours of them all: "Job Switching," from "I Love Lucy" season 2, coming up just as soon as I show you the creases on these silk stockings...

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

Credit: HBO

'The Leftovers' creators Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta on their dark, mysterious HBO series

And how does the co-creator of 'Lost' feel his new show will be received?

I wrote my rave review of HBO's "The Leftovers" — which began with me wondering why on earth "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof would get involved in a show designed to not offer answers to a cosmic mystery — before I had a chance to sit down with Lindelof (pictured above with director Peter Berg and Justin Theroux) and Tom Perrotta (who wrote "The Leftovers" novel and co-created the series with Lindelof) and ask him that very question directly. His answer fit in with my assumption that he found the show's premise — 2 percent of the world's population disappears in a Rapture-like event called the Departure that equally baffles science and religion — freeing rather than constraining.

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

Credit: HBO

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 236: 'The Leftovers,' 'Reckless' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss desert island showrunner choices and transgendered TV characters

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Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Welcome to the first-ever Firewall & Iceberg Podcast to be ended due to one of us being in physical distress. I won't say who it was or what exactly happened, lest I ruin the surprise, but suffice it to say that all involved were fine within minutes of the podcast's end. Before things got weird, Dan and I discussed CBS' summer suds-fest "Reckless" and HBO's ambitious "The Leftovers," answered some mail, and then got to our ongoing "Friday Night Lights" season 2 discussion.

The rundown: 

"Reckless" (00:00:55 - 00:12:00)
"The Leftovers" (00:12:00 - 00:31:10)
Listener Mail - Trans Characters on TV (00:31:30 - 38:30)
Listener Mail - Desert Island Showrunners (00:38:35 - 00:44:30)
"Friday Night Lights" Season 2 - (00:44:40 - 01:01:20)
 
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.

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Review: HBO's 'The Leftovers' a tour de force of devastation and grief

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Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta brilliantly adapt Perrotta's novel about a Rapture-like event

What divine madness could have possibly compelled Damon Lindelof to involve himself with "The Leftovers"?

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<p>Tyrant</p>

Tyrant

Credit: FX

Series premiere talkback: 'Tyrant' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new FX drama?

Yesterday, I published my review of FX's "Tyrant." (And Fienberg wrote at length about the problematic bit of casting at the center of the show.) Now, it's your turn. For those who watched the pilot tonight, what did you think? Does the setting intrigue you? Did you react strongly to any of the characters? How did you feel about Adam Rayner as Barry/Bassam? About his wife and kids? And will you watch again?

Have at it. This is one I don't expect to be writing about again.

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<p>Taxi Brooklyn</p>

Taxi Brooklyn

Credit: NBC

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 18: 'Tyrant,' 'Orphan Black' & more

Dan and Alan also review NBC's 'Taxi Brooklyn' and answer your mail

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for a Firewall & Iceberg Show in which we review a cable drama with a troubled origin story ("Tyrant"), a network drama with a weird origin story ("Taxi Brooklyn"), break down "Orphan Black" season 2 and answer your mail.

The rundown:

"Tyrant" review (0:00- 8:45)
"Taxi Brooklyn" review (8:45- 12:54)
Viewer Mail: "Better Call Saul" (12:54- 17:50)
Viewer Mail: Biggest Emmy acting snubs (17:50- 22:34)
"Orphan Black" finale review (22:34- 33:49)

As always, you can send us questions at firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.

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Review: '24: Live Another Day' - '7:00 PM - 8:00 PM'

Review: '24: Live Another Day' - '7:00 PM - 8:00 PM'

Jack assaults Margot's hideout, while Navarro makes travel plans

A quick review of last night's "24: Live Another Day" coming up just as soon as my name is just one word, like Madonna...

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<p>Tyrant</p>

Tyrant

Credit: FX

Review: FX's 'Tyrant'

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A messy creative origin leads to a messy show

The story behind the making of FX's new drama "Tyrant" is ultimately much more interesting than "Tyrant" itself. A lot of people came and went from this project, a lot of people fought for its future, and a lot of obvious stumbling blocks were ignored because there was a real passion to get it made. But the finished product doesn't suggest something nearly worth all the fussing and fighting.

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<p>Enlisted</p>

Enlisted

Credit: FOX

Season finale review: 'Enlisted' - 'Alive Day'

Pete rallies the troops to honor Sgt. Major Cody, but will this be the end?

A quick review of the final FOX episode of "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as I try to save it with the rewind bit...

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