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<p>The Sopranos</p>

The Sopranos

Credit: HBO

'The Sopranos' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 6: 'Pax Soprana'

Tony develops feelings for Melfi, Carmela feels unloved, and Junior enjoys being the boss

Welcome to the sixth installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine.

Thoughts on the sixth episode, “Pax Soprana," coming up just as soon as I’m living next door to Gunga Din…

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<p>7 Days in Hell</p>

7 Days in Hell

Credit: HBO

Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 290: 'The Strain,' 'Masters of Sex,' 'Rectify' & more

Dan and Alan also review '7 Days in Hell' and revisit 'The Shield' finale

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! After a couple of weeks off, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back, and hopefully not for the last time. In case you missed his announcement, tomorrow is Dan's last day at HitFix, and while the hope for all involved is for the podcast to continue, various elements are still in flux. Hopefully, you'll get a new show next week. And if this is our inadvertent series finale, well, at least we close it by talking about perhaps the greatest series finale of them all.

And if the podcast does continue, the next one will have us talking about the ends of "Dinosaurs" and "Alf," y'all.

The rundown:

"Rectify" (00:02:40 - 00:13:00)
"The Strain" (00:13:00 - 00:28:00)
"7 Days in Hell" (00:28:05 - 00:34:50)
"Masters of Sex" (00:34:50 - 00:46:25)
"The Shield" finale (00:46:25 - 01:17:35)

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>X-Files</p>

X-Files

Credit: FOX

'The truth is in there' in new 'X-Files' trailer

The latest "X-Files" trailer is mainly made up of old footage from the show's '90s heyday, encouraging fans to watch one episode a day between now and the miniseries' debut in late January of next year.

But then there are a few seconds of new footage that I imagine Mulder and Scully fans of a certain vintage will be Zaprudering for the rest of the day. Go crazy.

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<p>Mae Whitman</p>

Mae Whitman

Credit: ATX Fest

You'll never look at 'Dawson's Creek' the same way after Mae Whitman's version

Among the many reasons I regret having missed this year's ATX Festival — barbecue, the "Gilmore Girls" reunion, barbecue, getting to meet cool people who love TV, barbecue — the live reading of the "Dawson's Creek" pilot script was pretty high among them. Fortunately, the ATX organizers have been putting most of the festival up on YouTube, and last night they posted the largely gender-flipped "Dawson's" read, with Mae Whitman (accompanied by her framed Tim Riggins photo, because Austin) playing the title role.

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<p>Hannibal</p>

Hannibal

Credit: NBC

Where can 'Hannibal' go if Netflix and Amazon are out?

Options to save Bryan Fuller's show are dwindling, rapidly

A few days after NBC declined to order a fourth season of "Hannibal," producer Bryan Fuller put the odds at "maybe a 50/50 chance" of another American outlet stepping in to take NBC's place.

Since then, the odds have grown significantly worse.

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<p>Unreal</p>

Unreal

Credit: Lifetime

Lifetime renews the shockingly great 'UnREAL'

When it debuted earlier this summer, "UnREAL" was already a pleasant surprise, by virtue of being a compelling and nuanced drama airing on Lifetime, a channel that's had quality scripted shows before ("Any Day Now"), but not in a long time. In the weeks since, whatever surprise came from finding a show this good on this network has been replaced by the sheer pleasure the series — half-satire of "The Bachelor," half dark drama about the morally-compromised individuals who work at such a place — has offered. It's knotty and absorbing in the way we've come to expect from the better cable dramas of this era, and has two knockout performances at the center from Shiri Appleby (as a producer who hates how good she is at manipulating the contestants, even as she keeps on doing it) and Constance Zimmer (as Appleby's frightening but human boss).

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<p>Halt and Catch Fire</p>

Halt and Catch Fire

Credit: AMC

Reviewing the best 'Halt and Catch Fire' episode yet

Donna explodes, Gordon visits home, and Joe sees the future

Thoughts on last night's terrific "Halt and Catch Fire" coming up just as soon as I try to steal HBO to watch "Cat People"...

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<p>True Detective</p>

True Detective

Credit: HBO

Review: 'True Detective' - 'Maybe Tomorrow': Death becomes him

Is it time for Nic Pizzolatto to embrace his inner weirdness?

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I'm running a yogurt stand...

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<p>Strike Back</p>

Strike Back

Credit: Cinemax

Exclusive: 'Strike Back' heroes won't go quietly in final season trailer & poster

In this new Golden Age of TV drama, viewers don't lack for the most erudite, artful, philosophical dramas they can possibly find. But sometimes, we just want to watch stuff blow up real good, and in a way that doesn't insult our intelligences. That is where Cinemax's "Strike Back" has come in for the last few years, and the way the show will be going out when its final season debuts here on July 31. (The first few episodes have already aired in the UK.) It's an action show that's always been smarter, funnier and plain better than it needs to be, with great chemistry between leads Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton (both of whom will be headlining NBC dramas this fall), action sequences that put the best of network TV (including "Arrow") to shame and a winning mix of fun and genuine stakes.

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<p>Norma on Orange Is the New Black</p>

Norma on Orange Is the New Black

Credit: Netflix

Review: 'Orange Is the New Black' - 'Tongue-Tied/Fear, and Other Smells'

A new backstory for Norma, and a rehash for Alex

Continuing our weekly look at "Orange Is the New Black" season 3, two episodes at a time, I have a review of episodes 7 & 8 coming up just as soon as this blog is not a kinky sex fantasy set in space...

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