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Netflix announces 'Daredevil,' 'Bloodline' & 'Kimmy Schmidt' premiere dates

Look for Marvel's famous blind crimefighter before spring

Winter press tour just started, and already there's news, with Netflix announcing premiere dates for many of its new 2015 shows — including a much earlier debut than we expected for "Daredevil."

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TCA press tour preview: Hello 'Better Call Saul,' goodbye 'Mad Men' & 'Parks and Rec'
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TCA press tour preview: Hello 'Better Call Saul,' goodbye 'Mad Men' & 'Parks and Rec'

An interesting mix of new and returning shows for the winter tour

We're about 15 minutes from the start of the winter 2015 Television Critics Association press tour, or TCA for short. If you've been following me for a while, you know all the ins and outs of press tour. If you haven't, the primer that I published again back in the summer is still very useful(*).

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<p>Cougar Town</p>

Cougar Town

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Season premiere review: 'Cougar Town' - 'American Dream Plan B'

The Cul-de-Sac Crew enters their final season

A few quick thoughts on the final season premiere of "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I flirt with a Fu Manchu...

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<p>Agent Carter</p>

Agent Carter

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Series premiere talkback: 'Marvel's Agent Carter' - 'Pilot/Bridge & Tunnel'

What did everybody think of ABC's newest Marvel series?

I posted my review of "Marvel's Agent Carter" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched the two-hour premiere tonight, what did you think? If you had watched Hayley Atwell in the "Captain America" films, how do you think she did carrying the full load? If you were new to the character, was she interesting? How do you think they handled the period setting? Were you excited by the Andre Royo guest appearance? Amused or annoyed by the oblivious sexism of most of Peggy's colleagues? How did you feel about Jarvis? Peggy's blonde disguise? And was I the only person who watched Peggy beat up bad guys with a stapler and immediately say, "Hayley Atwell is... The Stapler!"?

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Review: 'Empire' is dirty, soapy hip-hop fun for Terrence Howard

Howard and Taraji P. Henson liven up some familiar melodrama

FOX's new "Empire" is the kind of unapologetic melodrama that can go to commercial with Taraji P. Henson pronouncing, "I'm here to get what's mine!," followed by a melodramatic musical sting. It's from Lee Daniels, who co-created it with Emmy-winning writer (and sometime-actor) Danny Strong, so it ain't subtle. And yet... the scene I found myself enjoying the most in the pilot episode (it airs tomorrow night at 9) is a relatively quiet one, where Henson's Cookie and Terrence Howard's Lucious are swapping stories from their time as a couple. He's now a Jay-Z-esque hip-hop mogul, and she's just out of prison and, again, here to get what's hers, and both would like nothing more than to absolutely destroy the other — but even as they're swapping barbs and holding metaphorical knives behind their backs, it's clear that they still enjoy each other's company on some level, and that the attraction they had decades earlier hasn't completely been extinguished.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 263

Dan and Alan also talk about the new seasons of 'Girls' & 'Shameless'


Happy Tuesday and welcome to 2015, boys and girls! Time for our first Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of the new year, and the last one before press tour starts tomorrow. I'll be getting into town on Friday, which means odds are very good for at least one in-person podcast, and there's even a chance — please curb your excitement — for some kind of one-shot revival of the video show with us in the same studio. But before all the LA-based shenanigans began, we had a lot of things to talk about, including the debut of four new shows and the return of two of our Sunday favorites.

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Review: Too much is just right for 'Banshee' season 3

Cinemax drama lays on the gratuitious violence and plot twists with aplomb

As a drama, "Banshee" is preposterous. It is ludicrous. It regularly defies laws of both plausibility and physics, and there's usually at least one moment per episode where I have to pause the action because I can't stop laughing at how ridiculous it all is.

And that is why I've come to love it.

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Review: 'Gotham' - 'Rogues' Gallery'

Jim investigates a crime at his new job, Selina and Ivy find a place to crash, and Penguin learns a lesson

A quick review of tonight's "Gotham" — and thoughts on future reviewing plans for the show — coming up just as soon as I believe a giant bullfrog lives in my abdomen, controlling my thoughts...

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HBO renews 'Girls' for season 5

Lena Dunham comedy's fourth season debuts this Sunday

Days before the premiere of the fourth season of "Girls," HBO has ordered a fifth.

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<p>Agent Carter</p>

Agent Carter

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Review: 'Marvel's Agent Carter' swings into the big band era

Hayley Atwell a treat in TV spin-off of 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

One of the smartest things Marvel has done with its movie output is to let each film exist as its own entity. There are callbacks to previous films, and hints about future ones, but you don't have to have seen "Thor" to appreciate "Iron Man 3" (or vice versa), and the movies represent many different genres, sometimes even within an individual series, like how "Captain America: The First Avenger" is a retro war movie, while "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a paranoid spy thriller.

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