<p>Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling in "The Mindy Project."

Credit: FOX

Morning TV Round-Up: 'New Girl' & 'The Mindy Project'

Bachelor and bachelorette parties for Shivrang and Cece, while Mindy and friends hit the road

It's morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I put a nickel, a big toe or a golf pencil in there for reference...

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<p>Busy Philipps and Dan Byrd in &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Busy Philipps and Dan Byrd in "Cougar Town."

Credit: TBS

Season finale review: 'Cougar Town' - 'Don't Fade On Me'/'Have Love Will Travel'

The gang heads to Hollywood on a mission to cheer up Jules' dad

A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" season finale coming up just as soon as I tell you the name of the graphic novel in which I fight a robot for your affection...

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<p>Would Sony really create a &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;spin-off with Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman?</p>

Would Sony really create a "Breaking Bad" spin-off with Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman?

Credit: AMC

Better call Saul: Do we want a 'Breaking Bad' spin-off?

What happens when fifth bananas get their own shows?

It was a running gag in this season's "Justified" reviews that I wanted FX to create a web series around Jere Burns' Kentucky wiseguy character in which Wynn Duffy reacted to surprising things. A few days ago, a reader named Jason McNamara actually came up with the perfect premise and title: "Wynnipeg," a shameless rip-off of the Steve Van Zandt Netflix series "Lilyhammer," in which Wynn stays in Canada and teaches the locals how we do things south of the 49th parallel.

Little did I know that a "Wynnipeg"-esque spin-off of a current great drama was potentially going to be a real thing. Today, Deadline is reporting(*) that Sony is exploring the idea of creating a "Breaking Bad" spin-off centered around Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, created by Vince Gilligan and veteran "Breaking Bad" writer Peter Gould, who wrote season 2's "Better Call Saul." The show would be a comedy, though potentially an hour-long one.

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<p>Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga in &quot;Bates Motel.&quot;</p>

Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga in "Bates Motel."

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Review: 'Bates Motel' - 'Trust Me'

Norman gets to know Deputy Shelby, and an incriminating piece of evidence turns up

A review of last night's "Bates Motel" coming up just as soon as I think you're pretty like an old woman...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 176: 'Mad Men,' 'Da Vinci's Demons,' 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Veep & more

Dan and Alan also break down the finales for 'Justified' & 'Shameless'

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I had to rush out on the end of today's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, and yet we still wound up talking for over 90 minutes, thanks to a dense "Mad Men" premiere, a pair of notable finales and three premieres. And we didn't even talk at all about Roger Ebert, which was a giant failure on our parts, and something we can hopefully rectify in next week's podcast — though it's not clear what day that will be published on, depending on Dan's travel schedule. The lineup:

"Da Vinci's Demons" (00:01:10 - 00:18:00)
"Nurse Jackie" (00:18:15 - 00:28:45)
"Veep" (00:28:50 - 00:36:05)
"Justified" finale (00:36:40 - 00:48:35)
"Shameless" finale (00:48:40 - 01:03:30)
"Mad Men" (01:03:30 - 01:31:55)

 

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.

<p>Fiona (Emmy Rossum)&nbsp;on &quot;Shameless.&quot;</p>

Fiona (Emmy Rossum) on "Shameless."

Credit: Showtime

Season finale review: 'Shameless' - 'Survival of the Fittest'

A lot of characters head out of town in what felt almost like a series finale

A review of last night's "Shameless" season finale coming up just as soon as I write a letter to Santa wishing for your death...

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<p>In the &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;season premiere, Don Draper (Jon Hamm)&nbsp;finds himself alone at a bar yet again.</p>

In the "Mad Men" season premiere, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) finds himself alone at a bar yet again.

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Season premiere review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Doorway'

Don's affected by a trip to paradise, Peggy has a crisis at work and Roger deals with a loss

"Mad Men" is back, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as I leave everything to the zoo...

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<p>Arya (Maisie Williams, center)&nbsp;and friends on &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Arya (Maisie Williams, center) and friends on "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Dark Wings, Dark Words'

The Stark kids are all in a pickle, while Margaery learns how to talk to Joffrey

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I forbid you to die...

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<p>The staff of &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;watch the first promo for their documentary.</p>

The staff of "The Office" watch the first promo for their documentary.

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Review: 'The Office' - 'The Promo'

The staff gets their first hint of what the documentary will look like

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as we buy an augur together...

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<p>Mads Mikkelsen as &quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;in the new NBC&nbsp;drama.</p>

Mads Mikkelsen as "Hannibal" in the new NBC drama.

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Series premiere: 'Hannibal' - 'Aperitif'

What did everybody think of Bryan Fuller's take on Hannibal Lecter and friends?

I published my review of "Hannibal" yesterday. As you can see, I was a big fan. Despite Bryan Fuller's track record, I went in assuming I'd hate it, just based on serial killer drama burnout. Instead, Fuller, David Slade, Hugh Dancy and company really impressed me with a show that's both fairly faithful to the Thomas Harris books (the killer from this episode is taken straight from "Red Dragon") while feeling like its own thing.

My hope is to add this to the weekly review rotation, though given the sheer number of interesting shows airing this spring, I can't promise that I'll get to it every episode.

In the meantime, though, I'm curious what everybody else thought of this one. Did you enjoy Mads Mikkelsen's more understated Hannibal the Cannibal? How did you feel about the visual device for showing how Will Graham learns to think like the killers? Was it creepy, or cliched? Did anyone make the mistake of trying to eat while watching? And will you watch again?

Have at it.