<p>&quot;Arrested Development&quot;&nbsp;brothers Will Arnett and Jason Bateman will be back on May 26.</p>

"Arrested Development" brothers Will Arnett and Jason Bateman will be back on May 26.

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'Arrested Development' to return on May 26 on Netflix

The Bluth family's new adventures finally have a premiere date, and a new (15) episode count

I've viewed this entire process of Netflix making a fourth season of "Arrested Development" with some skepticism, taking the default assumption that Mitch Hurwitz and company are simply staging an elaborate prank on Jeffrey Tambor. I won't believe these new episodes are real, I told myself, until I'm sitting in front of my computer watching them.

I now have a date for when this will allegedly be happening: Sunday, May 26.

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<p>On &quot;The Americans,&quot;&nbsp;Chris (Maximiliano Hernandez)&nbsp;and Stan (Noah Emmerich)&nbsp;enjoy some downtime. </p>

On "The Americans," Chris (Maximiliano Hernandez) and Stan (Noah Emmerich) enjoy some downtime.

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Safe House'

Phillip and Elizabeth begin a trial separation, and Chris is in the wrong place at the wrong time

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I burn my hand on a potato...

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<p>&quot;How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your LIfe)&quot;</p>

"How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your LIfe)"

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Series premiere review: 'How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)'

What did everybody think of the new ABC comedy?

I'm more than a little under the weather today, but even at full health, I doubt I'd have the enthusiasm to write a full review of ABC's "How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)," which debuted tonight in the post-"Modern Family" timeslot. It's a sitcom featuring a bunch of actors I often like (Sarah Chalke, Brad Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins), given material that's alternately limp and frantic. (Though Chalke's always been frantic; it's just that "Scrubs" knew how to turn that to the show's advantage in a way most of her other gigs have not.) Garrett demonstrated on "Til Death" that he had an ability to wring laughs out of weak material, but that was when he was playing to a studio audience; one of the disadvantages of the single camera sitcom format is that there's no crowd whose energy you can feed off of.

It's airing Wednesdays at 9:30 because ABC hasn't given up on the idea that some show they air there will retain more of the "Modern" audience than "Cougar Town," "Happy Endings," "Don't Trust the Breadbox in Apt. 23" and "Suburgatory" have managed to, and because it was either this or "Family Tools," which is being held all the way until May. But it's unmemorable at best, and in hindsight — given how much it evolved from its lame pilot — I wonder if ABC might have been better off just leaving "The Neighbors" there as originally planned.

For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? You setting a season pass, or waiting for any or all of the cast to find other work? 

<p>Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen in &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen in "Hannibal."

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Review: NBC's 'Hannibal' a riveting 'Silence of the Lambs' prequel

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Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishburne shine in Bryan Fuller's take on Hannibal Lecter

Earlier this year, as we welcomed FOX's "The Following" and A&E's "Bates Motel" to a blood-soaked TV landscape that already included "Criminal Minds," "Dexter," "Luther"  and other shows that at least dabble in the serial killer arts, I wondered if perhaps I was simply tired of the whole genre. We were a couple of decades removed from "Silence of the Lambs," and it seemed like every single trope of serial killer fiction had been explored, made into cliche, and  rendered unpleasant.

Then I watched NBC's creepy, haunting, smart, utterly gorgeous new series "Hannibal" — yet another Hannibal Lecter project, no less — and realized that it's not the genre that had gotten tired, but the execution of it. I went into "Hannibal" (it debuts tomorrow night at 10) dreading it and came away five episodes later thrilled by it.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant, Jim Beaver and Erica Tazel in the &quot;Decoy&quot;&nbsp;episode of &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant, Jim Beaver and Erica Tazel in the "Decoy" episode of "Justified."

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'Justified' producer Graham Yost looks back on the mysteries of season 4

Who was Drew Thompson originally going to be? What happened to Johnny?

Graham Yost and the team from "Justified" just concluded a season unlike any of the three previous ones. (My finale review is here.) Season 4 was built around a mystery, dealt more than ever before with Raylan's background as a son of Harlan, beefed up the role of several supporting characters and had several notable changes of direction as it was being made.

I talked with Yost about the Drew Thompson mystery, why we never got to see Adam Arkin reprise his role as Detroit mob boss Theo Tonin, why everybody loved "Decoy" so much, and a lot more.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant as&nbsp;Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

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Season finale review: 'Justified' - 'Ghosts'

Nicky Augustine threatens Winona, and Boyd and Ava race to move Delroy's body

"Justified" just wrapped up its fourth season. I interviewed Graham Yost about the season, and I have a review of the season finale coming up just as soon as this beard makes me Santa...

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<p>HBO&nbsp;has renewed &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;for a fourth season.</p>

HBO has renewed "Game of Thrones" for a fourth season.

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HBO renews 'Game of Thrones' for season 4

Fourth season will conclude the show's adaptation of 'A Storm of Swords'

HBO has officially renewed "Game of Thrones" for season 4.

Everyone working on the hit fantasy drama has been operating under the assumption that there would be a fourth season, as producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have elected to split George R.R. Martin's third "A Song of Ice and Fire" book, "A Storm of Swords," over two seasons, with this being the first. But the contracts for a fourth season weren't finalized until today.

The show returned to series-high ratings on Sunday night.

<p>The &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;gang &mdash; including John Slattery, Jon Hamm and Vincent Kartheiser &mdash; is back for season 6.</p>

The "Mad Men" gang — including John Slattery, Jon Hamm and Vincent Kartheiser — is back for season 6.

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Review: 'Mad Men' same as it ever was in season 6

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AMC drama lets its characters change, but remains one of the best dramas ever

Midway through the "Mad Men" sixth season premiere (Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC), Don Draper and Pete Campbell have a conversation that is not only like every conversation they've ever had, but about every conversation they've ever had, and how they are all the same. The show has been on for so long that everyone — Don, Pete, "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner, the viewers at home — knows exactly how it works.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 175: 'Mad Men,' 'Hannibal,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Rogue' and 'How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)'

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It's a special baseball Opening Day installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we attempt to stay focused even as I watched Dan's Red Sox lay a thumping on my Yankees. In between the shellacking and both of our mixed emotions about Kevin Youkilis, we attempted to review "Mad Men" without arousing the wrath of Matt Weiner, discussed our love of NBC's "Hannibal" and our dislike of ABC's "How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" and DirecTV's "Rogue" (which very quickly spun off into a larger discussion of the Is There Too Much TV To Watch ? question), the "Walking Dead" finale, and more. The lineup:

"Mad Men" (00:02:25 - 00:10:05)
"Rogue" and TV saturation (00:10:05 - 00:22:30)
"How to Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life" (00:22:31 - 00:32:10)
"Hannibal" (00:32:10 - 00:48:35)
Listener Mail: HBO's "Vice" (00:49:00 - 00:53:55)
Listener Mail: Garret Dillahunt (00:54:00 - 00:58:38
Listener Mail: Shows and their networks (00:58:40 - 01:03:45)
The "Walking Dead" finale (01:03:45 - 01:26:45)

 

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>TBS&nbsp;has extended Conan O'Brien's talk show through November 2015.</p>

TBS has extended Conan O'Brien's talk show through November 2015.

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TBS renews Conan O'Brien talk show through 2015

'Conan' has drifted into the background of the late night wars, but O'Brien and company get to keep making it

In all the shuffling going on right now in late night talk, Conan O'Brien has become something of a forgotten man. Jon Stewart's taking the summer off to direct a movie. Jimmy Kimmel's in a new timeslot. NBC is preparing to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon, and already speculation has turned to whether CBS will eventually replace David Letterman with Craig Ferguson or try to bring someone in from the outside.

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