<p>Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;goes to the hardware store on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) goes to the hardware store on "New Girl."

Credit: FOX

Review: 'New Girl' - 'Quick Hardening Caulk'

Jess can't fight her feelings for Nick, especially after painkillers are involved

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I become a Bond villain who can't afford to not live with roommates...

Read Full Post
<p>HBO&nbsp;has canceled &quot;Enlightened,&quot;&nbsp;with Laura Dern.</p>

HBO has canceled "Enlightened," with Laura Dern.

Credit: HBO

HBO cancels 'Enlightened'

Mike White/Laura Dern dramedy had a great but little-watched second season

HBO has canceled "Enlightened," only a few weeks after the end of the show's critically-acclaimed second season.

Read Full Post
<p>The late Henry Bromell, who most recently wrote for &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

The late Henry Bromell, who most recently wrote for "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

RIP, Henry Bromell: Writer of 'Homeland,' 'Homicide' & more

Bromell also worked on 'Rubicon,' 'Brotherhood' and 'Chicago Hope,' among others

Henry Bromell, who worked as a writer and producer on some of the most interesting dramas of the last 20 years, has died of a heart attack, as first reported by Deadline. He was 65.

Bromell most recently was part of the "Homeland" writing staff, a murderers' row of former showrunners. Among his credited episodes was season 2's "Q and A,"  featuring the extended interrogation of Nicholas Brody. It was an episode hearkening back to one of Bromell's earliest jobs in television, as a writer/producer on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street."

Over the course of his career, Bromell worked on "Homicide," "Homeland," "I'll Fly Away," "Chicago Hope," "Carnivale," "Brotherhood" and "Rubicon," among others. Sometimes, as on "Homeland," he was part of the staff; other times, like "Rubicon" (where he was brought in after the pilot to replace the creator), he was the man in charge.

Twentieth Century Fox TV and Fox 21, the studios which produce "Homeland," put out a statement saying, "We were lucky to work with Henry on and off for the past 18 years. He was a supremely talented writer and as kind and warm a person as you could ever meet. He will be deeply missed at the studio and on 'Homeland.' Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and children."

UPDATE: Showtime's statement: "We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear friend Henry Bromell, who has been a part of the Showtime family for over a decade. Henry was an immensely talented and prolific writer, director and showrunner, and his work on 'Brotherhood' and 'Homeland'  was nothing short of brilliant. His passion, warmth, humor and generosity will be greatly missed. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his wife and family."

<p>CBS didn't provide episodic art for last night's &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;which means you get the cast in suits again.</p>

CBS didn't provide episodic art for last night's "How I Met Your Mother," which means you get the cast in suits again.

Credit: CBS

Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Fortress'

Robin tries to sell Barney's apartment, while Lily spends too much time on her new job

A quick review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I'm a cricket player who secretly hates his life...

Read Full Post

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 173: 'Bates Motel,' 'Top of the Lake,' 'Veronica Mars' movie & more

Dan and Alan also review HBO's 'Phil Spector' and talk about the 'Girls' season finale

The

Back to roughly standard length for this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, including reviews of a series, a miniseries and a movie all with murder as the backdrop, plus lots of talk about the "Veronica Mars" Kickstarter initiative and the "Girls" season finale. The lineup:

"Top of the Lake" (00:00:50 - 00:13:40)
"Bates Motel" (00:13:40 - 00:27:20)
"Phil Spector" (00:27:20 - 00:39:50)
"Veronica Mars" Kickstarter (00:39:50 - 01:04:20)
"Girls" finale (01:04:55 - 01:24:00)
 
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>Elisabeth Moss as a cop in &quot;Top of the Lake.&quot;</p>

Elisabeth Moss as a cop in "Top of the Lake."

Credit: Sundance

Review: Jane Campion's 'Top of the Lake' a riveting long-form mystery

HitFix
A-
Readers
B-
Elisabeth Moss is showcased brilliantly in Sundance miniseries

I have no idea if Jane Campion, co-director and co-creator of Sundance's "Top of the Lake," has ever seen "The Killing," or the Danish series that inspired it. But the mystery miniseries certainly plays like she watched a few hours of the AMC version, leaned back in her chair and said, "Let me show you how it's done, kid."

Read Full Post
<p>Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga)&nbsp;in &quot;Bates Motel.&quot;</p>

Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) in "Bates Motel."

Credit: A&E

Review: A&E's 'Bates Motel' gives 'Psycho' killer Norman Bates some teen angst

HitFix
B-
Readers
A
Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga are terrific, but is there a TV show here?
“Everyone seems better in old movies — even bad ones,” Norman Bates explains in an early episode of A&E’s “Bates Motel,” which debuts tonight at 10.
 
Norman should know from old movies, what with him being the villain of one of the greatest of all time: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 black and white masterpiece “Psycho,” in which Janet Leigh has the unfortunate luck to stop for rest and a shower at the Bates Motel.
 
Read Full Post
<p>Lena Dunham as Hannah in the &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;season 2 finale.</p>

Lena Dunham as Hannah in the "Girls" season 2 finale.

Credit: HBO

Season finale review: 'Girls' - 'Together'

Hannah's OCD gets worse, Marnie and Shoshanna make big decisions, and Adam goes for a run

A review of the "Girls" season 2 finale coming up just as soon as I diagnose myself from reading Louisa May Alcott...

Read Full Post
<p>Laurie Holden as Andrea in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Laurie Holden as Andrea in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Prey'

Andrea, Milton and Tyreese all begin to have their doubts about the Governor

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I'm sent home to do some knitting...

Read Full Post
<p>Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in &quot;Bates Motel.&quot;</p>

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in "Bates Motel."

Credit: A&E

'Bates Motel' producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin on bringing 'Psycho' into the present

How will the A&E drama about young Norman Bates work on a weekly basis?
Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin both have experiencing handling material created by others. Cuse became co-showrunner on “Lost” midway through the series’ first season after it had been created by J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, and Ehrin was one of the original staff writers on “Friday Night Lights,” which had been adapted from the movie (and before that from the non-fiction book). But neither has been given control of a property quite as famous as the one they have in “Bates Motel,” the new A&E drama that debuts on Monday night at 10.
 
Though Cuse has stressed that “Bates Motel” is not a direct prequel to “Psycho” — it takes place in the present, and the writers aren’t married to the idea of taking the characters down the same path we see in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic — it still involves the teenage years of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his disturbingly close relationship with his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga).
 
At press tour in January, I spoke with Cuse and Ehrin about the challenges of working with one of the most notorious killers in screen history, how they see the Bates family’s story working as a weekly series, and more.
 
Read Full Post