<p>Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen in &quot;Burn Notice.&quot;</p>

Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen in "Burn Notice."

Credit: USA

Review: Farewell to 'Burn Notice'

The USA spy series says goodbye, darker and more serialized than when it began

A few years back, "SNL" did a game show parody called "What is 'Burn Notice'?," where confused contestants struggle to articulate a single detail about the popular USA drama. It was no "Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney," but it hit on a key point about pop culture: sometimes, the biggest hits don't penetrate the national consciousness in the way that smaller ones do. "NCIS" is the most popular show on television, and a very good one, but I hear it discussed (by both TV critics and civilians) far less often than "Homeland" or "Scandal." And while the fictional "SNL" game show contestants couldn't identify a single thing about "Burn Notice" (one guessed it was "about a sexy doctor who can start fires with his mind"), I suspect even many people who've never watched a second of "Mad Men" could describe a few things about it, even though "Burn Notice" (which airs its series finale tonight at 9) was much more popular throughout its run (and even aired directly opposite "Mad Men" in their first season).

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<p>Diane Kruger as Sonya Cross in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Diane Kruger as Sonya Cross in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Old Friends'

Frye goes to a meeting, Sonya takes some pills and Tate's plan continues

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as we're on Mars...

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<p>Better call Saul?&nbsp;AMC&nbsp;and Sony moved one step closer to making a &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk.</p>

Better call Saul? AMC and Sony moved one step closer to making a "Breaking Bad" spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk.

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul' closer to reality

Series would take place before Saul Goodman ever met Walter White

The "Better Call Saul" spin-off from "Breaking Bad" has just moved one step closer to reality, as AMC has signed a licensing agreement with Sony (the studio that produces and owns "Breaking Bad") for the spin-off — which will be "a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White's lawyer."

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<p>Charlie Hunnam in &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Charlie Hunnam in "Sons of Anarchy."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Sons of Anarchy' season premiere shocker

Did Kurt Sutter take the violence too far last night, or is this the appropriate set-up for the series' final act?
“Sons of Anarchy” returned to TV last night. I’m no longer writing about the show weekly — Geoff Berkshire is again handling that duty for HitFix, and his take on the season premiere is here — but I had some thoughts on events near the end of the premiere. Lots of spoilers coming up just as soon as I have my grandmother’s knock...
 
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<p>AMC has canceled &quot;The Killing&quot; for a second time.</p>

AMC has canceled "The Killing" for a second time.

Credit: AMC

AMC cancels 'The Killing' again

Show improved after reprieve for season 3, but not enough to truly mourn

AMC has canceled "The Killing" — again.

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<p>David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in &quot;The X-Files,&quot;&nbsp;which debuted 20 years ago tonight.</p>

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in "The X-Files," which debuted 20 years ago tonight.

Credit: FOX

'The X-Files' 20th anniversary: The truth was out there

Looking back at the legacy and influence of the classic FOX sci-fi drama

Twenty years ago tonight, FOX debuted a strange little show called "The X-Files." Its stars were virtually unknown — Gillian Anderson was only 24 when the pilot was filmed, and if you recognized David Duchovny at all, it was either as the cross-dressing FBI agent from "Twin Peaks" season 2 or as the man who read letters at the start of every episode of "Red Shoe Diaries" — and the format was an odd mash-up of science-fiction and police procedural, as FBI partners Mulder (the believer) and Scully (the skeptic) traveled the country investigating reports of paranormal activity.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 200: 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Breaking Bad' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 200: 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Breaking Bad' & more

Dan and Alan also review Ricky Gervais' 'Derek' and discuss 'The Wire' pilot

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Only four topics for this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, but they were all meaty enough to add up to a good-length show, including the return of "Sons of Anarchy," the American premiere of Ricky Gervais' "Derek" on Netflix, some contentious "Breaking Bad" discussion and the conclusion of our summer pilot rewatch with "The Wire." 

Note: While this is the 200th episode of the podcast, Dan objects to the notion of it being our bicentennial, since I recorded one podcast with Mo Ryan while he was out of the country. So whatever anniversary things we do (if any) will be on next week's show.

The rundown:

"Sons of Anarchy" (00:00:40 - 00:19:00)
"Derek" (00:19:00 - 00:29:40)
"Breaking Bad" (00:30:00 - 01:03:00)
Summer Pilot Rewatch - "The Wire" (01:03:40 - 01:33:40)

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.
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<p>On &quot;Breaking Bad,&quot;&nbsp;Saul (Bob Odenkirk)&nbsp;counsels Walt (Bryan Cranston).</p>

On "Breaking Bad," Saul (Bob Odenkirk) counsels Walt (Bryan Cranston).

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'To'hajiilee'

Jesse hatches a plan, Walt meets with Uncle Jack, and Saul gets his car washed

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as we flip a coin for the honor...

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<p>In the &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;season premiere, Richard Harrow (Jack Huston)&nbsp;goes traveling.</p>

In the "Boardwalk Empire" season premiere, Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) goes traveling.

Credit: HBO

Season premiere review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'New York Sour'

Nucky brokers peace with New York, Chalky's nightclub opens and Richard hits the road

"Boardwalk Empire" is back for a new season. I published an overall review of the early episodes on Thursday, and I have specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I see the second longest contiguous brick wall in the world...

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<p>David O'Hara and Idris Elba in &quot;Luther.&quot;</p>

David O'Hara and Idris Elba in "Luther."

Credit: BBC

Talkback: 'Luther' season 3

What did everybody think of the Idris Elba cop drama's third season?

I reviewed season 3 of "Luther" earlier in the week, and promised I'd put up a second post to allow for full discussion once the entire season had aired in America. Well, it's all done, so let the spoilers fly, ladies and gentlemen. How'd you feel about the portrayal of either of our two killers? Given the limited use of Ruth Wilson, did you feel this was the right limited use of her? Did you feel any sympathy for the internal affairs investigators, or were they clearly strawmen for Luther to knock down? Did you agree with me that the vigilante story was a missed opportunity to actually discuss Luther's ethics? Did you invest at all in the romance with Sienna Guillory's Mary, or did that just feel like an acknowledgment that Idris Elba's a sex symbol and should be used as such? And how did you feel about what happened to Justin?

Have at it. What did everybody else think?

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