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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'The Waiting Room'

Everyone waits through Zeek's surgery, while Amber visits Ryan

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I take you into the bad news room...

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Celebrating Jan Hooks: One of 'Saturday Night Live’s ultimate glue guys
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Celebrating Jan Hooks: One of 'Saturday Night Live’s ultimate glue guys

One of the most underrated 'SNL' performers of them all has died

I've always believed that the "Saturday Night Live" cast you begin watching the show with will always be your favorite, regardless of its actual quality. (Somewhere, there's a 45-year-old going on about the glory days of Denny Dillon, Gilbert Gottfried, Gail Matthius and, um, whatsisname, that Eddie Murphy kid.) I was lucky enough to start watching the show around 1986 or '87, in what was then rightly known as the Dana Carvey/Jon Lovitz cast, but what may be remembered more now as the Phil Hartman/Jan Hooks cast, and not just because both Hartman and Hooks died much too soon — Hooks today at the age of 57.

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<p>The Affair</p>

The Affair

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Review: Showtime's complicated, engrossing 'The Affair'

Do we want to watch Dominic West cheat on Maura Tierney? For one episode, at least, yes.

"I was a happy man back then," Noah  explains. "Was proud of my family. My first book had just come out. Everything I'd promised myself I would achieve as a young man, I'd done it."

"But?" he's asked.

And Noah replies, "That's the thing: There is no 'but.' When I look back, I can't tell you why it happened."

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Season premiere review: 'Arrow' - 'The Calm'

Oliver has to fight his greatest fear, and its... himself?

A review of last night's "Arrow" season premiere coming up just as soon as all my data is replaced by audio files of porcupine flatulence...

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Amazon renews 'Transparent' for season 2

Jeffrey Tambor and friends will be back in 2015

Amazon has ordered a second season of "Transparent," its critically-acclaimed dramedy in which Jeffrey Tambor begins a late-in-life gender transition.

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<p>Frank Grillo, Jonathan Tucker, and Nick Jonas in Kingdom</p>

Frank Grillo, Jonathan Tucker, and Nick Jonas in Kingdom

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Review: DirecTV's 'Kingdom' takes a swing at MMA drama

A solid start to the series with Frank Grillo, Nick Jonas and Matt Lauria

In the third episode of "Kingdom," DirecTV's new drama series set in the world of mixed martial arts, one of the main characters gives an impromptu boxing lesson to his often-bullied roommate. When the roommate is reluctant to punch him in the face, our hero cheerfully insists, "Look, I get punched in the face for a living. This is not going to hurt me."

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<p>New Girl</p>

New Girl

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Micro'

Jess dates a hot guy with a few shortcomings, while Schmidt and Coach try modeling

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I shoot candy into a baby..

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<p>Agents of SHIELD, Simmons</p>

Agents of SHIELD, Simmons

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'Making Friends and Influencing People'

Simmons goes to work for Hydra, while Fitz confronts Ward

A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I cook while you debrief...

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<p>Grant Gustin in The Flash</p>

Grant Gustin in The Flash

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Series premiere talkback: 'The Flash' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new CW superhero drama?

I published my review of "The Flash" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did you like Grant Gustin as Barry? The costume? How did you feel about the special effects (especially as compared to when Gustin's TV dad John Wesley Shipp was the guy in the red suit)? Did Jesse Martin and Tom Cavanagh work as the authority figures? (And how did you feel about the concluding scene in Cavanagh's special room?) How about younger characters like Iris, Cisco and Caitlin? If you're a comic book fan, did you like the various references to Linda Park, Grodd, Professor Zoom and the Crisis, or was it too much for a single hour? And will you watch again?

Have at it. I suspect this will be one like "Arrow" that I only write about on occasion.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 251: 'The Flash,' 'The Affair' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Kingdom,' 'Cristela' & 'The Strain' finale


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we discuss yesterday's news of the '90s coming back to life in today's TV, then review a bunch of new shows debuting this week before breaking down "The Strain" season finale.

Looks like next week's podcast will be on Monday.

The rundown:

"Twin Peaks"/"Say Anything" news (00:00:40 - 00:16:00)
"The Flash" (00:16:00 - 00:25:30)
"Kingdom" (00:25:30 - 00:40:00)
"Cristela" (00:40:00 - 00:46:45)
"The Affair" (00:46:45 - 00:56:45)
"The Strain" finale (00:56:55 - 01:20:00)

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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