<p>Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;and Shelby (Jim Beaver)&nbsp;in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Shelby (Jim Beaver) in "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Outlaw'

Arlo runs into trouble, and Boyd moves against his rivals

A review of tonight's "Justified" just as soon as I plan to make it rain at the Lobster Box...

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<p>Theo James, Kevin Alejandro and Chi McBride in &quot;Golden Boy.&quot;</p>

Theo James, Kevin Alejandro and Chi McBride in "Golden Boy."

Credit: CBS

Series premiere: 'Golden Boy' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new CBS cop drama?

I posted my review of CBS' "Golden Boyearlier today. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in, what did you think? Does the flash-forward structure intrigue you, or did it just feel like window dressing on the latest CBS cop drama? Did you buy British actor Theo James as a New York cop, or will he always be Pamuk to you? (And does anyone else agree with Fienberg that he's just channeling Peter Gallagher's voice?) Did you like James together with Chi McBride? Did the Kevin Alejandro character seem like an interesting foil or a two-dimensional villain? Did you find the mystery interesting? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

<p>Theo James and Chi McBride in &quot;Golden Boy.&quot;</p>

Theo James and Chi McBride in "Golden Boy."

Credit: CBS

Review: With CBS' 'Golden Boy,' Greg Berlanti revisits the idea of 'Jack & Bobby'

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Theo James plays a young cop who will be NYPD commissioner in seven years

It's hard for a writer to let go of a good idea that didn't work the first time out. That's why, from time to time, you'll see a TV producer present a new show very obviously inspired by a past project that failed. On very rare occasions — Joss Whedon turning "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" into a TV show after he was unhappy with how the movie was directed — the second time's the charm. More often, though, you get something like "The Black Donnellys" — Paul Haggis using his Oscar juice to do another show like his brilliant-but-canceled '90s CBS drama "EZ Street," to similar ratings and lifespan.

Will CBS' "Golden Boy" (it debuts tonight at 10) be another second chance to fail with the same broad idea for producer Greg Berlanti? Or has he found the right tweak to the formula this time out?

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<p>The &quot;Bunheads&quot;&nbsp;watch Michelle dance one more time in the season finale.</p>

The "Bunheads" watch Michelle dance one more time in the season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Bunheads' - 'Next!'

Sasha researches sex, and the girls follow Michelle to an audition

A review of last night's "Bunheads" season finale coming up just as soon as I name my banana...

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<p>The &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;gang re-enacts &quot;Weekend at Bernie's.&quot;</p>

The "How I Met Your Mother" gang re-enacts "Weekend at Bernie's."

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Weekend at Barney's'

Barney brings back the Playbook to help Ted, and Marshall bombs at an art event

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I stop sitting on the art...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 170: Oscars, 'Golden Boy,' 'Vikings,' 'Red Widow' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss the 'Downton Abbey' finale and answer your mail

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I'm back from Disney World, and the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back with me (and Dan, who did not go to Disney World last week). Lots to discuss (and that's even though neither of us had time to watch HBO's "Parade's End"), including last night's Oscars, CBS' "Golden Boy," ABC's "Red Widow," History's "Vikings," the "Downton Abbey" finale and more. The lineup: 

Oscars (00:02:45 - 00:26:20)
"Golden Boy" (00:26:25 - 00:40:50)
"Red Widow" (00:40:55 - 00:51:50)
"Vikings" (00:51:50 - 01:02:00)
Listener Mail - Watching TV on the road (01:02:20 - 01:08:30)
Listener Mail - NBC's need to experiment (01:08:35 - 01:15:45)
The "Downton Abbey" finale (01:15:55 - 01:36:30)
 
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>&quot;Arrested Development&quot;&nbsp;stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in a scene from one of the upcoming Netflix episodes.</p>

"Arrested Development" stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in a scene from one of the upcoming Netflix episodes.

Credit: Netflix

Netflix still 'hopeful' for more 'Arrested Development' seasons

Netflix chief executive tells investors the revival may be too tough to pull off twice

"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz has made no secret of his desire to use the new Netflix season of his uncanceled comedy to drum up interest (and money) in making the long-discussed "Arrested" movie. So the idea that these might be the only new episodes ever isn't in and of itself a surprise.
What is a surprise is that the CEO of Netflix very bluntly told investors he didn't expect to make more than the episodes that will premiere in May.

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<p>&quot;Avatar:&nbsp;The Last Airbender.&quot;</p>

"Avatar: The Last Airbender."

Credit: Nickelodeon

While I was out...

'The Americans' was renewed, 'Parks and Recreation' had a wedding, and more

Glad to see me? I guess we're in the next life!

Back from a fun week off with the family, that included a trip to Disney World, the conclusion of an "Avatar: The Last Airbender" marathon(*) with my daughter, airport hijinks, etc. I clocked back in last night to watch and write about Seth MacFarlane and the Oscar-cast.

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<p>Seth MacFarlane was flanked by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe in one of my Academy Awards musical numbers.</p>

Seth MacFarlane was flanked by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe in one of my Academy Awards musical numbers.

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Review: Seth MacFarlane emcees a conflicted, bloated, song-heavy Oscar-cast

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'Family Guy' creator sings, dances and occasionally offends at Academy Awards

The career of Seth MacFarlane has often seemed like a battle for supremacy between Frat Boy Seth and Old-Time Hollywood Seth, and every time it seems the former has won, the latter will slip an extended recreation of "Shipoopi" from "The Music Man" into an episode of "Family Guy." He makes his money on dick and fart jokes and '80s reference humor, but you get the sense sometimes that he'd be happier singing showtunes.

MacFarlane's stint as host of the 2013 Academy Awards was that battle writ large, on the most prominent stage he's ever had, and a rare one where he wasn't hiding behind an animated rendering of an evil baby or a crude teddy bear. MacFarlane came out dressed in a classic black tuxedo, channeling Johnny Carson as he cracked jokes about being the last choice to host the show and about "Argo" being "so top secret that the film's director is unknown to the Academy." It was Old-Time Hollywood Seth all the way for a few minutes, before the other guy started to slip in and cause trouble, starting with a Chris Brown joke that drew groans in the room and another about the dialogue of "Django Unchained" being "loosely based on Mel Gibson's voicemails."

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<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' - 'I Ain't a Judas'

Andrea tries to broker a peace between the prison and Woodbury, but is anyone interested?

A quick review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I finish my run...

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