Credit: NBC

Press Tour: NBC's Robert Greenblatt has no 'Community' regrets

Didn't want to renew the cult comedy, but pleased NBC will make money on the Yahoo deal

NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt, who made the final call to cancel "Community," seems not only untroubled by the show's resurrection at Yahoo!, but pleased.

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<p>The Strain</p>

The Strain

Credit: FX

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 238: Emmys, 'The Strain,' 'Masters of Sex' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss a press tour humiliation


Happy Saturday, boys and girls! Time for a weekend, in-person Firewall & Iceberg Podcast! I'm finally in town for press tour, which meant Dan and I belatedly got to sit down to discuss the Emmy nominations, review "The Strain" and "Masters of Sex" (and, briefly, "The Divide") and discuss a surprising/mortifying moment for Dan at press tour earlier today. We'll hopefully have both a video show and a podcast in the coming week, but we'll see.

The rundown: 

"The Strain" (18:35 - 30:50)
"Masters of Sex" Season 2 (30:55 - 38:55)
"The Divide" (39:00 - 44:50)
Jew/Not-a-Jew (44:55 - 52:35)
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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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Press tour: 'Better Call Saul' live-blog with Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould

The 'Breaking Bad' vets try to clarify what exactly the spin-off will be

Until about 10 minutes ago, there has been so much conflicting information, if not outright misinformation, about what exactly "Better Call Saul" will be: A straight "Breaking Bad" prequel? A time-bending journey that includes adventures during the reign of Heisenberg? A comedy? A drama with occasional laughs? Huell's story?

AMC's press release about the full cast and basic premise and setting fill in some of the details — including that it begins six years before Saul (then known as Jimmy McGill) meets Walter White — and now co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will hopefully bring more of the show (not due to premiere until early 2015) into sharper clarity, without actually giving too much of the fun away. I'll be live-blogging all of Gilligan's charming Virginian self-deprecation, all of Gould's jokes, and whatever nuggets we actually get about the new show.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

AMC teases new 'Better Call Saul' plot details

Full cast line-up detailed, setting and premise are here

In about 10 or 20 minutes, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are going to be at press tour to discuss the "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul," but AMC just released the first real fixed plot details, plus a full cast list, so here we go:

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

Credit: Showtime

Review: Showtime's 'Masters of Sex' better than ever in season 2

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan continue to shine

Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson spend much of the second season premiere of the Showtime drama "Masters of Sex" (Sunday at 10) trying to redefine the nature and parameters of their relationship after the events of the show's marvelous first season. Are they now a couple? Is this just an affair? Is it still simply one small component of their groundbreaking study on human sexuality?

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<p>The Strain</p>

The Strain

Credit: FX

Review: Guillermo del Toro's FX vampire thriller 'The Strain'

CDC doctors try to contain an outbreak of undead origins

Guillermo del Toro is the kind of filmmaker who leaves me wanting more — just not always in the best way. Whether he's adapting someone else's work with the "Hellboy" films, or inventing his own stories with something like "Pan's Labyrinth," del Toro leaves no hallucinatory stone unturned, no burst of inspiration unexplored. I've often walked out of his movies impressed by the depth and breadth of the creativity on display, yet frustrated at how little time there was to thoroughly explore it all. I wouldn't want to take away the big budgets and fancy effects work that he can apply to something like "Pacific Rim," but I've been itching for a while to see what del Toro might do with an ongoing television series, where he could drill down deep and expand each concept to its fullest, rather than rushing to fit them all into two hours.

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<p>The Americans</p>

The Americans

Credit: FX

Emmys 2014: Too many great shows, not enough spots, and some dumb choices

Lots of nominations for 'Breaking Bad,' 'Fargo,' et al, but where's the love for 'The Americans' and Tatiana Maslany?

It should be easy to feel sympathy for Emmy voters in 2014. There is more good television now than ever before, available in more places (including non-traditional streaming video outfits like Netflix and Amazon) than ever before. There is abundant category confusion, where a show like "Shameless" can jump from drama to comedy after presenting its bleakest season ever, where "True Detective" can be considered as a drama series while "American Horror Story" is a miniseries even though the two shows have the same basic structure, where the fourth season of "Tremé" has to be considered a miniseries because it didn't produce enough episodes to qualify elsewhere, where voters are asked to consider what Jim Parsons does on "Big Bang Theory" in the same context of what Louis C.K. does as an actor on "Louie."

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<p>The Bridge</p>

The Bridge

Credit: FX

Season premiere review: 'The Bridge' - 'Yankee'

Sonya makes a new friend, Marco catches fire, and Eleanor Nacht announces her presence

A review of "The Bridge" season 2 premiere coming up just as soon as I defend my Rush t-shirt...

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<p>Halle Berry in Extant</p>

Halle Berry in Extant


Review: Halle Berry returns from space in CBS' 'Extant'

A familiar but effective sci-fi/horror story

A couple of months ago, NBC aired a two-part remake of "Rosemary's Baby" that was completely lacking in suspense, pacing, anything new to say with the material or any reason to exist save for the brand name and the excuse to give Zoe Saldana a pixie haircut. The original film is such a classic that, even if it should never be excused from being remade, at least requires some genuine thought before attempting, which no one involved with the NBC version bothered to try. 

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<p>Oprah Winfrey</p>

Oprah Winfrey

Your guide to the TCA press tour

The ins and outs of the semi-annual gathering of the nation's TV critics

Right about now, the lights should be on in the Beverly Hilton ballroom for the very first panel of the summer 2014 Television Critics Association press tour. I'm not due to arrive at tour until sometime tomorrow, but Fienberg and other members of the TCA should be there, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the start of the 16-day event (which, for many people, will run straight into the start of Comic-Con).

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