<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

Credit: Cinemax

Series premiere talkback: 'The Knick' - 'Method and Madness'

What did everybody think of the new Cinemax medical drama?

On Wednesday, I published my review of Cinemax's "The Knick." Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight for the first episode, what did you think? Did it feel like a project worthy of the involvement of Steven Soderbergh and/or Clive Owen? How did you feel about the Cliff Martinez electronica score? Are the men out there hankering to grow a mustache like Clive's, and/or to start wearing those white leather boots? Were the surgical scenes too grisly, or just right? Do you feel attached to any of the characters at this early stage, or are you just struggling to keep track of everyone? (Related: How did you feel about the use of Matt Frewer, and about his beard?) Do you like the idea of Cinemax branching out like this, or would you rather this timeslot keep going to shows like "Strike Back" and "Banshee"? And will you watch again?

Because "The Knick" is a bit of a slow build, I don't imagine I'm going to be writing about it regularly, but I'd like to check in from time to time (especially after we get to episode 7, which is the last and best of the ones I've seen so far).

For now, though, have at it.

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Credit: Starz

Review: Starz's 'Outlander' an appealing mash-up of fantasy, romance and history

A World War II nurse finds adventure, danger and perhaps love in 1740s Scotland

Starz's new drama series "Outlander" tells the story of a World War II combat nurse from England who finds herself flung back in time to the Scottish highlands in the 1740s, struggling to adjust to the customs of this strange place and period, trying to figure out a way to return home, and torn between her love for her academic husband in the 20th century and her growing feelings for the rugged, kilted Scotsman who becomes her friend and chief protector.

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Credit: Sundance

Review: 'Rectify' - 'The Great Destroyer'

Daniel gets a ride from Tawney and considers a plea bargain

Some thoughts on tonight's "Rectify" — and on the outstanding second season to date — coming up just as soon as we can talk about vacations or chihuahuas...

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<p>The Bridge</p>

The Bridge

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Eye of the Deep'

Marco seeks revenge against David Tate

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I end up being transferred to Sierra Leone...

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<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

Credit: Cinemax

Review: Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen go back in time with Cinemax's 'The Knick'

1900 hospital drama not an instant classic, but very promising

Early in the new Cinemax drama "The Knick," Dr. John Thackery boasts of "the astonishing modern world in which we live," insisting that "We now live in a time of endless possibility. More has been learned about the human body in the last five years than in the previous 500."

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<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

Credit: Cinemax

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 240: 'The Knick,' 'Outlander' & more

Dan and Alan also break down the 'Halt and Catch Fire' finale and review 'Guardians of the Galaxy'


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! After a week off while I took some vacation, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back with a look forward to to new premium cable historical dramas, and a look back to the weekend with thoughts on the "Halt and Catch Fire" finale and "Guardians of the Galaxy." We'll likely double up on "Friday Night Lights" next week after ignoring it for most of July.

The rundown: 

"The Knick" (00:01:05 - 00:18:00)
"Outlander" (00:18:00 - 00:33:15)
Listener Mail - Tonally at-odds credits (00:33:35 - 00:39:05)
Listener Mail - Vince Gilligan/Peter Jackson (00:39:10 - 00:44:15)
Listener Mail - "Halt and Catch Fire" (00:44:20 - 00:58:10)
"Guardians of the Galaxy" (00:58:20 - 01:17:05)
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>Guardians of the Galaxy</p>

Guardians of the Galaxy

Credit: Marvel

Movie review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Marvel's biggest, strangest cinematic gamble pays off hugely

HitFix certainly does not lack for "Guardians of the Galaxy" coverage, including Drew McWeeny's rave review, our look at the best and worst from the film and Gregory Ellwood's look at the film's potential impact on movie-going. But on those increasingly rare occasions where I get to see a movie close to its theatrical release (and, in this case, when I have a slow enough week otherwise), I like to offer some thoughts of my own. As always, it'll be like one of my episodic TV reviews, which means spoilers galore, and the assumption that anyone reading has already seen it, coming up just as soon as I need that guy's leg...

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<p>The Awesomes</p>

The Awesomes

Credit: Hulu

Seth Meyers, Taran Killam & 'The Awesomes' team preview season 2

How a bunch of 'SNL' people got together for an animated superhero comedy

The TV presence at Comic-Con has expanded to the point where shows that only vaguely fit the Con's mission (say, "Sons of Anarchy") have become popular fixtures. Hulu's "The Awesomes," which returned for a second season today (you can see the first two new episodes here, along with all 10 episodes from season 1), though, fits several overlapping core Comic-Con constituencies. It's a show about a team of super-heroes — albeit misfit super heroes whose great powers are undercut by stupidity, or deep-seated mommy issues, or various physical and emotional ailments that make the team's most powerful member, Seth Meyers' Prock (who can stop time) a guy who rarely does anything useful with his gifts — made by people (including Meyers, his "Late Night" producer Mike Shoemaker, and writer Dan Mintz, whom you might recognize as the voice of Tina Belcher on "Bob's Burgers") with clear love and knowledge of many eras of comic book-dom. (One of the supers is Gadget Girl, a de-aged '40s heroine played by Paula Pell, who'd fitjust fine into old Justice Society stories with only the smallest of tweaks.) And the cast includes a bunch of "SNL" and "SNL"-adjacent actors, including Meyers, Taran Killam (as the dim-witted speedster Frantic), Keenan Thompson (as the fashion-conscious, mother-obsessed Impresario) and, this season, Amy Poehler (as a barracuda of a lawyer who may be a love interest for Prock) and Will Forte (as the accountant son of season 1's chief villain). And while it mainly exists as a comedy, it's not really a satire; The Awesomes have actual adventures (even if they bungle their way into solutions), there are big character and story arcs to each season, etc.

At Comic-Con, I had a few minutes to speak with Meyers, Shoemaker, Killam, Mintz and Meyers' brother Josh (who plays the insufferable, aptly-named hero Perfectman) about the show, about which members of the cast and crew are actually into comics — and what it's like for the very nerdy Killam to be married to SHIELD Agent Maria Hill (aka Cobie Smulders) — and more.

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

Credit: Showtim

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Dirty Jobs'

Bill and Virginia's jobs fall apart, while Libby is too strict with Coral

A few quick thoughts on last night's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I invite you outside to smoke a Montecristo...

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<p>Lee Pace in &quot;Halt and Catch Fire.&quot;</p>

Lee Pace in "Halt and Catch Fire."

Credit: AMC

Season finale review: 'Halt and Catch Fire' - '1984'

The Giant ships, Cameron has a new business idea, and Donna enjoys some time off

"Halt and Catch Fire" wrapped up its first season tonight, and I have a few thoughts on the finale coming up just as soon as I darf you very gurp...

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