<p>Fear the Walking Dead</p>

Fear the Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Fear the Walking Dead' - 'Not Fade Away': Who guards the Guardsmen?

Peace temporarily comes to the neighborhood, but what's coming after it?

A few thoughts on tonight's "Fear the Walking Dead," and the first season so far, coming up just as soon as I decline your nice offer of methadone...

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<p>The Muppets</p>

The Muppets

Credit: ABC

Why does ABC's 'The Muppets' seem to miss the point of the Muppets?

Presenting the 'real' versions of Fozzie, Miss Piggy, et al, seems to be missing the point

Long before he co-created "Big Bang Theory," Bill Prady broke into show business as a low-level Jim Henson Co. staffer, working in licensing and other tangential Muppet-related departments before eventually getting to write for Gonzo and company himself. Now, his career has come full circle, as co-developer (with Bob Kushell) of "The Muppets," a new primetime series featuring Kermit and the gang that debuts on ABC on Tuesday night at 8.

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<p>Michael Imperioli, Megan Fox, Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner</p>

Michael Imperioli, Megan Fox, Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner

Celebrity TV fill-ins: From Caitlyn Jenner to Megan Fox

TV shows have found many different ways over the years to work around the pregnancy of their actresses. Sometimes, they do lots of episodes where their characters are always sitting behind a desk, or holding a giant purse, or (in a memorable "Cheers" episode when Shelley Long was pregnant) trapped in an air conditioning duct. "The X-Files" had Scully get abducted, while "Frasier" simply suggested that Daphne had just put on a lot of weight.

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<p>The Muppets</p>

The Muppets

Credit: ABC

Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 300: Emmy picks & fall TV reviews

Dan and Alan also have some big news about the podcast's future

Happy Thursday, boys and girls! It's a big and somewhat sad day for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. On the one hand, we have our first reviews of the fall network shows (plus some Emmy predictions and a brief farewell to "Key & Peele," fantasy draft-style). But we also have the news that the podcast is almost certainly coming to an end by the time September is out. 

It was complicated enough keeping it going once Dan no longer worked at HitFix, and much more so once he had a full-time employer. We didn't know for sure (and it's still not a 100% thing, but close to it) until after we recorded last week's episode, but we'll have today's show, one next week (likely also on Thursday), and then a final one around September 29, and that'll be that for this version of the podcast, at least for now. It's all still pretty new, so I don't know yet what kind of podcast, if any, I might try without my bearded partner in comedy crime.

On the plus side, we made it to the 300 episode mark! Or, if you're Dan, we made it to the 299th episode!

The rundown:

Emmy pre-chatter (00:02:30 - 00:24:15)
"Key & Peele" Draft (00:24:15 - 00:27:10)
"Gotham" (00:27:50 - 00:34:55)
"Life in Pieces" (00:35:00 - 00:42:00)
"Minority Report" (00:42:05 - 00:49:20)
"Blindspot" (00:49:25 - 00:56:50)
"The Muppets" (00:56:50 - 01:04:30)
"Scream Queens" (01:04:25 - 01:10:05)
"Limitless" (01:10:05 - 01:16:00)
"Rosewood" (01:16:00 - 01:24:00)

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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<p>Limitless, Blindspot, and Minority Report</p>

Limitless, Blindspot, and Minority Report


Fall TV reviews: 'Minority Report,' 'Blindspot' & 'Limitless'

Three generic series about people who use extraordinary gifts to fight crime

What would you do if you discovered you had the power to see the future, or to absorb and make use of all the knowledge in human history, or simply kept discovering new and unexplained abilities at all hours of the day?

In the real world, you might try to make a fortune on the stock market, or work to end world hunger, or develop a working time machine.

On television, though, you'd use your powers to fight crime. Always.

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Credit: HBO/AMC/Amazon/FOX

Will Jon Hamm finally win an Emmy thanks to new voting rules?

Will Jon Hamm finally break through? Can anything stop a 'Modern Family' six-peat?

Emmy prediction is usually a fool's game, because who could ever predict something like Jeff Daniels from "The Newsroom" beating Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, and Damian Lewis?

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<p>Kether Donohue</p>

Kether Donohue

Credit: FXX

'You're the Worst' co-star Kether Donohue on the joys of being 'TV fat'

Getting to eat and drink on camera, singing Kate Bush, and more

Last week, I posted a pair of "You're the Worst" interviews: one with creator Stephen Falk, one with stars Aya Cash and Chris Geere. I actually did a third interview about the show at press tour, but the transcript needed some extra time to get done, because it was conducted in the very noisy venue where FOX held its joint FOX/FX/FXX party.

While it wasn't conducive to transcription, the atmosphere felt appropriate for a conversation with the lively and candid Kether Donohue. And by waiting a week, I get to publish it a few hours before tonight's episode (at 10:30 on FXX) features Donohue in a terrific Lindsay subplot that, among other things, requires her to eat (as you can see from the picture above) a lot of wings.

We spoke about eating and drinking on camera (and the various tricks of the trade actors use to avoid having to do too much of either), about being "chunky" by Hollywood's very strange standards, why Lindsay won't cut poor Edgar a break, and more.

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<p>The Walking Dead, The Leftovers, Brooklyn 99, and Fargo</p>

The Walking Dead, The Leftovers, Brooklyn 99, and Fargo


Notes on an underwhelming fall TV season

Also, some changes to the weekly blog rotation

Early last week, I published two posts about the fall season: one about new shows I found intriguing, the other about returning shows I was excited about. As the intro to the latter post acknowledged, I had to squint and wishcast a lot to come up with 12 names for the former list(*), particularly since this is among the most depressing network fall slates I've seen in a long time.

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<p>The Bastard Executioner</p>

The Bastard Executioner

Credit: FX

Let's talk about 'The Bastard Executioner' premiere

What did everybody think of "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter's new FX drama?

This morning, I posted my review of FX's "The Bastard Executioner." Now it's your turn. For those who watched the full two-hour pilot of Kurt Sutter's latest, what did you think? Did it remind you of the best or worst of "Sons of Anarchy"? Were you interested in Wilkin's struggle to avoid violence, and/or did you find Lee Jones compelling? How did you feel about Katey Sagal's accent? Too graphic, or not graphic enough? And will you watch again?

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<p>Mad Men</p>

Mad Men

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Ron Swanson meets Don Draper in 'Parks and Rec'/'Mad Men' Instagram mash-up

Just when you think the concept of the Instagram or Tumblr mash-up of two TV shows has run out of steam, someone calling him or herself Don Swanson goes and sets up a "Parks and Recreation"/"Mad Men" Instagram mash-up account. As the description says, "Mad Men screencaps with Parks & Rec quotes. That's about it."

But what a hilarious "it" it is. Some highlights:

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