<p>The Leftovers has been renewed</p>

The Leftovers has been renewed

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HBO renews 'The Leftovers' for season 2

The polarizing, critically-acclaimed sci-fi psycho drama will be back for another year

Time to stock up on cigarettes and Sharpies, folks, because HBO has renewed "The Leftovers" for a second season.

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Review: Sean Bean goes undercover in TNT's 'Legends'

The 'Game of Thrones' star is no chameleon, but at least he gets to use his real accent sometimes

I will say this for "Legends," the new TNT drama (it debuts tonight at 9) starring Sean Bean: it does not attempt to hide Bean's native accent behind some bland non-regional American dialect, at least not in his main identity as FBI agent Martin Odom. Because Odom is a master of assuming undercover identities (the "legends" of the title), Bean gets to try on various semi-convincing accents the rest of the time, but at least "Legends" doesn't waste time trying to convince us that Ned Stark doesn't sound like Ned Stark when he's not playacting. The explanation for how a man with this accent ended up working for the FBI is utterly ridiculous, but it's also one line of dialogue that never has to be dealt with again, and it's an approach that I wish many more shows would take when hiring actors from the UK, Australia or New Zealand.

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Vote for your favorite former series in HitFix's Uncanceled Showdown!

Vote for your favorite former series in HitFix's Uncanceled Showdown!

Would you like to bring back 'Freaks and Geeks'? Finally get those 'Deadwood' movies? More 'Firefly'?

TV cancellation isn't as permanent as it used to be. "Community" is moving to Yahoo, we're allegedly going to get another "Arrested Development" season on Netflix soon, and the "Entourage" cast will soon be infecting a movie theater near you.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 241: Robin Williams, 'The Killing' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss TNT's 'Legends' and get back to 'Friday Night Lights' season 2


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for a roller-coaster of emotions on the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which starts off with some sad Robin Williams talk, then shifts into discussion of TNT's mostly forgettable "Legends" with Sean Bean, later pivots into irritation in our discussion of the final season of "The Killing" before getting into all the ridiculous doings of our latest episodes from "Friday Night Lights" season 2.

The rundown: 

Robin Williams (00:01:00 - 00:21:05)
"Legends" (00:21:06 - 00:31:50)
Listener Mail - "Arrested Development" (00:32:10 - 00:38:40)
Listener Mail - SimpsonsWorld implications (00:38:40 - 00:46:15)
"The Killing" Final Season (00:46:15 - 01:00:15)
"Friday Night Lights" Rewatch (01:00:15 - 01:41:00)
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>Robin Williams on &quot;Mork &amp; Mindy.&quot;</p>

Robin Williams on "Mork & Mindy."

From 'Mork & Mindy' to 'The Crazy Ones': The TV legacy of the late, great Robin Williams

An unbridled id, a master improviser and one of the most energetic comedians of any screen of any size

Last summer, at a press conference to promote what would turn out to be the final TV series of his career, CBS' "The Crazy Ones," Robin Williams was asked what it was like to spend decades walking into rooms where everyone expected him to be instantly, wickedly funny.

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<p>Chris Pratt</p>

Chris Pratt

How Chris Pratt's TV bosses knew he'd be a star

The creators of 'Everwood,' 'The O.C.' and 'Parks and Recreation' knew they had hired someone special

That Chris Pratt is the star of one of the biggest movies of the year (two, really, even if people didn't specifically see "The Lego Movie" for him) is perhaps surprising to filmgoers who didn't know him at all (or only knew him from supporting roles in films like "Moneyball" or "Zero Dark Thirty"). But it's almost certainly not surprising to TV fans who watched him grow up from the unexpected heart of "Everwood" as sensitive jock Bright Abbott, to a scene stealer on "The O.C." as rich kid revolutionary Che, through his current role as man-child musician Andy Dwyer on "Parks and Recreation" — three roles that, together, showed off the range, charisma and impeccable comic timing that he brought to the role of Star-Lord.

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Giants'

Virginia, Libby and other women struggle to take control

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as it's okay because we're taking notes...

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Solace for Tired Feet'

Kevin chases after his runaway dad, while Tommy wants answers from Wayne

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I get in this refrigerator...

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<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

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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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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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