<p>Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in &quot;Sherlock.&quot;</p>

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in "Sherlock."

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Emmys 2012 Predictions: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

The eligibility rules are strange, but something has to win

The Primetime Emmy Awards are on Sunday, September 23rd, and that means it's time for our predictions, both of what will win (and based on my own very shabby track record in this area, I would advise against wagering actual money based on my picks), and what should. We'll be running one or two posts per day over the next week, starting with a category that remains in a state of both flux and controversy: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

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<p>Giancarlo Esposito from &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;plays a heavy in &quot;Revolution.&quot;</p>

Giancarlo Esposito from "Breaking Bad" plays a heavy in "Revolution."

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Review: NBC's 'Revolution' lacking power

HitFix
C
Readers
C-
Post-apocalyptic blackout drama feels like another weak 'Lost' imitator
Every now and then, when I watch my kids fight over who gets to control the iPad, or go to a ballgame or restaurant where everyone's nose is glued to their smartphone, I ponder what it would be like to live in a simpler time where we didn't have the flashiest toys but also didn't feel so dependent on them. Of course, then I realize that my particular skill set would be useless in such a time and I go back to happily playing Words With Friends.
 
"Revolution," the new NBC drama that premieres Monday night at 10, finds a particularly rough way to force its characters to stop (texting) and smell the roses: a few minutes into the first episode, all the electricity in the world stops working. It's not just a blackout — a laptop battery is just as useless as one that's plugged in — and because it happens so suddenly, a whole lot of people die within minutes. (It's a bad time, for instance, to be on an airplane.)
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<p>Andre Braugher in ABC's &quot;Last Resort.&quot;</p>

Andre Braugher in ABC's "Last Resort."

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'Last Resort' co-creator Shawn Ryan on submarines, Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher and more

How will 'The Shield' creator tell stories for the high-concept ABC drama?
Over the last decade, Shawn Ryan has created one of the greatest dramas in TV history with "The Shield," done strong work running "The Unit" and "Lie to Me," produced the brilliant-but-canceled "Terriers" and created the uneven but promising "The Chicago Code," which was just starting to get good when FOX canceled it. That's a resume that would make me very interested in seeing his new ABC series "Last Resort" (which he co-created with Karl Gajdusek) even if I didn't know the series also involved both nuclear submarines and Andre Braugher.
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<p>Chris Pratt and Amy Poehler went to Washington, D.C. for the &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Chris Pratt and Amy Poehler went to Washington, D.C. for the "Parks and Recreation" season premiere.

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HitFix First Look: 'Parks and Recreation' goes to Washington

Leslie and Andy tour national landmarks in a scene from the fifth season premiere

"Parks and Recreation," like a lot of NBC shows, is getting a head start on the official network TV season. The fifth season of TV's best comedy will premiere this Thursday night, September 20, at 9:30 p.m.

And as a bonus, the season premiere will take Leslie Knope and friends to our nation's capital, where Ben is working in the job he got in last season's finale. To help tide you over until Thursday, here's a clip — exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours — of Leslie and Andy visiting a few national landmarks and responding very differently to them. Enjoy, and we'll be talking about the premiere itself on Thursday night.

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<p>FX didn't have any photos from last night's &quot;Louie,&quot;&nbsp;so here's guest star David Lynch in his &quot;Twin Peaks&quot;&nbsp;days.</p>

FX didn't have any photos from last night's "Louie," so here's guest star David Lynch in his "Twin Peaks" days.

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Review: 'Louie' - 'Late Show (Part 2)'

David Lynch, Jay Leno, Chris Rock and Clay Davis all contribute to Louie's quest

A review of last night's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I'm only ready for a Reagan joke...

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<p>Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

Review: Nucky goes full gangster in 'Boardwalk Empire' season 3

HitFix
B+
Readers
A-
Prohbition mob drama still great in individual moments, but hasn't taken the leap
"I'm a philanthropist now," Nucky Thompson insists in the third season premiere of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." (It returns Sunday night at 9.)
 
"You're a gangster, plain and simple," he's told.
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<p>The &quot;Guys with Kids.&quot;</p>

The "Guys with Kids."

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Series premiere review: 'Guys with Kids' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of NBC's new sitcom?

I won't be writing reviews of every new fall show, but I did at least discuss "Guys with Kidswith Dan on today's podcast. We were not fans. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Were you happy to see Vanessa Huxtable back in an NBC family sitcom? Meadow Soprano doing lighter material? Cliff from "Bring It On" being all grown up? Anthony Anderson trying his hardest to earn the paycheck?

More importantly, do you find the idea of men having to take care of their own children as absolutely hi-larious as the "Guys with Kids" writers so obviously do? And will you watch again? Have at it.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 148: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Revolution,' 'Mob Doctor' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 148: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Revolution,' 'Mob Doctor' & more

Dan and Alan also weigh in on 'Guys with Kids' and the revamped 'Glee'

The

Time for a mid-week Firewall & Iceberg Podcast in which Dan and I start paddling into the waters of the fall TV season, with reviews of a mix of new and returning shows that are premiering a few weeks ahead of the real deluge.

As mentioned on the show, next week's podcast will be Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest due to Rosh Hashanah.

The line-up: 

Second episodes of "Go On" and "New Normal" (00:01:10 - 00:02:45)
"Guys With Kids" (00:02:50 - 00:11:30)
"Glee" (00:11:30 - 00:22:35)
"Boardwalk Empire" (00:22:35 - 00:35:40)
"The Mob Doctor" (00:35:40 - 00:45:25)
"Revolution" (00:45:30 - 00:56:50)
Listener Mail - Worst Characters, Best Shows (00:57:40 - 01:13:20)
 
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.
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<p>Jonathan Banks from &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;will be on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Jonathan Banks from "Breaking Bad" will be on "Parks and Recreation."

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Exclusive: 'Breaking Bad' co-star Jonathan Banks to guest star on 'Parks and Recreation'

The character actor will play Ben Wyatt's father

Mike Ehrmentraut is coming to "Parks and Recreation."

In an episode of the fifth season of "Parks and Rec," Jonathan Banks from "Breaking Bad" will play the father of Adam Scott's character, Ben Wyatt.

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<p>The &quot;Cougar Town&quot; crew is moving to TBS.</p>

The "Cougar Town" crew is moving to TBS.

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'Cougar Town' stars sing about January premiere date on TBS

And some very special guests, too

We've known since the spring that "Cougar Town" would be moving to TBS for its fourth season, and that the show would be returning sometime in 2013. Now we have a date — and, in typical "Cougar Town" fashion, a song to go tell you that date, sung by the cast and a bunch of very special friends of the show. Enjoy. And I look forward to the show coming back on January 8 (also Elvis's birthday).

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