<p>Miss Piggy and Terry Crews at the Television Critics Association Awards, or TCA</p>

Miss Piggy and Terry Crews at the Television Critics Association Awards, or TCA

Miss Piggy, Armando Iannucci and Bryan Cranston highlight the TCA Awards

Singing pigs, joking Scotsmen, sincere actors and more

Saturday was an excellent night and a strange night to be a member of the Television Critics Association. On the one hand, we held our annual TCA Awards ceremony, filled with terrific winners giving terrific speeches. On the other, the power in the hotel (and the surrounding neighborhood) randomly went out late in the post-show reception, and then news broke that the great James Garner — who had won our Career Achievement award four years earlier — had died.

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<p>James Garner in &quot;The Rockford Files&quot;</p>

James Garner in "The Rockford Files"

Credit: Universal

Appreciating the relaxed genius of the late James Garner

Perhaps the most laid-back TV star of them all, whether a card-playing cowboy or a dogged private eye

There have arguably been bigger stars in television history than the late James Garner, but none who ever made it look quite so easy.

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<p>Breaking Bad</p>

Breaking Bad

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad,' Matthew McConaughey & 'Veep' win big at TCA Awards

A night to share the wealth among all the great things on television over the past year

"Breaking Bad," "True Detective," "The Good Wife," "Orange Is the New Black," "Veep" and "Louie" are among this year's Television Critics Association Awards winners, in a year when the TCA tried to share the wealth across an absurdly deep season in television.

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<p>Claire Danes in Homeland</p>

Claire Danes in Homeland

Credit: Showtime

Press tour: 'Homeland' producers defend season 3, preview season 4

'The criticism hurt,' says co-creator Alex Gansa

"The criticism hurt, the lack of an Emmy nomination hurt, but we're going to come back strong and try to get back to the mountaintop."

This was "Homeland" co-creator Alex Gansa, appearing with his fellow writers Alexander Cary and Meredith Stiehm at a press tour panel designed to preview the Showtime drama's fourth season (which debuts October 5), but that spent a lot of time revisiting a lot of the complaints about season 3.

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<p>Grant Gustin as The Flash</p>

Grant Gustin as The Flash

Credit: CW

Press tour: CW's 'The Flash' hits the ground running

Will it be 'the most faithful DC Comics adaptation ever'?

Where Marvel has been running rings around DC with its cinematic superhero universe, DC in turn is having a bit moment on the small screen. The CW's "Arrow" has had two very strong seasons featuring not only Stephen Amell as Green Arrow, but lots of other major and minor DC characters like Black Canary, Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, and Deathstroke. And this fall, we'll have new DC-inspired shows on NBC (the supernatural saga "Constantine"), FOX (the Batman prequel "Gotham") and again on the CW, with "The Flash," spinning off from "Arrow" and developed by the "Arrow" creative team of Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, along with DC executive and longtime "Flash" comic writer Geoff Johns.

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<p>Battle Creek</p>

Battle Creek

Credit: FOX

Press tour: Vince Gilligan and David Shore talk 'Battle Creek'

The 'Breaking Bad' creator has ceded day-to-day responsibility to the man who gave us 'House'

Vince Gilligan originally write the script for his upcoming CBS drama "Battle Creek" a dozen years ago. So when asked at press tour about the selection of the Michigan town as the setting, Gilligan admitted that he couldn't remember what he did last week, let alone a script he wrote that long ago.

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<p>Rose McIver in &quot;iZombie&quot;</p>

Rose McIver in "iZombie"

Credit: Warner Bros.

HitFix First Look: ‘iZombie’ has a brand-new Comic-Con bag

And your friendly neighborhood critic will be moderating that panel

The 2014 Comic-Con kicks off a week from today in San Diego, and I'm going to be pressed into moderating duties for the CW's mid-season series "iZombie," starring Rose McIver (Vivian Scully on "Masters of Sex") as a young zombiefied woman who tries to mitigate her condition by taking a job in a morgue. It's adapted from the DC Comics series by the "Veronica Mars" team of Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero, featuring clips from the show and then a Q&A session, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 6BCF of the Convention Center.

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<p>You&#39;re the Worst</p>

You're the Worst

Credit: FX

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 20: Press tour, FX comedies & '24'

Dan and Alan break down 'Married' and 'You're the Worst'

Happy Thursday, boys and girls! Dan and I were able to break away from press tour activities for a while to record an in-person episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Show, in which we discussed recent press tour events, reviews FX's two new comedies, and broke down the "24: Live Another Day" finale.

Note: This was actually recorded yesterday (hence the "Happy Wednesday intro" and the references to the FX comedies debuting "tomorrow"), but technical issues delayed publishing until today. Sorry for the confusion.

The rundown:

00:00:00:00 - NBC
00:06:45:10 - ABC
00:11:03:21 - FX's Married
00:16:21:20 - FX's You're the Worst
00:21:23:27 - 24: Live Another Day

As always, you can send us questions at firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.

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<p>Halle Berry in Extant</p>

Halle Berry in Extant

Credit: CBS

Review: 'Extant' - 'Extinct'

Molly gets an ultrasound, John gets a new lab, and Ethan goes to a party

A quick review of last night's "Extant" coming up just as soon as I'm interested in Neanderthals...

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<p>Matt Passmore in &quot;Satisfaction,&quot; Judy Greer in &quot;Married,&quot; Tom Ellis in &quot;Rush&quot; and Aya Cash in &quot;You&#39;re the Worst.&quot;</p>

Matt Passmore in "Satisfaction," Judy Greer in "Married," Tom Ellis in "Rush" and Aya Cash in "You're the Worst."

Credit: USA/FX

Review: USA's 'Satisfaction' & 'Rush' & FX's 'Married' & 'Youre the Worst'

USA and FX launch a bunch of new shows tonight, but are any of them any good?

Four new scripted shows debut tonight: two dramas on USA ("Rush" at 9, "Satisfaction" at 10), two comedies on FX ("Married" at 10, "You're the Worst" at 10:30). I loved none of them, but found enough interesting ideas, and enough overlap between several of them, to consider some kind of combined review.

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