<p>Mandy Patinkin and Claire Danes in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Mandy Patinkin and Claire Danes in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

New 'Homeland' trailer promises we'll be watching you

Showtime drama teases Sept. 30 return with a Police cover

I'm embedding the new Showtime trailer for "Homeland" season 2 (which premieres on Sunday, September 30) for a couple of reasons: 

1)I'm very excited to have the show (one of last year's best) back, and I imagine seeing glimpses of Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin and friends should pump up your excitement level as well.

2)I love the choice of song: Scala & Kolacny Brothers covering The Police's "Every Breath You Take," a song that has been weirdly turned into a ballad of undying love in recent years (even Sting stopped fighting this particular battle a long time ago and will perform it as such) when it was written as a tale of obsessive stalking. The original interpretation fits "Homeland" perfectly, not just because of the show's extensive use of surveillance, but because of how that in turn fueled the unsettling affair between Carrie and Brody.


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<p>Alma (Molly Parker)&nbsp;and Ellsworth (Jim Beaver)&nbsp;have their nuptials in the &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;season 2 finale.</p>

Alma (Molly Parker) and Ellsworth (Jim Beaver) have their nuptials in the "Deadwood" season 2 finale.

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 12: 'Boy-the-Earth-Talks-To'

George Hearst finally arrives on Alma and Ellsworth's wedding day

We've come to the end of our summer rewatch of the second season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." I'm no longer posting duplicate versions of these reviews for newcomers and veterans, since all the newbies have to do to avoid being spoiled on the third season is to skip the comments.

A review of the season finale, "Boy-the-Earth-Talks-To," coming up just as soon as the bison can spare me...

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<p>Louis C.K. and F. Murray Abraham in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. and F. Murray Abraham in "Louie."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Louie' - 'Dad'

F. Murray Abraham returns to order Louie to visit his father

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I get a credenza in Geneva...

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<p>Mary Steenburgen, Dorian Brown and Elijah Wood in &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Mary Steenburgen, Dorian Brown and Elijah Wood in "Wilfred."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Wilfred' - 'Service'

Wilfred's mother returns, and Kristen gives birth

I last reviewed "Wilfred" after the season's third episode, though I also wrote up a brief synopsis of the Comic-Con panel I moderated. My plan was to swoop back in to write up a post about the episode screened at that panel, but I lost track of the airing schedule as episodes piled up on my DVR during press tour and the catch-up period that took place after.

But I've now seen all but one of the episodes that have aired since early July, and I have some thoughts on the season as a whole and tonight's episode coming up just as soon as we go to an organic fruit stand I believe is built on an energy vortex...

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<p>Philip Winchester in &quot;Strike Back.&quot;</p>

Philip Winchester in "Strike Back."

Credit: Cinemax

Review: Cinemax's 'Strike Back' returns, still kicking butt and taking names

Rhona Mitra joins the fun as Stonebridge and Scott reunite for more action

Early in the new season of Cinemax's action drama "Strike Back" (it returns tomorrow night at 10), soldier Damien Scott is asked how an American wound up as a key member of a British special forces unit.

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<p>Tom Weston-Jones is an 1860s New York detective in &quot;Copper.&quot;</p>

Tom Weston-Jones is an 1860s New York detective in "Copper."

Credit: BBC America

Review: With 'Copper,' the 'Homicide' team goes back to 1864 New York

An intriguing setting, but the new Fontana/Levinson drama's not quite there yet
When I hear that Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson have a new cop show in the works, I pay attention. This is the team, after all, responsible for one of the greatest cop shows of all time, NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street."
When I hear that Fontana and Levinson's cop show is the first original drama for a cable channel, I pay attention. This is the team, after all, that gave HBO its first scripted drama in "Oz," the often-fascinating prison drama that in turn led to "The Sopranos," "The Wire," etc.
And when I hear that Fontana and Levinson's cop show is set in New York in 1864, I pay attention. The period is a familiar one from Westerns and Civil War stories, but in terms of what was happening back in the northeast — and also what urban policework was like in this long-ago period — it's ground that's only occasionally been trod.
So, yes, my anticipation was very high for Fontana, Levinson and Will Rokos's "Copper," which debuts on Sunday night at 10 on BBC America, a channel that until now was content to simply import content from the mothership in the U.K.
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<p>Kelsey Grammer as Mayor Tom Kane in &quot;Boss.&quot;</p>

Kelsey Grammer as Mayor Tom Kane in "Boss."

Credit: Starz

Review: Kelsey Grammer and 'Boss' return to Starz for season 2

Grammer's fantastic, but the show remains easier to admire than like

As Starz's "Boss" enters its second season Friday night at 10, the political drama remains a show I find much easier to admire than to enjoy.

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<p>Sutton Foster in &quot;Bunheads.&quot;</p>

Sutton Foster in "Bunheads."

Credit: ABC Family

Review: 'Bunheads' - 'No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons'

Michelle needs coffee, Sasha tries cheerleading and the other girls fight

A review of last night's "Bunheads" coming up just as soon as we Skype with Hugh Jackman...

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<p>David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch in &quot;Grimm.&quot;</p>

David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch in "Grimm."

Credit: NBC

Review: NBC's 'Grimm' returns, improved, for season 2

Deeper mythology and a more balanced ensemble highlight the growth curve

In today's podcast, Fienberg and I revisited NBC's "Grimm," which begins its second season tonight at 10. (NBC is airing a episodes on Mondays for the next few weeks in the hopes of hanging onto their Olympic audience for as long as possible.)

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 144: 'Grimm,' 'Boss,' 'Strike Back' & 'Copper'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 144: 'Grimm,' 'Boss,' 'Strike Back' & 'Copper'

Dan and Alan also discuss a thrilling 'Breaking Bad'


It's a busy Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I talk about the returns of "Grimm," "Boss" and "Strike Back," the debut of BBC America's "Copper," and get into the teeth of a tense "Breaking Bad" episode.

The line-up: 

"Grimm" (00:00:50 - 00:14:20)
"Boss" (00:14:25 - 00:26:05)
"Strike Back" (00:26:05 - 00:35:20)
"Copper" (00:35:20 - 00:50:00)
"Breaking Bad" (00:50:25 - 01:10:00)
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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