<p>Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Fluffer'

Jess uses Nick as an emotional surrogate, and Schmidt impersonates a Romney

A review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I'm going through a Taylor Swift-like range of emotions...

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<p>Dax Shepard and Joy Bryant in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Dax Shepard and Joy Bryant in "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'The Talk'

Some unheralded members of the ensemble get their turn at bat in a terrific episode

A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I report you to the House Un-American Activities Committee...

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<p>Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina in "The Mindy Project."

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The Evening Round-Up: 'Ben and Kate' & 'The Mindy Project' reviews

One of FOX's new Tuesday sitcoms shows signs of improvement, the other stays the same

Some quick thoughts on tonight's second episodes of "Ben and Kate" and "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I pretend to be 1/4 Inuit to get a very specific marine biology scholarship...

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<p>Andre Rison in the &quot;30 for 30&quot;&nbsp;documentary &quot;Broke.&quot;</p>

Andre Rison in the "30 for 30" documentary "Broke."

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Review: ESPN's '30 for 30' returns with 'Broke' & '9.79*'

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Sports documentary series resumes with stories of bankrupt athletes and doping sprinters

It never made sense to me that ESPN decided to ditch the "30 for 30" documentary name. Yes, Bill Simmons had come up with the idea to celebrate the network's 30th anniversary. But the original run of "30 for 30" films ran well into ESPN's 31st anniversary year, and sometimes, a brand name transcends its literal meaning. (20th Century Fox didn't suddenly change to 21st Century Fox, for instance.) When "30 for 30" ended, ESPN continued to put out some good documentaries under the "ESPN Films Presents" banner, but they appeared irregularly, you couldn't set a DVR season pass for them, and it didn't have that same cumulative feeling that the original series had. I made a point to watch nearly all the "30 for 30" docs (skipping the Red Sox one for partisan reasons and missing one or two others due to scheduling), and that same completist's impulse simply wasn't there for the "ESPN Films Presents" movies that followed.

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<p>Kelly Macdonald and Steve Buscemi in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Kelly Macdonald and Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire."

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HBO renews 'Boardwalk Empire' for season 4

1920s gangster drama recently won another directing Emmy

HBO has renewed "Boardwalk Empire" for a fourth season.

The Prohibition era gangster drama hasn't been the awards juggernaut HBO might have hoped for (though it was a surprise winner for the Emmy drama directing award this year, even without Martin Scorsese behind the camera), but it's been a solid hit, with the pay cable channel estimating that 7.2 million people have watched the third season premiere on various platforms.

“Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their outstanding team continue to produce a stunning show thatnever fails to surprise and entertain,” HBO president Michael Lombardo said in a statement.  “We are excited to bring this unique series back for a fourth season.”

<p>Daniella Alonso as Nora and Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie Matheson in &quot;Revolution.&quot;</p>

Daniella Alonso as Nora and Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie Matheson in "Revolution."

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Review: 'Revolution' - 'No Quarter'

Miles and Charlie run afoul of the militia and the resistance

A quick review of last night's "Revolution" coming up just as soon as I Shawshank my way out of here...

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<p>On &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;Barney imagines married life with Quinn.</p>

On "How I Met Your Mother," Barney imagines married life with Quinn.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Pre-Nup'

Everyone's relationship hits a rough patch at the exact same moment

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I name your lady parts...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 152: 'Raising Hope,' '30 for 30,' 'Homeland' premiere & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 152: 'Raising Hope,' '30 for 30,' 'Homeland' premiere & more

Dan and Alan also weigh in on recent episodes of 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'The Office' and 'How I Met Your Mother'

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Week 2 of the TV season is a bit slower, with one of the bigger premieres (the final season of "30 Rock") something we didn't get a screener for. Still, we have two shows we're happy to see the return of, and then we have lots of time to discuss other recent episodes, early ratings, and more.

The line-up: 

"Raising Hope" (00:01:15 - 00:10:55)
"30 for 30" (00:10:55 - 00:23:45)
Oscar host Seth MacFarlane (00:23:45 - 00:31:40)
Early Ratings (00:31:40 - 00:40:30)
"Sons of Anarchy" (00:40:40 - 00:50:15)
"The Office" (00:50:15 - 00:54:05)
"How I Met Your Mother" (00:54:10 - 01:00:45)
Listener mail - Guest Appearances (01:01:10 - 01:04:15)
Listener mail - "Life" (01:04:15 - 01:07:15)
"Homeland" (01:07:15 - 01:14:00)
 
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.
<p>Claire Danes in the &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Claire Danes in the "Homeland" season premiere.

Credit: Showtime

Season premiere review: 'Homeland' - 'The Smile'

The Emmy-winning drama returns with Carrie and Brody in very different places

"Homeland" is back for a new season, and I have a review of the premiere — plus a few thoughts from producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon — coming up just as soon as I love Julia Roberts...

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<p>Steve Zahn and John Boutte in &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Steve Zahn and John Boutte in "Tremé." 

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Review: 'Tremé' - 'Saints'

What's life for if you have to do without the thing you love most?

A few quick thoughts on tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as I set a date to set a date...

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