<p>Kurt Sutter in his &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;role as Big Otto.</p>

Kurt Sutter in his "Sons of Anarchy" role as Big Otto.

Credit: FX

Press Tour 2012: 'Sons of Anarchy' panel live-blog

What will Kurt Sutter and friends have to say about season 5?

FX has had a very busy day today here at press tour, with panels for "Louie," talk shows involving Russell Brand and W. Kumau Bell, and the new comedy "Legit." I'm going to live-blog the day's final panel, featuring Kurt Sutter and the actors of "Sons of Anarchy." The motorcycle club drama's fifth season debuts on Tuesday, September 11 at 10 p.m.

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<p>Louis C.K. on &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. on "Louie."

Credit: FX

FX renews 'Louie' for season 4

FX also orders another batch of 'BrandX with Russell Brand'

Among the announcements made during FX president John Landgraf's press tour executive session was the decision by the network to order a fourth season of "Louie." 

The network also ordered an additional seven episodes of Russell Brand's talk show "BrandX," to debut in the fall. Landgraf said there would be creative changes to the series, which will be paneled later today at press tour.

Though ratings for "Louie" have never been enormous, it's done very well in critical acclaim and Emmy nominations, and the deal FX has with Louis C.K. — he gets a drastically smaller budget than a normal cable comedy in exchange for complete creative control — makes financial sense for the network.

During the panel, I asked Landgraf if he would like to cut a "Louie"-style deal with another creator. He said he would love to, and has even had inquiries about it from the Hollywood community, but the problem so far is in finding someone who can do all the jobs C.K. does, since he stars, writes, directs, works on the music and, until this season, did all the editing. He cited "Legit," an upcoming FX sitcom starring Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, where Jefferies does some writing, but needed help from a pair of other veteran comedy producers.

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<p>Sofia Vergara and the rest of the &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;adult cast have reason to get excited now that their salaries have been raised.</p>
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Sofia Vergara and the rest of the "Modern Family" adult cast have reason to get excited now that their salaries have been raised.


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'Modern Family' actors resolve contract dispute with studio

All six adult actors get raises, and the show will go on

When I ran into "Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan early at ABC's press tour party, he seemed very relaxed and happy for a man whose show was in the middle of a very public salary dispute between his six adult stars and the studio that pays their salaries.

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<p>AMC&nbsp;has canceled &quot;The Killing,&quot;&nbsp;starring Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos.</p>

AMC has canceled "The Killing," starring Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos.

Credit: AMC

AMC cancels 'The Killing'

Murder mystery series ran two seasons, at least told us who killed Rosie Larsen by the end

AMC has decided not to order a third season of "The Killing," bringing the mystery series to an end.

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<p>Andre Braugher in ABC's &quot;Last Resort.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Andre Braugher in ABC's "Last Resort." 

Credit: ABC

A day in the life of press tour '12: ABC

Andre Braugher, Connie Britton and friends stop by for the critics

After a couple of light days at the tour involving channels I don't usually write about or set visits to shows I don't watch, press tour gets back into full swing today with a visit from ABC. As I like to do on certain tour days, here's a run-down of who and what will be here so you have some sense of what the day is like, and also on what may be appearing on HitFix today and tomorrow.

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<p>William and Martha bring Mr. Bullock some lunch on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

William and Martha bring Mr. Bullock some lunch on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind scheduling update

We'll be reviewing the next 2 episodes together next week

Hey all you "Deadwoodrewinders, be you veterans or newbies(*), I have a quick scheduling update: there won't be a review of "Amalgamation and Capital" today, but I'll be reviewing both it and "Advances None Miraculous" together next Friday.

This is less a matter of scheduling than my realization that, as with "A Lie Agreed Upon," parts 1 and 2, these episodes are better off being discussed as a whole, rather than as separate pieces. They take place on the same day and largely tell the same handful of stories. So we'll be back next week, and hopefully with a bunch of our friends. (I ran into Garret Dillahunt at FOX's press tour party and am hopeful he'll be contributing again before season's end.) 

That is all.

(*) Well, except for this question: are the newbie reviews still serving a purpose for this project? With "The Wire," I wrote slightly expanded reviews for the veterans, and those posts generated their own healthy comments section. We got some newbie comments for "Deadwood" last summer, but have gotten a grand total of 3 newbie comments (spread over 2 reviews) this time around. Since all the newbies have to do to avoid being spoiled is to stop before they get to the comments, would anyone object strongly to me ditching that version of the review? Just curious.

 

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<p>Parker Posey and Louis C.K. in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Parker Posey and Louis C.K. in "Louie."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Louie' - 'Daddy's Girlfriend, Part 2'

It's a Parker Posey tour de force, as Louie's date doesn't go remotely as planned

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I pine for North Dakota...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 140: Press tour, 'Breaking Bad' & 'Buffy'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 140: Press tour, 'Breaking Bad' & 'Buffy'

Dan and Alan discuss the early doings for the Television Critics Association

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Dan and I are at press tour together, which means it's time for an in-person installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. We're punchy enough that it took some prompting for Dan to remember what day it was, but we talked quite a bit about the tour so far, answered your mail and did the usual "Buffy" and "Breaking Bad" pieces.

The line-up: 

TCA Press Tour (00:00:00 - 00:40:30)
Comic-Con Listener Mail (00:41:25 - 00:49:40)
"Breaking Bad" (00:49:40 - 01:03:20)
"Buffy the Vampire slayer" (01:03:25 - 01:13:30)
 
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>The &quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;roommates try to explain the rules of True American to Dermot Mulroney.</p>

The "New Girl" roommates try to explain the rules of True American to Dermot Mulroney.

Credit: FOX

Press Tour 2012: 'New Girl' producers lay down True American rules (sort of)

Do even Dave Finkel and Brett Baer know how to play the historical drinking game?

The rules and origins of True American, a drinking game glimpsed in a season 1 episode of FOX's "New Girl," are like shadows of a whisper of a rumor. Zooey Deschanel's Jess attempted to describe the game as "50 percent drinking game, 50 percent life-sized Candyland," but her roommates immediately disputed her math.

All fans of the show know for sure are the following:

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<p>Rainn Wilson will likely switch from &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;to a Dwight-centric spin-off midway through this season.</p>

Rainn Wilson will likely switch from "The Office" to a Dwight-centric spin-off midway through this season.

Credit: NBC

Press Tour 2012: NBC president on 'The Office,' Dwight spin-off and more

Will any of the returning shows get advance warning to make a series finale?

Even though the bulk of yesterday's NBC executive session at press tour was spent discussing the network's comedy strategy — and the hope of finding shows with broader appeal than "Community," "30 Rock," etc. — there was still more to discuss about those comedies. So when I ran into new NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke at NBC's press tour party, I asked her about the current plans for an "Office" spin-off built around Dwight, the state of "The Office" itself, and what might happen with all the marginally-rated returning NBC series that have shorter-than-normal episode orders for this season.

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