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

Louis C.K. on "Louie."

Credit: FX

Review: FX's 'Louie' still unpredictable, and brilliant, in season 3

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Louis C.K. keeps trying new ideas and new faces, including Melissa Leo and Parker Posey
Midway through the third episode of the new season of "Louie" — which was and continues to be one of the very best shows on television — Louis C.K. is introduced to a Spanish phrase that, loosely translated, means, "Say you don't know, and then you learn everything." As hard as it is to apply any motto to a show as idiosyncratic and unpredictable as "Louie," that's a pretty good one.
 
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<p>Dustin Hoffman in &quot;Luck.&quot;</p>

Dustin Hoffman in "Luck."

Credit: HBO

If I had an Emmy ballot 2012: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Can Dustin Hoffman take down Bryan Cranston? And who else makes the cut?

Time for part 7 of our look at the Emmy nominations process for 2012. As always, Fienberg and I are going to approach things in two ways. I'll pretend that I have an Emmy ballot and make my picks for the six actors or shows I would put on my ballot, while Dan will rank the potential nominees from most likely to least. And, as always, we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't consider people who didn't submit themselves, nor can we reassign anyone to a more suitable or easier category.

We're continuing to move through the lead performer categories, this time with Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Dan's predictions are here, and my preferences are coming right up...

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<p>Charlie Sheen in &quot;Anger Management.&quot;</p>

Charlie Sheen in "Anger Management."

Credit: FX

Review: FX's 'Anger Management' lets Charlie Sheen be Charlie Sheen

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New sitcom isn't winning, or losing; just what you expect it to be, no more, no less

Talent and/or fame will get you second chances — and often third, fifth and ninth chances. Always and always and always. Whether in sports or entertainment, if your skill set is going to make the product better, or if your popularity is going to put more fannies in the seats, then it doesn't matter how difficult you can be to work with, how many times you've been arrested, how often your face has been in the news for an embarrassing reason.

See Ron Artest. See Lindsay Lohan. See Dennis Rodman.

Or see Charlie Sheen, newly returned to television in "Anger Management," a sitcom that debuts Thursday night at 9 on FX.

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

Sutton Foster and friends in "Bunheads."

Credit: ABC Family

Review: 'Bunheads' - 'Inherit the Wind'

Michelle and Fanny adjust to their new circumstances, while the girls try to win a contest

A review of last night's "Bunheads" coming up just as soon as we talk about bunions and menopause...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 136: 'Louie,' 'Anger Management,' 'Episodes' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 136: 'Louie,' 'Anger Management,' 'Episodes' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Twenty Twelve,' 'Weeds' and the latest 'Buffy' season 1 episode

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It's a comedy-heavy week at the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as we review the return of "Louie," Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management" comeback, BBC America's "Twenty Twelve," and the return of Showtime's "Weeds" and "Episodes." We also hit another episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 1, and finally dip back into the mailbag after several weeks away.

The line-up: 

"Twenty Twelve" (00:01:20 - 00:07:45)
"Anger Management" (00:07:50 - 00:21:30)
"Louie" (00:22:00 - 00:32:00)
"Weeds" (00:32:00 - 00:40:05)
"Episodes" (00:40:10 - 00:53:00)
Listener Mail - Comedies ready for The Leap (00:53:20 - 01:02:20)
Listener Mail - Wives of Anti-heroes (01:02:25 - 01:12:45)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (01:12:45 - 01:25:00)
 
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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<p>&quot;Suburgatory&quot;&nbsp;star Jane Levy.</p>

"Suburgatory" star Jane Levy.

Credit: ABC

If I had an Emmy ballot 2012: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

The stars of 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Girls,' 'Veep' and more

Time for part 6 of our look at the Emmy nominations process for 2012. As always, Fienberg and I are going to approach things in two ways. I'll pretend that I have an Emmy ballot and make my picks for the six actors or shows I would put on my ballot, while Dan will rank the potential nominees from most likely to least. And, as always, we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't consider people who didn't submit themselves, nor can we reassign anyone to a more suitable or easier category.

We're continuing to move through the lead performer categories, this time with Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Dan's predictions are here, and my preferences are coming right up...

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<p>John Gallagher Jr., Emily Mortimer and Alison Pill in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

John Gallagher Jr., Emily Mortimer and Alison Pill in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

Series premiere review: 'The Newsroom' - 'We Just Decided To'

The bad and (mostly) good of Aaron Sorkin are both on display in the pilot episode

I reviewed the first four episodes of "The Newsroom" as a whole on Wednesday, and now that the first episode has aired, I have some specific thoughts on it, coming up just as soon as I take medicine for vertigo...

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<p>Emily Mortimer as Mackenzie MacHale in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Emily Mortimer as Mackenzie MacHale in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

'The Newsroom' star Emily Mortimer on becoming American and learning to speak Sorkin

British actress goes super-patriotic in new HBO drama
Emily Mortimer spent the first 8 minutes of our 20 minute interview about her role in HBO's "The Newsroom" answering a single question. Of course, it was a question fundamental to her understanding of her role as TV news producer Mackenzie MacHale. We're told in the series pilot that Mackenzie has English parents but was born in America and is more patriotic and a bigger believer in the American dream than her colleagues who don't have a pronounced British accent.
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<p>Al Swearengen (Ian McShane)&nbsp;is on the mend on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) is on the mend on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 5: 'Complications' (Veterans edition)

Al recuperates, Alma gets a surprise, and Merrick stirs up trouble

We're into week 4 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the veteran-friendly version; click here for the newbie-safe one.

A review of episode 5, "Complications," coming up just as soon as I give you a sarcastic thumbs up...

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<p>Al Swearengen (Ian McShane)&nbsp;is on the mend on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) is on the mend on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 5: 'Complications' (Newbies edition)

Al recuperates, Alma gets a surprise, and Merrick stirs up trouble

We're into week 4 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the newbie-safe version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

A review of episode 5, "Complications," coming up just as soon as I give you a sarcastic thumbs up...

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