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

Emily Mortimer as Mackenzie MacHale in "The Newsroom."

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'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."

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'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."

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'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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<p>Garret Dillahunt on &quot;Raising Hope.&quot;</p>

Garret Dillahunt on "Raising Hope."

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

The men of '30 Rock,' 'Raising Hope,' 'Louie' and more

Time for part 5 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've now wrapped up our picks for the supporting actor categories, so it's time to move onto Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Dan's predictions are here, and my preferences are coming right up...

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<p>Elijah Wood and Robin Williams in &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Elijah Wood and Robin Williams in "Wilfred."

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Season premiere review: 'Wilfred' - 'Progress'

Robin Williams tries to help Ryan deal with his issues

FX decided to bring "Wilfred" back a week in advance of the rest of its Thursday premieres, and I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as someone gets this Tic-Tac from under my wheel...

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<p>Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in "The Newsroom."

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'The Newsroom' star Jeff Daniels on cable news, movies vs. TV, and working with Aaron Sorkin

What made the movie veteran want to do a series for the first time?
Jeff Daniels hasn't led a predictable career. He's done blockbusters ("Speed") and indies ("The Squid and the Whale"), has done highbrow ("The Purple Rose of Cairo") and lowbrow ("Dumb & Dumber"), mature Oscar winners ("Terms of Endearment")  and unapologetic kiddie fare ("101 Dalmations"). The one thing he hasn’t done much of until now is television. He did a few episodic guest appearances as a new actor, did a voice cameo on "Frasier" once, and has done a couple of historical TV-movie and miniseries projects for cable, but has largely kept himself on the big screen.
 
That changes on Sunday night at 10 on HBO, when Daniels takes the lead role in Aaron Sorkin's new drama "The Newsroom."He plays Will McAvoy, a cable news anchor whose reputation is built on not expressing an opinion or offending anyone — until one day he just can't take it anymore and explodes with a long, loud and very public monologue about everything that's gone wrong with America and the news media that covers it. After that, Will is encouraged by new producer (and ex-girlfriend) Mackenzie MacHale (Emily Mortimer) to take a more substantive, opinionated take on the news, ratings be damned.
 
I spoke with Daniels about what his own take on the news media, the adjustments that come with doing television, and what it was like to be a rookie actor standing on a cliff in Hawaii with Jack Lord.
 
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<p>&quot;Wilfred&quot;&nbsp;stars Jason Gann and Elijah Wood.</p>

"Wilfred" stars Jason Gann and Elijah Wood.

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Reminder: 'Wilfred' is back tonight at 10:30

FX is airing a 'sneak preview' of the man-and-dog comedy a week before other Thursday premieres

I had no plans to write anything in advance of the return of FX's "Wilfred" tonight at 10:30, since I already have a review of the first episode ready to go at 11. But then I realized that, like me, many of you may be surprised to realize that A)FX is airing a new "Wilfred" episode a week before its other heavily-promoted premieres ("Anger Management," "Louie," Russell Brand's talk show), and B)FX is airing this new episode outside of the usual 10 p.m. "Wilfred" timeslot. 

I go into some speculation as to why that is in my review of the episode — which FX is referring to as a "sneak preview," even though, story-wise, it picks up after the events of last season's finale, and before the events of next week's episode — but for those of you who don't follow me on Twitter but like the show, consider this a public service to reduce the number of "But I didn't know it was back yet!" comments tonight.

Here's a trailer for this "sneak preview" — which I've been reminded is already up on Hulu (but please refrain from any plot-specific comments until tonight's post goes up) — including a glimpse of guest star Robin Williams:

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<p>Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in "Game of Thrones."

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If I had an Emmy ballot 2012: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Performances from 'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men' and more

Time for part 4 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.

Having covered the drama supporting actors last time, we move onto Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Dan's predictions are here, and my preferences are coming right up...

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<p>The late, great Fatty Arbuckle was part of CBS' fantastic &quot;Dancing on the Stars&quot;&nbsp;press release.</p>

The late, great Fatty Arbuckle was part of CBS' fantastic "Dancing on the Stars" press release.

Outstanding Achievement in Fake Press Releases: CBS announces 'Dancing on the Stars'

The network lost the legal battle over ABC's 'Glass House,' but it won the comedy war

I've been largely ignoring the legal battle between CBS and ABC over the premiere of the latter network's reality show "The Glass House," which the former network insists is a complete rip-off of "Big Brother," and sued to keep it off the air. After all, every successful TV show that's ever existed has been cloned a half dozen times over, and why should we get up in arms over "Big Brother," of all the shows being imitated? 

CBS lost the legal battle, but won the war when "Glass House" tanked in its Monday premiere, and now they've won the battle for the last — and certainly best — word with this press release, a marvel of snark and cattiness. Many press releases are easy to laugh at; this is one of the few I've ever seen that I heartily laughed with: 

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<p>Bruce Campbell from &quot;Burn Notice.&quot;</p>

Bruce Campbell from "Burn Notice."

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HitFix First Look: Bruce Campbell meets John C. McGinley on 'Burn Notice'

How will Sam Axe and Dr. Cox get along?

I'm not doing weekly coverage of "Burn Noticethis season, but I'm still watching and enjoying the show, and particularly still enjoying the interplay between the actors. With Fi off in prison for now that puts even more of an emphasis on Bruce Campbell and how Sam and Mike (and Sam and Jesse) get along, so what better man to introduce a clip from tomorrow night's episode than Campbell himself? 

Of particular interest to me was the appearance of guest star John C. McGinley, playing Michael's new CIA handler. I haven't seen much of McGinley since "Scrubs" ended — outside of a couple of State Farm commercials that I assume he did to pay the bills — and I'm glad to have the former Dr. Cox back on my TV and interacting with the likes of Campbell and Donovan. 

As usual, "Burn Notice" airs Thursday night at 9 on USA.