<p>Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in "Game of Thrones."

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Review: HBO's 'Game of Thrones' returns for season 3

George R.R. Martin's books give the TV producers too much to deal with a lot of the time
The George R.R. Martin fantasy novels that "Game of Thrones" is based on are the HBO drama's greatest asset, but also its biggest obstacle.

On the one hand, Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series has given TV producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss a rich world, juicy storylines, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of amazing characters. It's hard to believe, for instance, watching the new season — it begins on Sunday night at 9 — that Gwendoline Christie's amazonian Brienne of Tarth hasn't been around since day one, so indelible has she become. Again and again, Benioff and Weiss seem to find the perfect actor for each role, this year adding, among others, Dame Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Redwyne (sort of the Dowager Countess from “Downton Abbey” if she were a wartime consiglieri) and Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder (pragmatic king of the wild people who live north of the show’s fictional kingdom of Westeros).
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<p>FX&nbsp;has ordered another season of &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

FX has ordered another season of "Justified."

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FX renews 'Justified' for season 5

Raylan Givens and friends will be back in 2014

FX has renewed "Justifiedfor a fifth season, to debut in January 2014. 

The renewal was announced at FX's upfront presentations for advertisers this morning in New York.

"It remains one of the most consistently excellent shows on TV," said FX president John Landgraf.

"Justified" remains one of FX's most successful series, but the network has always taken its time with announcing renewals, particularly for older shows where the contracts become more complicated with each passing year. There was never a doubt "Justified" would be back; it was just a question of when the announcement would be.

The fourth season finale airs this Tuesday night at 10.

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<p>&quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff with star Emilia Clarke.</p>

"Game of Thrones" producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff with star Emilia Clarke.

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'Game of Thrones' producers say season 3 'as big as we're going to get'

Also, what if they catch up to the books? Was there almost another Joffrey? And what about sexposition?

The third season of "Game of Thrones" is "probably as big as we're going to get," according to co-showrunner David Benioff, who joined partner D.B. Weiss on a press conference call to preview the HBO fantasy epic's return on Sunday night at 9.

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<p>The first season of &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;was among this year's Peabody Award winners.</p>

The first season of "Girls" was among this year's Peabody Award winners.

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'Girls,' 'Louie' & 'Doctor Who' win Peabody Awards

'Southland,' 'Switched at Birth' and Lorne Michaels among the other entertainment winners

FX's "Louie," HBO's "Girls," the BBC's "Doctor Who" and TNT's "Southland" were among the TV series honored this year with Peabody Awards.

The Peabody Awards, now in their 72nd year, are designed "to recognize the most outstanding achievements in electronic media, including radio, television and cable." The eligibility period covers a calendar year, so "Girls" was being honored for its first season, while "Louie" for its third, both of which aired in 2012. There are also some institutional winners, honored for years worth of work, that this year included "Doctor Who" (celebrating its 50th anniversary), "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels," and Michael Apted's "Up" documentary series.

Other entertainment winners this year included ABC Family's "Switched at Birth," the HBO movie "Game Change," and the Comedy Central special "D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List." The full list of winners is here.

Though I wasn't a fan of "Game Change," overall, it's an impressive list that covers some of the best, most distinctive programming on television that hadn't yet won a Peabody. (Given the sort of shows that tend to win, it's surprising that "Louie" didn't get one a year ago after its brilliant second season, even if last year's group already included "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "Parks and Recreation" and "Tremé.") It's nice to see "Southland," which doesn't really get any awards love, be recognized, though I doubt it will do much good; two years ago, the Peabodys honored another TNT show on the verge of cancellation, "Men of a Certain Age." 

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<p>Tim (Jacob Pitts)&nbsp;and Rachel (Erica Tazel) on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Tim (Jacob Pitts) and Rachel (Erica Tazel) on "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Peace of Mind'

With Drew Thompson in custody, everybody's out to find Ellen May

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as we are literally searching every dog house, hen house and outhouse...

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<p>Zooey Deschanel as Jess as Elvis Presley on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel as Jess as Elvis Presley on "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Chicago'

A death in the family sends the gang to Nick and Winston's hometown to plan a funeral

A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I take a dart in the eye for a gold chain...

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor... and Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor... and Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor... in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor... and Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor... and Neil Patrick Harris and Josh Radnor... in "How I Met Your Mother."

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Time Travelers'

An iffy episode surprisingly builds to an emotional high point

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I DVR the news...

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<p>Billy Burke as Miles Matheson in &quot;Revolution.&quot;</p>

Billy Burke as Miles Matheson in "Revolution."

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Review: 'Revolution' - 'The Stand'

What did everybody think of the NBC drama's return?

I weighed in on the return of "Revolution" in this morning's post, but I have a couple of spoiler-iffic thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I drive here in a Cutlass Ciera...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 174: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Revolution,' 'Orphan Black' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 174: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Revolution,' 'Orphan Black' & more

Dan and Alan also talk 'Happy Endings,' Jaypocalypse 2.0, 'Mr. Selfridge' and answer your mail


It's a mono-coastal installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan is back home for Passover. You tell us if you notice any appreciable difference in sound quality from us being only a few hundred miles apart rather than close to 3000 30000. It's a busy show, with talk about "Game of Thrones," "Revolution," BBC America's "Orphan Black," and a lot more. The lineup:

"Revolution" (00:01:10 - 00:13:55)
"Orphan Black" (00:14:00 - 00:23:10)
"Game of Thrones" (00:24:00 - 00:37:45)
"Mr. Selfridge" (00:37:45 - 43:50)
A few words on "Happy Endings" on Friday and Jaypocalypse 2.0 (00:44:00 - 01:01:20)
Listener Mail - Marketing versus Creative (01:01:35 - 01:05:55)
Listener Mail - The future of "Law & Order" (01:06:00 - 01:12:05)
Listener Mail - Showrunners on multiple shows (01:12:10 - 01:18:20)
Listener Mail - Live+3 versus C3 ratings (01:18:25 - 01:20:20)
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>Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie in &quot;Revolution.&quot;</p>

Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie in "Revolution."

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Review: 'Revolution' returns, hoping to turn the lights back on at NBC

Can the sci-fi drama and 'The Voice' pull NBC out of last place again?

In the narration that begins most episodes of "Revolution," the hit NBC drama about a future dystopia where electricity has ceased to function, the show's hero Miles Matheson (Billy Burke) tells the audience, "We still don't know why the power went out, but we're hopeful that someone will come and light the way."

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