<p>Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are back on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are back on "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Breaking Bad' season 5 presents a Walter White in triumph

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Even in Walt's apparent victory, AMC drama remains spectacularly tense
(Note: This column contains mild spoilers for the upcoming season of "Breaking Bad." If you don't want to know anything at all, don't read.)
 
Through four seasons of "Breaking Bad," Walter White has been many things: Teacher. Husband. Father. Cancer patient. Meth cook. Aspiring drug lord. Frustrated employee. Mentor. Killer.
 
Most of all, though, he's been an escape artist.
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 137: 'Perception,' 'Hit & Miss,' listener mail & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 137: 'Perception,' 'Hit & Miss,' listener mail & more

Dan and Alan also answer reader questions about 'The Newsroom' and 'Cheers'

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Time for the first of two installments this week for the  Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I talk about TNT's "Perception" and the American premiere of "Hit & Miss," as well as checking in on a highlight and lowlight of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 1, and dipping into the mailbag to talk Aaron Sorkin and "Cheers." We'll be back on Wednesday or Thursday with another one of our wildly popular road trip podcasts, this time to discuss "Breaking Bad," USA's "Political Animals," and more.

The line-up: 

"Perception" (00:02:00 - 00:14:45)
"Hit & Miss" (00:14:45 - 00:27:25)
Listener Mail - Reviewing shows (00:28:00 - 00:33:15)
Listener Mail - Writerly tics (00:33:20 - 00:39:49)
Listener Mail - Why "Cheers" still looks good (00:39:50 - 00:48:00)
Two "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" episodes (00:48:15 - 01:12:50)
 
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>Steve Buscemi and the rest of the &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;gang will be back in September.</p>

Steve Buscemi and the rest of the "Boardwalk Empire" gang will be back in September.

Credit: HBO

HBO announces 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Treme' season premiere dates

Both dramas to return in September

HBO has announced September premiere dates for the third seasons of "Boardwalk Empire" and "Treme."

"Boardwalk Empire" has aired on Sundays in the fall throughout its run, and that pattern will hold when the third season begins on Sunday, September 16 at 9 p.m. The major addition to the cast will be character actor Bobby Cannavale.

"Treme," meanwhile, aired both of its first two seasons in the spring, but HBO decided to shift it to fall this time around. It will debut on Sunday, September 23 at 10 p.m.

(Note that "Boardwalk" debuts a week before the Emmys and 8 days before the start of the network TV season, while "Treme" will premiere opposite the Emmy telecast.)

While "Boardwalk" has been a ratings success for HBO and seems likely to stick around for quite a while, "Treme" may or may not be entering its final season. Creator David Simon has pitched HBO on plans for a fourth season to conclude the series, but no decision has been made yet.

<p>Sam Waterston in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Sam Waterston in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Newsroom' - 'The 112th Congress'

Will takes on the Tea Party

A review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as the best analogy I can use is "Rocky II"...

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<p>The &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;brain trust gathers to discuss what to do with Wolcott.</p>

The "Deadwood" brain trust gathers to discuss what to do with Wolcott.

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 7: 'E.B. Was Left Out' (Veterans edition)

Charlie picks a fight, Seth makes an offer and Farnum throws a fit

We're into week 6 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 7, "E.B. Was Left Out," coming up just as soon as I apologize for my work with the decimals...

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<p>The &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;brain trust gathers to discuss what to do with Wolcott.</p>

The "Deadwood" brain trust gathers to discuss what to do with Wolcott.

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 7: 'E.B. Was Left Out' (Newbies edition)

Charlie picks a fight, Seth makes an offer and Farnum throws a fit

We're into week 6 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 7, "E.B. Was Left Out," coming up just as soon as I apologize for my work with the decimals...

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<p>Melissa Leo and Louis C.K. in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Melissa Leo and Louis C.K. in "Louie."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Louie' - 'Telling Jokes/Set Up'

Louie gets into trouble with guest star Melissa Leo

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I have two clam shacks in Sag Harbor...

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<p>Elijah Wood and Allison Mack in &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Elijah Wood and Allison Mack in "Wilfred."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Wilfred' - 'Dignity'

Wilfred plays frustrated comedian at Ryan's office

A review of tonight's "Wilfred" coming up just as soon as I schedule an exit interview with the snow globe...

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<p>Christina Hendricks and Jon Hamm in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Christina Hendricks and Jon Hamm in "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

If I had an Emmy ballot 2012: Outstanding Drama Series

What shows join "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" on Alan's final list?

And now we've come to the end of our trip through this year's Emmy nominations ballot. Actual ballots were due last Thursday, but the point of this exercise isn't about trying to influence the vote, but simply talking about whom Dan expects to be nominated (ranking potential nominees from most likely to least), and whom I would pick if I had a ballot. And, as always, we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't consider shows that didn't submit themselves, nor can we reassign one to a more suitable or easier category.

Our last category is Outstanding Drama Series. Dan's predictions are here, and my picks are coming right up...

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<p>Even in publicity photos, Andy Griffith wound up playing straight man to co-star Don Knotts.</p>

Even in publicity photos, Andy Griffith wound up playing straight man to co-star Don Knotts.

Credit: CBS

Andy Griffith: Appreciating the late, great sincere TV icon

The star of 'The Andy Griffith Show' and 'Matlock' died today
Andy Griffith, who died today at the age of 86, was one of the great television stars of all time not because of his skill with a joke (though he was splendid as both comedian and straight man), nor because of his dramatic chops (though his performance in the 1957 movie "A Face in the Crowd" is seared in the memory of anyone who saw it), but simply because audiences found something innately decent and trustworthy about him. Whether as small-town sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" or a crafty aging lawyer on "Matlock," Griffith was someone viewers wanted on their side.
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