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

Kelly Bishop and Sutton Foster in "Bunheads."

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Review: ABC Family's 'Bunheads' a return to form for Amy Sherman-Palladino

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'Gilmore Girls' creator teams former Tony winners Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop in new dramedy
"Gilmore Girls" and "The West Wing" debuted a year apart from one another, and they've always been linked in my mind: Two shows with machine gun banter, two shows that at their best deftly balanced laughs and heartache, two shows with creators — Amy Sherman-Palladino for "Gilmore Girls," Aaron Sorkin for "West Wing" — whose voices were unmistakable from anyone else's on television.
 
Those two are also linked in my mind because both series continued without their creators — and were never the same without them — and because their follow-up series (Sherman-Palladino's leaden "The Return of Jezebel James" and Sorkin's self-important "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") featured their styles applied to either formats (the traditional sitcom style of "Jezebel James") or subjects (topical sketch comedy for "Studio 60") for which they were ill-suited.
 
And now Sherman-Palladino and Sorkin are linked yet again because both are returning to television this month with new shows where the mission statement seems to be "Here is this thing everybody loved once upon a time, wrapped in a slightly different package."
 
For Sorkin, it's "The Newsroom," a more serious spin on "Sports Night" that we'll talk about closer to its June 24 premiere. For Sherman-Palladino, it's "Bunheads," a new dramedy that premieres Monday night at 9 on ABC Family. If it's not exactly "Gilmore Girls 2: Acoustic Boogaloo," it's close enough to be reassuring — and, on occasion, distracting.
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<p>Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 3: 'New Money' (Veterans edition)

While Al suffers, Garret Dillahunt returns in a dark new role

We're into week 2 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 3, "New Money," coming up just as soon as we make the trout pay for his slothful ways...

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<p>Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 3: 'New Money' (Newbies edition)

While Al suffers, Garret Dillahunt returns in a dark new role

We're into week 2 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 3, "New Money," coming up just as soon as we make the trout pay for his slothful ways...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 133: 'True Blood,' 'Comedy Bang! Bang!,' 'Bunk' & 'Saving Hope'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 133: 'True Blood,' 'Comedy Bang! Bang!,' 'Bunk' & 'Saving Hope'

Dan and Alan also talk TCA Awards and continue their 'Buffy' rewatch with 'Witch'

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We promised a two-podcast week for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, and we delivered, dammit. With "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones" out of the way, we had plenty of time for reviewing, awards discussion, letter answering and our discussion of a "Buffy" episode that was a step down from the pilot.

The line-up: 

"Saving Hope" (00:00:50 - 00:10:15)
"Comedy Bang Bang!" and "Bunk" (00:10:20 - 00:19:00)
"True Blood" (00:19:00 - 00:32:00)
TCA Award Nominations (00:32:00 - 00:42:25)
Alan's Kids' TV Roundup (00:42:35 - 00:49:25)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Rewatch (00:49:30 - 01:03:45)
 
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>Will Johnny Galecki and&nbsp;Jim Parsons dress up for &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot; Comic-Con panel in Hall H?</p>

Will Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons dress up for "The Big Bang Theory" Comic-Con panel in Hall H?

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'Big Bang Theory,' 'Fringe' hit Hall H as Warner Brothers TV announces Comic-Con plans

'Nikita,' 'Supernatural' and 'Person of Interest' among other panels

Organizers of the San Diego Comic-Con have slowly but surely been coming to the reality that many TV show panels are as much in demand from convention-goers as movie panels — if not moreso — and over the last few years, the Convention Center's biggest room, Hall H, has started hosting TV events on Sundays after the movie studios have skipped town. So when Warner Bros. released its Comic-Con plans (the first TV studio to do so this year), it was no surprise to see "Fringe" get a promotion from Ballroom 20 to a Sunday slot in Hall H. But the bigger deal involves "The Big Bang Theory," which will also be in Hall H, but on Friday — which is typically prime movie studio time.

As other studios and networks announce their own Con plans, it'll be interesting to see if "Big Bang" is an anomaly, or if other TV shows that generally have to turn many, many people away from Ballroom 20 — say, "Game of Thrones" and "True Blood" — also get the big room on an earlier day.

After the jump, a list of the pilots Warner Bros. will be screening in Ballroom 20 on Wednesday, July 11, and then days, room numbers and tentative guests for the various Warner Bros. panels:

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<p>Claire Danes and &quot;Homeland&quot; earned four Television Critics Association Awards nominations.</p>

Claire Danes and "Homeland" earned four Television Critics Association Awards nominations.

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TCA Awards nominees include 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones' & 'Homeland'

The Television Critics Association also celebrated 'Girls,' 'Louie,' 'Parks and Recreation' & more

Showtime's "Homeland," HBO's "Game of Thrones" and AMC's "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" were among the shows getting the most love in the nominations for the 2012 Television Critics Association Awards.

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<p>Michael Shanks is a tuxedo-clad wandering spirit in &quot;Saving Hope.&quot;</p>

Michael Shanks is a tuxedo-clad wandering spirit in "Saving Hope."

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Review: NBC's 'Saving Hope' mixes medical drama with metaphysics

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Michael Shanks wasted as a doctor-turned-phantom, and Erica Durance wasted without him

It's been more than 50 years since the premieres of ABC's "Dr. Kildare" and "Ben Casey," two of the earliest successful hospital dramas on television. That is a very long time for any one genre, even with the advances in both medical science and TV storytelling over those 50 years, and the longer it's been around, the more that modern doctor shows have had to find new twists on the same old stories. "ER" was the hospital drama as action movie. "Grey's Anatomy" mixed "ER" with "Friends" and "Sex and the City," while "House" mashed up Sherlock Holmes, "CSI" and lupus.

So I can't exactly blame the creative team behind "Saving Hope" — a new Canadian-produced hospital drama that will begin airing on NBC tomorrow night at 9 — for deciding that their new way into this familiar territory was to add some metaphysics to their medicine.

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<p>Michael Kenneth Williams in a more traditional Omar kind of pose.</p>

Michael Kenneth Williams in a more traditional Omar kind of pose.

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Even David Simon loves 'The Wire: The Musical'

Bubbs sings! Omar dances! And Snoop as you've never seen her before!

I don't usually do posts that are just excuses to embed funny videos, but I'm making an exception for Funny Or Die's "The Wire: The Musical" for three reasons: 1)It is among the more hilarious viral videos I've seen in a while, particularly in the way that it uses actual "Wire" castmembers like Michael Kenneth Williams, Andre Royo, Sonja Sohn and Snoop Pearson, 2)It's a very slow news day, and if not for this, I likely wouldn't be posting anything today, and 3)Even David Simon gave it his stamp of approval.

If you haven't already seen it by now — possibly many, many times — enjoy. (Also, to answer the inevitable spoiler questions, don't watch if you haven't seen the whole series.) 

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 132: 'Game of Thrones' & 'Mad Men'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 132: 'Game of Thrones' & 'Mad Men'

In the first of a two-podcast week, Dan and Alan also review 'Push Girls'

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Given Dan's travels last week, and the amount of stuff he would have to catch up on his DVR upon returning, we weren't sure if we'd be able to record a Firewall & Iceberg Podcast today, or if we'd have to wait until later in the week. But late last night, we figured out a compromise: a two-podcast week!

So today we kept it simple — but very long — by talking briefly about Sundance's "Push Girls" before doing extended segments on the end of "Game of Thrones" season 2 and last night's "Mad Men," and we'll be back later in the week to talk about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "True Blood" and more.

The line-up: 

"Push Girls" (00:03:05 - 00:10:05)
"Game of Thrones" (00:10:10 - 00:55:45)
"Mad Men" (00:55:50 - 01:31:00)
 
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.
<p>Jared Harris as Lane Pryce on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Jared Harris as Lane Pryce on "Mad Men."

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Interview: 'Mad Men' co-star Jared Harris on Lane Pryce and 'Commissions and Fees'

What did the actor know, and when did he know it?

When I talked to Jared Harris about the huge developments for Lane Pryce on last night's "Mad Men,"he reminded me of one of Lane's most important earlier scenes.

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