<p>Joan Allen, Dustin Hoffman, John Ortiz and Dennis Farina in &quot;Luck.&quot;</p>

Joan Allen, Dustin Hoffman, John Ortiz and Dennis Farina in "Luck."

Credit: HBO

Some thoughts on the 'Luck' cancellation

Equine tragedy got in the way of David Milch's dream project about horse racing

I've known David Milch for almost 16 years, and I have never seen him more animated or excited than the day we met, when at the tail end of an interview about "NYPD Blue," he smiled and said, "You should come to the track with me." I was a 22-year-old newspaper intern; he was the Emmy-winning creator of my favorite TV show. I went to the track. And over the course of an afternoon, Milch regaled me and "NYPD" writer David Mills with stories about a lifetime of watching horse racing. He even offered to cut us in on his winnings if a horse he had bet on came in; I was still new at the newspaper thing and trying to figure out the ethical implications when the horse did me a favor and finished out of the money. Mills and I occasionally talked about that day in the years that followed, and Mills was convinced that one day, when Milch had amassed enough credit in the TV business, he was going to spend it by combining his two passions to make a drama about life at the track.

So "Luck" as an idea has been in my consciousness for a very long time, which is why I'm having trouble processing the news that HBO has canceled the series after a third horse died during filming, early in production of the second season.

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<p>Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos in "The Killing."

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'The Killing,' social media, and the problems mysteries have in a Twitter age

Can Twitter ruin all surprises? And should Veena Sud be reading online feedback?

You may recall that when "The Killing" finale aired, I didn't mince words in my review, saying that "This will be the last review I write of 'The Killing,' because this will be the last time I watch 'The Killing.'"

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<p>Schmidt (Max Greenfield)&nbsp;tries on a new persona on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Schmidt (Max Greenfield) tries on a new persona on "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Control': The little-nipped drummer boy

Jess gets Schmidt to relax, with disastrous consequences

A review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I reinstate my ban on high-waisted shorts...

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<p>&quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;star Jon Hamm looking sheepish next to January Jones at PaleyFest.</p>

"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm looking sheepish next to January Jones at PaleyFest.

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'Mad Men' comes to PaleyFest to talk happiness, douchebags and the endgame

Few hints about season 5, but lots of reflection on what's come before

"Mad Men" finally returns to television next Sunday, March 25 at 9 p.m., but because creator Matthew Weiner is so paranoid about spoilers (and has a much broader definition of the concept than almost any other showrunner), the "Mad Men" panel at PaleyFest spent virtually the entire time looking back, not forward. Fans got to watch last season's finale, "Tomorrowland," and though moderator Elvis Mitchell tried to prod Weiner for a few details about the upcoming season, the biggest tidbit the show's creator revealed is that (spoiler alert!) Lane Pryce will become a Mets fan.

But with almost the full cast on-hand (Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks had other commitments), there was plenty of time to reflect on where we left the characters when "Tomorrowland" aired 17 months ago, to learn a bit about how the actors see their Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce alter egos, and to get a few amusing anecdotes along the way. Among the highlights:

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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot;&nbsp;Boyd (Walton Goggins)&nbsp;wants YOU&nbsp;to join the Army. Or something like that.</p>

On "Justified," Boyd (Walton Goggins) wants YOU to join the Army. Or something like that.

Credit: FX

'Justified' - 'Loose Ends': Mine over matter

Raylan goes Quarles hunting, Boyd gives a speech and Ava ponders a career change

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I invite you up here to discuss the sociology of baked goods...

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<p>Christa Miller and Sarah Chalke reunited on &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Christa Miller and Sarah Chalke reunited on "Cougar Town."

Credit: ABC

'Cougar Town' - 'A One Story Town': The kiss the girl gambit

Half the 'Scrubs' cast reunites, and the rest of the episode's terrific, too

A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as part of my fantasy involves bragging...

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<p>Ashley Judd emotes a lot in &quot;Missing.&quot;</p>

Ashley Judd emotes a lot in "Missing."

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Review: Ashley Judd is a mother looking for her son in ABC's 'Missing'

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New action drama is "Taken" tweaked for ABC's upscale female demo
It's been more than a year since FOX debuted "The Chicago Code," which was the most recent show in an unfortunate but amusing tradition of shows promoted relentlessly with the same shouted line in every promo. Before Jennifer Beals was asked, incredulously, "You think you can change how things get done IN CHICAGO?!?!," Ron Silver tried to warn his daughter in "Skin" that "His father is THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY!," while the first "House" promos had House complaining to Cuddy, "You're risking A PATIENT'S LIFE!" Many of these shows have been good, but it's just too easy to remember the one loud quote that the promo department drilled into our brains.
 
There weren't any fall shows with ad campaigns that were so quotable, so I'm glad that ABC is finally picking up the mantle with "Missing," the new action drama (debuting Thursday night at 8 p.m.) that's summed up in every commercial by Ashley Judd barking out the line, "I am not CIA! I am A MOTHER! LOOKING FOR HER SON!"
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<p>Megan Hilty as Ivy in &quot;Smash.&quot;</p>

Megan Hilty as Ivy in "Smash."

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'Smash' - 'Chemistry': Roid rage

Ivy turns to performance enhancers, Karen plays a bar mitzvah and Michael pursues Julia

A review of last night's "Smash" coming up just as soon as bismuth is my favorite element...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 119: 'Community,' 'Missing,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 119: 'Community,' 'Missing,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Dan and Alan also check in on "Justified" and the "Parenthood" finale

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It's Monday, which means you get a brand-new, hour-plus edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we talk a bit about the return of "Community," discuss Ashley Judd's new ABC drama "Missing" and catch up with recent episodes of "The Walking Dead," "Justified" and "Parenthood" (whose finale we would have discussed last week had we been less groggy).

The line-up: 

"Community" (00:02:03 - 00:11:25)
"Missing" (00:11:25 - 00:21:40)
"Parenthood" (00:21:40 - 00:37:25)
"Justified" (00:37:25 - 00:47:00)
Listener Mail: Last week's "Awake" twist and stuff (00:47:20 - 00:51:25)
Listener Mail: Funny dramas (00:51:30 - 00:56:30)
Listener Mail: Coach on "New Girl" (00:56:30 - 00:59:15)
"Walking Dead" (00:59:50 - 01:11:00)
 
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>Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

Showtime's 'Homeland' & 'Dexter' to return in September

Terrorists and serial killers best beware, now that the dramas have season premiere dates

Because the most recent season of "Dexterand the first season of "Homelandboth premiered on Showtime in September of 2011, the assumption was that both shows would return around the same time of year in 2012. And that assumption was correct, as Showtime has announced that both series will return on Sunday, September 30, with "Dexter" again at 9 and "Homeland" again at 10.

The announcement's a bit earlier than usual for this sort of thing, but it's also confirming the obvious, so it's not earth-shaking news, either. Everyone knows, for instance, that HBO will air "Boardwalk Empire" again in the fall, but it's not official yet.

I stopped watching "Dexter" a few episodes into last season — then was amused to see how the entire Internet seemed to figure out the "shocking" twist many, many, many episodes before the "Dexter" writers expected anyone to — but I loved "Homeland" season 1 (and was a big fan of the finale, which I know some of you weren't) and am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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