<p>Patrick Stewart in Blunt Talk</p>

Patrick Stewart in Blunt Talk

Credit: Starz

Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 296: 'Fear the Walking Dead,' 'Blunt Talk' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Survivor's Remorse' and revisit the 'Buffy' & 'Angel' finales

Happy Thursday! Time for a belated Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we discuss a trio of new series, revisit a couple of more series finales, and get to the bottom of the important subject of whether TV's Jon Hamm is overexposed.

Next week's finale homework is "The End," from "Lost." Enjoy. Or get angry. Or both!

The rundown:

"Blunt Talk" (00:00:55 - 00:09:35)
"Survivor's Remorse" (00:09:35 - 00:17:50)
"Fear the Walking Dead" (00:17:55 - 00:31:40)
Listen Mail - Jon Hamm Fatigue (00:32:05 - 00:40:20)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"/"Angel" finales (00:40:25 - 01:07:15)

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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<p>Fear the Walking Dead</p>

Fear the Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Fear the Walking Dead': Different coast, same unevenness?

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Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis front companion series to the AMC hit

As chaos spreads across Los Angeles in "Fear the Walking Dead," a high school guidance counselor invites one of her students to stay with her family until this all blows over.

The kid, though, knows an apocalypse when he sees one.

"This doesn't end," he tells her.

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<p>Mr. Robot</p>

Mr. Robot

Credit: USA

Review: 'Mr. Robot' takes Elliot back to where their story began

Did the show back off of last week's revelations, or dive deeper?

Thoughts on tonight's penultimate "Mr. Robot" coming up just as soon as I take a jewelry class...

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<p>James Gandolfini in The Sopranos</p>

James Gandolfini in The Sopranos

Credit: HBO

'Nobody Knows Anything' as 'The Sopranos' season 1 heads into great home stretch

Is Big Pussy a rat? Is Junior ready to have Tony whacked?

Welcome to the latest installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine.

Thoughts on the eleventh episode, “Nobody Knows Anything," coming up just as soon it's 1954 inside this house...

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'Peak TV in America': Is there really too much good scripted television?
Credit: Cinemax/FX/AMC/Lifetime/Netflix

'Peak TV in America': Is there really too much good scripted television?

Is it a good or bad thing that we'll have over 400 original shows this year?

When I wrote my How Much Good TV Is Too Much? piece a few years ago, I feared that it was going to come across as whining from and for a very small and specific subset of the audience: #TVCriticProblems. But my fellow reviewers weren't the only ones who responded with some version of "Thank God someone finally said it!" It turns out many of you were feeling just as overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice in the ever-expanding world of scripted television.

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<p>Public Morals</p>

Public Morals

Credit: TNT

'Public Morals' star Edward Burns finally brings his passion project to life

How the son of a NYPD veteran largely avoided playing cops until now

Edward Burns is the Irish-American son of a NYPD veteran, with a thick New York accent of his own. Yet despite the never-ending supply of New York-based cop films and shows — and the demand for actors to plausibly wear badges and guns in them — Burns has only played a few cops in his career. (Even in "15 Minutes," he's trying to solve a crime, but as an investigator for the fire department.)

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<p>Hannibal</p>

Hannibal

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Hannibal' - 'and the Beast From the Sea': Why are you hitting yourself?

Hannibal gives the Red Dragon a new target, and Molly begins to question Will's job

Thoughts on tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I have to justify myself to an 11-year-old...

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<p>Keri Russell</p>

Keri Russell

Credit: Getty

Ask Alan: Peak TV, replacing late night legends, and stalking Keri Russell?

Who's under more pressure: Trevor Noah or Stephen Colbert?

Different location, same goofy video for this week's Ask Alan.

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<p>Rectify</p>

Rectify

Credit: Sundance

Review: 'Rectify' ends another gorgeous season

Daniel and his mom take a road trip, while Carl makes big progress in his investigation

A review of the "Rectify" season finale — and thoughts on season 3 as a whole — coming up just as soon as there's no kettle corn...

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<p>Show Me a Hero</p>

Show Me a Hero

Credit: HBO

Review: Oscar Isaac shines in David Simon's 'Show Me a Hero'

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True story of Yonkers housing integration is a lecture, but an entertaining one

David Simon is the resident civics professor of American cable drama, with projects like "The Wire," "The Corner," "Generation Kill," and "Tremé" offering thoughtful takes on the drug war, the Iraq invasion, New Orleans post-Katrina, and the generally rotten state of urban America. He is a TV producer by trade, consciousness-raiser by passion, and journalist at his core, and the showmanship side of the job has always come across as a necessary evil for him. He's glad that "Wire" fans came to love Omar and Bubbles and Wallace, but if they didn't grasp the larger lesson he was trying to teach, then what was the point?

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