'I am God,' Dan's apology, and other reasons we put up with Aaron Sorkin
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'I am God,' Dan's apology, and other reasons we put up with Aaron Sorkin

With 'The Newsroom' about to end, let's revisit Sorkin's better moments

On Sunday night, "The Newsroom" comes to an end — and with it, apparently, Aaron Sorkin's time in television.

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<p>Key &amp; Peele</p>

Key & Peele

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Review: How 'Key & Peele' went amazingly, wonderfully grim in season 4

Comedy Central sketch series took on a more morbid but rewarding tone

"Key & Peele" tweaked its format for its fourth season, whose finale aired last night(*). The main title sequence was replaced by one that spoofed the "True Detective" opening credits, and the live audience stand-up segments were replaced by Key and Peele bantering on an endless road trip through the desert. The driving scenes serve the same function as the ones with the audience — setting up the themes of sketches, and giving viewers a sense of the chameleon-like stars' real personalities — and are likely cheaper and easier to produce. But the two changes felt more than merely cosmetic/logistical. Instead, they seemed like the perfect aesthetic shift to reflect the much heavier comic tone of this season.

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<p>Jane the Virgin</p>

Jane the Virgin

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Golden Globe voters' love of the new leads to noms for 'Jane the Virgin' & more

Also lots of movie actors working in TV, from McConaughey and Harrelson to Clive Owen

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is in every way a less legitimate organization than the Screen Actors Guild, yet the Golden Globe TV nominations list is always so much more interesting than whatever SAG puts out the day before. The HFPA shares the SAG voters love of famous movie actors deigning to do television, but they couple that with a love of all things new and shiny that can sometimes be ridiculous and other times be awesome.

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Top TV for 2014: 10 more great returning series
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Top TV for 2014: 10 more great returning series

Celebrating 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'Bob's Burgers' & more

I am what James Poniewozik at Time would call an Everybody Gets a Trophy kind of person. With the Baseball Hall of Fame, I'm a big Hall kind of guy. (Vote Tim Raines this year, people!) I like honoring as much excellence as I can, whenever I can, even if it comes at the risk of making everything a bit less special because so many things are being called special.

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<p>Arrow</p>

Arrow

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Review: 'Arrow' - 'The Climb'

'Arrow' says goodbye to 2014 with some terrific fight scenes, but also some sluggishness

A review of tonight's "Arrow" coming up just as soon as I get a Christmas tree inversely proportional to the size of my family...

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<p>Kingdom</p>

Kingdom

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Season finale talkback: 'Kingdom' - 'King Beast'

What did everybody think of the finale of the DirecTV MMA drama?

Back in the fall, I was reasonably impressed with "Kingdom," the new drama airing on DirecTV's Audience Network. It seemed to be transplanting bits of pieces of recent cable dramas (a splash of "Sons of Anarchy," a healthy serving of "Lights Out," etc.), but with solid writing and directing, and an excellent cast led by Frank Grillo.

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 260: Best TV of 2014

Dan and Alan run through their top 10s, and discuss the HitFix TV Critics Poll

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It's that time of year, boys and girls! Time for the annual Firewall & Iceberg Podcast Best of 2014 episode! Yes, I already published my top 10 list, and Dan already published his, and HitFix has already published its 2014 TV critics poll, so it's not like there will be anything new to anyone who's been visiting the site in the past week. But we still get to go back and forth and talk about a lot of shows we love, after a discussion at the top of the show of the critics poll results. It's all one big best-of smorgasboard, so no rundown required this week.

That said, SPOILER WARNING: We do at various points probably give away some stuff in our individual show discussion. I can't think of anything hugely major, like deaths and whatnot, but I know it is a thing people often ask when we do retrospective things like this.

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.

<p>Black Mirror</p>

Black Mirror

Review: Brilliant British sci-fi drama 'Black Mirror' comes to Netflix

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A "Twilight Zone" for this century casts an unflattering reflection on our love of technology

Technology makes a convenient villain in science fiction(*). In our books, movies and TV shows, computers, robots and other inventions are forever gaining sentience and turning on us, punishing mankind for the hubris of trying to make like the Almighty.

(*) Also, at times in traditional fiction, like in the way the combined works of Aaron Sorkin can be read as one long screed against that damned Internet.

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<p>Sons of Anarchy</p>

Sons of Anarchy

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Series finale review: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Papa's Goods'

Jax goes for one last ride in a very long farewell hour

A few thoughts on the "Sons of Anarchy" series finale coming up just as soon as I give you my blanket...

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<p>Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black</p>

Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black

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SAG Awards: Predictable TV noms focus on familiar stars

Tatiana Maslany and Uzo Aduba are two of the few non-celebrity TV nominees

The TV categories of the Screen Actors Guild Awards are more or less an afterthought, just a way for the union to avoid offending the large chunk of its membership that works in television by including them in what's a glorified Oscar precursor ceremony. And the TV nominations tend to be about the least adventurous and interesting of any even semi-notable TV awards show. (The Golden Globe nominations, which will be announced tomorrow, will be silly and ill-informed in many ways, but they'll at least have some memorably oddball choices.)

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