<p>Debra Messing in &quot;The Mysteries of Laura.&quot;</p>

Debra Messing in "The Mysteries of Laura."

Credit: NBC

Review: NBC's 'The Mysteries of Laura' could be this fall's worst new show

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Don't wonder how Debra Messing can be a cop and a mom. Wonder how this got on the air.

With a show as loaded with lazy cop tropes as "The Mysteries of Laura," it's tempting to bust out a few TV critic clichés in kind. Maybe I could suggest that the series — whose promos all suggest that the chief mystery is how in the world a woman could possibly be both a cop and a mom(*) at the same time — is in the running for the best new fall show of 1984.

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Below the Belt'

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Below the Belt'

Bill struggles with impotence and accusations from his brother

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I do pelvic exams with a miner's lamp stuck to my forehead...

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<p>Stephen Graham as Al Capone in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Stephen Graham as Al Capone in "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'The Good Listener'

Nucky plots his exit strategy, while Capone enjoys celebrity

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I rob Peter to pay Paul...

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<p>Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in "Doctor Who."

Credit: BBC

Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'Listen'

The Doctor and Clara investigate a classic nightmare in a powerfully simple episode

We're a month into Peter Capaldi's reign on "Doctor Who." Donna Dickens has been doing a fine job covering the show for us weekly — here's her take on "Listen" — but the latest episode was both excellent and a good opportunity for me to check in on the state of the Doctor, Clara and everything else TARDIS-related, coming up just as soon as I admire the way I look from behind...

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<p>Gotham, Parenthood and Boardwalk Empire</p>

Gotham, Parenthood and Boardwalk Empire

Fall TV reviewing plans

A Sunday drama glut, some superhero shows, the end of 'Parenthood' & more

The network TV season doesn't officially start until September 22, but fall TV is already here. "Boardwalk Empire" and "Sons of Anarchy" came back earlier this week, FOX is doing a few premieres next week, and all but a handful of notable summer series are either over or (in the case of a few Sunday night dramas) will be over by the end of the month.

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<p>Demi&aacute;n Bichir and Diane Kruger in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Eidolon'

The cops and crooks scramble in a massacre's aftermath

Earlier today, I published an interview with "The Bridge" showrunner Elwood Reid about how great season 2 has turned out to be. Now I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I throw in a pair of custom boots...

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<p>Nurse JAckie</p>

Nurse JAckie

Credit: Showtime

'Nurse Jackie' to end with season 7

Another Showtime show that stuck around well past its peak, though it never got bad

"Nurse Jackie" is beginning production on its seventh season this week, and Showtime announced today that this will also be the hospital dramedy's last.

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<p>Franka Potente as Eleanor Nacht in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Franka Potente as Eleanor Nacht in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

How ‘The Bridge’ rebuilt itself into the best show you’re not watching

Some frank talk from producer Elwood Reid about the bumps of season 1 and the highs of season 2

In this Golden Glut of TV drama, it's hard for any new drama to break through and find an audience, because there are so many options out there (not to mention easy access to most of the great dramas of the previous 50 years). It's harder still for a show that has an audience and loses it to get those people back, no matter how good it becomes.

Case in point: FX's "The Bridge," the current belt-holder for Best Show You're Not Watching.

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<p>Volleyball star Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) on Friday Night Lights</p>

Volleyball star Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) on Friday Night Lights

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 245: 'The Leftovers,' 'Utopia' & more

Dan and Alan also review the 'New Girl' & 'Mindy Project' premieres and talk some 'FNL' volleyball

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Buckle up for a very long Firewall & Iceberg Podcast that runs the gamut, from our attempt to find anything redeeming in FOX's "Utopia," through some discussion of the "New Girl" & "Mindy Project" premieres, then into some important listener questions before we jump into "The Leftovers" finale and the start of the all-important "Friday Night Lights" volleyball arc. Only two episodes to go. Sigh.

The rundown:

"Utopia" (00:00:50 - 00:12:40)
"New Girl" Season 4 (00:12:45 - 00:22:40)
"Mindy Project" Season 3 (00:22:45 - 00:30:45)
Listener Mail: "Veronica Mars" viewing and TV paintball (00:30:50 - 00:41:30)
"The Leftovers" finale including Listener Mail (00:41:40 - 01:07:30)
"Friday Night Lights" Season 2, episodes 12 & 13 (01:07:55 - 01:44:20)

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>Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in New Girl</p>

Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in New Girl

Credit: FOX

'New Girl' creator looks back: 'You win some, you lose some'

Season 4 will try to simplify storytelling to focus on the show's strengths

I usually oppose the convention wisdom that says that bringing couples together ruins sitcoms, but even I couldn't ignore a coupling's devastating recent impact on one of my favorite sitcoms. Season 2 of "New Girl," which was mostly devoted to the flirtation between Zooey Descanel's Jess and Jake Johnson's Nick, was at times the best comedy on television. Season 3 of "New Girl," in which Jess and Nick were a firmly-established couple, was an absolute mess, until finally creator Liz Meriwether and her writers hit the eject button on the whole idea and had the relationship fall apart in the space of an episode.

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