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Series premiere talkback: 'Constantine' - 'Non Est Asylum'

What did everybody think of NBC's new supernatural drama?

This morning, I posted my review of NBC's "Constantine." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight — or saw an earlier version at Comic-Con, or through other methods — what did you think? Was Matt Ryan a better or worse choice than Keanu Reeves? If you're a fan of the character from the comics, did this feel like an authentic translation, or one that just got the surface aspects right? Did you like Lucy Griffiths as Liv, or did you understand why the producers were so eager to dump her after this episode? How did you feel about Harold Perrineau as the angel? Did you like the Constantine vs. Constantine climax? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Boardwalk Empire</p>

Boardwalk Empire

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Chalky's bookcase, Gillian & Jimmy, and more: Great 'Boardwalk Empire' moments

Sex, death and much strangeness in between

"Boardwalk Empire" did many things well in its run, which comes to an end on Sunday night at 9. The thing it did best of all — and therefore the thing that fills me with excitement about finale — is bring stories to an end. This is a show that killed off many characters in its five seasons, but always did so with aplomb, usually making sure that a character's final moment would be as memorable and appropriate as possible. But it also found expert, precise closure to stories that didn't involve death, so that the end of each season would inevitably make the episodes before feel like more than the sum of their individual parts.

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'The Scale of Affection Is Fluid'

Max learns about dating, while Crosby and Zeek hit the bars

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as my sister gives me her condoms...

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Review: NBC's 'Constantine' a tepid take on DC/Vertigo mystic hero

Matt Ryan looks the part, but the pilot's too generic for its hero

The TV version of John Constantine doesn't smoke.

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<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

Credit: Cinemax

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 253: 'Constantine,' 'The Knick' & more

Dan and Alan also talk a la carte streaming and the lack of fall cancellations


Happy Thursday, boys and girls! We pushed back this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast by a few days to give Dan a chance to catch up on "The Knick," which we discussed along with the first season of "Manhattan." Before that, we reviewed NBC's "Constantine," and answered mail about the lack of network cancellations, the consequences of a cable cancellation, and the potentially awesome and/or expensive a la carte cable future. 

The rundown:

"Constantine" (00:01:10 - 00:12:40)
Listener Mail - No Cancelations (00:13:00 - 00:31:35)
Listener Mail - "The Bridge" cancellation (00:31:40 - 00:37:25)
Listener Mail - HBO/CBS a la carte streaming (00:37:30 - 00:49:40)
"The Knick" finale (00:49:50 - 01:07:50)
"Manhattan" finale (01:07:50 - 01:20:00)
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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Review: 'Arrow' - 'Corto Maltese'

Oliver and Thea reunite, while Laurel plays vigilante

A quick review of tonight's "Arrow" coming up just as soon as I don't know how to vacation like a normal person...

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<p>Kyle MacLachlan in Marvel&#39;s Agents of SHIELD</p>

Kyle MacLachlan in Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'A Hen in the Wolf House'

Mockingbird swings by, while Skye gets close to her father

A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I maintain my cover as Ron Burgundy...

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<p>The Flash</p>

The Flash

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Review: 'The Flash' - 'Things You Can't Outrun'

The Flash takes on the Mist, while Caitlin flashes back on the death of Ronnie

A review of tonight's "The Flash" — which the CW just gave a full-season order to — coming up just as soon as my chest feels like that one time I had a cigarette...

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<p>The Bridge</p>

The Bridge

Credit: FX

FX cancels 'The Bridge'

Border crime drama improved greatly in second season, but ratings weren't there

FX has canceled "The Bridge."

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<p>When the Garden was Eden</p>

When the Garden was Eden

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Review: '30 for 30' presents the '70s Knicks in 'When the Garden Was Eden'

Lifelong fan Michael Rapaport presents a familiar but fun look at the days of Willis, Clyde and Dollar Bill

During the ESPN anniversary year that launched the "30 for 30" documentary series, one of the most interesting things about the films was how little they resembled one another. All were about sports (mostly), and all were about things that happened during the first 30 years that ESPN was in business, but beyond that they felt completely distinct from one another, whether the narration-less video collage of "June 17, 1994," the kinetic energy of "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks," or the mournful quality of "The Two Escobars."

As ESPN has kept the series alive well past that anniversary year — including the brief stint when new films were presented under the "ESPN Films Presents" banner — certain formulas have crept in, particularly when it comes to films about iconic teams. They're still fun, still full of great archival footage and wonderful memories from the team members in present-day, but movies like "The Fab Five," "Bad Boys," or tonight's documentary "When the Garden Was Eden" (it premieres at 9 Eastern) are all very much of a piece, despite the different subjects and filmmakers involved.

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