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How Comedy Central's 'Review' became the most wonderfully dark show on TV

Andy Daly breaks down Forrest MacNeil's epic season 2 trail of self-destruction

Somehow, in a TV landscape where every cable channel, streaming service, gaming platform, and smart watch has to develop at least one grim and gritty drama series, the darkest show on television isn't "The Leftovers" or even "The Walking Dead," but a silly, if stunningly committed, Comedy Central half-hour called "Review."

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Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 302: 'Leftovers,' 'Homeland' & the podcast finale

Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 302: 'Leftovers,' 'Homeland' & the podcast finale

Dan and Alan review some upcoming shows, then say goodbye

Well, folks, this is it: the series finale of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. Dan and I spent 90 minutes reviewing shows both good and bad, and answering lots of your questions about the 300-plus episodes of our fine endeavor together. 

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<p>You&#39;re the Worst</p>

You're the Worst

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Review: 'You're the Worst' - 'All About That Paper': Irreconcilable differences?

Jimmy gets a job opportunity, Gretchen settles a rap beef, and Edgar learns improv

A quick review of tonight's "You're the Worst" coming up just as soon as I stop you from investing in Sufjan Stevens' broth restaurant...

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<p>Luis Guzman in Code Black</p>

Luis Guzman in Code Black

Credit: CBS

Let's talk about the 'Code Black' premiere

What did everybody think of CBS' new hospital drama?

I published my review of CBS' "Code Black" on Monday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned into the hospital drama tonight, what did you think?

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Review: 'The Leftovers' is still TV's best drama as season 2 begins

New location, new characters, and tighter focus, but same powerful, immersive experience

In an upcoming episode of "The Leftovers," a book publisher considers a manuscript one of the HBO drama's main characters has written about the violent, unsettling events viewers saw last season.

"There's some heartbreaking stuff in here," the publisher acknowledges, but he feels the writing is too dry, even as it recounts stories of death, loss, heartache, and all the complications of living in a world where, a few years earlier, two percent of the world's population vanished into thin air under circumstances that have baffled modern science and organized religion.

"If you want them to connect with it," he tells his prospective author, "you have to tell them how it felt."

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<p>Maura Tierney in &quot;The Affair.&quot;</p>

Maura Tierney in "The Affair."

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Maura Tierney on her new 'Affair' POV, almost being Sarah Braverman, and more

Why won't anyone cast the 'NewsRadio' alum in another sitcom?

Before she signed onto Showtime's "The Affair," Maura Tierney had done practically everything it's possible for an actor to do in television. Her first regular series role (on "The Van Dyke Show") was opposite no less than Dick Van Dyke; her second ("704 Hauser") was working for Norman Lear, on the same set where "All in the Family" took place. She's been the leading woman on a classic (if underappreciated in its time) sitcom in "NewsRadio," helped carry an enormous hit drama ("ER") as it transitioned away from its original cast, been the lead on a legal procedural ("The Whole Truth"), and was one of the original stars of "Parenthood" before a bout with breast cancer forced her to drop out of the role of Sarah Braverman.

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<p>Agents of SHIELD</p>

Agents of SHIELD

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Review: 'Agents of SHIELD' changes direction (again) for season 3

Now Coulson, Daisy, and company are tasked with rescuing Inhumans

A review of tonight's "Agents of SHIELD" premiere coming up just as soon as I have a shotgun/axe combination of some sort...

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<p>The Grinder</p>

The Grinder

Credit: FOX

Let's talk about 'The Grinder' premiere

What did everybody think of Rob Lowe and Fred Savage's new FOX comedy?

As I alluded to in the introduction to my interview with Fred Savage, there have been enough behind-the-scenes shifts on "The Grinder" that I want to wait a while to see what the show becomes before writing a full review of it. That said, I always enjoy watching Rob Lowe goof on his own image, and was happy to see Savage back on camera, and I laughed a good amount at the courtroom denouement (albeit primarily at what guest star Kumail Nanjiani was doing in reaction to what Lowe was doing).

For now, it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did you find Lowe and/or Savage funny? Do you think the idea of a TV lawyer trying to practice law for real is enough to carry a series? Did you prefer the family comedy elements or the mockery of the show-within-the-show (featuring guest star Odette Annable)? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>John Stamos in Grandfathered</p>

John Stamos in Grandfathered

Credit: FOX

Let's talk about the 'Grandfathered' premiere

What did everybody think of John Stamos' new FOX sitcom?

I didn't write a review of FOX's "Grandfathered," but Fienberg and I discussed it on last week's podcast. Likable show, not super-funny in the pilot, but taking advantage of the charms of John Stamos, Josh Peck, and Paget Brewster. By the low standards of this fall's new network comedies, that's a winner.

Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did you find yourself liking Stamos playing instant dad and granddad? Did you prefer the action at the restaurant or with Peck, Brewster, and Christina Milian? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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Mulder's out to save the world in new 'X-Files' trailer

Last night, FOX tried to use the unveiling of a two-part trailer for "The X-Files" miniseries as a come-on to get viewers to watch episodes of "Gotham" and "Minority Report." Now, though, the two-minute version of it is online, featuring not only Mulder and Scully, but other old friends like Skinner and Cancer Man (or, at least, his voice and cigarette), as well as new figures like Joel McHale's talk show host Tad O'Malley, who sends Mulder on the path of his latest conspiracy.

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