<p>Esther (Alexa Havins)&nbsp;and Rex (Mekhi Phifer)&nbsp;brief a superior (John DeLancie)&nbsp;on &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day.&quot;</p>

Esther (Alexa Havins) and Rex (Mekhi Phifer) brief a superior (John DeLancie) on "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

Credit: Starz/BBC

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'End of the Road': Category 0?

Lots of exposition as the miracle plot resumes

After "Torchwood: Miracle Day" took a notable quality uptick last week with its Captain Jack in the '20s short story, the miracle storyline resumed tonight, and I was mostly reminded of how little I care about either the cause of or solution to this problem.

I'll be on vacation next week and haven't seen that episode yet, so we'll be back to talk about the finale in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I'm mainly curious if there are people who are still enjoying "Miracle Day" - and, if so, why. Not judging, just wondering, given that the comments have slowed to a trickle and are almost uniformly negative.

On the plus side... Q!

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<p>&quot;The Cut&quot;&nbsp;author George Pelecanos.</p>

"The Cut" author George Pelecanos.

Credit: Ian Allen

Interview: 'The Cut' author George Pelecanos

How does 'The Wire' writer compare his literary and TV work?

Over the course of my many reviews of "The Wire" and "Treme," I've frequently discussed the contributions of George Pelecanos, whom David Simon usually (but not always) asks to handle the most brutal deaths of the most beloved characters. (Pelecanos and I discussed this in an interview towards the end of my "Wire" season 3 reviews, and then again after he played Angel of Death in "Treme" season 2.)  But I've only ever discussed his other, more prolific career as a crime novelist in passing. With next week's publication of "The Cut," the first book in a planned new series about private investigator Spero Lucas, I decided it was time to turn the spotlight largely onto that part of his career.

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<p>Louis C.K. went to Afghanistan on tonight's &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>
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Louis C.K. went to Afghanistan on tonight's "Louie."


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'Louie' - 'Duckling': Go, go, USO

Louie heads to Afghanistan to cheer up the troops

A quick review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I put on some sunscreen...

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<p>Ryan (Elijah Wood)&nbsp;meets a strange man (Dwight Yoakam) on &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Ryan (Elijah Wood) meets a strange man (Dwight Yoakam) on "Wilfred."

Credit: FX

'Wilfred' - 'Doubt': They still call me Bruce

Dwight Yoakam sheds some light on Wilfred's past

A quick review of tonight's "Wilfred" coming up just as soon as I check the condom for leaks...

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<p>Alma (Molly Parker)&nbsp;goes for a walk through &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alma (Molly Parker) goes for a walk through "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 12: 'Sold Under Sin' (Veterans edition)

Swearengen and Bullock make big decisions as the season comes to a close

We've come to the end of our summer trip back through the first season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood," and we're continuing to do it with two separate but largely identical posts: one for people who watched the whole series and want to be able to discuss it from beginning to end, and one for people who are just starting out and don't want to be spoiled with discussion that goes past the current episode. This is the former; click here for the newbie-safe version.

A review of the season finale, "Sold Under Sin," coming up just as soon as I report stiffness or numbness...

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<p>Alma (Molly Parker)&nbsp;goes for a walk through &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Alma (Molly Parker) goes for a walk through "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 12: 'Sold Under Sin' (Newbies edition)

Swearengen and Bullock make big decisions as the season comes to a close

We've come to the end of our summer trip back through the first season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood," and we're continuing to do it with two separate but largely identical posts: one for people who watched the whole series and want to be able to discuss it from beginning to end, and one for people who are just starting out and don't want to be spoiled with discussion that goes past the current episode. This is the latter; click here for the veteran-friendly version.

A review of the season finale, "Sold Under Sin," coming up just as soon as I report stiffness or numbness...

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Dominic West and Oona Chaplin in "The Hour."
Dominic West and Oona Chaplin in "The Hour."
Credit: BBC

'The Hour' - 'Episode 2': Hanging with Mr. Elms

The show makes its debut, with some bumps along the way

A quick review of the second episode of "The Hour" coming up just as soon as I click my heel harder on the third step...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 90: 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Breaking Bad' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 90: 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Breaking Bad' & more

Dan and Alan also review MTV's 'I Just Want My Pants Back' and answer some of your mail

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We're a few days late for this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, and we're taking next week off while I go on vacation. But in the interim, we have a very early review of "Sons of Anarchy" season 4, more mailbag, more "Breaking Bad," and more "Pants."  The rundown:

"I Just Want My Pants Back" -- 02:00 - 11:00
"Sons of Anarchy" -- 11:00 - 20:30
Listener Mail -- 20:30 - 42:00
"Breaking Bad" -- 42:20 - 01:05:30
 
As always, 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 or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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Steven Moffat says Matt Smith's "Doctor Who" performance was evident in his first audition.
Steven Moffat says Matt Smith's "Doctor Who" performance was evident in his first audition.
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Interview: 'Doctor Who' showrunner Steven Moffat on Amy, River, Rory and more

And how hard is it to write the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes at the same time?

The sixth (modern) season of "Doctor Who" returns to BBC America on Saturday night at 9 with an episode cheekily-titled "Let's Kill Hitler." I haven't seen the episode yet, but will presumably have a post-air review of it up that night.

When I was at press tour earlier this month, I got a chance to sit down with Steven Moffat, the man in charge of the "Who"-niverse these days, to talk about the intertwined lives of Amy Pond and River Song, about the famous audition that made Matt Smith the youngest Doctor ever, about the recurring themes of Moffat's time on the show, the workload of writing for the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes simultaneously, and more.

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<p>Claire Danes and Damian Lewis in &quot;Homeland,&quot;&nbsp;the first series developed by new Showtime president David Nevins.</p>

Claire Danes and Damian Lewis in "Homeland," the first series developed by new Showtime president David Nevins.

Credit: Showtime

Interview: Showtime president David Nevins on 'Homeland,' 'Dexter,' 'Weeds' & more

A state-of-the-network chat with the pay cable channel's new boss

It's not often that a network executive gets to take over in a period of prosperity. Usually, the previous guy was fired, and usually because things haven't been going well. But Showtime entertainment president David Nevins took over the pay cable channel last summer not because there was a crisis, but because predecessor Robert Greenblatt was looking for new challenges (in this case, trying to resurrect NBC) after seven successful years.

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