<p>&quot;The Newsroom&quot;&nbsp;staff debates when to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden.</p>

"The Newsroom" staff debates when to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden.

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Review: 'The Newsroom' - '5/1'

Chaos reigns on the night of Bin Laden's assassination

A review of last night's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I go to WebMD to look up some symptoms...

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<p>Walt (Bryan Cranston) contemplates Heisenberg's hat on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Walt (Bryan Cranston) contemplates Heisenberg's hat on "Breaking Bad."

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Review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Fifty-One'

It's Walt's birthday, but Skyler's in no mood to celebrate

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I discuss your potato-mashing technique...

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<p>Mr. and Mrs. Bullock tend to young William on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Mr. and Mrs. Bullock tend to young William on "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, episodes 9 & 10

A tragedy unites the camp

We're continuing our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood."

Two notable changes with this review: 1)After surveying the crowd last week, I've concluded that I'm not going to keep the newbie reviews going for the rest of the season, since the reviews are identical and newbies (who haven't really commented, anyway) will be safe so long as they don't read the comments; and 2)As I did with the season premiere, I'm reviewing two episodes together, this time dealing with episode 9, "Amalgamation and Capital," and episode 10, "Advances, None Miraculous," all coming up just as soon as I secure my toast...

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<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;wound up babysitting a boy named Never.</p>

"Louie" wound up babysitting a boy named Never.

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Review: 'Louie' - 'Barney/Never'

Louie and a fellow comic say goodbye to a familiar face, and Louie babysits

I'm traveling home from press tour right now, so no time to do a real "Louiereview, but I wanted to offer a place for people to discuss one of the season's more overtly comic episodes to date. I really enjoyed the climax of the first story, the work between Louis C.K. and the guest star in that one, and then the complete chaos caused by Never in the second story.

So fire away, and we'll presumably back to a more typical episode review for next week's show.

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<p>Olivia Munn and Jeff Daniels in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Olivia Munn and Jeff Daniels in "The Newsroom."

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Aaron Sorkin faces 'The Newsroom' critics

HBO series creator and the press agree to disagree

"We all know that there were critics who did not enjoy the first four episodes" of "The Newsroom," that show's creator Aaron Sorkin, said, "and there were critics that did. Obviously, you'd prefer that the praise be unanimous."

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<p>Lena Dunham and Allison Williams in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Allison Williams in "Girls."

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HBO's 'Girls' and 'Enlightened' to return in January

Lena Dunham and friends had been paired with 'Veep' this year

HBO's three-hour stint at the Television Critics Association press tour is going to begin shortly — including a highly-anticipated panel for "The Newsroom"(*) — but the network has already put out press releases for several of the announcements co-presidents Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo will be making, including the decision to pair "Girls" and "Enlightened" in January.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 141: Press tour & 'Breaking Bad'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 141: Press tour & 'Breaking Bad'

Dan and Alan also near the end of their 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' rewatch


Happy Tuesday, folks, and time for our second press tour-themed Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. Dan and I recorded the bulk of it on Sunday afternoon, but wanted to wait to post it until Dan had seen "Breaking Bad" and we could find a time in our schedules to discuss it. As I head home on Thursday, this will be our last (largely) in-person podcast for quite a while, so we hope you enjoy the different kind of bickering that happens when we're in the same room.

The line-up: 

TCA Press Tour (00:02:05 - 00:42:15)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and a little mail (00:42:15 - 00:58:50)
"Breaking Bad" (00:59:15 - 01:26:45)
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 questions for the podcast.
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<p>Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring on "Breaking Bad."

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Giancarlo Esposito talks 'Breaking Bad,' 'Revolution' and Emmys

On Gus Fring, playing villains, and his new NBC series
The seven days beginning on September 17 will be among the biggest in the career of character actor Giancarlo Esposito. On that night at 10 p.m., NBC debuts its new sci-fi series "Revolution," set in a near future where electricity has ceased to exist, in which Esposito plays Captain Tom Neville, enforcer for a dictatorship that's taken over a large chunk of what used to be America. On Sunday the 23rd, Esposito will attend the Emmys, where he's nominated for the first time ever (and the last for this role) as "Breaking Bad" drug kingpin Gus Fring.
I sat down with Esposito at press tour last week to discuss the learning process for the new character, saying goodbye to what he describes as "the favorite character of my life," the difficulties he's had in his career as a biracial actor, and a lot more.
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<p>&quot;Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit&quot;&nbsp;will be one of 20 songs on the &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;soundtrack.</p>

"Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit" will be one of 20 songs on the "How I Met Your Mother" soundtrack.

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'How I Met Your Mother' soundtrack coming in September

Songs by/about Robin Sparkles, suits, Puzzles, and more

In general, asking questions of the "How I Met Your Mother" creators at press tour is a fool's errand. Because of how they've designed the show, and because they've decided they want to preserve every secret, Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have made an art of coming to press tour events, not saying anything, and apologizing for doing so. And with CBS being "pretty optimistic" about closing a deal for a ninth season (i.e., one past the upcoming one that everyone assumed would end the series), Thomas and Bays have to be even more mum than ever.

(We can discuss the ramifications of a ninth season if/when that happens. All I'll say now is that if Thomas and Bays stick to their original plan for the eighth season and do something different for the ninth, it could work, but if they just wind up elongating the season 8 story arc over twice as many episodes, it will be... ungood.)

But at CBS' press tour party, Thomas actually had some concrete show info he could reveal for once:

After many years of many goofy, catchy, memorable original songs, "How I Met Your Mother" is finally getting its own soundtrack album.

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<p>Jonathan Banks as Mike on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Jonathan Banks as Mike on "Breaking Bad."

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Review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Hazard Pay'

Walt, Jesse and Mike set up their new business, and Skyler surprises Marie

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I run down to Costco to get a couple of dehumidifiers...

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