<p>Red Oaks</p>

Red Oaks

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'Red Oaks' co-creator Gregory Jacobs talks about his Amazon pilot

How will the '80s country club comedy work if Amazon orders it to series?

Late last month, Amazon released its third batch of series pilots, ahead of the premieres of any of the shows from the second batch. (“Transparent” is being released on the 26th, and I’ll have a bunch of content about that next week.) “Red Oaks” — a comedy about a teenage tennis pro at a New Jersey country club in the summer of 1985, created by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi, directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Steven Soderbergh— was easily my favorite of the five new pilots (you can watch it here), and I’m hopeful that after the round of costumer feedback concludes at the end of this month, Amazon will order it to series.

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<p>Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling in "The Mindy Project."

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Season premiere review: 'The Mindy Project' - 'We're a Couple Now, Haters!'

Mindy and Danny adjust to life together

A review of tonight's "The Mindy Project" season premiere coming up just as soon as I keep a box of my ex's hair for curses...

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<p>Jessica Biel and Zooey Deschanel in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jessica Biel and Zooey Deschanel in "New Girl."

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Season premiere review: 'New Girl' - 'The Last Wedding'

Jessica Biel and Jess fight over the best man at a wedding

A review of tonight's "New Girl" premiere coming up just as soon as guys still like an Oakland face with an LA booty...

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<p>Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler in Friday Night Lights</p>

Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler in Friday Night Lights

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 246

Dan and Alan also wrap up their 'Friday Night Lights' season 2 discussion

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for the first of a two-podcast week for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. Since there are so many shows debuting this weekend and early next week, we decided to deal with this week's early premieres while wrapping up our "Friday Night Lights" season 2 discussion today — with an epic hour discussion of the final two episodes and an attempt to rank the worst characters and ideas of the season — and we'll be back on Thursday or Friday to talk about "Madam Secretary," "Gotham" and a bunch of other new and returning shows.

NOTE: Due to lots of recent problems with the Skype connection, we tried a new method of recording the show this week. As with all things technical, there will be a learning curve, and it may not sound perfect all the time. But we continue to try things!

The rundown:

"Red Band Society" (00:01:00 - 00:11:50)
"Mysteries of Laura" (00:11:50 - 00:22:45)
"Friday Night Lights" Summer ReWatch (00:22:50 - 01:22:05)

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>Red Band Society</p>

Red Band Society

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Review: FOX's 'Red Band Society'

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Can the new drama transcend some of its more 'Glee'-ish tics?

Among the main characters of FOX's new drama "Red Band Society" (Wednesday at 9 p.m.), two suffer from cancer, one needs a heart transplant, and one is in a prolonged coma.

All of them are 16 years old or younger.

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<p>Ruth Wilson in The Affair, Grant Gustin in The Flash and Kerry Washington in Scandal.</p>

Ruth Wilson in The Affair, Grant Gustin in The Flash and Kerry Washington in Scandal.

The HitFix Fall TV 2014 preview

What new shows are we most looking forward to? What returning veterans do we have questions about?

This is looking like a very odd fall TV season. The list of shows to get excited about right this second is pretty short, but so is the list of shows to just dismiss out of hand. (I reviewed one of the latter group earlier today.) Probably the best show, Amazon's "Transparent," made its pilot publicly available back in February, and will be releasing all of its episodes at once on September 26, towards the tail end of the madness that is the official premiere week of the 2014-15 TV season. Mostly, though, there are a lot of new shows that could go either way: bad pilots that nonetheless have promising stars and/or creators attached ("Marry Me," "Selfie"), good pilots that may not be sustainable ("Black-ish," "The Affair"), shows that appear happy to settle in at competent ("NCIS: New Orleans"), etc.

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

Debra Messing in "The Mysteries of Laura."

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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."

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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."

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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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