<p>&quot;Battlestar Galactica&quot;&nbsp;may have taken place in a galaxy far, far away, but it was one of the TV&nbsp;shows most heavily inspired by 9/11.</p>

"Battlestar Galactica" may have taken place in a galaxy far, far away, but it was one of the TV shows most heavily inspired by 9/11.

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How TV reflected 9/11

Series as diverse as 'West Wing,' 'Rescue Me' and 'Battlestar Galactica' all told memorable post-9/11 tales

Like most of you, I spent the long, strange, tragic day that was September 11, 2001 glued to the TV set, rifling from channel to channel, hoping against hope that some channel, somewhere would offer a piece of good news - or even some kind of explanation for the day's tragedies that would help make sense of all the carnage.

Instead, what I got was a kind of uniform confusion. Every talking head on every channel was having the same reactions, at roughly the same time. (If you watch one of the many YouTube montages of the second plane hitting the South Tower, the reaction time between the explosion and each anchorman declaring that we're under attack is nearly identical from clip to clip.) And whenever emotion or the latest piece of bad news seemed to overwhelm the men and women on-screen, they turned to pop culture to help focus their thoughts, talking about how much these terrible images on our screens resembled something out of a disaster movie.

But if this was life imitating art in horrific fashion, art found ways to respond in kind. And no artistic medium was better positioned to respond to 9/11 than television, whether through news reports, fundraising specials, or even scripted dramas like "The West Wing" and "Rescue Me" and science fiction series like "Battlestar Galactica."

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<p>Jere Burns and Bruce Campbell in the &quot;Burn Notice&quot;&nbsp;mid-season finale.</p>

Jere Burns and Bruce Campbell in the "Burn Notice" mid-season finale.

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'Burn Notice' - 'Dead to Rights': Head games

Larry returns for the mid-season finale, but is he the real threat?

A quick review of the "Burn Notice" mid-season finale coming up just as soon as I show you my body mic...

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<p>Can any drama episode beat &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;The Suitcase&quot;&nbsp;for the Emmy?</p>

Can any drama episode beat "Mad Men" and "The Suitcase" for the Emmy?

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Emmys '11 Predictions: Outstanding Comedy & Drama Writing

'That's what the money is for!' and a farewell to Michael Scott

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on September 18th, and it's time once again for Fienberg and I to discuss whom we think should and will win(*) some of the major categories. Next up is yet another twofer: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

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<p>Louis C.K. in the &quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Louis C.K. in the "Louie" season finale.

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'Louie' - 'New Jersey/Airport': Everybody hates Louie

Chris Rock, Pamela Adlon and Steven Wright stop by to offer Louie conflicting advice

A review of the "Louie" season 2 finale coming up just as soon as I ask you if you live in this area code...

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<p>Elijah Wood in &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Elijah Wood in "Wilfred."

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'Wilfred' - 'Identity': Wilfred's will

A strong finale provides clues about both Ryan and Wilfred's pasts

"Wilfred" ended its first season tonight, and I have a review of the finale (and thoughts on the season as a whole) coming up just as soon as I smell like conniving...

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<p>Aaron Sorkin.</p>

Aaron Sorkin.

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HBO orders Aaron Sorkin drama about cable news

Oscar-winning writer returns to his "Sports Night" roots

HBO has ordered Aaron Sorkin's untitled drama series about cable news to series, premiere date TBD.

The project features an impressive cast, including Jeff Daniels as the anchor, Emily Mortimer as his new producer, Alison Pill, Olivia Munn and Dev Patel as newsroom staffers and Sam Waterston as the wise boss. (Looking at this from a distance, the Sorkin shorthand seems as follows: Daniels is Casey, Mortimer is Dana, Pill and/or Munn is Natalie, Patel Jeremy, and Waterston a hybrid of Isaac and Leo.)

When it became clear that Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" wasn't working - in part, but not entirely, because the show-within-the-show never seemed nearly as funny as the characters insisted it was - a sentiment arose that viewers wish he had just taken the "Sports Night" approach to life at a cable news channel, rather than sketch comedy. Now he is, and with the backing of HBO plus the authority that comes with winning an Oscar for writing "The Social Network."

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<p>Martin Scorsese's &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;episode did not feature Chalky's bookcase speech.</p>

Martin Scorsese's "Boardwalk Empire" episode did not feature Chalky's bookcase speech.

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Emmys '11 Predictions: Outstanding Comedy & Drama Directing

Can anyone beat Martin Scorsese and/or the '30 Rock' live show?

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on September 18th, and it's time once again for Fienberg and I to discuss whom we think should and will win(*) some of the major categories. Next up is a twofer: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

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<p>A new class of FDNY&nbsp;recruits contemplates 9/11 in the &quot;Rescue Me&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

A new class of FDNY recruits contemplates 9/11 in the "Rescue Me" series finale.

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'Rescue Me' - 'Ashes': Crawling from the wreckage

Old and new ghosts are laid to rest as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches

"Rescue Me" aired its series finale tonight. I offered a review of the series as a whole yesterday, and I have a few specific thoughts about the finale coming up just as soon as I get some red velvet cake mix...

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<p>Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw in &quot;The Hour.&quot;</p>

Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw in "The Hour."

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'The Hour' - 'Episode 4': You can't handle the truth!

Freddie keeps investigating with reckless abandon, while Hector and Bel heat up

Demands on my time for the start of the TV season are once again keeping me from doing much more with "The Hourthan providing this space for everybody to discuss their reaction to the latest episode. (And, as of now, this is the last one I've seen in advance, so I may not even be able to do this much for the last two installments; at least, not in as timely a fashion.) 

The fourth episode kept pushing both the spy story and the love triangle, and thus far I'm much more invested in the personal material, and whatever is happening with the show itself, than I am with Freddie's investigation into Kish, double agents and whatnot. Keeping in mind that we're not going to discuss anything from the final two episodes (which already aired in the UK), what did everybody else think of this one?

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 91: 'Wilfred,' 'Louie,' 'Entourage' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 91: 'Wilfred,' 'Louie,' 'Entourage' & more

Dan and Alan also answer your letters and discuss the last two 'Breaking Bad's

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After a week off and then a technical glitch yesterday, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast returns with Dan and I looking ahead to the finales of "Wilfred," "Louie" and "Entourage," answering a whole lot of listener mail and then breaking down two "Breaking Bad" episodes. The rundown:

"Wilfred" and "Louie" -- 2:30 - 22:45
Listener Mail: "Entourage" -- 23:00 - 33:15
Listener Mail: First Series canceled -- 32:20 - 37:50
Listener Mail: Premise Pilots -- 38:00 - 45:30
Listener Mail: More on Pilots -- 45:35 - 50:05
Listener Mail: Talking TV at Parties -- 50:15 - 53:40
"Breaking Bad" -- 53:45 - 01:13:45
 
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 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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