<p>Jeffrey Dean Morgan and friends in &quot;Magic City&quot;&nbsp;can celebrate a second season already.</p>

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and friends in "Magic City" can celebrate a second season already.

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Starz renews 'Magic City' before it debuts

Period drama will be back for a second season regardless of how it performs

HBO the last few years has developed a pattern where it renews most of its series within two days of their premiere. Chris Albrecht, who used to run HBO, is trying to do his old home one better from his new position as CEO of Starz, renewing shows before they've even debuted.

Albrecht did it back in the fall with Kelsey Grammer in "Boss," and how he's done it with "Magic City," which won't even debut until April 6 but already has an order for a 10-episode second season.

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<p>David Walton and Amanda Peet in &quot;Bent.&quot;</p>

David Walton and Amanda Peet in "Bent."

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Review: NBC's 'Bent' offers snappy banter and strong chemistry from Amanda Peet and David Walton

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Romantic comedy deserves better than weird mid-season burn-off scheduling
"Bent," the charming new romantic comedy that debuts tomorrow night at 9 on NBC, gets its title from the credo of the main character's father, a struggling actor who responds to adversity by insisting "I am bent, not broken."
 
That credo applies just as well to several of the show's main characters. Our hero, surfer dude contractor Pete Riggins (David Walton), is a recovering gambling addict who has blown up most of the relationships in his life but is just charming enough to keep getting second, third and fifth chances. Our heroine — and Pete's potential love interest — is Alex (Amanda Peet), uptight corporate lawyer and single mom still putting back the pieces of her life after her ex-husband went to prison for white collar crime. Alex's daughter Charlie (Joey King) is really struggling with her father's incarceration, and finds herself more comfortable with Pete than with her mom's perfectly nice doctor boyfriend Ben (Matt Letscher).
 
They are damaged, but not beyond repair, just as most of the work Pete and his lazy crew do on Alex's kitchen remodel has to be redone a time or six.
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<p>Bernadette Peters and Megan Hilty in &quot;Smash.&quot;</p>

Bernadette Peters and Megan Hilty in "Smash."

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'Smash' - 'The Workshop': Get me rewrite!

Bernadette Peters sings some 'Gypsy,' and investors get to see 'Marilyn: the Musical'

A review of tonight's "Smash" coming up just as soon as I have stupid gaydar...

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris and Becki Newton again show some skin on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Neil Patrick Harris and Becki Newton again show some skin on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Broath': Quinn-tervention

Good character beats but not a lot of laughs this week

A quick review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I've got a monk guy...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 120: 'Mad Men,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Bent' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 120: 'Mad Men,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Bent' & more

Dan and Alan also talk about the 'Luck' cancellation, review more 'Touch' and answer your mail

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It's a long, and at times strange, Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, one where we wound up spending more time talking about the Denver Broncos quarterback situation than we did the "Mad Men" season premiere (but only because Matt Weiner would have likely shot us if we'd said more than we did). Between "Mad Men," "The Walking Dead" finale, the cancellation of "Luck," the debut of NBC's "Bent" and the return of FOX's "Touch," there's an awful lot of TV to talk about before we get to the end-of-show sportstalk segment. If it's not our longest podcast ever, it's up there. Hopefully, some of y'all have a long commute this week to get proper value.

The line-up: 

"Bent" (00:01:20 - 00:14:20)
"Touch" (00:14:20 - 00:25:35)
"Mad Men" (00:25:35 - 00:33:50)
The cancelation of "Luck" (00:33:50 - 00:47:00)
Listener Mail: Following non-series content (00:47:25 - 00:53:15)
Listener Mail: Podcasts on TV (53:20 - 01:00:00)
"The Walking Dead" finale (01:00:10 - 01:16:35)
Peyton Manning versus Tim Tebow (01:16:45 - 01:36:20)
 
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>Rick (Andrew Lincoln)&nbsp;and company reach a crossroads in &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and company reach a crossroads in "The Walking Dead" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Beside the Dying Fire'

Fire, plague and a mysterious hooded figure all are key as a bumpy season comes to an end

A review of "The Walking Dead" season finale coming up just as soon as I make a bad joke about Asian drivers...

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<p>Nick Nolte as Walter Smith on &quot;Luck.&quot;</p>

Nick Nolte as Walter Smith on "Luck."

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'Luck' - 'Episode 8': Lost Israel

Walter and Ace deal with threats in different ways in the series' pentultimate chapter

A review of tonight's "Luck" coming up just as soon as I choose to believe your email...

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<p>James Marsden as Criss and Dean Winters as Dennis on &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

James Marsden as Criss and Dean Winters as Dennis on "30 Rock."

Credit: NBC

'30 Rock' - 'St. Patrick's Day': Duffy man

Dennis and Criss meet, Hazel struggles to manage Tracy and Jenna, and Jack plays a game

A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as my yak has smallpox...

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<p>Jason Isaacs in &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Jason Isaacs in "Awake."

Credit: NBC

'Awake' - 'Guilty': I am a cop! Looking for my son!

Can answers in the red world save a life in the green world?

A quick review of tonight's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I take a few sleeping pills...

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<p>Ashley Judd is ready to kick a little ass in &quot;Missing.&quot;</p>

Ashley Judd is ready to kick a little ass in "Missing."

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'Missing' - 'Pilot': Give me back my son!

What did everybody think of ABC's new Ashley Judd action drama?

I published my review of ABC's "Missing" on Tuesday. Now it's your turn. For those who chose the Ashley Judd spy drama over "Idol," "Community," March Madness, etc., what did you think? Did you appreciate all the attempts to remind us of her maternal side (including the gag where she tells the girl at the club to put out the cigarette), or was it all a bit much? Did you like the location filming? Enjoy the action? Glad to have Judd working again, or did you not miss her during her relative downtime? Thoughts on Sean Bean's latest method of dying? And will you watch again? 

Have at it.

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