<p>Swearengen (Ian McShane)&nbsp;and Mr. Wu (Keone Young)&nbsp;cut a &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;deal.</p>

Swearengen (Ian McShane) and Mr. Wu (Keone Young) cut a "Deadwood" deal.

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 10: 'Mr. Wu' (Newbies edition)

Al negotiates a crisis, while Reverend Smith's condition worsens

We're continuing our 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 episode 10, "Mr. Wu," coming up just as soon as my cravate's in my bacon...

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<p>One reader's take on what NBC's &quot;Smash,&quot;&nbsp;with Katharine McPhee, should look like.</p>
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One reader's take on what NBC's "Smash," with Katharine McPhee, should look like.

See ya in the next life, Smash!

Taking a few days off post-press tour

Well, press tour is over. Comic-Con is over. My time in California is over.

And now it's time to take some time off.

I'll be off for much of the rest of this week to catch up on sleep, remind my kids what I look like and readjust to East Coast weather. (Rumor has it the humidity is kinda high.) With any luck, I'll be able to bang out my next "Deadwood" review on the flight home today, but that's about all you should expect from me between now and either Sunday night or Monday. (As I said in my latest "Breaking Bad" review, odds are high that I won't get that done til sometime Monday morning/early afternoon.) 

Have fun without me, kids. And if you want to see the full-sized version of that photo illustration of Katharine McPhee starring in "Smash: The Brian Williams Story," click here. Forearms aside, I think it'd make one hell of a poster for what should be the greatest show ever.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 88: Press tour, 'Strike Back,' 'The Hour' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 88: Press tour, 'Strike Back,' 'The Hour' & more

Dan and Alan also break down the latest 'Breaking Bad'


It's over! It's all over! The summer 2011 Television Critics Association press tour has finally come to an end, and that finally gave Dan and I time to record a fairly long Firewall & Iceberg Podcast that not only breaks down the second half of the tour, but also offers reviews of Cinemax's "Strike Back" and BBC America's "the Hour" as well as thoughts on the latest "Breaking Bad." The rundown:

"Strike Back" -- 02:45 - 11:55
"The Hour" -- 11:55 - 21:25
Press Tour -- 21:25 - 1:09:30
"Breaking Bad" -- 01:09:30 - 01:21:50
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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<p>Aaron Paul in &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Aaron Paul in "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' - 'Bullet Points': House of cards

Walt and Skyler rehearse a lie, while Jesse's living situation becomes a problem

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I have actual hobos living with me...

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<p>Richard Lewis on &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm.&quot;</p>

Richard Lewis on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'The Vow of Silence': Escape to New York

Chat-n-cuts, pig parking and Pinkberry get Larry into a lot of trouble

A quick review of tonight's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" coming up just as soon as I direct a "Silver Spoons" on 48 hours notice...

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<p>Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll)&nbsp;and Bill (Stephen Moyer)&nbsp;on &quot;True Blood.&quot;</p>

Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) on "True Blood."

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'True Blood' - 'Cold Grey Light of Dawn': Sealed in silver

Bill comes up with a painful plan to save his people

You know the "True Blooddeal by now: this post is here for people who want to talk about tonight's episode right away, while Leslie Gornstein will have a detailed recap up on our Monkeys as Critics blog a few hours from now.

So talk about Bill's big silver plan, Tommy and Sam's beef, Jessica's walk and more.

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Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco in "Work It."
Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco in "Work It."
Credit: ABC

Press tour: ABC boss Paul Lee finally has shows of his own

Critics aren't fans of new comedies 'Last Man Standing' and 'Work It'

ABC president Paul Lee has had one of the longer free rides of any network executive in recent press tour memory. A year ago, he appeared before critics on literally his first day on the job and therefore couldn't answer any specific questions about programs he hadn't ordered, scheduling decisions that weren't his, etc. At the January press tour, he was still talking about shows that predecessor Steve McPherson had picked up, so we could talk a bit about scheduling, and about development for the following season, but that was it.

So the shows ABC brought to press tour this summer are the first that Lee gets sole credit and/or blame for, which led to a session (which Fienberg live-blogged) that was far busier and more contentious than either of his first two.

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<p>Nick Offerman serenaded the room as host of the TCA&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Nick Offerman serenaded the room as host of the TCA Awards.

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Highlights from the Television Critics Association Awards

Nick Offerman sings! Oprah Winfrey jokes! Carl Reiner also jokes!

As I've often said, the night of the Television Critics Association Awards is my favorite of press tour. Lots of cool people on hand, shows we want to celebrate, and the ceremony itself is almost always memorable. Because (aside from one disastrous attempt on E! before I joined the tour) the ceremony isn't televised, it goes quickly, and the winners don't feel like they just have to read a laundry list of thank-yous, which tends to lead to speeches that are actually about what the work means to them.

I published the list of the winners last night, but here are some highlights from the ceremony itself:

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<p>Many drinks were raised in honor of &quot;Friday Night Lights&quot;&nbsp;at the Television Critics Association Awards.</p>

Many drinks were raised in honor of "Friday Night Lights" at the Television Critics Association Awards.

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'Friday Night Lights,' 'Game of Thrones' & 'Mad Men' win big at the TCA Awards

Television Critics Association also honors 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Modern Family' and more

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose: "Friday Night Lights" was named Program of the Year at this year's Television Critics Association Awards.

"Friday Night Lights" won the night's biggest prize, but other shows honored tonight included "Parks and Recreation," "Mad Men," "Modern Family" and "Game of Thrones," among others.

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<p>The &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;cast came to press tour this morning.</p>

The "Sons of Anarchy" cast came to press tour this morning.

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Press tour: 'Sons of Anarchy' goes back to basics for season 4

Club conflicts will be more internal than external as we return to Charming

"Sons of Anarchy" returns to FX on September 6, and based on both a screening of the season 4 premiere and comments made by creator Kurt Sutter and the cast at their press tour panel, I'm feeling much better about the series than I did for much of season 3.

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