<p>Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman)&nbsp;prepares for execution in &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day.&quot;</p>

Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) prepares for execution in "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

Credit: Starz/BBC

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'The New World': Everybody lives!

Death takes a holiday in the sci-fi series' return

"Torchwood: Miracle Day" just aired its first episode. I offered a general review of the series yesterday, and I have some specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I cheat painting a wall...

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<p>Tim (Taylor Kitsch)&nbsp;and Tyra (Adrianne Palicki)&nbsp;brought an old-school vibe to tonight's &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Tim (Taylor Kitsch) and Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) brought an old-school vibe to tonight's "Friday Night Lights."

Credit: NBC/DirecTV

'Friday Night Lights' - 'Texas Whatever': There can only be one

Tough choices abound in the series' moving penultimate episode

(I originally posted this review back when "Friday Night Lights" was doing its exclusive DirecTV run. The comments from that period have been preserved. For the sake of people who are watching the episodes as they air on NBC, I will ask anyone commenting from this point forward to only discuss plot events up to the episode in question. Do not discuss, or even allude to, anything that has yet to air on NBC. Thank you.)

"Friday Night Lights" has only one week to go in its final season, and I have a review of the series' penultimate episode coming up just as soon as I try to write down a speech while driving...

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<p>Larry David heads to New York mid-way through &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm&quot;&nbsp;season 8.</p>

Larry David heads to New York mid-way through "Curb Your Enthusiasm" season 8.

Credit: HBO

Review: HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' returns strong for season 8

Larry David and friends head to New York midway through the season

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" is never going to displace "Seinfeld" as the first thing mentioned in Larry David's obituary many years from now, even though "Curb" gave the world one of the all-time great obituary-related jokes (in the first season episode "Beloved Aunt"). But has the HBO show already done enough to accompany "Seinfeld" in the first line of that obituary?

I think it has.

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<p>Louis C.K. in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. in "Louie."

Credit: FX

'Louie' - 'Moving': A man's home is his castle

Louie looks for a new place to live

A quick review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I ask about Obama...

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

Ethan Suplee and Elijah Wood in "Wilfred."

Credit: FX

'Wilfred' - 'Fear': The incredible shrinking Suplee

Ryan resists Wilfred's advice at his own peril

A quick review of tonight's "Wilfred" coming up just as soon as I break Shabbos...

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<p>The revamped cast of &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day,&quot;&nbsp;with Eve Myles, John Barrowman, Alexa Havins and Mekhi Phifer.</p>

The revamped cast of "Torchwood: Miracle Day," with Eve Myles, John Barrowman, Alexa Havins and Mekhi Phifer.

Credit: Starz/BBC

Review: Starz's 'Torchwood: Miracle Day'

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The British sci-fi series comes to America in an ambitious but sometimes muddled new series

There are two different shows co-existing under the title “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (Friday at 10 p.m. on Starz). The first is a classic kind of science fiction story, built around a simple what if? question: what would happen if every person in the world suddenly became incapable of dying? The second is a familiar action thriller in which a rogue team of government agents try to find out who made everyone immortal, and why.

The second show is the one that Starz clearly signed on for when the pay cable channel became co-producer and American distributor of “Torchwood,” which had been a purely British series in its earlier seasons (and aired in these parts on BBC America). It’s a commercial, easy-to-sell idea, one featuring a few characters who will be familiar to hardcore fanboys and girls, as well as recognizable American faces like Mekhi Phifer and Bill Pullman. If this wasn’t a show about Torchwood was investigating the miracle, getting into gunfights and trading banter, it wouldn’t exist.

And yet, even as a fan of the 100% British incarnation of “Torchwood” (particularly the 5-part “Torchwood: Children of Earth” miniseries from 2009), I couldn’t help wishing that “Torchwood: Miracle Day” spent a little more time on the miracle and less on Torchwood.

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<p>Cy, E.B. and Al ponder news of the plague on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Cy, E.B. and Al ponder news of the plague on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 6: 'Plague' (Veterans edition)

Al, Cy and the camp's other leaders come together to fight the smallpox outbreak

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 former; click here for the newbie-safe version.

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<p>Cy, E.B. and Al ponder news of the plague on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Cy, E.B. and Al ponder news of the plague on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 6: 'Plague' (Newbies edition)

Al, Cy and the camp's other leaders come together to fight the smallpox outbreak

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.

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<p>Andre Braugher on &quot;Men of a Certain Age.&quot;</p>

Andre Braugher on "Men of a Certain Age."

Credit: TNT

'Men of a Certain Age' - 'Hold Your Finish': Blame it on the rain

Joe, Owen and Terry reach complicated crossroads as the second season ends

"Men of a Certain Age" just wrapped up its second (and hopefully not final) season, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I punch the muffin...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 82: 'Torchwood: Miracle Day,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 82: 'Torchwood: Miracle Day,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' & more

Alan and Dan also break down the 'Treme' season finale, talk 'Twin Peaks' and answer your mail

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Dan was traveling back from Canada in the early part of the week, so the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast makes a temporary Wednesday return, and a fairly busy one, as we discuss "Torchwood: Miracle Day," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the "Treme" finale, a new "Twin Peaks" and answer several letters. The run-down:

"Torchwood: Miracle Day" -- 2:05 - 16:05
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" -- 16:05 - 24:25
"Treme" finale -- 24:30 - 51:30
Listener Mail: "Buffy" Big Bads -- 51:30 - 59:25
Listener Mail: Movie actors on TV -- 59:30 - 01:12:20
James Spader on "The Office" -- 01:12:30 - 01:16:30
"Twin Peaks" -- 01:16:50 - 01:30:00
 
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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