<p>&quot;Enlightened&quot;&nbsp;star Laura Dern and creator/director Mike White have a chat.</p>

"Enlightened" star Laura Dern and creator/director Mike White have a chat.

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'Enlightened' - 'Pilot': It's turtles all the way down!

What did everybody think of the new HBO dramedy?

Okay, I offered my review of HBO's "Enlightenedthis morning. Now it's your turn. What did you think of this collaboration between Laura Dern and Mike White? How do you feel about what we see of Amy Jellicoe both before and after she gains her alleged enlightenment? If you were a fan of Mike White's stint on "The Amazing Race," were you excited to see Victor from that season as one of the corporate lawyers? Glad to have Diane Ladd and Dern playing mother and daughter again? And do any of you plan to watch more than this episode?

Have at it.

<p>Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) shows off at his &quot;Bored to Death&quot;&nbsp;book signing.</p>

Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman) shows off at his "Bored to Death" book signing.

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'Bored to Death' - 'The Blonde in the Woods': You're in the frame

What did everybody think of the HBO private eye comedy's return?

As I wrote about at the start of "Bored to Deathseason 2, I think I've come to terms that the parts of the show I enjoy (George and/or Ray on their own, the three guys on a job together) and the parts I don't (anything to do with Jonathan by himself, and also some parts of Jonathan interacting with the other two) aren't going to change, that Danson and Galifianakis are just funny enough to overcome my dislike of the Jonathan Ames character and/or the way Schwartzman plays him, and that it's therefore not something I'll write about much.(*)

(*) If at all. I wound up not writing about season 2 again after that initial post, and we'll see if HBO winds up ordering a fourth season. For all the publicity about how Danson would get to do both "CSI" and this, it was easy to say, given that "Bored to Death" season 3 was already in the can. I have no idea whether CBS will let him do a fourth season, whether HBO would bother with a fourth without him, whether its banishment to Mondays (due to an overload of original programming) suggests HBO doesn't have future plans for it, etc.

For those of you who are still sticking with it, how did you feel about the season premiere? Are you glad to see Jonathan becoming more accomplished in both his professional lives? Did the level of violence (even if it was off-screen) seem off for the show? And how about Ray Hueston, part-time dad?

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 98: 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Last Man Standing' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 98: 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Last Man Standing' & more

Dan and Alan also review HBO's 'Enlightened' and 'Bored to Death' and talk about cancellations and 'The Simpsons' renewal


An extra-long Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week features our final "Breaking Bad" discussion for a while, looks ahead to how "The Walking Dead" will succeed it in season 2, reviews some underwhelming new HBO and ABC comedies, discusses the current state of "The Simpsons," and more. The line-up: 

"Bored to Death" -- 01:00 - 8:30
"Enlightened" -- 8:30 - 20:15
"Last Man Standing" -- 20:20 - 27:00
"The Walking Dead" -- 27:00 - 36:40
Cancellations -- 37:00 - 45:30
"The Simpsons" renewal -- 45:00 - 01:00:30
"Breaking Bad" finale - 01:00:30 - 01:24:44
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.
<p>Karine Vanasse in &quot;Pan Am.&quot;</p>

Karine Vanasse in "Pan Am."

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'Pan Am' - 'Ich Bin Ein Berliner': Deutschland über alles

The crew has memorable adventures in Germany

A review of last night's "Pan Am" coming up just as soon as I get you some Cubans...

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<p>Laura Dern in &quot;Enlightened.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Laura Dern in "Enlightened." 

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Review: HBO's 'Enlightened' an awkward new comedy for Laura Dern

Corporate exec has New Age makeover in a series created by Mike White

There's a long and rich history of comedies about characters severely lacking in self-awareness. Just in the past decade, we've been blessed with "The Office" (both David Brent and Michael Scott), "Arrested Development" (most of the family, but especially Tobias and GOB) and "Modern Family" (Phil Dunphy), to name a few. People who aren't aware how the rest of the world perceives them can be incredibly amusing in the right context.

HBO's new "Enlightened" (it premieres tonight at 9:30) - in which Laura Dern plays a woman who never seems to realize how off-putting everyone finds her - is not the right context, unfortunately. Despite writing from Mike White - who's been involved in TV shows and movies as wide-ranging as "Freaks and Geeks," "School of Rock," "Pasadena" and "Year of the Dog" (among many others - it's stifling, awkward and just plain not funny.

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<p>The &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;writers spent a while setting up the rivalry between Tio (Mark Margolis)&nbsp;and Gus (Giancarlo Esposito).</p>

The "Breaking Bad" writers spent a while setting up the rivalry between Tio (Mark Margolis) and Gus (Giancarlo Esposito).

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Interview: 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan post-mortems season 4

On Gus, Tio and what exactly happened with that cigarette

"Breaking Bad" just ended its fourth season in memorable fashion. You can read my review of the season finale here, and I spoke with the show's creator, Vince Gilligan, about everything that went down and some of his plans for the series' final 16 episodes, all coming up just as soon as I spend time in an electrician chat room...

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<p>Walt (Bryan Cranston)&nbsp;makes a call in the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;season 4 finale.</p>

Walt (Bryan Cranston) makes a call in the "Breaking Bad" season 4 finale.

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Face Off': Say uncle

Can Walt and Jesse get Gus before Gus gets them?

A review of the "Breaking Bad" season 4 finale coming up just as soon as I wait around for a plate glass guy to come...

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<p>Carrie (Claire Danes)&nbsp;ponders her mission on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Carrie (Claire Danes) ponders her mission on "Homeland."

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'Homeland' - 'Grace': Garage door opener

Episode two keeps drawing connections between Carrie and Brody

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I have a waxing appointment…

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<p>Nucky (Steve Buscemi)&nbsp;confronts Jimmy (Michael Pitt)&nbsp;on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Nucky (Steve Buscemi) confronts Jimmy (Michael Pitt) on "Boardwalk Empire."

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'Boardwalk Empire' - 'A Dangerous Maid': My two dads

Nucky confronts Jimmy in an episode about fathers and sons

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I start picking up on people's signals...

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<p>You'll have &quot;The Simpsons&quot;&nbsp;to kick around for at least two more seasons now that FOX has renewed it again.</p>

You'll have "The Simpsons" to kick around for at least two more seasons now that FOX has renewed it again.

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Woo-hoo! FOX renews 'The Simpsons' for two Moe seasons

A quarter-century of Homer and company feels very good indeed.

I know I've told this story before, but in the wake of FOX ordering two more seasons of "The Simpsons" - which will bring the show through its 24th and 25th seasons, continuing its stretch as the longest-running primetime scripted show in American TV history(*) - it's worth repeating again:

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