<p>Sol (John Hawkes)&nbsp;and Seth (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Sol (John Hawkes) and Seth (Timothy Olyphant) in "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 5: 'The Trial of Jack McCall' (Newbies edition)

Everyone has parts to play in one of the series' most crucial episodes

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 5, "The Trial of Jack McCall," coming up just as soon as I look it up in my yesterday's diary...

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<p>Callie Thorne and Marc&nbsp;Blucas in &quot;Necessary Roughness.&quot;</p>

Callie Thorne and Marc Blucas in "Necessary Roughness."

Credit: USA

'Necessary Roughness' - 'Pilot': Physician, heal thyself

What did everybody think of USA's new sports therapy drama?

I offered my review of USA's "Necessary Roughnes" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of Callie Thorne, Marc Blucas and company? Is this a USA show that's going to rise above the level of something to watch while you fold laundry? 

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<p>Joe (Ray Romano)&nbsp;has an uncomfortable conversation on &quot;Men of a Certain Age.&quot;</p>

Joe (Ray Romano) has an uncomfortable conversation on "Men of a Certain Age."

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'Men of a Certain Age' - 'Whatever Gets You Through the Night': The tooth comes out

Owen is overextended and Joe angers some close associates in a stand-out episode

A review of tonight's "Men of a Certain Age" coming up just as soon as overalls are my best pair of pants...

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<p>Mehcad Brooks and Callie Thorne in &quot;Necessary Roughness.&quot;</p>

Mehcad Brooks and Callie Thorne in "Necessary Roughness."

Credit: USA

Review: USA's 'Necessary Roughness' a shallow shrink story

Callie Thorne tries to analyze the problems of the local pro football team

When the Lakers won the NBA championship last year, famously unstable forward Ron Artest (or The Artist Soon To Be Known As Metta World Peace) made headlines when, in a post-game interview, he thanked his psychiatrist, who "really helped me relax a lot." It was a moment at once strange and touching - certainly, anyone who had tracked Artest's career would have thought therapy could do him some good - and also one that seemed certain to inspire a few movies or TV shows.

USA's new drama "Necessary Roughness" (which premieres tomorrow night at 10) isn't technically based on Artest's story - it's inspired by the work of Dr. Donna Dannenfelser, a therapist who has worked with the New York Jets - but it suggests that the formula of jock + shrink isn't as easy as it might have looked.

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<p>Laura Linney in &quot;The Big C.&quot;</p>

Laura Linney in "The Big C."

Credit: Showtime

'The Big C' - 'Losing Patients': The truth wins out

Season 2 gets off to a better start thanks to the end of Cathy's secret-keeping

"The Big C" returned to Showtime tonight, and I have a few thoughts on where the show finds itself at the start of season 2, coming up just as soon as I pose as a pharmaceutical rep...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 81: 'Weeds,' 'The Big C,' 'Necessary Roughness' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 81: 'Weeds,' 'The Big C,' 'Necessary Roughness' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'State of Georgia' and the next 'Twin Peaks'


We began recording this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast with me outdoors. Then a plane flew overhead, so I moved indoors, to what turned out to be a noisy day at the office. In other words, no matter where we go and what we do, there is background noise. But in the foreground, lots to talk about, with a bunch of new and returning shows premiering this week, the next "Twin Peaks" episode, plus our first dip into the mailbag in a couple of weeks. The run-down:

"Weeds" -- 01:00 - 10:25
"The Big C" -- 10:30 - 21:00
"The Voice" -- 21:00 - 28:10
"State of Georgia" -- 28:20 - 34:00
"Necessary Roughness" -- 34:00 - 44:20
Listener Mail: Peter Falk -- 44:30 - 50:40
Listener Mail: TV Directors -- 50:45 - 56:40 
"Twin Peaks" -- 56:45 - 01:11:10
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>James Van Der Beek and Vincent D'Onofrio in the &quot;Law &amp;&nbsp;Order:&nbsp;Criminal Intent&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

James Van Der Beek and Vincent D'Onofrio in the "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" series finale.

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'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' - 'To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap': Bye, Bobby

Goren and Eames work one last case

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" came to the end of its run (probably) last night, and I have some thoughts on both the series finale and the series as a whole coming up just as soon as I show you my pinball machine...

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<p>Davis (Steve Zahn)&nbsp;has a few words to say about a fallen friend on &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Davis (Steve Zahn) has a few words to say about a fallen friend on "Treme."

Credit: HBO

'Treme' - 'That's What Lovers Do': That's all he wrote

Some projects move forward, while others stall in the penultimate hour of season 2

We're down to the penultimate episode of "Treme" season 2, and I have a review coming up just as soon as I don't speak English...

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<p>Moon Bloodgood and Noah Wyle in &quot;Falling Skies.&quot;</p>

Moon Bloodgood and Noah Wyle in "Falling Skies."

Credit: TNT

'Falling Skies' - 'Prisoner of War': The wrong kid tried

Tom goes solo, and Steven Weber has a plan to save the kids

A few quick thoughts on tonight's "Falling Skies" coming up just as soon as I read the stack of spy novels on my nightstand...

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<p>Alexander Skarsgard in &quot;True Blood.&quot;</p>

Alexander Skarsgard in "True Blood."

Credit: HBO

'True Blood' - 'She's Not There': Fairy godmother

What did everybody think of the season 4 premiere?

Okay, by now, y'all should know the drill on my "coverage" of "True Blood." I'm not a fan of the show (though I do enjoy a few characters like Eric, Jessica and Pam), but I'm aware that this is one area where my tastes don't overlap with what seems like a large portion of my audience, so we reached a compromise last summer: I do these short weekly posts as a place for the What's Alan Watching? crowd to gather to discuss each episode, and if you want a longer recap or analysis, you can go read Leslie Gornstein's take at our Monkeys As Critics blog, usually within a few hours after the episode airs on the East Coast. (UPDATE: And here it is.)

The one thing I'll note about the season premiere is that the way Alan Ball chose to return to Bon Temps gave him an out to get rid of a whole lot of the dead weight many of us were concerned about last season. Instead, pretty much everyone's back, and now we've added a coven of witches to this overcrowded universe. At what point does the show just burst at the seams from too many characters in too many unrelated storylines?

And what did everybody think of "She's Not There" overall?

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