<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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<p>James Spader is joining the cast of &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

James Spader is joining the cast of "The Office."

Credit: NBC

'The Office' hires James Spader as new boss (sort of)

He was the best guest star in last season's finale

"The Office" has found its new boss - sort of - and will be adding James Spader to the cast when the series begins is eighth season in the fall. An explanation of how this will work (which some may consider spoiler-y) and my thoughts on it coming up after the jump...

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<p>You can watch the UK&nbsp;series &quot;Misfits&quot;&nbsp;here in the US - just not on a TV.</p>

You can watch the UK series "Misfits" here in the US - just not on a TV.

The curious case of the TV-less TV critic

In which the Internet and various gadgets fill the void in a cable-free office

I don't have a TV in my office.

This may sound strange, given that I watch TV for a living, but it's been the arrangement I've had for the last few months. Long story short, a few months back I moved into a new office space where it turned out that getting cable/satellite/Fios/etc. installed would be surprisingly complicated. This was near the end of the network TV season, and I was so busy writing about finales, upfront schedules, etc., that I put off figuring out a solution until things calmed down.

Things have calmed down, and yet for now, at least, I find myself not needing the thing in here.

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<p>April and Andy's wedding was a brilliant moment in a &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;season full of them.</p>

April and Andy's wedding was a brilliant moment in a "Parks and Recreation" season full of them.

Credit: NBC

If I had an Emmy ballot 2011: Outstanding Comedy Series

Celebrating 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Community' and more

And now Fienberg and I come to the end of our longer-than-planned (in days, not posts) trip through some of the top Emmy categories, with our look at the contenders for Outstanding Comedy Series. The ballots are already in, but we wanted to get these last two categories done before the nominees are announced on July 14, at least.

As we have throughout this project, we're approaching the idea in two ways, with me as the optimist and Dan as the pragmatist. So while Dan has his usual exhaustive photo gallery of potential nominees (starting with the most likely and moving on down to longshots he wishes were favorites), I'm going to pretend that I was given an actual ballot to fill out in this category, and narrow it down to the six shows I'd most like to see make the cut.

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<p>Albert (Clarke Peters)&nbsp;and Delmond (Rob Brown)&nbsp;perform in the &quot;Treme&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Albert (Clarke Peters) and Delmond (Rob Brown) perform in the "Treme" season finale.

Credit: HBO/Paul Schiraldi

'Treme' - 'Do Watcha Wanna': Home is where the funk is

Everyone comes home for Jazz Fest in the surprisingly upbeat season finale

"Treme" just wrapped up its second season. I offered up a general overview of my feelings about the season on Friday, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as the advance orders come in from Switzerland...

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