<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;(Louis C.K.)&nbsp;did Halloween in August.</p>

"Louie" (Louis C.K.) did Halloween in August.

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'Louie' - 'Halloween/Ellie': Trick or treat?

A parental nightmare followed by a professional meltdown

A review of last night's "Louie" coming up just as soon as my dog turns off the alarm clock...

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<p>Bullock (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;meets Alma's father Otis Russell (William Russ)&nbsp;in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) meets Alma's father Otis Russell (William Russ) in "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 11: 'Jewel's Boot Is Made For Walking' (Veterans edition)

Apparent solutions lead to more problems in the penultimate season 1 episode

For the next-to-last time this summer, 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.

A review of episode 11, "Jewel's Boot Is Made For Walking," coming up just as soon as I discuss circumcision with an ox...

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<p>Bullock (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;meets Alma's father Otis Russell (William Russ)&nbsp;in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) meets Alma's father Otis Russell (William Russ) in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 11: 'Jewel's Boot Is Made For Walking' (Newbies edition)

Apparent solutions lead to more problems in the penultimate season 1 episode

For the next-to-last time this summer, 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 11, "Jewel's Boot Is Made For Walking," coming up just as soon as I discuss circumcision with an ox...

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<p>Walt (Bryan Cranston)&nbsp;and Bogdan (Marius Stan)&nbsp;have a chat in Sunday's &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Bogdan (Marius Stan) have a chat in Sunday's "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

HitFix First Look: Walt gets 'Cornered' on Sunday's 'Breaking Bad'

Only on HitFix: Watch a scene from the next episode

This Sunday's episode of "Breaking Badis my favorite of the season so far, packed with one great scene after another involving Walt, Jesse, Skyler, Mike and the rest of the gang.

We'll be able to talk about all of it on Sunday night, but in the meantime, HitFix is pleased to present an exclusive (for the next day, at least) look at one of those scenes.(*) It's an early moment in the episode in which Walt and Bogdan discuss the future of the car wash. It's a fine scene for Bryan Cranston, but especially for Marius Stan - who, as I've mentioned in the past, is something of an accidental actor. (He only appeared in the series pilot because his son wanted to be an actor, and the show needed a father/son combo.) 

(*) And for those of you worried about reconciling a sneak peak clip with my usual No Spoiler policy, I will say three things: 1)As with the previews for the next episode, you don't have to watch if you don't want, 2)I'm going to ask everyone to confine whatever discussion there is of the scene to this post, so the ongoing discussion of "Shotgun" won't be affected, and 3)If you do watch the scene, you'll see it's nothing earth-shattering. (Were I writing an advance review of the episode, it's one I would be completely comfortable describing in detail, as opposed to, say, the boxcutter scene from "Boxcutter.") 

So watch if you want, and either way, I look forward to talking "Cornered" with you on Sunday night.

<p>Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw)&nbsp;at work on &quot;The Hour.&quot;</p>

Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw) at work on "The Hour."

Credit: BBC

'The Hour' - 'Episode 1': Who's the boss?

What did everybody think of the new BBC America period drama?

I already offered up my review of BBC America's "The Hour," along with an interview with creator Abi Morgan. We'll see how the episode-by-episode reviews for this will work over the rest of the 6-episode run, but for now, I'm just going to say that the premiere was definitely the weakest of the 4 I've seen, but still interesting for the work by Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai and Dominic West

Keeping in mind that the No Spoilers policy around here includes anything that has yet to air in the US - meaning discussion of the later episodes that have already aired in the UK is off-limits and will be deleted - what did everybody else think of the premiere?

 

<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;(Louis C.K.)&nbsp;struggles with his fantasies in a scene from last week.</p>

"Louie" (Louis C.K.) struggles with his fantasies in a scene from last week.

Credit: FX

Review: 'Louie' gets seriously brilliant as season 2 nears a finish

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Louis C.K.'s show now more drama than comedy, but incredible either way

When FX sent out the first four episodes of "Louie" season two for review, I couldn't help noticing that three of the four were fairly dark and/or serious, and that the one overtly comic episode also featured a storyline about Louie despairing over the meaning of life after watching a bum get decapitated by a garbage truck. At the time, I wondered whether creator/star/writer/director/editor/etc. Louis C.K. - whose comic sensibilities have never been all that sunny to begin with - had decided to deliberately take the series in a more sober direction, or if this is just the way the distribution had worked out. It was possible, I thought, that the next batch might have been much sillier, along the lines of Louie's trip to Alabama or bad marijuana experience from season one.

Instead, the episodes since then have involved, among other topics:

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<p>BBC&nbsp;America's &quot;The Hour&quot;&nbsp;looks back at British TV&nbsp;news in the mid-'50s.</p>

BBC America's "The Hour" looks back at British TV news in the mid-'50s.

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Interview: 'The Hour' creator Abi Morgan

On 'Mad Men' comparisons, the end of empire, women in British '50s TV news, and more

Yesterday, I offered up my review of BBC America's "The Hour," a new six-part drama series about the launch of a new BBC investigative news show in 1956, and how the staff - specifically tough producer Bel Rowely (Romola Garai), her brilliant but impetuous sidekick Freddie Lyon (Ben Whishaw) and dashing anchorman Hector Madden (Dominic West) - get caught up in the Suez Canal crisis, a series of espionage murders and various romantic entanglements. As I said in the review, it's "Broadcast News" meets "Mad Men" meets Ian Fleming, and I rather liked it (albeit with some reservations about the spy material).

While I was at press tour, I got a chance to interview the series' creator, Abi Morgan, about her inspiration, her research into the period, the inevitable "Mad Men" comparisons, and more. We don't really get into any spoilers (especially since I'd only seen three of the six episodes at the time), but I imagine the interview may be more edifying to people who've already seen the episodes that have aired in the U.K.

(And that, in turn, allows me to remind you that the spoiler policy on this blog means plot discussion of anything that has yet to air in the U.S. is off-limits. Got it?)

My conversation with Morgan after the jump, and I'll have a post up tonight for people's reaction to the first episode (which airs from 10-11:15)...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 89: Listener mail & 'Breaking Bad'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 89: Listener mail & 'Breaking Bad'

Dan and Alan answer questions about the troubles at AMC, the 'Friday Night Lights' movie, beards and more

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We promised two things in advance about this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast: that we likely wouldn't record it on a Monday, and that it would be almost entirely devoted to listener mail. Both of those promises came true, and though we start the show with low, post-press tour energy levels, things get snappy in a hurry. The rundown:

Recent AMC kerfuffles -- 01:30 - 14:00
Kurt Sutter Twitter kerfuffles -- 14:00 - 21:00
A new "Friday Night Lights" Movie -- 21:25 - 28:00
The greatness of the "FNL" pilot -- 28:00 - 36:40
Our own review-writing process -- 36:40 - 43:00
All-Star Beard Team -- 43:00 - 49:40
"Breaking Bad" -- 49:45 - 01:05:20
 
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>Dominic West, Ben Whishaw and Romola Garai in &quot;The Hour.&quot;</p>

Dominic West, Ben Whishaw and Romola Garai in "The Hour."

Credit: BBC

Review: BBC America's 'The Hour' heads back to the '50s in style

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'Mad Men' meets 'Broadcast News' meets Ian Fleming in a sharp new series

Imitation is the sincerest form of television, but usually the shows being imitated are the biggest of hits. The thinking, after all, is that your clone won't get ratings as high as "Friends" or "CSI" or "Lost," but if you copy a show with a big enough base, the fall-off will lead to acceptable ratings. For some reason, though, this season ABC and NBC  - two broadcast networks who are still, in theory, in the business of trying to get the biggest audiences possible for their shows - have scheduled a pair of new dramas ("Pan Am" for ABC, "The Playboy Club" for NBC) both very reminiscent of AMC's "Mad Men,"whose ratings would nonetheless have gotten it canceled by week 3 on a network.

"Mad Men" is an incredible show, and it's easy to understand why the big broadcasters might have some cable envy. But even if "Pan Am" has some promise ("The Playboy Club," much less so), it's hard to imagine either rookie succeeding commercially when they debut next month. If anyone should be trying out a drama set close to the "Mad Men" era, it should be a cable network even lower on the food chain than AMC, and/or the British.

And BBC America is about to prove this point with tomorrow's 10 p.m. debut of "The Hour," a winning new drama set only a few years before Don Draper would get a new secretary named Peggy Olsen.

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<p>Ricky Gervais feuds with Larry David on &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm.&quot;</p>

Ricky Gervais feuds with Larry David on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'The Hero': Coach-y and Mrs. Coach-y?

Larry feuds with Ricky Gervais as the series moves to New York

A quick review of last night's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" coming up just as soon as I admire the view from Renny Harlin's apartment...

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