<p>Halt and Catch Fire</p>

Halt and Catch Fire

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 239: Road trip 2014!

Dan and Alan discuss press tour, Comic-Con, 'Halt and Catch Fire,' 'Manhattan,' 'Orange Is the New Black' & more

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Road trip? Road trip! Press tour is over, and Comic-Con is about to start, which means it's time for everyone's (least?) favorite Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of the year, recorded inside Dan's car as we drove from LA to San Diego. There is singing! There is a missed toll booth incident! There is Dan's annual excitement at passing the San Onofre nuclear power plant! And so much more! And along the way, we preview Comic-Con, close out press tour, review WGN's "Manhattan," check back in on "Halt and Catch Fire," wrap up "Orange Is the New Black" season 2, briefly discuss Dan's irrational hatred of Weird Al's "Word Crimes," and discuss Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." Lots and lots and lots o' stuff.

The rundown: 

Quick Comic-Con Preview (00:02:00 - 00:05:30)
Press Tour Breakdown (00:05:35 - 00:41:45)
"Manhattan" (00:41:45 - 00:50:50)
"Halt and Catch Fire" (00:50:55 - 00:59:05)
"Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 (00:59:05 - 01:12:20)
"Boyhood" (01:13:50 - 01:21:30)
 
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<p>Manhattan</p>

Manhattan

Credit: WGN

Review: WGN takes a big step forward with its 'Manhattan' project

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Historical drama a pleasant surprise after the campy 'Salem'

"Salem," WGN's first original scripted drama, is an unapologetic piece of trash, perhaps best summed up by the scene in the pilot where a naked Janet Montgomery — playing an actual Salem witch in a way that weirdly justifies all of the religion-fueled paranoia of the period — lets a toad suckle at a nipple on her thigh. While a channel's first scripted show isn't always representative of what follows, they tend to create expectations for what's to come, and it would have been easy to assume that WGN's plan was to lean heavily on campy genre fare.

But "Manhattan," WGN's second original drama (it debuts Sunday night at 9), is as far in tone and ambition and quality from "Salem" as the New Mexico desert of 1943 is from 17th century Massachusetts. At a minimum, it suggests you shouldn't assume anything about whatever the channel's going to do next.

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<p>Seinfeld</p>

Seinfeld

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Summer sitcom rewind: 'Seinfeld' - 'The Red Dot'

George gets a new job, a great gift for Elaine and some unexpected sex

Continuing our occasional summer look back at classic sitcom episodes, it's time to discuss "The Red Dot" from "Seinfeld" season 3, coming up just as soon as my favorite book is "Venetian Blinds" by Art Vandelay...

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<p>Orange Is the New Black</p>

Orange Is the New Black

Credit: Netflix

'Orange Is the New Black' season 2 in review

Vee and Red brace for a final battle, the prison weathers a storm, and Caputo both wins and loses

We've come to the end of this trip through "Orange Is the New Black" season 2. Thoughts on the final three episodes, and season 2 as a whole, coming up just as soon as I buy a banjolele on Craigslist...

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<p>The Simpsons</p>

The Simpsons

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Press tour: FXX unveils Simpsons World portal to drooling critics

Website and app will offer easy access to view and share your favorite 'Simpsons' episodes and clips

One of FXX's promos for the channel's upcoming premiere of every "The Simpsons" repeat ever — not to mention a new website/app called Simpsons World that will allow fans to watch any episode, or clip, at any time — features a post-apocalyptic America where the world has fallen apart because people are too busy watching old "Simpsons" scenes to do anything else.

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<p>Martin Freeman and Allison Tolman in Fargo</p>

Martin Freeman and Allison Tolman in Fargo

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FX orders 'Fargo' season 2, featuring new setting & new characters

Noah Hawley to return as showrunner and lead writer

As expected, FX has ordered a new season of "Fargo." And, as expected, it'll follow the "American Horror Story"/"True Detective" model of starting over from scratch.

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'B.J. and the A.C.'

Kevin gets a visit from Laurie, while Tommy stays on the run

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I stop copping you...

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<p>Annaleigh Ashford in Masters of Sex</p>

Annaleigh Ashford in Masters of Sex

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Kyrie Eleison'

Bill and Virginia have to work apart, while Betty begins her fertility 'treatments'

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I look like I should be sitting on Edgar Bergen's knee...

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<p>Gracepoint</p>

Gracepoint

Credit: FOX

Press tour: How will 'Gracepoint' differ from 'Broadchurch'?

With David Tennant and many of the same plot and character beats, holdovers will need patience

From the moment FOX ordered "Gracepoint," a remake of the acclaimed British mystery series "Broadchurch" (which aired here last year on BBC America), featuring "Broadchurch" star David Tennant reprising his role with an American accent, the prevailing reaction I've heard has been one word:

Why?

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<p>Benjamin McKenzie and Donal Logue in &quot;Gotham.&quot;</p>

Benjamin McKenzie and Donal Logue in "Gotham."

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Press tour: ‘Gotham’ team tries to balance Batman-less world

Promising thoughts from producer Bruno Heller and the stars

FOX's "Gotham" is one of this fall's most intriguing pilots, but also one of its most confounding. On the one hand, it has the full weight of DC Comics behind it; an interesting cast that includes Benjamin McKenzie as a young Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as his cynical partner Harvey Bullock and Jada Pinkett Smith as local crime boss Fish Mooney; and a fascinating look created by director/producer Danny Cannon that evokes '70s cinema classics like "Dog Day Afternoon" and "The French Connection." On the other hand, it is a Batman show that is never going to actually feature Batman, since the story begins with the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents, with Bruce played by 13-year-old David Mazouz, while the show will feature origin stories for classic Batman villains like the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), making it a story heavily weighted towards the decay of Gotham, without any promise of true redemption so long as Bruce remains out of costume.

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