<p>David Morrissey and John Simm in &quot;State of Play.&quot;</p>

David Morrissey and John Simm in "State of Play."

Credit: BBC

Review: BBC America's 'State of Play' the best repeat you'll see all month

John Simm, Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald shine in 2003 journalism/political thriller
In the late '90s, NBC launched an ad campaign to try to boost the image, and viewership numbers, for repeats, by boasting, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" At the time, I soundly mocked the slogan, as was my moral obligation as a television critic.
Today, though, the idea seems much less bogus. We live in an age where there's more original programming - and good programming, at that - than even a professional TV watcher can ever hope to get to. And we live in an age where there are so many ways to see shows, past and present, that no one's limited solely to watching what's on right now. (Whenever you hear a bell ring, it means that someone is watching season 1 of "The Wire" for the first time on DVD.)
Tomorrow night at 10, BBC America presents a good case in point by rerunning "State of Play," a miniseries from 2003 (it first aired in America in early 2004) about a group of newspaper reporters who get caught up in a wide-reaching political conspiracy.
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<p>Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;enjoys some un-maternal pursuits on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Robin (Cobie Smulders) enjoys some un-maternal pursuits on "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother': How she met your father?

A great Cobie Smulders showcase is undercut by unncessary narrative trickery

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I earn the right to put the Vikings helmet on Baby Jesus...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 105: 'State of Play,' 'Appropriate Adult,' 'Bag of Bones' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 105: 'State of Play,' 'Appropriate Adult,' 'Bag of Bones' & more

Dan and Alan also answer listener mail about 'Dexter,' 'The Walking Dead' and episode titles


We were on the verge of devoting most of this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast to my irrational love of unheralded Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert (who has yet to play a game in the NBA, of course) when we put the call out on Twitter for extra listener mail questions, and you guys delivered. Combined with your terrific questions and some stronger material to review this week, it's a pretty eclectic podcast. So thanks!

The line-up: 

"State of Play" (02:15 - 09:30)
"Appropriate Adult" (09:30 - 16:55)
"Bag of Bones" (17:35 - 27:40)
Listener Mail: The "Dexter" Twist (28:15 - 37:55)
Listener Mail: Old Cast, New Show (38:00 - 43:30)
Listener Mail: Episode Titles (43:35 - 47:45)
Listener Mail: "Saturday Night Live" (47:50 - 56:30)
Listener Mail: "Boardwalk" history (56:45 - 01:01:20)
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.
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<p>Tanya (Jane Adams)&nbsp;and Ray (Thomas Jane) plot a way to get their money back on &quot;Hung.&quot;</p>

Tanya (Jane Adams) and Ray (Thomas Jane) plot a way to get their money back on "Hung."

Credit: HBO

Pimpin' ain't easy: Thoughts on 'Hung' season 3

Ray and Tanya found success, but ended up with... cows?

While the show that HBO aired right before it last night is understandably getting more attention today, "Hung" did air its third season finale, and having written about the premiere a few months ago, I wanted to swoop back in (if only to satisfy the 12 of you who commented last time) with a few thoughts on the season as a whole, coming up just as soon as my "Dark Side of the Moon" sparks a bidding war...

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<p>Gillian (Gretchen Mol)&nbsp;and Jimmy (Michael Pitt)&nbsp;on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Gillian (Gretchen Mol) and Jimmy (Michael Pitt) on "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

'Boardwalk Empire': I want my mommy!

Jimmy flashes back to his college days in season 2's horrifying, riveting penultimate chapter

A review of last night's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I don't like the way you loom...

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<p>Cullen (Anson Mount)&nbsp;and Elam (Common) put up their dukes in &quot;Hell on Wheels.&quot;</p>

Cullen (Anson Mount) and Elam (Common) put up their dukes in "Hell on Wheels."

Credit: AMC

'Hell on Wheels' - 'Bread and Circuses': Fight night

Cullen and Elam square off in the ring, and Doc tries to make a deal

Tonight's "Hell on Wheels" was the last of the episodes AMC sent out to critics before the season began, and while I assume I'll be getting a new batch soon, we'll have to play it by ear in terms of how/if I cover it in the coming weeks. (The show is going to be helped by the fact that so many other cable dramas have wrapped or are about to wrap their seasons; within a couple of weeks, it'll be the only one still going for a little bit.)

In terms of "Bread and Circuses," it wisely focused on the uneasy alliance between Cullen and Elam, letting them work out some of their differences in the boxing ring (and letting Anson Mount and Common show off some very sculpted torsos for the 1860s), and it gave me just enough of the Swede to compensate for time spent on the show's less interesting areas (the cliched/fetishized Native American characters, Doc Durant trying to get the maps from Lilly).

What's everybody thinking at this point? By the fifth episode, I imagine the show has shed all the viewers who have decided by now that they just don't like it, so for those of you who are sticking with it, what's the appeal for you?

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<p>Carrie (Claire Danes)&nbsp;and Brody (Damian Lewis)&nbsp;on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis) on "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

'Homeland' - 'Representative Brody': My funny Valentine

Carrie tries to turn an asset, while Brody gets an offer

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as this isn't my first polka...

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<p>Corin Nemec in the &quot;What's Alan Watching?&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Corin Nemec in the "What's Alan Watching?" pilot.

Credit: CBS

What's Alan watching? Why, the 'What's Alan Watching?' pilot, of course!

Eddie Murphy, Corin Nemec and Fran Drescher in the unsold pilot that gave this blog its name

It's December, which is list-making time in the entertainment journalism business, and I've noticed a lot more chatter this year on Twitter between different critics as they try to figure out their best-of and worst-of lists. The other day, someone asked whether NBC's horrible "Wonder Woman" pilot - which never aired, but leaked briefly on the Internet - should be eligible. That got me thinking about ye olden days of the '70s and '80s when TV networks would actually air some of their unsold pilots, especially when they were two hours long and could be presented as a TV-movie, or if they had something special that the network could promote one time, even if no one felt it would work as a series.

One example of the latter kind of Busted Pilot Theatre was the show that gave my blog its name: 1989's "What's Alan Watching?," a one-hour family comedy starring a pre-"Parker Lewis Can't Lose" Corin Nemec as Alan Hoffstetter, a suburban teenager who tried to escape his unhappy life by spending hours in front of the TV, often having fantasies where the TV characters would talk to him.

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<p>Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;has reason to smile on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Leslie (Amy Poehler) has reason to smile on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Trial of Leslie Knope': That's what Ethel Beavers said

Chris challenges the origin and nature of Leslie and Ben's romance

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I eat an unreasonable amount of St. John's wort...

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<p>Annie (Alison Brie)&nbsp;and Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Annie (Alison Brie) and Troy (Donald Glover) on "Community."

Credit: NBC

'Community' - 'Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism': Das Bat

A strong Jeff/Shirley story is paired with a silly Annie/Abed/Troy one

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I review frozen pizza on YouTube...

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