<p>Hugh Laurie in the &quot;House&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

Hugh Laurie in the "House" series finale.

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Series finale review: 'House' - 'Everybody Dies'

House confronts his greatest foe — himself — and solves one final problem

A review of the "House" series finale coming up just as soon as I say that Pascal's Wager is facile...

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<p>What will Jesse and Walter's working relationship be like in &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;season 5?&nbsp;Tune in on July 15 to find out. </p>

What will Jesse and Walter's working relationship be like in "Breaking Bad" season 5? Tune in on July 15 to find out.

Credit: AMC

AMC announces 'Breaking Bad' season 5 premiere date

Final season will begin in July, with 8 episodes this summer, 8 in 2013

We've known for a while that the final season of "Breaking Bad" would be made up of 16 episodes, but we didn't know exactly when it would debut, or how AMC would arrange the episodes to maximize their remaining installments of the Emmy-winning drama.

Now we do, as the cable channel announced today that the final season will premiere on Sunday, July 15 at 10 p.m., and that the plan is to air 8 episodes this summer and then the remaining 8 episodes in the summer of 2013.

(As to why they don't just refer to this as two short seasons: it's a contractual issue. Same reason the final 21 episodes of "The Sopranos," which also aired over two years, are considered the show's sixth "season.")

AMC also announced the two shows that will be paired "Breaking Bad" this summer. Starting July 15 at 11 p.m. will be a new unscripted series, "Small Town Security," about a family-owned security company in a small town in Georgia. And starting August 12 at 9 p.m. will be season 2 of "Hell on Wheels." (Which reminds me I still have 2 or 3 episodes of that first season to catch up on.)

And in the meantime, here's Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul on the set of the final season:

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<p>Don (Jon Hamm)&nbsp;and Joan (Christina Hendricks)&nbsp;in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Don (Jon Hamm) and Joan (Christina Hendricks) in "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'Christmas Waltz'

Don takes Joan for a drive, and an old friend returns with a new look

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as you find a way to define those pronouns...

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<p>Lena Dunham and Lou Taylor Pucci in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Lou Taylor Pucci in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'The Return'

Her parents' 30th anniversary shows a different side of both Hannah and 'Girls'

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I am from New York, and therefore just naturally interesting...

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<p>Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty in &quot;Sherlock.&quot;</p>

Andrew Scott as Jim Moriarty in "Sherlock."

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Season finale review: 'Sherlock' - 'The Reichenbach Fall'

Moriarty attacks everything Sherlock cares about most

A few quick thoughts on how "Sherlock" season 2 wrapped up just as soon as I pose as your hostage...

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<p>Rose Leslie as Ygritte in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Rose Leslie as Ygritte in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'The Prince of Winterfell'

As we get close to the finale, is the show moving quickly enough?

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I marry for a bridge...

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<p>Alison Brie and &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;creator Dan Harmon at the show's recent PaleyFest panel, which was Harmon's last public appearance as showrunner.</p>

Alison Brie and "Community" creator Dan Harmon at the show's recent PaleyFest panel, which was Harmon's last public appearance as showrunner.

Credit: The Paley Center for Media

Can 'Community' work without Dan Harmon?

History suggests the NBC comedy can't easily replace its creator's distinctive voice

Television shows have many minds contributing to them, but the best shows tend to speak with one voice. It's usually the voice of whoever created the show, and almost always the voice of whoever is running it. And when that person leaves — especially if that person has a voice that doesn't sound like the one you hear on any other show — it can be a huge challenge for the series to overcome.

It's a challenge that "Community" is going to have to deal with now that we know creator Dan Harmon won't be continuing as showrunner.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 128: Upfronts 2012, Part 2: CBS/CW

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 128: Upfronts 2012, Part 2: CBS/CW

Dan and Alan also start reviewing season finales with 'Parks and Rec,' 'Smash' and more

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It's Upfront Week, part 2, which means you get a bonus podcast from us in which we break down the CBS and CW schedules and answer a few upfront-related letters before we start moving on to discussing some notable season finales. More of that to come next week (likely on Tuesday instead of Monday), along with the announcement of this summer's rewatch.

The line-up: 

Upfronts - CBS and The CW (00:00:50 - 00:25:30)
Upfronts-themed Letters (00:25:50 - 00:39:40)
"Parks and Recreation" finale (00:39:45 - 00:46:15)
"How I Met Your Mother" finale (00:46:20 - 00:54:00)
"Smash" finale (00:54:00 - 01:03:00)
"Suburgatory" finale (01:03:00 - 01:14:30)
 
As we discuss towards the end of the show, we will likely have two podcasts next week, but also probably not on Monday. It will be catch as catch can. Follow our blogs, iTunes, the RSS feed, Twitter, etc., to have some sense of when a new podcast has been published.

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 questions for the podcast.
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<p>Kerry Washington and Jeff Perry in &quot;Scandal.&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington and Jeff Perry in "Scandal."

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The Morning Round-Up: 'Grey's Anatomy' & 'Scandal' finale reviews

Shonda Rhimes' two Thursday shows go out with explosive episodes

It's a Shonda Rhimes-themed edition of the Morning Round-Up, with thoughts on last night's season finales of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," coming up just as soon as I ask you to stab me in the face...

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<p>Tina Fey, Mary Steenburgen and Elizabeth Banks in &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Tina Fey, Mary Steenburgen and Elizabeth Banks in "30 Rock."

Credit: NBC

Season finale review: '30 Rock' - 'What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?'

Avery and Jack head back to the altar, Criss won't let Liz bail, and Kenneth gets a roommate

A review of the "30 Rock" season finale coming up just as soon as I'm living in a Bill O'Reilly erotic novel...

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