<p>The Night Shift</p>

The Night Shift

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 262: Worst TV of 2014

A few final words on 'Mixology,' 'HIMYM' and that crazy 'Night Shift' key art

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Merry Christmas (and/or Happy New Year), boys and girls! It's our final Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of 2014, and since we talked about some of the year's best TV earlier in the month, we thought we would close out the year talking about some — but by no means all(*) — of the worst things we watched. No show-by-show time breakdown, but there also isn't anything that would really qualify as a spoiler in the discussion, save for when we get to the final season of "HIMYM" near the end. See you in 2015, listeners!

(*) It only occurred to me after we finished recording that I should probably put in a rant about "House of Cards," but I already covered that exhaustively back in the spring, and then wrote about it again here.

The rundown:

TV's Worst of 2014 (00:01:25 - 01:14:15)
TV's Worst of 2014 - "Homeland" finale (01:14:20 - 01:26:35)

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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<p>Mozart in the Jungle</p>

Mozart in the Jungle

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Review: Amazon's 'Mozart in the Jungle' gets in tune over time

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Series set in classical music world benefits from the binge-viewing model

Not every TV show benefits from the binge-viewing model that Netflix and Amazon are building their streaming video businesses around. Some shows like "Mad Men" are better off being consumed only an episode a week, with plenty of time in between to savor and analyze what just happened. Others like "Homeland" (at its best) or even Netflix's flagship drama "House of Cards," traffic in crazy plot twists and cliffhangers that can lose their potency when you have the ability to immediately load up the next installment.

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<p>Banshee</p>

Banshee

Credit: Cinemax

Get ready for a special 'Banshee' event in LA, plus an exclusive clip

A screening of a season 3 episode, plus a Q&A with Ivana Milicevic and producers

"Banshee" is coming back to Cinemax next month — and to Los Angeles for a special fan screening and Q&A I'll be moderating.

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<p>Mike Colter as Luke Cage</p>

Mike Colter as Luke Cage

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Marvel gets its Power Man, casts Mike Colter as Luke Cage

Character to debut on Netflix's 'A.K.A. Jessica Jones' with Krysten Ritter

Marvel and Netflix's upcoming "A.K.A. Jessica Jones" series has a new castmember in Mike Colter — which means that Marvel and Netflix also should have the star of their third collaboration, since Colter will be playing Marvel hero for hire Luke Cage.

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<p>The Affair</p>

The Affair

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Season finale review: 'The Affair' - 'Episode 10'

Noah and Alison try to get on with their lives; plus, Sarah Treem explains the POV device

A review of "The Affair" season finale — and a few thoughts from co-creator Sarah Treem — coming up just as soon as I'm alone and need a kidney...

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<p>Homeland</p>

Homeland

Credit: Showtime

Season finale review: 'Homeland' - 'Long Time Coming'

Carrie's mom reappears in a tedious concluding chapter

A quick review of tonight's "Homeland" season finale coming up just as soon as I want lasagna at 10 at night...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 261: 'Mozart in the Jungle,' 'Serial' & more
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 261: 'Mozart in the Jungle,' 'Serial' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Jane the Virgin' and the year in comic book TV

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Happy Friday, boys and girls! We pushed this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast so we could give you some more podcast-on-podcast action, discussing the "Serial" finale along a review of Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle," a lot of comic book TV talk, plus spoiler-iffic discussion of "Jane the Virgin" and the finales of "Sons of Anarchy" (very briefly) and "The Newsroom" (less briefly). Busy busy busy. And next week is our Worst TV of 2014 episode! Angry Dan!

The rundown:

"Mozart in the Jungle" (00:00:55 - 00:12:00)
The Year in Superheroes (00:12:00 - 00:55:15)
Listener Mail: The "Sons of Anarchy" Finale (00:55:20 - 00:58:55)
"Jane the Virgin" (00:59:00 - 01:08:00)
"Newroom" finale (01:08:10 - 01:24:25)
"Serial" finale (01:24:25 - 01:42:35)

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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Ask Alan, Episode 3: Hate-watching, holiday binge-watching & more

Ask Alan, Episode 3: Hate-watching, holiday binge-watching & more

Whither the final season of "Gilmore Girls"?

Welcome to the third installment of our Ask Alan video series, and what should be the last one of 2014. Also, because of my upcoming travels to LA for press tour, followed by most of Team HitFix going to Sundance, there may be a brief hiatus before we get to episode 4. But at least I remembered to wear a different t-shirt this time, even if it's also a red one.

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<p>Serial host/producer Sarah Koenig</p>

Serial host/producer Sarah Koenig

The 'Serial' season finale: Whodunnit? And does the end matter?

Podcast's conclusion bumps up against the limitations of non-fiction

Many thoughts on the season 1 finale of "Serial" coming up just as soon as I use Mail Kimp...

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Top TV for 2014: 10 more great new series
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Top TV for 2014: 10 more great new series

Celebrating 'Enlisted,' 'Broad City' and more fabulous first-year shows

You don't see it very often these days, but once upon a time, some TV critics insisted on only including new series in their top 10 lists. This was, of course, the glory days of print journalism, when space was a precious resource and no one had room for the zillions and zillions of bonus lists (like this one) we have online, and those critics preferred to use their limited column inches to spread the gospel for new material that hadn't been lauded for years on end. I could always respect that argument, even as I would decide there was no way I could have a best of the year list that didn't include, say, "The Simpsons" on it. 

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