<p>Like Claire Danes, you can get an early look at the &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;pilot on your computer, right now.</p>

Like Claire Danes, you can get an early look at the "Homeland" pilot on your computer, right now.

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First Look: Watch the complete pilot for Showtime's 'Homeland'

Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Morena Baccarin star in the fall's most promising new drama

When I wrote yesterday about my ambivalence towards most of the new fall shows, I was referring to the various comedies and dramas debuting on the broadcast networks. But if we're expanding our discussion of the fall season to the entire TV universe, then there was at least one drama pilot I watched that made me very eager to see another episode: Showtime's "Homeland," a new thriller starring Damian Lewis as a soldier who returns home after spending years as a POW in Iraq and Claire Danes as the CIA analyst who's convinced he was turned in captivity and is collaborating with terrorists.

The series, adapted from an Israeli drama, is produced by "24" vets Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, but it has a less hyperbolic vibe than the adventures of Jack Bauer. (Stylistically, hit has a lot in common with another Showtime drama, the short-lived but terrific "Sleeper Cell.") The performances by Lewis and Danes are impressive, and they're ably supported by Morena Baccarin as Lewis' wife and Mandy Patinkin as Danes' CIA mentor.

"Homeland" doesn't debut on Showtime until October 2, but in this crazy, mixed-up digital world in which we live in, you can watch the pilot now, right here on HitFix. The version we have is slightly edited from what will air on Showtime in a few weeks (I haven't watched the whole thing, but some nudity is blurred, for starters), so if you want to wait for the full experience, I understand. My own review will keep until the TV premiere date, but those of you who watch, feel free to discuss what you see in the comments. I'm always glad to have Lewis ("Band of Brothers," "Life") on my TV, and it's great to have Danes back on the small screen with a regular role.

So watch, enjoy (hopefully), and discuss.

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<p>Can Steve Carell finally win an Emmy for his farewell &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;episode?</p>

Can Steve Carell finally win an Emmy for his farewell "The Office" episode?

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Emmys '11 Predictions: Comedy & Drama Lead Actor

Will Steve Carell get a farewell win? And who wins while Cranston's away?

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on September 18th, and it's time once again for Fienberg and I to discuss whom we think should and will win(*) some of the major categories. We're continuing to double up categories in order to finish in time, this time with the two Outstanding Lead Actor categories, for both comedy and drama.

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<p>Sarah Michelle Gellar meets Sarah Michelle Gellar in &quot;Ringer.&quot;</p>

Sarah Michelle Gellar meets Sarah Michelle Gellar in "Ringer."

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Review: CW's 'Ringer' a disappointing return for Sarah Michelle Gellar

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Identical twin soap opera not an ideal vehicle for the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' star

The new fall TV shows are starting to premiere, and if you've seen the promos - or, worse, if you're like me and have seen most of the pilot episodes - you know this doesn't seem to be an especially promising freshman class. One show that seems to have people (and by "people," I mean "my friends and/or people I know online") excited is the CW's new soap opera "Ringer" (it debuts tomorrow night at 9) for one obvious reason: it stars Sarah Michelle Gellar in her first regular TV role since "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ended eight years ago.

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<p>Can CBS' &quot;2 Broke Girls&quot;&nbsp;be judged based on its pilot alone?</p>

Can CBS' "2 Broke Girls" be judged based on its pilot alone?

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A few thoughts on fall TV

Why this seems like a dicey season for new shows, and how I might cover it

The 2011-12 broadcast network TV season officially starts a week from today, but as usual, some of the networks are jumping the gun. NBC, CBS and the CW will be premiering a bunch of new and/or returning shows over the next week (in addition to the return of "It's Always Sunny" and "Archer" to FX). Fienberg, Liane and I will be doing our best to cover as many of these shows as we can, at times offering multiple reviews when our schedules allow, but it's a bear as usual. After the jump, I have a few thoughts on the season as a whole and on how I'm going to approach it...

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<p>Mae Whitman and Bonnie Bedelia in a scene from the &quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;season 3 premiere.</p>

Mae Whitman and Bonnie Bedelia in a scene from the "Parenthood" season 3 premiere.

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Review: NBC's 'Parenthood' returns for season 3

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Family drama has one of TV's highest degrees of difficulty

There are dramas on television that are more ambitious technically or thematically than NBC's "Parenthood," but I honestly believe that producer Jason Katims has one of the trickiest jobs of any drama showrunner on network or cable.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 92: 'Ringer,' 'Up All Night,' 'Secret Circle' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 92: 'Ringer,' 'Up All Night,' 'Secret Circle' & more

The new season starts early, as Dan and Alan also review 'H8R,' 'Free Agents' & 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

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And here our troubles begin, folks. The fall season starts a week from today, and the early premieres are coming as early as tomorrow night, so time to start doubling up on the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for a little while. In the first of what should be at least a two-podcast week, Dan and I break down our opinions of many of these early premieres, including "Ringer," "Free Agents" and (Dan's personal favorite show evuh) "H8R." We recorded this last week, before Dan had seen last night's "Breaking Bad," so that discussion will have to wait for the next podcast (along with Emmy predictions and still more fall TV reviews). The rundown:

"Ringer" -- 05:00 - 16:30
"H8r" -- 16:35 - 26:45
"Up All Night" -- 26:45 - 35:45
"Free Agents" -- 35:50 - 43:40
"Secret Circle" -- 44:00 - 53:15
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" -- 54:40 - 01:06:00
"Archer" -- 01:06:00 - 01:10:10
 
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>The &quot;Entourage&quot;&nbsp;guys together for the last time - until/unless there's a movie.</p>

The "Entourage" guys together for the last time - until/unless there's a movie.

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'Entourage' - 'The End': Everything's gonna be all right

Spoiler alert! The guys all get happy endings, as usual

A review of the "Entourage" series finale coming up just as soon as I hang up on the cable guy...

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<p>Michael J. Fox and Larry David in the &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Michael J. Fox and Larry David in the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" season finale.

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'Larry vs. Michael J. Fox': Pissed or Parkinson's?

Two sitcom giants go at it in a memorable season finale

A review of the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" finale coming up just as soon as I show you how to make a swastika...

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<p>Is Laura Linney the favorite for comedy actress, or will voters choose a funnier performance?</p>

Is Laura Linney the favorite for comedy actress, or will voters choose a funnier performance?

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Emmys '11 Predictions: Comedy & Drama Lead Actress

Will a dramatic or comedic performance win for comedy?

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on September 18th, and it's time once again for Fienberg and I to discuss whom we think should and will win(*) some of the major categories. We're continuing to double up categories in order to finish in time, this time with the two Outstanding Lead Actress categories, for both comedy and drama.

(*) As always, we remind you we do not have impressive track records at prognostication. Place your wagers (or, preferably not) accordingly.

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<p>Jesse (Aaron Paul)&nbsp;was displeased on tonight's &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Jesse (Aaron Paul) was displeased on tonight's "Breaking Bad."

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Bug': Eye of the tiger?

The tension mounts in another incredible episode

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I enter it in the Quicken...

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