<p>Zooey Deschanel in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel in "New Girl."

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Season premiere review: 'New Girl' - 'Re-Launch' & 'Katie'

Jess's life hits some bumps in the road as season two begins

"New Girl" has begun its new season with multiple episodes, and I have thoughts on both coming up just as soon as I figure out my sex character is named Sgt. Giddyup Carruthers...

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<p>Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson are &quot;Ben and Kate.&quot;</p>

Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson are "Ben and Kate."

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Series premiere review: 'Ben and Kate' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new FOX comedy?

I reviewed FOX's "Ben and Kate" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched tonight (or in one of its many online preview windows over the last few weeks), what did you think? Did you like the sibling chemistry between Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson? Did you find it funny? Do you also want to draw attention to your mouth? And will you watch again? 

Have at it.

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<p>On &quot;Revolution,&quot;&nbsp;Billy Burke was apparently not a fan of C. Thomas Howell's work in &quot;Soul Man.&quot;</p>

On "Revolution," Billy Burke was apparently not a fan of C. Thomas Howell's work in "Soul Man."

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Review: 'Revolution' - 'Chained Heat'

Not much improvement to see in the second episode. Will the ratings hold up?

A review of last night's "Revolution" coming up just as soon as there's a sale on heroin...

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<p>In &quot;Vegas,&quot;&nbsp;wiseguy Michael Chiklis takes on cowboy Dennis Quaid.</p>

In "Vegas," wiseguy Michael Chiklis takes on cowboy Dennis Quaid.

Credit: CBS

Review: CBS' 'Vegas' pits cowboys against gangsters

But will Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and company be wasted on procedural formula?
With many new TV shows, there is what I want it to be, and there is what it actually is. Sometimes, what it is turns out to be good enough on its own; at other times, the gap between expectations and execution is too wide for me to accept, fairly or unfairly.
On paper, CBS' "Vegas" couldn't be more appealing to me. It has Dennis Quaid, one of my favorite movie actors, facing off against Michael Chiklis, one of my favorite TV actors. It has cowboys going up against wiseguys, and a setting — Las Vegas in the early '60s, just as a cow town is about to turn into a monument to sin — that evokes Michael Mann's classic '80s series "Crime Story." And one of its producers is Nicholas Pileggi, whose book "Wiseguy" was the basis for "Goodfellas."
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<p>Josh Radnor and Thomas Lennon in the &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Josh Radnor and Thomas Lennon in the "How I Met Your Mother" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Farhampton'

It's the long-running sitcom's final season — or is it?

A review of the "How I Met Your Mother" season premiere coming up just as soon as I replace you with a tiger...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 150: Emmys, 'Vegas,' 'The Mindy Project' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 150: Emmys, 'Vegas,' 'The Mindy Project' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Ben and Kate' and 'The Neighbors'


The TV season is here! The TV season is here! Of course, new shows have been debuting for a couple of weeks now, but there's still plenty to talk about in the first of this week's two Firewall & Iceberg Podcast episodes, starting with all the Emmy results and then moving onto new show reviews. We should be back on Thursday to talk "Last Resort" and the rest of the week.

The line-up: 

Emmys (00:01:10 - 00:38:20)
"Ben and Kate" (00:38:45 - 00:45:20)
"The Mindy Project" (00:45:30 - 00:52:30)
"Vegas" (00:52:30 - 01:02:00)
"The Neighbors" (01:02:05 - 01:14:00)
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>David Krumholtz and Michael Urie in &quot;Partners.&quot;</p>

David Krumholtz and Michael Urie in "Partners."

Credit: CBS

Review: CBS' 'Partners' a tale of best friends gone bad

The 'Will & Grace' guys don't realize how unpleasant one of their stand-ins is

One of the cardinal rules of writing is "write what you know," and one of the easiest ways to do that is to infuse some of your personality into one or more of the characters you write. It's a very old TV tradition to have main characters based on one of the writers, from Rob Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (modeled on Carl Reiner, who was even going to play him at one stage of development) to Andy Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue" (whose demons were shared by David Milch) to Jess Day on "New Girl" (who even wears the same glasses as Liz Meriwether). If the show works, the creator even gets extra credit for being similar to a character the audience has grown to love.

But when an autobiographical show or character doesn't work? Then you have something really ugly, like "Love & War" (where, legend has it, creator Diane English had to fire Susan Dey for being woefully unfunny as a character  English had based on herself), or like CBS' new "Partners."

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<p>&quot;The Mindy Project&quot;&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;&quot;Ben and Kate.&quot;</p>

"The Mindy Project" & "Ben and Kate."

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Review: FOX's 'The Mindy Project' & 'Ben and Kate' show comic promise

These are the best new comedies of the fall season
On last week's phenomenal episode of FX's "Louie," director David Lynch played a veteran talk show producer training Louie for a shot at succeeding David Letterman. At one point, Lynch needs proof that Louie is actually funny, and demands that Louie make him laugh on the count of 3. Louie flinches once, then twice, and Lynch warns him that the next countdown will be the last, and Louie wins a reprieve by bursting into a string of falsetto nonsense that in no way resembles his actual comic style, but pleases Lynch. It's not until later in the episode that Louie finally relaxes and gets the confidence to be as funny on-camera as he knows he can be.
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<p>&quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;star Damian Lewis was one of the night's more surprising Emmy winners.</p>

"Homeland" star Damian Lewis was one of the night's more surprising Emmy winners.

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Emmys 2012: 'Homeland' and 'Modern Family' dominate

It was a night of unexpected drama winners and repeaters everywhere else
I always say that the easiest way to win an Emmy is to have already won an Emmy, and the 2012 Emmy Awards seemed to be going out of their way to prove me right. Twenty-five awards were handed out over the three-hour ceremony, and only eight of them went to people or shows that hadn't won an Emmy before. The first seven in a row went to past winners, and eight of the first nine.
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<p>David Chang and Janette (Kim Dickens)&nbsp;in the &quot;Trem&eacute;&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

David Chang and Janette (Kim Dickens) in the "Tremé" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Tremé' - 'Knock With Me - Rock With Me'

The more things change, the more they don't

"Tremé" is back for its third season (and has been renewed for a fourth). I reviewed the season as a whole earlier this week, and in it noted that I'm only going to do brief write-ups of each episode until the finale, mainly providing you folks with a forum to discuss the show, because I've found over time it doesn't lend itself incredibly well to chapter-by-chapter dissections, especially when I've read to the end before you've opened the book. But I have a few specific thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I get a hairstyle that's, like, not a hairstyle...

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