<p>Demi&aacute;n Bichir and Diane Kruger in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Eidolon'

The cops and crooks scramble in a massacre's aftermath

Earlier today, I published an interview with "The Bridge" showrunner Elwood Reid about how great season 2 has turned out to be. Now I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I throw in a pair of custom boots...

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<p>Nurse JAckie</p>

Nurse JAckie

Credit: Showtime

'Nurse Jackie' to end with season 7

Another Showtime show that stuck around well past its peak, though it never got bad

"Nurse Jackie" is beginning production on its seventh season this week, and Showtime announced today that this will also be the hospital dramedy's last.

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<p>Franka Potente as Eleanor Nacht in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Franka Potente as Eleanor Nacht in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

How ‘The Bridge’ rebuilt itself into the best show you’re not watching

Some frank talk from producer Elwood Reid about the bumps of season 1 and the highs of season 2

In this Golden Glut of TV drama, it's hard for any new drama to break through and find an audience, because there are so many options out there (not to mention easy access to most of the great dramas of the previous 50 years). It's harder still for a show that has an audience and loses it to get those people back, no matter how good it becomes.

Case in point: FX's "The Bridge," the current belt-holder for Best Show You're Not Watching.

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<p>Volleyball star Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) on Friday Night Lights</p>

Volleyball star Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) on Friday Night Lights

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 245: 'The Leftovers,' 'Utopia' & more

Dan and Alan also review the 'New Girl' & 'Mindy Project' premieres and talk some 'FNL' volleyball

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Buckle up for a very long Firewall & Iceberg Podcast that runs the gamut, from our attempt to find anything redeeming in FOX's "Utopia," through some discussion of the "New Girl" & "Mindy Project" premieres, then into some important listener questions before we jump into "The Leftovers" finale and the start of the all-important "Friday Night Lights" volleyball arc. Only two episodes to go. Sigh.

The rundown:

"Utopia" (00:00:50 - 00:12:40)
"New Girl" Season 4 (00:12:45 - 00:22:40)
"Mindy Project" Season 3 (00:22:45 - 00:30:45)
Listener Mail: "Veronica Mars" viewing and TV paintball (00:30:50 - 00:41:30)
"The Leftovers" finale including Listener Mail (00:41:40 - 01:07:30)
"Friday Night Lights" Season 2, episodes 12 & 13 (01:07:55 - 01:44:20)

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>Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in New Girl</p>

Jake Johnson and Zooey Deschanel in New Girl

Credit: FOX

'New Girl' creator looks back: 'You win some, you lose some'

Season 4 will try to simplify storytelling to focus on the show's strengths

I usually oppose the convention wisdom that says that bringing couples together ruins sitcoms, but even I couldn't ignore a coupling's devastating recent impact on one of my favorite sitcoms. Season 2 of "New Girl," which was mostly devoted to the flirtation between Zooey Descanel's Jess and Jake Johnson's Nick, was at times the best comedy on television. Season 3 of "New Girl," in which Jess and Nick were a firmly-established couple, was an absolute mess, until finally creator Liz Meriwether and her writers hit the eject button on the whole idea and had the relationship fall apart in the space of an episode.

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<p>James Corden</p>

James Corden

Credit: CBS

CBS names James Corden to host 'Late Late Show'

English actor will replace Craig Ferguson in 2015

CBS has named English actor James Corden as the new host of "The Late Late Show," where he will succeed the departing Craig Ferguson sometime in 2015.

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<p>Carrie Coon as Nora Durst in The Leftovers</p>

Carrie Coon as Nora Durst in The Leftovers

Credit: HBO

Season finale review: 'The Leftovers' - 'The Prodigal Son Returns'

Kevin seeks answers, and the Guilty Remnant goes too far

"The Leftovers" wrapped up its first season earlier this evening. A review of the finale coming up just as soon as we have different physiques...

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'The Story of My Life'

One relationship mirrors another as Bill gets reacquainted with his brother

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I make this coin disappear...

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<p>Vincent Piazza as Lucky Luciano on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Vincent Piazza as Lucky Luciano on "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

Season premiere review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Golden Days for Boys and Girls'

It's back to the future for Nucky and friends as the final season begins

"Boardwalk Empire" is back for its final season. I interviewed Terence Winter about the decision to end the show (and to move the action forward to 1931), and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I sail away on a turtle...

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<p>BoJack Horseman &amp; You&#39;re the Worst</p>

BoJack Horseman & You're the Worst

'You're the Worst' & BoJack Horseman': Tragedy + comedy = time well spent

Two summer treats that find the pathos inside the absurdity, and vice versa

Reviewing a new TV show usually comes out to about 50 percent analysis of what's there, 50 percent psychic projection of what the show might become past the episode(s) you've seen. With comedy, the balance tilts heavily towards the psychic end of things, because so few comedies start out strongly, and you have to make an informed guess as to what mediocre pilot will turn out to be great like "Parks and Recreation," and what will settle for being crass like "2 Broke Girls."

Even having more episodes beyond the pilot isn't always a help. Back in January, for instance, Comedy Central sent out the first two "Broad City"s to critics. They were clever and seemed to have a distinctive voice, but it was a busy time of year, and I moved on to other things. Then my friends kept raving about it, I watched the rest of the season over the summer, and fell hard for the rest of it. (Really, it's clearly becoming great as early as episode 3.)

Even in this era of Too Much Good TV, summer is still a reasonable time to catch up on things I've missed like that, and to stick with shows that didn't necessarily wow me at first. In two recent instances, that patience has paid off terrifically — and in ways that are eerily similar — as I stuck with FX's "You're the Worst" and Netflix's "BoJack Horseman" until they turned out to be much more impressive than they seemed at first.

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