<p>David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch in &quot;Grimm.&quot;</p>

David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch in "Grimm."

Credit: NBC

Review: NBC's 'Grimm' returns, improved, for season 2

Deeper mythology and a more balanced ensemble highlight the growth curve

In today's podcast, Fienberg and I revisited NBC's "Grimm," which begins its second season tonight at 10. (NBC is airing a episodes on Mondays for the next few weeks in the hopes of hanging onto their Olympic audience for as long as possible.)

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 144: 'Grimm,' 'Boss,' 'Strike Back' & 'Copper'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 144: 'Grimm,' 'Boss,' 'Strike Back' & 'Copper'

Dan and Alan also discuss a thrilling 'Breaking Bad'


It's a busy Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I talk about the returns of "Grimm," "Boss" and "Strike Back," the debut of BBC America's "Copper," and get into the teeth of a tense "Breaking Bad" episode.

The line-up: 

"Grimm" (00:00:50 - 00:14:20)
"Boss" (00:14:25 - 00:26:05)
"Strike Back" (00:26:05 - 00:35:20)
"Copper" (00:35:20 - 00:50:00)
"Breaking Bad" (00:50:25 - 01:10:00)
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>Jeff Daniels and David Krumholtz on &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels and David Krumholtz on "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Newsroom' - 'The Blackout Part 1: Tragedy Porn'

The Casey Anthony trial and Mac's ex-boyfriend complicate Will's mission

A quick review of last night's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I take the battery out of my cell phone...

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<p>Kym Whitley, JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Justin Kirk are some of the humans in &quot;Animal Practice.&quot;</p>

Kym Whitley, JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Justin Kirk are some of the humans in "Animal Practice."

Credit: NBC

Series premiere review: 'Animal Practice' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC sitcom?

I posted my review of NBC's "Animal Practiceyesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody else think of the sitcom? Were you able to forget about Annie's Boobs while watching Crystal the Monkey play Dr. Rizzo? Did you find any of the human characters a tenth as interesting as the monkey or the python?


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<p>Jesse (Aaron Paul)&nbsp;has a plan on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Jesse (Aaron Paul) has a plan on "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Dead Freight'

Jesse masterminds a plan to steal more chemicals in a beautiful hour

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as my niece's first words are "ASAC"...

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<p>Christopher Heyerdahl as The Swede on &quot;Hell on Wheels.&quot;</p>

Christopher Heyerdahl as The Swede on "Hell on Wheels."

Credit: AMC

Season premiere review: 'Hell on Wheels' - 'Viva La Mexico'

What did everybody think of the AMC Western's return?

reviewed the start of "Hell on Wheelsseason 2 this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who came back, what did you think of the season premiere? Did it feel like any kind of significant leap forward? Could you see the influence of new producer (and "Breaking Bad" alum) John Shiban? (Shiban, by the way, wrote next week's episode, while the premiere was written by the Gayton brothers.) Do you like the new roles many of the characters find themselves in, or would you rather The Swede was still The Swede? (For that matter, are you with me that a Christopher Heyerdahl-centered version of this show would be a vast improvement?) 

The sense I got before I stopped doing weekly talkbacks in season 1 (I won't be doing them this season, by the way) was that the people who were still watching genuinely enjoyed the show, but I'm curious if that affection survived the hiatus — and also whether anyone who gave up earlier in the run came back to see what was happening here.

Have at it.

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<p>Anson Mount and Common in &quot;Hell on Wheels.&quot;</p>

Anson Mount and Common in "Hell on Wheels."

Credit: AMC

Review: AMC's 'Hell on Wheels' returns for season 2

Western drama still not up to level of 'Mad Men' or 'Breaking Bad,' but does it need to be?

It has been five years since AMC's introduced the world to "Mad Men," and more than four since the channel debuted "Breaking Bad." That is arguably the greatest one-two punch ever from a TV network just getting into the drama game (HBO has "The Sopranos" on its side, but the two AMC dramas are close enough to that, and easily ahead of "Oz"), and it's set the bar absurdly — and probably unfairly — high for the AMC original dramas that have followed it.

Since we first met Don Draper and Walter White, AMC has had a noble failure in the spy thriller "Rubicon," a huge commercial success but uneven artistic one in "The Walking Dead, a show that invited an enormous backlash in "The Killing" and, most recently, "Hell on Wheels," which was greeted last summer by many critics (myself included) as, at best, "Deadwood" Lite.

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<p>There may be human actors on &quot;Animal Practice,&quot;&nbsp;but you'll probably only care about the monkey.</p>

There may be human actors on "Animal Practice," but you'll probably only care about the monkey.

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Review: NBC's 'Animal Practice' better with monkeys than people

Everyone loves Annie's Boobs, but will they love Justin Kirk and friends?

NBC has four new sitcoms debuting this fall, and has chosen two of them to sneak preview during its Olympic coverage — a glorious two-week stretch where people are actually watching NBC again. One of those sitcoms is "Go On," which aired last night; the other is "Animal Practice," which will air a commercial-free version of its pilot episode tomorrow night in the odd timeslot of 10:38 p.m.

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<p>Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>
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Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 11: 'The Whores Can Come'

The camp comes together to say goodbye to William Bullock

We're almost to the end of our summer rewatch of David Milch's epic HBO Western "Deadwood." As mentioned last week, I've dropped the duplicate reviews for veterans and newbies, since the newbies didn't seem to be commenting, and can avoid being spoiled by simply not reading the comments.

A review of episode 11, "The Whores Can Come," coming up just as soon as I buy myself a bum's rush...

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<p>Louis C.K. and Marc Maron in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. and Marc Maron in "Louie."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Louie' - 'Ikea/Piano Lesson'

Louie wants closure with Marc Maron, and to avoid it with an ex

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I think it's laundry detergent...

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