<p>It was hard for &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;creator Matthew Weiner to have Peggy and Don split up.</p>

It was hard for "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner to have Peggy and Don split up.

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'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner talks Peggy, Joan, sci-fi and more

How did moving into the late '60s change the series? And does he think the show's become unsubtle?
I loved the fifth season of "Mad Men" overall, but did not love the season finale, in part because I felt the show's creator Matthew Weiner spelled out the themes of the episode in less subtle fashion than usual.
So when Weiner was able to spare a few minutes this afternoon from the set of "You Are Here," his writing and directorial movie debut, among the things we discussed was whether or not he feels ths season has been more overt in its meaning than previous ones. We also talked about his reasons for writing Peggy out of the agency — if not necessarily off the show — how the show has changed as it's moved into the more famous half of the '60s, this season's obsession with science fiction, and more.
Given the limited amount of time we had, I tried not to rehash too much of the ground that was already covered in previous post-finale interviews Weiner gave to the New York Times and to Slate — both of them deal with Don's feelings about Megan, and about Weiner's belief that of course Joan would have accepted the indecent proposal in the Jaguar episode — and instead look at the finale, and the season, from other angles.
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<p>Yvonne Strahovski from &quot;Chuck&quot;&nbsp;will be guest-starring on &quot;Dexter.&quot;</p>

Yvonne Strahovski from "Chuck" will be guest-starring on "Dexter."

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'Dexter' casts 'Chuck 'alum Yvonne Strahovski for season 7 guest arc

The former spy will go to work helping out Miami Metro in several episodes next season

Credit to Showtime for casting one of the few guest actors who might convince me to give "Dexter" another try, as they've just announced that "Chuck" alum Yvonne Strahovski will be doing a multi-episode story arc in the upcoming seventh season.

Strahovski will play Hannah McKay, whom the press notes describe as "a strong, independent woman with a past that she's struggled to put behind her." Miami Metro recruits Hannah to help solve some old cases, Dexter works alongside her, begins to wonder if there's more to her than meets the eye, etc., etc., etc. It's "Dexter." You know how this works.

That said, loyalty to "Chuck" and admiration for Strahovski's work — along with some other interesting guest stars like Ray Stevenson and Jason Gedrick — might lead me to give the show one more look when it returns on September 30.

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<p>Larry Hagman returns as J.R. Ewing in the new &quot;Dallas.&quot;</p>

Larry Hagman returns as J.R. Ewing in the new "Dallas."

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Review: TNT's 'Dallas' brings back Larry Hagman and friends

But old-school stars Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray upstage the next generation
Larry Hagman's eyebrows are a character unto themselves in TNT's new "Dallas" series. They are beautiful and terrifying, white and expansive and at once a sign of the frailty of old age and the endurance of one of the biggest television stars of all time.
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<p>Sutton Foster in her showgirl days on &quot;Bunheads.&quot;</p>

Sutton Foster in her showgirl days on "Bunheads."

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Series premiere review: 'Bunheads' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new ABC Family drama?

I posted my review of ABC Family's "Bunheads" on Saturday morning, and now that the pilot has aired, I want to talk specifically about a couple of things, just as soon as I develop a dirty ventriliquist act...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 134: 'Mad Men' finale, 'Bunheads,' 'Dallas' & 'Falling Skies'
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 134: 'Mad Men' finale, 'Bunheads,' 'Dallas' & 'Falling Skies'

Dan and Alan also review the 'Teacher's Pet' episode of 'Buffy' season 1


Last week, we did two installments of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast: one where we went on at some length and depth about "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men," the other with quick hit reviews of new and returning shows. This week's only podcast is a blend of the two, with brief-ish reviews of "Bunheads," "Dallas" and "Falling Skies," plus a longer discussion of the "Mad Men" finale and this week's "Buffy" chatter.

The line-up: 

"Bunheads" (00:00:40 - 00:16:45)
"Dallas" (00:16:45 - 00:29:55)
"Falling Skies" (00:30:00 - 00:38:50)
"Mad Men" finale (00:39:40 - 01:11:45)
Buffy: "Teacher's Pet" (01:11:45 - 01:22:00)
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>Don (Jon Hamm) finds himself alone at a bar in the &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Don (Jon Hamm) finds himself alone at a bar in the "Mad Men" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Phantom'

Megan needs a job, Pete needs a friend and Don makes a decision

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" season finale coming up just as soon as I'm president of the Howdy Doody Circus Army...

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<p>Lena Dunham and Allison Williams in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Allison Williams in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Leave Me Alone'

Hannah and Marnie have a big fight, and Jessa gets a pep talk

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I work at a consumptive women's hospital...

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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus in &quot;Veep.&quot;</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep."

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Season finale review: 'Veep' - 'Tears'

Selina tries crying to boost her dire approval ratings

A quick review of the "Veep" season finale — or, really, the first season as a whole — coming up just as soon as I choke you with some Spanx...

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<p>Kelly Bishop and Sutton Foster in &quot;Bunheads.&quot;</p>

Kelly Bishop and Sutton Foster in "Bunheads."

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Review: ABC Family's 'Bunheads' a return to form for Amy Sherman-Palladino

'Gilmore Girls' creator teams former Tony winners Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop in new dramedy
"Gilmore Girls" and "The West Wing" debuted a year apart from one another, and they've always been linked in my mind: Two shows with machine gun banter, two shows that at their best deftly balanced laughs and heartache, two shows with creators — Amy Sherman-Palladino for "Gilmore Girls," Aaron Sorkin for "West Wing" — whose voices were unmistakable from anyone else's on television.
Those two are also linked in my mind because both series continued without their creators — and were never the same without them — and because their follow-up series (Sherman-Palladino's leaden "The Return of Jezebel James" and Sorkin's self-important "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") featured their styles applied to either formats (the traditional sitcom style of "Jezebel James") or subjects (topical sketch comedy for "Studio 60") for which they were ill-suited.
And now Sherman-Palladino and Sorkin are linked yet again because both are returning to television this month with new shows where the mission statement seems to be "Here is this thing everybody loved once upon a time, wrapped in a slightly different package."
For Sorkin, it's "The Newsroom," a more serious spin on "Sports Night" that we'll talk about closer to its June 24 premiere. For Sherman-Palladino, it's "Bunheads," a new dramedy that premieres Monday night at 9 on ABC Family. If it's not exactly "Gilmore Girls 2: Acoustic Boogaloo," it's close enough to be reassuring — and, on occasion, distracting.
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<p>Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 3: 'New Money' (Veterans edition)

While Al suffers, Garret Dillahunt returns in a dark new role

We're into week 2 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the veteran-friendly version; click here for the newbie-safe one.

A review of episode 3, "New Money," coming up just as soon as we make the trout pay for his slothful ways...

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