<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Two Boats and a Helicopter'

In a single-POV tour de force, Matt races to find the cash to save his church

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I think I know what happened to your face...

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

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Season premiere review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Parallax'

Bill and Virginia struggle to define the new phase of their relationship

"Masters of Sex" is back for a new season. I reviewed the start of the new season on Friday, and I have specific thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I can buy an extra $100 worth of french lingerie every month...

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<p>Angelica Celaya</p>

Angelica Celaya

Press tour: 'Constantine' hires Angelica Celaya to replace Lucy Griffiths

How NBC's adaptation of the 'Hellblazer' comics is already being tweaked

TV pilot production is an inexact science. Certain characters or ideas don't quite click, so you change them, or you abandon them, and then you move on. In these days of leaner budgets, though, it's trickier to deal with the changes as thoroughly as might be ideal, which is why much of NBC's press tour session for "Constantine" was devoted to a character who now won't be in the show past the pilot.

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<p>Emmy Rossum</p>

Emmy Rossum

Credit: Showtime

Press Tour: Emmy chief will look at category problem, do nothing

We care more about category fraud and blurred lines than the TV Academy

NBC's press tour panel for the 2014 Emmy telecast was a chance for Seth Meyers and his "Late Night" producer Mike Shoemaker to talk about their approach to Seth hosting the show. Mainly, though, it was an opportunity for TV critics to complain to Television Academy chairman Bruce Rosenblum about the broken Emmy category system — and for Rosenblum to smile, talk about his desire to examine the problem, and then make clear that he has no real plans to do anything to fix it.

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<p>Community</p>

Community

Credit: NBC

Press Tour: NBC's Robert Greenblatt has no 'Community' regrets

Didn't want to renew the cult comedy, but pleased NBC will make money on the Yahoo deal

NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt, who made the final call to cancel "Community," seems not only untroubled by the show's resurrection at Yahoo!, but pleased.

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<p>The Strain</p>

The Strain

Credit: FX

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 238: Emmys, 'The Strain,' 'Masters of Sex' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss a press tour humiliation

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Happy Saturday, boys and girls! Time for a weekend, in-person Firewall & Iceberg Podcast! I'm finally in town for press tour, which meant Dan and I belatedly got to sit down to discuss the Emmy nominations, review "The Strain" and "Masters of Sex" (and, briefly, "The Divide") and discuss a surprising/mortifying moment for Dan at press tour earlier today. We'll hopefully have both a video show and a podcast in the coming week, but we'll see.

The rundown: 

"The Strain" (18:35 - 30:50)
"Masters of Sex" Season 2 (30:55 - 38:55)
"The Divide" (39:00 - 44:50)
Jew/Not-a-Jew (44:55 - 52:35)
 
 
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There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Press tour: 'Better Call Saul' live-blog with Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould

The 'Breaking Bad' vets try to clarify what exactly the spin-off will be

Until about 10 minutes ago, there has been so much conflicting information, if not outright misinformation, about what exactly "Better Call Saul" will be: A straight "Breaking Bad" prequel? A time-bending journey that includes adventures during the reign of Heisenberg? A comedy? A drama with occasional laughs? Huell's story?

AMC's press release about the full cast and basic premise and setting fill in some of the details — including that it begins six years before Saul (then known as Jimmy McGill) meets Walter White — and now co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will hopefully bring more of the show (not due to premiere until early 2015) into sharper clarity, without actually giving too much of the fun away. I'll be live-blogging all of Gilligan's charming Virginian self-deprecation, all of Gould's jokes, and whatever nuggets we actually get about the new show.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

AMC teases new 'Better Call Saul' plot details

Full cast line-up detailed, setting and premise are here

In about 10 or 20 minutes, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are going to be at press tour to discuss the "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul," but AMC just released the first real fixed plot details, plus a full cast list, so here we go:

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

Credit: Showtime

Review: Showtime's 'Masters of Sex' better than ever in season 2

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Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan continue to shine

Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson spend much of the second season premiere of the Showtime drama "Masters of Sex" (Sunday at 10) trying to redefine the nature and parameters of their relationship after the events of the show's marvelous first season. Are they now a couple? Is this just an affair? Is it still simply one small component of their groundbreaking study on human sexuality?

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<p>The Strain</p>

The Strain

Credit: FX

Review: Guillermo del Toro's FX vampire thriller 'The Strain'

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CDC doctors try to contain an outbreak of undead origins

Guillermo del Toro is the kind of filmmaker who leaves me wanting more — just not always in the best way. Whether he's adapting someone else's work with the "Hellboy" films, or inventing his own stories with something like "Pan's Labyrinth," del Toro leaves no hallucinatory stone unturned, no burst of inspiration unexplored. I've often walked out of his movies impressed by the depth and breadth of the creativity on display, yet frustrated at how little time there was to thoroughly explore it all. I wouldn't want to take away the big budgets and fancy effects work that he can apply to something like "Pacific Rim," but I've been itching for a while to see what del Toro might do with an ongoing television series, where he could drill down deep and expand each concept to its fullest, rather than rushing to fit them all into two hours.

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