<p>Jon Bernthal in &quot;Mob City.&quot;</p>

Jon Bernthal in "Mob City."

Credit: TNT

Review: TNT's 'Mob City' a pretty but hollow gangster story

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Frank Darabont recreates the look but not the substance of '40s crime movies

"Mob City," the new TNT miniseries(*) about cops and crooks in '40s Los Angeles, actually begins a couple of decades earlier and nearly 3000 miles away. We open in New York in 1925, as a gang takes place involving violins, a baby carriage, Tommy guns and dynamite. The victims dance like marionettes as the bullets tear into them, all the action being presented in slow-motion so we don't miss a single detail or spurting of blood.

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<p>Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Christmas'

Peralta guards Holt's body after the captain is issued a death threat

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I take an elfie selfie...

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<p>Firewall &amp;&nbsp;Iceberg, episode 2:&nbsp;now with darker shirts!</p>

Firewall & Iceberg, episode 2: now with darker shirts!

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 2: 'Mob City,' 'Bonnie & Clyde' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'The Walking Dead,' Alec Baldwin and their dream '30 for 30'

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Welcome to the second installment of the new Firewall & Iceberg video show! This week, Dan and I are talking about a pair of '30s & '40s gangster dramas in the "Bonnie & Clyde" remake and TNT's "Mob City." Then it's off to a viewer mail segment — and, remember, please send questions (the more succinct they are, the better the chances of us answering them in the video show) to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com — that includes some spoiler discussion of "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale, followed by a look back at TV history that jumps us ahead to previewing "The Sound of Music Live!" 

Because you demanded it last week, here's a time breakdown of the segments: 

"Bonnie & Clyde": 0:30- 5:30

"Mob City": 5:30- 12:00
Viewer mail: Alec Baldwin: 12:00- 15:05
Viewer mail: "30 for 30": 15:05- 18:00
Viewer mail: "The Walking Dead" spoilers: 18:00- 22:05
This Day In TV History: 22:05- 27:00

There's a Stat Phoebe Tonkin cameo (sort of) and hopefully fewer technical glitches than last time. Hope you like, and hopefully back tomorrow with a new podcast.

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<p>Emily Bett Rickards, Stephen Amell and David Ramsey are the power trio in &quot;Arrow.&quot;</p>

Emily Bett Rickards, Stephen Amell and David Ramsey are the power trio in "Arrow."

Credit: CW

You have not failed this city: Catching up on 'Arrow'

The second-year DC Comics adaptation has it all over 'SHIELD'

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about the disappointing early returns from "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD," which has thus far come across as a show designed by focus group to appeal to the broadest group possible, and which as a result appeals deeply to no one. In response, several readers suggested I give another shot to the CW's "Arrow," primetime's other current superhero series, which I had all but forgotten about after a few competent but unremarkable episodes last fall, but which they insisted was succeeding at so much of what "SHIELD" was struggling with.

Having watched a handful of season 1 episodes(*) and all of season 2 to date, I can say that they were right. "Arrow" isn't perfect, but it has a much better understanding than "SHIELD" of what it wants to be and what its strengths and weaknesses are. The folks at ABC/Disney/Marvel might want to take note.

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<p>No episodic art for tonight's &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;means that, once again, you get the gang in suits.</p>

No episodic art for tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" means that, once again, you get the gang in suits.

Credit: CBS

Talkback: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Rehearsal Dinner'

Barney's laser tag obsession angers Robin, while Ted and Lily share secrets

Okay, kids, it's time once again to talk about a new "How I Met Your Mother." Like most of the recent episodes, "The Rehearsal Dinner" largely took place away from the Farhampton Inn (even the present-day material was set elsewhere in town). Like much of this season, and the entire Robin/Barney relationship, it dealt with Barney seeming to act like a sociopath, then gave us a twist suggesting all was not as it seemed. And it was among the most Canadian episodes the show has ever done. (More than the Canadian jokes, I enjoyed seeing the couple in the background of MacLaren's go through an entire lifetime — including birth of a child, that kid's graduation, and then the death of the husband in old age — while the gang were telling said jokes.)

Did those elements add up to a satisfying viewing experience for you? Did the twist at the end redeem earlier behavior by Barney and Ted? Were you pleased with the cameo and the musical performance?

Have at it.

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<p>On &quot;The Good Wife,&quot;&nbsp;Alicia (Julianna Margulies)&nbsp;talks to Clarke (Nathan Lane).</p>

On "The Good Wife," Alicia (Julianna Margulies) talks to Clarke (Nathan Lane).

Credit: CBS

Review: 'The Good Wife' - 'The Decision Tree'

Alicia gets a surprise inheritance, while Florrick/Agos throws a party

A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I press the farting button...

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<p>Julianne Nicholson and Lizzy Caplan in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Julianne Nicholson and Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Fallout'

The study begins to have physical and emotional consequences, while the hospital participates in an A-bomb drill

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as they open a new Woolworth's at Pompeii...

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<p>The Governor and his tank pay the prison a visit on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

The Governor and his tank pay the prison a visit on "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Mid-season finale review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Too Far Gone'

The Governor's forces attack the prison in a bloody, thrilling and frustrating hour

A review of "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale coming up just as soon as we make plans to celebrate our anniversary...

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<p>Kermit Ruffins pumps up an Election Day crowd in the &quot;Trem&eacute;&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Kermit Ruffins pumps up an Election Day crowd in the "Tremé" season premiere.

Credit: HBO

Season premiere review: 'Treme' - 'Yes We Can Can'

New Orleans goes to the polls on Election Day as the final season begins

"Tremé" returned for its final season tonight. I reviewed the season in advance on Friday, and I have a few specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I ask why you would call someone a suck-you butt...

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<p>Mandy Patinkin, Claire Danes and Rupert Friend in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Mandy Patinkin, Claire Danes and Rupert Friend in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Homeland' - 'Good Night'

Carrie and Saul watch as Brody tries to get into Iran

A quick review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I offer you a stick of my lucky gum...

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