<p>Catherine Dent, Benito Martinez and David Marciano were among the alums of &quot;The Shield&quot;&nbsp;who joined Tim Roth on last night's &quot;Lie to Me.&quot;</p>

Catherine Dent, Benito Martinez and David Marciano were among the alums of "The Shield" who joined Tim Roth on last night's "Lie to Me."

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'Lie to Me' - 'Pied Piper': Re-opening The Barn door

Six alums from 'The Shield' guest star

Last night's "Lie to Me" was an old-fashioned kind of stunt episode, in which most of the notable guest roles were played by castmembers from producer Shawn Ryan's last show, "The Shield." So we got David Marciano as a convicted killer ready for execution, David Rees Snell as his brother, Catherine Dent and Benito Martinez as a victim's relatives, Kenny Johnson as a calendar photographer with a dirty secret, and Cathy Cahlin Ryan (wife to both Shawn Ryan and Vic Mackey) as a mental patient.

Nice as it was to see so much of the old gang from Farmington all together in one place, I do have a question for people who were fans of "The Shield" and watch this show: was the presence of so many "Shield" alums at once a distraction from an episode that was trying to tell a tense kidnapping mystery and also go deeper into Cal's relationship with his ex-wife and daughter? Had the show just featured, say, Martinez and Dent, I would have quickly stopped looking at it as Aceveda being randomly married to Danni, but when one after another turned up, it became hard for me to see these characters through any lens but that of "The Shield."

What did everybody else think?

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<p>Kaylee (Jewel Staite)&nbsp;compliments Cap'n Tightpants (Nathan Fillion)&nbsp;even as he's out of those pants on &quot;Firefly.&quot;</p>

Kaylee (Jewel Staite) compliments Cap'n Tightpants (Nathan Fillion) even as he's out of those pants on "Firefly."

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'Firefly' Rewind - Episode 11: 'Trash'

Christina Hendricks returns as Saffron

Once again, we're spending Tuesdays this summer revisiting Joss Whedon's outer space Western "Firefly." A review of "Trash coming up just as soon as I have another exciting adventure in sitting...

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<p>Laura Linney in &quot;The Big C&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Laura Linney in "The Big C" pilot.

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'The Big C' - 'Pilot': In the summertime, when the mother is high

What did you think of the Laura Linney dramedy's debut?

I reviewed Showtime's "The Big C," based on a viewing of the first three episodes, in this post on Saturday. I still haven't decided whether it's going to join the regular blogging rotation. I think Laura Linney is fantastic, like Gabourey Sidibe and Oliver Platt a lot, etc., but can't shake the feeling that the show is a little too cable dramedy paint-by-numbers for even the performances to keep my attention for very long.

But I'll see how I'm feeling a week from now. In the meantime, you can see some of my preliminary thoughts in that review, and while I'm busy saving for new closet systems, why don't you tell me what you thought?

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<p>Mary Louise-Parker on &quot;Weeds.&quot;</p>

Mary Louise-Parker on "Weeds."

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 30: 'The Big C,' 'Weeds,' 'Big Lake,' 'Mad Men' and more

How on-brand is too on-brand for Showtime?



Time for this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which this week includes: 

"The Big C" -- 00:00 - 07:00

"Weeds" -- 07:05 - 12:50

"Big Lake" -- 12:55 - 17:00

Reader Mail -- 17:05 - 32:20

"Mad Men" -- 32:20 - 47:07

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 at Dan's blog.

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<p>Allison (Alexa Alemanni)&nbsp;and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) have a difficult chat on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Allison (Alexa Alemanni) and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) have a difficult chat on "Mad Men."

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'Mad Men' - 'The Rejected': The pear-ent trap

Peggy and Pete find themselves at a crossroads, and Don has another adjustment to make at work

A review of the latest episode of "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as the jockey smokes the cigarette...

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<p>Jordana Spiro as PJ&nbsp;on &quot;My Boys.&quot;</p>

Jordana Spiro as PJ on "My Boys."

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'My Boys' - 'The NTO': The clumsy librarian

Jordana Spiro does some slapstick, and the show tries to coin a new catchphrase

Because of Comic-Con and press tour, I haven't been able to write about "My Boys" since before the season premiere. But I caught up on the episodes that aired when I was in California, and tonight's episode was actually included on the screener TBS sent out before the season. So a brief review of "The NTO," and where we are in general this season, coming up just as soon as I take the "Can you handle Megan Fox?" quiz...

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<p>The King of Mississippi (Denis O'Hare)&nbsp;was on the prowl on tonight's &quot;True Blood.&quot;</p>

The King of Mississippi (Denis O'Hare) was on the prowl on tonight's "True Blood."

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'True Blood' - 'Everything Is Broken': Do you respect wood?

Eric makes his pitch to the vampire authorities in a busy episode

I had to put "True Blood" on hold while I was out in California for the last few weeks, but I'm all caught up now, including tonight's Nan Flanagan-tastic episode. So how's everybody feeling about season three so far? And, specifically, how did you feel about the various bits of bloody business in this week's installment?


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<p>Michael Cristofer and James Badge Dale on &quot;Rubicon.&quot;</p>

Michael Cristofer and James Badge Dale on "Rubicon."

Credit: AMC/Craig Blankenhorn

'Rubicon' - 'The Outsider': Tie game

Mr. Travers goes to Washington, and his team has a permanent decision to make

A review of tonight's "Rubicon" coming up just as soon as I come up with a formula for collateral damage...

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<p>Laura Linney in &quot;The Big C.&quot;</p>

Laura Linney in "The Big C."

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Review: Showtime's 'The Big C'

Laura Linney has cancer, in a familiar but effective new series

“You’re going to be real popular this summer,” Cathy Jamison’s brother Sean tells her in the second episode of Showtime’s “The Big C.” (The first debuts Monday at 10:30.)  

“I have no idea who I’m going to be this summer,” Cathy tells him.

Though Cathy’s mood and persona change frequently over the three episodes of “The Big C” I’ve watched, I have a pretty good idea who and what she’s going to be. As played by the always-fabulous Laura Linney, she’s another in a long line of movie and TV characters (recent TV ancestors include Mary-Louise Parker on “Weeds” and Bryan Cranston on “Breaking Bad”) who respond to a life-altering - or, in this case, life-threatening - piece of news by deciding to alter that life even further.

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<p>Michael (Jeffrey Donovan)&nbsp;and Simon (Garret Dillahunt)&nbsp;have a walk-and-talk on the beach on last night's &quot;Burn Notice.&quot;</p>

Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) and Simon (Garret Dillahunt) have a walk-and-talk on the beach on last night's "Burn Notice."

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'Burn Notice' - 'Hard Time': Prison break-in

Garret Dillahunt's return as Simon is all too brief

A quick review of last night's "Burn Notice" coming up just as soon as I'm murdered over a parrot...

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