<p>Bunny and Bushy-Top have a meeting of the minds on &quot;The Wire.&quot;</p>
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Bunny and Bushy-Top have a meeting of the minds on "The Wire."


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'The Wire' Rewind: Season 3, Episode 7 - 'Back Burners' (Veterans edition)

The MCU gets to work on Stringer and get a tour of Hamsterdam along the way.

Once again, we're spending Fridays this summer revisiting "The Wire" season three (you can find reviews of all the other seasons in the siderail on my old blog) in two versions: one for people who watched the entire series and want to be able to discuss it from begining to end, and one for newcomers who don't want to be spoiled for what comes later. This is the veteran edition; click here for the newbie-friendly one.

A review of episode seven, "Back Burners," coming up just as soon as you get me a Shrek Slurpee...

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<p>Bunny and Bushy-Top have a meeting of the minds on &quot;The Wire.&quot;</p>

Bunny and Bushy-Top have a meeting of the minds on "The Wire."

Credit: HBO

'The Wire' Rewind: Season 3, Episode 7 - 'Back Burners' (Newbies edition)

The MCU gets to work on Stringer and get a tour of Hamsterdam along the way.

Once again, we're spending Fridays this summer revisiting "The Wire" season three (you can find reviews of all the other seasons in the siderail on my old blog) in two versions: one for people who watched the entire series and want to be able to discuss it from begining to end, and one for newcomers who don't want to be spoiled for what comes later. This is the newbie edition; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

A review of episode seven, "Back Burners," coming up just as soon as you get me a Shrek Slurpee...

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<p>Bobby Elvis (Mark Boone Junior) and the &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;ride again on September 7.</p>

Bobby Elvis (Mark Boone Junior) and the "Sons of Anarchy" ride again on September 7.

Credit: FX

In the news: FX premieres, HBO's 'Luck,' and Amber Tamblyn on 'House'

Our humble critic can't wait for the return of "Sons of Anarchy."

It's a slow day here at the blog as I try to get ahead on all the things I need to do before and during Comic-Con and the TV critics press tour (today's project: transcribing a typically-wordy interview with Matt Weiner that will run, along with my usual review, after the "Mad Men" premiere), but I wanted to take a moment to offer thoughts on some recent TV news developments:

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<p>Julie Benz and Michael Chiklis in &quot;No Ordinary Family.&quot;</p>

Julie Benz and Michael Chiklis in "No Ordinary Family."

Credit: ABC

Firewall & Iceberg podcast, episode 25: Pilots, reader mail and 'Undeclared'

The pre-Comic-Con/press tour show, with lots of pilot talk.

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Wednesday brings with it another episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
Since I'm heading to California in a week for the Comic-Con/press tour double-header, and since there aren't any new shows of note debuting this week, we devoted a good chunk of the podcast to discussing our initial impressions of the fall pilots, plus reader mail and our penultimate "Undeclared" discussion(*).
 
(*) I'm curious if people have been keeping up with the "Undeclared" eps. This close to the end, I hope we haven't been doing that in a vacuum.
 
Early Pilot Preview -- 03:30 - 24:20
Random Reader Mail -- 24:24 - 41:00
"Undeclared" -- 41:00 - 49:30
 
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>&quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

"Chuck."

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Comic-Con exclusive: 'Chuck's got a brand new bag

A preview of some sweet 'Chuck' swag from Comic-Con

As many of you know (probably from reading this blog entry), I'll be co-moderating the "Chuck" panel at Comic-Con with HitFix's own Dan Fienberg on Saturday, July 24 at 10 a.m. Dan and I still haven't figured out exactly how this whole co-moderating set-up will work, but in the meantime, we do have one bit of cool exclusive "Chuck"/Comic-Con news for you.

One of the most popular items at the Con is the oversize Warner Bros. tote, which both looks neat and becomes an easy repository for the many free and purchased items accumulated over the long weekend. In years past, you had to go to the Warner Bros. booth to get one, but this year the company has produced 125,000 totes, and every Comic-Con attendee will get one when they check in. There are 11 designs, and one of those, of course, features "Chuck." (Other totes include "Big Bang Theory," "Fringe," "Human Target," "Nikita" and "The Vampire Diaries.")

Distribution of the bags will be random, but some of you lucky Con attendees will get to take this big sack o'Bartowski home with you:  

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<p>A tale of two Tims:&nbsp;DeKay and Matheson collide in &quot;White Collar.&quot;</p>
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A tale of two Tims: DeKay and Matheson collide in "White Collar."


Credit: USA

'White Collar' - 'Withdrawal': Tim Matheson, guest director, damn glad to meet you.

The season two premiere gets a little help from an old friend to USA.

"White Collar" debuted its second season last night, and while that's a show that fell out of the blog rotation last summer and isn't likely to return this summer, I do have a few thoughts on the premiere, coming up just as soon as I use a voice scrambler...

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<p>Louis C.K. on &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. on "Louie."

Credit: FX

'Louie' - 'So Old/Playdate': Don't blame me. I voted for Dukakis.

Louie goes to his therapist and meets two interesting women.

I've been dealing with hellacious computer difficulties the last two days (sometimes, kids, it's important to have more than one hard drive backup, apparently), so I unfortunately don't have the time or equipment to do a proper review of the fourth episode of "Louie," which was the last I got to see before writing my review a few weeks back. All I'll say is that Louie's dirty talk with the groupie still has me laughing, that I enjoyed the change-of-pace with the visits to Louie's therapist, and was happy to see Pamela Adlon as the playdate mom, even though I disliked "Lucky Louie" (where Adlon played Louie's wife). Also, I'm not sure if Bobby Cannavale had a random cameo because he's friends with Louis C.K., or because they're setting him to return in a more prominent role later.

Don't know if I'll be getting any more episodes in advance, but I hope to have time (and a working computer) to do longer write-ups as this fantastic comedy continues its first season.

What did everybody else think?

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<p>Piper Perabo under fire in the &quot;Covert Affairs&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Piper Perabo under fire in the "Covert Affairs" pilot.

Credit: USA

'Covert Affairs' - 'Pilot': There isn't only one Sydney Bristow?

Piper Perabo does the "Alias" thing in a new spy series.

I reviewed "Covert Affairs" yesterday, and now I'm curious what you thought of it. Plus, I have one or two more spoiler-y thoughts coming up just as soon as I shuck my own oysters...

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<p>The late George Steinbrenner.</p>

The late George Steinbrenner.

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RIP, George Steinbrenner: 'What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for?!?!?'

The late Yankees owner was a frequent source of comedy on "Seinfeld."

George Steinbrenner, the mercurial, temperamental, and never dull owner of the New York Yankees for my entire lifetime, died this morning of a heart attack.

I'll leave it to others to weigh in on both the bad (Nixon, Howard Spira, Billy Martin, Steve Trout, several decades of emotionally abusing employees) and the good (seven World Series titles, a relentless - if at times poorly-planned - commitment to winning, less-publicized kinder moments) that came with Boss George. Instead, I wanted to remember George Steinbrenner, "Seinfeld" character.

Steinbrenner never played himself in an aired version of the show (though I believe he did once film a scene that was cut). Instead, the character always appeared in silhouette or from behind, and was voiced by Larry David himself (which was easier to do pre-"Curb," when few people knew what David sounded like), and was the most wonderfully loopy boss on a series that took great pleasure in giving its characters weird and hilarious bosses (Mr. Pitt, Mr. Kruger, etc.). Steinbrenner was introduced to the show during the end of the Yankees' early-'90s misery (one of the show's earliest cameos by a Yankee player was the unfortunate Danny Tartabull) and was still around after the team won its first World Series in almost 20 years, but the character was just as funny whether the real team was good or bad.

Here are links to two compilations of most of the great George-meets-George scenes, with the highlight being Steinbrenner's trip to the Costanza house around the six-minute mark of the first video: Part OnePart Two.

Enjoy.

 

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<p>Christina Hendricks as Saffron on &quot;Firefly.&quot;</p>

Christina Hendricks as Saffron on "Firefly."

Credit: FOX

'Firefly' Rewind - Episode 6: 'Our Mrs. Reynolds'

Christina Hendricks steals the show - and maybe the ship.

Once again, we’re spending Tuesdays this summer revisiting Joss Whedon’s space Western “Firefly,” and this week brings with it a very familiar face from another show that’s about to become a staple of the blog this summer. A review of “Our Mrs. Reynolds” coming up just as soon as I kill you with my pinkie...

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