<p>&quot;True Detective&quot;&nbsp;season 2 likely won't be an unauthorized &quot;Alfie &amp;&nbsp;Abner&quot;&nbsp;sequel, but should it be?&nbsp;</p>

"True Detective" season 2 likely won't be an unauthorized "Alfie & Abner" sequel, but should it be? 

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The best of #TrueDetectiveSeason2

When social media goes crazy for an HBO sequel

HBO's "True Detective" still has three episodes to go in its first season, which will end the story of Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson's Marty Hart. Though the show is drawing glowing reviews and big ratings (recent episodes have drawn a cumulative rating of 11 million viewers per week), it has yet to be renewed for a second season, mainly because of the unusual nature of the series. It's an anthology show, like FX's "American Horror Story," and a second season would feature an entirely new group of characters, and likely an entirely new group of actors — though I can imagine HBO is doing whatever it can to get McConaughey and Harrelson to return, even in a reduced capacity. There will surely be another season; the announcement will just wait until HBO has found a satisfactory cast (preferably with a lead as famous and talented as McConaughey).

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<p>Kristen Bell takes some surveillance photos on the &quot;Veronica Mars&quot;&nbsp;movie set.</p>

Kristen Bell takes some surveillance photos on the "Veronica Mars" movie set.

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On the set of the 'Veronica Mars' movie

Hanging out with the improbable revival of the early '00s detective show
LOS ANGELES -- Veronica Mars is back at work, against all odds, doing the job she gave up years ago, in a project that has no business existing under any of the rules by which we understand Hollywood.
 
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<p>Logan (Jason Dorhing)&nbsp;and Veronica (Kristen Bell)&nbsp;together again in the &quot;Veronica Mars&quot;&nbsp;movie.</p>

Logan (Jason Dorhing) and Veronica (Kristen Bell) together again in the "Veronica Mars" movie.

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'Veronica Mars' creator Rob Thomas talks from the movie set

Plenty of 'pinch me' moments in the Kickstarter-funded revival
Day 3 of the “Veronica Mars” movie shoot found Rob Thomas battling mixed emotions. On the one hand, he was directing this improbable project, which had been funded by a groundbreaking Kickstarter campaign that brought his detective character back to life six years after the CW canceled the TV series, and on this day in June was going to be filming Kristen Bell in a variety of iconic Veronica shots as she took surveillance photos of the apartment of Gia Goodman (Krysten Ritter, one of many alums of the series to return for the movie). On the other hand, he was still reeling from the previous night’s NBA Finals Game 6, where his beloved San Antonio Spurs blew a championship-winning game in the closing moments(*).
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<p>Benjamin Stockham and David Walton in &quot;About A&nbsp;Boy.&quot;</p>

Benjamin Stockham and David Walton in "About A Boy."

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Review: NBC's watered-down take on 'About A Boy'

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David Walton and Minnie Driver step into Hugh Grant and Toni Collette's shoes

When Jason Katims was a struggling playwright in New York, or even in his early days apprenticing under Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskowitz on emotionally precise dramas like "My So-Called Life" and "Relativity," I doubt he imagined that one day, he would become the TV business's go-to man for adapting books and movies to television. He developed the WB's "Roswell," based on a popular series of YA novels about human/alien romance. Though he didn't come on board with "Friday Night Lights" until after the pilot was made, he had to maintain the tone of Peter Berg's adaptation of his own film, which was an adaptation of a book. And when "FNL" ended, Katims transitioned to "Parenthood," a very loose adaptation of the 1989 Ron Howard movie, which had already been attempted as a TV series (with a young Leonardo DiCaprio) in the early '90s.

And now he's the man behind "About a Boy," a half-hour comedy series based on both the Nick Hornby novel and the 2002 film with Hugh Grant, which will get a sneak preview after NBC's Olympic coverage on Saturday night at 11 before transitioning into a Tuesday at 9 p.m. timeslot.

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<p>Was Faith from &quot;Buffy&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Angel&quot;&nbsp;a hero or a villain?</p>

Was Faith from "Buffy" and "Angel" a hero or a villain?

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Heroes vs. Villains: Faith from 'Buffy' and 'Angel'

She started good, went bad, then turned good again

The NCAA basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains

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<p>Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash in &quot;Getting On,&quot;&nbsp;which HBO&nbsp;renewed today.</p>

Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash in "Getting On," which HBO renewed today.

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HBO renews 'Getting On' for season 2

Elder care comedy improbably survived over 'Family Tree' and 'Hello Ladies'

In 2013, HBO debuted three new comedy series. One was Christopher Guest's first significant work in decades, featuring many of the regulars from his beloved improvised films. One was the first major solo project from Stephen Merchant, co-creator of "The Office" and "Extras." And one featured the creators of "Big Love" attempting to adapt a British series about the neglected nurses and patients in a hospital's elder care wing.

Going into that year, I doubt a casino would have even given you odds that the only one of the three to survive would be the latter, but that's exactly what's happened. Last month, HBO declined to go forward with Guest's "Family Tree" and Merchant's "Hello Ladies," and tonight the pay cabler decided to order a second season of "Getting On." It will again feature six episodes, and debut later this year.

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<p>The Gallagher clan from &quot;Shameless&quot;&nbsp;will be around at least one more season.</p>

The Gallagher clan from "Shameless" will be around at least one more season.

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Showtime renews 'Shameless' & 'House of Lies'

With 'Episodes' already renewed, current Sunday lineup returns intact next year

From the Department of Unsurprising But Still Welcome News: Showtime has renewed "Shameless" for a fifth season, along with the less exciting but non-terrible news of a "House of Lies" renewal. With "Episodes" already renewed a while back, that means the entire current Sunday lineup will return in 2015.

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<p>Was Walter White from &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;a hero or a villain?</p>

Was Walter White from "Breaking Bad" a hero or a villain?

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Heroes vs. Villains: Where does 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White fall?

Should Heisenberg count as a good guy forced to do bad things, or TV's worst monster?

The NCAA basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains. 

The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we know then need to part of the battle royale. Do they fall in the Heroes bracket or the Villains bracket?

You decide.  You have 48 hours. Choose wisely.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 220

Dan and Alan also discuss the late-night host transition, TV crossovers and Greta Gerwig on 'How I Met Your Dad'

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It's likely the last Monday Firewall & Iceberg podcast for a while, as I should be mobile enough to return to my office for the video shows starting next week. Next week will be busy enough that we'll need two different shows to fit in all the premieres, but this week is fairly mild, with a new CW soap, a pair of disappointing NBC comedies and some mail — plus Dan clarifying his position on Greta Gerwig and "How I Met Your Dad" — among the topics.

WARNING: I cough. A lot. Just a cold, and hopefully it goes away by next week.

The rundown: 

"Star-Crossed" (00:01:50 - 00:13:50)
"About a Boy" (00:14:15 - 00:27:00)
"Growing Up Fisher" (00:27:05 - 00:39:20)
Listener Mail: Late-Night transition and location (00:39:45 - 00:48:15)
Listener Mail: Crossovers (00:48:20 - 00:56:10)
Greta Gerwig and "How I Met Your Dad" (00:56:10 - 01:02:20)
 

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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<p>The &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;spend a weekend on Long Island.</p>

The "Girls" spend a weekend on Long Island.

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Beach House'

A ladies-only weekend is complicated by the return of Elijah

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I prove via Instagram that we can still have fun as a group...

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