<p>Virginia Madsen and the gang from &quot;Scoundrels.&quot;</p>

Virginia Madsen and the gang from "Scoundrels."

Credit: ABC

Review: 'Scoundrels' & 'The Gates' on ABC

Not all summer scripted programming is created equal.

I don't want to come down too hard on ABC for its new summer dramas "Scoundrels" and "The Gates," which premiere Sunday at 9 and 10 p.m., respectively. I'm a fan of scripted TV, and have been arguing for years that the broadcast networks were making a mistake filling their summer schedules with nothing but reality shows and letting cable channels like USA and TNT dominate the summer scripted market. And if faced with a choice between the two rookie dramas or more time watching people fall on their faces on "Wipeout" or Chris Harrison talk about people's journeys, I'd go with the dramas.

But where, say, Fox is airing summer dramas it actually believes in (both "The Good Guys" and "Lie to Me" are also on the fall schedule), "Scoundrels" and "The Gates" (and the cop drama "Rookie Blue," which debuts next Thursday) are cheap, dull filler programming ABC seems to be running so the network can claim it's at least making an effort at non-reality summer TV.

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<p>Music has been a huge part of &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Music has been a huge part of "Treme."

Credit: HBO/Paul Schiraldi

'Treme' soundtrack, iTunes videos in the works

The music-themed drama should have a soundtrack out in time for the DVD release.

The terrific 90-minute "Treme" finale airs Sunday night at 10 on HBO. I'll have a review up after it ends, as well as a long interview with "Treme" co-creator David Simon.

One of the things Simon and I discussed was plans for a "Treme" soundtrack album - which seems a natural, given that the show is about the jazz scene in New Orleans and features nearly as much music per episode as "Glee." More details after the jump...

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<p>Bruce Campbell in his Chuck Finley guise on &quot;Burn Notice.&quot;</p>

Bruce Campbell in his Chuck Finley guise on "Burn Notice."

Credit: USA

'Burn Notice' - 'Made Man': Oh, a wiseguy?

Chuck Finley rides again.

A quick review of last night's "Burn Notice" coming up just as soon as I get to make up the codenames...

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<p>Connie Britton as Tami Taylor on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Connie Britton as Tami Taylor on "Friday Night Lights."

Credit: NBC

If I had an Emmy ballot: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Katey Sagal leads a strong field

Emmy Week (and a Half) at HitFix continues, and today's category is Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama.

Once again, Fienberg and I are approaching this two different way. Dan is predicting which actresses have a good shot at a nomination (along with a few wishful thinking suggestions), while I'm saying who would be on my hypothetical Emmy ballot.

Dan's gallery is up, and my picks are after the jump...

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<p>Omar (Michael K. Williams)&nbsp;broods over the consequences of his actions on &quot;The Wire.&quot;</p>

Omar (Michael K. Williams) broods over the consequences of his actions on "The Wire."

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'The Wire' Rewind: Season 3, Episode 3 - 'Dead Soldiers' (Veterans edition)

Omar's war with the Barksdales sees casualties, while Bunny's plan takes shape.

Once again, we're spending Fridays this summer revisiting season three of "The Wire." (You can find my reviews of all the other seasons at my old blog.) Two versions each week: one for people who have seen the whole series and want to feel free to discuss things from first episode to last, and one for relative newcomers who haven't seen all the way to the end yet and don't want to be spoiled past the episodes we're discussing. This is the veteran version; click here to read the newbie-friendly one. (Last week's veteran review is here.)

A review of episode three, "Dead Soldiers," coming up just as soon as a stripper delivers my stat sheets...

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<p>Omar (Michael K. Williams)&nbsp;broods over the consequences of his  actions on &quot;The Wire.&quot;</p>

Omar (Michael K. Williams) broods over the consequences of his actions on "The Wire."

Credit: HBO

'The Wire' Rewind: Season 3, Episode 3 - 'Dead Soldiers' (Newbies edition)

Omar's war with the Barksdales sees casualties, while Bunny's plan takes shape.

Once again, we're spending Fridays this summer revisiting season three of "The Wire." (You can find my reviews of all the other seasons at my old blog.) Two versions each week: one for people who have seen the whole series and want to feel free to discuss things from first episode to last, and one for relative newcomers who haven't seen all the way to the end yet and don't want to be spoiled past the episodes we're discussing. This is the newbie version; click here to read the veteran-friendly one. (Last week's newbie review is here.)

A review of episode three, "Dead Soldiers," coming up just as soon as a stripper delivers my stat sheets...

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<p>Courteney Cox greatly improved as &quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;did.</p>

Courteney Cox greatly improved as "Cougar Town" did.

Credit: ABC

If I had an Emmy ballot: Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy

In which there are just barely six worthy nominees

Emmy Week at HitFix continues, and in fact may be stretched into Emmy Week and a Half, since we're decelerating from two categories a day to one for a bit. Yesterday, Fienberg and I handled comedy lead actors, and now it's time to discuss possible nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

As always, Dan and I are approaching this from two different angles. Dan is speculating on who will be nominated (along with some wishful thinking), while I suggest whom I would pick if I had a hypothetical Emmy ballot.

Dan's gallery of potential lead actress nominees is up, and after the jump are my picks...

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<p>Jason Lee in &quot;Memphis Beat.&quot;</p>

Jason Lee in "Memphis Beat."

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Firewall & Iceberg podcast, episode 21: 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Gates,' 'Scoundrels,' 'Memphis Beat' & more

Lots of new shows this week - just not a lot of good ones.

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Busy week for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I preview a bunch of new shows (few of them very good, alas), continue our summer run through "Undeclared" and weigh in on the "Breaking Bad" finale. Though I guessed late in the podcast that this would be our longest installment ever, it actually clocks in a little under an hour, and here are the segment times: 
 
ABC's "Scoundrels" and "The Gates" -- 01:55 - 15:35
"Memphis Beat" -- 15:40 - 19:30
"Hot in Cleveland" -- 19:30 - 23:15
ESPN's "June 17, 1994" -- 23:15 - 27:35
"Undeclared" -- 27:40 - 39:35
"Rubicon" -- 39:40 - 45:00
"Breaking Bad" -- 45:25 - 56:35
 
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 just stream it over at Dan's blog.
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<p>Larry David had a terrific season on &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm.&quot;</p>

Larry David had a terrific season on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Credit: HBO

If I had an Emmy ballot: Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy

A thinner field, but some solid choices within it.

It's day three of Emmy Week here at HitFix, as Fienberg and I finally move on to our look at leading actors and actresses. As usual, Dan's offering up his predictions for who will be nominated (along with a bit of wishful thinking), while I'm saying who would get my votes if I had a hypothetical Emmy ballot.

First up today is Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Dan's gallery is already up, and if you click through this story, you can see my picks.

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<p>Mike Zimbalist directing &quot;The Two Escobars.&quot;</p>

Mike Zimbalist directing "The Two Escobars."

Credit: ESPN

Review: '30 for 30' is back with the outstanding 'June 17, 1994' and 'The Two Escobars'

The ESPN documentary series continues to turn out winners.

The only complaint I have so far about ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary series is how irregularly it airs. Because the cable sports giant has so many live events to schedule, the "30 for 30" films don't have a stable timeslot, nor do they air on a consistent basis. Tonight at 10, for instance, the series returns for the first time in more than a month with Brett Morgen's "June 17, 1994" (a look back at an absurd, packed day in sports best-remembered for the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase), and then next week shifts to Tuesday at 9 for Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's "The Two Escobars" (about the intertwining lives and deaths of Colombian soccer star Andres Escobar and drug kingpin Pablo Escobar), then disappears again until the end of July.

But if it can be frustrating to wait and look for new films in the series, it's almost always worth the time and effort. And these next two exemplify the series' depth, breadth and power.

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