<p>Elijah Wood in &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Elijah Wood in "Wilfred."

Credit: FX

'Wilfred' - 'Identity': Wilfred's will

A strong finale provides clues about both Ryan and Wilfred's pasts

"Wilfred" ended its first season tonight, and I have a review of the finale (and thoughts on the season as a whole) coming up just as soon as I smell like conniving...

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<p>Aaron Sorkin.</p>

Aaron Sorkin.

Credit: AP

HBO orders Aaron Sorkin drama about cable news

Oscar-winning writer returns to his "Sports Night" roots

HBO has ordered Aaron Sorkin's untitled drama series about cable news to series, premiere date TBD.

The project features an impressive cast, including Jeff Daniels as the anchor, Emily Mortimer as his new producer, Alison Pill, Olivia Munn and Dev Patel as newsroom staffers and Sam Waterston as the wise boss. (Looking at this from a distance, the Sorkin shorthand seems as follows: Daniels is Casey, Mortimer is Dana, Pill and/or Munn is Natalie, Patel Jeremy, and Waterston a hybrid of Isaac and Leo.)

When it became clear that Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" wasn't working - in part, but not entirely, because the show-within-the-show never seemed nearly as funny as the characters insisted it was - a sentiment arose that viewers wish he had just taken the "Sports Night" approach to life at a cable news channel, rather than sketch comedy. Now he is, and with the backing of HBO plus the authority that comes with winning an Oscar for writing "The Social Network."

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<p>Martin Scorsese's &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;episode did not feature Chalky's bookcase speech.</p>

Martin Scorsese's "Boardwalk Empire" episode did not feature Chalky's bookcase speech.

Credit: HBO

Emmys '11 Predictions: Outstanding Comedy & Drama Directing

Can anyone beat Martin Scorsese and/or the '30 Rock' live show?

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on September 18th, and it's time once again for Fienberg and I to discuss whom we think should and will win(*) some of the major categories. Next up is a twofer: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.

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<p>A new class of FDNY&nbsp;recruits contemplates 9/11 in the &quot;Rescue Me&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

A new class of FDNY recruits contemplates 9/11 in the "Rescue Me" series finale.

Credit: FX

'Rescue Me' - 'Ashes': Crawling from the wreckage

Old and new ghosts are laid to rest as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches

"Rescue Me" aired its series finale tonight. I offered a review of the series as a whole yesterday, and I have a few specific thoughts about the finale coming up just as soon as I get some red velvet cake mix...

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<p>Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw in &quot;The Hour.&quot;</p>

Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw in "The Hour."

Credit: BBC

'The Hour' - 'Episode 4': You can't handle the truth!

Freddie keeps investigating with reckless abandon, while Hector and Bel heat up

Demands on my time for the start of the TV season are once again keeping me from doing much more with "The Hourthan providing this space for everybody to discuss their reaction to the latest episode. (And, as of now, this is the last one I've seen in advance, so I may not even be able to do this much for the last two installments; at least, not in as timely a fashion.) 

The fourth episode kept pushing both the spy story and the love triangle, and thus far I'm much more invested in the personal material, and whatever is happening with the show itself, than I am with Freddie's investigation into Kish, double agents and whatnot. Keeping in mind that we're not going to discuss anything from the final two episodes (which already aired in the UK), what did everybody else think of this one?

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 91: 'Wilfred,' 'Louie,' 'Entourage' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 91: 'Wilfred,' 'Louie,' 'Entourage' & more

Dan and Alan also answer your letters and discuss the last two 'Breaking Bad's


After a week off and then a technical glitch yesterday, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast returns with Dan and I looking ahead to the finales of "Wilfred," "Louie" and "Entourage," answering a whole lot of listener mail and then breaking down two "Breaking Bad" episodes. The rundown:

"Wilfred" and "Louie" -- 2:30 - 22:45
Listener Mail: "Entourage" -- 23:00 - 33:15
Listener Mail: First Series canceled -- 32:20 - 37:50
Listener Mail: Premise Pilots -- 38:00 - 45:30
Listener Mail: More on Pilots -- 45:35 - 50:05
Listener Mail: Talking TV at Parties -- 50:15 - 53:40
"Breaking Bad" -- 53:45 - 01:13:45
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 on Dan's blog.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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Jimmy Kimmel with his uncle, the late Frank Potenza.
Jimmy Kimmel with his uncle, the late Frank Potenza.
Credit: ABC

Jimmy Kimmel says goodbye to Uncle Frank

A sweet tribute to a sweet latenight fixture

If you pay attention to latenight TV at all, you probably know that Uncle Frank, a fixture of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" from the very first episode, passed away recently. Frank Potenza was a retired New York cop and Kimmel's actual uncle, as opposed to those friends of your parents whom you call uncle.

He was also that rare breed on television: a truly genuine person.

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<p>Will &quot;Downton Abbey&quot;&nbsp;be able to top HBO for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie?</p>

Will "Downton Abbey" be able to top HBO for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie?

Credit: PBS

Emmys '11 Predictions: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

Will HBO or PBS reign supreme in the battle of historical dramas?

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on Sunday, September 18th, and Fienberg and I are going to spend much of the next week and a half talking about who we think should win the major categories, and predicting who will. (Keep in mind that neither of us has an especially impressive track record at the latter, so please do not risk any of your actual money based on our guesses.)

First up: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, the first time that miniseries and made-for-TV movies have been combined into one big category. (Acting, writing, directing, etc. for the two have been combined for years, and so few of either are made anymore that the Emmys just gave up the ghost on presenting two separate awards.)

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<p>The &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;ride away from prison in the season 4 premiere.</p>

The "Sons of Anarchy" ride away from prison in the season 4 premiere.

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Out': One wedding and some funerals

Jax, Clay and friends return to Charming and a new batch of troubles

"Sons of Anarchy" is back for its fourth season. I offered up a general review of the first few episodes yesterday, and I have specific thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I buy you fingers...

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<p>In a recent &quot;Rescue Me,&quot;&nbsp;Tommy and the guys went back to Ground Zero.</p>

In a recent "Rescue Me," Tommy and the guys went back to Ground Zero.

Credit: FX

Review: FX's 'Rescue Me' says goodbye in typically uneven fashion

Firefighting drama was strongest when focusing on 9/11, silliest when kissing up to star Denis Leary

Last week's "Rescue Me," the penultimate episode of the FX firefighting drama, spent most of its running time on the wedding of Tommy Gavin's eldest daughter Colleen to his colleague Black Shawn. It was a long sequence, alternately funny and unbearable. Then the episode segued rather abruptly into one of its hairiest, most riveting fire sequences ever, as Tommy and the rest of the guys on 62 Truck became trapped in an arson fire after turning away from a waiting escape ladder to try to rescue a few more civilians. Their only exit blocked, best friends Tommy and Lou faced each other, unsure of what to do next...

...and then the building blew up.

The episode was, in other words, seven seasons of "Rescue Me" in a nutshell: at times hilarious, at times obnoxious, and then so riveting that you will almost forgive it every one of its past sins.


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