<p>Bunny and Bubbs survey what's left of Hamsterdam in &quot;The Wire&quot; season 3 finale.</p>

Bunny and Bubbs survey what's left of Hamsterdam in "The Wire" season 3 finale.

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'The Wire' Rewind: Season 3, Episode 12 - 'Mission Accomplished' (Veterans edition)

Several wars come to an end along with the third season

And so we've come to the end not only of these reviews of "The Wire" season three, but of my out-of-sequence reviewing of the series in general. (You can find reviews of all the other seasons at my old blog.) I'll have some thoughts on that at the end of this post, but as we've been doing all summer, we're approaching each episode in two slightly different versions: one for people who have seen the entire series and want to be able to discuss how these episodes fit into the story from later seasons, and one for people who haven't made it all the way through yet and don't want to be spoiled on what's to come for them. This is the veteran version; click here for the newbie-friendly one.

A review of the season three finale, "Mission Accomplished," coming up just as soon as you get a look at my samurai sword collection...

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<p>Bunny and Bubbs survey what's left of Hamsterdam in &quot;The Wire&quot; season 3 finale.</p>

Bunny and Bubbs survey what's left of Hamsterdam in "The Wire" season 3 finale.

Credit: HBO

'The Wire' Rewind: Season 3, Episode 12 - 'Mission Accomplished' (Newbies edition)

Several wars come to an end along with the third season

And so we've come to the end not only of these reviews of "The Wire" season three, but of my out-of-sequence reviewing of the series in general. (You can find reviews of all the other seasons at my old blog.) I'll have some thoughts on that at the end of this post, but as we've been doing all summer, we're approaching each episode in two slightly different versions: one for people who have seen the entire series and want to be able to discuss how these episodes fit into the story from later seasons, and one for people who haven't made it all the way through yet and don't want to be spoiled on what's to come for them. This is the newbie version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

A review of the season three finale, "Mission Accomplished," coming up just as soon as you get a look at my samurai sword collection...

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<p>John Slattery had a triumphant directorial debut with last week's &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

John Slattery had a triumphant directorial debut with last week's "Mad Men."

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Interview: John Slattery on his 'Mad Men' directorial debut

What was it like for Roger Sterling to step behind the camera?

Last Sunday's "Mad Men" episode was John Slattery's debut as a director. Not just directing for TV, but directing anything. And it was such a success - as I said in my review, it was a bright and funny episode that still managed to shift gears for big emotional moments involving Peggy and Pete - that when another director dropped out of directing this season's penultimate episode, Slattery wound up filling the slot.

Slattery is in the middle of directing and acting in that episode this week, but he took a few minutes to talk with me about how he got the gig, what he learned, how his co-stars responded to his direction, and more. All of that coming up after the jump...

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<p>Bruce McCulloch, second from left, plays obese ex-hockey star Ricky Jarvis, among other characters, in &quot;Kids in the Hall:&nbsp;Death Comes to Town.&quot;</p>

Bruce McCulloch, second from left, plays obese ex-hockey star Ricky Jarvis, among other characters, in "Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town."

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Interview: Bruce McCulloch talks 'Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town'

As head writer, 'I had to make everybody happy'

The Kids in the Hall reunite on American television with tomorrow night's debut of "Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town," an eight-part murder mystery spoof set in a small Canadian town called Shuckton. While I didn't love the miniseries, I was such a big fan of the troupe that I interviewed both Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch when they were at press tour earlier this month.

The Thompson interview ran yesterday, and after the jump I talk to McCulloch (who came up with the idea for "Death Comes to Town" and was head writer and producer) about his own memories of the old show, how the creative process evolved, why he doesn't act much, and more.

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<p>&quot;Burn Notice&quot;&nbsp;will be back in November.</p>

"Burn Notice" will be back in November.

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USA announces premiere dates for 'Burn Notice,' 'Psych,' 'Facing Kate' and more

'Burn' & 'Psych' to return in September; 'Kate,' 'Royal Pains' & 'White Collar' set for January

USA announced some of its major programming decisions for fall and early winter, including when "Psych," "Burn Notice," "Royal Pains" and "White Collar" will return after their summer seasons wrap, and when new drama "Facing Kate" will debut.

"Psych," which wraps its summer run in early September, will be back on Wednesday, November 10, and will air an "It's a Wonderful Life" parody on December 15. "Burn Notice," which airs its summer finale on Aug. 26, will follow on November 11.

"Royal Pains" and "White Collar" fans will have to wait a bit longer, as both shows will return in January (specific dates to be announced), along with the debut of USA's newest character-driven series, "Facing Kate."

Described by its creator as an "anti-law drama," "Facing Kate" stars Sarah Shahi ("Life," "The L Word") as a lawyer who becomes disenchanted with the justice system and embarks on a new career as a mediator, helping people settle disputes outside of a courtroom. Michael Trucco from "Battlestar Galactica" plays her ex-husband.

<p>Louie (Louis C.K.)&nbsp;faces a bully.</p>

Louie (Louis C.K.) faces a bully.

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'Louie' - 'Bully': War, huh? What is it good for?

The show goes dark as Louie is humiliated on a first date

A review of last night's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I watch you eat a donut...

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<p>Scott Thompson, left, plays Heather Weather (among other roles)&nbsp;in &quot;Kids in the Hall:&nbsp;Death Comes to Town.&quot;</p>

Scott Thompson, left, plays Heather Weather (among other roles) in "Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town."

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Interview: Scott Thompson talks 'Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town'

'This was joy' after their last film project

Friday night at 10 on IFC, The Kids in the Hall reunite on American TV for the first time since the mid-'90s with "Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town," an eight-episode miniseries about a murder in a small Canadian town called Shuckton. As always, the Kids play most of the parts (including the women), including the smug mayor (Bruce McCulloch), his alcoholic wife (Dave Foley), an absent-minded pizza delivery woman (Kevin McDonald), the desperate, aging weather girl (Scott Thompson) and Death himself (Mark McKinney).

I wasn't a huge fan of "Death Comes to Town," but as a long-time fan of the Kids themselves, I was just glad to see them together again after nearly 15 years, when the experience of making their one and only studio film, "Brain Candy," was so unpleasant that several members of the group didn't talk to each other for years. (They reunited for several live tours in the '00s.) So when IFC had a "Death Comes to Town" panel at press tour, I made sure to find time to talk with any available members of the group. I ultimately spoke with Bruce McCulloch (who came up with the idea for the miniseries and was the head writer on it) and Scott Thompson. After the jump is my interview with Thompson; look for McCulloch tomorrow. 

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<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?

<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.

Credit: Jordin Althaus/Showtime

'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?