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Series premiere talkback: 'Black-ish' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of ABC's new Anthony Anderson comedy?

Yesterday, I published my review of ABC's "Black-ish." Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Was Anthony Anderson's panic about his family's blackness (or lack thereof) funny, or quickly annoying? Were you bothered that Anderson and Laurence Fishburne are so close in age? How did you feel about the balance between Dre's work and home lives? Did the stuff with the kids feel too cartoonish? Did you laugh? And will you watch again?

Have at it. I expect to be checking in on this one periodically, just to see if it can maintain the promise I saw in the pilot while also getting funnier.

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<p>Amy Landecker and Jeffrey Tambor in &quot;Transparent.&quot;</p>

Amy Landecker and Jeffrey Tambor in "Transparent."

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Review: Amazon's 'Transparent' clearly the best new show of the fall

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Jeffrey Tambor crosses the gender divide in beautiful, funny dramedy from Jill Soloway

"Are you saying you're going to start dressing up like a lady all the time?" Sarah asks her father, who stands before her in full feminine dress, hair and makeup.

"My whole life, I've been dressing up like a man," her father explains. "This is me."

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Series premiere talkback: 'NCIS: New Orleans' - 'Musician Heal Thyself'
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Series premiere talkback: 'NCIS: New Orleans' - 'Musician Heal Thyself'

What did everybody think of the latest 'NCIS' spin-off?

I offered a brief review of "NCIS: New Orleans" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched tonight, what did you think? Could Scott Bakula and friends carry the show without the help they had from Harmon and Weatherly in last spring's backdoor pilot episode? Did the writers lay on the local color (gumbo, jazz, shrimp boats) too thick? If you're a fan of the franchise, how do you feel this new crew stacks up against the ones in Virginia and LA (or, for that matter, in the failed attempt to make "NCIS: Red" a thing)? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Agents of SHIELD</p>

Agents of SHIELD

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Season premiere review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'Shadows'

A promising continuation of last season's late improvement

"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" is back for a new season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I find your head trauma joke in poor taste...

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Dice'
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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Dice'

Jess learns about Tinder, and the gang gets stoned

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I show you some of my old baby clothes...

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<p>Sleepy Hollow</p>

Sleepy Hollow

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 248: 'Transparent,' 'Black-ish' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'How to Get Away with Murder' and some recent drama premieres

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! It's a premiere week installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I deal with the rest of this week's new shows that we didn't already discuss on Friday's bonus podcast, including "Black-ish," "How to Get Away with Murder" and "Transparent." Plus we talk briefly about the premieres of "Key & Peele," "The Good Wife" and "Sleepy Hollow." We unfortunately do not talk about Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn being cast in "True Detective" season 2, which broke about 30 minutes after we finished recording for the day. But if someone wants to ask us a question about it, maybe we can discuss it next week!

The rundown:

"Black-ish" (00:01:55 - 00:11:30)
"Key & Peele" (00:11:35 - 00:14:30)
"How To Get Away With Murder" (00:14:30 - 00:29:15)
"Transparent" (00:29:15 - 00:46:05)
Listener Mail - Recent NFL Coverage (00:46:25 - 52:30)
"Good Wife" premiere (00:53:25 - 01:03:45)
"Sleepy Hollow" premiere (01:03:45 - 01:16:55)

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>Colin Farrell</p>

Colin Farrell

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Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn to star in 'True Detective' season 2

The rest of the cast remains a mystery

After months of speculation, rumors and even actors making announcements ahead of HBO, we now know who two of the stars of "True Detective" season 2 will be: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn.

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<p>Anthony Anderson in Black-ish</p>

Anthony Anderson in Black-ish

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Review: ABC's 'Black-ish' a sharp comedy about race, class and family

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Not the fall's funniest sitcom pilot, but maybe its most promising

Ideally, the first episode of a new comedy is both laugh out loud funny and possessor of a clear comic point of view. But if I had to choose one or the other as a marker of what will be a better comedy in the long run, I'd go with the point of view. If a sitcom has something to say and a distinct way of saying it, then that's a sturdier foundation for humor than a half-hour that's not really about anything but has a bunch of good jokes crammed into it.

That's why ABC's "Black-ish" (it debuts tomorrow night at 9:30) is the new network comedy I'm most enthusiastic about. There are other shows this fall that made me laugh louder and more often (even if not always at moments designed for laughter), but "Black-ish" arrives as a comedy that knows what it's about, and how it wants to be about it in a very smart way.

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Series premiere talkback: 'Forever' - 'Pilot'
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Series premiere talkback: 'Forever' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of ABC's new supernatural cop drama?

I offered a brief review of "Forever" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? If you're one of the precious few who watched and remembers "New Amsterdam," did the similarities bother you, or did you enjoy Ioan Gruffudd's Sherlock Holmes impression enough to not care? Did you feel Gruffudd had chemistry with Alana de la Garza? Do you, like me, wonder how Henry keeps obtaining a new drivers license every time he dies and is resurrected without his clothes? Did you like the revelation about who Abe is? And will you watch again tomorrow night in its regular timeslot, and in the weeks to come?

Have at it.

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<p>The cast of Scorpion</p>

The cast of Scorpion

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Series premiere talkback: 'Scorpion' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of CBS' new 'Big Bang Theory'-esque drama?

I offered a brief review of "Scorpion" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did this show about geniuses seem smart or stupid? Did you buy Elyes Gabel as one of the five smartest people alive? How do you feel about Katharine McPhee in a non-musical context? Are you with McPhee in being amazed what the ultimate solution to the problem involved? Were the two car chase sequences enough to carry you through, or did you just spend the whole hour wondering why they were wasting Ernie Hudson in such a nothing role? Did Robert Patrick's make-up in the opening scene freak you out? And will you watch again?

Have at it.
 

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