<p>The Comedians</p>

The Comedians

Credit: FX

Review: Billy Crystal and Josh Gad in toothless TV satire 'The Comedians'

FX show would have been cutting edge stuff back in Crystal's Oscar hosting heyday

In 2012, when Billy Crystal returned to host the Oscars for the first time in years, he seemed surprised when so many of his jokes — many of them of the same type he deployed so effectively in his '90s hosting heyday — got a muted response from the audience. Again and again, his face seemed to be saying, They all laughed at this stuff before! What's changed?  Crystal certainly hadn't, but the culture had changed around him. What had killed in the '90s was mostly dying in the '10s. Timing is everything in comedy, including the era in which you tell certain jokes.

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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep

Credit: HBO

'Veep' stars talk profanity, politics and Timothy Simons' 'first sex scene'

Video of last night's Paley Center panel with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and company

"Veep" returns for its fourth season Sunday night at 10:30 on HBO. Based on the four episodes I've seen, this may be the comedy's strongest season yet, as making Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Selina Meyer into the President of the United States — even if it may only be for eight months if she loses the next election — has only increased the enormity of her screw-ups, and raised the comic stakes for the series.

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<p>Patton Oswalt and Joelle Carter</p>

Patton Oswalt and Joelle Carter

Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'Collateral': The ballad of Boyd Crowder

Raylan and Boyd face off, Constable Bob loses his car, and Wynn has a plan

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I have a signed ball from Billie Jean King...

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<p>Agents of SHIELD</p>

Agents of SHIELD

Credit: ABC

Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'Afterlife': Skye's the limit

Skye meets other Inhumans, Coulson calls in backup, and Fitz takes a walk

A quick review of tonight's "Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as my reinforcements are traveling by clown car...

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<p>John Slattery as Roger in Mad Men</p>

John Slattery as Roger in Mad Men

Credit: AMC

Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 275: 'Mad Men,' 'Better Call Saul' & 'Twin Peaks'

Thoughts on one premiere, one finale, and one potentially dead revival


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Like Don Draper, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is a bit unstuck in time this week. We're actually doing two episodes — look for reviews of "Daredevil," "Louie," "The Comedians," "Game of Thrones" and more on Thursday — and wound up recording today's largely AMC-focused spoiler podcast out of order over a couple of days, for reasons. (And beyond that, the Skype gods were cruel to us, even though we weren't discussing Dustin Hoffman's Emmy chances.)

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<p>Peter Gould and Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul</p>

Peter Gould and Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

'Better Call Saul' co-creator on loving Jimmy McGill, and why Mike isn't ready for Gus Fring yet

Peter Gould on why Mike's not ready to meet Gus Fring just yet, how season 1 plans changed, and more

I was really pleased with the season finale of "Better Call Saul," and even more pleased with the first season as a whole. (In my review last night, I suggested it had gone a long way towards the "Frasier" end of the spin-off spectrum than the "AfterM*A*S*H" one.)

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<p>Community Joel McHale</p>

Community Joel McHale

Credit: Yahoo

Review: 'Community' - 'Laws of Robotics and Party Rights': Death tab for cutie

Jeff runs afoul of a convict, while Britta seeks Abed's help in throwing a party

A review of this week's "Community" (available, as usual, on Yahoo Screen) coming up just as soon as I watch magicians bully jugglers...

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Season finale review: 'Better Call Saul' - 'Marco': Slippin' Jimmy rides again

Jimmy revisits his old friends and life, and acquires a familiar piece of jewelry

A review of the "Better Call Saul" season finale coming up just as soon as I know what a Chicago sunroof is...

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<p>John Oliver</p>

John Oliver

Credit: HBO

So John Oliver went to Russia to chat with Edward Snowden...

When both Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart announced that they were leaving their respective Comedy Central gigs, some "Daily Show" fans suggested John Oliver must have been kicking himself for leaving too soon to do his own HBO show. It's clear, though, that Oliver is very happy as host of "Last Week Tonight" (a job he recently extended for at least two more years). Last night's episode gave a sterling example of the advantages he has here over the daily Comedy Central grind, as he had the time (and money) to fly to Russia for an extended conversation with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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<p>Mad Men Joan Peggy</p>

Mad Men Joan Peggy

Credit: AMC

Season premiere review: 'Mad Men' - 'Severance': Is that all there is?

Don, Ken, Peggy and Joan grapple with lives not lived

A review of the final "Mad Men" season premiere coming up just as soon as I try your veal...

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