<p>The Bastard Executioner</p>

The Bastard Executioner

Credit: FX
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'The Bastard Executioner' picks up where 'Sons of Anarchy' left off in excess

'Sons of Anarchy' creator's more self-indulgent tics on display in impostor story set in feudal Wales

Over the first three hours of FX's "The Bastard Executioner," we see several pitched battles involving swords, spears, and flaming arrows. We witness limbs and heads sliced clean off, sit through men in dungeons being flayed alive, watch naked woman wander through scenes of incredible carnage, and see hallucinatory images of demons, snakes, and other creatures haunt the show's eponymous hero. The series is not skimping on graphic, macabre imagery.

So why is it all so dull?

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<p>Mindy Kaling</p>

Mindy Kaling

Credit: NBC

Mindy Kaling: 'If a couple gets together and it’s boring, the characters are bad'

Talking to 'The Mindy Project' creator/star before tomorrow's Hulu debut

Though "The Mindy Project" went through a whole lot of changes through its three seasons on FOX, particularly with its revolving-door supporting cast for a couple of years, the version of it that's going to debut tomorrow on Hulu(*) is more or less the same as the one that last aired on a traditional TV network.

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<p>Joe Biden and Stephen Colbert</p>

Joe Biden and Stephen Colbert

Credit: CBS

Stephen Colbert does his first great 'Late Show' interview with Joe Biden

There were some bumps in the first couple of episodes of Stephen Colbert's "Late Show," but Thursday's interview with Vice-President Joe Biden made a powerful case for why Colbert can be both different and great as a traditional late night talk show host. Though there were some light moments, the bulk of it was very serious, as these two men — who clearly have great affection for one another — discussed their faith, the similarities in their upbringing, the tragedies each of them has endured, and their different memories of Biden's late son Beau. It was a genuine, powerful conversation, and the type that Colbert obviously would have been happy to carry on for several more hours.

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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Credit: HBO/NBC

Ask Alan: Great TV resumes, un-renewed shows, 'Better Call Saul' & more

Will any finale ever come close to the 'M*A*S*H' ratings?

It's been two Fridays since the last Ask Alan, so it's time once again for me to provide rapid-fire answers to your questions. I was able to squeeze four in this time out — covering a show that got renewed and then canceled, actors with multiple hits, an alternate reality where Vince Gilligan asks my advice for writing "Better Call Saul," and the wild improbability of anyone ever coming close to the "M*A*S*H" finale ratings — and hopefully I didn't talk too fast in the process.

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<p>Tommy Carcetti and Martin O&#39;Malley</p>

Tommy Carcetti and Martin O'Malley

Credit: HBO/AP

Martin O'Malley, who is NOT Tommy Carcetti, sang a 'Wire' song last night

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley will be the first to insist that he is not Tommy Carcetti, despite the ample parallels between his own rise from Baltimore mayor to Maryland governor, and the assumptions of many Baltimoreans that Carcetti, like so many of the show's characters, has an obvious real-life inspiration.

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<p>Ben Affleck and Matt Damon</p>

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

Credit: HBO
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Review: 'Project Greenlight' returns a decade later, still addictive

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's inside showbiz series finds itself in a new landscape for movies and TV

The thing about bad movies (and bad TV shows, for that matter) is that almost all of them are the product of just as much sweat as the good ones. Few people set out to make a bad film, nor do most creative people (at least, those not involved with the "Entourage" franchise) decide to put in the minimal amount of effort to get it done. When you talk to writers and directors about their failures, they'll often tell you that they worked even harder on those than on the successes.

In its original three seasons (two on HBO, one on Bravo) back in the early days of the century — and the reality TV boom that came with it — "Project Greenlight" was responsible for three bad movies. ("Feast," the horror film made for the Bravo season, has its defenders; the other two do not.) But in demonstrating how good intentions — from star producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, from their red-faced producing partner Chris Moore, and even from the four men (including a directing team) chosen to make the films — can be trumped by bad choices, worse circumstances, and the unrelenting grind of making even the smallest and simplest of movies.

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<p>You&#39;re the Worst</p>

You're the Worst

Credit: FX

Let's talk about that hilarious 'You're the Worst' season 2 premiere

Gretchen and Jimmy struggle with living together, while Lindsay tries to reconnect with Paul

"You're the Worst" just aired its second season premiere on FXX. Earlier this week, I posted interviews with creator Stephen Falk and stars Aya Cash and Chris Geere, and I have a few spoiler-y thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I steal a DVD kiosk...

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<p>Key &amp; Peele</p>

Key & Peele

Credit: Comedy Central

Review: 'Key & Peele' says goodbye with 'Negrotown'

The sketch comedy classic goes out with a bang

A few thoughts on the end of "Key & Peele" — both the finale that just finished airing and the series as a whole — coming up just as soon as I dial 911...

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<p>MASH</p>

MASH

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 299: 'The Bastard Executioner,' Colbert & more

Dan and Alan also review 'You're the Worst,' 'The Mindy Project,' and the 'MASH' & 'Mr. Robot' finales

Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! The holiday and a desire to discuss Stephen Colbert's debut pushed this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast back a day, but here it is. In addition to "Late Show," we review "You're the Worst," "The Bastard Executioner," and "The Mindy Project," revisit the "Mr. Robot" finale, and conclude our summer finale rewatch series with the most-watched finale of them all: "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" from "M*A*S*H."

The rundown:

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" premiere (00:03:20 - 00:11:25)
"You're the Worst" (00:11:25 - 00:20:40)
"The Mindy Project" (00:20:45 - 00:28:50)
"The Bastard Executioner" (00:28:50 - 00:43:05)
"Mr. Robot" finale (00:43:05 - 01:02:00)
"MASH" finale (01:02:00 - 01:17:30)

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.

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<p>Aya Cash and Chris Geere in You&#39;re the Worst</p>

Aya Cash and Chris Geere in You're the Worst

Credit: FXX

'You're the Worst' stars would stay with their great show 'until the end of time'

Aya Cash and Chris Geere look back on season 1 and ahead to the FXX sitcom's new season

"You're the Worst," the great romantic comedy about two awful people struggling to accept that they have real feelings for each other, returns for a new season, on a new channel (so you will probably have to make new DVR season passes), tonight at 10:30 on FXX.

Yesterday, I spoke with the show's creator, Stephen Falk, about what makes "You're the Worst" tick. Today, it's the turn of stars Aya Cash and Chris Geere, who have their own takes on Gretchen and Jimmy's relationship, the explicit sex scenes of the pilot (and why they're relieved that didn't continue), Jimmy's fake mustache, and a lot more. 

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