<p>Idris Elba in &quot;Luther.&quot;</p>

Idris Elba in "Luther."

Credit: BBC

Review: Idris Elba continues to rise above BBC America's 'Luther'

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The former Stringer Bell is a blast as a damaged British cop, but the show's still a mess

It's such a pleasure to watch Idris Elba periodically return to television as British cop John Luther that it can be easy to ignore for a moment what a mess "Luther" the show is around him.

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<p>Bryan Cranston as Walter White in &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Rabid Dog'

Walt and Jesse consider their next moves, while Marie does online research
A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I let my dojo membership run out...
 
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<p>Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in the final moments of &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in the final moments of "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 12: 'Tell Him Something Pretty'

The series ends prematurely with one final sacrifice

We've come to the end of our three summer-long rewatch of David Milch's revisionist Western "Deadwood." No need for any disclaimers about veterans versus newbies at this point; no more episodes after this, folks. A review of the series finale, "Tell Him Something Pretty," coming up just as soon as I ask for unguent by secret thinking...

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<p>Dean Norris from &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;(and &quot;Under the Dome&quot;), Aaryn from &quot;Big Brother&quot;&nbsp;and Uzo Aduba of &quot;Orange Is the New Black&quot;&nbsp;were part of an eventful TV&nbsp;summer.</p>

Dean Norris from "Breaking Bad" (and "Under the Dome"), Aaryn from "Big Brother" and Uzo Aduba of "Orange Is the New Black" were part of an eventful TV summer.

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Summer TV Winners & Losers for 2013

A busy season gave us the sublime of 'Breaking Bad' and the stupidity of 'Big Brother'

Back in the spring, I wrote about the strange phenomenon of having too many good TV shows airing at the same time. The TV business tends to ease back on the throttle in the summertime, but the summer of 2013 was still the busiest I can remember.

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<p>Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson in &quot;Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;</p>

Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Credit: ABC

'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' producers talk Coulson, Joss & more

How involved will Joss be? How many comic book characters will appear?
No new show this fall comes with more hype than “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” It’s a spin-off of the global blockbuster “The Avengers.” It’s the first big push into TV for the current incarnation of Marvel. And it’s co-created by a fellow named Joss Whedon, whose prior TV shows — “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Firefly” in particular — have made him like unto a god among certain segments of TV fandom.
 
Joss will not, however, be the primary showrunner on “S.H.I.E.L.D.” When asked back at press tour how involved he’ll be, Whedon candidly said, "As much as an executive producer can while he's also making a movie ("The Avengers: Age of Ultron")." The day-to-day work will fall to other producers, including TV vet (and former “Angel” producer) Jeffrey Bell, Whedon’s brother Jed Whedon and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen, both of whom worked with Joss on “Dollhouse” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”
 
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<p>Demi&aacute;n Bichir and Diane Kruger in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Vendetta'

Sonya identifies a new prime suspect... who just happens to be a dead man

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I cheer for pants...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 198: 'Breaking Bad' & 'Miami Vice'

An abbreviated podcast has us discussing Phil Collins, perfect stubble and table-side guac

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Due to my erratic end-of-summer schedule, this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is both late and abbreviated, as we only had time to discuss the latest "Breaking Bad" and revisit the "Miami Vice" pilot. We'll be back next Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on Labor Day holiday travel and whatnot) for more "Breaking Bad" talk, "Luther," "Boardwalk Empire" and the launch of FXX, and on that show we'll announce our final final pilot re-watch choice. (Comment here or click on the email link below if you have something you want to do, keeping in mind the caveats we mention in the podcast itself.) 

The rundown:

"Breaking Bad" (00:01:20 - 00:30:45)
"Miami Vice" (00:30:50 - 00:53:00)

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 questions for the podcast.
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<p>Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher star in FOX's &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher star in FOX's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Credit: FOX

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' creators Mike Schur and Dan Goor talk

Their new FOX comedy with Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher isn't a mockumentary
One of this fall’s most promising new series is FOX’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a new comedy starring Andy Samberg as a wisecracking but effective NYPD detective, Andre Braugher as his disapproving new boss and Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio and Chelsea Peretti, among others, as their co-workers. (It premieres, like FOX's other Tuesday comedies, on September 17, and will air at 8:30, right before "New Girl.") Part of the promise comes from that cast, and part from the creative team of Mike Schur and Dan Goor, who have spent the last five seasons working together on a little show called “Parks and Recreation.” (Schur will split time between the two, while Goor is now full-time on "Brooklyn.")
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Register at HitFix and you could win a Hodor t-shirt!

Four out of five Hodors say registering for HitFix is hodor

A few weeks ago, the prize for registering at HitFix (or updating your current registered account) was a copy of my book. (Signed paperbacks to the winners should be going out this week.) This week's prize is another one with What's Alan Watching? appeal: our very special Hodor-themed t-shirt (with a WAW logo on the back), which expresses a philosophy of life as only Hodor can.

Again, all you have to do is follow this link to either register for a new account or update your old one and you'll be entered for a drawing to win said t-shirt. It's fast, it's easy, it's Hodor.

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<p>Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston and Jeff Daniels in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston and Jeff Daniels in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Newsroom' - 'Red Team III'

The Genoa story is a big hit, and then a bigger fiasco

A review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I spend $1000 to meet Daniel Craig...

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