Credit: Cinemax

'Banshee' co-creator on season 3: 'There have to be severe consequences'

Jonathan Tropper looks back at the Cinemax pulp drama's best season

Cinemax’s “Banshee” concluded its third — and unquestionably best — season tonight with a whole lot of violence, mystery and big emotion that’s characterized the pulp thriller from the start. It’s not that season 3 did anything appreciably different from the first two, but rather a matter of the execution going up a notch, with more elaborate fight scenes (including an episode that was wall-to-wall action as the Banshee police precinct came under siege), more colorful villains, and more dire emotional stakes.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Ask Alan, Episode 6: HBO NOW & the greatness of Mike Ehrmantraut

Will people just keep sharing passwords? And should 'Better Call Saul' give us more Mike?

Hey, remember "Ask Alan"? We took a month or so off due to various pieces of travel and relocation on the part of me and the video team (you'll note I'm working in a different space now), but it's finally back, and hopefully returning to the biweekly model we were using earlier in the winter.

Two questions this week, one touching on the likely impact of HBO's new standalone streaming service HBO Now, and where Mike Ehrmantraut ranks in TV history after this week's knockout episode of "Better Call Saul."

As usual, you can send questions to video@hitfix.com, and please put "Ask Alan" in the subject line. Or, to make your life easier, click this email link and it will do all of that for you. You just have to write the question yourself — and, as with the days of the Firewall & Iceberg video show, the more concise you can make your question, the better.

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Credit: NBC

Talking TV comedy with 'Undateable' producer Bill Lawrence

'Scrubs' and 'Cougar Town' boss on returning to multi-camera sitcoms

Every few years at press tour, I find myself sitting down with Bill Lawrence — creator, co-creator and/or showrunner of “Spin City,” “Scrubs,” “Cougar Town,” “Ground Floor” and NBC’s “Undateable,” which returns for a second season Tuesday night at 9:30 — to talk about the state of TV comedy. As a guy who broke into the business during the ‘90s sitcom boom (his early jobs were on “Boy Meets World” and “Friends”), who’s worked extensively on both traditional multi-cam sitcoms and filmed single-cam comedies, and has now worked for both broadcast and cable (with “Cougar Town,” which concludes its run at the end of this month, he’s done both), he can take a global view of the genre in a way many of his contemporaries can’t, and he remains one of the champion talkers among showrunners of comedy or drama.

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<p>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</p>

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Credit: Netflix

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' season 1: Catchy songs, crazy guests, and more

Looking back on the Tina Fey Netflix sitcom's terrific first year

I finished "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" season 1 last night. My overall, very positive opinion hasn't changed much from my original review, but I have a few random thoughts on it (with spoilers, of course), coming up just as soon as you troll the respawn, Jeremy...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' exclusive: Captain Holt solves the brain-teaser

How exactly do you figure it out using the see-saw only three times?

The latest episode of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" featured a subplot where Captain Holt gave his underlings the following brain-teaser:

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<p>The Americans</p>

The Americans

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Walter Taffet': Never break the chain

Noah Emmerich steps behind the camera for another dynamite episode

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I'm not a part of this discourse...

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<p>The Americans</p>

The Americans

Credit: FX

'The Americans' co-star Noah Emmerich on directing his first episode

How did Fleetwood Mac wind up on the soundtrack again?

It’s not uncommon for actors on long-running shows to take a turn in the director’s chair. Some even turn that into their full-time job, like Laura Innes or Peter Horton. It’s rare that you see an actor be given quite so complicated an episode for his first directing job as “The Americans” handed Noah Emmerich tonight.

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Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'Dark as a Dungeon': Raylan's song

Ty Walker has a proposition for Boyd, while Raylan digs up the past

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I interrupt a goat sacrifice...

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<p>Agents of SHIELD</p>

Agents of SHIELD

Credit: ABC

Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'Who You Really Are': Blue man group

Lady Sif returns, hot on the trail of a Kree who's on the trail of... Skye?

A quick review of tonight's "Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I'm left with truncheon duty...

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<p>One Big Happy</p>

One Big Happy

Credit: NBC

Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 271: 'Powers,' 'iZombie,' 'Better Call Saul' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'One Big Happy' and answer your mail


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! We have some scheduling issues at the start of next week that makes the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast after this one questionable in date (though you'll likely still get one soon), so Dan and I wound up pairing this week's only notable premiere with two shows debuting a week from tonight, along with a couple of good listener questions and some discussion of last night's powerful "Better Call Saul." Enjoy.

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