<p>Edge of Tomorrow</p>

Edge of Tomorrow

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When bad marketing happens to great projects: 'Edge of Tomorrow,' 'Terriers' & more

Making good movies and TV is hard, but selling them can be even harder

Last night, I finally got around to watching "Edge of Tomorrow" — or, as it's been retitled for home video, "Live. Die. Repeat." (Much more on that in a minute.) I had heard good things from friends and fellow critics, several of whom called it their favorite film of this past summer, and it was as they promised: funny and clever and absolutely kick-ass, with great performances from Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, and a very wise pivot of the usual Tom Cruise persona to acknowledge that many of us would probably enjoy seeing him humiliated, injured and killed as often as possible in a big-budget movie.

How, I wondered, had a big-budget sci-fi action film  with a star as relatively big as Cruise still is, and as well-made as this was, have been such a box office disappointment?

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<p>Parenthood</p>

Parenthood

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Aaron Brownstein Must Be Stopped'

Max gets heartbreaking news, Jasmine gets a job and Ruby throws a party

A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I'm watching a keg and marijuana paraphernalia...

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<p>Homicide</p>

Homicide

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The city that bleeds: On 'Serial,' 'Homicide' & 'The Wire'

Does it matter how the first season of the 'This American Life' spin-off ends?

Like a lot of you, I imagine, my ongoing crime story obsession this fall comes not from TV, but from a podcast: "Serial," a "This American Life" spin-off where reporter Sarah Koenig looks into a 15-year-old Baltimore murder case in which teenager Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

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<p>Arrow</p>

Arrow

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Review: 'Arrow' - 'Guilty'

Ted Grant is accused of murder, while Roy feels guilty about Sara

A quick review of last night's "Arrow" coming up just as soon as I know just enough to make me dangerous...

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<p>The Flash</p>

The Flash

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Review: 'The Flash' - 'Plastique'

Barry learns to run up walls and across water as he meets another good meta-human

A quick review of tonight's "The Flash" coming up just as soon as blogging about supernatural events doesn't really pay well...

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<p>Agents of SHIELD</p>

Agents of SHIELD

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'The Writing on the Wall'

We solve the mystery of Coulson's carvings, and May tracks Ward

A quick review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I have some Enya albums I've been hiding...

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<p>Mulaney</p>

Mulaney

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FOX swaps 'Mulaney' & 'Bob's Burger's' timeslots

Effective immediately, 'Bob's' gets a 'Family Guy' lead-in and 'Mulaney'... doesn't

The slow, inexorable shuffle towards cancellation continues for "Mulaney," as FOX today decided to have it swap timeslots with "Bob's Burgers," effective immediately.

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22 fan favorite TV characters who came very late to the show
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22 fan favorite TV characters who came very late to the show

Not everyone has to be a Cousin Oliver, you know

Earlier this week, Yahoo announced that season 6 of "Community" would get some much-needed new blood, with Paget Brewster and Keith David joining a cast that's lost Donald Glover, Chevy Chase and Yvette Nicole Brown in the last few years (not to mention prominent recurring players Jonathan Banks and John Oliver).

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<p>Too Many Cooks</p>

Too Many Cooks

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 256: 'State of Affairs,' 'Too Many Cooks' & more

Dan and Alan also check in on 'Homeland' and review 'The Missing'

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Some creative tension went into this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in that I would have been happy if we had devoted the entire thing to "Too Many Cooks," while Dan would have been happy if we hadn't discussed "Too Many Cooks" at all. In the end, we did a good 10 minutes on it, and another hour-plus on both new premieres of the week ("The Missing," "State of Affairs"), checking in on ongoing dramas ("Gotham," "Homeland") and answering some mail that was somehow not about "Too Many Cooks." 

The rundown:

"The Missing" (00:00:50 - 00:09:10)
"State of Affairs" (00:09:10 - 00:18:25)
Listener Mail: "Too Many Cooks" (00:18:35 - 00:28:45)
Listener Mail: Critics' Poll Predictions (00:28:55 - 00:36:00)
Listener Mail: Shared narrative universes (00:36:00 - 00:42:15)
"Homeland" check-in (00:42:15 - 00:50:50)
"Gotham" check-in (00:50:50 - 01:10:35)
 
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>Gotham</p>

Gotham

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Review: 'Gotham' - 'The Mask'

Gordon tries to bust up a corporate fight club, while Bruce faces a bully at school

A review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as I ask you for your broach...

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