<p>Jack Gleeson as Joffrey in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Jack Gleeson as Joffrey in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

'Game of Thrones' producers Benioff & Weiss on approaching 'the halfway point'

At this stage, how do they balance the show's many characters and stories?

The job of running any of today’s ambitious cable drama series is hard, but “Game of Thrones” bosses David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s jobs come with an added degree of difficulty, because they’re adapting a series of beloved, enormous books by George R.R. Martin. So they have to mostly stay faithful to Martin’s stories, and that means incorporating dozens of significant characters, and almost that many separate plots that take place across two different continents, with characters sometimes spending whole seasons just traveling from one location to another. And because of the production logistics involved in filming the HBO drama in multiple countries, Benioff and Weiss say they can realistically only make 10 episodes a season. So even if they’re taking two seasons to cover a particular book — as they are with the third book, “A Storm of Swords,” which will span the third and upcoming fourth season of the show — they have to be very judicious in how much time any one story gets in an episode, or a season.

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<p>Andrew Lincoln as Rick in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Andrew Lincoln as Rick in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Season finale review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'A'

After a bloody encounter, Rick finally makes it to Terminus

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" season finale coming up just as soon as my hunger is a 28 on a scale of 1 to 10...

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<p>On &quot;Hannibal,&quot; Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) sports a familiar look.</p>

On "Hannibal," Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) sports a familiar look.

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Mukozuke'

Will reacts very poorly to news of Beverly Katz

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as my demographic is murderers and people obsessed with murderers...

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<p>Geoff Stults as Sgt. Pete Hill in &quot;Enlisted.&quot;</p>

Geoff Stults as Sgt. Pete Hill in "Enlisted."

Credit: FOX

Why 'Enlisted' deserves better from FOX

Delightful military comedy has been buried on Fridays with minimal support

The fictional story told in FOX's "Enlisted" is about Sgt. Pete Hill, a super-soldier who's punished for striking a superior officer by being reassigned to a rear detachment unit, forced to do unglamorous work in a remote location far from the action that he cares about. But he's told repeatedly that Rear D is a necessary part of the Army and slowly learns to love his new role — or, at least, to love the company he's now in, which includes his msifit younger brothers Derrick and Randy.

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<p>Christopher Meloni and Connor Buckley in &quot;Surviving Jack.&quot;</p>

Christopher Meloni and Connor Buckley in "Surviving Jack."

Credit: FOX

Series premiere talkback: 'Surviving Jack'

What did everybody think of the new FOX comedy?

I didn't publish a full review of FOX's "Surviving Jack," but I did offer a few thoughts on the show — specifically about the strength of Christopher Meloni's lead performance — at the start of the long Meloni interview I published the other day. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? How would you compare it to either "The Goldbergs," "Growing Up Fisher" or the previous attempt to make a sitcom about Justin Halpern's father, "Feces My Dad Says"? Did you enjoy the period references? Did you find Connor Buckley funny as the kid? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>The &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; gang in their younger, better years.</p>

The "How I Met Your Mother" gang in their younger, better years.

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'Slap Bet,' 'Ten Sessions' & more: The 10 best 'How I Met Your Mother' episodes ever

Before the finale airs Monday, revisit some great moments from the show's early glory days

"How I Met Your Mother" comes to an end on Monday night with a one-hour episode that will finally show us the eponymous meeting between Ted Mosby and his future wife, that will resolve the question of whether she's still alive in 2030 when he's telling his kids the story of that meeting, and no doubt tell us more of what's to come for Marshall, Lily, Robin and Barney.

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<p>Richard Thomas and Noah Emmerich in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Richard Thomas and Noah Emmerich in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'The Deal'

The Soviets try to arrange a trade, while Elizabeth goes to calm down Martha

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I'm the Kenny Rogers of Haifa...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 223

Dan and Alan also say goodbye to James Rebhorn and discuss the fate of 'Enlisted'

The

Hey, remember the Firewall & Iceberg podcast? Due to recent travels by both me and Dan, not to mention a bit of a slow period in between the end of the Olympics and the flood of April premieres, we haven't done a podcast in a few weeks. That changed today, however, as Dan and I got on the line — with the usual iffiness from Skype — to discuss the recent Emmy categorization news, the fate of "Enlisted" (a segment recorded before FOX announced that the show was being pulled from the schedule after this week's episode), the death of James Rebhorn and the recent finales of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Girls." And there is so much stuff debuting next week that even with the video show and the podcast, we may not be able to contain it all.

The rundown: 

Here's today's breakdown:
Listener Mail - Emmy category moves (00:01:50 - 00:20:25)
Listener Mail - The future of "Enlisted" (00:20:32 - 00:28:10)
James Rebhorn (00:28:10 - 00:31:30)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" finale (00:31:55 - 00:47:10)
"Girls" finale - (00:47:20 - 01:09:50)
 
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>Christopher Meloni plays Connor Buckley&#39;s eponymous father in &quot;Surviving Jack.&quot;</p>

Christopher Meloni plays Connor Buckley's eponymous father in "Surviving Jack."

Credit: FOX

'Surviving Jack' star Christopher Meloni looks back on 'SVU,' 'Oz' & more

A varied career where he's played cops, killers and perverted chefs, and now a FOX sitcom

Christopher Meloni has had the kind of varied, almost schizophrenic, and very vivid acting career in which the first thing you see him in would likely color your perceptions of him for years to come. I first encountered him in the sixth season of “1st & Ten,” a raunchy ‘80s HBO comedy about a pro football team whose cast at various points included Delta Burke, Shannon Tweed, O.J. Simpson and, for a season — as an ex-con quarterback calling himself Johnny Gunn — a young Meloni. (Here’s the opening credits for that season.) As a result of that and a few other sitcom roles immediately after, I thought of him as a comedy guy and was thrown when he would pop up playing intense dramatic roles in the ‘90s on shows like “NYPD Blue,” “Homicide” and, for a long and memorable stretch, “Oz,” HBO’s first original dramatic series, in which Meloni played charismatic sexual predator Chris Keller.

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<p>Michael Rapaport and Timothy Olyphant in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Michael Rapaport and Timothy Olyphant in "Justified."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'The Toll'

The marshals go on a manhunt, and Boyd takes an interest in cigarettes

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as this hotel takes the non-smoking policy pretty seriously...

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