<p>Madam Secretary</p>

Madam Secretary

Credit: CBS

Series premiere talkback: 'Madam Secretary' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new CBS drama?

I published my review of "Madam Secretary" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned into the new CBS drama, what did you think? Did the material live up to the fine cast that's been assembled? Did you like Téa Leoni in a mostly serious context? Do you also dream of a Secretary of State who doesn't know there's a box? Were you distracted and/or amused that the actors playing the imprisoned boys' parents (a real-life acting couple) were part of the classic "Frasier" episode "Roz & the Schnoz"? And will you watch again?

Have at it. This seems like one I'm going to set aside and try watching again post-football, assuming it lasts that long, to see if it turns into something better down the road.

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<p>Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White in "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'What Jesus Said'

Chalky takes some hostages, while Nucky tries to impress Joe Kennedy

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as my fortune wafts down from Episcopalian Heaven...

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

You're the Worst

Credit: FX

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 247: 'Gotham,' 'Scorpion,' 'Forever' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Madam Secretary' and the 'You're the Worst' finale


Happy Friday, boys and girls! We promised a double shot of Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, and we delivered! After wrapping up the "Friday Night Lights" rewatch on Tuesday, we got deeper into the flood of new fall shows with some talk about "Madam Secretary," "Gotham," "Scorpion" and "Forever" before answering a listener question and wrapping things up with some "You're the Worst" retrospective talk. Back Tuesday with even more debuts, including the fall's best new show, "Transparent."

The rundown:

"Madam Secretary" (00:01:10 - 00:11:40)
"Gotham" (00:11:40 - 00:23:25)
"Scorpion" (00:23:25 - 00:34:30)
"Forever" (00:34:30 - 00:44:20)
Listener Mail - How to Review a TV Show (00:44:35 - 00:52:00)
"You're the Worst" finale (00:52:00 - 01:06:55)

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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'Justified' casts Sam Elliott & Garret Dillahunt for final season roles
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'Justified' casts Sam Elliott & Garret Dillahunt for final season roles

A cowboy movie veteran and one last 'Deadwood' alum

Want two reasons to get VERY excited about the final season of "Justified"?

Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt are joining the cast.

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<p>Tea Leoni in &quot;Madam Secretary.&quot;</p>

Tea Leoni in "Madam Secretary."

Credit: CBS

Review: CBS' 'Madam Secretary' a work in progress

Tea Leoni is Secretary of State in a mediocre 'Good Wife' companion series

CBS has scheduled its new drama "Madam Secretary" to air on Sunday nights before "The Good Wife," which means two things: 1)You should expect its start time to often be interfered with by football (though its regular timeslot is 8 p.m. Eastern, it's tentatively set to debut this weekend at 8:30), and 2)CBS hopes that Téa Leoni and friends can do for political drama what Julianna Margulies and company have done for the law genre: find a way to juggle the formulaic procedural qualities of a broadcast network drama with the narrative and moral complexities of what you can find on cable.

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

Chris Geere and Aya Cash in "You're the Worst."

Credit: FX

Season finale review: 'You're the Worst' - 'Fists and Feet and Stuff'

Jimmy tries to fix things with Gretchen before it's too late

A quick review of the "You're the Worst" season finale coming up just as soon as my boys expect the trash juice...

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Credit: FX

FX renews 'Tyrant' for season 2

Middle Eastern political drama ran into many problems, but FX ordered more

FX entered this summer with more programming inventory than it's ever had in a compressed period: "The Strain" on Sundays (the first time FX has had to put one of its dramas there), "Partners" on Mondays, "Tyrant" on Tuesdays, "The Bridge" on Wednesdays and "Married" and "You're the Worst" on Thursdays. Though "The Strain" has been a success and got renewed weeks ago, it's been a rough go for almost everything else.

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<p>The cast of FOX&#39;s &quot;Gotham.&quot;</p>

The cast of FOX's "Gotham."

Credit: FOX

Review: FOX's 'Gotham' gives us a Batman show without Batman

An excellent pilot for the prequel series, but can it sustain this dark worldview?

A man who decides the best way to fight crime in his native city is to dress up as a giant bat has to be a severely damaged individual on some level. But think about how damaged the city itself has to be for the man to think that the bat costume is necessary.

FOX's new drama series "Gotham" (it debuts Monday at 8) wants to dramatize the crumbling infrastructure of Gotham City, which would eventually lead to Batman patrolling its streets. And it wants to play with the many wonderful toys available in that corner of the DC Universe, even if Batman himself can't be one of them, since the series begins with a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) witnessing his parents' murder in a dark downtown alley.

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<p>Franka Potente and Diane Kruger in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Franka Potente and Diane Kruger in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Beholder'

Marco goes hunting for Fausto, Eleanor and Sonya meet, and Linder has a close shave

A review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as my beard affords me special powers...

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<p>Debra Messing in &quot;The Mysteries of Laura.&quot;</p>

Debra Messing in "The Mysteries of Laura."

Credit: NBC

Series premiere talkback: 'The Mysteries of Laura' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC cop drama?

On Monday, I posted my review of NBC's "The Mysteries of Laura." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did you find it funny or grating? Do you have any idea yet how Debra Messing can possibly be both a cop and a mom? Were you engaged by the mystery, or too busy wondering why NYPD detectives were so busy investigating a case in Westchester? Do you have an impulse to go shopping at Laura's preferred big box store? And will you watch again? Or would you just rather listen to Linda Holmes' "CopMom MomCop" theme song?

Have at it.

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