<p>On &quot;Boardwalk Empire,&quot;&nbsp;Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright)&nbsp;and Nucky (Steve Buscemi)&nbsp;go to the Cotton Club together.</p>

On "Boardwalk Empire," Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) and Nucky (Steve Buscemi) go to the Cotton Club together.

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Marriage and Hunting'

Van Alden, Chalky and Narcisse have all had just about enough, thank you

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as Mr. Roebuck apologizes to me personally...

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<p>Claire Danes as Carrie in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Claire Danes as Carrie in "Homeland."

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Still Positive'

Carrie tries to turn the tables on Javadi, and Dana decides it's time for a change

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I take a taxi to a CIA safe house...

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<p>Jurnee Smollett, Peter Krause and Monica Potter in &quot;Parenthood,&quot;</p>

Jurnee Smollett, Peter Krause and Monica Potter in "Parenthood,"

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'The M Word'

Kristina scores at the debate, Crosby hates his minivan and Amber considers eloping

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I tell you I'm moving to Europe...

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<p>Lily, Barney and Robin may be gone, but the bar would remain in a reported &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;spin-off.</p>

Lily, Barney and Robin may be gone, but the bar would remain in a reported "How I Met Your Mother" spin-off.

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Who wants a 'How I Met Your Mother' spin-off?

Does the world want or need an unrelated show called 'How I Met Your Father'?

How do the "How I Met Your Mother" creators plan to follow up a season misguidedly set entirely at Robin and Barney's wedding weekend? Reportedly, with a "HIMYM" spin-off.

According to Deadline, "HIMYM" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are collaborating with Emily Spivey ("Up All Night" creator and "Parks and Rec" alum) for a spin-off that, if picked up, would be titled... wait for it... "How I Met Your Father."

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<p>In &quot;The Returned,&quot;&nbsp;a dead girl comes back to life, but her family isn't universally happy about it.</p>

In "The Returned," a dead girl comes back to life, but her family isn't universally happy about it.

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Review: Sundance's 'The Returned' brings the dead back to life

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The French import series continues Sundance's impressive move into scripted drama series

I first heard "The Returned" described as "a French zombie series," which is inaccurate. Though people rise from the dead, they are as they appeared and behaved before their initial demise. Though all are ravenously hungry when they reappear, it's for normal food and not brains.

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<p>&quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;has been renewed for a fifth season.</p>

"The Walking Dead" has been renewed for a fifth season.

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AMC renews 'The Walking Dead' for season 5

You can't stop the enormously-rated zombie drama

AMC has renewed "The Walking Dead" for a fifth season, in a move so obvious that AMC's president Charlie Collier called it "one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever."

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<p>Should &quot;Marvel's Agents of&nbsp;S.H.I.E.L.D.&quot;&nbsp;be leaning so heavily on Brett Dalton and Chloe Bennet?</p>

Should "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." be leaning so heavily on Brett Dalton and Chloe Bennet?

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What's W.R.O.N.G. with 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'?

Bland characters, forgettable stories and a tenuous connection to Marvel

No new show arrived this fall with more expectations — or punctuation — than ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." It was a spin-off of the wildly successful Marvel Comics films. It had Joss Whedon attached as a co-creator (even if he wasn't going to be around much due to his Marvel movie commitments). ABC was so confident in the thing that it scheduled it opposite "NCIS" and built an entire night of all-new programming around it, under the belief that "S.H.I.E.L.D" would cast a powerful halo around any shows placed near it. It was going to be a blockbuster akin to "Avengers" or "Iron Man," drawing in viewers from all demographics — and enough of them who weren't already watching TV in that hour that it could stand on its own opposite TV's most-watched drama.

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<p>Jason Segel and Cobie Smulders in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Jason Segel and Cobie Smulders in "How I Met Your Mother."

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'No Questions Asked'

The gang tries to delete a text from Lily's phone before it's too late

A quick review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as the editor of Bazooka Joe comics rejects my joke...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 208

Dan and Alan also discuss HBO's "Seduced and Abandoned"

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Happy Monday, boys and girls! For two weeks in a row! It's an eclectic Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, as Dan and I discuss a documentary (with some fictional elements) on HBO, a French zombie miniseries (if that's the right way to describe it) on Sundance, and check in on the great season of "The Good Wife" and an uneven but mostly good start to "Scandal" season 3.

Next week's gonna be either the long-promised all-"Breaking Bad" podcast, or it's going to be an hour heavily dependent on reader questions. Either way, the email link is below. Use it. Please.

The rundown:

"Seduced and Abandoned" (00:00:45 - 00:12:35)
"The Returned" (00:12:35 - 00:28:30)
Listener Mail: Screeners with unfinished FX (00:29:05 - 00:38:15)
"Scandal" (00:38:40 - 00:54:50)
"The Good Wife" (00:54:50 - 01:21:20)
 
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>No need to surrender yet, boys:&nbsp;&quot;Strike Back&quot;&nbsp;is coming back for a final season.</p>

No need to surrender yet, boys: "Strike Back" is coming back for a final season.

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Cinemax renews 'Strike Back' for final season

One more year for the action drama that's always been better than it needed to be

The good news: Cinemax is bringing back its terrific action drama "Strike Back" for another season.

The bad news: it'll be the last one.

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