<p>Wendell Pierce in &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

Wendell Pierce in "Tremé."

Credit: HBO

Review: HBO's 'Treme' returns for fourth and final season

With a shortened episode order, the New Orleans drama focuses more on the characters than the city

When it was announced that HBO had commissioned a fourth and final season of the New Orleans musical drama "Tremé" for a lump sum representing a fraction of previous seasons' budgets, co-creator David Simon said he appreciated HBO allowing he and partner Eric Overmyer to bring their nichiest of niche shows to its conclusion.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 212: 'Breaking Bad'

Dan, Alan and a very special guest discuss odds and ends from the life of the AMC drama


Yesterday saw the premiere of the first Firewall & Iceberg video show. As promised, though, the podcast isn't going away. And, as promised, this week's is the long-awaited all-"Breaking Bad" show. It ran a little shorter than planned, due to massive technical difficulties during the segment with our special guest, but it's nearly an hour of your questions and our answers, plus discussion of the overall greatness of the series and where it might fit into the Pantheon now that it's done. 

And as mentioned on the video show yesterday, we have a new email address for questions for both versions: firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. So fire away, folks, as I suspect we'll need a bunch of good questions next week, as we shift into the dog days at the end of the calendar year.

The very simple rundown:

"Breaking Bad" (00:00:00 - 00:54:00)

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.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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<p>Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Thanksgiving'

Everything comes together in the freshman comedy's funniest episode to date

A review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I make the cover of Hair Pulled Back Magazine...

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<p>We oughta be in pictures (or something): scenes from the first Firewall &amp;&nbsp;Iceberg video show.</p>

We oughta be in pictures (or something): scenes from the first Firewall & Iceberg video show.

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 1: 'Treme,' 'Boardwalk Empire' & more

Our first video show talks HBO drama and how the broadcasters are doing this fall

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls, and welcome to the very first installment of the Firewall & Iceberg show, video-style!

On this week's inaugural edition, Dan and I introduce the basic format before moving on to advance discussion of "Tremé" and spoiler discussion of the "Boardwalk Empire" finale, sandwiched around a segment where we grade the broadcast networks on how they've done so far this fall. We also announced that, going forward, you can send us questions — for both the video and audio shows — to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com, though you're certainly welcome to do it the old way if you prefer.

The video show will also be part of the same RSS feed, and therefore iTunes feed, as the audio podcast (which will be back tomorrow with an all-"Breaking Bad" discussion featuring a very special guest). And every episode of the video show, and the podcast, will be archived here.

We hope you like it. And as with the audio show, we will strive to keep getting better at this.

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<p>CBS didn't have any episode-specific art for tonight's &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;which means it's time once again for the gang in suits. </p>

CBS didn't have any episode-specific art for tonight's "How I Met Your Mother," which means it's time once again for the gang in suits.

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Talkback: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Bedtime Stories'

Marshall tells a trio of stories in verse; did the gimmick make the episode better or worse?

Tonight, "How I Met Your Mother" told a trio of stories all in rhyme, with Marshall trying to get Marvin to sleep on the bus to Farhampton. On the one hand, I thought the rhymes themselves were fairly clever, particularly anytime we were back on the bus with Marshall and the other passengers — particularly Tony-winning guest star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who of course was asked to do a rap about the difficulty of rhyming "Canada." On the other hand, I thought the stories the rhymes were built around were dumb to varying degrees, and represented various latter-day "HIMYM" flaws regarding broad characterization, portrayals of women being stupid, Barney being a superhero, etc.

But these posts are designed to hear what you all have to say, so let's hear it about "Bedtime Stories." Did the rhymes make you smile or grit your teeth? Did you enjoy watching NPH play so many roles? Ted's LeBron grudge? The thought that, as hinted at by the Future Ted narration, it may still be many episodes before Marshall gets to the Inn? 

What did everybody else think?

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<p>Matt Smith and David Tennant came together for the &quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;50th anniversary.</p>

Matt Smith and David Tennant came together for the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary.

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Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'The Day of the Doctor'

Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt teamed up for a fantastic 50th anniversary special

On Saturday, "Doctor Who" celebrated its 50th anniversary with the global simulcast of "The Day of the Doctor." Liane Bonin Starr already reviewed it for us over the weekend, and I have a few thoughts of my own coming up just as soon as I can just walk past a fez...

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<p>&quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;didn't base Jeffrey Wright's Dr. Narcisse on a real person, but they later found real-life parallels. </p>

"Boardwalk Empire" didn't base Jeffrey Wright's Dr. Narcisse on a real person, but they later found real-life parallels.

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'Boardwalk Empire' creator Terence Winter talks season 4

Why did Nucky take a step back this season? Where was Margaret? Who's coming back?

After each season of "Boardwalk Empire" ends, it seems, I wind up on the phone with series creator Terence Winter to ask why Character A died, why Character B lived, and whether Character C will continue to be on the show. Time to play that game once again about the show's terrific fourth season. I reviewed the finale, and also spoke with the performer who played the finale's most notable casualty, and I have a lot of explanations from Winter coming up just as soon as I hunt you down and drag you to Wisconsin...

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<p>Spoiler:&nbsp;Nucky Thompson was NOT the &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;character who got bumped off tonight.</p>

Spoiler: Nucky Thompson was NOT the "Boardwalk Empire" character who got bumped off tonight.

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Latest 'Boardwalk Empire' casualty speaks about season 4 finale

When did the performer know it was time to go? And how did they feel about it?

The "Boardwalk Empire" season 4 finale, like the finales before it, was not without bloodshed, including the loss of a regular castmember. I reviewed the finale here, and spoke with series creator Terry Winter about the season, and after the jump I have an interview with the performer who played the deceased character, coming up just as soon as I only know what I read in the papers...

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<p>In the &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;season finale, Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright)&nbsp;and Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams)&nbsp;come face to face. </p>

In the "Boardwalk Empire" season finale, Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) and Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) come face to face.

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Season finale review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Farewell Daddy Blues'

Chalky and Narcisse come face to face, while Nucky plots to defeat all his enemies

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" season finale coming up just as soon as I count how many cows I see...

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<p>Hel&eacute;ne Yorke as Jane in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Heléne Yorke as Jane in "Masters of Sex."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Involuntary'

Bill and Virginia begin making movies, while Ethan ponders conversion

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I pretend my waffle is the Body of Christ...

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