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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 251: 'The Flash,' 'The Affair' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Kingdom,' 'Cristela' & 'The Strain' finale


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we discuss yesterday's news of the '90s coming back to life in today's TV, then review a bunch of new shows debuting this week before breaking down "The Strain" season finale.

Looks like next week's podcast will be on Monday.

The rundown:

"Twin Peaks"/"Say Anything" news (00:00:40 - 00:16:00)
"The Flash" (00:16:00 - 00:25:30)
"Kingdom" (00:25:30 - 00:40:00)
"Cristela" (00:40:00 - 00:46:45)
"The Affair" (00:46:45 - 00:56:45)
"The Strain" finale (00:56:55 - 01:20:00)

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>Walking Dead</p>

Walking Dead

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AMC renews 'The Walking Dead' for season 6

Season 5 debuts Sunday; Scott M. Gimple will continue as showrunner

The sun rises in the east, tax time is April 15, and AMC has renewed "The Walking Dead" for another season.

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<p>Say Anything</p>

Say Anything

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Lloyd, Lloyd, all null and void: The brief rise and fall of NBC's 'Say Anything' remake

Did Cameron Crowe's tweets already kill the remake?

Yesterday was a head-spinning day when it came to '90s nostalgia. In the morning, Showtime announced that "Twin Peaks" would be returning in 2016 with a nine-episode miniseries, and there was much rejoicing across social media.

In the evening, meanwhile, Deadline reported that NBC was developing a sequel series to "Say Anything," set 10 years after the events of the film, and there was much anger and skepticism on social media — and no one sounded unhappier than "Say Anything" writer/director Cameron Crowe, whose tweet about the project may have already killed it.

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<p>Grant Gustin in The Flash</p>

Grant Gustin in The Flash

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Review: 'The Flash' gets off to a fast start for the CW

Grant Gustin, Jesse Martin and Tom Cavanagh shine in latest DC Comics adaptation

The first words we hear on "The Flash" come from our hero Barry Allen, who explains, "To understand what I'm about to tell you, you need to do something first: you need to believe in the impossible."

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<p><span class="st">Camren Bicondova as </span>Selina Kyle in Gotham</p>

Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle in Gotham

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Review: 'Gotham' - 'The Balloonman'

Gotham City gets its first vigilante in a busy, darkly comic episode

A review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as I'm hoisted by my own petard...

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<p>Twin Peaks</p>

Twin Peaks

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Mark Frost on 'Twin Peaks' revival: 'We had to go somewhere new and different and even more startling'

No details, but lots of enthusiasm for the 2016 Showtime miniseries

Mark Frost has, unsurprisingly, been in high demand today, ever since it was announced that he and David Lynch would be writing a sequel miniseries to their  ABC masterpiece of weirdness "Twin Peaks," which Showtime will air in 2016, 25 years after the final episode ended with Kyle MacLachlan's Agent Cooper trapped in the Black Lodge while his evil doppelganger replaced him in the real world. (If you had watched it at the time, the story would make both more and less sense than that sentence.) He's given many interviews, all of them brimming over with excitement and featuring virtually no specifics on anything besides the existence of the miniseries itself, which Frost and Lynch will write all nine episodes of, with Lynch directing all nine.

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<p>Kyle MacLachlan in &quot;Twin Peaks.&quot;</p>

Kyle MacLachlan in "Twin Peaks."

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'Twin Peaks' to return on Showtime in 2016

The strangest network drama of them all being revived by creators David Lynch & Mark Frost

That gum we like is going to come back in style, as Showtime has teamed with "Twin Peaks" creators David Lynch and Mark Frost to revive the strangest series in the history of network television, with new installments to arrive in 2016.

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<p>The Strain</p>

The Strain

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Season finale review: 'The Strain' - 'The Master'

A battle with the Master proves more complicated than our heroes expected

"The Strain" wrapped up its first season last night, and I have some thoughts on the season as a whole coming up just as soon as I give you a detailed history of Manhattan speakeasies...

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<p>Claire Danes in Homeland</p>

Claire Danes in Homeland

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Season premiere review: 'Homeland' - 'The Drone Queen/Trylon and Perisphere'

The premiere premiere tries to reboot the series, but Carrie is the same hot mess as always

"Homeland" is back for a fourth season, and while I don't plan to cover the show regularly anymore, I have some thoughts on the two-hour premiere, coming up just as soon as I wage a 1-year war 14 times...

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<p>John Mulaney</p>

John Mulaney

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Series premiere talkback: 'Mulaney' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new FOX comedy with John Mulaney?

I posted my review of FOX's "Mulaney" on Thursday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did you like John Mulaney the actor? How did you feel about his co-stars, whether young or old? Where does Andre the weed dealer fit on this fall's continuum of obnoxious ginger bearded sidekicks? Did Martin Short's performance remind anyone else of his "Would you like to buy a monkey?" audition tape from the David Letterman Oscars? Did Elliott Gould strike you as a person who even understood why he was on the show? Did you like the choice of the person to explain that "Mulaney" was shot in front of a live studio audience? Did any of it make you laugh? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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