<p>Do not mess with Rollo as &quot;Vikings&quot; returns for season 2.</p>

Do not mess with Rollo as "Vikings" returns for season 2.

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Review: 'Vikings' storms back for season 2

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The adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok and friends remain more entertaining than they need to be

This is, you may have noticed, a very busy week for TV premieres, as the business unpaused itself in a big way the second the Olympics were over. February is now the new September, unless maybe January is the new September, which would make February the new January, and this is all so very confusing when all you want to know is when "Hannibal" is going to be back (that'd be tomorrow night at 10, and I'll have a review of the new season going up this afternoon).

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<p>Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in "The Americans."

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Season premiere review: 'The Americans' - 'Comrades'

Elizabeth returns to action as season 2 opens in explosive fashion

"The Americans" is back for a second season. I reviewed the start of season 2 yesterday, and I have thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I change the world with a hug...

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<p>Jason Momoa, right, is by far the highlight of &quot;The Red Road.&quot;</p>

Jason Momoa, right, is by far the highlight of "The Red Road."

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Review: Sundance stumbles with 'The Red Road'

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Jason Momoa's charisma can only do so much for pokey Jersey crime story

Sundance Channel entered 2013 like a network with something to prove, and did it ever. Making the move into original scripted dramas like sister channel AMC, Sundance gave us three of that year's absolute best shows: the New Zealand mystery miniseries "Top of the Lake," the meditative life-after-prison series "Rectify" and the creepy supernatural French series "The Returned." Now, the first of those was an international co-production, and the latter an import that Sundance acquired, but together they sent a message about how serious Sundance was about being great, and quickly, while also laying down a very clear aesthetic for the channel: the TV version of indie cinema. If it wasn't as revolutionary as seeing HBO present "Oz," "The Sopranos" and "Six Feet Under" all in a row, it was perhaps the most impressive debut trifecta since then(*).

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<p>Raul Castillo, right, will join the &quot;Looking&quot; cast full-time with Jonathan Groff and others now that HBO has renewed it.</p>

Raul Castillo, right, will join the "Looking" cast full-time with Jonathan Groff and others now that HBO has renewed it.

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HBO renews 'Looking' for season 2

Dramedy about gay friends in San Francisco will add to its regular cast

HBO has ordered a second season of "Looking," its new dramedy about a trio of gay friends in San Francisco.

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<p>Linda Cardellini as Jess&#39;s sister Abby on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Linda Cardellini as Jess's sister Abby on "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Sister II'

Abby causes more problems for Schmidt and Jess, while Winston awaits his test results

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as all the other tenants are  middle-aged gay veterans...

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<p>Gina and Jake look for a loan on &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Gina and Jake look for a loan on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Apartment'

Gina helps Jake with a housing crisis, while the squad evaluates itself

A  review of last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I've started the second season of media content...

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<p>Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Raw Deal'

Raylan chases a computer criminal, while Boyd and Johnny go to Mexico

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I'm more of a cribbage guy...

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<p>Steve&nbsp;Zahn sings a little karaoke in &quot;Mind Games.&quot;</p>

Steve Zahn sings a little karaoke in "Mind Games."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Mind Games'

What did everybody think of the new ABC drama?

I posted my review of ABC's "Mind Games" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned into the latest drama from "Lone Star" and "Awake" creator Kyle Killen, what did you think? Did you like Steve Zahn and/or Christian Slater? Did you find what the brothers do to be cool or creepy? Did the revelation at the end make you more or less excited to see what's happening next? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 221

Dan and Alan also review 'The Red Road,' 'Vikings,' 'Bates Motel' and lots of other mid-season premieres

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Hey, so remember how the Firewall & Iceberg video show was going to return this week, and there was so much to talk about that even a video show and a podcast would barely be enough to contain it all? Well, technical difficulties scotched the video show's relaunch, which pushed this week's podcast up a day and also forced us to compress a lot of material into it (and dump other things, like a planned "True Detective" segment). With any luck, all the glitches will be worked out for next week, but in the meantime this is a review-heavy podcast, full of stuff we really liked, stuff we really hated, and a few things that fell in between.

The rundown: 

Harold Ramis (00:01:25 - 00:05:00)
Weird NBC Moves (00:05:00 - 00:15:00)
"Mind Games" (00:15:15 - 00:21:50)
"Game of Arms" (00:21:50 - 00:27:40)
"Mixology" (00:27:40 - 00:35:15)
"The Americans" (00:35:20 - 00:42:30)
"The Red Road" (00:42:30 - 00:51:10)
"Vikings" (00:51:15 - 00:55:19)
"Hannibal" (00:55:20 - 01:03:30)
"Bates Motel" (01:03:35 - 01:08:25)
"Those Who Kill" (01:08:35 - 01:16:30)
 
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.

<p>Keri Russell in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell in "The Americans."

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Review: FX's 'The Americans' takes a leap in season 2

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Some minor fine-tuning takes period spy drama from very good to great

"The Americans," FX's Cold War drama about KGB spies posing as a married couple in Ronald Reagan's America, had the poor timing to arrive as a very good new show near the start of what turned out to be an incredible year. Had it debuted in a different period — even a year or two earlier — it would have set a very high bar to clear for all that followed and been a constant point of comparison. But there was just so much quality TV in 2013 that it kept slipping behind other work, even though it had so much to recommend it. When I did my best-of rankings for the year, I wound up putting it 18th, simultaneously kicking myself for doing so while struggling to argue that I preferred it to the previous 17.

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