<p>Emilia Clarke and her &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;dragons will be back in the spring.</p>

Emilia Clarke and her "Game of Thrones" dragons will be back in the spring.

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HBO sets 'Game of Thrones' April season 4 premiere date

The fantasy show to be paired with 'Veep' and Mike Judge's 'Silicon Valley'

HBO has announced that the fourth season of "Game of Thrones" will debut on Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. 

Season 4 will, like season 3, be largely adapted from the third of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, "A Storm of Swords." 

It'll be paired with the third season of the political satire "Veep" with Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and the premiere of "Silicon Valley," the latest series from Mike Judge, who has previously given us "Beavis & Butt-Head" and "King of the Hill" (and, perhaps more germane to the new series, "Office Space").

<p>At the last winter press tour, the stars of &quot;The Following&quot;&nbsp;locked lips, because that's how they roll.</p>

At the last winter press tour, the stars of "The Following" locked lips, because that's how they roll.

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It's press tour time (but not for everyone)

The Television Critics Association is gathering in Pasadena, but your humble critic won't be able to make it

Today marks the beginning of the winter edition of the Television Critics Association press tour, which I explained at length (adapting an old Star-Ledger column on the subject) at the start of the last one in the summer. Ordinarily, I would be buckling in for two weeks of press conferences, interviews, awkward working parties and the rest of the fun, excitement and strangeness that is the TCA's semi-annual gathering.

This looks to be another interesting one, filled with stars both familiar (HBO has Julia Roberts coming today to discuss Ryan Murphy's adaptation of "The Normal Heart," plus the guys from "True Detective") and new (Tatiana Maslany makes a triumphant return in front of the group who gave her an award in the summer), some network presidents with lots of stumbles to explain (maybe ABC's Paul Lee will resort back to cross-dressing sitcoms?), the possibility of lots more Netflix discussion, etc.

Unfortunately, I went and broke my ankle yesterday morning, so I remain here in beautifully frigid New Jersey while the rest of the TCA has their start of summer camp-style reunion this morning. Dan will be covering the tour on his blog, and so will Liane, but I have to sit this one out, preferably with my foot elevated. If any particularly interesting news comes out of the tour, maybe I'll attempt some analysis from my perch 3000 miles away, but mostly I'll be focusing on reviews, including some shows I probably wouldn't have had time to cover if I was in Pasadena. Silver linings!

<p>Geoff Stults, Parker Young and Chris Lowell in &quot;Enlisted.&quot;</p>

Geoff Stults, Parker Young and Chris Lowell in "Enlisted."

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Review: FOX's 'Enlisted' finds laughs and heart in Army life

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Comedy from 'Cougar Town' co-creator deserves better than Friday timeslot

"Enlisted" creator Kevin Biegel told me that he had the first hour of "Stripes" playing on a loop as he wrote the pilot for the military comedy about three brothers serving together in an Army rear detachment unit in Florida. (It debuts on FOX on Friday night at 9:30.) And there are times when you can definitely see — or, in the case of the soundalike musical score, hear — the influence of the classic Bill Murray movie on the new show. But that's a wisesass movie about a wiseass soldier who regrets enlisting almost from the moment he does it. What makes "Enlisted" different, and potentially very special, is that it has a sincere streak to go right along with its goofy side. It gets a lot of laughs out of life in the military while still demonstrating respect for the military and its soldiers, and genuine affection for its characters.

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<p>Edi Gathegi and Timothy Olyphant in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Edi Gathegi and Timothy Olyphant in "Justified."

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Season premiere review: 'Justified' - 'A Murder of Crowes'

Raylan heads to Florida to deal with Dewey Crowe's family, while Boyd and Wynn go to Detroit

"Justified" is back for a fifth season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I tell you about Tim Horton's...

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<p>Tricia Helfer in &quot;Killer Women.&quot;</p>

Tricia Helfer in "Killer Women."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Killer Women'

What did everybody think of the new ABC cop show with Tricia Helfer?

Yesterday, I posted my review of ABC's "Killer Women." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Do you buy Tricia Helfer as a badass, insightful Texas Ranger? Even though Number Six and Anders almost never interacted on "Battlestar Galactica," was it weird to have Michael Trucco in the cast with her? Did you like the chemistry between Helfer and Marc Blucas? Did you like the revelation about her ex-husband? Did the investigation, and the mission south of the border, interest you? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

<p>On &quot;Cougar Town,&quot;&nbsp;Jules (Courteney Cox), Travis (Dan Byrd)&nbsp;and Laurie (Busy Philipps)&nbsp;try to deal with their awkward new situation.</p>

On "Cougar Town," Jules (Courteney Cox), Travis (Dan Byrd) and Laurie (Busy Philipps) try to deal with their awkward new situation.

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Season premiere review: 'Cougar Town' - 'All or Nothin'

The Cul-de-Sac Crew is back, and trying to deal with Laurie and Travis' relationship

A quick review of tonight's "Cougar Town" season premiere coming up just as soon as I have a respectable Latin mustache...

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<p>Meghan Ory and Josh Holloway in &quot;Intelligence.&quot;</p>

Meghan Ory and Josh Holloway in "Intelligence."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Intelligence'

What did everybody think of the new CBS spy show with Josh Holloway?

Yesterday, I posted my review of CBS' "Intelligence." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did it play as "Chuck" without the sense of humor and nerd references, or as something cooler? Do you feel like the show did a good job of showing how much better Josh Holloway is than a guy with a smartphone or Google Glass? Does "cyber-rendering" seem interesting, or just like a higher-tech version of the scenes where Will Graham or the CSIs visualize what happened at a crime scene? How did you feel about Meghan OryMarg Helgenberger as the slightly disapproving boss? Sawyer with a haircut? And even if the rest of the show was middling, was Holloway charming enough to keep you around? 

Have at it.

<p>A &quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;flashback reveals how Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.)&nbsp;became Coach.</p>

A "New Girl" flashback reveals how Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) became Coach.

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Clavado En Un Bar'

Jess ponders a career change in another flashback-heavy episode

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as our school has an ethnic gay bully...

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<p>Craig Robinson, Stephanie Beatriz and Andy Samberg in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Craig Robinson, Stephanie Beatriz and Andy Samberg in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." 

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Pontiac Bandit'

Craig Robinson guest stars, Peralta and Diaz team up, and Boyle returns to work early

A review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I work for a charity that finds jobs for down-on-their-luck white people...

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 5

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 5

Dan and Alan also review 'Chozen' and 'The Spoils of Babylon' and preview the Golden Globes and press tour

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for another Firewall & Iceberg video show! With such a busy week for premieres — we already covered eight different new and returning shows in yesterday's podcast — we had to squeeze in four different reviews in the video show, including a discussion of the great "True Detective," plus previews of the Golden Globes and the Television Critics Association press tour, which begins on Thursday. And with me in LA for a little bit, there's a chance that the next video show might feature Dan and I in the same room.

The rundown:

 

0:07 - Golden Globes Preview
5:24 - TCA Press Tour Preview
10:44 - "Spoils of Babylon" Review
14:42 - "Enlisted" Review
18:08 - "Chozen" Review
21:41 - "True Detective" Review

 

As always, you can send us questions at firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.