<p>Louie</p>

Louie

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Review: 'Louie' - 'Elevator Part 6/Pamela Part 1'

A storm strikes New York, Amia has a message for Louie, and Pamela babysits

A review of tonight's two "Louie" episodes coming up just as soon as I can name the first president that women voted for...

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<p>24: Live Another Day</p>

24: Live Another Day

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Review: '24: Live Another Day' - '4:00 PM - 5:00 PM'

Jack and Kate team up, but will the British get in the way?

A quick review of tonight's "24: Live Another Day" coming up just as soon as I splash a little water on you...

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<p>&quot;Game of Thrones,&quot; the mountain and the viper</p>

"Game of Thrones," the mountain and the viper

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'The Mountain and the Viper'

Tyrion awaits the trial by combat, Sansa gives her testimony, and Arya is having a laugh

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as there's a word for cousin-killing...

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<p>Halt and Catch Fire</p>

Halt and Catch Fire

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Series premiere review: 'Halt and Catch Fire' - 'I/O'

An interesting but opaque start to AMC's latest drama

Some thoughts on the first episode of AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire" coming up just as soon as I blow dry my hair some more...

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<p>Silicon Valley</p>

Silicon Valley

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Season finale review: 'Silicon Valley' - 'Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency'

Richard tries to salvage Pied Piper's TechCrunch Disrupt pitch

A quick review of the "Silicon Valley" season finale coming up just as soon as I pivot from social media to a playground for the sexually monstrous...

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<p>Enlisted</p>

Enlisted

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Review: 'Enlisted' - 'Prank War'

The military comedy returns with another funny episode

"Enlisted" returned to television tonight, and I have a quick review of the latest episode coming up just as soon as I cover my junk with excuses...

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Ask Alan about 'Better Call Saul,' pilots & 'True Detective' casting
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Ask Alan about 'Better Call Saul,' pilots & 'True Detective' casting

HitFix's Drew McWeeny passes along your questions

As you may have noticed, there was no Firewall & Iceberg Show this week because Dan was in London on business. (Though we were able to just barely record a podcast despite his subpar hotel internet.) I then found myself coming to LA for a day of business, but a day when Dan was still traveling. But since I was within waving distance of the HitFix office, we decided to try a different kind of video, borrowing the gimmick from Drew McWeeny's Ask Drew series of having me respond to your questions without any prep time. And Drew was kind enough to pump me with those questions, which involved the pressure on "Better Call Saul," shows I'm looking forward to, and the eternal question of "True Detective" season 2 casting. Hope you like it.

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FOX entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly resigns

FOX entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly resigns

Exec who greenlit 'Glee' and 'New Girl' suffered as 'American Idol' fell

In the midst of an ambitious plan to reinvent the way the broadcast networks operate, FOX entertainment chief Kevin Reilly ran into a very traditional problem: not enough hits. So the man who wanted to cancel pilot season and seasonal scheduling has instead resigned from the network, effective immediately.

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<p>&quot;Undateable.&quot;</p>

"Undateable."

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Review: NBC's 'Undateable' starts off clumsy, but gets better

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New comedy from Bill Lawrence and friends improves as it shifts away from its premise

Bill Lawrence is among the smartest producers in TV comedy today, but even smart people make mistakes — sometimes, the same mistakes.

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<p>&quot;Orange Is the New Black.&quot;</p>

"Orange Is the New Black."

Credit: Netflix

Are you ready for the summer? (2014 edition)

Changing things up a bit with this summer's regular features

The broadcast network TV season officially ended a week ago, but there's still a healthy amount of new product on the air, whether things the networks actually care about ("24: Live Another Day") or things they're burning off in the slower summer months ("The Night Shift").

Starting in 2007 on the old blog, I began using summer as an excuse to revisit older series — or older seasons of series I had starting blogging about midway through — including, among others, "Freaks and Geeks," "Band of Brothers" and, more recently, early seasons of "The Wire" (here and here) and "Deadwood."

As the summer season approached, I spent a lot of time wondering what show to rewind this year. "The Sopranos" season 1 seemed an obvious choice, as did "Six Feet Under" season 1, and I briefly pondered doing "Lost" season 1 (since my blog began early in the second season). Ultimately, though, I decided I needed a break from the various shows (and kinds of shows) in "The Revolution Was Televised," and I also realized that between all the upcoming summer shows on cable and the fact that press tour and Comic-Con will be keeping me busy for nearly all of July, I needed to try something different just to make things manageable.

So we're going to have two different experiments this summer, and we'll see how they work out:

1)After Netflix releases all of "Orange Is the New Black" season 2 on June 6, I'm going to attempt to do periodic reviews (maybe weekly, maybe not; it'll all depend on my schedule), going two episodes at a time, then dealing with the finale on its own. Hopefully, I'll have time to have the first of those reviews ready to run sometime on June 6th (the season's first two episodes complement each other nicely), and we'll see how this works. "Orange" is my favorite of the Netflix originals, and it's also premiering in a slower period which makes trying something like this feasible, but I have no idea if the bulk of you are just going to marathon the whole thing the first weekend, then get impatient at the rate of the reviews, start getting into arguments in the comments about what is and isn't a spoiler, etc. But I wanted to try it, just to see what kind of discussion happens when we're all on our own schedules with a show.

2)Borrowing an idea from the podcast, where Dan and I spent last summer revisiting pilot episodes of classic series, I'm going to do periodic revisits of great sitcom episodes, of both relatively recent vintage and going all the way back to at least the '70s, and maybe even into the days of black-and-white TV. We'll be talking about what makes these episodes work, but also about whether they all hold up in the summer of 2014 (I haven't watched "Chuckles Bites the Dust" in forever, for instance; does it still feel like an all-timer?). I'll be sticking to things that are easily streamable, and I'm aware that different people have subscriptions to different services, but I will do the best I can on that front. Some weeks we'll do one episode of a show, some weeks we'll do two if there's either a two-parter or some kind of thematic link, and some weeks we won't do any at all because I'll be deep in the weeds in California. But I'll always tell you what the next homework assignment is and roughly when to expect to discuss it, and we'll start out with a pair of "NewsRadio" episodes that are both available on Hulu (and without requiring a Hulu+ subscription, though you will have to watch them on a computer and not on another device): "The Public Domain" and "Super Karate Monkey Death Car." These aired back to back in the show's fourth season; the latter features the show's single best joke, while the former is maybe my favorite overall episode (it's that or "Arcade," which unfortunately isn't streaming anywhere at the moment). We'll hit some more famous shows later on, but we're starting here because this show's online availability is so erratic and ever-changing that I wanted to discuss Jimmy James' book while it was still possible to do so. In theory, I'll have a post on that up next Wednesday or Thursday morning.

So that's the plan. Maybe next summer I'll do another vintage HBO show, or a British miniseries or something else, but this is what I was feeling right now, on top of whatever other current shows I wind up putting into the rotation for the summer. (I imagine "Masters of Sex" will be back there, for instance, but Sundays will be awfully tough with that, "The Strain," "The Leftovers," etc.)

Go forth and stream things, and we shall try to reconvene with our two summer TV clubs sometime next week.

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