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Season finale review: 'Nurse Jackie' - 'Soul'

A familiar season ends in a familiar place for Edie Falco and friends

<p>&quot;Nurse Jackie&quot;&nbsp;(Edie Falco)&nbsp;celebrates the anniversary of her sobriety with some help from her kids.</p>

"Nurse Jackie" (Edie Falco) celebrates the anniversary of her sobriety with some help from her kids.

Credit: Showtime

A quick review of last night's "Nurse Jackie" season finale — and season 5 as a whole — coming up just as soon as I kidnap you in a Zipcar...

'Game of Thrones' star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on bears, hands and Jaime's journey

What's required when acting opposite Bart the Bear? And how do people on the street react to him now?

<p>&quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;co-stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie as Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth.</p>

"Game of Thrones" co-stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie as Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth.

Credit: HBO

Being an actor on "Game of Thrones" can require patience. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau spent much of the HBO fantasy epic's second season off-camera, and when we did see him as Jaime Lannister, he was sitting in a cage heckling his jailors. But the Danish actor knew his patience would be rewarded in the third season, when Jaime spent through an even more humbling ordeal while on the road with Gwendoline Christie's Brienne of Tarth. It was among the most satisfying journeys of the third season, highlighted by a hot tub confession that was among the best-acted moments of the series to date.

I spoke with Coster-Waldau last week about Jaime's ups and downs, his working relationship with Christie (and with one of their furry co-stars in season 3), the production logistics of Jaime's new physical condition, and more.

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Quality of Mercy'

Secrets come to light, escapes are plotted, and a client meeting turns into a sneak attack

<p>Kevin Rahm as Ted Chaough on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Kevin Rahm as Ted Chaough on "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I find a hooker who'll take traveler's checks...

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Celebrating the women of 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Cougar Town' and more

<p>Merritt Wever in &quot;Nurse Jackie.&quot;</p>

Merritt Wever in "Nurse Jackie."

Credit: Showtime

Part 3 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like Maisie Williams from "Game of Thrones"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer submitting herself as supporting for a show that has her name in it). I'm also obviously limiting myself to shows where I watched enough this season to feel comfortable picking names. (I've only seen a couple of "The Middle" episodes this year, for instance, so while I assume Eden Sher was marvelous all year, I can't say it with enough conviction to put her on the list.) 

Dan's exhaustive analysis is embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 3: 'True Colors'

Hearst exercises his authority, and the stagecoach brings an old friend of Al's to the camp

<p>Gerald McRaney as George Hearst in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Gerald McRaney as George Hearst in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

Thoughts on episode 3 "True Colors," coming up just as soon as the bacon has a human aftertaste...

Review: 'Hannibal' - 'Releves'

Jack begins to suspect something is wrong — but not with the right suspect

<p>Mads Mikkelsen as &quot;Hannibal.&quot;</p>

Mads Mikkelsen as "Hannibal."

Credit: NBC

A review of tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as all the oxygen makes me look pretty...

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

The women of 'Parenthood,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Rectify'

<p>&quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;co-star Monica Potter should be an Emmy frontrunner.</p>

"Parenthood" co-star Monica Potter should be an Emmy frontrunner.

Credit: NBC

Part 2 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like Maisie Williams from "Game of Thrones"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her). I'm also obviously limiting myself to shows where I watched enough this season to feel comfortable picking names. (I fell way behind on "Grey's Anatomy," for instance, which is a show that usually produces several contenders for this category.) 

Dan's exhaustive analysis is embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

A category so stacked you could make 2 or 3 ballots worth of great performances

<p>Michael Cudlitz from &quot;Southland&quot;&nbsp;deserves an Emmy nomination.</p>

Michael Cudlitz from "Southland" deserves an Emmy nomination.

Credit: TNT

The Emmy ballot was released yesterday, which means it's that time of year for Fienberg and I to spend the next week or so moving through a bunch of major categories and analyzing them in two different ways. As always, Dan will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like Charles Dance from "Game of Thrones"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her).

We're starting off with the candidates for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Dan's exhaustive analysis is embedded below, and my picks are coming right up.

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 186: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Cheers,' 'Taxi' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Magic City,' 'True Blood,' 'King & Maxwell' and 'Twisted'

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Another week, another Firewall & Iceberg Podcast record — with this week's show shattering last week's already-comical 2-hour duration, clocking in around 2 and a half hours. At a certain point, Dan and I are going to have to learn restraint. Once again, we've got "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men," and the continuation of our pilot project (next week: "Veronica Mars"), and along with that we've got TCA Awards talk, reviews of two new series ("King & Maxwell" and "Twisted") and reviews of two returning series ("Magic City" and "True Blood," though Dan does all the talking — until a technical interruption — on the latter), plus our first dip into the mailbag in a few weeks. It is, as Stephen Wright would say, a behemoth

The lineup:

TCA Awards Nominations (00:01:00 - 00:16:55)
"King & Maxwell" (00:17:00 - 00:23:35)
"Twisted" (00:23:40 - 00:32:20)
"Magic City" (00:32:20 - 00:40:20)
"True Blood" (00:40:20 - 00:43:55)
Listener Mail: Branding (00:43:55 - 00:48:50)
"Game of Thrones" finale (00:49:10 - 01:23:30)
"Mad Men" (01:23:35 - 01:52:00)
Summer Rewatch: "Taxi"/"Cheers" (01:52:00 - 02:26:30)
 
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.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

It's official: Dan Harmon returns to 'Community' for season 5

Harmon will bring former writer/producer Chris McKenna back with him

<p>&quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;creator Dan Harmon discussing his first stint on the series on &quot;Attack of the Show.&quot;</p>

"Community" creator Dan Harmon discussing his first stint on the series on "Attack of the Show."

Credit: G4

Last week, "Community" creator Dan Harmon tweeted that he was returning to the series he had created, then been dismissed from after the third season. But it took until today for the deal between Harmon and Sony to be officially closed.

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