<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.

<p>Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in &quot;True Detective.&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in "True Detective."

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'True Detective' creator on his gripping new HBO series

How did a novelist with only two screen credits get to create and run such an ambitious series?
Before creating the new HBO mystery series “True Detective,” Nic Pizzolatto’s only produced scripts were a pair of episodes from “The Killing” season 1. That is not a resume that will generally lead to a writer being given control of an expensive, ambitious series for pay cable’s gold standard, featuring a pair of movie stars in Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, in which he would write all eight episodes himself.
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<p>Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in &quot;True Detective.&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in "True Detective."

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Review: McConaughey & Harrelson amaze in HBO's 'True Detective'

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New anthology mystery series gets outstanding use out of its two visitors from the movies
“I have literally no interest in serial killers,” novelist Nic Pizzolatto told me while discussing “True Detective,” the new HBO drama series he created that debuts Sunday night at 9.
 
This seems a funny thing to say, given that “True Detective” is the story of two Louisiana cops, played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, investigating a serial killer case that spans 17 years. Even with “Dexter” gone, TV is awash in serial killer melodrama — some of it great, like NBC’s “Hannibal,” some of it stupid and self-congratulatory like FOX’s “The Following” — and “True Detective” lets McConaughey stand around grisly crime scenes tossing out phrases like "meta psychotic" and "paraphilic love map,” sounding very much like other fictional profilers.
 
But the more you watch “True Detective” — or, rather, the longer you remain under its hypnotic spell — the easier it is to understand Pizzolatto’s point. This is a show about duality and hidden identities (the opening title sequence features an array of ordinary images laid over other much darker ones), and one that's ultimately much, much less interested in the serial killer than it is in the two men chasing him.
 
And those men, as written by Pizzolatto and played by McConaughey and Harrelson, are riveting.
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 216

Dan and Alan review an awful lot of new and returning shows as 2014 starts off busy

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Happy 2014, Firewall & Iceberg fans! The podcast is back on Monday for this week only, simply because press tour starts later in the week and turns both our schedules upside down. It's a super busy week for premieres, and Dan and I dealt with eight different new and returning shows here, and we'll have another four tomorrow on the video show. The rundown: 

"Intelligence" (00:02:15 - 00:11:15)
"Killer Women" (00:11:15 - 00:18:00)
"Justified" (00:18:00 - 00:24:30)
"Cougar Town" (00:24:30 - 00:29:30)
"Chicago PD" (00:29:35 - 00:41:45)
"Helix" (00:41:45 - 00:50:45)
"Shameless" (00:50:50 - 00:57:00)
"Girls" (00:57:05 - 01:04:30)

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>Josh Holloway in &quot;Intelligence&quot;&nbsp;and Tricia Helfer in &quot;Killer Women.&quot;</p>

Josh Holloway in "Intelligence" and Tricia Helfer in "Killer Women."

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Review: CBS' 'Intelligence' & ABC's 'Killer Women'

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Old-fashioned, cliche-ridden shows that nonetheless have appealing leads; is that enough?

If there really aren't any new stories left to tell in fiction, then the only hope is that the same old tales are told interestingly. Sometimes, it's just a matter of finding a new approach, whether it's the haunting visual style of something like "Hannibal," or, going a bit further back, the melding of mob and psycho drama on "The Sopranos."

Sometimes, though, the only thing making the dusty clichés look pretty are the actors wearing them, which is the case for CBS' "Intelligence" and ABC's "Killer Women," which debut tomorrow night at 9 & 10 respectively. (Starting next week, "Intelligence" will air Mondays at 10.) Both are assembled whole cloth out of bits of other shows — many of them much better than these — and put all the weight on stars Josh Holloway (for "Intelligence") and Tricia Helfer (for "Killer Women").

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<p>Josh Stamberg and Lauren Graham in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Josh Stamberg and Lauren Graham in "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Promises'

Hank makes a discovery about himself, Sarah has a date and Joel and Julia have another fight

A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I make a presidential joke...

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<p>Jonathan Banks and Joel McHale in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Jonathan Banks and Joel McHale in "Community."

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Season premiere review: 'Community' - 'Re-Pilot'/'Introduction to Teaching'

Jeff, the study group and Dan Harmon all return to Greendale

"Community" is somehow back for a fifth season, and with Dan Harmon restored as showrunner after his year away. I reviewed the start of the season in general on Monday, and I have specific thoughts on tonight's two episodes coming up just as soon as I blame owls for how much I suck at analogies...

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