<p>Hugh Dancy and the rest of the &quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;gang will be back in February.</p>

Hugh Dancy and the rest of the "Hannibal" gang will be back in February.

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NBC's 'Hannibal' to return in February

Season 2 of Bryan Fuller's Hannibal Lecter reboot will air on Fridays

Bryan Fuller and David Slade's "Hannibal" was one of my very favorite series of 2013, an imaginative and visually stunning reboot of Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham that managed to shake off all the dust that had accumulated around the characters over several decades, film adaptations and imitators. But it was also a very low-rated show that was renewed by NBC largely because it's an international co-production that costs less than their other dramas.

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<p>We've seen Ted Mosby propose to the Mother, but we probably won't see their first meeting til the end of March.</p>

We've seen Ted Mosby propose to the Mother, but we probably won't see their first meeting til the end of March.

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'How I Met Your Mother' series finale to air in March

Earlier finale means fewer repeats before the end, and a chance for CBS to settle next year's schedule

After asking "How I Met Your Mother" fans to wait nine seasons for the moment where Ted Mosby comes face-to-face with the woman of his dreams, CBS won't try to stretch that ninth season all the way until May, instead airing the one-hour series finale on March 31.

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<p>Keri Russell on &quot;The Americans,&quot; Emmy Rossum on &quot;Shameless&quot; and Gwendoline Christie on &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell on "The Americans," Emmy Rossum on "Shameless" and Gwendoline Christie on "Game of Thrones."

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TV Top 25 of 2013

A year so deep that even a top 20 (or 25) leaves some great things out
As usual, earlier this month we ran a video with my picks for the 10 best shows of the year. (And I was part of our Second Annual HitFix Television Critics Poll.) And now, as usual, it’s time for my written list of those 10, plus the 10 shows that finished just behind it…
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 214: Best TV of 2013

Dan and Alan discuss their top 10 lists for a very deep year in television

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Last week, Firewall & Iceberg only appeared in video form due to a scheduling issue. This week, you only get us in podcast form due to technical difficulties torpedoing this week's video show. Win some, lose some. But it's a good podcast this week, as Dan and I go back and forth on our lists of the best shows of the year. And if everyone's lucky, we'll follow next week with the always-popular Worst-Of podcast. The very simple rundown:

Best of 2013 - 00:00:00 - 01:14:45

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

'Breaking Bad' tops HitFix's Second Annual Television Critics' Poll

'Breaking Bad' tops HitFix's Second Annual Television Critics' Poll

'Orange Is the New Black' led a field full of exciting newcomers

One year ago today, HitFix published its first-ever Television Critics Poll, in which we asked several dozen of the top North American TV critics to pick their 10 favorite shows of 2012. "Breaking Bad" finished in first place, "Homeland" was in second, and more than 80 different shows got at least one vote. Clicking on the above link will show you all of those results.

For the 2013 Television Critics Poll, which just went live, we added even more critics, who again named "Breaking Bad" the best series of the year. And with so many great new shows debuting this year, we added a second poll for people to pick their 10 favorite debuting shows of the year. As it turns out, half of this year's overall top 10 was made up of new shows — including "Orange Is the New Black," which finished a very distant second to "Breaking Bad" and just ahead of "Game of Thrones") — after the 2012 poll had only a single first-year series ("Girls") in the top 10. (And the overall list has six shows in common with my own top 10 for the year, while three others will be in my top 20, being published later this week.)

Because each critics' taste is different, and because the two polls were done separately, you'll see some quirks here and there. On the overall shows list, for instance, "House of Cards" was the fourth-highest ranked new series, while it finished sixth on the new show list. And as you move further past the overall top 10, you'll see the power (on a weighted ballot with only 10 choices) of being loved by a few over being liked by many. Only four critics, for instance, voted for "Southland" (I was one of them), but two of those votes were for first place, and another was for second, so it finished 23rd overall. "Girls," meanwhile, got more votes, but most of them were at the bottom of critics' ballots, so it finished only 44th. (Shows like that and "Shameless," which I suspect many critics had ranked just outside of their top 10s, finished fairly low as a result, just like "Boardwalk Empire" finishing only 29th last year.) 

So go look at the poll, which allows you to look at individual ballots (click on the name of any critic) as well as to check the vote tallies for individual shows (click on the title of any show). What do you think of this year's results?

<p>Andrew Rannells and Josh Radnor in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Andrew Rannells and Josh Radnor in "How I Met Your Mother."

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Talkback: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Bass Player Wanted'

'HIMYM' ends 2013 with a whole lot of the Mother; better late than never?

Back when I was still doing actual weekly "How I Met Your Mother" reviews, I started keeping a checklist of things that I had come to expect from this final season, like Marshall being elsewhere, the Mother being absent entirely, an utter lack of recognizable emotion, etc. Well, "HIMYM" closed out 2013 with a kind of anti-checklist episode, as "Bass Player Wanted" offered up a whole lot of Cristin Milioti, finally brought Marshall to the Farhampton Inn, and had some nice moments between Lily and Robin and between Ted and Barney (even if some of it is wrapped up in dumb ideas like Ted's inability to get over Robin).

What did everybody else think? Does seeing Milioti this much please you, or just make you even more frustrated that it took this long? And are you hopeful to see lots of Marshall interacting with the rest of the cast in 2014, or are you expecting some kind of contrivance where Marshall is frequently stuck in an obscure corner of the hotel?

<p>Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in "Homeland."

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'Homeland' producer Alex Gansa talks season 3

Getting into some unanswered questions from the Showtime drama's finale

"Homeland" concluded its third season last night with what turned out to be the show's highest-rated episode ever. I reviewed the finale last night, and I spoke briefly with the show's co-creator Alex Gansa about some of the decisions made by both the "Homeland" creative team and the characters that shaped the third season, coming up just as soon as I get out my Sharpie...

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<p>Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in "Masters of Sex."

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'Masters of Sex' creator Michelle Ashford talks season 1

Does the show favor Johnson over Masters? And what will season 2 look like?
Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” just concluded a debut season so strong that I ranked it the fifth-best show overall of 2013. I reviewed the season finale here, and I talked to the show’s creator, Michelle Ashford, about the finale, about what liberties she’s comfortable taking with the real story of Masters and Johnson, about how she intends to handle the story’s big span of time when there’s no way her series will last as long as the partnership, and more, all coming up just as soon as I tell you babies grow on trees…
 
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<p>Caitlin FitzGerald and Michael Sheen in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Caitlin FitzGerald and Michael Sheen in "Masters of Sex."

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Season finale review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Manhigh'

Bill makes his presentation, Margaret confronts her husband and Ethan goes to California

Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” just concluded a debut season so strong that I ranked it the fifth-best show overall of 2013. I interviewed creator Michelle Ashford here, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I can spot a statistically average masturbator from a mile away...

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<p>Damian Lewis as Brody in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis as Brody in "Homeland."

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Season finale review: 'Homeland' - 'The Star'

Carrie tries to get Brody out of Iran

A review of tonight's "Homeland" season finale coming up just as soon as you explain a Baby Bjorn to me...

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