<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Penguin One, Us Zero'

Kevin begins to question his sanity, Laurie indoctrinates Meg, and Tommy goes on the run

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as the entire cast of "Perfect Strangers" disappears...

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<p>Orange Is the New Black</p>

Orange Is the New Black

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Review: 'Orange Is the New Black' - 'Comic Sans/Appropriately Sized Pots'

Cindy and Rosa get the flashbacks, while Piper tries to get a furlough

Continuing our periodic look at "Orange Is the New Black" season 2, I have thoughts on episodes 7 & 8 coming up just as soon as I'm in an M. Night Shalamalama movie...

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<p>Seinfeld</p>

Seinfeld

'Seinfeld' at 25: How the show about nothing became a huge hit

Revisiting the NBC comedy's improbable journey from busted pilot to juggernaut

Earlier this week, a former NBC sitcom made headlines by improbably returning from the dead, thanks to a website most people didn't even know was in the streaming video business. But the story of how "Community" will live again on Yahoo isn't nearly as far-fetched as the tale of another NBC Thursday sitcom, which few of the executives at the network understood, which was considered too weird and self-referential to ever succeed, and which — unlike "Community," the little cult engine that could — actually turned into the most popular show on television.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 237: 'Extant,' 'The Bridge' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 237: 'Extant,' 'The Bridge' & more

Dan and Alan also talk some more about the return of 'Community' and the death of 'HIEROGLYPH'!

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Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Time for the last cross-continental Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for a bit, as I'll be in Los Angeles next week for the Television Critics Association press tour, then in San Diego for Comic-Con, and Dan and I will be recording some video and/or audio shows from the same room for a few weeks. Before my travels begin, we dealt with a couple of next week's drama premieres, answered your questions — including some more talk about "Community" and "HIEROGLYPH!" to follow yesterday's video discussion — and moved on to a pivotal episode of "Friday Night Lights" season 2, featuring both a trip to Mexico and the introduction of the mysterious Santiago.

The rundown: 

"Extant" (00:01:35 - 00:11:35)
"The Bridge" (00:11:40 - 00:20:00)
Listener Mail - "Hieroglyph" and shows that never aired (00:20:30 - 00:29:00)
Listener Mail - "Community" and shows with strange journeys (00:29:05 - 00:37:15)
Listener Mail - Swag (00:37:20 - 00:44:40)
"Friday Night Lights" Season 2 (00:44:45 - 01:03:50)
 
 
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.

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<p>Cheers</p>

Cheers

Summer sitcom rewind: 'Cheers' - 'Thanksgiving Orphans'

Sam, Diane and the gang gather at Carla's for a turkey dinner — and a food fight

We're continuing this periodic summer project where we revisit classic sitcom episode. This week, we're returning to the 1980s for the season 5 "Cheers" episode "Thanksgiving Orphans," which you can find on Netflix, coming up just as soon as we're moving into the earth tones...

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<p>Welcome to Sweden</p>

Welcome to Sweden

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 19: 'Community' lives, 'Hieroglyph' dies, and more

Dan and Alan also review 'Welcome to Sweden,' 'Working the Engels' & the 'Penny Dreadful' finale

It's a happy Tuesday, boys and girls, because you get a new Firewall & Iceberg Show, in which Dan and I discuss the stunning resurrection of "Community" via Yahoo, of all places. But it's a sad Tuesday as well, because Dan and I also have to discuss FOX's decision to cancel "HIEROGLYPH!" before it ever got to air an episode, and whether that means we now have to retire that particular running gag. Oh, and we also discuss two new NBC summer sitcoms and the "Penny Dreadful" season finale.

The rundown:

0:00- 6:28- 'Community' renewal
6:28- 10:33- 'Hieroglyph' cancellation
10:33- 15:55- 'Welcome to Sweden' review
15:55- 20:09- 'Working the Engels' review
20:09- 31:52- 'Penny Dreadful' season finale

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.

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

24: Live Another Day

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Review: '24: Live Another Day' - '8:00 PM - 9:00 PM'

Kate gets infuriating news, Chloe tries to escape and a familiar face returns

A review of last night's "24: Live Another Day" coming up just as soon as this is me being courteous...

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<p>Community</p>

Community

Credit: NBC

'Community' renewed by Yahoo for sixth season; movie to follow?

Yahoo picks up canceled NBC comedy to bolster its original programming push

Holy cow, boys and girls: "Community" has been renewed, after all. The dream of six seasons and a movie is still alive — thanks to Yahoo, of all places, which closed a deal for an additional season of the cult NBC comedy.

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<p>Penny Dreadful</p>

Penny Dreadful

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Season finale review: 'Penny Dreadful' - 'Grand Guignol'

Sir Malcolm's group clashes with the vampires, and Frankenstein finds a bride for Caliban

"Penny Dreadful" concluded its first season last night. Our own Greg Ellwood reviewed the finale, and I have some thoughts on that episode and season 1 as a whole coming up just as soon as I return to the land of ice chips and cherry phosphates...

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Series premiere review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Pilot'

The world struggles to move on from a Rapture-like event

"The Leftovers" debuted on HBO tonight. I published a review of the early part of the season on Wednesday, and an interview with creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta on Thursday, and now I have specific thoughts on the first episode coming up just as soon as I wonder how Gary Busey made the cut...

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