<p>Hitch, Greatest American Hero and Big</p>

Hitch, Greatest American Hero and Big

From 'Big' to 'Marley & Me': We weigh in on TV's remake fad

Does anyone want 'In Good Company: The Series'?

I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled.

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<p>Olive Kitteridge</p>

Olive Kitteridge

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Review: The long and short of HBO's 'Olive Kitteridge'

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Great performances, but perhaps the wrong length for adapting Elizabeth Strout's book

The last time HBO turned a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in Maine into a miniseries, it was 2005's "Empire Falls," which boasted a star-studded cast but was exactly the wrong length at four hours: too short to properly tell all of the books' stories and give the audience the necessary feeling of living among these characters, and much too long for the thin slice the filmmakers were able to carve out of the book.

HBO's new miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" (it debuts Sunday night at 9) is also adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in Maine, and also clocks in at four hours. And though I haven't read the Elizabeth Strout book on which it's based, it certainly feels like the same mistake has been made about its length.

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<p>Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird in &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agents of SHIELD.&quot;</p>

Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird in "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD."

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'A Fractured House'

Mockingbird fights (with) Hunter, and Ward's brother comes into play

A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I accuse you of peacocking...

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<p>The Flash</p>

The Flash

Credit: CW

Review: 'The Flash' - 'Going Rogue'

Barry reunites with Felicity from 'Arrow' and meets Captain Cold

A review of tonight's "The Flash" coming up just as soon as I'm overdressed for trivia night...

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<p>Eliza Coupe in Benched, and The McCarthys</p>

Eliza Coupe in Benched, and The McCarthys

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Fall TV reviews: 'Benched' & 'The McCarthys'

A legal sitcom on USA with a 'Happy Endings' alum, and a family comedy on CBS

We finally had our first network cancellation of the fall season last week, when ABC dropped the ax on "Manhattan Love Story." Had the Alphabet waited one more week, we'd have made it through the first season in a while where all the new fall shows got to debut before one was canceled. But that was not to be, and instead we have our final new network fall show (with plenty more on the bench for midseason, or whatever the broadcast nets are willing to call it these days) coming up this week, along with a new cable comedy. Both, oddly, feature Jack McGee in a supporting role (the result of cable and network shows often filming on different schedules), and that — along with the fact that I don't feel strongly about either one at this stage — is enough excuse to put them together in the same post for a few quick thoughts on both CBS' "The McCarthys" and USA's "Benched."

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<p>Gotham</p>

Gotham

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Gotham' - 'Spirit of The Goat'

Bullock chases a killer from his past, while Nygma woos Kris Kringle

A review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as I get tangled in some hussy's demon purse...

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<p>Scorpion</p>

Scorpion

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'Scorpion,' 'NCIS: New Orleans,' 'Madam Secretary' & 'Stalker' get full-season orders

All four of the network's new fall dramas have been picked up

Last week on the podcast, Fienberg and I wondered what was taking so long for CBS to give full-season orders to "Scorpion" and "NCIS: New Orleans," given how well they had performed so far in this young season. ("Scorpion" in particular did very well last week recovering from a very poor lead-in from "The Millers" season premiere.) It appears CBS was simply waiting to get all its new drama ducks in a row, because tonight the network announced that all four of its newcomers — those two plus "Madam Secretary" and (yes) "Stalker" — had been given full-season orders.

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<p>It&#39;s Always Sunny in Philadelphia</p>

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Credit: FXX

The Gang blasts off in 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' season 10 trailer

Can Mac, Dennis, Charlie, Sweet Dee and Frank return from orbit by January?

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" won't be back on FXX until January — for the 10th season of the little homemade comedy that could — but I've got a special bonus dose of the Gang that will hopefully tide you over til then: the latest cinematic "Always Sunny" season trailer, titled "Blaze of Glory."

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<p>Boardwalk Empire</p>

Boardwalk Empire

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 254: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'The McCarthys' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Mike Tyson Mysteries' & 'Benched'

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Happy Monday, boys and girls! Despite concern about business travel mucking with the schedule this week, we were able to record a Firewall & Iceberg Podcast that touched on three new comedy premieres this week, but which is mainly an excuse to dive deep on the "Boardwalk Empire" series finale, along with some thoughts on the series as a whole.

The rundown:

"Mike Tyson Mysteries" (00:00:55 - 00:09:50)
"Benched" (00:09:55 - 00:19:20)
"The McCarthys" (00:19:25 - 00:28:05)
"Boardwalk Empire" finale (00:28:15 - 01:14:25)
 
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There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

<p>Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire</p>

Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire

Credit: HBO

Series finale review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Eldorado'

The series concludes with Nucky facing his past, present and future

"Boardwalk Empire" came to an end tonight. I spoke at length with creator Terence Winter, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I think about the things I want in life, then imagine myself in a dress...

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