<p>Michelle MacLaren directed the gorgeous &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;episode &quot;Gliding Over All.&quot;</p>

Michelle MacLaren directed the gorgeous "Breaking Bad" episode "Gliding Over All."

Credit: AMC

Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Comedy/Drama Directing

Will this signal the start of big nights for 'Homeland' or '30 Rock'?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented next Sunday night, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama directing categories. The former's an eclectic list that includes a couple of single-camera broadcast sitcoms, two cable half-hours that are arguably more drama than comedy, and whatever you feel like calling "Glee" this week. The drama category, meanwhile, includes some of the year's most intense hours, but doesn't have room for anything from "Mad Men" or "Game of Thrones."

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<p>Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison in &quot;Sleepy Hollow.&quot;</p>

Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison in "Sleepy Hollow."

Credit: FOX

Review: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' isn't afraid to be crazy

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The first new show of the fall season may be good or it may be terrible, but it's not boring

I honestly can't tell you if FOX's "Sleepy Hollow," the first new show of the 2013-14 network TV season, is good or bad — and I've already watched the pilot episode (which airs Monday at 9 p.m.) twice. I suspect it's bad, and that it will be proven to be bad over the course of its first season. But if it's bad, it's in a memorable, weird, fun way. It's a show that goes for broke, does not apologize for its excesses and is never, ever boring. In a freshman class full of forgettable new dramas, it stands out by virtue of embracing every possible way in which it could go awry, because ultimately being boring is worse than being bad.

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<p>Can you write and record a theme song for the upcoming Firewall &amp;&nbsp;Iceberg video show?</p>

Can you write and record a theme song for the upcoming Firewall & Iceberg video show?

Contest: The Firewall & Iceberg video show needs a theme song!

Do you have the musical chops to introduce Dan and Alan's show?

From the beginning, Firewall & Iceberg has relied on audience feedback. We answer your questions most weeks. We took our name from a listener suggestion. A week ago, we asked for your feedback on the logo for a video version of the show that we're working on, hopefully to launch in October. (The winner, overwhelmingly, was the version with the classic color bars reminiscent of the audio podcast's logo.) And now we're hoping we have some musical geniuses in the audience who might want to provide the video show with a theme song.

Here's the deal: we need a 30-second music sample (and one that can also work at 10 seconds, depending on formatting issues that are still being discussed). It can have lyrics. It can have no lyrics. It can be heavy metal. Ska. Hip-hop. Barbershop. Whatever you think says "Firewall & Iceberg" (aka "Two guys bicker about TV") and is musical, send it to us. Dan and I will pick a winner, and that winner will be credited in the show, in addition to their song being played at the top.

Some legalese:

* Entrants must be the full rights owners of the song.

* Entrants must be willing to sign something granting HitFix the full rights to the song

* By submitting a song, you agree to the full contest rules which can be found here: Official rules.

All entries should be emailed to contest@hitfix.com

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<p>Michael Douglas as Liberace in &quot;Behind the Candelabra.&quot;</p>

Michael Douglas as Liberace in "Behind the Candelabra."

Credit: HBO

Emmys 2013 Predictions: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

Will 'Behind the Candelabra' star power trump the competition?

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented next Sunday night, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).

We'll begin the same way we did last year, by looking at the nominees for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, which features one show that still arguably doesn't belong here ("American Horror Story"), a huge commercial hit ("The Bible"), a couple of HBO films starring multiple Oscar winners ("Phil Spector" and "Behind the Candelabra"), a prestige cable miniseries that might have turned into an ongoing series if its ratings were better ("Political Animals"), and the start of Sundance Channel's impressive push into original scripted series ("Top of the Lake"):

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<p>Jesse (Coby Bell)&nbsp;and Sam (Bruce Campbell)&nbsp;get into a jam in the &quot;Burn Notice&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

Jesse (Coby Bell) and Sam (Bruce Campbell) get into a jam in the "Burn Notice" series finale.

Credit: USA

Series finale review: 'Burn Notice' - 'Reckoning'

Michael Westen's adventures come to an explosive end

"Burn Notice" has come to an end. I wrote about the series as a whole earlier, and I have a few  thoughts on the finale coming up just as soon as I smoke one more cigarette...    

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<p>Chris Lowell, Geoff Stults and Parker Young play brothers in the same Army unit in &quot;Enlisted.&quot;</p>

Chris Lowell, Geoff Stults and Parker Young play brothers in the same Army unit in "Enlisted."

Credit: FOX

FOX pushes 'Enlisted' premiere to January

Military comedy from 'Cougar Town' co-creator now to launch out of the NFL playoffs

FOX has decided to hold the premiere of its new military comedy "Enlisted" from November until January, hoping that one of their most promising new shows — albeit not one of its flashiest or simplest to market — will do better if it debuts after a lot of promotion during the football playoffs.

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<p>Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen in &quot;Burn Notice.&quot;</p>

Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen in "Burn Notice."

Credit: USA

Review: Farewell to 'Burn Notice'

The USA spy series says goodbye, darker and more serialized than when it began

A few years back, "SNL" did a game show parody called "What is 'Burn Notice'?," where confused contestants struggle to articulate a single detail about the popular USA drama. It was no "Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney," but it hit on a key point about pop culture: sometimes, the biggest hits don't penetrate the national consciousness in the way that smaller ones do. "NCIS" is the most popular show on television, and a very good one, but I hear it discussed (by both TV critics and civilians) far less often than "Homeland" or "Scandal." And while the fictional "SNL" game show contestants couldn't identify a single thing about "Burn Notice" (one guessed it was "about a sexy doctor who can start fires with his mind"), I suspect even many people who've never watched a second of "Mad Men" could describe a few things about it, even though "Burn Notice" (which airs its series finale tonight at 9) was much more popular throughout its run (and even aired directly opposite "Mad Men" in their first season).

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<p>Diane Kruger as Sonya Cross in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Diane Kruger as Sonya Cross in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Old Friends'

Frye goes to a meeting, Sonya takes some pills and Tate's plan continues

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as we're on Mars...

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<p>Better call Saul?&nbsp;AMC&nbsp;and Sony moved one step closer to making a &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk.</p>

Better call Saul? AMC and Sony moved one step closer to making a "Breaking Bad" spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk.

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' spin-off 'Better Call Saul' closer to reality

Series would take place before Saul Goodman ever met Walter White

The "Better Call Saul" spin-off from "Breaking Bad" has just moved one step closer to reality, as AMC has signed a licensing agreement with Sony (the studio that produces and owns "Breaking Bad") for the spin-off — which will be "a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White's lawyer."

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<p>Charlie Hunnam in &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Charlie Hunnam in "Sons of Anarchy."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Sons of Anarchy' season premiere shocker

Did Kurt Sutter take the violence too far last night, or is this the appropriate set-up for the series' final act?
“Sons of Anarchy” returned to TV last night. I’m no longer writing about the show weekly — Geoff Berkshire is again handling that duty for HitFix, and his take on the season premiere is here — but I had some thoughts on events near the end of the premiere. Lots of spoilers coming up just as soon as I have my grandmother’s knock...
 
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