<p>Denis Leary</p>

Denis Leary

Credit: FX

Questions&answers about Denis Leary's creepy comedy 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll'

The 'Rescue Me' star is back at FX, now playing a washed-up never-was rocker

Questions I have after watching two episodes of "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll," the new FX comedy created by and starring Denis Leary, which debuts tomorrow night at 10:

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<p>The Sopranos</p>

The Sopranos

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'The Sopranos' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 7: 'Down Neck'

AJ's troubles in the present inspire Tony to flash back on traumas in his past

Welcome to the seventh installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine.

Thoughts on the seventh episode, “Down Neck," coming up just as soon as the clown gets arrested, too...

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Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 291: 'BoJack Horseman,' 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'The Jim Gaffigan Show,' 'Impastor' & 'Married,' and revisit the ends of 'Alf' & 'Dinosaurs


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast lives!

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NBC buries 'Hannibal' alive

NBC has relocated struggling Thursday dramas "Aquarius" and "Hannibal" to Saturdays, a night that's been home to many a dead show walking like "Hannibal."

The problem is that "Aquarius" not only hasn't already been canceled like "Hannibal," but has already been renewed for a second season.

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<p>Jim Gaffigan</p>

Jim Gaffigan

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How Jim Gaffigan learned to say no to network sitcoms

Food-obsessed comic's 'The Jim Gaffigan Show' debuts instead on TV Land

Fifteen years ago, Jim Gaffigan was yet another young stand-up comic riding the conveyer belt from the comedy clubs to a network sitcom in the wake of the success of Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Tim Allen, and more. His CBS sitcom "Welcome to New York" was designed as a vehicle for him, but somewhere between the start of development and when it hit the air, the focus shifted to co-star Christine Baranski, an Emmy winner for CBS' "Cybill." It turned out to be a good showcase for neither, and produced only 13 episodes before calling it quits.

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<p>The Affair</p>

The Affair

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'The Affair' season 2 trailer promises 'more than two sides to every story'

Though "The Affair" between Dominic West and Ruth Wilson's characters was the title subject of Showtime's newest drama series, the show was often at its most vibrant last fall when it was focusing on the spouses (played by Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson) and other family members whose lives were being irrevocably altered by it. So it's exciting to learn that season 2 — debuting this fall — will, according to Showtime, "be told separately from four different perspectives, revealing four distinct truths." 

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<p>True Detective</p>

True Detective

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'True Detective' meets 'Starsky & Hutch' in funky credits mash-up

We can debate about the aesthetic and narrative quality of the shootout from last night's "True Detective," but there can be no arguing that it provided outstanding fodder for this Vulture mash-up of "TD" season 2 and the funk-tastic theme song and opening credits to "Starsky and Hutch." Though the failure to cast W. Earl Brown as the Huggy Bear of this universe was a missed opportunity.

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<p>Show Me a Hero</p>

Show Me a Hero

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Oscar Isaac in the trailer for David Simon's new HBO miniseries 'Show Me a Hero'

It's only been a year and a half since the end of "Tremé," but that still feels like too long for HBO to be without a David Simon project. Fortunately, the debut of his new miniseries "Show Me a Hero" — directed by Paul Haggis, and starring Oscar Isaac, Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina and Simon regular Clarke Peters, among others — is barely a month away. Here's a trailer for the project, which stars Isaac as Yonkers mayor Nick Wasicsko, who in the late '80s ran into a lot of trouble trying to integrate the city's public housing:

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<p>Taylor Kitsch in True Detective</p>

Taylor Kitsch in True Detective

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That 'True Detective' gunfight was stunning, but did it make any sense?

A technically impressive but nonsensical gunfight as the story hits the midway point

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I'm louche...

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

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Season premiere review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Parliament of Owls': Let's talk about sex, baby

Bill and Virginia prep for the publication of their book with a long family weekend

"Masters of Sex" is back for a third season. I reviewed the early episodes in general terms on Thursday, and I have specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I  pause on the sand of Omaha Beach to study French cuisine...

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