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<p>Lisa Kudrow in The Comeback</p>

Lisa Kudrow in The Comeback

Credit: HBO

Review: HBO's 'The Comeback' is as mortifying as ever 9 years later

Get ready to cringe a LOT as the Lisa Kudrow showbiz satire returns

There are TV shows I race through because I can't wait to see what happens next, and TV shows I pause frequently, either because I want to savor the experience or because I would really rather be doing anything else. And then there is "The Comeback," whose episodes take me twice as long to watch as anything else, good or bad, because I have to stop the action every few minutes just so I can clear my head, take a walk in nature, call my wife and do other feel-good activities in the hopes that when I press play, the latest mortification facing Lisa Kudrow's Valerie Cherish will have magically gone away.

The mortification never goes away. Ever.

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<p>New Girl</p>

New Girl

Credit: FOX

Evening TV Round-Up: 'Selfie,' 'New Girl' & 'The Mindy Project'

Henry and Eliza get closer, Jess tries to hide drugs, and Mindy's lateness angers Danny

It's been a while since I've done a comedy round-up post, but I happened to see tonight's episodes of "Selfie," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" in advance, and this seems a good opportunity for a quick check-in on each, coming up just as soon as I put you on a waterslide between two obese people...

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<p>How to Get Away with Murder</p>

How to Get Away with Murder

Credit: ABC

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 255: 'The Newsroom,' 'The Comeback' & more

Dan and Alan also check in on 'Scandal,' 'How to Get Away with Murder' & 'Agents of SHIELD'


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is on a regular schedule this week — though we will either be delayed or off altogether next week — as Dan and I discussed two returning HBO shows, checked in on three ABC dramas, and discussed the first cancellations of the fall.

The rundown:

Recent TV Cancellations (00:00:50 - 00:15:55)
"The Newsroom" (00:16:45 - 00:31:00)
"The Comeback" (00:31:00 - 00:43:55)
"Scandal" (00:44:00 - 00:56:15)
"How To Get Away With Murder" (00:56:20 - 01:07:10)
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (01:07:10 - 01:20:20)
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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Credit: FOX

Review: 'Gotham' - 'Penguin's Umbrella'

The show goes full-on mob war for its best episode to date

A review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as I'm a douchebag with the moral high ground...

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<p>Happy Valley</p>

Happy Valley

Credit: Netflix

Review: Netflix's 'Happy Valley' a swift, brutal crime story

BBC cop drama tells story well in a short amount of time

I have watched a lot of great television this year, yet few scenes in 2014 had the kind of physical effect on me like the closing minutes of the fourth episode of "Happy Valley," the BBC crime drama that Netflix added to its library back in August.  As the scene went along, I stopped recording my usual notes and just stared at the television. I had to remind myself to take a breath a few times. I'm pretty sure I left my thumbprint permanently impressed to the underside of my desk from gripping it too hard at one point. It's a cliffhanger ending, and the Netflix interface meant that resolution was only a simple click away, yet I had to put the show on hold for a few hours just to get that moment out of my system. At that moment, I was in no condition to jump straight to the next episode and potentially see that things had gone poorly for the characters in danger. No way.

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<p>The Affair</p>

The Affair

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'The Affair' - 'Episode 4'

The show ditches its multiple POV device for a week, and suffers without it

Thoughts on tonight's "The Affair" — and the early part of the season so far — coming up just as soon as I'm not much of a cuddler...

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Slabtown'

Beth wakes up in a hospital filled with scary survivors

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I offer you a suck on my lollipop...

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<p>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</p>

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Mole'

Holt and Peralta pull an all-nighter, Terry and Diaz go undercover, and Boyle and Gina are found out

A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I make some promises involving lollipops(*) I do not intend to keep...

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Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Too Big to Fail'

Adam, Crosby and Amber grapple with money troubles, while Dylan bonds with Kristina

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as the Sorting Hat assigns me to Gryffindor...

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<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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