<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus in &quot;Veep.&quot;</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep."

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HBO renews 'Veep' for season 3

Julia Louis-Dreyfus political comedy in midst of second season right now

HBO has renewed "Veep" for a third season. The political comedy, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and created by Armando Iannucci, is three episodes into its second season, airing Sundays at 10 after "Game of Thrones."

I never got a chance to do an advance review of "Veep" season 2, though Fienberg and I discussed it at length on the podcast. I had liked but not loved the first season, and even though Iannucci made several obvious and welcome tweaks for season 2 — making Selina more relevant to the presidential administration, bringing in ace guest stars like Gary Cole and Kevin Dunn — I actually found myself laughing less frequently at the new episodes than the old ones. (And Cole has, so far, been a total bust, which didn't seem possible when I heard he'd be appearing this year.) But I'm glad it's continuing, if only because I enjoy hearing these fine actors wrap their tongues around Iannucci's clever, creatively profane dialogue.

I know some other critics feel this season's been stronger than the first, so I'm curious what all of you who are watching think. Is "Veep" better, worse, or the same as it was last year? 

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<p>Adelaide Clemens and Aden Young in &quot;Rectify.&quot;</p>

Adelaide Clemens and Aden Young in "Rectify."

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Sundance renews 'Rectify' for season 2

Slow-burning drama about former Death Row inmate has been one of 2013's best new series

Sundance Channel has renewed "Rectify," its great new drama about a Death Row inmate (Aden Young) unexpectedly released into a world he never expected to see again, for a second season, with 10 new episodes set to debut sometime in 2014.

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<p>Chris Messina and Ike Barinholtz on &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Chris Messina and Ike Barinholtz on "The Mindy Project."

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Review: 'The Mindy Project' - 'Triathlon'

Mindy ponders a religious conversion, Danny tries to avoid his ex and the doctors compete with the midwives

A review of tonight's "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as we spend eternity together playing doubles tennis with Abe Lincoln and Tupac...

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<p>&quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;offers another college flashback with Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;and Schmidt (Max Greenfield).</p>

"New Girl" offers another college flashback with Nick (Jake Johnson) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield).

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Virgins'

The gang competes to see whose first time was the most humiliating

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I freak you toward the bed...

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<p>On &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;Barney goes gambling during his bachelor party.</p>

On "How I Met Your Mother," Barney goes gambling during his bachelor party.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Bro Mitzvah'

The gang invites the wrong Karate Kid to Barney's bachelor party

A quick review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I talk about my night with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 179: 'Family Tools,' 'Maron,' 'Game of Thrones' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'The Good Wife' finale and last night's 'Mad Men'

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The network TV season is almost over, but this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is a mix of finale and premiere talk, as we see how "The Good Wife" wrapped things up while looking at the debut of two new comedies, in addition to checking in on the midpoint of "Game of Thrones" season 3 and our usual "Mad Men" analysis.

The lineup:

"Family Tools" (00:01:25 - 00:16:25)
"Maron" (00:16:30 - 00:27:55)
Listener Mail - "Hannibal" & "The Following" (00:28:20 - 00:39:15)
"Good Wife" (00:39:20 - 00:54:45)
"Game of Thrones" (00:54:50 - 01:11:05)
"Mad Men" (01:11:10 - 01:33:25)

As always, 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 or stream it on Dan's blog.

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>Julianna Margulies,Josh Charlies and Christine Baranski in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Julianna Margulies,Josh Charlies and Christine Baranski in "The Good Wife."

Credit: CBS

Season finale review: 'The Good Wife' - 'What's in the Box?'

The Illinois voters make their choice, and so does Alicia

A review of "The Good Wife" season finale coming up just as soon as I watch "Hostel 3"...

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<p>On &quot;Mad Men,&quot;&nbsp;Don Draper (Jon Hamm)&nbsp;and Roger Sterling (John Slattery) go to an awards banquet.</p>

On "Mad Men," Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Roger Sterling (John Slattery) go to an awards banquet.

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Flood'

Peggy goes apartment-hunting, Don competes for an award, and tragedy strikes

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I go to Harlem in a tuxedo...

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<p>Oona Chaplin and Richard Madden in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Oona Chaplin and Richard Madden in "Game of Thrones."

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Kissed by Fire'

Oaths are tested, names are changed, and the Lord of Light intercedes

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I offer to scream loudly...

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<p>Ed Helms and Craig Robinson in &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Ed Helms and Craig Robinson in "The Office."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'The Office' - 'Paper Airplane'

Andy gets an acting gig, Nellie hosts a contest, and Jim and Pam talk it out

A quick review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I place an ad on Craigslist...

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