<p>Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell in True Detective</p>

Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell in True Detective

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Review: Has 'True Detective' fallen victim to the sophomore slump?

Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch have a very tough act to follow

Midway through watching the very first episode of "True Detective" season 1, Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle delivered what was already his fourth or fifth monologue about the pointlessness of existence, and I jotted down the following note:

Do I want to watch many hours of McConaughey saying this (stuff)?

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Which 'Hannibal' survivor is returning in tomorrow's episode?

Which survivor of the massacre at Hannibal's house will be appearing tomorrow?

So far, "Hannibal" season 3 has been very slow and deliberate about revealing exactly who survived the massacre at Hannibal Lecter's house at the end of last season, not to mention what kind of physical and emotional shape the survivors are in.

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<p>LeBron James</p>

LeBron James

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Is there a TV version of what LeBron James just did?

How many shows would be unwatchable without a Hall of Fame performance like the one James gave the Cavs?

Last night, LeBron James came as close as any player has in 46 years (since Jerry West in '69) to winning the NBA Finals MVP for a losing team. What he did in carrying a team of scrubs and/or Knicks castoffs to within two games of a championship was otherworldly, not just for his own play, but for the complete ineptitude of his supporting cast whenever he wasn't on the floor.

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<p>The Sopranos</p>

The Sopranos

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'The Sopranos' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 3: 'Denial, Anger, Acceptance'

Tony grapples with his own mortality in an early James Gandolfini showcase

Welcome to the third 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 third episode, "Denial, Anger, Acceptance," coming up just as soon as I make like a mohel and finish your bris...

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<p>Yvonne Strahovski</p>

Yvonne Strahovski

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Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 288: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Astronaut Wives Club' & more

Dan and Alan also break down the 'Silicon Valley' & 'Veep' finales and revisit the end of 'Cheers'


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast took last week off — though you did get us in video form — and to make up for that, plus the podcast's absence next week while Dan is on vacation, it's a double-podcast week, starting off with a whole bunch of finales, plus one new summer debut. 

Our next finale revisit will be the end of "The Shield," which is streaming on Hulu Plus and available to download from Amazon, iTunes, etc.

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<p>American Gods</p>


American Gods


Starz orders series of Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' from 'Hannibal' producer Bryan Fuller

After years in development at both HBO and Starz, Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" is finally coming to television. All it needs now is a cast.

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'Bloodline' season 1 in review: 'We're not bad people, but we did a bad thing'

Ben Mendelsohn shone, but was the rest worth it?

It's been almost three months since "Bloodline" debuted on Netflix. In a traditional distribution model, the show's first season would be wrapping up right around now. In the world of the binge, most of the people who cared about that show finished it within a week or two of its release.

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

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So who actually died in the 'Game of Thrones' season finale?

Lots of blood, but also some characters who might not stay dead

Last night's "Game of Thrones" finale was particularly bloody, even by this show's standards, but a lot of the "deaths" were presented in pretty ambiguous fashion, while others seemed designed to be overturned for the needs of the story.

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

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Season finale review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Mother's Mercy': Walk of shame

Revenge is a dish served often, but not always with the intended results

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" season finale coming up just as soon as my Valyrian's a bit nostril...

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Season finale review: 'Veep - 'Election Night': Ma'am up!

Selina awaits her fate, Dan and Amy do TV, and Tom James has an idea

A review of the "Veep" season finale coming up just as soon as I have incompatible shoes for this carpet...

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