<p>Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in "The Newsroom."

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Review: HBO's 'The Newsroom' returns for season 2

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C+
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A+
Aaron Sorkin makes some tweaks, but the cable news drama remains too smug for its own good

I've lost track of the number of times in the last year when a major news event — or, rather, the news media majorly bungling its coverage of that event — inspired my Twitter feed to explode with comments about how "The Newsroom" would turn this into an episode two seasons from now. With each mention, there was a clear sense that these repeated, institutionalized screw-ups — the misreading of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the torrent of erroneous information about the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, cable news completely ignoring the riveting, made-for-TV drama that was the recent Texas state legislature filibuster — were only proving "Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin correct in his thesis that the Fourth Estate has been badly failing the American people. Yet each one also came laced with jokes about the amazing power of 20/20 hindsight, about "News Night" producer Jim Harper conveniently having a second cousin once removed connected to the story, and about which Coldplay song would accompany the montage about a tragedy poorly-covered by the press.

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<p>Charles Grounds and Rachel Griffiths in &quot;Camp.&quot;</p>

Charles Grounds and Rachel Griffiths in "Camp."

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Series premiere review: 'Camp' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC summer series?

I never finished my attempt at an advance review of NBC's "Camp," in part because I ran out of synonyms for "pleasant" after a while. I didn't mind the three episodes that I watched, and even laughed in a spot or two, but nor did any of it stick with me for more than a few seconds after I finished. Though I liked Rachel Griffiths and many of her fellow Aussies-as-Americans, the show seems to be neither fish nor fowl: too much adult nookie to necessarily be a youth-appeal series, and too much sex talk overall for it to be an option for the family to watch together. 10 p.m. seems the right hour for it; I'm just not sure what the target audience is, and I don't think the show does a great job of explaining how family camp here works, as opposed to it just being an excuse to have grown-ups and kids together every now and then.

For those who tuned in last night, what did you think? Did you find the Australian-ness of it all distracting, or did you not notice? And are you going to watch again?

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<p>Diane Kruger and Ted Levine in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Diane Kruger and Ted Levine in "The Bridge."

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Series premiere review: 'The Bridge' - 'Pilot'

The new FX drama kicks off with an unusual corpse left on the El Paso/Juárez border crossing

"The Bridge" debuted tonight on FX. I published a general review of the series yesterday, and I have a few specific thoughts on the pilot episode coming up just as soon as I make a white tiger my enemy...

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<p>Taylor Schilling goes to women's prison in &quot;Orange Is the New Black.&quot;</p>

Taylor Schilling goes to women's prison in "Orange Is the New Black."

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Review: Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black'

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B+
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A-
Dramedy from 'Weeds' creator Jenji Kohan doesn't come with the hype of 'House of Cards' or 'Arrested Development'

The female prison dramedy "Orange Is the New Black" is the fourth Netflix original series to debut this year (all 13 episodes of the first season should be available to stream after 12 a.m. Pacific tonight), and battling it out with the horror series "Hemlock Grove" for the lowest profile. "House of Cards" was the splashy, expensive acquisition, bought out from under the noses of HBO and company, starring Kevin Spacey, directed by David Fincher, and arriving with all the polish and fanfare of a premiere cable drama. The new season of "Arrested Development" was the resurrection of a beloved comedy series that was canceled much too soon in the mid-'00s. And yet each was something of a disappointment: "House of Cards" felt formulaic and emotionally empty, while "Arrested Development" struggled to recreate the old magic with the characters mostly separated.

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<p>Demi&aacute;n Bichir and Diane Kruger in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger in "The Bridge."

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Review: FX's 'The Bridge' a gripping look at crime on the border

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Cops Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir investigate a serial killer

Many elements of FX's new crime drama "The Bridge" (it debuts tomorrow night at 10) may seem familiar. One of its two main characters, El Paso homicide detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) suffers (undiagnosed) from Asperger's syndrome, putting her into good, if socially clumsy, current company with the likes of Temperance Brennan on "Bones," Will Graham on "Hannibal" and both the Cumberbatch and Miller versions of Sherlock Holmes. It will spend most of its first season dealing with the pursuit by Cross and Mexican cop Hector Ruiz (Demián Bichir) of a baroque serial killer, which invites immediate comparisons to "Dexter," "Hannibal," the current season of "The Killing" and virtually every other serial killer-obsessed cop show of the moment. And it is, like "The Killing," a remake of a popular Scandinavian series, "Bron," which was set on the border between Denmark and Sweden.

But what makes "The Bridge" special, and potentially great, is an attribute more often applied to real estate than TV drama: location, location, location.

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<p>Key &amp;&nbsp;Peele.</p>

Key & Peele.

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Key & Peele to host the TCA Awards

Liam Neesons' biggest fans will emcee for the Television Critics Association on August 3

I can tell you who the new TCA Awards hosts are with just two words:

Liam Neesons.

Okay, maybe two more (plus an ampersand):

Key & Peele.

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<p>Junior isn't the only bad thing about &quot;Under the Dome,&quot;&nbsp;but he's almost certainly the worst.</p>

Junior isn't the only bad thing about "Under the Dome," but he's almost certainly the worst.

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Review: 'Under the Dome' - 'Manhunt'

Your local critic has had about enough of this Stephen King adaptation

A quick review of tonight's "Under the Dome" — most likely my last on the subject — coming up just as soon as I know about the Sherman Anti-Trust Act...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 191: 'The Bridge,' 'The Newsroom' & more

Dan and Alan also review NBC's "Camp" and revisit "The West Wing" pilot

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We're back on Monday again for this week's busy Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which had so many notable premieres — "The Bridge," "Camp," "Orange Is The New Black" and "The Newsroom" — that we passed the 90-minute mark without even dipping into the mailbag. Comic-Con may leave next week's schedule up in the air, but whether it's Monday, Wednesday or later, we'll be following today's "The West Wing" pilot discussion by looking at the pilot of "The X-Files." 

The lineup:

he Bridge" (00:00:55 - 00:21:20)
"Camp" (00:21:20 - 00:35:25)
"Orange Is The New Black" (00:35:00 - 00:54:20)
"The Newsroom" (00:54:25 - 01:11:00)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "The West Wing" (01:11:10 - 01:35:10)
 
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>Time to start crying, &quot;Community&quot; fans:&nbsp;Donald Glover will only be part-time in season 5.</p>

Time to start crying, "Community" fans: Donald Glover will only be part-time in season 5.

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Donald Glover to be part-time on 'Community' season 5

Actor will reportedly appear in 5 of 13 episodes to focus on his Childish Gambino rap career

Troy and Abed sep-uh-raaaaating!

Well, this new piece of news about "Community" season 5 is not cool cool cool: as first reported by Vulture's Joe Adalian, Donald Glover will only be appearing in 5 of next season's 13 episodes of the NBC comedy.

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<p>Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir in "The Bridge."

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'The Bridge' producer Meredith Stiehm on translating Denmark/Sweden into U.S./Mexico

Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir play cops from opposite sides of the border in new drama from 'Cold Case' creator
Wednesday night at 10, FX premieres “The Bridge,” a new longform cop drama adapted from a popular Scandinavian crime series about a dead body found on the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden, which eventually leads to a serial killer operating in both countries. Here, the action has been moved to the U.S./Mexico border crossing between El Paso and Juarez, with Diane Kruger playing an American cop with undiagnosed Asperger’s and Demian Bichir as her charming Mexican counterpart.
 
Leading the adaptation is veteran producer Meredith Stiehm, who cut her teeth on “NYPD Blue,” created and ran “Cold Case” for years, and was part of the murder’s row writing staff for the first two seasons of “Homeland,” where she was responsible for some of the series’ best episodes (including “The Weekend” in season 1 and “The Clearing” in season 2).
 
I liked “The Bridge” quite a bit (review to follow later in the week), and I recently spoke with Stiehm about the choices she made in adapting the original, how she’s approaching her heroine’s social deficits, whether comparisons to “The Killing” (which was adapted by fellow “Cold Case” alum Veena Sud) are fair, and more.
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