<p>Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife."

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Review: 'The Good Wife' better than ever thanks to firm civil war

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Broadcast network drama's standard-bearer is on a great run

We crossed a line a few years ago as a culture where it became profoundly uncool, if not inviting ridicule, to suggest that a drama airing on a broadcast network belonged in the discussion of the best shows on TV. Maybe that line was crossed a couple of years ago when Emmy voters failed to nominate a single network show for Outstanding Drama Series, but whenever it was, the talking points have become set in stone: Cable dramas make fewer episodes, and can focus more on telling the best stories without having to pad things out! Network shows have to deal with censors, and with interfering executives! Cable shows don't have to worry about spoonfeeding audiences, or giving them blandly likable characters!

I've made some of those arguments in the past, including against the last network show to get one of those drama series nominations: CBS' "The Good Wife." A couple of years ago, I even suggested that the series, excellent as it was, might be  improved if creators Robert and Michelle King were allowed to just do 13 episodes a year and not have to waste time on the less interesting corners of Alicia Florrick's world, like her kids' latest misadventures with social media.

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<p>Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch and &quot;Sherlock&quot;&nbsp;will be returning to American in January on PBS.</p>

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch and "Sherlock" will be returning to American in January on PBS.

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PBS announces 'Sherlock' season 3 premiere date

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be back in January, along with 'Downton Abbey'

"Sherlock" will be returning to America in January — and teaming up with "Downton Abbey" on Sunday nights on PBS.

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<p>Bradley Whitford and Malin Akerman go '80s in &quot;Trophy Wife.&quot;</p>

Bradley Whitford and Malin Akerman go '80s in "Trophy Wife."

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Morning TV Round-Up: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'Trophy Wife' & 'New Girl'

Halloween brings out the best in three Tuesday sitcoms

It's morning round-up time, with thoughts on last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Trophy Wife" and "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I like yoga, Tuvan throat singers and NASCAR...

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<p>Showtime has renewed &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;for a fourth season.</p>

Showtime has renewed "Homeland" for a fourth season.

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Showtime renews 'Homeland' & 'Masters of Sex'

Both Sunday dramas will return next year, but do both deserve to?

Showtime has renewed both of its current Sunday dramas, "Homeland" and "Masters of Sex."

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<p>Josh Radnor and Anna Camp in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Josh Radnor and Anna Camp in "How I Met Your Mother."

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Knight Vision'

Ted makes bad choices, Daphne coaches Marshall, and Barney and Robin anger their reverend

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I convince you to call me The Convincer...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 207

Dan and Alan also discuss last night's 'Homeland' and talk about recent renewals and cancellations

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Happy Monday, boys and girls! For real this time! For the first time in a few weeks, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast comes to you on its regularly scheduled day, in part because the office where I current rent space is in the process of being dismantled (you may be able to hear the sounds of movers and contractors in the background of today's show), and if we didn't record today, we probably wouldn't be able to for a while. This week, we discuss NBC's droopy "Dracula," Cinemax airing the first season of "Strike Back" under the title of "Strike Back: Origins," check in on "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD," discuss last week's TV news, answer some mail and then do our second "Homeland" segment in a row because last night's episode, for good or (mostly) ill, demanded it.

It's unclear exactly when my new office will be set up, but hopefully we can aim for two Mondays in a row.

The rundown:

"Dracula" (00:01:20 - 00:19:05)
"Strike Back: Origins" (00:19:05 - 00:28:25)
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (00:28:30 - 42:15)
Recent TV News (00:42:20 - 00:53:15)
Listener Mail: Straight-to-Series orders (00:53:40 - 01:00:15)
"Homeland" (01:00:30 - 01:14:00)
 

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.

 

<p>Michael Sheen as William Masters in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Michael Sheen as William Masters in "Masters of Sex."

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Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Thank You For Coming'

Bill's mother brings up bad memories of his father, and Virginia's ex-husband rolls into town

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I refuse to pay you for babysitting your own children...

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<p>Glenn (Steven Yeun)&nbsp;runs into action on &quot;The Waking Dead.&quot;</p>

Glenn (Steven Yeun) runs into action on "The Waking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Infected'

Rick's group deals with zombie attacks both inside and outside the prison walls

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I have other plans involving dirt and cucumbers...

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<p>Claire Danes and Martin Donovan in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Claire Danes and Martin Donovan in "Homeland."

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Game On'

Carrie gets out of the hospital, and Dana busts Leo out for a road trip

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I say I'm going to Trader Joe's...

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<p>Margot Bingham as Daughter in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Margot Bingham as Daughter in "Boardwalk Empire."

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'William Wilson'

Narcisse, Rothstein and Hoover all set plans in motion

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I earn a D in civics class in 5th grade...

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