<p>Bryan Cranston as Walter White in the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in the "Breaking Bad" series finale.

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Series finale review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Felina'

Walt returns to Albquerque to settle all family business

"Breaking Bad" has come to an end. A review of the series finale coming up just as soon as I compare pizza to Thai food...

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<p>Lizzy Caplan and Caitlin FitzGerald in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan and Caitlin FitzGerald in "Masters of Sex."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new Showtime drama series?

I published my initial review of "Masters of Sex" on Thursday (and an interview with Lizzy Caplan the day before that). Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight (or who watched the streaming version Showtime made available over the last few weeks), what did you think? Did you buy Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as people from the 1950s? How do you feel that the show handled all the sex and nudity in the pilot: with a snicker or with just enough restraint? Are you interested in the Masters/Johnson relationship (be it professional, personal, or both) as set up here? If you've been seeing lots of ads for "The Millers," was it strange to have both Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale in the pilot? And will you watch again? 

The plan, depending on how my health improves over the next few weeks, is to work this into a Sunday rotation with "Boardwalk Empire," "Homeland" and (eventually) "The Walking Dead." How much I write about any given Sunday drama will depend on time, emergy and how much I have to say about a given episode. But this show is very good and I want to keep the conversation going somehow over the course of this first season.

For tonight, though, have at it.

<p>On &quot;Boardwalk Empire,&quot;&nbsp;Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg)&nbsp;enjoys a card game.</p>

On "Boardwalk Empire," Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) enjoys a card game.

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'All In'

Rothstein loses big at the card tables, Van Alden works with the Capones and Dunn takes a trip to Harlem

A quick review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" — which HBO renewed earlier this week — coming up just as soon as I don't like pie...

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<p>Saul (Mandy Patinkin)&nbsp;testifies before Congress in the &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Saul (Mandy Patinkin) testifies before Congress in the "Homeland" season premiere.

Credit: Showtime

Season premiere review: 'Homeland' - 'Tin Man is Down'

Carrie and the CIA are put on trial in the wake of Nazir's bombing

"Homeland" is back for a third season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I have immunity for overdue parking tickets...

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<p>&quot;Boardwalk Empire,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;The Good Wife,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;Breaking Bad,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;Revenge,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;Masters of Sex&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;will be part of the many conflicts of Dramageddon.</p>

"Boardwalk Empire," "The Good Wife," "Breaking Bad," "Revenge," "Masters of Sex" and "Homeland" will be part of the many conflicts of Dramageddon.

Are you ready for TV Dramageddon 2013?

What will you choose to watch on the busiest TV night in forever?

Welcome to the most insane night of television that I can ever remember, in what I've dubbed Dramageddon 2013.

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<p>Stephen Merchant in &quot;Hello Ladies.&quot;</p>

Stephen Merchant in "Hello Ladies."

Credit: HBO

Review: Stephen Merchant flies solo with HBO's 'Hello Ladies'

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'The Office' co-creator's new show is funnier than Ricky Gervais', but unpleasant

When you work with the right partner — especially one whose skills and interests don't completely overlap with yours — you can do more than make yourself twice as good. If it's the right match, you can be exponentially as good as you'd be on your own. The problem, of course, in working with a partner who likes to do different things than you is that the partnership may not last, and then you see how the sum of your individual parts matches up with the former whole.

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<p>Max Burkholder and Ray Romano in the &quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Max Burkholder and Ray Romano in the "Parenthood" season premiere.

Credit: NBC

Season premiere review: 'Parenthood' - 'It Has To Be Now'

Jasmine's baby is born, and many exciting new opportunities open up for the Bravermans

A review of tonight's "Parenthood" season premiere coming up just as soon as you're in my radius...

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<p>Ana Nogueira, Michael J. Fox and Wendell Pierce in &quot;The Michael J. Fox Show.&quot;</p>

Ana Nogueira, Michael J. Fox and Wendell Pierce in "The Michael J. Fox Show."

Credit: NBC

Series premiere talkback: 'The Michael J. Fox Show' & 'The Crazy Ones'

What did everybody think of Fox and Robin Williams' new sitcoms?

I've already published my review of "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "The Crazy Ones." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned into either show tonight, what did you think? 

With "Michael J. Fox," did all the Parkinson's jokes feel necessary, or too self-conscious after a point? Did you prefer the scenes with Mike's family (and, if so, which parts) or at work with Wendell Pierce? In the second episode, was it distracting or funny to have Tracy Pollan playing Mike's hot neighbor? And do you think that, after all his medical problems and his time in semi-retirement, Fox has still got what it takes to carry a show?

With "The Crazy Ones," do you still find these particular Robin Williams voices funny, or will you be glad if you never hear his Brando again? Were you impressed by James Wolk as a funnier Bob Benson? Did you like Sarah Michelle Gellar, or are you sad by her character's wet blanket-hood? Would you rather this was a show about Kelly Clarkson? 

And in both cases, will you watch again?

Have at it.

<p>In the &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;premiere, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;finds herself in London.</p>

In the "Parks and Recreation" premiere, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) finds herself in London.

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Season premiere review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'London'

Peter Serafinowicz and Henry Winkler guest star in one of the best 'Parks' episodes ever

A review of the "Parks and Recreation" season 6 premiere coming up just as soon as I build a scarecrow replica of you...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 203: 'Homeland,' 'Masters of Sex' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'The Crazy Ones,' 'The Michael J. Fox Show' and 'We Are Men'

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I have left the hospital, which makes this the first Firewall & Iceberg Podcast to be recorded in relative privacy in a couple of weeks. (I wasn't up for posting about the last two, but you can find them on Dan's blog here and here.) In this one, Dan and I tackle the rest of the notable premiere week premieres (some briefly, some at length), including my pick for the fall's best new show, and we dip into the mailbag to discuss the splitting of the final "Mad Men" season.

The rundown:

"The Crazy Ones" (00:01:20 - 00:14:15)
"The Michael J. Fox Show" (00:14:15 - 00:24:00)
Odds and ends including "Betrayal" and "Hello Ladies" (00:24:05 - 00:33:30)
"Homeland" (00:34:10 - 00:45:10)
"Masters of Sex" (00:45:15 - 00:53:00)
"We Are Men" (00:53:00 - 00:59:40)
Listener Mail: The splitting of "Mad Men" (01:00:10 - 01:08:10)

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