<p>CBS didn't provide episodic art for last night's &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;which means you get the cast in suits again.</p>

CBS didn't provide episodic art for last night's "How I Met Your Mother," which means you get the cast in suits again.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Fortress'

Robin tries to sell Barney's apartment, while Lily spends too much time on her new job

A quick review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I'm a cricket player who secretly hates his life...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 173: 'Bates Motel,' 'Top of the Lake,' 'Veronica Mars' movie & more

Dan and Alan also review HBO's 'Phil Spector' and talk about the 'Girls' season finale

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Back to roughly standard length for this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, including reviews of a series, a miniseries and a movie all with murder as the backdrop, plus lots of talk about the "Veronica Mars" Kickstarter initiative and the "Girls" season finale. The lineup:

"Top of the Lake" (00:00:50 - 00:13:40)
"Bates Motel" (00:13:40 - 00:27:20)
"Phil Spector" (00:27:20 - 00:39:50)
"Veronica Mars" Kickstarter (00:39:50 - 01:04:20)
"Girls" finale (01:04:55 - 01:24:00)
 
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.

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<p>Elisabeth Moss as a cop in &quot;Top of the Lake.&quot;</p>

Elisabeth Moss as a cop in "Top of the Lake."

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Review: Jane Campion's 'Top of the Lake' a riveting long-form mystery

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Elisabeth Moss is showcased brilliantly in Sundance miniseries

I have no idea if Jane Campion, co-director and co-creator of Sundance's "Top of the Lake," has ever seen "The Killing," or the Danish series that inspired it. But the mystery miniseries certainly plays like she watched a few hours of the AMC version, leaned back in her chair and said, "Let me show you how it's done, kid."

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<p>Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga)&nbsp;in &quot;Bates Motel.&quot;</p>

Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) in "Bates Motel."

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Review: A&E's 'Bates Motel' gives 'Psycho' killer Norman Bates some teen angst

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Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga are terrific, but is there a TV show here?
“Everyone seems better in old movies — even bad ones,” Norman Bates explains in an early episode of A&E’s “Bates Motel,” which debuts tonight at 10.
 
Norman should know from old movies, what with him being the villain of one of the greatest of all time: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 black and white masterpiece “Psycho,” in which Janet Leigh has the unfortunate luck to stop for rest and a shower at the Bates Motel.
 
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<p>Lena Dunham as Hannah in the &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;season 2 finale.</p>

Lena Dunham as Hannah in the "Girls" season 2 finale.

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Season finale review: 'Girls' - 'Together'

Hannah's OCD gets worse, Marnie and Shoshanna make big decisions, and Adam goes for a run

A review of the "Girls" season 2 finale coming up just as soon as I diagnose myself from reading Louisa May Alcott...

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<p>Laurie Holden as Andrea in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Laurie Holden as Andrea in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Prey'

Andrea, Milton and Tyreese all begin to have their doubts about the Governor

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I'm sent home to do some knitting...

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<p>Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in &quot;Bates Motel.&quot;</p>

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates in "Bates Motel."

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'Bates Motel' producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin on bringing 'Psycho' into the present

How will the A&E drama about young Norman Bates work on a weekly basis?
Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin both have experiencing handling material created by others. Cuse became co-showrunner on “Lost” midway through the series’ first season after it had been created by J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, and Ehrin was one of the original staff writers on “Friday Night Lights,” which had been adapted from the movie (and before that from the non-fiction book). But neither has been given control of a property quite as famous as the one they have in “Bates Motel,” the new A&E drama that debuts on Monday night at 10.
 
Though Cuse has stressed that “Bates Motel” is not a direct prequel to “Psycho” — it takes place in the present, and the writers aren’t married to the idea of taking the characters down the same path we see in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic — it still involves the teenage years of Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his disturbingly close relationship with his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga).
 
At press tour in January, I spoke with Cuse and Ehrin about the challenges of working with one of the most notorious killers in screen history, how they see the Bates family’s story working as a weekly series, and more.
 
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<p>Rainn Wilson as Dwight on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Rainn Wilson as Dwight on "The Office."

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Review: 'The Office' - 'The Farm'

An episode designed to send Dwight off to his own show mainly demonstrated why it was a bad idea

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as this blog spins off into one about Myles McNutt...

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<p>Antony Starr and Ben Cross in a scene from the &quot;Banshee&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Antony Starr and Ben Cross in a scene from the "Banshee" season finale.

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Review: In the end, Cinemax's 'Banshee' a fun bit of pulp fiction

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Crime drama embraced its own ridiculousness as first season went along

"Banshee," the Cinemax crime drama that wraps up its first season tonight at 10, is among the dumbest, most ridiculous, lurid, disgusting shows on all of television.

That is also an enormous part of its charm.

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<p>Kristen Bell is in for the &quot;Veronica Mars&quot;&nbsp;movie, and the hope is that as many other regulars will be back with her. </p>

Kristen Bell is in for the "Veronica Mars" movie, and the hope is that as many other regulars will be back with her.

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Exclusive: 'Veronica Mars' creator Rob Thomas on the Kickstarter movie campaign

What comes next for the campaign? How big can the movie get? And whither Piz?

The "Veronica Mars" movie Kickstarter campaign was an instant, runaway success, raising the $2 million minimum to make the movie in under 12 hours, with the total continuing to climb. (It passed $3 million earlier this evening.) But the process to get to this point took much longer for the show's creator, Rob Thomas. He had all but given up on getting a "Veronica" movie made, even cheaply — "Warner Bros. is typically in the business of making big-budget movies," he explains. "'Small' for them is a $30 million movie, and I understand why the 'Veronica Mars' movie didn't fit into that paradigm" — until his friend, Cotton Mather lead singer Robert Harrison, suggested he try Kickstarter.

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