<p>Agents of SHIELD</p>

Agents of SHIELD

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Season premiere review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'Shadows'

A promising continuation of last season's late improvement

"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" is back for a new season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I find your head trauma joke in poor taste...

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Dice'
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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Dice'

Jess learns about Tinder, and the gang gets stoned

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I show you some of my old baby clothes...

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<p>Sleepy Hollow</p>

Sleepy Hollow

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 248: 'Transparent,' 'Black-ish' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'How to Get Away with Murder' and some recent drama premieres

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! It's a premiere week installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I deal with the rest of this week's new shows that we didn't already discuss on Friday's bonus podcast, including "Black-ish," "How to Get Away with Murder" and "Transparent." Plus we talk briefly about the premieres of "Key & Peele," "The Good Wife" and "Sleepy Hollow." We unfortunately do not talk about Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn being cast in "True Detective" season 2, which broke about 30 minutes after we finished recording for the day. But if someone wants to ask us a question about it, maybe we can discuss it next week!

The rundown:

"Black-ish" (00:01:55 - 00:11:30)
"Key & Peele" (00:11:35 - 00:14:30)
"How To Get Away With Murder" (00:14:30 - 00:29:15)
"Transparent" (00:29:15 - 00:46:05)
Listener Mail - Recent NFL Coverage (00:46:25 - 52:30)
"Good Wife" premiere (00:53:25 - 01:03:45)
"Sleepy Hollow" premiere (01:03:45 - 01:16:55)

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

<p>Colin Farrell</p>

Colin Farrell

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Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn to star in 'True Detective' season 2

The rest of the cast remains a mystery

After months of speculation, rumors and even actors making announcements ahead of HBO, we now know who two of the stars of "True Detective" season 2 will be: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn.

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<p>Anthony Anderson in Black-ish</p>

Anthony Anderson in Black-ish

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Review: ABC's 'Black-ish' a sharp comedy about race, class and family

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Not the fall's funniest sitcom pilot, but maybe its most promising

Ideally, the first episode of a new comedy is both laugh out loud funny and possessor of a clear comic point of view. But if I had to choose one or the other as a marker of what will be a better comedy in the long run, I'd go with the point of view. If a sitcom has something to say and a distinct way of saying it, then that's a sturdier foundation for humor than a half-hour that's not really about anything but has a bunch of good jokes crammed into it.

That's why ABC's "Black-ish" (it debuts tomorrow night at 9:30) is the new network comedy I'm most enthusiastic about. There are other shows this fall that made me laugh louder and more often (even if not always at moments designed for laughter), but "Black-ish" arrives as a comedy that knows what it's about, and how it wants to be about it in a very smart way.

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Series premiere talkback: 'Forever' - 'Pilot'
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Series premiere talkback: 'Forever' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of ABC's new supernatural cop drama?

I offered a brief review of "Forever" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? If you're one of the precious few who watched and remembers "New Amsterdam," did the similarities bother you, or did you enjoy Ioan Gruffudd's Sherlock Holmes impression enough to not care? Did you feel Gruffudd had chemistry with Alana de la Garza? Do you, like me, wonder how Henry keeps obtaining a new drivers license every time he dies and is resurrected without his clothes? Did you like the revelation about who Abe is? And will you watch again tomorrow night in its regular timeslot, and in the weeks to come?

Have at it.

<p>The cast of Scorpion</p>

The cast of Scorpion

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Series premiere talkback: 'Scorpion' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of CBS' new 'Big Bang Theory'-esque drama?

I offered a brief review of "Scorpion" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did this show about geniuses seem smart or stupid? Did you buy Elyes Gabel as one of the five smartest people alive? How do you feel about Katharine McPhee in a non-musical context? Are you with McPhee in being amazed what the ultimate solution to the problem involved? Were the two car chase sequences enough to carry you through, or did you just spend the whole hour wondering why they were wasting Ernie Hudson in such a nothing role? Did Robert Patrick's make-up in the opening scene freak you out? And will you watch again?

Have at it.
 

<p>Ben McKenzie and David Mazouz in &quot;Gotham.&quot;</p>

Ben McKenzie and David Mazouz in "Gotham."

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Series premiere talkback: 'Gotham' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the Batman prequel series?

I posted my review of FOX's "Gotham" last week. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched tonight, what did you think? Does the whole prequel structure seem to work for you, or are you not interested in spending years watching the rise of Gotham's super-criminals before Batman can ever show up to stop them? Did you like Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue? How'd you feel about the embryonic versions of Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler (and possibly one more, in Mario Pepper's daughter)? Did you like Jada Pinkett Smith and John Doman as the mob bosses? The '70s cop movie look of the piece? And will you watch again?

Have at it. As I've said, my plan is to cover the show regularly at least at the start of the season, at least until I figure out if the structure Bruno Heller has come up with is workable.

<p>Strike Back</p>

Strike Back

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'Strike Back' adds Michelle Yeoh, Dustin Clare & more to final season cast

'Spartacus' alums! An MMA champ! A legend of international action!

The final season of "Strike Back" has the potential for even more bad-assery than usual, based on the just-announced guest cast.

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<p>Jeffrey Tambor in &quot;Transparent.&quot;</p>

Jeffrey Tambor in "Transparent."

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'Transparent' star Jeffrey Tambor on finding his inner woman

As a transgender female, the 'Arrested Development' alum has the toughest role of his career
Jeffrey Tambor has been to the comedy mountaintop twice with "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Arrested Development," and has had a long and productive career that's seen him working pretty much non-stop since 1979. So he knows from professional fulfillment.

But he's never had a role as challenging, or as potentially rewarding, as his current job on "Transparent," the new Amazon dramedy that will premiere on Friday morning. (Amazon will make all 10 episodes of the first season available at once.)

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