Housekeeping note: Alan's week off

Housekeeping note: Alan's week off

Time to recharge the batteries after press tour and Comic-Con

Just a quick housekeeping note: After two-plus weeks at press tour and Comic-Con, I'm taking this week off to recuperate and remind my family what I look like. Other than the "Halt and Catch Fire" review that was published this morning, plus a couple of video interviews I did with team "Hannibal" at Comic-Con (and which will be published over the next couple of days), don't expect anything from me until Monday. I'm most likely skipping over reviewing the next episodes of "The Bridge," "The Leftovers" and "Masters of Sex" and will jump back in next week with a bunch of things.

Have fun without me, folks.

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<p>Mackenzie Davis in &quot;Halt and Catch Fire.&quot;</p>

Mackenzie Davis in "Halt and Catch Fire."

Credit: AMC

Review: AMC's 'Halt and Catch Fire' nears end of season 1

A drama reverse-engineered from past hits starts finding its own identity

Late in last night's episode of AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire," the show's hero, computer salesman Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), tries to dismiss a competitor who's never experienced the joy of creating something(*). Joe's rival points out that they're both in the computer compatible business, just trying to copy IBM, and therefore neither can brag much about their flair for originality.

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Gladys'

The Guilty Remnant deals with a death in the family

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I listen to a little Hall & Oates...

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<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Fight'

Bill and Virginia spend a long, strange night together

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as the chef walks the cow through a warm room...

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<p>Constantine</p>

Constantine

Credit: NBC

‘Constantine’ screens revamped pilot at Comic-Con

Two notable changes, plus a few new details about the DC Comics adaptation

When you cover press tour and Comic-Con back to back, you tend to hear a lot of the same anecdotes and explanations again in rapid succession. This was mostly true in the case of NBC's "Constantine" making its Comic-Con debut — with a screening of the pilot episode, followed by a 10 minute Q&A with the stars and producers David Goyer and Daniel Cerone — but there were some notable new things since last I saw this bunch at press tour.

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<p>Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black</p>

Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black

Credit: BBC America

'Orphan Black' brings Tatiana Maslany & friends to Comic-Con: Live-blog

How will fans deal with an undersized room for the second year in a row? And what will we learn about other clones?

A year ago, the Comic-Con organizers badly underestimated the appeal of "Orphan Black," putting the BBC America cult hit into one of the convention center's smaller rooms for a TV panel, which led to a long and angry line and an overcrowded room. But rather than automatically award the show a promotion to Ballroom 20 (seating capacity of around 4,000), the Con organizers only bumped "Orphan Black" up to a room with a capacity of around 1,000 — double a year ago, but still likely not enough to accommodate the show's many fans.

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<p>Hayley Atwell in &quot;Marvel&#39;s Agent Carter.&quot;</p>

Hayley Atwell in "Marvel's Agent Carter."

Credit: ABC

Marvel brings 'Agents of SHIELD,' 'Agent Carter' & maybe more to Comic-Con: Live-blog

Will 'Daredevil' & friends join SHIELD agents past and present?

It's Marvel TV time at Comic-Con, with an hour-long panel that promises to feature Jeph Loeb plus still-unnamed castmembers from both "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" and "Marvel's Agent Carter." The question is, will Marvel stop with just the two ABC dramas, or will they start trying to build excitement for the four upcoming Netflix series by, say, bringing in "Daredevil" stars Charlie Cox and Deborah Ann Woll for surprise appearances? (Woll has a long and impressive history of Comic-Con cosplay, including stints as Hit Girl and Axe Cop, so I wouldn't be shocked in the least if she came dressed as Elektra — or Daredevil, for that matter.) And will Loeb be as bombastic as in his usual interviews, or will he acknowledge how rough so much of "Agents of SHIELD" season 1 was before "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" finally gave the show direction?

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<p>Hannibal</p>

Hannibal

Credit: NBC

'Hannibal' survivors come to Comic-Con: live-blog

Will Bryan Fuller and company spill on how (or if) Jack and Will make it out of Dr. Lecter's house?

Based on traditional ratings alone, NBC's "Hannibal" is among the least-watched shows on the traditional broadcast networks. But its reputation among the sorts of fans who come to Comic-Con has grown with each passing year. Two summers ago, it was just one half of a Bryan Fuller-focused panel (which also focused on his attempt to reboot "The Munsters" as "Mockingbird Lane") in a very small room. Last summer, it moved to a slightly bigger room to accommodate Fuller and Hugh Dancy. This year, even without Dancy or Mads Mikkelsen or Laurence Fishburne, "Hannibal" has graduated to the big time, taking over the Convention Center's mammoth Ballroom 20 for a panel subtitled "Embrace the Madness," featuring Fuller, director David Slade, writer/producer Steven Lightfoot, longtime Hannibal Lecter producer Martha DeLaurentiis, and supporting players Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson and Aaron Abrams, and moderated by Jonathan Ross.

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<p>Franka Potente in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Franka Potente in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Sorrowsworn'

The show gets back to weirdness with the return of Steven Linder and other oddities

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as we speak in the universal language of pain...

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<p>Halt and Catch Fire</p>

Halt and Catch Fire

Credit: AMC

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 239: Road trip 2014!

Dan and Alan discuss press tour, Comic-Con, 'Halt and Catch Fire,' 'Manhattan,' 'Orange Is the New Black' & more

The

Road trip? Road trip! Press tour is over, and Comic-Con is about to start, which means it's time for everyone's (least?) favorite Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of the year, recorded inside Dan's car as we drove from LA to San Diego. There is singing! There is a missed toll booth incident! There is Dan's annual excitement at passing the San Onofre nuclear power plant! And so much more! And along the way, we preview Comic-Con, close out press tour, review WGN's "Manhattan," check back in on "Halt and Catch Fire," wrap up "Orange Is the New Black" season 2, briefly discuss Dan's irrational hatred of Weird Al's "Word Crimes," and discuss Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." Lots and lots and lots o' stuff.

The rundown: 

Quick Comic-Con Preview (00:02:00 - 00:05:30)
Press Tour Breakdown (00:05:35 - 00:41:45)
"Manhattan" (00:41:45 - 00:50:50)
"Halt and Catch Fire" (00:50:55 - 00:59:05)
"Orange Is The New Black" Season 2 (00:59:05 - 01:12:20)
"Boyhood" (01:13:50 - 01:21:30)
 
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.

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