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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Comint'

When an asset starts to crack up, Phillip and Elizabeth have to foil surveillance on the Soviet embassy

<p>Keri Russell in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I hire you and your socks...

New 'Walking Dead' showrunner confirmed, season 4 production begins in May

Scott M. Gimple replaces Glen Mazzara, who replaced Frank Darabont

<p>&quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

"The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

"The Walking Dead" is the biggest hit in the history of AMC, and one of the biggest in the history of cable television — at the moment, it's the highest-rated entertainment show of this season in all of television —  but success has not brought with it stability. Original showrunner Frank Darabont departed under murky circumstances midway through season 2, to be replaced by his lieutenant Glen Mazzara. And when the season 4 renewal came in, it was with the announcement that Mazzara would be departing the series over the ever-popular creative differences.

Though it's been rumored for months that Scott M. Gimple (who's been on the writing staff since season 2) would be promoted to replace Mazzara, AMC wouldn't confirm that until today, when the channel also announced more details about the fourth season.

How a 'New Girl' script gets made

Story ideas don't always come easy, but the work is usually worth it for the great FOX comedy

<p>Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;and Jax McTavish (Steve Howey)&nbsp;in a scene from last night's &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Jax McTavish (Steve Howey) in a scene from last night's "New Girl."

Credit: FOX
"You must think we're such dummies," an exasperated J.J. Philbin tells me.

This is somewhere in the fourth of five hours I'll spend at the writers offices of "New Girl" late on a Friday afternoon in January, watching as the show's writers work on a story outline for "TinFinity," the 18th episode of the terrific FOX comedy's second season. (It aired last night.) As Philbin suggests, it has not been coming easily to them on this day.
 

Series premiere: 'Golden Boy' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new CBS cop drama?

<p>Theo James, Kevin Alejandro and Chi McBride in &quot;Golden Boy.&quot;</p>

Theo James, Kevin Alejandro and Chi McBride in "Golden Boy."

Credit: CBS

I posted my review of CBS' "Golden Boyearlier today. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in, what did you think? Does the flash-forward structure intrigue you, or did it just feel like window dressing on the latest CBS cop drama? Did you buy British actor Theo James as a New York cop, or will he always be Pamuk to you? (And does anyone else agree with Fienberg that he's just channeling Peter Gallagher's voice?) Did you like James together with Chi McBride? Did the Kevin Alejandro character seem like an interesting foil or a two-dimensional villain? Did you find the mystery interesting? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

Review: 'Justified' - 'Outlaw'

Arlo runs into trouble, and Boyd moves against his rivals

<p>Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;and Shelby (Jim Beaver)&nbsp;in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Shelby (Jim Beaver) in "Justified."

Credit: FX

A review of tonight's "Justified" just as soon as I plan to make it rain at the Lobster Box...

Review: With CBS' 'Golden Boy,' Greg Berlanti revisits the idea of 'Jack & Bobby'

Theo James plays a young cop who will be NYPD commissioner in seven years

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<p>Theo James and Chi McBride in &quot;Golden Boy.&quot;</p>

Theo James and Chi McBride in "Golden Boy."

Credit: CBS

It's hard for a writer to let go of a good idea that didn't work the first time out. That's why, from time to time, you'll see a TV producer present a new show very obviously inspired by a past project that failed. On very rare occasions — Joss Whedon turning "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" into a TV show after he was unhappy with how the movie was directed — the second time's the charm. More often, though, you get something like "The Black Donnellys" — Paul Haggis using his Oscar juice to do another show like his brilliant-but-canceled '90s CBS drama "EZ Street," to similar ratings and lifespan.

Will CBS' "Golden Boy" (it debuts tonight at 10) be another second chance to fail with the same broad idea for producer Greg Berlanti? Or has he found the right tweak to the formula this time out?

Season finale review: 'Bunheads' - 'Next!'

Sasha researches sex, and the girls follow Michelle to an audition

<p>The &quot;Bunheads&quot;&nbsp;watch Michelle dance one more time in the season finale.</p>

The "Bunheads" watch Michelle dance one more time in the season finale.

Credit: ABC Family

A review of last night's "Bunheads" season finale coming up just as soon as I name my banana...

Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Weekend at Barney's'

Barney brings back the Playbook to help Ted, and Marshall bombs at an art event

<p>The &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;gang re-enacts &quot;Weekend at Bernie's.&quot;</p>

The "How I Met Your Mother" gang re-enacts "Weekend at Bernie's."

Credit: CBS

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I stop sitting on the art...

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 170: Oscars, 'Golden Boy,' 'Vikings,' 'Red Widow' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss the 'Downton Abbey' finale and answer your mail

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I'm back from Disney World, and the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back with me (and Dan, who did not go to Disney World last week). Lots to discuss (and that's even though neither of us had time to watch HBO's "Parade's End"), including last night's Oscars, CBS' "Golden Boy," ABC's "Red Widow," History's "Vikings," the "Downton Abbey" finale and more. The lineup: 

Oscars (00:02:45 - 00:26:20)
"Golden Boy" (00:26:25 - 00:40:50)
"Red Widow" (00:40:55 - 00:51:50)
"Vikings" (00:51:50 - 01:02:00)
Listener Mail - Watching TV on the road (01:02:20 - 01:08:30)
Listener Mail - NBC's need to experiment (01:08:35 - 01:15:45)
The "Downton Abbey" finale (01:15:55 - 01:36:30)
 
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.

Netflix still 'hopeful' for more 'Arrested Development' seasons

Netflix chief executive tells investors the revival may be too tough to pull off twice

<p>&quot;Arrested Development&quot;&nbsp;stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in a scene from one of the upcoming Netflix episodes.</p>

"Arrested Development" stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in a scene from one of the upcoming Netflix episodes.

Credit: Netflix

"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz has made no secret of his desire to use the new Netflix season of his uncanceled comedy to drum up interest (and money) in making the long-discussed "Arrested" movie. So the idea that these might be the only new episodes ever isn't in and of itself a surprise.
What is a surprise is that the CEO of Netflix very bluntly told investors he didn't expect to make more than the episodes that will premiere in May.

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