<p>Billy Crystal will star in an FX&nbsp;sitcom pilot called &quot;The Comedians.&quot;</p>

Billy Crystal will star in an FX sitcom pilot called "The Comedians."

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Billy Crystal to star in FX comedy pilot 'The Comedians'

If picked up, would be first regular TV job in decades for the 'Soap' and 'SNL' alum

Nearly 30 years since his one season on "Saturday Night Live," Billy Crystal is returning to television, as star and producer of a comedy pilot for FX called "The Comedians."

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<p>Anne Heche in &quot;Save Me.&quot;</p>

Anne Heche in "Save Me."

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Review: In NBC's 'Save Me,' Anne Heche talks to God

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C-
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A Showtime leftover doesn't really fit at NBC

Bob Greenblatt was hired as NBC's latest would-be savior because of the success he had at Showtime, which went from HBO's ignored rival to a buzz and awards magnet under his leadership, which yielded "Dexter," "Nurse Jackie" and other success stories. Other than a brief window back in the fall, his tenure at NBC hasn't been any more successful than the last bunch of entertainment presidents — and in some ways has been worse — but what's interesting is how little connection his programming taste has had between his old job and his new one.

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<p>&quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham.</p>

"Hannibal" star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham.

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HitFix First Look: 'Hannibal' is worried about Will Graham

Will's gift takes an increasing toll; can the bad Dr. Lecter help him?

As I noted last week, the fate of "Hannibal" remains very much up in the air at NBC, which has to factor in 1)The strong quality of the show and the stellar reviews, 2)The very modest (if that) ratings, 3)The reduced cost, since the show is an international co-production, and 4)Where they might put it next season, given that they've already ordered several mid-season shows that don't yet have timeslots.

But the show continues to be great, and this week's episode (airing, as usual, Thursday at 10 Eastern) puts the focus back onto Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, whose gift for thinking like a serial killer (or, rather, like all serial killers) is taking a greater emotional cost with each new case. In this exclusive clip, Will goes to Mads Mikkelsen's Dr. Lecter for guidance after he loses time while visiting another grisly crime scene. Enjoy, and we'll have more to talk about after "Trou Normand" airs on Thursday night.

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<p>Laura Linney in &quot;The Big C:&nbsp;Hereafter.&quot;</p>

Laura Linney in "The Big C: Hereafter."

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Series finale review: 'The Big C: Hereafter'

Cathy and her family prepare for the end as the Showtime dramedy concludes on a strong note

Showtime's "The Big C" — or, specifically, the concluding miniseries titled "The Big C: Hereafter" — came to an end last night, and I have a few thoughts coming up just as soon as you don't take cash...

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<p>In the &quot;Rectify&quot;&nbsp;finale, Daniel (Aden Young) stops by the local diner.</p>

In the "Rectify" finale, Daniel (Aden Young) stops by the local diner.

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Season finale review: 'Rectify' - 'Jacob's Ladder'

Daniel ponders a trip out of town as the terrific first season comes to a close

Some thoughts on the finale of "Rectify," and this entire first season, coming up just as soon as it's time we got into yarn...

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<p>Scott Foley, TJ&nbsp;Miller and Becki Newton in &quot;The Goodwin Games.&quot;</p>

Scott Foley, TJ Miller and Becki Newton in "The Goodwin Games."

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Review: FOX's 'The Goodwin Games' has potential it won't get to realize

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B-
Readers
A
Some interesting pieces in a new sitcom from the 'HIMYM' guys, but it's a dead show walking

I hear it a lot: I don't want to waste time watching a new show that might be canceled; if it's a success, I'll try it. On the one hand, I get it: I've been frustrated (and, in some cases, sad) when a show I invested my time and energy into got canceled in the early stages, and in some cases might have preferred not to have seen it. On the other, I'm grateful for even the one season I got of "Freaks and Geeks" and "Terriers," and I know plenty of Bryan Fuller fans who revere "Wonderfalls" even though FOX pulled it after only four episodes.

That said, "Freaks and Geeks" is a classic, and was very clearly one from the first episode. The harder call is making an investment in a show that has potential it hasn't realized yet, and that might not be on the air long enough to figure itself out — or, in the case of a show like FOX's "The Goodwin Games," that will never have that chance.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 183: 'Behind the Candelabra,' 'The Goodwin Games,' 'Motive' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Save Me,' talk about 'SNL' departures and a wacky 'Mad Men'

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The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is actually on a Monday for once this week, though we'll be back to an irregular schedule next week thanks to both the Memorial Day holiday and Netflix's release of "Arrested Development." (Dan and I want to have enough time to watch it all.) In the meantime, we had an awfully busy podcast today, including reviews of three summer series, the best HBO movie in forever, analysis of two finales and debate about an especially wacky episode of "Mad Men." 

The lineup:

"The Goodwin Games" (00:01:30 - 00:13:19)
"Motive" (00:13:20 - 00:22:35)
"Save Me" (00:22:37 - 00:34:20)
"Behind the Candelabra" (00:34:25 - 00:46:00)
"New Girl" (00:46:00 - 00:56:30)
"Saturday Night Live" (00:56:35 - 01:13:25)
"Mad Men" (01:15:45 - 01:44:00)
 
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>Louis Ferreira and Kristin Lehman in &quot;Motive.&quot;</p>

Louis Ferreira and Kristin Lehman in "Motive."

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Review: ABC's Canadian cop drama 'Motive' gets summer off to a slow start

HitFix
C
Readers
A-
A police procedural that doesn't bother with whodunnit, but doesn't replace it with anything interesting

The broadcast network TV season doesn't officially end until Wednesday night at 11, but it already feels largely wrapped up. Many of TV's biggest hits, from "NCIS" to "Big Bang Theory" to "American Idol," already aired their finales last week, and while several big shows aren't done yet ("The Voice" will run into mid-June), the networks have already started slipping into their summer clothes. FOX brought back "So You Think You  Can Dance" next week and is beginning the Summer Burn-Off Theatre run of "The Goodwin Games" tonight (I hope to write a short review of that later today, and I'll definitely be discussing it with Dan on the podcast), and tonight ABC launches another of its Canadian import dramas: the police procedural "Motive."

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<p>&quot;The Revolution Was Televised.&quot;</p>

"The Revolution Was Televised."

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Get a signed copy of Alan Sepinwall's book 'The Revolution was Televised'

The paperback is being re-released tomorrow

Back in November, I self-published a book, "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever." It was a look back at some of the best and/or most influential dramas of the last 15 years — "The Sopranos," "Oz," "The Wire," "Deadwood," "The Shield," "Lost," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Battlestar Galactica," "24," "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" — told through both my critical eye and the voices of the men and women responsible for making them.

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<p>On &quot;Mad Men,&quot;&nbsp;Jim Cutler (Harry Hamlin)&nbsp;and Stan Rizzo (Jay R. Ferguson)&nbsp;have a footrace.</p>

On "Mad Men," Jim Cutler (Harry Hamlin) and Stan Rizzo (Jay R. Ferguson) have a footrace.

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Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Crash'

Don and Stan get a special shot, the agency loses a leader and Sally meets her 'Grandma Ida'

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I experience 24-to-72 hours of uninterrupted creative focus, energy and confidence...

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