<p>Max Burkholder and Ray Romano in the &quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Max Burkholder and Ray Romano in the "Parenthood" season premiere.

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Season premiere review: 'Parenthood' - 'It Has To Be Now'

Jasmine's baby is born, and many exciting new opportunities open up for the Bravermans

A review of tonight's "Parenthood" season premiere coming up just as soon as you're in my radius...

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<p>Ana Nogueira, Michael J. Fox and Wendell Pierce in &quot;The Michael J. Fox Show.&quot;</p>

Ana Nogueira, Michael J. Fox and Wendell Pierce in "The Michael J. Fox Show."

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Series premiere talkback: 'The Michael J. Fox Show' & 'The Crazy Ones'

What did everybody think of Fox and Robin Williams' new sitcoms?

I've already published my review of "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "The Crazy Ones." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned into either show tonight, what did you think? 

With "Michael J. Fox," did all the Parkinson's jokes feel necessary, or too self-conscious after a point? Did you prefer the scenes with Mike's family (and, if so, which parts) or at work with Wendell Pierce? In the second episode, was it distracting or funny to have Tracy Pollan playing Mike's hot neighbor? And do you think that, after all his medical problems and his time in semi-retirement, Fox has still got what it takes to carry a show?

With "The Crazy Ones," do you still find these particular Robin Williams voices funny, or will you be glad if you never hear his Brando again? Were you impressed by James Wolk as a funnier Bob Benson? Did you like Sarah Michelle Gellar, or are you sad by her character's wet blanket-hood? Would you rather this was a show about Kelly Clarkson? 

And in both cases, will you watch again?

Have at it.

<p>In the &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;premiere, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;finds herself in London.</p>

In the "Parks and Recreation" premiere, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) finds herself in London.

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Season premiere review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'London'

Peter Serafinowicz and Henry Winkler guest star in one of the best 'Parks' episodes ever

A review of the "Parks and Recreation" season 6 premiere coming up just as soon as I build a scarecrow replica of you...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 203: 'Homeland,' 'Masters of Sex' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'The Crazy Ones,' 'The Michael J. Fox Show' and 'We Are Men'

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I have left the hospital, which makes this the first Firewall & Iceberg Podcast to be recorded in relative privacy in a couple of weeks. (I wasn't up for posting about the last two, but you can find them on Dan's blog here and here.) In this one, Dan and I tackle the rest of the notable premiere week premieres (some briefly, some at length), including my pick for the fall's best new show, and we dip into the mailbag to discuss the splitting of the final "Mad Men" season.

The rundown:

"The Crazy Ones" (00:01:20 - 00:14:15)
"The Michael J. Fox Show" (00:14:15 - 00:24:00)
Odds and ends including "Betrayal" and "Hello Ladies" (00:24:05 - 00:33:30)
"Homeland" (00:34:10 - 00:45:10)
"Masters of Sex" (00:45:15 - 00:53:00)
"We Are Men" (00:53:00 - 00:59:40)
Listener Mail: The splitting of "Mad Men" (01:00:10 - 01:08:10)

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.

 

<p>If HBO&nbsp;hadn't renewed &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;again, Al Capone (Stephen Graham)&nbsp;might have gotten very cross.</p>

If HBO hadn't renewed "Boardwalk Empire" again, Al Capone (Stephen Graham) might have gotten very cross.

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HBO renews 'Boardwalk Empire' for season 5

1920s mob drama has turned out to be a solid performer for the pay cable giant

HBO has renewed "Boardwalk Empire" for a fifth season.

“Thanks to Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Howard Korder and their stellar team, 'Boardwalk Empire' remains in a class by itself,” HBO president Michael Lombardo said in a statement.  “I look forward to another electrifying season of this impeccably crafted series.”

Though "Boardwalk" has never turned into the Emmy juggernaut HBO might have hoped for, it's a solid ratings performer, it still picks up stray awards (like Bobby Cannavale's trophy on Sunday) and is off to a very intriguing start to its fourth season with the introduction of Jeffrey Wright as Harlem fixer Dr. Valentin Narcisse.

I'm a fan of the show and am glad it will be sticking around a while.

(Also, for those of you who will be in New York City next weekend, I'll be moderating a PaleyFest panel with Winter, Korder, Michael Kenneth Williams, Wright and Gretchen Mol.)

<p>Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen in "Masters of Sex."

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Review: Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan in Showtime's 'Masters of Sex'

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A smart, sincere look at the lives of sex researchers Masters and Johnson

Bill Masters is a sex researcher who admittedly doesn't know very much about sex. In one of the very first scenes of Showtime's excellent scripted drama "Masters of Sex" (Sunday at 10), which chronicles the pioneering real-life work of Masters and Virginia Johnson, Masters is puzzled to learn of the very idea of women faking an orgasm, and tries to press a prostitute named Betty for an explanation as to why she would practice such deception.

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<p>Thomas M. Wright as Steven Linder in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Thomas M. Wright as Steven Linder in "The Bridge."

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Review: 'The Bridge' - 'All About Eva'

With the Tate story wrapped, the series gets back to its strengths

A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I empty the ocean with a shot glass...

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<p>David Tennant and Olivia Colman in &quot;Broadchurch.&quot;</p>

David Tennant and Olivia Colman in "Broadchurch."

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Season finale review: 'Broadchurch'

Alec and Ellie get their man in the devastating conclusion

"Broadchurch" came to the end of its first season tonight. For the most part, I said what I had to say about this terrific show in my initial review, but I have a few specific thoughts on the mystery's conclusion coming up just as soon as I score a little cocaine for you...

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<p>Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams will square off tonight at 9 with their new sitcoms.</p>

Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams will square off tonight at 9 with their new sitcoms.

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Review: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' & CBS' 'The Crazy Ones'

Do these former sitcom icons still have what it takes to carry a show in 2013?

Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox became TV stars about four years apart, Williams with "Mork & Mindy" and Fox with "Family Ties." They made their first big movies about five years apart, Williams with "Popeye," Fox with "Back to the Future." The movie business took much longer to figure out how to harness Williams' unique gifts, but he's worked steadily and topped call sheets for decades. Marty McFly was instantly a perfect film role for Fox, but his run as a successful leading man only ran a few years, up through "Doc Hollywood," before he starred in some flops, went back to TV, then semi-retired due to complications from Parkinson's.

Their careers are not identical, and yet it feels somehow appropriate for these two to be returning full-time to television tomorrow on the same night, at the same time, with a pair of shows — Williams' "The Crazy Ones" (9 p.m., CBS) and Fox's "The Michael J. Fox Show" (9 & 9:30 p.m., NBC) — that seem built with the same guidelines: Step 1. Build star vehicle that lets beloved actor do the thing people love watching them do. Step 2. ________ Step 3. Profit!

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<p>Lizzy Caplan in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."

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'Masters of Sex' star Lizzy Caplan on nudity, the 1950s and typecasting

Why the 'Party Down' alum wanted to play sex researcher Virginia Johnson
Lizzy Caplan has carved out a successful, if very specific, niche for herself in Hollywood as a portrayer of very modern, very sarcastic women. She only occasionally gets to play the lead in things (“Party Down,” “Save the Date”) but more often than not she’s the heroine’s dark, clever best friend (“Mean Girls”).
 
With Showtime’s terrific new “Masters of Sex” (it debuts September 29 at 10 p.m.), Caplan will be eliminating a lot of preconceptions about her. As pioneering sex researcher Virginia Johnson, Caplan fits seamlessly into the late ‘50s period setting, and works wonderfully opposite Michael Sheen as Johnson’s colleague (and, at times, much more) Bill Masters. She’s still playing an assertive, independent woman — the real Virginia Johnson was very much ahead of her time — but it’s not the kind of role Caplan’s been able to play before, and she does it very, very well.
 
I'll have a "Masters" review tomorrow, and at press tour, I talked with Caplan about typecasting, coming to grips with the show’s abundant nudity and, yes (briefly) about the ever-possible idea of a “Party Down” movie.
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