<p>Betsy Brandt and Michael J. Fox in &quot;The Michael J. Fox Show.&quot;</p>

Betsy Brandt and Michael J. Fox in "The Michael J. Fox Show."

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Press tour: Michael J. Fox on Parkinson's and his return to regular TV

The beloved sitcom star killed it in his first TCA panel in years

Michael J. Fox's return to press tour, with his first series (the NBC sitcom "The Michael J. Fox Show") since he was diagnosed with Parkinson's, was everything you would have hoped for from one of TV's most beloved stars: smart, candid, self-deprecating and slyly funny.

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<p>The cast of &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;will be here at press tour for one last time.</p>

The cast of "Breaking Bad" will be here at press tour for one last time.

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Press tour: 'Breaking Bad' panel live-blog

Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and company come for a TCA farewell

It's been five days since I live-blogged anything involving the gang from "Breaking Bad," and my typing fingers are getting itchy. Fortunately, Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, Bob Odenkirk and RJ Mitte are all scheduled to be here at press tour. Since I covered all the details from the Comic-Con panel, might as well do the same with their stop here at TCA, where I imagine there will be some overlap in questions and answers, but not a lot. Check back frequently for updates over the next 30 minutes or so.

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<p>Play some games, hoopleheads, and sit tight for a combined &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;review next week.</p>

Play some games, hoopleheads, and sit tight for a combined "Deadwood" review next week.

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Programming note: 'Deadwood' review delayed again

We'll be doubling up on episodes a week from now

Hey, "Deadwood" fans. As I suggested last week, the Comic-Con/press tour crunch made it impossible for me to do a review for this week. So as I predicted, I'm going to do a combined review of "Leviathan Smiles" and "Amateur Night" (which functions as something of a two-parter, anyway, thanks to the Earp brothers) for next week. So look for it next Friday at this time, hoopleheads.

If you want a bit of vaguely "Deadwood"-y news, HBO's executives yesterday said that David Milch is developing a new series with producer Art Linson about "a dynastic New York media family." 

<p>Jon Hamm and Larry David in &quot;Clear History.&quot;</p>

Jon Hamm and Larry David in "Clear History."

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Press Tour: Larry David on 'Clear History' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

The master improviser had a fine time mocking the critics at his TCA panel

Larry David was at press tour to discuss his upcoming HBO movie "Clear History," which debuts on August 10, but because he's Larry David, and because "Clear History" — in which David plays a man who gave away a future fortune out of spite in an argument with boss Jon Hamm — was made in the same improvised style as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," discussion inevitably turned towards the future (or lack thereof) of "Curb."

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<p>Clarke Peters and the gang from &quot;Trem&eacute;&quot;&nbsp;will be back for one last season starting in December.</p>

Clarke Peters and the gang from "Tremé" will be back for one last season starting in December.

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HBO announces final 'Treme' season premiere date

Five-episode farewell season will begin in December after 'Boardwalk Empire' is done

Way back in September, HBO renewed "Tremé" for an abbreviated fourth and final season: five episodes rather than the 10 or 11 that the show made in its first three seasons. (As co-creator David Simon said at the time, they were given enough money to make "half a loaf.") But it wasn't until today that HBO actually said when those five episodes (all of which have been produced) of the drama about life in post-Katrina New Orleans will air.

During a press tour executive session with CEO Richard Plepler and president Michael Lombardo, it was announced (or, rather, stated casually in response to a question) that the five-episode final season will begin airing on December 1 at 9 p.m., the week after "Boardwalk Empire" concludes its latest season.

It's a bit longer to wait for new episodes of a show whose most recent season ended back in November, but it's also nice in one way: because most of the broadcast networks and even most of the cable networks don't do a ton of targeted original programming in December, "Tremé" might get a bit more attention on the way out the door than it has airing in fall and spring.

(Also, for those who wondered if Simon and Eric Overmyer might produce slightly longer episodes to compensate for only having five episodes to play with, I'm told that the only extra-long episode will be, as usual, the finale.)

<p>Oprah Winfrey in mid-filibuster a few years back at the Television Critics Association press tour.</p>

Oprah Winfrey in mid-filibuster a few years back at the Television Critics Association press tour.

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Your guide to the TCA press tour

The ins and outs of the semi-annual gathering of the nation's TV critics

By the time you read this, I should be en route to Beverly Hills for the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour, known by some as TCA, by others as press tour, and by others as "that horrible time of year where everyone I follow on Twitter makes the same jokes for two weeks in a row."

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<p>Demi&aacute;n Bichir in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Demián Bichir in "The Bridge."

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'The Bridge' - 'Rio'

What does everybody else think about the FX drama so far?

I'm taking a few days off before heading to press tour, but wanted to offer a forum for people to discuss the latest episode of "The Bridge." In particular, I'm curious where everybody stands on the mysterious Steven Linder after his conversation with the cops, and whether you side with Sonya or Marco on the question of whether he's their guy. But there's lots to talk about with "Rio," including Frye's visit to Juarez, the return of Sonya's one-night stand, all the business with Charlotte's horse (and whether you're at all interested in that story at this stage of things) and more. So have at it: what's everyone feeling about "The Bridge" so far? 

<p>Charlie Hunnam in &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Charlie Hunnam in "Sons of Anarchy."

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FX sets 'Sons of Anarchy' season premiere date in September

Jax and the rest of SAMCRO will ride back on screen for season 6

"Sons of Anarchy" has traditionally debuted in the fall on FX, and that pattern will continue this year with the sixth season premiering on Tuesday, September 10 at 10 p.m.

It'll be another 90-minute episode for the motorcycle club drama; FX gives a lot of creative leeway in general with its shows, and especially to its most popular one, which last year did several 90-minute installments.

Fienberg covered the show's recent Comic-Con appearance, which included creator Kurt Sutter discussing the endgame for a series that at least tentatively is set to end with its seventh season, as well as talk about what happens now that Jax has ascended to the throne, what happens now for Gemma, Tara, Clay and company, and more.

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 193: Comic-Con 2013 road trip!

Dan and Alan discuss all the best and worst panels on the road to John Wayne Airport

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Happy Monday, boys and girls! With any luck, I've caught up on my sleep after taking a redeye home from Comic-Con. But before I got to lovely John Wayne Airport, Dan and I recorded our annual Comic-Con roadtrip podcast, discussing the highlights and lowlights of the last four-plus days in San Diego. No need for a rundown, as we largely just go through the notable events of each day, pause for a patented Dan rant or two, complain about traffic and noisy trucks, and somehow wrapped up before we crossed the Orange County line and launched into a horribly off-key duet of Phantom Planet's "California." Sorry. We have failed you. Don't know if we'll be resuming the pilot rewatch for the next podcast, which will be recorded at some point while we're together at press tour, starting on Wednesday for Dan and Thursday for me, but your homework remains "My So-Called Life,"

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>The late Dennis Farina in a still from his role on &quot;Law &amp;&nbsp;Order.&quot;</p>

The late Dennis Farina in a still from his role on "Law & Order."

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Remembering Dennis Farina, the great cop-turned-character-actor

From 'Thief' to 'Crime Story' to 'Midnight Run' to 'Luck,' an impressive second career

Dennis Farina had lived a life.

Even if you didn't know that Farina — who died Monday at the age of 69 after suffering a blood clot in his lung —  had spent nearly 20 years as a cop in his native Chicago before director Michael Mann decided to cast him in his movie "Thief," it was clear from all Farina's performances that this was a man who had done things and seen things that your average character actor had not. He had enormous ease in front of the camera, and could be wildly funny and charming, but there was always something behind his eyes suggesting that the disarming smile could go away in an instant and be replaced by something very cold and hard and dangerous.

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