<p>Aden Young in &quot;Rectify.&quot;</p>

Aden Young in "Rectify."

Credit: Sundance

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Another deep field gives us the men of 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men,' 'Hannibal' and more

Part 5 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to our first lead category: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like if I wanted to nominate Tony Hale for "Arrested Development" rather than "Veep"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her).

Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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<p>James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano.</p>

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano.

Credit: HBO

Remembering James Gandolfini and Tony Soprano

The right actor in the right role transformed the way we looked at television

James Gandolfini, whose performance as Tony Soprano forever transformed the way we thought about the TV characters we invited into our living room, has died suddenly while on vacation in Rome. He was 51.

As the star of "The Sopranos," what was so amazing about Gandolfini wasn't so much the way he looked — TV had had overweight and/or balding leading men before (and at the start, Tony wasn't that big) — but the way that he acted. He was a mobster, and an unapologetic one. Tony Soprano took what he wanted, rarely cared about who was hurt in the process, and at times was more animal than man.

We had been told all our lives that we would not watch an ongoing series about such a man. A bruising, foul-mouthed giant with a dent in his forehead was the villain, not the protagonist. TV had always made compromises, always made sure that "flawed" heroes were ultimately redeemable and lovable.

Tony Soprano was not. And we loved him, often despite ourselves.

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<p>&quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in a scene from tomorrow's season finale.</p>

"Hannibal" star Hugh Dancy as Will Graham in a scene from tomorrow's season finale.

Credit: NBC

'Hannibal' producer Bryan Fuller on cannibal cuisine, renewal and more

How did the 'Pushing Daisies' creator avoid cloning previous Hannibal Lecter adaptations?

NBC’s “Hannibal” concludes what’s been a fantastic first season tomorrow night at 10. What could have felt like a bad retread of — well, of all the other serial killer dramas and movies that have been ripping off the original Hannibal Lecter stories for the last few decades — turned out, under the guidance of producer Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”), to be a riveting, nightmarish story about the impacts and causes of violence, and the effect investigating the crimes of a man like Dr. Lecter (played in cool, hypnotic fashion by Mads Mikkelsen) would have on criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).  

Last week, I spoke with Fuller about how he chose to approach the material — the show spins out of a few passages in Thomas Harris’ first Lecter novel, “Red Dragon” — the casting of Mikkelsen, the care taken to creating Dr. Lecter’s disgusting and yet beautiful meals, and more. I'm splitting this interview into two parts: 1)This first one about Fuller's approach to the familiar source material(*), his philosophy about Dr. Lecter's meals, and other things that won't spoil the finale; and 2)A second interview that will be published after the finale airs, discussing the events of it and what may be coming down the road (including when or if the series might be adapting the main plots of "Red Dragon" and "Silence of the Lambs"). 

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<p>Max Greenfield as Schmidt on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Max Greenfield as Schmidt on "New Girl."

Credit: FOX

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

We know the 'Modern Family' men will dominate the real nominations, but who else is worthy?

Part 4 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like if I wanted to nominate Tony Hale for "Arrested Development" rather than "Veep"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer as supporting for a show that's named after her).

Dan's exhaustive analysis is here, and also embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 187: 'Mad Men,' 'Veronica Mars,' 'Devious Maids' & 'Crossing Lines'

Dan and Alan also talk hockey on TV and a possible 'Game of Thrones' solution

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After the last few record-breaking weeks, today's installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast clocked in at a relatively tidy 97-minute length, thanks to only two new premieres we both had time to watch, plus the usual "Mad Men" discussion, our latest pilot rewatch ("Veronica Mars"), and a couple of letters. (The "Game of Thrones" suggestion is cool, even though we agreed HBO would never do it.) Next week, two pilots: "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." 

The lineup:

"Crossing Lines" (00:00:45 - 00:14:40)
"Devious Maids" (00:14:45 - 00:25:45)
Listener Mail - "Game of Thrones" splitting (00:26:00 - 00:32:45)
Listener Mail - NBC Stanley Cup (00:32:50 - 00:38:10)
"Mad Men" (00:38:35 - 01:13:00)
Summer Rewatch: "Veronica Mars" (01:13:00 - 01:37:05)
 
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>&quot;Nurse Jackie&quot;&nbsp;(Edie Falco)&nbsp;celebrates the anniversary of her sobriety with some help from her kids.</p>

"Nurse Jackie" (Edie Falco) celebrates the anniversary of her sobriety with some help from her kids.

Credit: Showtime

Season finale review: 'Nurse Jackie' - 'Soul'

A familiar season ends in a familiar place for Edie Falco and friends

A quick review of last night's "Nurse Jackie" season finale — and season 5 as a whole — coming up just as soon as I kidnap you in a Zipcar...

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<p>&quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;co-stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie as Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth.</p>

"Game of Thrones" co-stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie as Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth.

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'Game of Thrones' star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on bears, hands and Jaime's journey

What's required when acting opposite Bart the Bear? And how do people on the street react to him now?

Being an actor on "Game of Thrones" can require patience. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau spent much of the HBO fantasy epic's second season off-camera, and when we did see him as Jaime Lannister, he was sitting in a cage heckling his jailors. But the Danish actor knew his patience would be rewarded in the third season, when Jaime spent through an even more humbling ordeal while on the road with Gwendoline Christie's Brienne of Tarth. It was among the most satisfying journeys of the third season, highlighted by a hot tub confession that was among the best-acted moments of the series to date.

I spoke with Coster-Waldau last week about Jaime's ups and downs, his working relationship with Christie (and with one of their furry co-stars in season 3), the production logistics of Jaime's new physical condition, and more.

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<p>Kevin Rahm as Ted Chaough on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Kevin Rahm as Ted Chaough on "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Quality of Mercy'

Secrets come to light, escapes are plotted, and a client meeting turns into a sneak attack

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I find a hooker who'll take traveler's checks...

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<p>Merritt Wever in &quot;Nurse Jackie.&quot;</p>

Merritt Wever in "Nurse Jackie."

Credit: Showtime

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Celebrating the women of 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Cougar Town' and more

Part 3 of our journey through the Emmy ballot brings us to Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. As always, Fienberg will attempt to rank the contenders from most likely to least likely to be nominated, throwing in a bunch of preferential wild cards along the way. And, as always, I will pretend that I am an actual Academy member who has a ballot and therefore has to narrow his choices down to six people.

Same rules apply: we are working off of the actual Emmy ballot, so we can't nominate people who didn't submit themselves (like Maisie Williams from "Game of Thrones"), and we have to consider people in the category they submitted themselves for, even if that means supporting actors submitting as leads (Rob Lowe, every year) or vice versa (Amy Schumer submitting herself as supporting for a show that has her name in it). I'm also obviously limiting myself to shows where I watched enough this season to feel comfortable picking names. (I've only seen a couple of "The Middle" episodes this year, for instance, so while I assume Eden Sher was marvelous all year, I can't say it with enough conviction to put her on the list.) 

Dan's exhaustive analysis is embedded below (click Launch Gallery to see it), and my picks are coming right up.

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<p>Gerald McRaney as George Hearst in &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Gerald McRaney as George Hearst in "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 3: 'True Colors'

Hearst exercises his authority, and the stagecoach brings an old friend of Al's to the camp

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

Thoughts on episode 3 "True Colors," coming up just as soon as the bacon has a human aftertaste...

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