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<p>Can CBS' &quot;2 Broke Girls&quot;&nbsp;be judged based on its pilot alone?</p>

Can CBS' "2 Broke Girls" be judged based on its pilot alone?

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A few thoughts on fall TV

Why this seems like a dicey season for new shows, and how I might cover it

The 2011-12 broadcast network TV season officially starts a week from today, but as usual, some of the networks are jumping the gun. NBC, CBS and the CW will be premiering a bunch of new and/or returning shows over the next week (in addition to the return of "It's Always Sunny" and "Archer" to FX). Fienberg, Liane and I will be doing our best to cover as many of these shows as we can, at times offering multiple reviews when our schedules allow, but it's a bear as usual. After the jump, I have a few thoughts on the season as a whole and on how I'm going to approach it...

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<p>Mae Whitman and Bonnie Bedelia in a scene from the &quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;season 3 premiere.</p>

Mae Whitman and Bonnie Bedelia in a scene from the "Parenthood" season 3 premiere.

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Review: NBC's 'Parenthood' returns for season 3

Family drama has one of TV's highest degrees of difficulty

There are dramas on television that are more ambitious technically or thematically than NBC's "Parenthood," but I honestly believe that producer Jason Katims has one of the trickiest jobs of any drama showrunner on network or cable.

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<p>Chris Martin of Coldplay</p>

Chris Martin of Coldplay

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Listen: Coldplay debuts new single 'Paradise,' reveals Rihanna collaboration

Freshest material from 'Mylo Xyloto' leaves an arena-rock impression

Coldplay have revealed two new details of their new, forthcoming album "Mylo Xyloto," both with pop implications of the highest order.

In a release, the British band said simply that the song "Princess of China" will feature vocals from Rihanna. To the Sun, Martin said this in approaching the pop superstar: "The album is designed as a whole piece. It has boy and girl lead characters and top of our list for the girl part was Rihanna, but it took a while to pluck up the courage to ask her. We did a show in Las Vegas and I met her and said, ‘Do you think there’s any chance?’ I was very Hugh Grant-like and spluttering about it."

Further on the pop tip, the band has premiered its new single, to follow-up "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall." And "Paradise" even makes mention of that song.

I find the electronic clap track unnervingly cheap as an arena-rock device, but if Coldplay's design was to make a song that gets butts up out of the seats, they've got it. "Paradise" teases its echoing refrain, holds back until absolutely necessary, then and explosion of an impressively simple writing. It beats the hell out of the verses, which Martin clearly over-thought.

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<p>Britt Robertson of 'The Secret Circle'</p>
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Britt Robertson of 'The Secret Circle'

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 92

Dan and Alan review new shows like 'Ringer,' 'Secret Circle' and 'H8r'

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Happy Monday, Boys and Girls!
 
It's not officially Premiere Week, but it feels like Premiere Week on The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
As this podcast was recorded before I'd had the chance to watch this week's "Breaking Bad" (or the series finale of "Entourage" [or the season finale of "True Blood"]), this podcast is all about new series premieres.
 
We've got reviews of all of the new shows launching on The CW and NBC this week, including "Ringer," "H8r" and "The Secret Circle." You've already heard my thoughts on a couple of these either in Take Me To The Pilots or my gallery of the 10 Worst New Shows of 2011.
 
Here's the podcast breakdown:
"Ringer" -- 05:00 - 16:30
"H8r" -- 16:35 - 26:45
"Up All Night" -- 26:45 - 35:45
"Free Agents" -- 35:50 - 43:40
"Secret Circle" -- 44:00 - 53:15
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" -- 54:40 - 01:06:00
"Archer" -- 01:06:00 - 01:10:10

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.] 

And here's the podcast...
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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

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Adam Lambert unveils details on new single and album

When can Glamberts expect to hear new music?

Adam Lambert had some very good news for his fans: they can expect a new single next month... perhaps.

Late Sunday night, the season eight “American Idol” runner up Lambert went on a tweet tear: first he teased “I’m working hard this week and next to finish up all these amazing new tunes! Thank you all for staying patient... I’m excited too.”

That was quickly followed up with I’m 90% sure the first single will be out next month(ish). Album coming early 2012.”

Lambert then added, “There is still lots of work to be done but I promise you won’t be disappointed.”

[More after the jump...]

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 92: 'Ringer,' 'Up All Night,' 'Secret Circle' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 92: 'Ringer,' 'Up All Night,' 'Secret Circle' & more

The new season starts early, as Dan and Alan also review 'H8R,' 'Free Agents' & 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

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And here our troubles begin, folks. The fall season starts a week from today, and the early premieres are coming as early as tomorrow night, so time to start doubling up on the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for a little while. In the first of what should be at least a two-podcast week, Dan and I break down our opinions of many of these early premieres, including "Ringer," "Free Agents" and (Dan's personal favorite show evuh) "H8R." We recorded this last week, before Dan had seen last night's "Breaking Bad," so that discussion will have to wait for the next podcast (along with Emmy predictions and still more fall TV reviews). The rundown:

"Ringer" -- 05:00 - 16:30
"H8r" -- 16:35 - 26:45
"Up All Night" -- 26:45 - 35:45
"Free Agents" -- 35:50 - 43:40
"Secret Circle" -- 44:00 - 53:15
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" -- 54:40 - 01:06:00
"Archer" -- 01:06:00 - 01:10:10
 
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 at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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<p>The &quot;Entourage&quot;&nbsp;guys together for the last time - until/unless there's a movie.</p>

The "Entourage" guys together for the last time - until/unless there's a movie.

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'Entourage' - 'The End': Everything's gonna be all right

Spoiler alert! The guys all get happy endings, as usual

A review of the "Entourage" series finale coming up just as soon as I hang up on the cable guy...

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<p>Michael J. Fox and Larry David in the &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Michael J. Fox and Larry David in the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" season finale.

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'Larry vs. Michael J. Fox': Pissed or Parkinson's?

Two sitcom giants go at it in a memorable season finale

A review of the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" finale coming up just as soon as I show you how to make a swastika...

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<p>Is Laura Linney the favorite for comedy actress, or will voters choose a funnier performance?</p>

Is Laura Linney the favorite for comedy actress, or will voters choose a funnier performance?

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Emmys '11 Predictions: Comedy & Drama Lead Actress

Will a dramatic or comedic performance win for comedy?

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on September 18th, and it's time once again for Fienberg and I to discuss whom we think should and will win(*) some of the major categories. We're continuing to double up categories in order to finish in time, this time with the two Outstanding Lead Actress categories, for both comedy and drama.

(*) As always, we remind you we do not have impressive track records at prognostication. Place your wagers (or, preferably not) accordingly.

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<p>Deborah Ann Woll of 'True Blood'</p>
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Deborah Ann Woll of 'True Blood'

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Thoughts on another bloody 'True Blood' finale

If all else fails, Jessica in Red Riding Hood garb will always succeed
Anybody who read my early-season "True Blood" review knows that I took a vow of Not Caring. I decided that expecting "True Blood" to be anything other than country-fried hokum slathered with several ladles of silly-sauce  was folly and that expecting meaning, nuance or consistency from Alan Ball and his team could only lead to disappointment.
 
I tried.
 
I swear I tried.
 
[Spoilers coming, y'all...]
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<p>Jon Hamm walking the red carpet at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival for Ben Affleck's &quot;The Town.&quot;</p>

Jon Hamm walking the red carpet at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival for Ben Affleck's "The Town."

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Is 'Mad Men's' Jon Hamm ready to direct his first movie?

A revealing Q&A with the co-star and producer of 'Friends with Kids'

TORONTO - When Jon Hamm sits down into the hotel room chair to begin our interview he's obviously very tired.  The "Mad Men" icon has had a roller coaster of a 24 hours after the premiere of his new film "Friends with Kids" at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.  Directed by his longtime companion Jennifer Westfeldt (co-star and co-screenwriter of "Kissing Jessica Stein"), the ensemble comedy stars Adam Scott (an old friend), Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Ed Burns, Megan Fox as well as Hamm and Westfeldt.  It's a funny and dramatic look at how two friends (Scott and Westfeldt) deal with the fact their circle of friends are having kids and, well, they aren't.  Hamm was a full producer on the project, a first for him, and based on the results on screen he helped Westfeldt put together a pretty solid product.  So, in something of a surprise for Hamm, this is one interview he wasn't going to be inundated with questions about the long awaited new season of "Mad Men."  Not that the subject didn't come up...

Ellwood: So, I have to tell you I have first hand experience that you worked very hard as an actual producer on this film.

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<p>Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin of 'True Blood'</p>
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Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin of 'True Blood'

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Recap: 'True Blood' Season 4 Finale - 'And When I Die'

Deaths, resurrections, warnings, prophesies, sex and more

And so it has come to this: Andy Bellefleur has a more interesting sex life than anybody else on "True Blood" this season, and now the season is ending. Now that Marnie is dead, it’s about time to chisel Russell Edgington out of the cement and start killing off the ancillary characters that keep piling up like plastic Mardi Gras beads.

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