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<p>Coulson? Fitz? Simmons? May? It&#39;s getting hard to tell.</p>

Coulson? Fitz? Simmons? May? It's getting hard to tell.

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Agent Ward actually becomes a human being in the penultimate episode of 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

If the show had started this strong, imagine where they'd be now

Television is such a particular beast when it comes to storytelling, and one of the reasons that I love the modern television landscape is because of just how elastic definitions have become and just how far we've come in terms of how people both observe and break the traditional rules of the form.

When you factor in that "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." is, at heart, a fairly cynical proposition for a show, a sort of ongoing advertisement for already-omnipresent movie events, it seems like it would be silly to expect it to be anything but an uneven and uninteresting affair, and if you'd asked me five or six weeks into the season if it was worth the effort, I would have told you no.

At this point, though, they've done what only a show that knows it has a full run of 22 episodes to play with can do, which is slowly but surely figure out exactly what show it is they're making and, also slowly but surely, get better at actually making it. If the show had been as confident about what it's doing at the start of the season as it is now, people would probably be pretty darn excited about what's happening here in the home stretch. As it is, I'm just happy to see a creative team come together like this, no matter what the show.

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<p>Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling in "The Mindy Project."

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Season finale review: 'The Mindy Project' - 'Danny and Mindy'

Danny makes a last-ditch attempt to win Mindy's heart, rom-com style

A quick review of tonight's "The Mindy Project" season finale coming up just as soon as I find out what your second email address is...

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NBC picks up action drama 'Odyssey' starring Anna Friel and Peter Facinelli

NBC picks up action drama “Odyssey” starring Anna Friel and Peter Facinelli
Treat Williams, “Lost’s” Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and “The Wire’s” Jim True-Frost also star in the “Traffic”-like series about a female soldier, a corporate lawyer and a political activist whose lives collide.

Fox expands “Mulaney” to 16 episodes
The Lorne Michaels-produced comedy starring former “SNL” writer John Mulaney, current “SNL” cast member Nasim Pedrad and comedy veterans Martin Short and Elliott Gould was originally picked up for six episodes.

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<p>&quot;Penny Dreadful.&quot;</p>

"Penny Dreadful."

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 13: 'Rosemary's Baby,' 'Penny Dreadful' & more

Dan and Alan also preview the network upfronts and revisit the 'Friends' finale

After taking last week off due to various scheduling issues, the Firewall & Iceberg Show is back, as Dan and I review a pair of horror projects debuting on Sunday night, spend a lot of time previewing the network upfronts — and saying "HIEROGLYPH!" — and revisit the 10th anniversary of the "Friends" finale.

The rundown:

0:00- 6:10- Rosemary's Baby
6:10- 11:44- Penny Dreadful
11:44- 15:46- ABC Upfronts
15:46- 18:45- CBS Upfronts
18:45- 23:49- FOX Upfronts
23:49-26:33- NBC Upfronts
26:33- 34:22- Friends Anniversary

As always, you can send us questions at There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at

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<p>The cast of &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

The cast of "New Girl."

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Season finale review: 'New Girl' - 'Cruise'

The gang accompanies Jess and Nick on a cruise they booked when they were dating

A quick review of the "New Girl" season finale coming up just as soon as we ban nautical puns...

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NBC picks up Katherine Heigl’s CIA drama 'State of Affairs'

NBC picks up Katherine Heigl’s CIA drama “State of Affairs”
She’ll play a CIA agent whose job is to brief the president of the United States, as played by Alfre Woodard.

NBC orders Russian spy thriller “Alliance”
Gavin Stenhouse plays a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst whose parents (Hope Davis and Scott Cohen) belong to a Russian sleeper cell.

Watch Charlize Theron's "SNL" promos
Theron, who last hosted in 2000, shows her "Model Face."

Lee Daniels hopes “Empire” becomes the black “Dynasty,” says Oprah told him he couldn’t do a TV show
The director of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” says his hip-hop drama — made with former “Buffy” and “Gilmore Girls” star Danny Strong” -- is “more like ‘Nashville.' And 'The Sopranos,' because there is no much violence. And ‘Dynasty.' I wanted to make a black 'Dynasty.’ You sit there and go, “No, this bitch didn’t! Oh my f--king God!”

The real Prince Harry went to Memphis, and Fox's fake Prince Harry followed
People hoping to see the real Prince Harry, who was in town over the weekend for a friend’s wedding, mobbed the fake Prince Harry, who's starring in "I Wanna Marry Harry.”

When did food TV shows become so bad?
Everything these days seems to be derivative of “Top Chef” or Guy Fieri.

A Twitter account is helping TV viewers connect with the fashion they see on screen
Kingsley Maunder’s Style on Screen has found a way to hook up brands featured on TV shows with fans who want to buy them.

Fox boss is not ready to quit on “American Idol,” may give “Mindy” fewer episodes
Entertainment president Kevin Reilly also says he liked “Enlisted,” he isn’t ready to join the late-night wars and doesn’t regret extending “Sleepy Hollow.”

Comedy Central picks up “Archer” reruns
The FX animated series could begin airing on Comedy Central as soon as May 2015.

Why do Americans watch TV shows about government if they hate it so much?
So many of TV’s biggest shows revolve around the government, from “NCIS” to “CSI.”

Watch Oprah’s original "Oprah Winfrey Show" audition tape
Oprah Winfrey filmed this audition in 1983.

Marge Simpson is getting her own makeup line
MAC Cosmetics is releasing a limited-edition color collection dedicated to Marge this fall.

Adam Goldberg: “I was terrified” to learn American Sign Language for "Fargo"
"I was genuinely scared,” admits Goldberg, who compares the learning process to “dancing or playing music."

“Person of Interest” has become TV’s most prescient show, thanks to Edward Snowden
As Kate Aurthur points out, "The web the show had fictionally spun in which the government, often in collusion with corporations, is watching and listening to us, turned out to be almost exactly what Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed to be true. While Person of Interest still has the spine of a case-of-the-week procedural, it has deepened into an acutely paranoid, multi-layered story about emotionally damaged, well-funded vigilantes (who kill frequently).”

Chris Colfer: I could not turn down an opportunity to write for “Glee"
"I never wanted to do this,” he says, "or gave any indication that I wanted to do it. It’s not my world, these aren’t my characters and I thought I’d hate tampering with it or ruining it. But then they came to me and said, 'Would you be interested in writing an episode? We want you to.’"

Fred Armisen may split his time between NYC and "Portlandia," but he just bought a house in L.A.
Check out the “Late Night” bandleader’s “hipster home."

Discovery taps Peter Dinklage to narrate animal documentary “Mini Monsters”
The two-hour special will celebrate diminutive animal characters.

Zooey Deschanel will be wearing clothing from her own fashion line on “New Girl” season finale
Deschanel insists her “To Tommy, From Zooey” — which she co-designed with Tommy Hilfiger — was picked out without the costume designer knowing she helped create the clothes.

“24’s” Chloe O’Brian might be the most "meritocratically powerful female character on television right now”
"he fundamental fact about Chloe — what has made her a breakout character since the show’s first season — remains just as true today,” says Joanna Weiss. "She’s principled, valued, and good at what she does, and her power has nothing to do with sex appeal.” PLUS: Jack Bauer seems harder, more dead-eyed and resolute in “Live Another Day.”

Here are 7 things “Friends” fans still argue about
From Ross & Rachel to Rachel & Joey. PLUS: Courteney Cox acknowledges the 10-year anniversary: “Ten years. Time flies."

Why “The Mindy Project” should reboot itself
Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina and Ike Barinholtz should stay. But everything else — including the premise — should be gone next season. Because she's no longer believable as a doctor. PLUS: Meet “Mindy’s” producing director, and are you a Mindy Kaling fan who hates “The Mindy Project”?

With “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver has become the old Jon Stewart
"It's only been two episodes, granted,” says Jordan Sargent, "but in that hour of television Oliver has proven himself to be an antidote to Stewart's current brand of humor. Perhaps more precisely, he is what Stewart himself used to be: an outsider who presented the absurdity of politics and the hypocrisy of powerful blowhards while guffawing along with the audience."

“Louie” will have "lots of… parts stories” this season
There will be a two-episode arc, a three-episode arc and a six-episode arc this season. Presenting the Louis CK Guide to Masturbation.

It’s “Buffy” the video game
Here’s how "Buffy The Vampire Slayer” would look like as a LucasArts adventure game.

Tony the Tiger’s voice dies
Lee Marshall, who took over as the Frosted Flakes icon in 1999, passed away on April 26. He was 64.

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<p>Ken Marino and Casey Wilson of &quot;Marry Me&quot;</p>

Ken Marino and Casey Wilson of "Marry Me"

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NBC starts series orders with 'Marry Me,' 'Allegiance' and Katherine Heigl in 'State of Affairs'

Casey Wilson, Hope Davis among NBC's new stars

Not content to let FOX hog the pre-upfronts series order merry-go-round, NBC started its 2013-2014 series pickups on Tuesday (May 6) afternoon.

Thus far, NBC has given series orders to the comedy "Marry Me" and the dramas "Odyssey," "Allegiance" and "State of Affairs," starring Katherine Heigl.

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<p>Cover art for &quot;Godzilla: Awakening&quot;</p>

Cover art for "Godzilla: Awakening"

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'Godzilla' writer talks expanding the universe of the film in prequel graphic novel

'Godzilla: Awakening' hits shelves tomorrow in advance of the film's release

You might recall last summer how Legendary Pictures found a way to further plumb the vast depths of Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" with a handsome, hardcover prequel graphic novel: "Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero." With cover art from celebrated artist Alex Ross and an "additive as opposed to adaptive" approach from writer Travis Beacham, the book filled in shades of information only alluded in the blockbuster film.

This year, the production company has again commissioned the screenwriter of one of their big-budget extravaganzas to expand on its further-reaching details as "Godzilla: Awakening" hits shelves Wednesday ahead of the May 16 release of Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla."

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NBC orders 'Happy Endings' creator’s 'Marry Me' starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino

NBC orders “Happy Endings” creator’s “Marry Me” starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino
The relationship drama stars Wilson and Marino as a longtime couple who hold off on their engagement after a mess of a proposal. Tim Meadows also stars.

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Jack Black in "Bernie."
Jack Black in "Bernie."
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Richard Linklater assists the release of the real-life 'Bernie'

The convicted murderer will now live under the filmmaker's watch

As the "Before" trilogy and especially "Boyhood" have shown us, Richard Linklater likes to live with his movies for a very long time. But here's a slightly different example of his dedication, and one that blurs that art-life boundary in rather a touching way: Linklater is due quite literally to live with the subject of his 2011 comedy "Bernie."

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Fox orders hip-hop drama 'Empire' and teen hospital drama 'Red Band Society'

Fox orders hip-hop drama “Empire” and teen hospital drama “Red Band Society”
“The Butler’s” Lee Daniels is behind “Empire,” starring Terrence Howard as a music mogul along with Taraji P. Henson and Malik Yoba, with Timbaland serving as song producer. Steven Spielberg's “Red Band Empire” is set in a children’s hospital wing, starring Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable.

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<p>Terrence Howard</p>

Terrence Howard

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FOX orders 'Red Band Society,' 'Empire' to series

'Gotham' got a series order on Monday

For the second straight day, FOX has given an official series order to a high profile drama pilot, actually doubling down with drama orders on Tuesday (May 6)

One day after sending "Gotham" to series, FOX has done the same for "Red Band Society" and  "Empire," or "Lee Daniels' Empire," to avoid confusion with the 2002 John Leguizamo classic "Empire."

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