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<p>Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson as Duke Silver on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson as Duke Silver on "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'New Slogan'

Leslie considers her job offer, Andy meets Duke Silver and Tom looks for a restaurant

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I participate in your Julia Roberts weird cameraman husband fantasy...

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<p>I don&#39;t know who&#39;s going home, but I know Harry is playing on Thursday.</p>

I don't know who's going home, but I know Harry is playing on Thursday.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 11 Results plus Harry Connick Jr. performs

Mali Music will also drop by the results show

It's Anything Can Happen Night on "American Idol." 

On maybe 70 percent of "Idol" Thursdays, you can narrow your elimination predictions down to two or three singers, maximum, with anybody else being a shock. After Wednesday's decent Songs From The Cinema Night, I'll be able to give easy explanations for two or three boots, but there's a lot of wiggle room for something confusing to happen. 

Open question: Is there a frontrunner? I mean a *real* David Archuleta/Melinda Doolittle/Adam Lambert-style frontrunner? Have we ever been this later in the season without anything like a favorite?

Think about that, while I start my live-blog:

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<p>Alright, alright, alright! Time for a whole lotta &quot;True Detective&quot; talk on this week&#39;s Firewall &amp; Iceberg.</p>

Alright, alright, alright! Time for a whole lotta "True Detective" talk on this week's Firewall & Iceberg.

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 7: Alan and Dan talk 'True Detective' in LA

Dan and Alan talk in person and also discuss the surprise success of 'Resurrection'

Happy Thursday, boys and girls! As promised — or, rather, as promised first in January, then delayed due to injury, then promised again last week — it's time for an in-person installment of the Firewall & Iceberg show! Yup, I survived the trip to LA, and to the HitFix offices, and Dan and I got to sit behind the same enormous desk to discuss the conclusion of "True Detective," review NBC's Derbel McDillett hostage drama "Crisis," and discuss whether the surprise success of "Resurrection" will save Paul Lee's job.

Things went so well, in fact, that this may not be the only in-person show of the month, but I shall say no more until Tuesday.

As for this show, the rundown:

0:00-10:31 ("True Detective" finale/ season 1 Recap) 
12:04-20:35 ("True Detective" season 2)
21:37- 27:30 ("Crisis")
27:30- 30:15 (mail/ "Resurrection")

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>Kristen Bell is ready and willing to step back into the part of &#39;Veronica Mars&#39; if that&#39;s what fans want.</p>

Kristen Bell is ready and willing to step back into the part of 'Veronica Mars' if that's what fans want.

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Kristen Bell on making the 'Veronica Mars' film for old fans and new viewers

Did the Kickstarter success put pressure on the series star?

For some reason, I had to fly to Dallas to do all of the "Veronica Mars" interviews on the day before I flew to Austin, even though the entire cast and crew was heading into Austin the same time I was for the same film festival.

No matter. I'll take whatever the opportunity is to sit down with Kristen Bell. We met on "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and at that point, I had just caught up with "Veronica Mars" and had realized that she was, in fact, awesome. I was on the set for a week in Hawaii, and my wife and my son had joined me, so they were hanging out at the pool and dropping by set to see some of what was going on as well. Bell was hilarious and completely disarming and didn't seem remotely stand-offish with any of the people staying at the hotel.

We ended up seeing her several times over the next few months, most notably at the premiere of the movie. Before the party, my wife and I were standing outside the restaurant on the top floor of the Hollywood & Highland center, and we saw Bell approaching. She was in a dress that looked like a full-time job to wear, and she ducked behind us so that the photographers outside weren't able to see her. "Give me a minute here, guys," she said. She used the momentary shelter to make a few fairly major adjustments for both comfort and modesty, and then hurried inside.

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Matthew Perry finds his 'Odd Couple' Felix: 'Reno 911!’ Thomas Lennon

Matthew Perry finds his “Odd Couple” Felix: “Reno 911!’s” Thomas Lennon
The CBS remake will have Lennon play Felix Unger to Perry's Oscar Madison.

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Taylor Swift at another awards show
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Taylor Swift pokes fun of herself in cute ACMs for-your consideration ad

Her cat steals the show

Just like with the Oscars, some artists take out “for your consideration” ads when soliciting votes for the Academy of Country Music Awards.

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<p>Jake Gyllenhaal and, uh, Jake Gyllenhaal in &quot;Enemy.&quot;</p>

Jake Gyllenhaal and, uh, Jake Gyllenhaal in "Enemy."

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Review: Jake Gyllenhaal doubles down in sly, unsettling 'Enemy'

Denis Villeneuve shows his freaky side in his 'Prisoners' follow-up

The film industry lives to surprise us, but if I were to compile a list right now of Directors Least Likely To Direct A Romantic Comedy In The Near Or Distant Future, I'd feel comfortable placing Québécois atmosphere merchant Denis Villeneuve in the top five. For better or worse, Villeneuve's cinema thrives on a kind of precision-cut, cultivatedly fetid dourness. At its worst, it produces damp, philosophically aspirational melodrama like the abhorrent, Oscar-nominated "Incendies"; last year's gorgeous, luxuriantly trashy thriller "Prisoners" suggested he's better suited to material that knows its own daftness, even if Villeneuve himself doesn't.

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'Louie' returns May 5 with 2 episodes airing weekly

“Louie” returns May 5 with 2 episodes airing weekly
After a 19-month hiatus, Louis CK’s comedy's Season 4 comedy will return with 14 episodes (including one bonus episode) airing over the course of seven weeks. Starting Monday, May 5, fresh episodes will be shown at 10:00 and 10:30 pm.

FCC received Super Bowl complaints about Red Hot Chili Peppers' nipples
Some viewers also objected to Bruno Mars singing "your sex takes me to paradise" during the halftime show.

Showtime orders “Billions” from a NY Times writer
The premium cable network’s first drama pilot of the year comes from NY Times business columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, the author of the Wall Street disaster book “Too Big Too Fail” who also co-anchor’s CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “Billions” will tell of corruption among hedge fund billionaires and a district attorney.

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<p>Louis C.K. in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis C.K. in "Louie."

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FX sets 'Louie' season 4 premiere for May

After a long hiatus, Louis C.K.'s series back in time to qualify for the Emmys

"Louie" is coming back in early May — and in enough time to qualify the show for the next round of Emmy awards.

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Lady Gaga at SXSW
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Is Lady Gaga's Doritos-sponsored SXSW show a step too far?

Will she comes out in a costume made of Dorito bags?

Ever since Lady Gaga announced that she would be playing a South by Southwest gig at outdoor amphitheater Stubbs, sponsored by Doritos, I’ve had a bad taste in my mouth.  

Doritos usually leave a yummy, albeit slightly burning, corrosive taste in my mouth, but this time it feels like I’m being force fed a whole bag.

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<p>This is, by far, the most romantic scene in any Hobbit movie.</p>

This is, by far, the most romantic scene in any Hobbit movie.

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Review: Aaron Paul is spinning his wheels in the ridiculous 'Need For Speed'

This thing is barely a movie

"Need For Speed" is several different movies at once, and most of them are very stupid.

There is a rumor that George Gatins wrote the script for this film, but I find that hard to believe after sitting through the film. Sure, there are some people and there are some things that happen to them, but the only real reason the studio gave director Scott Waugh cameras was so he could film some admittedly amazing car stunt sequences.

Waugh earns his action credibility honestly. He comes from a family of stunt performers, and he's been doing stunts in film since the early '90s himself. When he says that he wanted to make an ode to the great stunt driving movies like "Bullitt" or "The Blues Brothers" or "Smokey and the Bandit," I take him at his word. There are some very well-shot and well-staged car scenes in the film, and if all you want is to see car mayhem that was shot for real without CG, then go see "Need For Speed." You'll feel like you got your money's worth.

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"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"

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It's Halloween for 'Honey Boo Boo' with a Kardashian twist

One reality TV family deserves (and dresses as) another

If you're not a fan of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" (Thurs. at 9:00 p.m. ET on TLC) and loathe the Kardashians, tonight's episode of the show might not be right for you. It's Halloween, and the gang is all dressed up as a family you might recognize -- even if none of the neighbors do. 

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