As promised last week, it was an all-reader mail (listener mail?) edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, in which Dan and I covered topics including, in order:

Mid-season scheduling changes at NBC & FOX: 1:40 - 15:38
The power of TV critics (or lack thereof): 15:38 - 18:40
The lack of fidelity to foreign languages on American TV: 18:40 - 23:51
TV show episodes that tower over the rest of their respective series: 23:51 - 30:19
Shows with storylines that go off the rail: 30:19 - 36:10
Thoughts on "Sports Night" and "The West Wing": 36:10 - 46:00
HDTV versus standard-def: 46:00 - 52:30
"Dexter" and the dangers of predictability: 52:30 - 1:01:36

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Alan Sepinwall has been reviewing television since the mid-'90s, first for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, The Star-Ledger, and now for HitFix. His new book, "TV (The Book)" about the 100 greatest shows of all time, goes on sale on September 6. He can be reached at