<p>Rob Lowe and John Stamos</p>

Rob Lowe and John Stamos

Credit: FOX

Ask Alan: Renaming shows, switching roles, and tell-all TV-movies

Should Rob Lowe and John Stamos be starring in each other's shows this fall?

Two Fridays have passed, which means it's time for another installment of Ask Alan.

I zipped my way through three questions this week, including yet another discussion of one of the worst TV show titles ever, a question of whether professionally handsome men Rob Lowe and John Stamos should pull a job switcheroo, and what TV show I'd like to be the subject of a behind-the-scenes TV-movie.

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<p>Narcos</p>

Narcos

Credit: Netflix

Review: Netflix's 'Narcos' takes on the legend of Pablo Escobar

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B
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A good enough retelling of the drug kingpin's rise to power

"Narcos," Netflix's new drama about the rise of the Colombian drug cartels, opens with a title card explaining, "Magical realism is defined as what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe.

It then adds, "There is a reason magical realism was born in Colombia."

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<p>Mr. Robot</p>

Mr. Robot

Credit: USA

USA postpones 'Mr. Robot' finale due to parallels to Virginia murders

Due to an unfortunate parallel to a real-life tragedy today, USA has postponed tonight's "Mr. Robot" season finale to air next week.

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<p>The Sopranos</p>

The Sopranos

Credit: HBO

In another 'Sopranos' classic, Tony has to fight off two assassins

Tony survives an assassination attempt and makes a new friend

Welcome to the penultimate installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine.

Thoughts on the twelfth episode, “Isabella," coming up just as soon as I buy you some sweat socks at The Sports Authority...

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<p>Rick and Morty</p>

Rick and Morty

Credit: Adult Swim

'Rick and Morty' goes full circle with 'Back to the Future' trailer mash-up

In a development that's only surprising in that it took so long, the Internet has given us a mash-up of Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty" and the trailer to "Back to the Future" from the distant past of 1985:

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<p>Narcos</p>

Narcos

Credit: Netflix

Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 297: 'Narcos,' 'The Carmichael Show' & more

Dan and Alan also check in on 'Rectify' and 'Rick and Morty,' and revisit the end of 'Lost'

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for a regularly-scheduled Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we review a pair of new shows debuting in the dog days of summer, check in on recent doings on two very different cable series, and continue our summer series finale rewind by talking about "The End" of "Lost."

Next week's finale homework is "Made in America," from "The Sopranos." Tony lives, baby! Maybe!

The rundown:

"The Carmichael Show" (00:00:50 - 00:11:30)
"Narcos" (00:11:30 - 00:23:50)
Listener Mail - "Rick and Morty" (00:24:00 - 00:31:55)
"Rectify" Season 3 (00:31:55 - 00:43:35)
"Lost" finale (00:43:35 - 01:10:00)

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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<p>The Carmichael Show</p>

The Carmichael Show

Credit: NBC

Review: NBC's 'The Carmichael Show' a pleasant end-of-summer surprise

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B
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n/a
A throwback multi-cam sitcom that works, with some help from David Alan Grier and Loretta Devine

Earlier this summer, NBC made a last-minute schedule switch on sitcoms "Mr. Robinson" and "The Carmichael Show." Originally set to air together over six weeks, NBC instead turned them into mini-binges — or, more realistically, super-fast Summer Burn-Off Theatre — by having "Mr. Robinson" air as a double feature for three weeks, followed by "Carmichael Show" doing the same. This seemed like a weird reshuffling of the deck chairs on a pair of sinking ships: both shows had been in development in some form or other for two years and were already being dumped at a time late in the summer when even broadcast executives who boast about year-round programming don't like to debut things.

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<p>Fear the Walking Dead</p>

Fear the Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Record-setting 'Fear the Walking Dead' debut proves Americans still love zombies

America's love affair with zombies continued with last night's record-breaking premiere of "Fear the Walking Dead."

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<p>Fear the Walking Dead</p>

Fear the Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Let's talk about the 'Fear the Walking Dead' premiere

What did everybody think of the zombie drama spin-off?

I published my thoughts on "Fear the Walking Dead" on Thursday, and embedded above is a spoiler-filled conversation I had with Roth Cornet about the premiere. Now it's your turn.

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<p>Hannibal</p>

Hannibal

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Hannibal' - 'The Number of the Beast Is 666': The lamb of God?

Will and Dr. Chilton become bait for the Red Dragon

A review of tonight's penultimate "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I remonstrate you with "I told you so"s...

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