Credit: NBC

Review: With 'Allegiance,' NBC plays the TV imitation game

Hope Davis and Scott Cohen do what they can to elevate 'Americans'-esque spy drama

For the past few weeks, my Twitter mentions have been filled with indignation over the existence of "Allegiance," the new NBC drama starring Hope Davis and Scott Cohen as Russian deep cover agents who are pressured to recruit one of their kids to the cause. Most of them go something like this:

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<p>Matthew Rhys in The Americans</p>

Matthew Rhys in The Americans

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Baggage': The suitcase

Elizabeth helps Philip pack up a problem, Oleg and Stan reunite, and Nina adjust to prison life

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I enjoy a Milky Way...

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<p>Charlie Day</p>

Charlie Day

Credit: FX

How 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' made its unintended 'Birdman' homage

How did the crew create the illusion of a single take when the bar interior and exterior are in different places?

When I first saw tonight's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," I instantly had questions for the episode's director, Matt Shakman, about how they pulled off the various technical challenges involved in "Charlie Work." He was kind enough to provide a detailed explanation, coming up just as soon as I bang the stool on the floor three more times...

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<p>Fresh Off the Boat</p>

Fresh Off the Boat

Credit: ABC

Series premiere talkback: 'Fresh Off the Boat'

What did everybody else think of the new ABC sitcom?

Yesterday, Fienberg published his review of ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat," which I also liked a lot for many of the same reasons Dan did. It does that thing good TV shows aspire to in making the specific universal and the universal specific, it has a sharp point of view, a good cast of both adults (Constance Wu a pleasant surprise as the mom, Randall Park an expected pleasure as the dad) and kids (a specialty at ABC comedy development these days), and a terrific '90s hip-hop soundtrack.

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From Mork to Saul: The highs and lows of TV spin-offs

From Mork to Saul: The highs and lows of TV spin-offs

Sometimes, you get 'The Simpsons.' Other times, 'Joey.'

Spin-offs are easy. Spin-offs are hard.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 265: 'Better Call Saul!,' 'Parenthood' & more

Dan and Alan also review "Fresh Off the Boat," "The Jinx," "Allegiance" & Super Bowl ads


Hey, boys and girls, remember the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast? After a few weeks off due to press tour, Sundance and cold and flu season, Dan and I got back on Skype to talk about a promising new comedy ("Fresh Off the Boat"), docu-series ("The Jinx") and drama ("Better Call Saul!"), in addition to Super Bowl ads, "Allegiance" and the "Parenthood" series finale.

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<p>The Mindy Project</p>

The Mindy Project

Credit: FOX

Review: 'The Mindy Project' - 'No More Mr. Noishe Guy': A farewell surprise

Peter moves to Austin, but not before giving Mindy some big news

A few thoughts on last night's momentous "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I turn this into a place where rescue dogs can get methadone...

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<p>Matthew Rhys</p>

Matthew Rhys

Credit: FX

'The Americans' star Matthew Rhys: Philip would defect 'in a heartbeat'

On wigs, fight scenes, and why they call Keri Russell 'the Hulk' on set

Last week, I published the first two of the interviews I did on “The Americans” set in December, with producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields , and with actress Holly Taylor. Now it’s time for one of the show’s two leads, as charming Welshman(*) Matthew Rhys and I talked about where Philip’s head is at in season 3, the pros and cons of so much wig work, why Keri Russell is referred to on set as “The Hulk,” how “The A-Team” helped inform his performance as Philip, and more.

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Noblesse Oblige': 30 minutes or less

Boyd gets to know Avery Markham, and Raylan revisits his coal mining past

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as you lead to unevenness in my facial tone...

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<p>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Donna and Joe': A Meagle marriage

Donna and Joe get married, Jen Barkely makes Ben an offer, and Garry Gergich gets a special present

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I have a strong opinion on pockets...

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