<p>The Slap</p>

The Slap

Credit: NBC

Review: NBC's 'The Slap' wants to provoke, but mostly irritates

Adaptation of Australian miniseries is loud and completely lacking in subtlety

When NBC announced plans for "The Slap," it sounded like a joke, or possibly a James Franco art installation. A miniseries revolving around a man who slaps someone else's child at a backyard barbecue? That's the whole thing? Even upon learning that it was based on an Australian miniseries, which was in turn adapted from a book, it was hard to imagine that this was an actual thing the NBC television network was trying in the year 2015. On-air promos for the miniseries (which debuts tomorrow night at 8) play more like "SNL" parodies than ads for a real show.

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Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'The Trash and the Snake': Nobody beats the Wiz!

Another crackling episode looks backwards and forwards, and then blows some stuff up

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I confuse Occam's Razor with Thor's hammer...

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<p>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Mrs. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington/Pie-Mary'

Senatorial cameos and nostalgia aplenty in two more terrific episodes

A review of tonight's two "Parks and Recreation" episodes coming up just as soon as I keep a local binder maker on retainer...

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<p>Jon Stewart</p>

Jon Stewart

Credit: Comedy Central

Who should succeed Jon Stewart as 'The Daily Show' host?

It's a much messier situation with Colbert, Oliver and Wilmore all employed elsewhere

A little over a year ago, the line of succession at "The Daily Show" was clear, and it was deep. If Jon Stewart were to step down — maybe to finally take that broadcast network late-night job he'd always been rumored for — then Stephen Colbert would get the job. If Colbert didn't want to leave "The Colbert Report," then John Oliver had just wrapped up a brilliant stint filling in for Stewart over the summer. And if Oliver was somehow unavailable, well... "The Daily Show" had a lot of talented people on that bench like Samantha Bee, Jason Jones and Larry Wilmore.

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<p>The Book of Negroes</p>

The Book of Negroes

Credit: BET

Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 266: 'The Slap,' 'Bosch' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'The Book of Negroes' and discuss 'Happy Endings' rumors


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for our first regularly-scheduled Firewall & Iceberg Podcast in quite some time, featuring three reviews of new shows and a bunch of mailbag questions.

The rundown:

"The Slap" (00:01:30 - 00:20:45)
"Bosch" (00:20:45 - 00:36:25)
"The Book of Negroes" (00:36:25 - 00:51:40)
Listener Mail: "Happy Endings" (00:51:55 - 01:01:15)
Listener Mail: CW Expansion (01:01:20 - 01:06:40)
Listener Mail: "The Americans" (01:07:00 - 01:12:05)
Listener Mail: "Mad Men" prequels (01:12:10 - 01:17:50)

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>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

Credit: NBC

HitFix First Look: On 'Parks and Recreation,' Ron solves a puzzle

Craig tries to challenge Ron at the bicentennial Harvest Festival

I don't know if you've noticed (I've been writing about it every week), but "Parks and Recreation" is in the middle of one of the classic farewell sitcom seasons.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Better Call Saul!' - 'Mijo': Breaking = bad

A familiar villain takes Jimmy out to the desert

A review of tonight's "Better Call Saul!" coming up just as soon as I take off the space blanket...

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<p>Steve Zissis</p>

Steve Zissis

Credit: HBO

'Togetherness': The life comedic with Steve Zissis

'The whole show was created by Jay to make me more famous and to make me lose weight.'

For the most part, the excellence of HBO’s “Togetherness” isn’t surprising. Co-creators Mark and Jay Duplass have a long track record with films they either wrote and directed themselves or supported in some way, Melanie Lynskey and Amanda Peet have lots of fine performances on their resumes, and even Mark Duplass himself has turned out to be an interesting and versatile actor as his career has evolved.

The one unknown is the man who is in many ways the reason the show exists: co-star and co-creator Steve Zissis, a longtime friend and collaborator of the brothers Duplass who hasn’t had many prominent roles outside of their films. As Alex, a talented but underemployed actor crashing on his best friend’s couch, Zissis gets to be funny, charming, and at times heartbreaking over the course of this eight-episode first season. (Four episodes have aired so far; HBO recently ordered a second season.)

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Series premiere review: 'Better Call Saul' - 'Uno': Good luck, Chuck

What did everybody think of the 'Breaking Bad' prequel's first episode?

"Better Call Saul" is finally here. I already published my initial review and interviews with creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and with Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks, and now I have thoughts on the first episode coming up just as soon as I translate this review into Finnish...

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<p>Tyreese on The Walking Dead</p>

Tyreese on The Walking Dead

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'What Happened And What's Going On': Struggling man

Tyreese and Noah have a very bad day in Virginia

"The Walking Dead" is back for the second half of its fifths season, and I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I make use of this model airplane...

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