<p>Brian Van Holt and Josh Hopkins in &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Brian Van Holt and Josh Hopkins in "Cougar Town."

Credit: TBS

Review: 'Cougar Town' - 'Make It Better'

Jules and her dad battle injury at the same time, while Grayson tries to give Travis some game

A quick review of last night's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I have non-McConnaughey examples...

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<p>Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;takes a swing on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) takes a swing on "Justified."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'The Hatchet Tour'

Raylan takes a desperate gamble to find Drew Thompson, while Tim goes hunting for Colton

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I'm looking at a bright future in mall security...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 171: Mid-season check-ins, reality round-up & more

Dan and Alan catch up on 'The Americans,' 'Enlightened,' 'The Mindy Project,' and more

The

It's at once a slow and busy week for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. There aren't any premieres of note, and a lot of network shows are in repeats during the post-sweeps lull (which we explain in the podcast's opening minutes), so we decided to take the opportunity to check back in on a bunch of series we haven't discussed in a while, and also to answer some mail, and also to do one of our periodic Dan's Reality Round-Up segments. So a dead week wound up leading to one of our longest podcasts ever. The lineup: 

Slow Week (00:00:30 - 00:08:00)
"The Americans" (00:08:05 - 00:17:05)
"Shameless" (00:17:05 - 00:28:35)
"The Mindy Project" (00:28:40 - 00:37:50)
Midseason Struggles (00:37:55 - 00:47:25)
Listener Mail - Uneven Shows like "Suburgatory" (00:47:30 - 00:56:45)
Listener Mail - "Top Chef," leading into Dan's Reality Roundup - (01:02:10 - 01:22:25)
"Enlightened" finale - (01:22:50 - 01:36:50)
"Bunheads" finale - (01:36:50 - 01:47:40)
 
As always, 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 or stream it on Dan's blog.

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>&quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;was one of four FOX&nbsp;shows renewed this afternoon.</p>

"New Girl" was one of four FOX shows renewed this afternoon.

Credit: FOX

FOX renews 'The Following,' 'New Girl' & other Tuesday comedies

'The Mindy Project' and 'Raising Hope' will also be back next season
FOX has renewed “The Following,” “New Girl,” “The Mindy Project” and “Raising Hope” for next season.
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<p>Joel McHale as Jeff Winger on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale as Jeff Winger on "Community."

Credit: NBC

HitFix First Look: A 'Community' family reunion

Jeff Winger and his dad get together, with a little help from Britta

Dan Harmon didn't leave an awful lot of dangling threads for his "Community" successors to tie up, but one big one is Jeff Winger's search for closure with the father who abandoned him and his mother when Jeff was young. This Thursday's episode, "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations," finally brings Jeff face-to-face with the man he's resented for so long — in the form of an actor who's starting to specialize in playing estranged TV dads.

In this clip — exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours — Jeff and his father attempt to lay out the ground rules for how this reunion will work, with help from Britta, who's overjoyed by the opportunities this presents to test out her new knowledge (or lack thereof) of psychology. 

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<p>Laura Dern as Amy Jellicoe in the &quot;Enlightened&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Laura Dern as Amy Jellicoe in the "Enlightened" season finale.

Credit: HBO

Season finale review: 'Enlightened' - 'Agent of Change'

Amy goes public, but will this be the end of her story?

"Enlightened" has wrapped up its second season, and I have some thoughts on the finale, and this great season as a whole, coming up just as soon as I finish my young-adult novel...

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<p>Tonight's &quot;Switched at Birth&quot;&nbsp;is presented almost entirely in American Sign Language.</p>

Tonight's "Switched at Birth" is presented almost entirely in American Sign Language.

Credit: ABC Family

'Switched at Birth' creator Lizzy Weiss on tonight's all-ASL episode

ABC Family's look at deaf culture moves to the forefront
The title of ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth” would suggest some kind of loud, cheesey exploitation drama. And the show certainly doesn't run away from the more melodramatic aspects of how teens Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc) accidentally were raised by each other’s biological parents. But "Switched at Birth" offers subtler, deeper pleasures as well — not least of which is the way it explores deaf culture through the story of Daphne, who lost most of her hearing at a young age, her friend Emmett (Sean Berdy), and the school for the deaf both attend.
 
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<p>Katheryn Winnick and Travis Fimmel in &quot;Vikings.&quot;</p>

Katheryn Winnick and Travis Fimmel in "Vikings."

Credit: History

Series premiere: 'Vikings' - 'Rites of Passage'

What did everybody think of History's first scripted series?

I posted my review of History's "Vikingson Friday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think of History's first scripted drama series? Did you feel transported back in time, or did the recreation of the era seem cheesey? Did you like Travis Fimmel, and/or did you just wonder how Charlie Hunnam had time to do two series at once? How did you feel about Gabriel Byrne as the earl? Are you intrigued by Ragnar's quest to discover and pillage the lands to the west? Do you look forward to the opportunity to hear the name "Floki" said repeatedly for weeks on end? Could you make sense of when subtitles were and weren't used? And will you watch again? 

Have at it. I enjoyed the show, but it's not deep enough to really withstand weekly discussion, especially given the never-ending Sunday drama glut. So barring an unusual episode at mid-season, I likely won't revisit until this first season's done.

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<p>On &quot;Girls,&quot;&nbsp;Hannah (Lena Dunham)&nbsp;goes out with her parents (Becky Ann Baker, Peter Scolari).</p>

On "Girls," Hannah (Lena Dunham) goes out with her parents (Becky Ann Baker, Peter Scolari).

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Girls' - 'It's Back'

Carol Kane, Bob Balaban, Judy Collins, Shiry Appleby and Hannah's parents stop by for a busy episode

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I dress like a magician's assistant...

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<p>Andrew Lincoln as Rick in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Andrew Lincoln as Rick in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Clear'

Rick meets an old friend while looking for guns and ammo

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon I go back for the cat sculpture...

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