Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Ben's Parents'

Jonathan Banks and Glenne Headly guest star, and Jean-Ralphio returns

<p>Ron Swanson&nbsp;(Nick Offerman)&nbsp;and Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz)&nbsp;on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I don't mention the Green Bay Packers or the state of Iowa...

Review: 'Last Resort' - 'Another Fine Navy Day'

Sam and Marcus suffer hallucinations in a chemical attack

<p>Scott Speedman on &quot;Last Resort.&quot;</p>

Scott Speedman on "Last Resort."

Credit: ABC

A quick review of tonight's "Last Resort" coming up just as soon as I peg you for an exotic fruit man...

What's Alan writing? A new book called 'The Revolution Was Televised'

A look back at TV dramas from 'Sopranos' through 'Breaking Bad' will go on sale around Thanksgiving

<p>Here's the logo for my new book, &quot;The Revolution Was Televised:&nbsp;The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV&nbsp;Drama Forever.&quot;</p>

Here's the logo for my new book, "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever."

Over the last year and change, you may have noticed an occasional mysterious allusion to some project I was working on but wasn't ready to discuss. Well, today I am very proud to announce that it's my new book, "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever."

Review: 'Suburgatory' - 'Foam Finger'

An unexpected reference to another show highlights an uneven episode

<p>Dalia (Carly Chaikin)&nbsp;becomes a magician's assistant on &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>

Dalia (Carly Chaikin) becomes a magician's assistant on "Suburgatory."

Credit: ABC

A review of last night's "Suburgatory" coming up just as soon as the kugel is a gateway kugel...

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 156: 'Witness,' 'Wedding Band,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Homeland' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss NBC's mid-season schedule, 'Nashville' and 'Last Resort'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 156: 'Witness,' 'Wedding Band,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Homeland' & more

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A hurricane can postpone the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, but Sandy couldn't stop it forever. After I spent the last week either powerless or as a nomad in the wilds of Connecticut, I was finally able to return home last night. In fact, the podcast was supposed to be finished yesterday, but midway through recording it, I got the call that our power was back on, and had to hastily pack up the family truckster for the drive home to Jersey, so we're technically reviewing HBO's excellent "Witness" a day late. That's what On Demand and HBO multiplex channels are for. In addition, Dan and I review TBS' "Wedding Band," discuss NBC's mid-season schedule, the "Up All Night" format change, how we feel about "Nahville" and "Last Resort" these days, and the latest episodes of "The Walking Dead" and "Homeland." 

The line-up: 

"Witness" (00:01:55 - 00:11:05)
"The Wedding Band" (00:11:05 - 00:23:25)
NBC's Midseason Schedule (00:23:25 - 00:37:30)
"Nashville" (00:37:30 - 00:44:15)
"Last Resort" (00:44:20 - 00:52:05)
"The Walking Dead" (00:52:20 - 01:10:30)
"Homeland" (01:10:30 - 01:31:30)
 
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.

Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Autumn of Break-Ups'

Victoria gives Ted an ultimatum, Barney gets a canine wingman, and Nick needs a catchphrase

<p>Barney (Neil Patrick Harris)&nbsp;gets to know the local dog population on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) gets to know the local dog population on "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

Before we get to the reviewing, a bit of housekeeping — as in, my house finally got power, heat, cable, etc. last night, which meant we could return from our post-Sandy exile to the lovely, well-powered streets of West Hartford. There will be a podcast sometime later today (Dan and I were interrupted yesterday by the news that I could return home), and hopefully everything else will return to schedule (give or take a Nor'easter later in the week).

And now a few thoughts on last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I channel my inner goddess...

Review: 'Homeland' - 'A Gettysburg Address'

Carrie and Brody get to work, but who's playing who?

<p>Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn on "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I write a poem about the wreck of the Hesperus...

Review: 'Tremé' - 'Promised Land'

It's Mardi Gras, and a line from 'The Wire' speaks to how connected the pieces are

<p>Janette (Kim Dickens)&nbsp;gets advice from Emeril Lagasse on &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Janette (Kim Dickens) gets advice from Emeril Lagasse on "Treme."

Credit: HBO

A review of tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as I see myself as the flood control specialist...

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Killer Within'

The prison group is divided, while Andrea gets to know the Governor

<p>Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori on "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as we take a bunch of women to play at Augusta...

Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'The Pony'

Nucky, Van Alden and Gillian have had about all they can stand

<p>Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden on "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I run naked through the pages of the United States criminal code...

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