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Season finale review: '30 Rock' - 'What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?'

Avery and Jack head back to the altar, Criss won't let Liz bail, and Kenneth gets a roommate

<p>Tina Fey, Mary Steenburgen and Elizabeth Banks in &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Tina Fey, Mary Steenburgen and Elizabeth Banks in "30 Rock."

Credit: NBC

A review of the "30 Rock" season finale coming up just as soon as I'm living in a Bill O'Reilly erotic novel...

'Awake' - 'Two Birds': What's red and green and mad all over?

Britten investigates the conspiracy in both worlds in the series' penultimate episode

<p>Britten (Jason Isaacs)&nbsp;gets himself into a jam on &quot;Awake.&quot;</p>

Britten (Jason Isaacs) gets himself into a jam on "Awake."

Credit: NBC

A quick review of tonight's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I know how to spell "tulip"...

Season finale review: 'Community': Cruel cruel cruel

The study group enters a video game, pulls off a caper and achieves emotional closure in a three-episode night

<p>Evil Abed (Danny Pudi)&nbsp;made his return in the &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Evil Abed (Danny Pudi) made his return in the "Community" season finale.

Credit: NBC

A review of tonight's three season-ending "Community" episodes coming up just as soon as I read the novelization of "The Chronicles of Riddick"...

Season finale review - 'Suburgatory': 'The Motherload'

Mother's Day in Chatswin raises complicated emotions for Tessa and Lisa

<p>Dalls (Cheryl Hines)&nbsp;goes for a &quot;Suburgatory&quot;&nbsp;run.</p>

Dalls (Cheryl Hines) goes for a "Suburgatory" run.

Credit: ABC

A review of the "Suburgatory" season finale coming up just as soon as I club a stuffed seal...

CBS' 2012-13 schedule: 'Two and a Half Men' to Thursdays a bold move for conservative network

The most traditional broadcaster sticks to its playbook, which includes one big change a season

<p>Janet Montgomery in &quot;Made in Jersey.&quot;</p>

Janet Montgomery in "Made in Jersey."

Credit: CBS

NEW YORK — All the other broadcast networks that presented their fall schedules at Upfront Week are in the process of figuring out how to reinvent the business in an age of fragmented viewing. They're talking about shows having shorter runs, doubling up timeslots to avoid repeats, aiming for niches, and other strategies that would have been anathema 10 years ago.

CBS, on the other hand, keeps playing by the old rules — and keeps being incredibly successful at it. It remains the most-watched network on television, and a healthy second place to FOX among the viewers under 50 that advertisers care about, and all while programming an incredibly traditional mix of sitcoms, dramas and the odd reality show.

"I was trying to think of a clever acronym for our strategy," CBS scheduling czar Kelly Kahl joked at the network's annual upfront press breakfast on Wednesday morning.

"It's called 'HITS,'" retorted the network's entertainment president Nina Tassler.

Review: 'Cougar Town' - 'Square One'/'It'll All Work Out'

Jules and Grayson are haunted by relationship ghosts, and the crew celebrates a holiday out of season

<p>Jules and the &quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;crew celebrate Thanksgiving in May.</p>

Jules and the "Cougar Town" crew celebrate Thanksgiving in May.

Credit: ABC

A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" episodes coming up just as soon as my booze cruise turns into a cruise cruise...

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 128: Upfronts 2012, Part 1: NBC/FOX/ABC

Dan and Alan break down the big scheduling moves, and also review the latest 'Mad Men'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 128: Upfronts 2012, Part 1: NBC/FOX/ABC

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It's Upfront Week, which means it's (hopefully) going to be a two-episode week for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. Today, we'll be dealing with the NBC, FOX and ABC upfront announcements (plus another "Mad Men" review), while the plan is to return on Friday to discuss CBS, the CW and a bunch of recent season finales. 

The line-up: 

Upfronts - NBC, FOX and ABC (00:01:00 - 00:49:30)
"Mad Men" (00:49:30 - 01:14:30)
 
As we discuss towards the end of the show, we will likely have two podcasts next week, but also probably not on Monday. It will be catch as catch can. Follow our blogs, iTunes, the RSS feed, Twitter, etc., to have some sense of when a new podcast has been published.

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.

ABC's 2012-13 schedule: 'Revenge' to Sunday, 'Happy Endings' and 'Apt. 23' to Tuesday

Network tries to build on year that had hits but still led to distant finish

<p>Scott Speedman and Andre Braugher in ABC's &quot;Last Resort.&quot;</p>

Scott Speedman and Andre Braugher in ABC's "Last Resort."

Credit: ABC

ABC had a very strange 2011-12 TV season. On the one hand, "Modern Family" had its biggest ratings yet, the network launched the top-rated new drama of the season in "Once Upon a Time," had a much-buzzed-about (if more modestly-rated) new success in "Revenge," and had four other rookies ("Suburgatory," "Scandal," "Last Man Standing" and "Don't Trust the (Beaver) in Apt. 23") do well enough to merit renewal for another season.

On the other hand, those successes — plus the continuation of other hits like "Grey's Anatomy" (still the most-watched drama on TV in the 18-49 demographic) and "Dancing with the Stars" — likely won't be enough to keep the network out of fourth place in the season's demo ratings. Even if NBC will only squeak ahead of ABC because it aired the Super Bowl, that's still not a good overall result considering all the successes.

But on an upfront press conference call, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee acknowledged that the network needed a lot of work when he took over a couple of years ago.

Season finale review: 'Smash' - 'Bombshell'

The show will go on, but should it?

<p>Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee in &quot;Smash.&quot;</p>

Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee in "Smash."

Credit: NBC

A review of the "Smash" season finale — and some thoughts on where the show should/could go in its second season — coming up just as soon as I hate it when you get literal...

Season finale review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Magician's Code'

Lily gives birth, Barney takes Quinn on a trip, and Ted makes a call

<p>Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan and Josh Radnor in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan and Josh Radnor in "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" season finale coming up just as soon as I recount a romantic tale by a Diaper Genie...

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