<p>The &quot;Cougar Town&quot; cast is coming to press tour, but will the mustaches ride with them?</p>

The "Cougar Town" cast is coming to press tour, but will the mustaches ride with them?

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The show that never ends: Time for the Television Critics Association press tour

The networks get together to show off their mid-season wares

It's that time once again, boys and girls, for Dan, Liane and I get to camp out at the happiest place on earth: the Television Critics Association press tour!

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 164: 'Downton Abbey,' 'Justified,' 'Cougar Town' & more

Dan and Alan also review NBC's 'Deception' and the returns of 'Bunheads' and 'The Joe Schmo Show'

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Happy New Year from your friends at Firewall & Iceberg Podcast! On our first show of 2013 — and our last before the start of the mid-season TV critics press tour — Dan and I review a bunch of new and (mostly) returning series, including "Downton Abbey," "Justified" and "Cougar Town." The lineup: 

"Downton Abbey" (00:02:08 - 00:18:45)

"Bunheads" (00:18:47 - 00:26:27)

"Deception" (00:26:28 - 00:33:20)

"Justified" (00:33:28 - 00:44:53)
"The Joe Schmo Show" (00:44:54 - 00:55:20)
"Cougar Town" (00:55:22 - 00:1:04:00)

 

 

 

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

<p>&nbsp;Maggie Smith</p>

 Maggie Smith

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Review: 'Downton Abbey' returns to PBS for season 3

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Shirley MacLaine vs. Maggie Smith! More class conflicts! Tuxedos?
Late in the third season of “Downton Abbey,” loyal butler Mr. Carson is horrified to learn of a breach of etiquette committed by the ladies of Downton when they choose decency over decorum.
 
“Perhaps the world is becoming a kinder place,” suggests Downton’s housekeeper, Mrs. Hughes.
 
“You say ‘kinder,’” Mr. Carson huffs. “I say ‘weaker and less disciplined.’”
 
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<p>Monica Potter as Kristina in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Monica Potter as Kristina in "Parenthood."

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Keep On Rowing'

Kristina gets a haircut, Crosby gets a houseguest and everything gets messy between Julia and Victor

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as my butcher looks at me like I have leprosy...

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<p>Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in the &quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;Christmas special.</p>

Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith in the "Doctor Who" Christmas special.

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Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'The Snowmen'

Jenna-Louise Coleman debuts (again) as the new companion (sort of)

A quick review of last week's "Doctor Who" Christmas special coming up just as soon as I am a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife...

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<p>Will Alan's jokes about Katharine McPhee starring in &quot;Smash:&nbsp;The Smash Williams Story&quot;&nbsp;live on until 2013?&nbsp;Stay tuned.</p>

Will Alan's jokes about Katharine McPhee starring in "Smash: The Smash Williams Story" live on until 2013? Stay tuned.

Looking back and looking forward

Biggest stories of the year, most anticipated 2013 premieres, and more

Happy almost New Year, everybody! As you know, I took last week off to hang with my family (and eat a disturbing amount of milk chocolate in the wilds of Hershey, PA), but now I'm back to prep for the start of the Television Critics Association winter press tour, which kicks off on Thursday night.

I'll have a quick post on the "Doctor Who" Christmas special up shortly, but first I wanted to link to various TV-related things — some co-written by me, some not — that ran on HitFix in my absence, for anyone who was also away last week but has some time today before 2012 goes away:

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 163: Worst TV of 2012

Dan and Alan also talk about Glen Mazzara's exit from "The Walking Dead"

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On the previous Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, Dan and I talked about our favorite TV shows of 2012. On today's podcast (likely our final of the year), we offered the dark side of that, with some of the worst and/or most disappointing shows of 2012, from a cross-dressing comedy everybody knew would be bad to a prestige cable drama we had such hopes for. The rundown: 

 

"The Walking Dead" without Glen Mazzara (00:01:00 - 00:10:55)

The Worst of 2012 (00:11:00 - 01:11:00)

 

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.

<p>Happy holidays, everybody!</p>

Happy holidays, everybody!

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Home for the holidays

This blog is taking the week off

Happy Monday, folks, and an early Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it.

I'm taking the next week off to spend some time with the family, rest, recuperate, and prepare myself for the onslaught of new shows coming up in early 2013.

There'll be a bit of new content from me during the week, including a pre-recorded Firewall & Iceberg Podcast later today where Dan and I talk about some of our least favorite shows of 2012, plus some galleries I co-wrote looking back at some big TV stories of 2012 and forward at some potentially big stories of 2013.

Have fun, stay safe, be good to each other, and I'll see you either on New Year's Eve day, or else right after the new year, as I start packing up for the winter TV critics press tour.

<p>Sounds like the full &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;cast will be back for another season.</p>

Sounds like the full "How I Met Your Mother" cast will be back for another season.

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Report: 'How I Met Your Mother' to run forever and ever and ever

Jason Segel has apparently agreed to a ninth season; will we ever meet the Mother?

"How I Met Your Mother" is reportedly coming back for a ninth season — and if the show's creators take their title literally, we may have another year and a half, minimum, before Ted Mosby gets a look at his future wife.

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<p>A&nbsp;zombie from &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

A zombie from "The Walking Dead."

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AMC renews 'The Walking Dead,' but showrunner Glen Mazzara departs

Second producer switch in two seasons comes over creative differences

AMC has renewed "The Walking Dead" for a fourth season, but the zombie drama will once again be making a change at showrunner, as Glen Mazzara will be leaving the series after post-production work concludes on season 3.

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