<p>Stephen Tobolowsky, left, has been dropped as a regular on &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Stephen Tobolowsky, left, has been dropped as a regular on "The Mindy Project."

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'The Mindy Project' says goodbye to Stephen Tobolowsky

Character actor phased out as part of ongoing retool of freshman FOX sitcom

As a long-time fan of Stephen Tobolowsky as both a character actor ("Bing!") and as a brilliant podcast host (and now author of a book, "The Dangerous Animals Club," inspired by said podcast), I was excited to see him added to the cast of "The Mindy Project," replacing Richard Schiff as Dr. Marc Shulman, the boss at the OB/GYN practice where Mindy, Danny and Jeremy work.

But after a couple of brief appearances in the pilot, and then a slightly more prominent role in the second episode, "Hiring and Firing," Tobolowsky ceased appearing on the show. "The Mindy Project" has, like many freshman comedies, been figuring itself out as it goes along, and making cast changes has been a part of that. Recently, it was announced that Amanda Setton, who plays Shauna the receptionist, would be leaving the show, while Anna Camp (Mindy's best friend Gwen) would be downgraded to a recurring guest star. And last night's episode opened with Mindy and the others getting a note that Dr. Shulman had decided to retire, leaving the practice in their hands. It wasn't quite Poochie dying on the way back to his home planet, in that Tobolowsky recorded a voiceover version of the note, but it was still incredibly abrupt.

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<p>Jake Johnson and Olivia Munn in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jake Johnson and Olivia Munn in "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Bathtub'

Olivia Munn stops by Nick's bar, Schmidt makes a play for Cece, and Jess and Winston bond

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I eat your hair out of a bowl...

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<p>Kurt Sutter and Donal Logue in &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Kurt Sutter and Donal Logue in "Sons of Anarchy."

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Review: 'Sons of Anarchy' piled on the plot in season 5

No magical CIA agents, but is the biker drama still over-complicating things?
“Sons of Anarchy” wrapped up its fifth season last night. Geoff Berkshire has been reviewing episodes all year, and his take on the finale is here. Meanwhile, I have some overall thoughts on the season, coming up just as soon as I’m here for in vitro counseling…
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<p>&quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;co-star Mae Whitman seems very excited to hang with Glen Hansard.</p>

"Parenthood" co-star Mae Whitman seems very excited to hang with Glen Hansard.

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Trouble in Candyland': Once and again

Sarah and Mark fight, and Glen Hansard stops by the Luncheonette

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I tow a troubador's Camry...

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<p>On &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother,&quot;&nbsp;Barney (Neil Patrick Harris)&nbsp;shows off his latest invention.</p>

On "How I Met Your Mother," Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) shows off his latest invention.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Lobster Crawl'

Ted looks after Marvin, while Robin tries to lure Barney back one last time

A quick review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I get the naming rights to that lollipop bin...

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<p>Vince and the East Dillon Lions on &quot;Friday Night Lights,&quot;&nbsp;one of the shows in my book &quot;The Revolution Was Televised.&quot;</p>

Vince and the East Dillon Lions on "Friday Night Lights," one of the shows in my book "The Revolution Was Televised."

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Still more 'The Revolution Was Televised' link-blogging

The New York Times, Bill Simmons, Matt Seitz and more weigh in on the book

Once again, time for links to recent reviews and interviews about my book, "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever." (The last batch of links is here.) As always, you can find lots more information about the book at AlanSepinwall.com, and buy it in paperback, for Kindle, Nook, iBooks and Kobo.

In terms of new reviews, the book is now officially part of The Paper of Record, since Michiko Kakutani at The New York Times liked it. Rich Heldenfels from The Akron Beacon-Journal was also a fan.

In terms of interviews, I reunited with my old partner Matt Zoller Seitz for an epic (10 pages) conversation about the book, the shows in it, and the era that made them possible. And today I made my first appearance in a while on The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons to talk about the book (which was semi-inspired by a previous Simmons podcast with Chris Connelly), "Homeland," and more. 

Glad to see the reaction has been so positive so far. As always, if you have questions, feel free to add them to the comments here or shoot me an email.

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 159: 'You Don't Know Bo,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 159: 'You Don't Know Bo,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Dan and Alan also review the latest 'Homeland' and weigh in on the 'Boy Meets World' sequel


It's a post-mortem heavy episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I deal with Sunday night's episodes of "Boardwalk Empire," "The Walking Dead" and "Homeland," in addition to reviewing the latest "30 for 30" documentary and answering a bunch of mail.

The line-up: 

"You Don't Know Bo" (00:01:15 - 00:10:10)
Listener Mail - Young performers and the Emmys (00:10:30 - 00:21:15)
Listener Mail - "Girl Meets World" (00:21:15 - 00:32:30)
Listener Mail - "Under the Dome" (00:32:40 - 00:37:10)
Listener Mail - Slow-playing cancellations (00:37:15 - 00:44:15)
"Boardwalk Empire" (00:44:30 - 00:59:20)
"The Walking Dead" (00:59:20 - 01:09:58)
"Homeland" (01:10:00 - 00:1:24:15)
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>F. Murray Abraham and Mandy Patinkin in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

F. Murray Abraham and Mandy Patinkin in "Homeland."

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Broken Hearts'

Saul goes out for waffles, and Brody and the Vice-President have a chat

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I find a magnifying glass...

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<p>Steve Buscemi as Nucky in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Steve Buscemi as Nucky in "Boardwalk Empire."

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Season finale review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Margate Sands'

Nucky makes his move against Gyp, while Richard gets his guns

"Boardwalk Empire" just concluded its third season. I interviewed creator Terence Winter about the whole year, and I have a review of the season finale coming up just as soon as I file a complaint with the department...

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<p>Gretchen Mol and Bobby Cannavale in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Gretchen Mol and Bobby Cannavale in "Boardwalk Empire."

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'Boardwalk Empire' creator Terence Winter talks Nucky, Richard, Chalky and more

By the finale, even Nucky knows 'half a gangster' is a thing of the past

"Boardwalk Empire" concluded its third season tonight. I reviewed the finale here, and I have an interview with series creator Terence Winter coming up just as soon as you get me a clean gown...

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