<p>William and Martha bring Mr. Bullock some lunch on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

William and Martha bring Mr. Bullock some lunch on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind scheduling update

We'll be reviewing the next 2 episodes together next week

Hey all you "Deadwoodrewinders, be you veterans or newbies(*), I have a quick scheduling update: there won't be a review of "Amalgamation and Capital" today, but I'll be reviewing both it and "Advances None Miraculous" together next Friday.

This is less a matter of scheduling than my realization that, as with "A Lie Agreed Upon," parts 1 and 2, these episodes are better off being discussed as a whole, rather than as separate pieces. They take place on the same day and largely tell the same handful of stories. So we'll be back next week, and hopefully with a bunch of our friends. (I ran into Garret Dillahunt at FOX's press tour party and am hopeful he'll be contributing again before season's end.) 

That is all.

(*) Well, except for this question: are the newbie reviews still serving a purpose for this project? With "The Wire," I wrote slightly expanded reviews for the veterans, and those posts generated their own healthy comments section. We got some newbie comments for "Deadwood" last summer, but have gotten a grand total of 3 newbie comments (spread over 2 reviews) this time around. Since all the newbies have to do to avoid being spoiled is to stop before they get to the comments, would anyone object strongly to me ditching that version of the review? Just curious.

 

<p>Parker Posey and Louis C.K. in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Parker Posey and Louis C.K. in "Louie."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Louie' - 'Daddy's Girlfriend, Part 2'

It's a Parker Posey tour de force, as Louie's date doesn't go remotely as planned

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I pine for North Dakota...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 140: Press tour, 'Breaking Bad' & 'Buffy'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 140: Press tour, 'Breaking Bad' & 'Buffy'

Dan and Alan discuss the early doings for the Television Critics Association

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Dan and I are at press tour together, which means it's time for an in-person installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. We're punchy enough that it took some prompting for Dan to remember what day it was, but we talked quite a bit about the tour so far, answered your mail and did the usual "Buffy" and "Breaking Bad" pieces.

The line-up: 

TCA Press Tour (00:00:00 - 00:40:30)
Comic-Con Listener Mail (00:41:25 - 00:49:40)
"Breaking Bad" (00:49:40 - 01:03:20)
"Buffy the Vampire slayer" (01:03:25 - 01:13:30)
 
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.
<p>The &quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;roommates try to explain the rules of True American to Dermot Mulroney.</p>

The "New Girl" roommates try to explain the rules of True American to Dermot Mulroney.

Credit: FOX

Press Tour 2012: 'New Girl' producers lay down True American rules (sort of)

Do even Dave Finkel and Brett Baer know how to play the historical drinking game?

The rules and origins of True American, a drinking game glimpsed in a season 1 episode of FOX's "New Girl," are like shadows of a whisper of a rumor. Zooey Deschanel's Jess attempted to describe the game as "50 percent drinking game, 50 percent life-sized Candyland," but her roommates immediately disputed her math.

All fans of the show know for sure are the following:

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<p>Rainn Wilson will likely switch from &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;to a Dwight-centric spin-off midway through this season.</p>

Rainn Wilson will likely switch from "The Office" to a Dwight-centric spin-off midway through this season.

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Press Tour 2012: NBC president on 'The Office,' Dwight spin-off and more

Will any of the returning shows get advance warning to make a series finale?

Even though the bulk of yesterday's NBC executive session at press tour was spent discussing the network's comedy strategy — and the hope of finding shows with broader appeal than "Community," "30 Rock," etc. — there was still more to discuss about those comedies. So when I ran into new NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke at NBC's press tour party, I asked her about the current plans for an "Office" spin-off built around Dwight, the state of "The Office" itself, and what might happen with all the marginally-rated returning NBC series that have shorter-than-normal episode orders for this season.

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<p>Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen are among the &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;actors demanding a significant pay raise.</p>

Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen are among the "Modern Family" actors demanding a significant pay raise.

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'Modern Family' contract dispute leads to lawsuit, canceled table read

Can this be resolved before ABC comes to press tour on Friday?

Because the summer press tour takes place right around the time network shows are resuming production for the next season, there's been something of a tradition of contract disputes playing out right as the network in question is about to arrive at the tour. One of my first tours involved the cast of "Friends" uniting to negotiate a better deal, with every reporter too busy covering the salary impasse to pay any attention to the new shows NBC was trying to promote. In the mid-'00s, CBS fired "CSI" cast holdouts George Eads and Jorja Fox midway through the tour, eventually welcoming them back — at their previous salaries — after enough time had passed for them to learn their lessons.

These issues tend to crop up around hit shows — the cast of "Happy Endings," great as they are, don't have a ton of leverage — and this summer's dispute involves one of the biggest hits anywhere in television: "Modern Family."

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<p>NBC doesn't want this kind of &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;weirdness from its new sitcoms.</p>

NBC doesn't want this kind of "Community" weirdness from its new sitcoms.

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Press Tour 2012: NBC wants broader comedies than 'Community'

Will Matthew Perry and a monkey be less narrow? And whither 'Smash'?

Things have been dire at NBC for so long that network entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt could be forgiven for opening his press tour session by celebrating the network's third-place finish for the season in the adults 18-49 demographic. Even if it was boosted by the Super Bowl, it was still NBC's first finish above fourth place since the 2003-04 TV season.

The one good thing NBC has had going for it during this dark, dark period has been a collection of shows — particularly the comedies on Thursday — that have been praised early and often by the TV critics Greenblatt was addressing. Unfortunately, our love doesn't translate into ratings, and part of Greenblatt's plan to bring the network back from oblivion involves moving away from the strategy that gave us "30 Rock," "Parks and Recreation" and "Community."

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<p>Anthony Anderson and Tempestt Bledsoe in &quot;Guys with Kids.&quot;</p>

Anthony Anderson and Tempestt Bledsoe in "Guys with Kids."

Credit: NBC

A day in the life of press tour '12: NBC

Matthew Perry, Dick Wolf and Giancarlo Esposito come to meet the critics

Press tour keeps moving quickly, so after FOX wrapped things up last night, NBC moved in for two days: one devoted to the broadcast network, one to NBC Universal cable. Because the broadcast network is in such dire shape, they're launching a whole lot of new series this fall, which means there's no time on the schedule for any returning shows. So no quizzing the new "Community" showrunners, no getting a sense from Greg Daniels on what will become of "The Office," no Offerman-stache, etc. But lots and lots of panels.

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<p>&quot;Suburgatory&quot;&nbsp;will get the plum timeslot after &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;this fall.</p>

"Suburgatory" will get the plum timeslot after "Modern Family" this fall.

Credit: ABC

ABC to swap 'Suburgatory' and 'The Neighbors' timeslots

Post-'Modern Family' slot goes to rising sophomore sitcom

One of the more confounding scheduling decisions any network made during upfront season was ABC's scheduling of the new comedy "The Neighbors" on Wednesdays at 9:30. The timeslot after "Modern Family" is the best launching pad ABC can give a new sitcom —though the results have been mixed at best in the past for "Cougar Town," "Mr. Sunshine," "Happy Endings" and more — and it's hard to find anyone who doesn't work at ABC with many kind things to say about the pilot for "The Neighbors." Clips of the show — starring Lenny Venito and Jamie Gertz as parents who move their family into a gated community where all the neighbors are secretly aliens — bombed in front of advertisers at the network's fall schedule announcement, and early critical buzz has been rough, with many in the industry speculating on how many weeks ABC would leave the show in such a good slot before admitting defeat.

Instead, it appears ABC has accepted the inevitable and is going to put a different, better show after Phil, Claire and the gang. As first reported by Deadline, and confirmed to me by a source close to the show, ABC has decided to put "Suburgatory" on at 9:30 and try "The Neighbors" in the old "Suburgatory" slot at 8:30.

"Suburgatory" had a very strong debut season, and while it seemed a good match in the 8 o'clock hour with "The Middle," it feels like the best possible match with "Modern Family" of all the other comedies ABC currently has in its inventory. And if there's going to be an audience that likes "The Neighbors," it'll likely be little kids who think people who turn into squishy green aliens are cool — and those kids won't be watching at 9:30 p.m.

<p>Mariah Carey will be an &quot;American Idol&quot;&nbsp;judge.</p>
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Mariah Carey will be an "American Idol" judge.


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Press Tour 2012: FOX president Kevin Reilly welcomes Mariah Carey

Will this be the year that FOX finishes in second place?

FOX has been the top-rated network on television for the past 8 television seasons. But as network entertainment president Kevin Reilly faced the press assembled for the Television Critics Association summer press tour, he also acknowledged that this is a network in the midst of a transition — which could, depending on how big a boost top rival CBS gets from airing the Super Bowl next year, the end of that first place streak.

"I can tell you that at the very least, it's going to be close," Reilly said of the possibility of finishing second for the first time in almost a decade. "Whether we end up getting nudged out of the title, we'll see."

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