<p>Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash in &quot;Getting On,&quot;&nbsp;which HBO&nbsp;renewed today.</p>

Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash in "Getting On," which HBO renewed today.

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HBO renews 'Getting On' for season 2

Elder care comedy improbably survived over 'Family Tree' and 'Hello Ladies'

In 2013, HBO debuted three new comedy series. One was Christopher Guest's first significant work in decades, featuring many of the regulars from his beloved improvised films. One was the first major solo project from Stephen Merchant, co-creator of "The Office" and "Extras." And one featured the creators of "Big Love" attempting to adapt a British series about the neglected nurses and patients in a hospital's elder care wing.

Going into that year, I doubt a casino would have even given you odds that the only one of the three to survive would be the latter, but that's exactly what's happened. Last month, HBO declined to go forward with Guest's "Family Tree" and Merchant's "Hello Ladies," and tonight the pay cabler decided to order a second season of "Getting On." It will again feature six episodes, and debut later this year.

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<p>The Gallagher clan from &quot;Shameless&quot;&nbsp;will be around at least one more season.</p>

The Gallagher clan from "Shameless" will be around at least one more season.

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Showtime renews 'Shameless' & 'House of Lies'

With 'Episodes' already renewed, current Sunday lineup returns intact next year

From the Department of Unsurprising But Still Welcome News: Showtime has renewed "Shameless" for a fifth season, along with the less exciting but non-terrible news of a "House of Lies" renewal. With "Episodes" already renewed a while back, that means the entire current Sunday lineup will return in 2015.

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<p>Was Walter White from &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;a hero or a villain?</p>

Was Walter White from "Breaking Bad" a hero or a villain?

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Heroes vs. Villains: Where does 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White fall?

Should Heisenberg count as a good guy forced to do bad things, or TV's worst monster?

The NCAA basketball tournaments are less than a month away. Because it's obviously never been done before, HitFix is going to host its own tournament, but this battle won't take place between teams on Tobacco Road. We've got something more exciting in mind.  In our competition, the greatest Heroes from the worlds of television and movies will face off versus the greatest Villains. 

The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help.  There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we know then need to part of the battle royale. Do they fall in the Heroes bracket or the Villains bracket?

You decide.  You have 48 hours. Choose wisely.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 220

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 220

Dan and Alan also discuss the late-night host transition, TV crossovers and Greta Gerwig on 'How I Met Your Dad'


It's likely the last Monday Firewall & Iceberg podcast for a while, as I should be mobile enough to return to my office for the video shows starting next week. Next week will be busy enough that we'll need two different shows to fit in all the premieres, but this week is fairly mild, with a new CW soap, a pair of disappointing NBC comedies and some mail — plus Dan clarifying his position on Greta Gerwig and "How I Met Your Dad" — among the topics.

WARNING: I cough. A lot. Just a cold, and hopefully it goes away by next week.

The rundown: 

"Star-Crossed" (00:01:50 - 00:13:50)
"About a Boy" (00:14:15 - 00:27:00)
"Growing Up Fisher" (00:27:05 - 00:39:20)
Listener Mail: Late-Night transition and location (00:39:45 - 00:48:15)
Listener Mail: Crossovers (00:48:20 - 00:56:10)
Greta Gerwig and "How I Met Your Dad" (00:56:10 - 01:02:20)

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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<p>The &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;spend a weekend on Long Island.</p>

The "Girls" spend a weekend on Long Island.

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Beach House'

A ladies-only weekend is complicated by the return of Elijah

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I prove via Instagram that we can still have fun as a group...

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<p>Lauren Cohan as Maggie in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Lauren Cohan as Maggie in "The Walking Dead."

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Inmates'

We catch up on what the rest of the prison escapees have been up to

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I throw a dirty diaper into the forest...

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<p>On &quot;True Detective,&quot; Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Hart (Woody Harrelson)&nbsp;close in on their chief suspect.</p>

On "True Detective," Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Hart (Woody Harrelson) close in on their chief suspect.

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Review: 'True Detective' - 'The Secret Fate of All Life'

Cohle and Hart close in on Ledoux, while the 2012 cops have tough questions for Cohle

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I have an All-Around Cowboy belt buckle...

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<p>Peter Finch delivering the famous speech from &quot;Network,&quot;&nbsp;a movie that's the subject of Dave Itzkoff's book &quot;Mad As Hell.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Peter Finch delivering the famous speech from "Network," a movie that's the subject of Dave Itzkoff's book "Mad As Hell." 

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Dave Itzkoff talks 'Mad As Hell' and 'Network'

A look back at Paddy Chayefsky's blistering 1976 Oscar winner
When it was released in 1976, Paddy Chayefsky’s “Network” was celebrated as satire by some, dismissed as the bitter rantings of an old crank by others. What no one at the time realized was that one day, it would be neither. It would be prophetic.
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<p>Lance lives!&nbsp;Jesse Plemons in part 1 of the &quot;Friday Night Lights&quot;/&quot;Parenthood&quot;&nbsp;webisode crossover.</p>

Lance lives! Jesse Plemons in part 1 of the "Friday Night Lights"/"Parenthood" webisode crossover.

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Crucifictorious lives via 'Parenthood'/'Friday Night Lights' crossover

Landry meets Amber and Max in 'Friday Night at the Luncheonette'

Lance has returned to our lives, boys and girls, as the first part of "Friday Night at the Luncheonette," the digital crossover between "Parenthood" and "Friday Night Lights," was released this morning. One of several NBC web series designed to give fans a taste of shows that have been bumped for the Olympics (I wrote about all of them earlier this week), "Friday Night at the Luncheonette" connects the casts — and universes — of two different shows produced by Jason Katims. While keeping an eye on her cousin Max at the Luncheonette, Amber lets in a friend of a friend who happens to be everyone's favorite "FNL" serial killer, Landry Clarke and the members of his Christian speed metal band Crucifictorious.

After so many years away, it's nice to see Jesse Plemons slip so easily back into Landry's particular mix of geekiness and overconfidence, though I remain extremely afraid for the lives of both Amber and Max so long as they're in this guy's company.

Enjoy, and I'll let y'all argue about the continuity implications of Landry being on this show (and Amber wearing an East Dillon t-shirt) after so many other "FNL" alums have appeared in new roles (UPDATE: or, as HistoryOfMatt notes below, the absolute continuity nightmare of Amber being friends with Becky, given that they've both been in love with soldiers played by Matt Lauria).

UPDATE #2: The entire "Friday Night at the Luncheonette" video has been posted at NBC.com, and is embedded below the YouTube clip of part 1. Among the tidbits from later in the video are a brand-new description of Crucifictorious' sound, bassist Devon giving Max an unplanned birds-and-the-bees talk, an update on Billy Riggins' personal life, Amber suggesting an even deeper "FNL/"Parenthood" tie, and more. WARNING: the musical choice at the end may just make you cry.

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<p>&quot;Rick &amp;&nbsp;Morty.&quot;</p>

"Rick & Morty."

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Adult Swim renews 'Rick & Morty' for season 2

Twisted, hilarious animated comedy co-created by Dan Harmon has been a big hit

A couple of weeks ago, I finally got caught up with Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty," the twisted, inventive, hilarious animated comedy created by Dan Harmon from "Community" and Justin Roiland. It's a terrific show, and has also been a big hit for Adult Swim, which is why the only surprise about the renewal for a second season is that it didn't happen sometime in January.

"I am excited to make as much Rick and Morty as Adult Swim allows, and I'm relieved to be in a time slot of no strategic value to CBS," Harmon joked in a press release.

The show's in a brief mid-season hiatus right now (the next new episode is set to air on March 10), but Adult Swim's video site has all the previous episodes (you have to be an authenticated cable subscriber to watch them for free, or else you can pay to watch episodes via YouTube or iTunes). If you only have time for one, I'd go with "Meeseeks and Destroy." Also? Watch far away from a mealtime.

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