<p>Elisha Cuthbert and Zachary Knighton in the &quot;Happy Endings&quot; season finale.</p>

Elisha Cuthbert and Zachary Knighton in the "Happy Endings" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Happy Endings'

Tuxedos, Madonna impersonators and Brian Austin Green highlight the season-ender

And so we've come to the second season finale of "Happy Endings," a comedy that's pleasantly evolved from one I had no use for to one of my current favorites. A review of the episode coming up just as soon as I become the first black sheriff on Mars...

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<p>Amanda Peet in &quot;Bent.&quot;</p>

Amanda Peet in "Bent."

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Season finale review: 'Bent' - 'Mom/Tile Date'

The comedy comes and goes very quickly; was it worth it?

A quick review of the "Bent" season finale — which is almost certainly going to be its series finale — coming up just as soon as I eat a tin of lasagna...

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<p>Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair in &quot;Best Friends Forever.&quot;</p>

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair in "Best Friends Forever."

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'Best Friends Forever' - 'Pilot': Girl friend vs. boyfriend?

What did everybody think of NBC's new sitcom?

I make an effort to review as many new sitcoms and dramas as I can, especially the stuff on the networks, but I can't always see everything, and then there are other times where I simply have nothing to say. NBC's "Best Friends Forever" fits the latter category. I didn't think it was good. I didn't think it was bad. I thought it was... there. It's a premise pilot, and also one that had to be reshot a good amount when ABC renewed "Happy Endings" and Adam Pally was no longer available to play Lennon Parham's boyfriend (and was replaced by fellow UCB alum and Pally lookalike Luka Jones), so it's really hard to get a sense of the style, humor, etc. that Parham and Jessica St. Clair aim to bring on a regular basis. I'll try to check it out again in a week or two, but tonight, I got nothing.

If anybody watched it, what did you think? Will you be back for it next week? 

<p>Zooey Deschanel and Hannah Simone in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel and Hannah Simone in "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Secrets': The one where everyone finds out

Schmidt and Cece's affair creates tension in the apartment in another series highlight

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I start talking like a Native American when I get angry...

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<p>Henry Ian Cusick and Kerry Washington in &quot;Scandal.&quot;</p>

Henry Ian Cusick and Kerry Washington in "Scandal."

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Review: Kerry Washington is strong in ABC's 'Scandal'

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New Shonda Rhimes series deals with a crisis management expert close to the White House
Olivia Pope has a law degree, but she's not exactly a lawyer. "Scandal," the new ABC series (Thursday at 10 p.m.) of which Olivia is the central character, deals a lot with legal matters, but it's not exactly a legal drama. To be perfectly honest, after watching four episodes of "Scandal," I'm not 100 percent clear on what it is that Olivia and her team (most of them fellow lawyers who don't practice law) do, nor on exactly what the show is.
 
I'm also not entirely sure that it matters. "Scandal" is a good example of what a show is about being far less important than how it's about it — and when you have Kerry Washington as your star and Shonda Rhimes at her most confident as your creator, the "how" comes pretty easy.
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<p>Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'Coalition': A Wynn-win situation

Everyone sees through everyone else's plans in a dynamite episode

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I hear about Van Halen playing your birthday party...

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<p>Veteran producers Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes will have &quot;Scandal,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;Grey's Anatomy&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Private Practice&quot;&nbsp;all on the air at the same time this spring.</p>

Veteran producers Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes will have "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" all on the air at the same time this spring.

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Interview: Shonda Rhimes & Betsy Beers on 'Scandal,' 'Grey's Anatomy' and the state of ShondaLand

From TV rookies to seasoned veterans, the duo creates a Washington, D.C. drama with Kerry Washington
Producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers have had more public years on the job than this one since "Grey's Anatomy" premiered on ABC seven years ago. There was that debut season, obviously, where "Grey's" went from ABC afterthought (it was only supposed to have the post-"Desperate Housewives" timeslot for four weeks before giving way to "Boston Legal") into pop culture sensation. Or there were the various periods of controversy involving Isaiah Washington and/or Katherine Heigl, or various stories that proved divisive among "Grey's" viewership (ghost sex! George and Izzie!).
 
I'm not sure the partnership has had a busier year than this one, though. "Grey's" is still chugging along, but original stars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey aren't under contract for next season, and episodes have to be written not knowing if one or both of Meredith and Derek will be leaving. Spin-off "Private Practice," after years of airing in a protected post-"Grey's" timeslot, will be moved to another night (albeit after the "Dancing with the Stars" results show) starting Tuesday, April 17.
 
The Thursday at 10 slot, meanwhile, will go this week to "Scandal," the Rhimes-created drama about powerful Washington, D.C. fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), who once was very close to the sitting president before leaving his staff to start up her own crisis management firm. The character's inspired by real-life D.C. crisis expert Judy Smith, who's a producer on the series, which co-stars Henry Ian Cusick and Columbus Short as members of Olivia's large team, Tony Goldwyn as the president and Jeff Perry (Thatcher Grey from "Grey's") as his chief of staff, among others(*).
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<p>Could you cast a modern version of &quot;Cheers&quot;&nbsp;starring only &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;actors?</p>

Could you cast a modern version of "Cheers" starring only "Parks and Recreation" actors?

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Recast Away: 'Cheers'

Is Pawnee, IN also a place where everybody knows your name?

Okay, so last week, as a goof, I invited first Twitter, and then the commenters here, to see if you could recast "Gilligan's Island" using only actors from the same show. 130+ enthusiastic comments later, it occurred to me that we might be onto something here. So as an experiment, we're going to try this again. Maybe it was just a one-time thing that we'll get bored with quickly, maybe it's something we can keep going for a few weeks before it runs out of steam, or maybe it is something that can just run FOREVER, until we're trying to figure out which actors from "Deadwood" would be best-suited to star in a new version of "My Mother the Car." We'll play it by ear.

For today, I'm going to respond to a Twitter request on that first night to try this game with "Cheers," which remains one of my all-time favorite sitcoms (and which the smart folks at The AV Club have been analyzing weekly for a while.) Wanting to try to recast a sitcom with a sitcom, I again thought of "Community," since Joel McHale seems an easy choice to play Sam, while Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs would, respectively, make a strong Diane and Rebecca. (The hair color's reversed, but I care less about appearance than getting at the essence of the character.) After that, though, things started to get sketchy, until I wound up casting Ken Jeong as Norm because there was nobody better in the main cast.

Then I tried "Parks and Recreation," where I found the opposite to be true: it was simplicity itself to fill all the supporting and even recurring roles with people from the world of Pawnee, but a pain to cast any of the leads. Here's the best I could do, with some explanation, but it's not perfect:

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 122: 'Magic City,' 'Scandal,' 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 122: 'Magic City,' 'Scandal,' 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Mad Men' & more

Dan and Alan also review NBC's 'Best Friends Forever,' talk Dan Harmon vs. 'Community' and the 'Shameless' finale

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"Mad Men" season means the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast will continue running long for a while, especially when we have a week filled with so many premieres, from shows we both like ("Scandal," "Nurse Jackie" season 4) to shows we're both apathetic about ("Best Friends Forever") to shows we're very much split on ("Magic City"). Plus, we delve into all the recent reports of a "Community" feud between Dan Harmon and Chevy Chase.

The line-up: 

"Best Friends Forever" (00:02:15 - 00:12:00)
"Scandal" (00:12:00 - 00:25:20)
"Magic City" (00:25:20 - 00:41:10)
"Nurse Jackie" (00:41:10 - 00:50:55)
Listener Mail: "Community" vs. Chevy Chase (00:51:15 - 00:59:45)
"Shameless" finale (00:59:45 - 01:10:45)
"Mad Men" (01:10:50 - 01:31:45)
 
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>January Jones as Betty in &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

January Jones as Betty in "Mad Men."

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'Mad Men' - 'Tea Leaves': Harry and Draper go to White Castle

Betty, Roger and Peggy all deal with the threat of being replaced

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I have a resume up my sleeve...

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