<p>Can Sofia Vergara and &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;shoot down &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;in Hulu's Best in Show?</p>

Can Sofia Vergara and "Modern Family" shoot down "Community" in Hulu's Best in Show?

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Hulu's Best in Show moves into round 4

It's 'Community' vs. 'Modern Family' and 'Sons of Anarchy' vs. 'The Walking Dead'

When I left the office last night, the next round of Hulu's Best in Show competition was shaping up to have an obvious narrative: popular hits vs. critically-adored cult favorites. In one bracket, we would have "Community," which had the only easy victory of round 3 over "New Girl," vs. "Modern Family," which had beaten out "Archer" by the slimmest of margins. In the other bracket, we would have "Sons of Anarchy," which held on for a tight win over "Game of Thrones," versus "Breaking Bad," which had eked out a see-saw battle with "The Walking Dead." I made my picks, emailed my blurbs to Hulu, and went home to my family.

But the third round wasn't technically over yet, and "The Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara — a Twitter newcomer who's quickly learned how to leverage social media from his old "Shield" colleague Kurt Sutter — kept stumping for votes, and by the time dinner was finished, "Walking Dead" had slipped ahead again, and stayed there until the voting closed.

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<p>In &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;season 2, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson)&nbsp;faces many challengers to his crown.</p>

In "Game of Thrones" season 2, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) faces many challengers to his crown.

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Review: HBO's 'Game of Thrones' is bigger and better in season 2

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More characters! More locations! More kings! More awesomeness!
Sometimes with storytelling, less is more, and more is less. Sometimes, when you have too much going on — too many characters, too many storylines, too many big moments — nothing gets the proper attention or makes the intended impact. Sometimes — particularly in the world of television, where there are limits in terms of both time and money — you're better off focusing on a smaller group of things you can do well.
 
Sometimes, though, if you have talented enough people — and, even better, if they're working off of great source material —  then more can, in fact, be more. "Justified" has demonstrated that repeatedly this season as it's thrown a virtual army of colorful bad guys at Raylan Givens. And on Sunday night at 9, HBO's "Game of Thrones" makes its triumphant return with a second season that features more of everything: more characters, more locations, more brutality.
 
And, as the follow-up to an incredibly strong debut season, it's even more fun.
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<p>David Walton, Amanda Peet and Larry Miller in &quot;Bent.&quot;</p>

David Walton, Amanda Peet and Larry Miller in "Bent."

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'Bent' - 'HD'/'A Game': The day the music died

Pete and Ben continue to fight over Alex in the season's middle chapters

A quick review of tonight's two episodes of "Bent" coming up just as soon as I make a couple of Pop Tarts in your mind kitchen...

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<p>Would any &quot;Smash&quot;&nbsp;fan be sad if Julia's son Leo (Emory Cohen)&nbsp;never, ever appeared again?</p>

Would any "Smash" fan be sad if Julia's son Leo (Emory Cohen) never, ever appeared again?

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What's wrong with these kids today?

Why do adult dramas like 'Smash' and 'Terra Nova' have such terrible teen characters?

I stepped back from regular reviews of "Smash" after last week's episode, but in watching Monday's, I couldn't help marveling at how most of the hour felt like Theresa Rebeck wrote it on a dare to prominently include every one of the most hated characters and stories the show has developed in its short, uneven life. Particularly amusing, but not in the way intentioned, was that we actually took several minutes to revisit the legal troubles of Julia's son Leo, who's not only incredibly irritating but has nothing to do with the show within the show. At least when we spend time with the horrible Ellis, it's within the context of making "Marilyn: the Musical," or whatever it's going to be called; why exactly are we spending time with Leo, who's part of a plague of Annoying Teenage Boys who have descended on television in the last few years?

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<p>The &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;cast matches up relatively well with the &quot;Gilligan's Island&quot;&nbsp;characters.</p>

The "Community" cast matches up relatively well with the "Gilligan's Island" characters.

With Gilligan... Troy and Abed too... Ron Swanson... and Peggy Olson!

Could you recast 'Gilligan's Island' with the ensembles of current series?

Twitter can be a lot of fun. Twitter can be an enormous waste of time. Sometimes, it can be both.

Last night, while struggling with a review that I hope to be done with later today, I went on Twitter to try to clear my mind, and inevitably got distracted instead. It all began innocently enough. Tim Goodman was noting the rise of redheaded women on television, with the return of Christina Hendricks as Joan on "Mad Men," Mireille Enos on "The Killing" and the addition of Carice Van Houten as Melisandre in "Game of Thrones" season 2. After joking around about some kind of job swap — and noting that Christina Hendricks being on "Game of Thrones" would possibly shut down the internet, forever — I brought up the idea of doing a reboot of "Gilligan's Island" centered around Ginger Grant, since Bryan Fuller is already trying to do a darker spin on "The Munsters" for next season. The next thing you knew, Tim, Matt Seitz and I were starting to cast the thing, and at that point I decided to open it up to the Twitter-verse at large.

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<p>Pasha Lychnikoff, J.B.&nbsp;Smoove, David Walton and Jesse Plemons of &quot;Bent.&quot;</p>

Pasha Lychnikoff, J.B. Smoove, David Walton and Jesse Plemons of "Bent."

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HitFix First Look: A 'Bent' crime scene investigation?

Get a sneak preview of tonight's episodes of the under-rated romantic comedy

Last week, I published my review of NBC's "Bent," in which I said that I quite enjoyed the chemistry and banter between David Walton and Amanda Peet (and between Walton and the various contractors in his crew), but also that I was worried that NBC's scheduling — six episodes in three weeks, with half of them airing opposite "Modern Family" (even if they were "Modern Family" repeats) — was setting the show up for failure. Based on your reactions to the first two episodes, I was not alone on the first point. Unfortunately, the ratings for those episodes also proved my fears right.

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<p>Nick Searcy and Timothy Olyphant in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Nick Searcy and Timothy Olyphant in "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'Measures': Feel the pulse

New partnerships are forged and plans are made, while everyone looks for Quarles

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I apologize for not giving you a full accounting of every second of my life before I heartlessly accept the gift of your feminine virtue...

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<p>Jake Johnson and Martin Starr on &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jake Johnson and Martin Starr on "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Fancyman, Part 2': I get older, they stay the same age!

Dermot Mulroney sticks around, and Martin Starr advises Nick

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I dress up as your Aunt Frida at a seder...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 121: 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Killing,' 'Mad Men' premiere & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 121: 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Killing,' 'Mad Men' premiere & more

Dan and Alan also discuss the 'Luck' and 'River' finales, and apologize to... Dermot Mulroney?

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Beginnings and endings consume this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as we begin what should be 12 straight weeks of "Mad Men" episode discussion with the premiere, talk about the returns of "Game of Thrones" and "The Killing," look at the probable series finale of "The River" and the definite finale of "Luck." And I also take a moment to apologize to frequent podcast punching bag Dermot Mulroney.

The line-up: 

Dermott Mulroney on "New Girl" (00:01:25 - 00:06:55)
"The Killing" (00:07:00 - 00:21:15)
"Game of Thrones" (00:21:15 - 00:33:40)
Listener Mail - CBS Sunday Delays (00:33:45 - 00:39:10)
"The River" finale (00:39:20 - 00:51:10)
"Luck" finale (00:51:10 - 01:08:30)
"Mad Men" premiere (01:08:30 - 01:34:40)
 
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>Jessica Par&eacute; as Megan singing &quot;Zou Bisou Bisou&quot;&nbsp;in the &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Jessica Paré as Megan singing "Zou Bisou Bisou" in the "Mad Men" season premiere.

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Interview: 'Mad Men' co-star Jessica Paré on Megan, Don and 'Zou Bisou Bisou'

When did she find out about Don and Megan? And what was it like to serenade the cast?

Having already reviewed the "Mad Men" season premiere and interviewed Matt Weiner and John Slattery about different aspects of the premiere, I had time for one more "Mad Men"-related conversation today, with the show's newest regular cast member — and one of last night's most prominent — Jessica Paré. I spoke with Paré about how Megan went from a minor character (described in the casting notes, simply, as "brunette") to her current status, how Megan feels about Don (and vice versa), and, of course, both "Zou Bisou Bisou" and the apartment cleaning scene (embedded below), all coming up just as soon as I bring things down to a sotto voce...

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