<p>Michael Patrick King, Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings on the set of &quot;2 Broke Girls.&quot;</p>

Michael Patrick King, Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings on the set of "2 Broke Girls."

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Press tour: '2 Broke Girls' panel turns ugly with racism, raunchiness charges

Things get tense between the critics and producer Michael Patrick King
PASADENA - I walk up to "2 Broke Girls" co-creator Michael Patrick King, offer my hand and say, "Mr. King, I'm sorry things got so ugly there, but I wanted to say that it came from a place where a lot of us in the room like the parts of your show involving Kat and Beth, and want the rest of the show to live up to that."
 
King, stone-faced, silently turns and walks off the stage.
 
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<p>Sarah (Lauren Graham)&nbsp;on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Sarah (Lauren Graham) on "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'Just Smile': Cover boy

Adam steals Crosby's spotlight, Amber struggles at work and Sarah and Mark have a talk

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I go to Harvard/Harvard...

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<p>Leslie Hope and Joe Anderson in &quot;The River.&quot;</p>

Leslie Hope and Joe Anderson in "The River."

Credit: ABC

Press tour: ABC's 'The River' sets out on an interesting but uncertain course

Can horror series from 'Paranormal Activity' creator work long-term?
PASADENA - The critics at press tour unsurprisingly spend a lot of time talking to each other about what they thought of this show and that show, and one of the most consistent pair of opinions I've heard expressed at this tour is as follows: 1)ABC's "The River" (it debuts on Feb. 7) is one of the best pilots of the season (fall or spring), and 2)No one's entirely sure that it will work as a series - that, like NBC's "Awake," it might work better as a movie.
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<p>&quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;co-creator Bill Lawrence and star Courteney Cox were both on hand for an unofficial press tour gathering last night.</p>

"Cougar Town" co-creator Bill Lawrence and star Courteney Cox were both on hand for an unofficial press tour gathering last night.

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Press tour: 'Cougar Town' crashes the tour to spread the message

ABC comedy's stars and writers came on their own dime to keep the show in the public eye
PASADENA -- It's 9 p.m., and Bill Lawrence turns to me and asks, "Should we keep the tab running another half hour?" I look around at a hotel bar full of reporters, "Cougar Town" actors and "Cougar Town" writers," all of them having a good time and talking about how the show they love is in limbo, and I say, "Sure." Lawrence nods to his longtime producing partner Randall Winston, the man who has kept the trains running ontime on all his shows going back to "Spin City," and tells him to keep the tab going. Lots more to talk about, and it never hurts to have the booze flowing, does it? 
 
Welcome to the very unofficial, very liquid, very uplifting "Cougar Town" invasion of press tour, the latest bit of seat-of-the-pants, grass-roots marketing that Lawrence has organized during his show's 10 months and counting off the air.
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<p>&quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;co-creator Kevin Biegel, who had a cameo in last season's finale as Seinfeld Guy.</p>

"Cougar Town" co-creator Kevin Biegel, who had a cameo in last season's finale as Seinfeld Guy.

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Interview: 'Cougar Town' co-creator Kevin Biegel on fans, screenings and that terrible title

Producers have to engage with fans in this day and age, he argues
As I mentioned in this morning's other story, the cast and writers of "Cougar Town" crashed the press tour last night, hosting an unofficial event at the hotel bar where the liquor flowed and everyone talked freely about their expectations for a show that still has no timeslot or premiere date, and about their current plan of hosting episode screenings in cities around the country.
 
The longest conversation I had was with the show's co-creator, Kevin Biegel, a one-time writer for Ain't It Cool who knows a thing or 12 about how fandom works and had some very clear, unabashed thoughts on how creative types on this day and age should best deal with their fans.
 
Warning: Biegel was not only very blunt at times, but profane - particularly when we got to the subject of the show's admittedly horrible title, which won't be changing - so read on at the risk of your own sensibilities.
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 111: Press tour, 'Alcatraz,' 'Rob,' 'The Finder' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 111: Press tour, 'Alcatraz,' 'Rob,' 'The Finder' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Are You There, Chelsea?' and 'Napoleon Dynamite'

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Welcome to the first of what should be two press tour editions of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which an ill Dan and I break down what's happened at TCA so far while offering reviews of several shows debuting over the next week.

The line-up: 

TCA Press Tour (00:00 - 31:15)
"Are You There, Chelsea?" (31:15 - 36:40)
"Rob" (36:45 - 41:50)
"The Finder" (43:10 - 50:20)
"Napoleon Dynamite" (50:20 - 55:40)
"Alcatraz" (55:45 - 01:05:00)
 
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 at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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<p>Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph in &quot;Up All Night.&quot;</p>

Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph in "Up All Night."

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HitFix First Look: 'Up All Night' does game night in Thursday move

Christina Applegate/Will Arnett sitcom celebrates New Year's in its new timeslot

From the moment NBC's primetime schedule was announced last spring, it seemed only a matter of time before "Up All Night" got moved to Thursdays at 9:30 in place of "Whitney." From the single camera format to Lorne Michaels' presence as a producer to the wattage of stars Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett, it just seemed a more obvious fit for Thursday nights. And when it debuted in the fall to solid reviews and better-than-expected ratings given its placement in NBC's no-man's-land Wednesday lineup, it seemed even more clearly destined to do the timeslot switcheroo with "Whitney."

Well, the move has finally happened, and "Up All Night" gets the post-"Office" timeslot this week. Though we're now a couple of weeks into 2012, this week's episode is called (and about) "New Year's Eve," and features Reagan and Chris spending the holiday night with their friends, including Ava and her new boyfriend Kevin. (Adding Jason Lee as Kevin was one of the smartest moves creator Emily Spivey has made to date, as it creates a more natural bridge between Reagan's work and home lives and allows Ava to appear more frequently on the home front.) 

In this clip from the episode - exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours - we are reminded of just how competitive Reagan can get, and also of how good Applegate is at playing crazy. Enjoy.

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<p>Charlie Sheen, seen here at his Comedy Central roast, stopped by press tour last night.</p>

Charlie Sheen, seen here at his Comedy Central roast, stopped by press tour last night.

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Press tour: Charlie Sheen 'not crazy anymore' as he talks 'Anger Management'

Sitcom star stays on message in discussing new show and 'Two and a Half Men'
Charlie Sheen spent the first few months after being fired from "Two and a Half Men" trying to win the PR battle through a series of bizarre interviews, tweets and stage shows filled with Sheen-y buzzwords about "winning," "goddesses," and "tiger blood." The Sheen who became the main attraction at last night's combined FOX/FX press tour party was still doing image rehab, but coming from a much calmer, more magnanimous place.
 
Surrounded by reporters, Sheen was in his element: happy and laid-back and entirely on message. Asked at one point what makes him different from the guy getting into all that trouble a year ago, Sheen laughed and said, "Well, I'm not crazy anymore! That was an episode."
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<p>Laura Prepon and Chelsea Handler in &quot;Are You There, Chelsea?&quot;</p>

Laura Prepon and Chelsea Handler in "Are You There, Chelsea?"

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Review: Laura Prepon channels Chelsea Handler in 'Are You There, Chelsea?'

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Handler plays her own sister as one of several confusing issues in an unfunny sitcom
NBC's new comedy "Are You There, Chelsea?" (Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.) is a riddle wrapped in an enigma drowned in Kahlua. Among the confusing issues:
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<p>Josh Lucas and Molly Parker in &quot;The Firm.&quot;</p>

Josh Lucas and Molly Parker in "The Firm."

Credit: NBC

'The Firm' - 'Pilot': The Firm 2: Die firmer?

What did everybody think of NBC's new legal drama?

I posted my review of NBC's "The Firmsequel earlier this week. Now it's your turn. Did this feel like a worthy successor to either the John Grisham book or Tom Cruise movie? Did Josh Lucas make a good Mitch McDeere? Did the presence of both Callum Keith Rennie and Tricia Helfer make you wonder whether this new firm is some kind of elaborate Cylon plot? Did you care at all about the case involving the kids and the vengeful father? And do you intend to continue watching when the show moves to Thursdays at 10 later this week?

Have at it.

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