<p>Jeffrey Donovan and Kristanna Loken in &quot;Burn Notice.&quot;</p>

Jeffrey Donovan and Kristanna Loken in "Burn Notice."

Credit: USA

'Burn Notice' - 'Fail Safe': The things we do for love

The season climaxes with Michael and Anson trying to outmaneuver each other once again

"Burn Notice" just wrapped up its fifth season, and I have some thoughts on the finale and the current state of the show coming up just as soon as I'm smarter than a keypad...

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<p>Sweet Dee puts on her old back brace in the &quot;It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Sweet Dee puts on her old back brace in the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" season finale.

Credit: FX

Season finale review: 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

The gang wraps up a terrific seventh season with a two-tiered dance number

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" wrapped up its seventh season in style tonight, with the gang trying desperately to show up their tormentors at their high school reunion. The switch in perspective in the final scene was one of the biggest laughs the show gave me all year, and that's saying something, considering how strong this seventh season was. There was only one outright bad episode, "Frank's Brother," and even there I can respect that they were at least trying something different that didn't work. (That, or I can again note that Frank tends to be much more useful for generating stories than generating laughs.) 

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<p>Donald Glover as Troy on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Donald Glover as Troy on "Community."

Credit: NBC

Why I'll miss 'Community': Because Donald Glover crying is never not funny

The first in a weekly series to make the show's impending absence a little easier

"Community" technically isn't gone from NBC just yet. On the East Coast, NBC just got finished rerunning "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas," and we'll have at least one or two other repeats before "30 Rock" takes over the timeslot in January and "Community" goes on an indefinite hiatus. As I said last week, this isn't forever. NBC will have 12 episodes sitting around, and some of their scheduling moves are going to fail, and "Community" will be back to at least finish out this third season. 

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 107: Golden Globe and SAG nominations, 'Enlightened' & 'The Life & Times of Tim'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 107: Golden Globe and SAG nominations, 'Enlightened' & 'The Life & Times of Tim'

In a bonus podcast, Dan and Alan talk meaningless awards shows and HBO half-hours

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Bonus podcast time! We decided to do an extra Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week to talk about the silly awards nominations, the end of "Enlightened," and the surprising but welcome return of "The Life & Times of Tim." Fewer topics than Monday's show, and no sports blather segment, yet we still almost hit an hour. Apparently, we had a lot to say about the HFPA.

The line-up: 

Golden Globes/SAG Awards breakdown (00:00 - 33:30)
"Enlightened" (33:33 - 41:45)
"The Life and Times of Tim" (41:45 - 49:00)
 
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>The Golden Globe voters chose to nominate Johnny Galecki over &quot;Big Bang Theory&quot;&nbsp;co-star Jim Parsons.</p>

The Golden Globe voters chose to nominate Johnny Galecki over "Big Bang Theory" co-star Jim Parsons.

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Analysis: Golden Globe TV nominations are silly, like always

Johnny Galecki over Jim Parsons? Callie Thorne? No 'Breaking Bad'? Business as usual.
Here are the things you need to remember about the Golden Globes, specifically when it comes to the TV categories:
 
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<p>Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

TV Top 10 of 2011: The best 10 returning shows

A great year for veteran series

Yesterday, we published my video essay on my favorite overall shows of 2011. Now it's time to present the first of two written lists, this one focusing on the best returning shows of the year. If you watched the video, you know that 9 of the 11 shows (there was a tie) were returning series, and that therefore there's not going to be much change to the returning shows list. Still, I add one show, get to expand a bit on my thoughts on some others, and also add a list of honorable mentions at the end.

Tomorrow, I'll deal with the new shows in a slightly different way, as there are lots of 2011 rookies I liked but few I loved.
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<p>Louis CK&nbsp;in his &quot;Live at the Beacon Theater&quot;&nbsp;comedy special.</p>

Louis CK in his "Live at the Beacon Theater" comedy special.

Will Louis CK's download experiment be followed by others?

What's the future for independently produced and distributed content?

Over the weekend, Louis CK released his latest stand-up comedy special, "Louis CK: Live at the Beacon Theater," an hour of all-new material in which he talks about parenting, sex, God, the environment and more. It is, unsurprisingly, a very funny hour of entertainment, as you might expect by the man who currently stands at the top of the stand-up pyramid.

Also unsurprisingly, given the circumstances behind the production of his great FX show "Louie," CK has used the special as an excuse to try out a new business model. "Live at the Beacon Theater" had no theatrical run, no DVD release, nor even a partnership with a large online media company. You simply go to CK's own website, spend the more-than-reasonable sum of 5 bucks, and you can download a copy of the special without any kind of restrictions as to what method you use to view it, how you want to copy it, or anything.

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<p>Even &quot;Suits&quot;&nbsp;co-star Patrick J. Adams may be puzzled by his SAG&nbsp;Awards nomination.</p>

Even "Suits" co-star Patrick J. Adams may be puzzled by his SAG Awards nomination.

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Analysis: SAG Awards TV nominations get weird with Patrick J. Adams and 'Dexter'

A field of nominees designed to make the Golden Globe picks look good?
Like the Golden Globe Awards, where the nominations will be announced tomorrow, the SAG Awards treat their TV categories like an afterthought. There are no supporting categories of any kind, for instance, and they mainly seem to exist to appease that branch of the Screen Actors Guild, and to possibly draw some extra audience to the telecast.
 
And like the Golden Globes are every year, this year's SAG nominations are so bizarre/stupid/silly that they're probably not worth getting worked up over...
 
... except I can't really wrap my brain around any of the following:
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<p>Louis CK in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Louis CK in "Louie."

Credit: FX

TV Top 10 of 2011: The best 10 (or 11) overall shows

A strong year for veteran series like 'Breaking Bad,' 'Louie' and 'Parks and Recreation'

It's that time of year, everybody, where critics of every stripe have to break down the best things they covered over the last 12 months into a list of 10 (or thereabouts). Eventually, all the members of Team HitFix will be rolling out his or her top 10 list, but I get to be first up at bat this year. (Katie Hasty should be up next with some thoughts on the year in music.)

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<p>Laura Dern in &quot;Enlightened.&quot;</p>

Laura Dern in "Enlightened."

Credit: HBO

'Enlightened' - 'Burn It Down': Hack attack

Checking back on the Laura Dern/Mike White series as it wraps its first season

When "Enlightened" debuted back in October, I called it an awkward comedy that I had very little interest in watching any more. Since then, a number of critics I respect (including James Poniewozik, Tim Goodman and Dan Fienberg) have kept making passionate arguments for the show, and it made me curious to check back in to see if perhaps I had missed something the first time around. I caught up through last night's season finale, and I have a few thoughts coming up just as soon as I'm not a yoga instructor...

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