<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;takes the girls out to eat.</p>

"Louie" takes the girls out to eat.

Credit: FX

Review: 'Louie' - 'Daddy's Girlfriend, Part 1'

Louie goes looking for love in so many places

I've been taking some days off this week, so as I suggested at the end of last week's "Louie" review, I'm going to discuss the "Daddy's Girlfriend" two-parter after it concludes next week. But for those of you who want to discuss fist pumps, Parker Posey, Maria Bamford, fake reality TV shows and everything else from part 1, have at it. We'll have a lot more to talk about next week, as part 2 is my favorite of the five episodes FX sent out in advance of the season.

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<p>Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown from &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown from "Community."

Watch: 'Community' stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie & Yvette Nicole Brown at Comic-Con, Part 1

How did they react to Dan Harmon's exit? And what does Gillian want in a 'Community' movie?

A year ago at Comic-Con, I sat down with the bulk of the "Community" cast in two groups of three for a couple of long video interviews. One conversation was pure anarchy, while the other featured the funniest/furriest running gag I've ever been in a room for.

This year, I got Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown, and while I was tempted to force some kind of sequel to "YOU GUYS!!!!," there were too many serious things to discuss about "Community" as it approaches its fourth season, including the firing of creator Dan Harmon, the hiring of new showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio, and the way the insanity of the show's fans has buoyed the actors no matter how dark the show's fate has seemed.

Things get a bit goofier towards the end of this part of the interview, as they discuss Jacobs' plan for a "Community" movie, but look for more laughs in part 2 (coming tomorrow morning) as the actors discuss exactly how and why they've become so close and silly together.

The new season of "Community" begins on Friday, October 19 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 139: Emmy nominations, 'Sullivan & Son' and more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 139: Emmy nominations, 'Sullivan & Son' and more

Dan and Alan also review the 'Breaking Bad' premiere and another 'Buffy'

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Time for a mid-week, Emmy heavy edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I discuss the nominations, try to review TBS' "Sullivan & Sons" as quickly as possible before moving on to the "Breaking Bad" premiere and a strange "Buffy" season 1 episode. Also, for those of you who didn't already see it on Twitter, here's the Emmy Rossum photo being discussed.

As mentioned on the show, our next podcast will be sometime next week, but not necessarily on Monday, as I'll have just arrived in LA for the TV critics press tour.

The line-up: 

Emmy Nominations (00:01:40 - 00:38:20)
"Sullivan and Son" (00:38:25 - 00:45:15)
"Breaking Bad" premiere (00:45:25 - 01:04:40)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (01:04:45 - 01:15:45)
 
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.
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<p>&quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;co-stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes were both nominated for Emmys.</p>

"Homeland" co-stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes were both nominated for Emmys.

Credit: Showtime

Emmys 2012: 'Homeland,' 'Girls' and 'American Horror Story' lead wave of new nominees

The return of 'Breaking Bad' and relocation of 'Downton Abbey' also led to big changes
By and large, the easiest way to be nominated for an Emmy is to have already been nominated for an Emmy. If you're lucky, you'll see maybe one or two new nominees per category each year.
 
In the 2011-12 TV season, though, there was so much obviously outstanding new work — or, in some cases, work by shows that weren't eligible a year ago — that there was more turnover in the nominations than in quite some time.
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<p>Gillian Flynn's new novel &quot;Gone Girl&quot;&nbsp;is terrific.</p>

Gillian Flynn's new novel "Gone Girl" is terrific.

What's Alan Reading?: Reviewing Gillian Flynn's dark, twisty 'Gone Girl'

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An ex-TV critic authors a gripping novel about a marriage gone very, very sour

Note: I'm taking much of this week off in between Comic-Con and press tour. This is one of a few posts I wrote in advance that should publish this week. If you're wondering why I didn't cover a particular show or story this week, it's because I'm on vacation.

Back at the old blog, I would sometimes write about non-TV entertainment that I was consuming. Usually, it was movies, but occasionally it would be a book I had read that really wowed me.

In this case, the book in question — Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" — has a TV connection of a sort, as it's written by a former TV critic. (Flynn used to write for Entertainment Weekly; I knew her well enough to say hello to at press tour, but no more than that.) But Flynn's old job is only interesting in the way that it informs the history of her two main characters, a married pair of ex-magazine writers forced by the bad economy and the decaying state of print journalism to leave New York and relocate to a small Missouri town.

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<p>Seann William Scott doing what a &quot;Goon&quot;&nbsp;does best.</p>

Seann William Scott doing what a "Goon" does best.

Credit: Magnet Releasing

Movie Review: Seann William Scott is a funny, moving hockey 'Goon'

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Minor league hockey comedy packs a surprising punch

Note: I'm taking much of this week off in between Comic-Con and press tour. This is one of a few posts I wrote in advance that should publish this week. If you're wondering why I didn't cover a particular show or story this week, it's because I'm on vacation.

As I've often said in the last couple of years, HitFix has a terrific (and ever-expanding) collection of film writers, and for the most part I leave it to them to cover the cinema. Every now and then, though, a movie is so in my wheelhouse that I feel like I have no choice but to write something about it.

"Goon" happens to be one of those movies. It fed my weakness for underdog sports fiction something fierce, while also being executed well enough that I imagine I would have taken enormous pleasure from it even without the genre bias. (In support of this theory, Drew liked it a lot, and he's not a sucker for these kinds of movies the way I am.)

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<p>Sigourney Weaver in &quot;Political Animals.&quot;</p>

Sigourney Weaver in "Political Animals."

Credit: USA

Series premiere review: 'Political Animals' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new USA miniseries?

I posted my review of "Political Animals" on Wednesday. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in, what did you think of Greg Berlanti's soap opera spin on the Clinton family story? Did you prefer the political material, the personal subplots, or even the material on the downfall of the newspaper business? Did you buy Ciaran Hinds as an alt-reality Bill Clinton? Enjoy Sigourney Weaver jousting with Carla Gugino? If you're a fan of the usual USA dramas, how did you feel about something this off-brand? And do you intend to watch the whole miniseries?

Have at it. Because it's airing in such a crowded timeslot, and because I'll be dealing with press tour, etc., for the next few weeks, I'm not going to be doing weekly posts on this one, but will endeavor to check back in after the final installment airs.

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<p>Walt, Jesse and Mike head to the scrap yard for inspiration in the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Walt, Jesse and Mike head to the scrap yard for inspiration in the "Breaking Bad" season premiere.

Credit: AMC

Season premiere review: 'Breaking Bad' - 'Live Free or Die'

Walt, Jesse and Mike have to pull off another caper to clean up a Gus mess

"Breaking Bad" is back to start the first half of its fifth and final season. I reviewed the early episodes back on Tuesday (and then posted an interview with Aaron Paul and a two-part interview with Bryan Cranston) and I have specific, spoiler-filled thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I foresee an outcome that involves Miller Time...

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<p>Jeff Daniels and Olivia Munn in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels and Olivia Munn in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Newsroom' - 'I'll Try to Fix You'

Did the strong last 7 minutes redeem the terrible 50 that came before them?

A review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I talk to you about Bigfoot...

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<p>Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in &quot;Strike Back.&quot;</p>
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Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton in "Strike Back."


Credit: Cinemax

Comic-Con 2012: 'Strike Back' stars on sex, violence and... Eric Cartman?

Cinemax action series returns August 17

I initially wasn't going to write up the "Strike Back" panel I moderated at Comic-Con on Friday night, not because it didn't go well, but because it's always difficult to recap a panel where I was on stage and couldn't take notes. I did it with the "Wilfred" panel from the day before, but mainly because there was one quote of David Zuckerman's I wanted to use, and as it happened, the entire panel wound up on YouTube and it became easy to transcribe that section. Though we wound up with a good-sized crowd for "Strike Back," there was nobody recording the whole thing — though everyone whipped out their cameras to record Philip Winchester's Cartman impression (you can hear a better version by clicking the behind-the-scenes video link below) — so I was only working off my memories.

But it was a good panel, and I'm looking forward to the return of the series on August 17 — as I said last year, here was a show that could have just been mindless violence and gratuitous sex scenes and fit the Cinemax brand, and wound up being much better, smarter and cooler than it needed to be — so I wanted to write up a few paraphrased highlights before I headed home.

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