<p>Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;tries to talk to Kevin (Kal Penn)&nbsp;on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Robin (Cobie Smulders) tries to talk to Kevin (Kal Penn) on "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Tick, Tick, Tick': A three-hour tour?

Barney and Robin try to confess their sins, while Ted and Marshall eat a band sandwich

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as my ability to grow facial hair correlates with my ability to be a good father...

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<p>Troy and Abed on hiiiiaaaaatus!&nbsp;Boo on NBC&nbsp;for leaving &quot;Community&quot; off its mid-season schedule.</p>

Troy and Abed on hiiiiaaaaatus! Boo on NBC for leaving "Community" off its mid-season schedule.

Credit: NBC

NBC's mid-season schedule benches 'Community,' kills 'Prime Suspect,' brings back '30 Rock'

'Whitney' and 'Up All Night' swap places, and lots of other scheduling mayhem

NBC just put out its mid-season schedule press release, a flowery document that boasts of the return of "The Voice" and "30 Rock," the debut of the musical drama "Smash," a TV series version of "The Firm," the "Chuck" series finale on January 27th, and many, many, many timeslot changes.

Know what words the release doesn't contain? "Community" and "Prime Suspect."

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 102: Catching up on 'Homeland,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Prime Suspect' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 102: Catching up on 'Homeland,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Prime Suspect' & more

Alan and Dan also check in on 'The Walking Dead,' 'Parenthood,' 'The Good Wife' and 'Pan Am & answer your mail


The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast took a week off while I was sick, so we're back with an extra-long installment in which we catch up on a bunch of new and returning dramas now that we're several months into the TV season, and we also answer some mail and drop random references to Oscar Gamble's batting stance, Soul Glo and more.

The line-up: 

"Parenthood" -- 02:30 - 12:45
"Prime Suspect" -- 12:50 - 18:30
"Fringe" -- 18:35 - 26:00
"Good Wife" -- 26:10 - 34:45
"Boardwalk Empire" -- 34:50 - 42:20
"The Walking Dead" -- 42:25 - 48:05
"Pan Am" -- 48:05 - 57:50
"Homeland" -- 57:55 - 01:07:45
Listener Mail: Real actors vs. Characters -- 01:09:30 - 01:14:35
Listener Mail: Past TV moments if we'd had Twitter -- 01:14:45 - 01:21:15
Listener Mail: Reflections on "Scrubs" -- 01:21:30 - 01:28:20
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>Karine Vanasse, Michael Mosley and Margot Robbie on &quot;Pan Am.&quot;</p>

Karine Vanasse, Michael Mosley and Margot Robbie on "Pan Am."

Credit: ABC

The Morning Round-Up: 'Pam Am,' 'The Good Wife' & 'Fringe'

Checking in on the latest episodes of some weekend dramas

Once again, it's time for a (late) morning round-up, with brief thoughts on, in order, "Pan Am," "The Good Wife" and "Fringe," all coming up just as soon as you check my Spider-Man fanny pack...

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<p>Marge and the kids turned into foodies - with help from Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali, among others -on last night's &quot;The Simpsons.&quot;</p>

Marge and the kids turned into foodies - with help from Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali, among others -on last night's "The Simpsons."

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'The Simpsons' - 'The Food Wife': Don't meth with Marge

Marge and the kids become foodies, with help from Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay

Haven't written about "The Simpsons" since the renewal deal was closed last month, but last night's episode was both good and gives me an opportunity to discuss some things about the long lifespan of the series. Thoughts coming up just as soon as my ghost has to give me the Heimlich maneuver...

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<p>Sgt. Brody (Damian Lewis)&nbsp;lays his cards on the table in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Sgt. Brody (Damian Lewis) lays his cards on the table in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

'Homeland' - 'The Weekend': Carrie'd away

Carrie and Brody get quality time in a cabin, while Saul tries to work Aileen

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I take a nosegay...

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<p>Christopher Heyerdahl as The Swede on &quot;Hell on Wheels.&quot;</p>

Christopher Heyerdahl as The Swede on "Hell on Wheels."

Credit: AMC

'Hell on Wheels' - 'Immoral Mathematics': Swede emotion

Christopher Heyerdahl makes a strong first impression as The Swede

As I said last week, I don't like "Hell on Wheelsenough to do weekly reviews (especially while covering three other cable dramas every Sunday night), but as I'll be watching the episodes, I'm going to try to do weekly talkback posts like this one so long as the interest is there.

In the case of the second episode, I imagine the main topic of conversation will be the introduction of Christopher Heyerdahl as The Swede, who's far and away the best part of what I've seen of the series so far (including three episodes past this one). Vivid character, strong performance, and just plain fun. (Fienberg interviewed him about the role over at The Fien Print.)

What did everybody think, of both The Swede and the episode that introduced him?

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<p>Steven Yeun in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Steven Yeun in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

'The Walking Dead' - 'Chupacabra': Roll in the hay?

Daryl goes solo, and Glen makes a discovery

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I'm wearing ears...

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<p>Steve Buscemi on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Steve Buscemi on "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Two Boats and a Lifeguard': Uneasy lies the head

Nucky makes a big decision, and Jimmy tries to enjoy his own party

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I prefer to think of myself as an artichoke...

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<p>Kitty (Kathleen Robertson)&nbsp;on &quot;Boss.&quot;</p>

Kitty (Kathleen Robertson) on "Boss."

Credit: Lions Gate

'Boss' - 'Slip': Get on the bus

Kitty and Zajac go out on the road together, while Emma is visited by both parents

We're up to the fourth episode of "Bossnow, and I don't have a lot to say about "Slip" that hasn't come up in our discussions of the previous three episodes. Kelsey Grammer's tremendous and the reason I keep tuning in, while certain other aspects (the sex, Kane's magical hitman, the symbolism-drenched monologues) frequently border on cartoonish (if not fall over into it).

Halfway through this eight-episode first season (which has been so low-rated that everyone involved has to be glad Chris Albrecht ordered a second season before they even premiered), how's everybody feeling about the (mis)adventures of Mayor Tom Kane and friends?

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