Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 103: Comedy catch-up

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 103: Comedy catch-up

Dan and Alan check in on a whole lot of primetime comedy, including 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Community' and 'The Office'

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As a bookend to last week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast drama catch-up, Dan and I decided to check in on how we're feeling about a whole bunch of comedies right now, which means another mega-podcast touching on lots and lots of shows, plus a brief revisit of "Homeland" in light of what happened in last night's episode.

The line-up: 

"How I Met Your Mother" (01:35 - 10:50)
"2 Broke Girls" (10:50 - 19:05)
"New Girl" (19:05 - 25:00)
"Suburgatory" (25:00 - 30:05)
"Modern Family" (30:05 - 34:50)
Justin Verlander winning AL MVP (34:50 - 37:50)
"Happy Endings" (38:05 - 42:50)
The shelving of "Cougar Town" and "Community" (42:50 - 52:00)
"Community" (52:00 - 01:01:25)
"Parks and Rec" (01:01:30 - 01:08:50)
"The Office" (01:08:50 - 01:19:14)
"Always Sunny" (01:19:20 - 01:23:55)
Listener Mail: Miscasting vs. Bad acting (01:23:55 - 01:28:45)
"Homeland" (01:28:50 - 01:38:00)
 
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<p>Dominique McElligott in &quot;Hell on Wheels.&quot;</p>

Dominique McElligott in "Hell on Wheels."

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'Hell on Wheels' - 'A New Birth of Freedom': When the whistle blows

Cullen and Lily meet, while Elam volunteers his men for more work

Well, there seems to be enough interest in discussing "Hell on Wheelsthat I'm going to keep these posts going for now. "A New Birth of Freedom" brings together Cullen and Lily, gives Elam more responsibility with the cut crew, and lets Doc Durant give another speech that's meant to be terribly persuasive but really isn't.  Oh, and it gave us more Swede, which is never a bad thing.

What did you guys think? Three episodes in, do you have a sense of the show's strengths and weakenesses? Are you enjoying it enough to continue? 

<p>Jessica (Morena Baccarin)&nbsp;and Brody (Damian Lewis)&nbsp;enjoy a night out on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>
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Jessica (Morena Baccarin) and Brody (Damian Lewis) enjoy a night out on "Homeland."


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'Homeland' - 'Achilles Heel': The good wives

The hunt is on for Tom Walker, and the Brodys enjoy a party

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I replace a solid gold bust of Saddam Hussein with a Mr. Potato Head...

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<p>Shane (Jon Bernthal) teaches Andrea (Laurie Holden)&nbsp;how to shoot on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Shane (Jon Bernthal) teaches Andrea (Laurie Holden) how to shoot on "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

'The Walking Dead' - 'Secrets': Target practice

Rick and Lori have a talk, and Shane teaches Andrea how to shoot

A quick review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I buy your silence with fruit and jerky...

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<p>Owen Sleater (Charlie&nbsp;Cox)&nbsp;returned to his native Ireland on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Owen Sleater (Charlie Cox) returned to his native Ireland on "Boardwalk Empire."

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'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Battle of the Century': This is spinal tap

Nucky heads to Ireland, Jimmy enjoys the throne, and Margaret endures a medical crisis

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as Sepinwall reviews this show...

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<p>The Jaafar family from TLC's &quot;All-American Muslim.&quot;</p>

The Jaafar family from TLC's "All-American Muslim."

Credit: TLC

Review: TLC's 'All-American Muslim'

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A well-meaning look at one slice of a misunderstood group

Watching last week's premiere episode of the new TLC reality series "All-American Muslim," I couldn't help noticing that virtually every member of the show's large ensemble introduced themselves by explaining why he or she might not be considered a "typical Muslim." There was Nina, who styled herself as if she was auditioning to be on "The Real Housewives of Dearborn, Michigan." There was tattooed, heavily-pierced Shadia, who explained that while she studied the Koran, "Do I choose to follow all of that? Not so much." Even a relatively traditional couple like expectant parents Nader and Nawal made a big show of explaining that their marriage is much more of an equal partnership than most of the Muslim-American couples they know.

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<p>Chuck (Zachary Levi)&nbsp;takes a dip. </p>

Chuck (Zachary Levi) takes a dip.

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Business Trip': The human target

Chuck and Sarah enjoy a "normal" mission, and Decker makes his move

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as Missile Command is a part of my process...

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<p>Get used to Dexter (Michael C. Hall), because he'll be around for at least two more seasons after this one.</p>

Get used to Dexter (Michael C. Hall), because he'll be around for at least two more seasons after this one.

Credit: Showtime

Showtime renews 'Dexter' for 2 more seasons

Michael C. Hall agrees to stay, so Dexter will keep killing and killing

Showtime has renewed "Dexter" for another two seasons, after getting star/producer Michael C. Hall to agree to a contract extension.

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<p>Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;tries to get Chris (Rob Lowe)&nbsp;to keep her close to&nbsp;Ben (Adam Scott)&nbsp;on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Leslie (Amy Poehler) tries to get Chris (Rob Lowe) to keep her close to Ben (Adam Scott) on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' - 'Smallest Park': Man, I'm steamroller

Leslie pushes Ben too far, Tom and Jerry team up, and Andy goes back to school

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I get competitive with Martin Luther King...

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<p>&quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;Dean Pelton (Jim Rash)&nbsp;came face to face with Greendale alum Luis Guzman.</p>

"Community" Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) came face to face with Greendale alum Luis Guzman.

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'Community' - 'Documentary Filmmaking: Redux': Heart of darkness

Dean Pelton drives the entire campus to madness while filming a Greendale commercial

A review of tonight's "Community" - and further thoughts on recent scheduling/ratings developments - coming up just as soon as I fight the power with my hugs...

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