<p>Dylan McDermott and Denis O'Hare in &quot;American Horror Story.&quot;</p>

Dylan McDermott and Denis O'Hare in "American Horror Story."

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'American Horror Story' - 'Halloween, Part 1': Fluffer, nutter

The scariest holiday of the year brings a welcomingly toned-down episode

I know I said last week I was getting out of the "American Horror Storybusiness, but I happened to watch tonight's episode on a screener. And while it's still not a show I remotely like, I did feel like "Halloween, Part 1" at least addressed some of the concerns I had with the show, toning down the bat-crazy, everything and the kitchen sink approach Murphy and Falchuk had taken in the first three episodes, actually turned Addie into a character instead of a creepy symbol, and generally did good work with the non-Harmon characters. 

Tim Minear wrote next week's episode, so I'll at least be back for that, and maybe I'll keep these talkback posts going for the rest of the season. Since many of you have been enjoying the show a whole lot more than me, what did you think of this one? An improvement, or moving away from what you'd been enjoying?

Have at it.

<p>Zachary Knighton and Elisha Cuthbert dress up for Halloween on &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Zachary Knighton and Elisha Cuthbert dress up for Halloween on "Happy Endings."

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'Happy Endings' - 'Spooky Endings': You're a man, baby!

The gang (other than Brad) gets dressed up for Halloween fun

Earlier today, I interviewed "Happy Endings" producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff about the creative evolution of the show, and talked a bit about tonight's very funny Halloween episode (and, specifically, my love of Max and Penny's costume). A few thoughts on the episode coming up just as soon as I go to my weird gay turkey party...

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<p>Casey Wilson and Adam Pally in a scene from tonight's &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Casey Wilson and Adam Pally in a scene from tonight's "Happy Endings."

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Interview: 'Happy Endings' producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff

How has the ABC comedy evolved from its start last spring?

You may recall that when "Happy Endings" debuted last spring, I dismissed it as the last and least of that season's comedies about interconnected friends in their late 20s or early 30s. But I stuck with it for a while, and it grew on me quite a bit, and now it's part of my regular viewing/blogging schedule, and part of what's turned out to be a very strong comedy night for ABC.(*)

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<p>Claire Danes and &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;will be back for a second season.</p>

Claire Danes and "Homeland" will be back for a second season.

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Showtime renews 'Homeland' for season 2

Claire Danes/Damian Lewis drama has been fall's best new show

Showtime's "Homeland" has easily been the best new show of the fall season, comedy or drama. The only concern anybody seems to have with it is whether it can sustain its quality and keep its story - which to this point is a cat-and-mouse game between damaged CIA agent Claire Danes and potential terrorist Damian Lewis - going in an interesting, plausible manner for multiple seasons.

"Homeland" producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa insist they have a long-term plan for the series, and we're going to get a chance to see some of it, now that Showtime has renewed "Homeland" for a second season.

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<p>Butt-Head and Beavis return to MTV&nbsp;tomorrow night.</p>

Butt-Head and Beavis return to MTV tomorrow night.

Credit: MTV

Review: 'Mike Judge's Beavis & Butt-Head' returns, 14 years later

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The boys haven't changed, but the pop culture world has

When "Beavis & Butt-Head" hit it big on MTV in the early '90s, it became the latest televisual thing that was going to bring about the end of Western civilization as we knew it. But we're still here, and if you want to argue that we're worse off as a people than we were back in the day, I can give you a whole bunch of more likely culprits. Hint: several of them air on MTV, and are being mocked by the two guys as the series returns tomorrow night at 10, 14 years after the last season aired, now titled "Mike Judge's Beavis & Butt-Head."

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<p>Clay (Ron Perlman)&nbsp;and Piney (William Lucking)&nbsp;in &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Clay (Ron Perlman) and Piney (William Lucking) in "Sons of Anarchy."

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Family Recipe': Head hot chili, coppers

The hits on SAMCRO keep coming

A review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I blame disgruntled Armenian mechanics...

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<p>AMC&nbsp;has ordered a third season of &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

AMC has ordered a third season of "The Walking Dead."

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AMC renews 'The Walking Dead' for season 3

Renewal an obvious call for zombie apocalypse hit

In a move I would dub a no-brainer even if the show didn't involve zombies, AMC has renewed "The Walking Dead" for a third season.

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<p>Rachel Bilson and Cress Williams in &quot;Hart of Dixie.&quot;</p>

Rachel Bilson and Cress Williams in "Hart of Dixie."

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The Morning Round-Up: 'Hart of Dixie' and 'Pan Am'

Where do these two female-centric freshman dramas stand in late October?

Once again, in the interest of covering more shows that I don't always have time or interest to write full-length reviews on, from time to time I'm going to do a morning round-up post like this featuring brief thoughts on multiple shows. In this case, we're going to discuss a pair of freshman dramas with female leads - "Hart of Dixie" and "Pan Am" - coming up just as soon as I get my navel pierced...

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<p>Chris Elliott and Alyson Hannigan on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Chris Elliott and Alyson Hannigan on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Noretta': Dare to be stupid

Is it funny or creepy that the gang are all dating their parents?

A quick review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as my dentist alters my suit while doing my taxes...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 100: 'Chuck,' 'Beavis & Butt-Head,' 'Grimm' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 100: 'Chuck,' 'Beavis & Butt-Head,' 'Grimm' & more

Dan and Alan celebrate their 100th podcast the way they did the 99 before it: lots of reviews

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Happy Monday, and welcome to the 100th episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast - or, as we discuss early on, what could be considered either the 99th or 101st. Either way, if you were expecting a special anniversary installment with lots of cool things - or even better-than-normal production values - then clearly you have not been paying attention. Instead, Dan and I decided to treat this one like the 99 (or 98, or 100) before it and just offer reviews, banter, questions from you guys, etc.(*)

(*) Though we did finally use one of our favorite theme song candidates, as our one bit of celebration, even though it has nothing to do with the shows being discussed. One of these years, we'll get an honest-to-gosh theme song. 

The line-up: 

"Beavis & Bull-head" and "Good Vibes" -- 03:20 - 20:40
"Chuck" -- 20:35 - 28:00
"Grimm" -- 28:05 - 35:40
"Allen Gregory" -- 35:45 - 46:46
Listener Mail - "Reed Between the Lines" -- 46:50 - 56:15
Listener Mail - NBC football promotion -- 56:15 - 01:03:30
Listener Mail - Remakes of "Misfits" etc -- 01:03:30 - 01:07:30
 
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.