<p>Joel McHale and Chevy Chase in tonight's &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale and Chevy Chase in tonight's "Community."

Credit: NBC

Thursday's ghostly 'Community' guest speaks

Who was haunting Pierce's mansion? And how did this actor wind up on tonight's episode?

Tonight's "Community" haunted house episode (I reviewed it here) concluded with the surprise appearance of a very special guest, whom I was able to interview earlier today about their cameo, and another project they're currently involved in. That guest star's identity, and our conversation, coming up just as soon as I set my shrink ray to Daddy Issues...

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<p>The &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;gang got dressed up for Halloween, but the episode aired on Valentine's Day.</p>

The "Community" gang got dressed up for Halloween, but the episode aired on Valentine's Day.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Paranormal Parentage'

The study group investigates a haunting at Pierce's house on 'Valloween'

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I've been offended by this coat rack before...

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<p>Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in &quot;Scandal.&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in "Scandal."

Credit: ABC

'Scandal' creator Shonda Rhimes on Olivia, Fitz and the craziness of season 2

'Grey's Anatomy' creator doesn't feel much changed between seasons of her new series

Last week, in praising this season of "Scandal," I complimented the show's creator Shonda Rhimes for pivoting directly into the craziness of the show in its second season.

But when I spoke to Rhimes earlier this week, she disagreed with the idea that there had been any significant change at all — that the only difference between seasons has been the length of them, and that seven episodes last spring wasn't enough to do things right.

Last week, the show concluded its first major arc of season 2, in which our every more morally ambiguous heroine Olivia Pope found out who had attempted to murder President Fitzgerald Grant, while Fitz in turn found out that Olivia and several other allies had conspired to rig the election in his favor — and, as a result, spurned Olivia to go back to his crazy wife Mellie.

The series kicks off the second big movement of the season tonight at 10, and I spoke with Rhimes about the changes (or lack thereof) in the new season, where the story will go from here (in the vaguest possible terms), why Olivia and Fitz should not be compared to any of the couples from Rhimes' "Grey's Anatomy," and more.

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<p>Margo Martindale as &quot;Grannie&quot;&nbsp;in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Margo Martindale as "Grannie" in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Gregory'

Margo Martindale and Derek Luke turn up for the strongest episode yet

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I talk to your eighth grade science teacher...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 169: 'Zero Hour,' 'Cult,' 'Scandal' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 169: 'Zero Hour,' 'Cult,' 'Scandal' & more

Dan and Alan also review Beyonce's HBO documentary, discuss the dire state of NBC and ask: who gets to end a show?


Travel has impacted the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast schedule of late. Dan was in London earlier this week, so you get a Wednesday show, and I'll be on vacation next week, which means no show at all. But in this one, we discuss "Zero Hour," "Cult," Beyonce, "Scandal," Super Bowl showcases and more. The lineup: 

"Zero Hour" (00:01:10 - 00:13:40)
"Cult" (00:13:40 - 00:28:30)
"Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream" (00:28:30 - 00:36:25)
NBC's return to suckage (00:36:25 - 00:53:50)
Listener Mail - The Rise of "Scandal" (00:55:05 - 01:11:30)
Listener Mail - Who gets to end shows? (01:11:30 - 01:18:20)
Listener Mail - post-Super Bowl "Elementary" (01:18:25 - 01:24:30)
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 questions for the podcast.

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<p>Anthony Edwards and friends (and clocks)&nbsp;in &quot;Zero Hour.&quot;</p>

Anthony Edwards and friends (and clocks) in "Zero Hour."

Credit: ABC

Review: ABC's 'Zero Hour' isn't quite terrible enough

Anthony Edwards series embraces the crazy, but only occasionally

Truly terrible television can be a work of art unto itself. Much as we can love the emotional wallop of "Friday Night Lights," the warmth of "The Cosby Show" or the intricate humor of "Arrested Development," it's possible to feel a great deal of affection for transcendently bad TV like "Pink Lady and Jeff" or "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer." Those were bad shows, but they were almost epic in their badness, and that's preferable to the great middle in which a lot of TV exists.

I will say this for ABC's "Zero Hour," which debuts tomorrow night at 8: it will never, ever, be confused with quality, and I'm not even sure I want to watch another episode after the pilot, but there are moments where it is — intentionally or not — more fun than all but a handful of new shows to debut this season. Long after I've forgotten "Made in Jersey," "Deception" or even a reasonably good show like "Ben and Kate," I'm going to remember the bugnuts absurdity of "Zero Hour," the greatest show ever made about evil Nazi clocks. If anything, I wish it were dumber more often.

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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot;&nbsp;Boyd (Walton Goggins)&nbsp;isn't happy to visit Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;and Shelby (Jim Beaver).</p>

On "Justified," Boyd (Walton Goggins) isn't happy to visit Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Shelby (Jim Beaver).

Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'Foot Chase'

Raylan and Shelby team up, Colton has a self-control problem, and Boyd makes Ava an offer

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I fail the third and sixth grades...

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<p>Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins in &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins in "Cougar Town."

Credit: TBS

Review: 'Cougar Town' - 'Restless'

Jules can't sleep, Grayson can't kiss, and Andy cashes in all his sex coupons

A quick review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I distract you with shoe talk...

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<p>Abby Elliott and Josh Radnor in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Abby Elliott and Josh Radnor in "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Bad Crazy'

Ted struggles to get rid of Jeanette, while Robin keeps a secret from Lily for a very long time

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I talk to the ghost of Marilyn Monroe's cat...

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<p>Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker in "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Mid-season premiere review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'The Suicide King'

The action slows down as the zombie drama returns from hiatus

"The Walking Dead" is back from its mid-season hiatus, and I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I'm the first brother in history that breaks into prison...

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