<p>Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto in &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>

Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto in "Suburgatory."

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Review: ABC's 'Suburgatory' a smart new comedy

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High school anthropology in the vein of 'Mean Girls,' 'Clueless,' et al

There's a rich tradition on the big and small screen of the high school girl as amateur anthropologist: Molly Ringwald in "Sixteen Candles," Winona Ryder in "Heathers," Alicia Silverstone in "Clueless," Lindsay Lohan in "Mean Girls," Claire Danes in "My So-Called Life," and on and on and on. (Long before she was dissecting the Manhattan singles scene, Sarah Jessica Parker was trying to bring a peaceful accord between the jocks, the popular girls, the nerds and the New Wave kids on "Square Pegs," after all.) If high school is life in miniature, then it needs some kind of wry, clever observer to figure it all out, whether she's an insider (Silverstone), an outsider (Ringwald) or an outsider pretending to be an insider (Lohan).

To that reliably funny tradition we can add Jane Levy as Tessa Altman, the smart, sarcastic heroine of ABC's winning new comedy "Suburgatory," which debuts tomorrow night at 8:30.  

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<p>Stephen Lang as Nathaniel Taylor in &quot;Terra Nova.&quot;</p>

Stephen Lang as Nathaniel Taylor in "Terra Nova."

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'Terra Nova' - 'Genesis': Walk the dinosaur

What did everybody think of the FOX time travel drama?

I posted my review of FOX's "Terra Novathis morning. Now it's your turn. Obviously, you folks haven't seen the earlier, better version I have, but what did you make of what was on the screen? Did you find the Shannon family more compelling than I did? Are you ready to have the teenage son eaten by a T-Rex already? Were Stephen Lang and the special effects good enough to compensate for the rest? Do you buy the attempt to sidestep around the butterfly effect (and, possibly, the meteor heading their way in 20 million years)? 

Have at it.

Unless there's significant improvement, I doubt I'll be writing about this show regularly, but Ryan McGee is signed up to do weekly recaps at our Monkeys as Critics blog, and his first should be up even as we speak, for those who want a more detailed blow-by-blow account of the pilot.

<p>Rachel Bilson and Nancy Travis in &quot;Hart of Dixie.&quot;</p>

Rachel Bilson and Nancy Travis in "Hart of Dixie."

Credit: CW

'Hart of Dixie' - 'Pilot': Summer goes south

What did everybody think of the new CW drama?

I posted my review of "Hart of Dixieearlier today. Now it's your turn. Was Rachel Bilson likable enough to compensate for the "Doc Hollywood" story, cliched Southern backdrop, etc? Are you disappointed that Nancy Travis won't be around full-time? Glad to have Scott Porter using a Southern accent again? Wishing that Jaime King would go back to "James"? And, most importantly, will you keep watching? 

Have at it.

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 96: 'Terra Nova,' 'Dexter,' 'Homeland' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 96: 'Terra Nova,' 'Dexter,' 'Homeland' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Hart of Dixie,' 'Catching Hell,' 'Suburgatory' and 'How to Be a Gentleman,' and break down last night's 'Breaking Bad'

The

Premiere week is over, but there are still many, many, many new shows to review on this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, from "Terra Nova" to "Homeland" and lots in between. The rundown:

"Terra Nova" -- 01:50 - 12:30
"Hart of Dixie" -- 12:30 - 20:40
"Catching Hell" -- 20:45 - 25:55
"Suburgatory" -- 26:00 - 30:50
"How to Be a Gentleman" - 30:50 - 36:15
"Dexter" - 36:15 - 43:50
"Homeland" - 43:55 - 51:35
"Breaking Bad" - 51:40 - 01:06:55
 
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.
<p>Rachel Bilson in &quot;Hart of Dixie.&quot;</p>

Rachel Bilson in "Hart of Dixie."

Credit: CW

Review: Rachel Bilson in the CW's 'Hart of Dixie'

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Stereotypes abound, but 'The O.C.' alum is charming in new medical drama

The CW's new "Hart of Dixie" (it debuts tonight at 9) is several familiar kinds of shows in one. Most obviously, it's a fish-out-of-water story of a big-city doctor - in this case, Rachel Bilson from "The O.C." as young New York heart surgeon Zoey Hart - trapped in a small town with an unfamiliar culture. (Think "Northern Exposure" or "Doc Hollywood.")

It's also what Fienberg likes to call a Vocational Irony Narrative, in which a character's strengths in his or her professional life turn out to be a huge weakness personally. Here, this theme is voiced by an older surgeon who explains that Zoey is too cold and remote to qualify for a prestigious fellowship, telling her, "If you want to be a heart surgeon, then you've got to work on your own."

And in her search for her own heart - which eventually takes her to the fictional town of Bluebell, Alabama, where she inherits half of the local medical practice from the kindly country doctor who ran it - Zoey is also becoming the latest heroine to try to help the CW find the heart it left behind when the network was created out of transplanted body parts from the WB and UPN.

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<p>Alicia (Julianna Margulies)&nbsp;had a new 'do and attitude on &quot;The Good Wife&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Alicia (Julianna Margulies) had a new 'do and attitude on "The Good Wife" season premiere.

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'The Good Wife' - 'A New Day': You broke it, you bought it

Lots of "new" talk, but mostly the same old (excellent) legal drama

"The Good Wife" is back for a new season, and I have a quick review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I stick with retail rules...

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<p>Jason O'Mara, left, centers the &quot;Terra Nova&quot;&nbsp;family.</p>

Jason O'Mara, left, centers the "Terra Nova" family.

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Review: FOX's 'Terra Nova' has impressive spectacle, but family drama lacking

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The extensive retooling has only made the show's core worse, not better

The production travails of FOX's "Terra Nova" have been chronicled so publicly and for so long that it's starting to feel like the show has been in development since the dinosaurs walked the earth. At one point, the series was going to debut at mid-season last year, then with a special two-night airing of the pilot episode in May, before finally being pushed to tonight at 8. There were issues with the weather on location in Australia, and the special effects process to create the show's prehistoric setting took longer than anticipated.

Along that long, complicated path, I've seen multiple versions of the "Terra Nova" pilot. Each time, the effects have gotten better, and the version of the dinosaurs you see tonight should look pretty darned spiffy.

But "Terra Nova" isn't just a time travel show where people are chased by dinosaurs; it's also a family drama. And as one of the show's many executive producers, Jon Cassar, put it to critics last month, "If you don’t tune in and love this family after the first hour, it doesn’t matter how good the dinosaurs look."

And the family remains much less interesting so far than the dinos - and, in fact, has gotten progressively less interesting with the tweaking.

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<p>Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) on "Breaking Bad."

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'Breaking Bad' - 'Crawl Space': Better off Ted

Walt and Jesse's circumstances change dramatically once again

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I feel sorry for your tastebuds...

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Margot Robbie and Kelli Garner in "Pan Am."
Margot Robbie and Kelli Garner in "Pan Am."
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'Pan Am' - 'Pilot': The spy who served me

What did everybody think of the new ABC period drama?

I already posted my review of ABC's "Pan Am." Now it's your turn. Whether you're a fan of "Mad Men," watched "The Playboy Club" or not, what did you think of the new drama from Jack Orman, Tommy Schlamme and company? Were you surprised by the minimal amount of Christina Ricci? Did you like all the flashbacks, or would you rather the show stay in the passenger cabin? And will you be watching again?

Have at it.

<p>Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams)&nbsp;ponders his next move on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) ponders his next move on "Boardwalk Empire."

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'Boardwalk Empire' - '21': Dirty laundry

The Commodore and Jimmy come gunning for Nucky and Chalky

"Boardwalk Empire" is back for its second season. I posted my review of the first six episodes earlier this week, and I have specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I grow up to be a fishmonger...

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