<p>Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman and Martha MacIsaac in &quot;1600 Penn.&quot;</p>

Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman and Martha MacIsaac in "1600 Penn."

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Review: NBC's '1600 Penn' tries to make family comedy about the First Family

Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman and Josh Gad head to the White House

Early in the second episode of NBC's new sitcom "1600 Penn," the President of the United States himself, Dale Gilchrist, is in the Situation Room of the White House for a briefing on terrorism. Only all Gilchrist can think about is a secret that his oldest daughter Becca didn't tell him, and as he begins to realize that his military advisers also don't like to tell him things, he demands to know why.

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<p>&quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;deserved another seat at the Top 10 table for the drama's fifth season.</p>

"Mad Men" deserved another seat at the Top 10 table for the drama's fifth season.

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TV Top 10 of 2012: 'Mad Men,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Parks and Recreation' & more

It was a much stronger year for veteran series than new ones

If you've been reading me a long time, you know I'm a complete wimp when it comes to making lists. Tell me to pick 10 shows, and I'll pick at least 11 — or, if I can, just do multiple lists. (I'm the guy who had to come up with seven different lists to break down the best of the '00s.)

For my list of the best TV shows of 2012, I actually stuck to 10 — and you can see and hear about all my choices in the video embedded at the top of this post — but only because I knew that I would be doing a longer written list next week, featuring my top 20 shows of the year. Like I said, wimp.

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<p>&quot;The Wire&quot;&nbsp;came up during my CNN&nbsp;appearance today.</p>

"The Wire" came up during my CNN appearance today.

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What's Alan being watched on: More 'The Revolution Was Televised' link-blogging

Appearances on CNN, public radio and more

My largely improvised book tour for "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever" made its first stop on television this morning, as I was a guest for a segment on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." A good time was had by all (one of the panelists even wanted to continue the discussion during the commercial break), and it also provided me with an excuse to finally learn how to tie a half-Windsor knot. (My dad taught me the four-in-hand, and that's more or less where my tie education stopped.) If you want to see me in moving picture form, here I am: 

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<p>Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) gets his Heisenberg on in a &quot;Colbert Report&quot;&nbsp;mash-up of &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Downton Abbey.&quot;</p>

Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) gets his Heisenberg on in a "Colbert Report" mash-up of "Breaking Bad" and "Downton Abbey."

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This week in pop culture mash-ups: 'Breaking Bad' meets 'The Wire' & 'Downton Abbey'

Is it more fun to see 'Wire'-style credits, or Mr. Carson brewing illegal tea?

Pop culture mash-ups are fun. Pop culture mash-ups are easy to do. (Says the man who cooked up a "Mad Men"/"Watchmen" Tumblr in about five minutes back in the spring, then forgot it existed within days.) Doing a really great one, though, requires real creativity and attention to detail. 

Two recent "Breaking Bad" -related mash-ups illustrate this. On last night's "Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert had fun with reports that Michelle Obama had requested DVDs of "Downton Abbey" season 3 so she wouldn't have to wait for the show's American premiere on January 6. As payback, he said, he recruited recent guest Vince Gilligan and "Downton" co-stars Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and Rob James-Collier to spoil the new season of "Breaking Bad" — or, rather, "Breaking Abbey" — for us.

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<p>Jessy Schram and Scott Speedman in &quot;Last Resort.&quot;</p>

Jessy Schram and Scott Speedman in "Last Resort."

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Review: 'Last Resort' - 'Blue Water'

Sam and James go to Manila, while the Chinese make Marcus an offer

A quick review of tonight's "Last Resort" coming up just s soon as we're wearing matching gasmasks...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 160: SAG & Golden Globe noms, 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Homeland' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 160: SAG & Golden Globe noms, 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Homeland' & more

Dan and Alan also answer mail about 'Parks and Recreation' and when bad writing happens to good acting


It's a slightly delayed episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I were both busy on Monday, and then decided we might as well wait until today so we could make fun of the Golden Globe nominations. Which we did. For a while. We also did our usual "Homeland" discussion, reviewed the latest season of "Sons of Anarchy," answered your mail and more.

The line-up: 

Golden Globes/SAG blather (00:01:30 - 23:00)
Listener Mail - Toupee Fallacy and Bad Actors or Bad Writing? (00:23:40 -
Listener Mail - The future of "Parks & Recreation" (00:30:45 - 35:45)
Listener Mail - "The Shield" and "Sons of Anarchy" into finale discussion (00:36:20 - 00:53:55)
"Homeland" - (00:53:55 - 01:12:10)
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>Olivia Munn and Jeff Daniels in &quot;The Newsroom,&quot;&nbsp;which the Golden Globes voters nominated ahead of &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;as one of TV's best dramas.</p>

Olivia Munn and Jeff Daniels in "The Newsroom," which the Golden Globes voters nominated ahead of "Mad Men" as one of TV's best dramas.

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Silliness reigns with 2013 Golden Globe TV nominations

No 'Mad Men'? Hayden Panettiere?

I ordinarily like to begin my analysis of the Golden Globe TV nominations by going on at length about the sketchiness of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and their complete disinterest in and lack of qualification for making any kind of judgment of American television.

This year, though, I think all I need to tell you is the following:

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<p>On &quot;Parenthood,&quot;&nbsp;the Bravermans wait for news about Kristina.</p>

On "Parenthood," the Bravermans wait for news about Kristina.

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'What to My Wondering Eyes'

The tears flow as Kristina's health takes a turn for the worse at holiday time

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as Santa is here on a percentage...

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<p>Edie Falco and the gang at &quot;Nurse Jackie&quot;&nbsp;got some love from the Screen Actors Guild this morning.</p>

Edie Falco and the gang at "Nurse Jackie" got some love from the Screen Actors Guild this morning.

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Predictable choices rule 2013 SAG Awards TV nominations

'Homeland' finally gets recognized, but it's mostly same old, same old from Screen Actors Guild

The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees, like the Golden Globes (whose nominations will be announced tomorrow) have a big impact on (or at least are an early predictor for) the Oscar nominations. As a TV bellwether, they (like the Globes) are less important or precise. While all the actors who vote for the Emmys are in SAG, not all SAG members are Emmy voters. As a result, the tastes don't exactly line up, and you have oddities like "Homeland" being complete snubbed by SAG last year and then going on to be the biggest drama winner on Emmy night, or like "Suits" co-star Patrick J. Adams getting an unexpected SAG nomination and then being ignored at Emmy time.

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<p>On &quot;New Girl,&quot;&nbsp;Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;gives Angie (Olivia Munn)&nbsp;a lapdance.</p>

On "New Girl," Nick (Jake Johnson) gives Angie (Olivia Munn) a lapdance.

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Morning TV Round-Up: 'New Girl,' 'Happy Endings' & 'The Mindy Project'

The holiday season brings about some more emotional moments

It's morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's episodes of "New Girl," "Happy Endings" and "The Mindy Project," coming up just as soon as I look like an example photo at a barbershop...

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