<p>Happy holidays, everybody!</p>

Happy holidays, everybody!

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Home for the holidays

This blog is taking the week off

Happy Monday, folks, and an early Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it.

I'm taking the next week off to spend some time with the family, rest, recuperate, and prepare myself for the onslaught of new shows coming up in early 2013.

There'll be a bit of new content from me during the week, including a pre-recorded Firewall & Iceberg Podcast later today where Dan and I talk about some of our least favorite shows of 2012, plus some galleries I co-wrote looking back at some big TV stories of 2012 and forward at some potentially big stories of 2013.

Have fun, stay safe, be good to each other, and I'll see you either on New Year's Eve day, or else right after the new year, as I start packing up for the winter TV critics press tour.

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<p>Sounds like the full &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;cast will be back for another season.</p>

Sounds like the full "How I Met Your Mother" cast will be back for another season.

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Report: 'How I Met Your Mother' to run forever and ever and ever

Jason Segel has apparently agreed to a ninth season; will we ever meet the Mother?

"How I Met Your Mother" is reportedly coming back for a ninth season — and if the show's creators take their title literally, we may have another year and a half, minimum, before Ted Mosby gets a look at his future wife.

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<p>A&nbsp;zombie from &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

A zombie from "The Walking Dead."

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AMC renews 'The Walking Dead,' but showrunner Glen Mazzara departs

Second producer switch in two seasons comes over creative differences

AMC has renewed "The Walking Dead" for a fourth season, but the zombie drama will once again be making a change at showrunner, as Glen Mazzara will be leaving the series after post-production work concludes on season 3.

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<p>A scene from tonight's season finale of &quot;The League,&quot;&nbsp;which FX&nbsp;just renewed for another season.</p>

A scene from tonight's season finale of "The League," which FX just renewed for another season.

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FX renews 'The League' for season 5

Fantasy football comedy will return next fall

A few hours before "The League" concludes its fourth season, FX has renewed the comedy for a fifth.

"The League is flat-out one of the funniest shows on television," FX VP of original programming Nick Grad said in a statement. "Co-creators Jeff and Jackie Schaffer have such a perfect take on the material and the show has an amazingly talented ensemble cast of stars. Another season was an easy decision and we hope to have it on our schedule for many more years to come."

The fourth season of the series about a group of friends and family competing in a fantasy football league concludes with back to back episodes tonight at 10:30 and 11. I'm actually way behind on this season (as I am with "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which was already renewed for next year as part of an older deal), but look forward to catching up soon. For those more current than me, how have you found season 4?

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 162: Best TV of 2012

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 162: Best TV of 2012

Dan and Alan go back and forth on their top 10 shows of the year, and then some


It's Top 10 time on the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I go back and forth (in, for some reason, snake draft order) on our respective favorite shows of 2012. You've already seen my list, and the HitFix Television Critics' Poll has Dan's Top 10, but this is us discussing how much we liked various shows, arguing about how high or low they should be ranked, etc. And we even go a bit past the top 10.

There's no rundown this week, because Dan didn't want to individually code segments that overlap anyway, and there really aren't spoilers of note (I think we mention who won the Pawnee City Council election and a few other minor comedy things, but were very careful with regards to the big dramas).

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>&quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;all made my top 20 for 2012.</p>

"Community," "New Girl" and "Boardwalk Empire" all made my top 20 for 2012.


TV Top 20 of 2012: 'New Girl' & 'Boardwalk Empire' lead the best of the rest

An abundance of great comedies and dramas marked the year in television
Last week, I published my 2012 Top 10 list — which became one vote of many in HitFix's First Annual Television Critics' Poll — and noted in the introduction that there was a very clear top six for me, and that, after that, there was a cluster of a dozen-odd shows that I could have put in any order on any given day and felt that those four in particular deserved to be there.
And yet in the days that followed, I’ve been nagged by thoughts of having omitted “New Girl,” or “Boardwalk Empire,” or “Justified” or some others that narrowly missed the cut. In years past, I’ve tried to spread the wealth by doing multiple Top 10 lists — usually one for new shows, and one for returning — but this was a much stronger year for veterans than rookies (even with two first-year shows making the Top 10). So instead, I decided to take a page from Fienberg, who annually does a Second 10 list, and write for a while about the shows that didn’t quite make it into the Top 10, but were awesome nonetheless.
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<p>Eliza Coupe as Jane on &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Eliza Coupe as Jane on "Happy Endings."

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Review: 'Happy Endings' - 'No-Ho-Ho'

Brad tries to separate Christmas from Jane's birthday, and Dave plays gift whisperer for Penny

A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I explain "Tremé" to you...

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<p>Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;isn't happy with Barney (Neil Patrick Harris)&nbsp;on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Robin (Cobie Smulders) isn't happy with Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) on "How I Met Your Mother."

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Final Page'

Barney gets jinxed and Ted's building finally opens in a memorable two-parter

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I have dance-based revenge fantasies...

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<p>Josh Gad as Skip in &quot;1600 Penn.&quot;</p>

Josh Gad as Skip in "1600 Penn."

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'1600 Penn' - 'Putting Out Fires'

What did everybody think of the new NBC comedy?

I posted my review of NBC's "1600 Pennover the weekend. Now it's your turn. What did everybody else think of the new NBC sitcom? Were you happy to see Bill Pullman playing POTUS again? Is this a better vehicle for Jenna Elfman than that CBS sitcom whose title my brain is incapable of remembering, even after I've looked it up? Was Josh Gad's too much like Chris Farley, or did you like that about Skip? And will you watch more when it returns on January 10? (FWIW, I enjoyed the two later episodes more than the pilot.) 

Have at it.


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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 161: '1600 Penn,' CW catch-up and 'Dexter' & 'Homeland' finales

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 161: '1600 Penn,' CW catch-up and 'Dexter' & 'Homeland' finales

Dan brings Alan up to speed on 'Gossip Girl,' 'Arrow' and company


Time for an almost absurdly long episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, the first of two this week. We'll get to discussing our favorite shows of 2012 later in the week, but in the meantime, Dan and I reviewed NBC's "1600 Penn," Dan caught me up on recent developments on the CW, we talked about the Showtime finales and then did a long sports segment discussing both the Baseball Hall of Fame and my inability to walk away from a team.

The line-up: 

"1600 Penn" (00:01:10 - 00:14:20)
Dan's CW Roundup (00:14:25 - 00:30:35)
"Dexter" (00:30:55 - 00:45:10)
"Homeland" (00:45:10 - 01:17:00)
Sports Talk - Baseball Hall of Fame (01:17:30 - 01:36:15)
Sports Talk - Alan Loves the Knicks (01:36:20 - 01:43:10)
  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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