Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 65: 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Big Love' finale, 'Bob's Burgers' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 65: 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Big Love' finale, 'Bob's Burgers' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen' and answer your mail

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It's Monday, which means it's time for a new Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I check back in on "Bob's Burgers," review Syfy's "Marcel's Quantum Kitchen" and HBO's "Mildred Pierce," look back on the "Big Love" finale and answer your questions. The run-down: 

"Bob's Burgers" -- 01:17 - 08:30
"Marcel's Quantum Kitchen" -- 08:30 - 18:20
"Mildred Pierce" -- 18:20 - 32:25
Listener Mail (stuff about supporting characters and plausibility of sketch comedy and sports on scripted shows) - 32:30 - 46:00
The series finale of "Big Love" - 46:00 - 01:03:55
 
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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.
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<p>Is &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;now the Hulu favorite?</p>

Is "Community" now the Hulu favorite?

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Hulu's Best in Show heads into round 4

Three cult favorites and one popular hit left

We're in the home stretch now on Hulu's Best in Show contest, with a pair of Final 4 match-ups: "Community" vs. "Chuck" in one bracket, and "House" vs. "Dexter." To get there, we had three blowouts - with "Community" routing "The Office," "Chuck" stomping on "Modern Family" and "House" easily beating "Mad Men" (oh well) - and one of the contest's closest races so far, with "Dexter" eking out a last-second win over "How I Met Your Mother," even overcoming my weighted vote for "HIMYM."

This isn't necessarily how I would have expected the bracket to work out - "Glee" seemed the obvious favorite to come out of the "Dexter" bracket, for instance - but it's not necessarily surprising that 3 of the final 4 shows have small but crazy-passionate audiences, with "House" as the only mass appeal hit left (and even it generates a fair amount of online discussion). In contests like this, fandom size tends to matter much less than fandom passion.

As you can see, I found myself in the strange position of voting against "Chuck," which is a show that I still love but isn't at its peak right now the way "Community" is. And on the other side, I went with "Dexter" over "House," since I don't particularly like either show anymore but at least still enjoy "Dexter" just enough to keep watching. Suffice it to say, I'll be pulling for the "Community"/"Chuck" winner in the final round.

So go vote, read my answers on the latest Hulu blog entry, and then we can see what sort of final match-up we end up with.

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<p>Ginnifer Goodwin, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Bill Paxton and Chloe Sevigny in the &quot;Big Love&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

Ginnifer Goodwin, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Bill Paxton and Chloe Sevigny in the "Big Love" series finale.

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'Big Love': Reviewing the series finale

A pretty maddening hour if you were a Bill Henrickson hater

A review of the "Big Love" series finale coming up just as soon as I name my impractical little car...

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<p>Michael Imperioli in the &quot;Detroit 1-8-7&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Michael Imperioli in the "Detroit 1-8-7" finale.

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'Detroit 1-8-7': The godfather settles all family business

What did everybody think of the cop drama's season finale?

I was never hooked on "Detroit 1-8-7," but I liked certain aspects of the show - the location filming, Michael Imperioli's performance, the Longworth/Mahajan partnership - enough to keep checking in now and again. The finale focused a little too heavily on an aspect of the show I didn't love (Fitch vs. his evil super-nemesis ) and had to fudge some logic to get where it was going (surely, there are records of border crossings), but I did like the material about the different partnerships, and the return of Fitch's love of calling people he could speak to directly. 

If ABC renews it, it won't be based on the ratings, which have been pretty terrible, but there's always a chance it might survive as something of a critical favorite, and in a year where none of ABC's new dramas have renewal-worthy numbers.

For those of you who watched all along, what did you think of the finale? 

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<p>Would you want to run &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;&nbsp;with Joan from &quot;Mad Men&quot;?</p>

Would you want to run "The Amazing Race" with Joan from "Mad Men"?

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A detour is a choice between two fictional TV characters...

Go check out our gallery of ideal 'Amazing Race' partners from current shows

On last week's podcast, Dan and I were asked which fictional TV character would make the ideal "Amazing Race" partner. Dan mocked me for my list dominated by attractive women - even if all of them had "Race"-applicable skills - and ultimately we decided to expand the discussion into gallery form, with 20 characters from current TV shows. Nothing deep; just fun. So go check it out and feel free to join the discussion there of other characters you'd want to send to handle a Roadblock for you.

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<p>Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens)&nbsp;and Chairy, together again.</p>

Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) and Chairy, together again.

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Review: 'The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway' leans heavily on nostalgia

You had to be there - twice over - to truly appreciate Pee-wee's comeback

There are two different "You had to be there" barriers in place for maximum enjoyment of HBO's "The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway" - which as at least one more barrier than I'd expected going in.

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<p>Enver Gjokaj and Gillian Jacobs on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Enver Gjokaj and Gillian Jacobs on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy': War crime and punishment

Enver Gjokaj from "Dollhouse" befriends Troy, Abed and Britta

A review of last night's "Community" - and in case you missed yesterday's news, the show has been renewed for next season - coming up just as soon as I make a pregnant woman run...

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<p>Angie Jordan (Sherri Shepherd) takes control on last night's &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Angie Jordan (Sherri Shepherd) takes control on last night's "30 Rock."

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'30 Rock' - 'Queen of Jordan': Reality killed the comedy star?

An episode done in the style of Angie's reality show

A review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as Alan forgets his catchphrase...

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<p>Leslie, Ben and Tom enjoy a glimpse of Li'l Sebastian on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>
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Leslie, Ben and Tom enjoy a glimpse of Li'l Sebastian on "Parks and Recreation."


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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Harvest Festival': Curses!

Leslie's big project runs into trouble in a hilarious episode

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" - which got renewed earlier today - coming up just as soon as I'm asked to leave a pizza buffet...

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<p>Troy and Abed from &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;- and the gangs from &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;- will all be back next season after the three comedies got renewed today by NBC.</p>

Troy and Abed from "Community" - and the gangs from "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" - will all be back next season after the three comedies got renewed today by NBC.

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NBC renews 'The Office,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

With '30 Rock' already renewed, NBC's top sitcoms will all return

Two pieces of fantastic news and one piece of wait-and-see news: NBC has just announced that it's renewing "Community," "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office" for next season.

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