<p>Jonathan Banks and Joel McHale in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Jonathan Banks and Joel McHale in "Community."

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Season premiere review: 'Community' - 'Re-Pilot'/'Introduction to Teaching'

Jeff, the study group and Dan Harmon all return to Greendale

"Community" is somehow back for a fifth season, and with Dan Harmon restored as showrunner after his year away. I reviewed the start of the season in general on Monday, and I have specific thoughts on tonight's two episodes coming up just as soon as I blame owls for how much I suck at analogies...

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<p>In &quot;Enlisted,&quot;&nbsp;Parker Young, Geoff Stults and Chris Lowell play brothers in the same Army unit.</p>

In "Enlisted," Parker Young, Geoff Stults and Chris Lowell play brothers in the same Army unit.

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'Enlisted' producers talk about FOX military comedy

On getting laughs while being respectful to the military, the 'Stripes' influence, and more
It isn't often that the creator of a sitcom gets choked up talking about his new show, but "Enlisted" isn't your typical sitcom. On the one hand, it's a goofy workplace sitcom about a straight-arrow brother (Geoff Stults from "The Finder") being forced to work alongside his misfit brothers (Chris Lowell from “Veronica Mars” and Parker Young from “Suburgatory”). On the other, their workplace happens to be an Army base, and even though they work in a rear detachment unit, doing support work on the homefront for the soldiers serving overseas, and the family members left behind, it's at a time when we still have soldiers risking their lives on foreign soil, a fact the show isn't blind to.
 
Before FOX moved "Enlisted" to midseason (it debuts on Friday the 10th at 9:30 p.m.), it was one of the few network fall pilots I genuinely liked, as much for the way it tried to balance "Stripes"-style hijinks with an acknowledgment of what's happening in the military right now. It's a show that manages to find laughs in Army life without actually making fun of the Army or its soldiers, a distinction that's important to creator Kevin Biegel, who learned to balance comedy and emotion on "Scrubs" and "Cougar Town." When I sat down with Biegel and fellow executive producer Mike Royce (co-creator of "Men of a Certain Age") back in the summer, Biegel got visibly emotional several times while discussing the subject matter, as well as the show's influences, his relationship with his own brothers, and more.
 
Assuming I have time next week (when approximately 73 new and returning shows are debuting), I’ll write a separate review, but if that doesn’t happen, know that I enjoyed it a lot.
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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 4

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 4

Dan and Alan also look ahead to 2014's most anticipated premieres

Happy Monday, boys and girls! It's the last Firewall & Iceberg video show of the year. After a week off due to technical difficulties, Dan and I are back to look ahead to some of 2014's most promising premieres before we get into specific talk about three premieres: "Community," "Downton Abbey" and ABC's "The Assets." (Aka, Firewall & Iceberg: Accent Cops!) Plus, we look back on some of our favorite episodes of shows that didn't make our respective top 10s.

The time breakdown:

0:30 - TV Previews 2014

5:26 - Review: Community Returns
11:47 - Review: Downton Abbey
16:19 - Review: The Assets
21:37 - The Best Episodes of Non Top 10 Shows

As always, you can send us questions at firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.

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<p>&quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;stars Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Donald Glover are somehow back for a fifth season.</p>

"Community" stars Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Donald Glover are somehow back for a fifth season.

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Community' returns with Dan Harmon

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Ousted creator brings the craziness back to earth just enough for everything to work again

That the low-rated "Community" is returning to NBC on Thursday night at 8, for a fifth season, with creator Dan Harmon back at the helm a year after he was fired, defies all logic. But then, "Community" has never had much use for logic. The comedy — and the dysfunctional community college that provides its setting — has always operated by its own set of rules, consistently pulling off ideas that have no business working. At its best — and Harmon's first few episodes back get much closer to the show's peak than I was expecting — it is a marvelous contraption fueled equally by a love of pop culture and a commitment to character, that can do kitchen-sink realism one week and a stop-motion animated Christmas adventure the next.

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<p>Lucia Micarelli in &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Lucia Micarelli in "Treme."

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Series finale review: 'Treme' - '...To Miss New Orleans'

Carnival comes again as we say goodbye to Antoine, LaDonna, Davis and friends

"Tremé" has come to an end. I had a lengthy interview with co-creator David Simon about the final season — but more, ultimately, about the past, present and future of his career — and I have a review of the series finale coming up just as soon as my shoes feel like science projects...

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<p>Khandi Alexander and Wendell Pierce in &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

Khandi Alexander and Wendell Pierce in "Tremé."

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'Treme' co-creator David Simon on the series' end and his career's future

'I don't think I have demonstrated that I'm a particularly good fit for television,' he says

HBO just aired the series finale of "Tremé"you can read my review of the finale here — and as I often do when that show ends a season (or "The Wire" before it), I got on the phone with co-creator David Simon to talk about it.

But though we talked about a few specifics of the final season — for instance, what decisions he and Eric Overmyer had to make about how to work within a reduced budget that allowed them to make 5 episodes rather than the 10 or 11 of previous seasons — the conversation mostly veered into a discussion of where Simon finds himself at this stage of a critically-revered but commercially-unsuccessful career. As he notes at one point, he's now been a TV producer longer than he was a newspaper reporter, but he still isn't sure he quite belongs in the business — "I don't think I have demonstrated that I'm a particularly good fit for television" — and wonders if might leave HBO for another creative "insurgency," or leave the medium altogether.

So lots of that, and about the reactions to the series over the years, all coming up just as soon as I kill the rest of the day making myself pretty...

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<p>Matthew McConnaughey in &quot;True Detective,&quot;&nbsp;Alison Brie in &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;and Greg Kinnear in &quot;Rake.&quot;</p>

Matthew McConnaughey in "True Detective," Alison Brie in "Community" and Greg Kinnear in "Rake."

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Most anticipated TV premieres of 2014

Could next year have even more quality shows than this one?

So remember how Fienberg and I spent much of 2013 talking about the very high-class problem of Too Much Good TV? Remember how each of us wound up having to do top 25 lists (minehis), and at least one Best of the Rest list, in an attempt to recognize even a decent portion of all that quality?

Well, it looks like 2014 has the potential to be even stronger than this year was.

In a little over a week, the winter Television Critics Association press tour is starting, which means we've been deluged with screeners for many the notable network and cable shows debuting over the next month or two. It's an intimidating pile in terms of both quantity and quality. HBO's "True Detective" already feels like it has a very high position secured for next year's top 10 list, for instance. Had it debuted in the fall as planned, FOX's "Enlisted" would have put nearly all of the other first-year comedies to shame. "Community" is coming back with Dan Harmon at the helm again, and early returns are promising. "Justified" and "Shameless" and "Archer" are coming back in the next couple of months. Sundance is debuting another original series in "The Red Road." Netflix will give us new seasons of "Orange Is the New Black" and "House of Cards." "Sherlock" finally gives us its third season. "Hannibal" is back at the end of February, earlier than expected. The new seasons of "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men" will presumably be on in their usual spring windows.

So even without "Breaking Bad," "Enlightened," or a few other shows that made one or both of our best-of lists for 2013, 2014 does not appear to be lacking for impressive stuff.

Dan, Liane Bonin Starr and I picked out some of the premieres — for both new and returning shows — we're most excited about, along with other notable premiere dates that we know about. We're not even really getting into shows for summer, or for next fall ("Boardwalk Empire" should be back then, for instance), but just covering the winter and what little we know about early spring. But buckle up and start carving out some time and some DVR space, kiddies. Looks to be a fun ride.

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<p>Anna Gunn as Skyler White in &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Anna Gunn as Skyler White in "Breaking Bad."

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'Breaking Bad': 'Ozymandias' review, take two

Revisiting the series' greatest and most devastating hour from a more sober point of view

Back in mid-September, "Breaking Bad" gave us its best episode ever in "Ozymandias, on the exact same day I wound up in the hospital with a burst appendix and a bad infection. I watched, and wrote about, "Ozymandias" only hours after surgery, while very high on painkillers, and though my review was not full gibberish, it was gibberish enough that it's nagged at me ever since.

So the following is an attempt to get right what once went wrong, possibly "Quantum Leap"-style, by writing the review I wish I could have written back on September 15. I can't promise it won't be colored by things that happened in the ensuing "Granite State" or "Felina," so if you happen to be coming to this review years from now as a person lucky enough to be watching "Breaking Bad" for the first time, you may want to read the semi-coherent original review and return to this later.

A whole lot of thoughts on "Ozymandias" coming up just as soon as I remind you to put on your seat belt...

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<p>Vera Farmiga in &quot;Bates Motel,&quot;&nbsp;Terry Crews in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine&quot;&nbsp;and Travis Fimmel in &quot;Vikings.&quot;</p>

Vera Farmiga in "Bates Motel," Terry Crews in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and Travis Fimmel in "Vikings."

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Best of the rest: The TV freshman class of 2013

Critics loved 'The Americans,' but what about 'Sleepy Hollow' or 'Trophy Wife'?

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the Great Quality TV Deluge of 2013 was how much of it came from brand-new series. It was an insanely good freshman class, not just from expected sources, like FX offering up another terrific prestige drama in "The Americans" or Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan's great partnership on "Masters of Sex," but from outlets that had never really made their own shows before. The year's most acclaimed new series was on Netflix — and it wasn't even "House of Cards," which got the most hype, but "Orange Is the New Black" — while channels like Sundance and BBC America  alsogot in on the fun.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 215: Worst TV of 2013

What shows will join 'Dads' and 'Dexter' in our discussion of the creative low points of the year?

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Happy holidays, Firewall & Iceberg fans! We didn't want to guarantee a Worst Of podcast, just in case there was not time to get it done before year's end, but it turns out that there was time! So Dan and I sat down for an hour and went back and forth on some of the worst and/or most disappointing television we watched in 2013. Lots and lots of Angry Dan in this one! Enjoy, and travel safe, everybody! The rundown: 

TV's Worst of 2013 - 00:00:00 - 01:04:30

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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