<p>Damon Wayans Jr. and Sinbrad on &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Damon Wayans Jr. and Sinbrad on "Happy Endings."

Credit: ABC

The Morning Round-Up: 'New Girl' & 'Happy Endings'

Jess and Cece fight, Schmidt buys Nick a cookie, and Max tries to 'Misery' Penny

It's morning round-up Time, with reviews of last night's "New Girl" and the "Happy Endings" season 3 premiere, coming up just as soon as I look like a monkey from a Russian cracker ad...

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<p>Krysten Ritter in the title role from &quot;Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23.&quot;</p>

Krysten Ritter in the title role from "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23."

Credit: ABC

Review: ABC's 'Don't Trust the B' returns for season 2

Interesting pieces, but the odd couple sitcom still hasn't progressed

Comedies often take longer to find themselves than dramas. You can look at “Parks and Recreation,” “New Girl,” or ABC’s “Happy Endings,” which begins its third season tonight at 9, as just three recent examples of sitcoms that didn’t fully understand their strengths and weaknesses until late in their first seasons or early in their second, and are now three of the funniest shows around.

So even though I wasn’t wild about the first season of ABC’s “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23,” which returns tonight at 9:30 after “Happy Endings,” there was enough interesting raw material there that I had hope for a similar leap forward in season 2. Instead, it’s the same uneven show, full of ideas that seem funny in concept but only occasionally get there in execution.
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 155: 'Happy Endings,' 'Don't Trust the B,' 'Mockingbird Lane' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 155: 'Happy Endings,' 'Don't Trust the B,' 'Mockingbird Lane' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Homeland,' reality TV and answer your mail


After some recent scheduling weirdness, it's back to Monday for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I talk about ABC's returning comedies, NBC's busted pilot theater, reality TV, "Homeland," and more.

The line-up: 

"Happy Endings" (00:01:45 - 00:12:00)
"Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (00:12:00 - 00:24:25)
"Mockingbird Lane" (00:24:30 - 00:39:15)
Dan's Reality Roundup (00:39:20 - 00:52:30)
Listener Mail - Token Diversity (00:52: 48 - 00:59:20)
Listener Mail - Girls vs. Boys (00:59:25 - 01:04:20)
"Homeland" (01:05:00 - 01:20:45)
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>Claire Danes just got the good news:&nbsp;Showtime has renewed &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;for a third season.</p>

Claire Danes just got the good news: Showtime has renewed "Homeland" for a third season.

Credit: Showtime

Showtime renews 'Homeland' for season 3

Emmy-winning drama coming off its biggest numbers ever

In a no-brainer move on a day of no-brainer renewals, Showtime has ordered a third season of "Homeland."

The suspense drama is coming off a huge night at the Emmys, where it won awards for writing, stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, and for Outstanding Drama Series, ending a four-year "Mad Men" streak. Its ratings are up over last season, and Sunday night's episode (my review is here) averaged 1.75 million viewers for its 9 p.m. airing, the most-watched episode to date. Showtime estimates that across its platforms (including On Demand), the season 2 premiere has been seen by 5.7 million viewers.

"The Emmy wins for 'Homeland' have certainly set the stage for a great second season,” Showtime president Nevins said in a statement. "The writers, cast and crew of 'Homeland' continue to create a remarkably entertaining and suspenseful roller coaster ride, growing audiences week after week.  We can't wait for our viewers to experience what unfolds through the rest of season two.  Our partners at Fox 21 have been tremendous, and we are thrilled to begin the planning for 'Homeland's third season."

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<p>Lucia Micarelli in &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

Lucia Micarelli in "Tremé."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Tremé' - 'I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say'

It's Christmas in New Orleans, but not everyone gets what they want

A quick review of tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as I explain the difference between a fiddle and a violin...

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<p>Claire Danes and Damian Lewis in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Claire Danes and Damian Lewis in "Homeland."

Credit: SHO

Review: 'Homeland' - 'New Car Smell'

Carrie and Brody cross paths again in a pivotal hour

My review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as my plan is the same as your plan...

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<p>Kelly Macdonald in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Kelly Macdonald in "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Ging Gang Goolie'

While Nucky's away, Margaret and Owen get into trouble

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as you can break a hundred...

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<p>IronE Singleton as T-Dog on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

IronE Singleton as T-Dog on "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Sick'

Rick makes a shaky alliance with the prisoners, while Hershel's daughters have to wait

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I'm pardoned by the state of Georgia...

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<p>Melissa George in &quot;Hunted.&quot;</p>

Melissa George in "Hunted."

Credit: Cinemax

'Hunted' - 'Mort'

What did everybody think of the new Cinemax drama?

Okay, I've already posted my review of Cinemax's "Hunted," as well as an interview with creator Frank Spotnitz. Now it's your turn. For those of you watched tonight — or who saw the premiere a couple of weeks ago on the BBC — what did you think? Did you like Melissa George in full Sydney Bristow mode? Were you happy to see Mr. Eko, Stannis Baratheon, Balon Greyjoy and various other notable British actors together in the same show? Were the interlocking flashbacks too much for you in this episode? Are you interested in the mission Sam goes on? Were you also troubled by Sam leaving the window shade up in front of her secret conspiracy compartment, even if Spotnitz insists (as he did to me in a deleted part of that interview) that no one can see the conspiracy wall from the street?  And will you watch again? 

I won't be doing weekly write-ups, but will come back after the finale airs with some thoughts. For now, have at it. And if you've seen multiple episodes in the UK, please confine your specific comments to the premiere episode.

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<p>&quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;stars Donald Glover and Danny Pudi in a very special edition of &quot;Troy &amp;&nbsp;Abed in the Morning.&quot;</p>

"Community" stars Donald Glover and Danny Pudi in a very special edition of "Troy & Abed in the Morning."

'Community' cast wishes you all a Happy October 19

Season 4 will premiere 'someday,' according to a new video for the fans

October 19 is my birthday, and though I know NBC didn't originally schedule the start of "Community" season 4 for this night because of me, it felt nice to know I could celebrate the day with Troy, Abed and the rest of the study group. But as you know by now, NBC changed their minds and delayed the premiere, to a date and time unknown. (My guess is it either replaces "30 Rock" in early 2013 or replaces "Up All Night" if that show's ratings drop any lower.) 

Because the "Community" cast and crew are aware of the crazy love their fans have for the show, they decided to provide them with some original content for the 19th, regardless, and came up with this very special edition of "Troy & Abed in the Morning," addressing the delayed premiere and the idea that October 19 (also Gillian Jacobs' birthday) isn't so much a date as a state of mind. I like this, not only because it's a funny video, but because it gives me an excuse to declare virtually any day to be my birthday. Thanks, "Community"!

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