<p>Cassie Steele in &quot;The L.A. Complex.&quot;</p>

Cassie Steele in "The L.A. Complex."

Credit: CW

Review: 'The L.A. Complex' moves from Canada to the CW

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Import drama about showbiz wannabes feels retro, yet better than many real CW shows
Watching "The L.A. Complex," the Canadian drama that the CW will begin airing tonight at 9, reminded me of an exchange from the classic "How I Met Your Mother" episode "Slap Bet." The gang has just discovered that Robin was a one-hit wonder as a teenager in Canada, and as they watch the video for "Let's Go To The Mall," Marshall observes, "This is the '90s. Why does it look like 1986?"
 
Robin, sheepish about the whole thing already, shrugs and explains, "The '80s didn't come to Canada 'til, like, '93."
 
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 125: 'The L.A. Complex,' 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 125: 'The L.A. Complex,' 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones' & more

Dan and Alan also talk about the 'Girls' backlash and check in on reality TV

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On this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, Dan and I come to an unexpected consensus on the CW's Canadian import "The L.A. Complex" (I'll have a written review posted tomorrow morning), do our periodic Dan's Reality Round-Up segment, answer a bunch of mail (including a lot of "Girls" discussion), check in on "Mad Men" like usual but also devote a few minutes to recent developments on "Game of Thrones." Busy busy busy.

The line-up: 

NFL on FOX (00:00:50 - 00:04:20)
"L.A. Complex" (00:04:15 - 00:13:05)
Dan's Reality Roundup (00:13:00 - 00:26:20)
Listener Mail - Two "Girls" Queries (00:26:35 - 00:39:10)
Listener Mail - Twitter Etiquette (00:39:20 - 00:43:15)
Listener Mail - "Arrested Development" on Netflix (00:43:20 - 00:50:10)
"Game of Thrones" (00:50:20 - 00:59:55)
Sunday's "Mad Men" (01:00:00 - 01:15:20)
 
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>The passage of time was a major issue for Don and everyone else on this episode of &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

The passage of time was a major issue for Don and everyone else on this episode of "Mad Men."

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'Mad Men' - 'Far Away Places': The HoJo code

Peggy, Roger and Don take three very different trips

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I buy you a backscratcher...

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<p>Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet in "Girls."

Credit: HBO

'Girls' - 'Vagina Panic': We're the ladies?

Hannah and friends suffer the consequences of good and (mostly) bad sex

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I make the continent of Africa on your arm...

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<p>Anna Chlumsky in &quot;Veep.&quot;</p>

Anna Chlumsky in "Veep."

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'Veep' - 'Fundraiser': Plastics!

What did everybody think of HBO's new political satire?

I posted my review of HBO's "Veep" on Friday morning. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as V-POTUS? If you're a fan of Armando Iannucci's UK work, did this stack up, or did you miss the presence of Malcolm Tucker? Were any "My Girl" fans scarred by seeing Ann Chlumsky in this kind of role? How do you feel Tony Hale did? And, most importantly, are you going to watch again? 

Though I enjoyed this show a lot, I'm not planning to do weekly write-ups of it. Not only are Sundays a complete bear, but the three episodes I've seen are all very much of a piece, and I doubt I'd have interesting/different things to say each week, even if my time was less constrained.

So have at it, and I'll check back in either later in the season if they do an unusual episode, or else at the very end.

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<p>Liam Cunningham as Davos in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Liam Cunningham as Davos in "Game of Thrones."

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'Game of Thrones' - 'Garden of Bones': I smell dead people!

Joffrey sends Tyrion a message, Robb launches an attack, and Melisandre shocks Davos

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as mathematicians rule the world...

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<p>Even the publicity photos for this week's &quot;Awake&quot;&nbsp;focus too much on the guest stars at the expense of Jason isaacs.</p>

Even the publicity photos for this week's "Awake" focus too much on the guest stars at the expense of Jason isaacs.

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'Awake' - 'Nightswimming': He made me a mixtape!

The series' first real dud focuses too much on the guest stars

A quick review of last night's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I have a cassette player...

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<p>On &quot;30 Rock,&quot;&nbsp;Liz (Tina Fey)&nbsp;has something to smile about.</p>
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On "30 Rock," Liz (Tina Fey) has something to smile about.


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'30 Rock' - 'Murphy Brown Lied to Us': KouchTown breakdown

Liz and Jack's interests collide in the funniest episode in ages

A review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I make out with Paz de la Huerta at a children's museum...

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<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale in &quot;Veep.&quot;</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale in "Veep."

Credit: HBO

Review: Julia Louis-Drefyus in HBO's 'Veep'

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'Seinfeld' alum shines in new political satire from 'Thick of It' creator Armando Iannucci
Many jobs are what you make of them. When you become Vice President of the United States, though, the job is what the President lets you make of it. Sometimes, the VP gets invested with tremendous power, as President Bush the younger did with Dick Cheney; other times, the VP is marginalized as quickly as possible, as President Bush the elder did with Dan Quayle.
 
Selina Meyer, the heroine (of sorts) of the new HBO comedy "Veep"  (Sunday at 10 p.m.), desperately wants to be a Cheney, but is instead more of a Quayle.
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<p>Bradley Whitford and Amy Poehler in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Bradley Whitford and Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' - 'Live Ammo': Ships in bottles

Bradley Whitford guest stars as the show returns from a brief hiatus

"Parks and Recreation" is back after its brief spring hiatus, and I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I bounce some business ideas off Russell Simmons on Twitter...

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