<p>Damon Wayans Jr. and Eliza Coupe on last night's &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Damon Wayans Jr. and Eliza Coupe on last night's "Happy Endings."

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Wednesday night TV open thread

What's everybody watching/enjoying on Wednesdays?

I had some DVR issues last night, and am having some other time and technological issues this morning, so rather than make you wait forever for the usual Wednesday round-up of shows I half-saw before the DVR went rogue on me, I thought this would be as good a time as any to check in and get your take on the Wednesday night landscape.

I've been consistently watching and writing about "Up All Night" plus the 8:30 through 9:30 ABC Wednesday comedies as a bloc, but there's plenty of other interesting stuff on. Every other TV critic I know swears by "Revenge," and I can see how it could have turned out to be a good soap (though that's generally not to my taste). I'm done with "American Horror Story," but I'm sure some of you have things to say about it. "Law & Order: SVU" boss Warren Leight (and former "Lights Out" and "In Treatment" showrunner) was banging the drums for last night's episode with Treat Williams, and of course he's overseen a significant overhaul of the cast (including the great Andre Braugher in a recurring role as a defense lawyer). Fienberg's been exhaustively covering "Survivor" and "The X Factor" on his blog, and there are many dozens of other notable shows I haven't even mentioned yet.

So it's your turn this morning. What are you watching and/or liking on Wednesday nights? And if you just want to weigh in on the specific episodes that aired last night, go for it.

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<p>The late Harry Morgan, left, as &quot;M*A*S*H&quot;&nbsp;head honcho Sherman T. Potter.</p>

The late Harry Morgan, left, as "M*A*S*H" head honcho Sherman T. Potter.

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Farewell, Colonel Potter: Harry Morgan dies at 96

Reliable, dignified "M*A*S*H" veteran also was Joe Friday's partner on "Dragnet"
Harry Morgan had one heck of a run in this world. He lived to 96. He acted alongside many of the giants of 40s, 50s and 60s movie acting, including Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Spencer Tracy and Jimmy Stewart. He co-starred on two of the most iconic TV shows of all time, as Joe Friday's partner Bill Gannon in the '60s revival of "Dragnet," then as Col. Sherman T. Potter for the final eight seasons of "M*A*S*H," winning an Emmy along the way for the latter role. 
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<p>Dominic West and Romola Garai in &quot;The Hour.&quot;</p>

Dominic West and Romola Garai in "The Hour."

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'The Hour' season 2 will be coming to BBC America

New series will add Peter Capaldi as Bel's new boss

When the first season of "The Hour" wrapped up on BBC America back in September, I noted that the BBC had already commissioned a sequel from writer Abi Morgan, but that there was no guarantee the new series would air in America. Now there is, as BBC America has stepped up as co-producer of "The Hour" season 2, to debut sometime next year.

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<p>Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar)&nbsp;prepares for a big bust on &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) prepares for a big bust on "Sons of Anarchy."

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'Sons of Anarchy' - 'To Be, Act 2': House of the rising Son

The season ends in an intriguing place, but takes many silly steps to get there

A review of the "Sons of Anarchy" season finale coming up just as soon as I empty out this duffel bag full of sex toys...

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<p>Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;and Paul (Justin Long)&nbsp;in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Paul (Justin Long) in "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Bad in Bed': The internet is for porn

The show again fails to get laughs out of Jess' sex life

A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I tell you my whole plan like a Bond villain...

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<p>Rob Lowe and Amy Poehler in a scene from this week's &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;Christmas episode.</p>

Rob Lowe and Amy Poehler in a scene from this week's "Parks and Recreation" Christmas episode.

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HitFix First Look: A 'Parks and Recreation' gift-giving dilemma

What can Leslie's friends get her to equal what she gives them?

It's Christmas in Pawnee on this week's "Parks and Recreation," in what may be my favorite episode of the season so far. They've done a bunch of episodes that have been insanely funny ("Ron & Tammys," "The Treaty") and many that have been incredibly sweet ("End of the World," last week's "The Trial of Leslie Knope"), but Thursday's "Citizen Knope" comes at you hard with both barrels.

Without giving too much away, the episode deals with what both Leslie and Ben are up to professionally in the wake of what happened at the end of last week's episode, while the rest of her friends and co-workers are struggling with a tricky holiday question: what do you get for the woman who, year after year, gets you the most creative, thoughtful, awesome Christmas presents?

It's an outstanding half-hour, and representative of everything that's made me love "Parks and Rec" so much this year. You'll all get to enjoy it Thursday night at 8:30, but to whet your appetites, here's an early scene - exclusive to HitFix for the evening - from the Christmas gift subplot, as we see just how high a bar Leslie sets in terms of gift-giving. All her selections are fantastic, but April's present is probably my favorite. Enjoy.

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<p>David Morrissey and John Simm in &quot;State of Play.&quot;</p>

David Morrissey and John Simm in "State of Play."

Credit: BBC

Review: BBC America's 'State of Play' the best repeat you'll see all month

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In the late '90s, NBC launched an ad campaign to try to boost the image, and viewership numbers, for repeats, by boasting, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" At the time, I soundly mocked the slogan, as was my moral obligation as a television critic.
 
Today, though, the idea seems much less bogus. We live in an age where there's more original programming - and good programming, at that - than even a professional TV watcher can ever hope to get to. And we live in an age where there are so many ways to see shows, past and present, that no one's limited solely to watching what's on right now. (Whenever you hear a bell ring, it means that someone is watching season 1 of "The Wire" for the first time on DVD.)
 
Tomorrow night at 10, BBC America presents a good case in point by rerunning "State of Play," a miniseries from 2003 (it first aired in America in early 2004) about a group of newspaper reporters who get caught up in a wide-reaching political conspiracy.
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<p>Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;enjoys some un-maternal pursuits on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Robin (Cobie Smulders) enjoys some un-maternal pursuits on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother': How she met your father?

A great Cobie Smulders showcase is undercut by unncessary narrative trickery

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I earn the right to put the Vikings helmet on Baby Jesus...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 105: 'State of Play,' 'Appropriate Adult,' 'Bag of Bones' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 105: 'State of Play,' 'Appropriate Adult,' 'Bag of Bones' & more

Dan and Alan also answer listener mail about 'Dexter,' 'The Walking Dead' and episode titles

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We were on the verge of devoting most of this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast to my irrational love of unheralded Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert (who has yet to play a game in the NBA, of course) when we put the call out on Twitter for extra listener mail questions, and you guys delivered. Combined with your terrific questions and some stronger material to review this week, it's a pretty eclectic podcast. So thanks!

The line-up: 

"State of Play" (02:15 - 09:30)
"Appropriate Adult" (09:30 - 16:55)
"Bag of Bones" (17:35 - 27:40)
Listener Mail: The "Dexter" Twist (28:15 - 37:55)
Listener Mail: Old Cast, New Show (38:00 - 43:30)
Listener Mail: Episode Titles (43:35 - 47:45)
Listener Mail: "Saturday Night Live" (47:50 - 56:30)
Listener Mail: "Boardwalk" history (56:45 - 01:01:20)
 
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 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>Tanya (Jane Adams)&nbsp;and Ray (Thomas Jane) plot a way to get their money back on &quot;Hung.&quot;</p>

Tanya (Jane Adams) and Ray (Thomas Jane) plot a way to get their money back on "Hung."

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Pimpin' ain't easy: Thoughts on 'Hung' season 3

Ray and Tanya found success, but ended up with... cows?

While the show that HBO aired right before it last night is understandably getting more attention today, "Hung" did air its third season finale, and having written about the premiere a few months ago, I wanted to swoop back in (if only to satisfy the 12 of you who commented last time) with a few thoughts on the season as a whole, coming up just as soon as my "Dark Side of the Moon" sparks a bidding war...

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