Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 74: Upfront Week, part 2: CBS & the CW

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 74: Upfront Week, part 2: CBS & the CW

Dan and Alan also review HBO's 'Too Big to Fail'

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Welcome to the second of our two different Upfront Week editions of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I talk about CBS and the CW's new schedules, in addition to offering a review of HBO's "Too Big to Fail." The run-down:

CBS's Upfront -- 01:00 - 28:20
The CW's Upfront -- 28:25 - 39:30
Listener Mail --  42:30 - 50:45
"Too Big to Fail" -- 51:00 - 01:00:00
 
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<p>Karev&nbsp;(Justin Chambers) and Meredith (Ellen Pompe)&nbsp;are at odds in the &quot;Grey's Anatomy&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Karev (Justin Chambers) and Meredith (Ellen Pompe) are at odds in the "Grey's Anatomy" finale.

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'Grey's Anatomy' - 'Unaccompanied Minor': All come crashing down

Meredith and Cristina's marriages hit huge bumps in the season finale

A quick review of the "Grey's Anatomy" season finale - and season 7 as a whole - coming up just as soon as I get weirdly paternalistic with you...

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<p>Penny, Sheldon and Raj toast to the new living arrangement in &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Penny, Sheldon and Raj toast to the new living arrangement in "The Big Bang Theory" season finale.

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'The Big Bang Theory' - 'The Roommate Transmogrification': Trading places

Hilarity ensues when Leonard and Raj swap apartments

It's been a while since I've written about "The Big Bang Theory," for reasons I'll get into after the jump, but last night's season finale seems a good time to check back in on the show. Some quick thoughts on the finale, and the season, coming up just as soon as I put away my tricorder...

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<p>Ray Romano was one of several celebrity job interviewees in &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Ray Romano was one of several celebrity job interviewees in "The Office" finale.

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'The Office' - 'Search Committee': Cavalcade of stars

Too many guest stars, not enough laughs

A review of "The Office" season finale coming up just as soon as I wish the puppets would talk more about the alphabet...

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<p>Has &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;producer Paul Lieberstein already made his choice for the new boss?</p>

Has "The Office" producer Paul Lieberstein already made his choice for the new boss?

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Does 'The Office' have a frontrunner to succeed Steve Carell?

And, if so, is that person the right choice?

As I mentioned in my review of "The Office" season finale and all its guest stars, there are published reports out there suggesting that the show's producers have settled on a frontrunner to succeed Steve Carell/Michael Scott as the new branch manager. Though you can argue about whether or not that news is a spoiler, I thought it would be easier to separate out all discussion from the actual finale review and confine it to this separate post. That person's name, and my thoughts, coming up just as soon as I'm another "Porky's" baby...

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<p>Adam Scott and Amy Poehler in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Adam Scott and Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Bubble/Li'l Sebastian': Give a little swivel

Ben and Leslie struggle to keep their affair a secret in the hilarious two-part finale

And so we've come to the end of a fantastic third season of "Parks and Recreation." I interviewed Mike Schur about the season, and I have a review of these final two episodes coming up just as soon as it's double-coupon night at the strip club...

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<p>The 'Parks and Recreation' boss isn't worried about Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman)&nbsp;becoming too awesome.</p>

The 'Parks and Recreation' boss isn't worried about Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) becoming too awesome.

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Interview: 'Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur post-mortems season 3

Some thoughts behind the spectacular third season

"Parks and Recreation" just concluded a remarkable season of TV comedy: 16 episodes (6 produced last spring, the other 10 after a long break while Amy Poehler had her baby), and not a bad one in the bunch. And the streak goes back at least 5 episodes into season 2 - I might be inclined to draw the line at "Park Safety," if only because I didn't like Andy Samberg's character - but more likely 11 episodes back, with "The Set Up" as the last episode that didn't work overall. So they've been cooking with gas for a very long time now.

I've already posted my review of the season-ending double feature, and I did an extended e-mail interview with the show's co-creator, Mike Schur, about some of the thinking behind season 3's stories, the limits he and Greg Daniels try to place on both the town of Pawnee and characters like Ron Effing Swanson, and a lot more.

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<p>Courteney Cox and Dan Byrd in &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Courteney Cox and Dan Byrd in "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'Free Fallin': Attack of the chalk children

Bobby finds a Penny Can buyer, and Jules tries to get tough with Travis

A quick review of last night's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I channel Vincent D'Onofrio from "Full Metal Jacket"...

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<p>Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell in &quot;Modern Family.&quot;</p>

Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell in "Modern Family."

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'Modern Family' - 'See You Next Fall': Big man fall down, go boom?

It's a struggle to get to Alex's graduation in another strong episode

As has been the case for much of this week, upfronts mania is getting in the way of longer reviews, but I have a few thoughts on last night's "Modern Family" coming up just as soon as I mock you with a hurtful rhythmic taunt...

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<p>Alicia (Julianna Margulies)&nbsp;and Will (Josh Charles)&nbsp;on &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Will (Josh Charles) on "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' - 'Closing Arguments': Glove and an elevator

Alicia, Will and Kalinda all work together to free an accused killer

I'm ironically spending so much of my day reporting on the new CBS schedule - which will move "The Good Wife" to Sundays at 9 - that I have very little time to actually write about the season finale of the show itself, but I have a few thoughts coming up just as soon as I press all the buttons on the elevator...

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