<p>Leslie Knope's &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;book will become a reality this fall.</p>

Leslie Knope's "Parks and Recreation" book will become a reality this fall.

Credit: NBC

Ready for 'Parks and Recreation': The Book?

'Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America' coming in October

NBC wound up only needing 16 episodes of "Parks and Recreation" this year, and since 6 of those episodes were produced last spring, only 10 had to be made as part of this production season. Which means "Parks and Rec" co-creator Mike Schur has had a lot of extra time on his hands, and he spent a good chunk of it working on a tie-in project for TV's best comedy that would only come into existence if NBC renewed it for a fourth season.

Well, the renewal came late last week, and now the project is official: "Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America," a book "written by" Leslie Knope but really worked on by Schur and many other members of the "Parks and Rec" cast and creative team.

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<p>David Morse and Holt McCallany on &quot;Lights Out.&quot;</p>

David Morse and Holt McCallany on "Lights Out."

Credit: FX

'Lights Out' - 'Rainmaker': As it is written...

David Morse turns in a great guest performance as another ex-champ

A review of tonight's "Lights Out" coming up just as soon as I quote the serenity prayer...

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<p>Will we have to wait til after Christmas for the return of &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;pals Don and Peggy? </p>

Will we have to wait til after Christmas for the return of "Mad Men" pals Don and Peggy?

Credit: AMC

'Mad Men' close to season 5 renewal, but when will AMC air it?

Could the return of Don Draper be pushed off until 2012?

So it sounds like "Mad Men" is coming back. We just don't know when.

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<p>Delroy Lindo and Billy Lush on &quot;The Chicago Code.&quot;</p>

Delroy Lindo and Billy Lush on "The Chicago Code."

Credit: FOX

'The Chicago Code' - 'Blackhand and the Shotgun Man': Proof of life

Jarek and Caleb work a kidnapping, while Liam gets to know Alderman Gibbons

A review of last night's "The Chicago Code" coming up just as soon as I keep track of your energy drink consumption...

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<p>John Lithgow and Neil Patrick Harris on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

John Lithgow and Neil Patrick Harris on "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Legendaddy': Hoop dreams

John Lithgow guests as Barney's long-lost father Jerry

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I get a rotating Vietnamese shame wheel...

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<p>Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence)&nbsp;enjoys everyone's favorite &quot;Chuck&quot;&nbsp;sponsor.</p>

Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) enjoys everyone's favorite "Chuck" sponsor.

Credit: NBC

'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Muuurder': Charles Carmichael in charge

Operation Bartowski deals with a locked room murder mystery

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I live by a strange philosophy of karma and diet...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 65: 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Big Love' finale, 'Bob's Burgers' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 65: 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Big Love' finale, 'Bob's Burgers' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen' and answer your mail


It's Monday, which means it's time for a new Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I check back in on "Bob's Burgers," review Syfy's "Marcel's Quantum Kitchen" and HBO's "Mildred Pierce," look back on the "Big Love" finale and answer your questions. The run-down: 

"Bob's Burgers" -- 01:17 - 08:30
"Marcel's Quantum Kitchen" -- 08:30 - 18:20
"Mildred Pierce" -- 18:20 - 32:25
Listener Mail (stuff about supporting characters and plausibility of sketch comedy and sports on scripted shows) - 32:30 - 46:00
The series finale of "Big Love" - 46:00 - 01:03:55
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>Is &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;now the Hulu favorite?</p>

Is "Community" now the Hulu favorite?

Credit: NBC

Hulu's Best in Show heads into round 4

Three cult favorites and one popular hit left

We're in the home stretch now on Hulu's Best in Show contest, with a pair of Final 4 match-ups: "Community" vs. "Chuck" in one bracket, and "House" vs. "Dexter." To get there, we had three blowouts - with "Community" routing "The Office," "Chuck" stomping on "Modern Family" and "House" easily beating "Mad Men" (oh well) - and one of the contest's closest races so far, with "Dexter" eking out a last-second win over "How I Met Your Mother," even overcoming my weighted vote for "HIMYM."

This isn't necessarily how I would have expected the bracket to work out - "Glee" seemed the obvious favorite to come out of the "Dexter" bracket, for instance - but it's not necessarily surprising that 3 of the final 4 shows have small but crazy-passionate audiences, with "House" as the only mass appeal hit left (and even it generates a fair amount of online discussion). In contests like this, fandom size tends to matter much less than fandom passion.

As you can see, I found myself in the strange position of voting against "Chuck," which is a show that I still love but isn't at its peak right now the way "Community" is. And on the other side, I went with "Dexter" over "House," since I don't particularly like either show anymore but at least still enjoy "Dexter" just enough to keep watching. Suffice it to say, I'll be pulling for the "Community"/"Chuck" winner in the final round.

So go vote, read my answers on the latest Hulu blog entry, and then we can see what sort of final match-up we end up with.

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<p>Ginnifer Goodwin, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Bill Paxton and Chloe Sevigny in the &quot;Big Love&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

Ginnifer Goodwin, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Bill Paxton and Chloe Sevigny in the "Big Love" series finale.

Credit: HBO

'Big Love': Reviewing the series finale

A pretty maddening hour if you were a Bill Henrickson hater

A review of the "Big Love" series finale coming up just as soon as I name my impractical little car...

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<p>Michael Imperioli in the &quot;Detroit 1-8-7&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Michael Imperioli in the "Detroit 1-8-7" finale.

Credit: ABC

'Detroit 1-8-7': The godfather settles all family business

What did everybody think of the cop drama's season finale?

I was never hooked on "Detroit 1-8-7," but I liked certain aspects of the show - the location filming, Michael Imperioli's performance, the Longworth/Mahajan partnership - enough to keep checking in now and again. The finale focused a little too heavily on an aspect of the show I didn't love (Fitch vs. his evil super-nemesis ) and had to fudge some logic to get where it was going (surely, there are records of border crossings), but I did like the material about the different partnerships, and the return of Fitch's love of calling people he could speak to directly. 

If ABC renews it, it won't be based on the ratings, which have been pretty terrible, but there's always a chance it might survive as something of a critical favorite, and in a year where none of ABC's new dramas have renewal-worthy numbers.

For those of you who watched all along, what did you think of the finale? 

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