<p>Gabriel Byrne and Amy Ryan on &quot;In Treatment.&quot;</p>

Gabriel Byrne and Amy Ryan on "In Treatment."

Credit: HBO/Paul Schiraldi

'In Treatment': Week four in review

The season's midway point brings a lot of potential breakthroughs

Once again, we're going to review all four "In Treatment" episodes from this week in a single shot, coming up just as soon as I draw out the Pythagorean Theorem for you...

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<p>Hopefully, the new HitFix look will go over as well as Anna Torv's Fauxlivia look on &quot;Fringe.&quot;</p>

Hopefully, the new HitFix look will go over as well as Anna Torv's Fauxlivia look on "Fringe."

Credit: FOX

Shiny new blog?

HitFix gets a facelift

In the time since my last post - appropriately enough, about the facelift "Human Target" got for season two - HitFix has had a few cosmetic changes of its own.

Our hope is that the new design is both easier to look at and to navigate. As with most software updates, though, there will inevitably be bugs at first. If you come across any problems, please put a comment here and I'll have our web designers look into it, ASAP.

That is all.

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<p>The expanded &quot;Human Target&quot;&nbsp;cast:&nbsp;Janet Montgomery, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Valley, Indira Varma and Chi McBride.</p>
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The expanded "Human Target" cast: Janet Montgomery, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Valley, Indira Varma and Chi McBride.

Credit: FOX

Review: FOX's 'Human Target' returns for season two

Has new showrunner Matt Miller improved the show, or just tweaked around the edges?

Late in an upcoming episode of FOX’s “Human Target,” master bodyguard Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) enjoys a bottle of aged Scotch with partners Winston (Chi McBride) and Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley). Their little business has been through a lot of changes over the previous few episodes, including the arrival of a wealthy new owner who’s outfitted the office with expensive new gadgets.

“Look at this place,” Chance says.

“Looks a bit different than it used to,” Guerrero acknowledges.

“Worse?” asks Chance.

“Too early to tell,” Guerrero suggests.

That’s more or less how I feel about the revamped “Human Target,” which makes a belated season two debut tomorrow night at 8. During the long off-season, FOX hired a new lead producer in “Chuck” alum Matt Miller, and he’s made a lot of changes to the show that haven’t necessarily made it better or worse, but obviously different.

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<p>Summer Glau was the latest Greta on &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Summer Glau was the latest Greta on "Chuck."

Credit: NBC

'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Fear of Death': Holding out for a hero

Chuck tries to get the Intersect back on-line with help from guest star Rob Riggle

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I take an online gemology class...

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<p>Robin Sparkles (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;and Jessica Glitter (Nicole Scherzinger)&nbsp;on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>
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Robin Sparkles (Cobie Smulders) and Jessica Glitter (Nicole Scherzinger) on "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Glitter': Beaver, damn!

Robin Sparkles makes a fun return, with help from Alan Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as you shred my Joey Buttafuoco pants...

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<p>&quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;will be back on January 20.</p>

"Parks and Recreation" will be back on January 20.

Credit: NBC

Why NBC made the right call in putting 'Parks and Recreation' on after 'The Office'

NBC's best comedy is also its best shot to succeed 'The Office' one day

For the last few weeks, I'd been bracing myself to write an open letter to the executives at NBC - either the likely-outgoing members of Jeff Zucker's team or the new people like Bob Greenblatt who are reportedly taking over when the Comcast deal goes through - asking them to do right by the best show on their air that for some silly reason wasn't airing: "Parks and Recreation."

I was going to write that the show had been developed as a companion, and maybe even successor, to "The Office," yet had never gotten to air in the Thursday at 9:30 timeslot which recent history has proven is the only place where a young NBC comedy can do okay for itself. I was going to write that the one time the show aired after "The Office" at all was on its debut night, when NBC ran an extra "Office" at 8, and back when "Parks and Rec" was a shadow of the show it's become. (Rarely have I seen a show with this dramatic an improvement from year one to year two, thanks in large part to a slight reconception of Amy Poehler's character and beefing up the role of Nick Offerman as mustachioed, meat-loving paragon of masculinity Ron Effing Swanson.) 

I was going to write that much as I enjoy a number of other comedies on NBC's schedule like "Community" and the creatively resurgent "30 Rock," none of those shows seem as spiritually compatible with "The Office," nor as capable of inheriting that show's audience (which is still strong) should the post-Steve Carell experiment fail. And I was going to write that I had seen the third season's first few episodes a while back when I visited the show's production office to conduct an interview, that they were in many ways even better than the show's marvelous second season - funny and warm and silly and human and full of all kinds of happiness-inducing things - and that it deserved some kind of run at 9:30.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 46: 'Glory Daze,' 'Backwash,' 'Human Target,' reality TV & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 46: 'Glory Daze,' 'Backwash,' 'Human Target,' reality TV & more

A packed episode climaxes with Dan and Alan again singing the praises of FX's 'Terriers'


A busy, hour-plus installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, with several notable debuts (including an online one that amused us), one more ode to the brilliance of "Terriers," and our attempt to introduce a new occasional feature on Dan's love of reality TV and my ignorance of same. The rundown:

"Glory Daze" -- 01:00 - 12:25
"Backwash" -- 12:25 - 21:05
"Human Target" -- 21:10 - 33:45
"How I Met Your Mother" -- 33:45 - 38:55
Reality TV Round-Up -- 39:00 - 53:00
"Terriers" -- 53:10 - 01:06:45

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 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>Drew Seely, Matt Bush, Hartley Sawyer and Kelly Blatz in TBS' &quot;Glory Daze.&quot;</p>

Drew Seely, Matt Bush, Hartley Sawyer and Kelly Blatz in TBS' "Glory Daze."

Credit: TBS

Review: TBS' 'Glory Daze'

'80s college comedy can't decide what it wants to do, and it doesn't do those things very well

The four freshman heroes of TBS’ new ‘80s college comedy “Glory Daze,” which debuts Tuesday night at 10, spend a long chunk of the debut episode wandering from fraternity house to fraternity house, not sure which one to pledge. They know that choice will define their future at school, and maybe beyond, and they can’t decide at first.

That’s a reasonable approach for the guys. College, especially in the early days, is all about reinventing yourself, deciding who and what you want to be. The problem is that “Glory Daze” itself never stakes a claim to its own identity. It’s tonally all over the map - and that inconsistency gets in the way of the few potential laughs.

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<p>Julia Stiles on &quot;Dexter.&quot;</p>
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Julia Stiles on "Dexter."

Credit: Showtime

'Dexter' - 'Take It!': Acceptance

Dexter and Lumen's partnership goes deeper, while Deb's in trouble at work

I've been behind on "Dexter" posts the last few weeks mainly because I've been behind on "Dexter." But I'm caught up, and since I saw last night's episode in relative proximity to when it aired, I've got a few thoughts coming up just as soon as I get a complete set of luggage...

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<p>Shane (Jon Bernthal)&nbsp;ponders a group decision on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Shane (Jon Bernthal) ponders a group decision on "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

'The Walking Dead' - 'Tell It to the Frogs': Family reunion

Rick visits the survivors' camp, and the show tries to focus on character

A review of "The Walking Dead" episode 3 coming up just as soon as I give you the mean face...

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