<p>Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski and Josh Charles in a scene from tomorrow's &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski and Josh Charles in a scene from tomorrow's "The Good Wife."

Credit: CBS

Review: CBS' 'The Good Wife' remains a network stand-out

Drama continues to deftly balance complexity with simplicity

There’s a growing schism in the TV business between the kinds of dramas you find on cable and those that the broadcast networks air. For the most part, cable is where you go for complicated ongoing narratives, flawed characters and major creative ambition, while you primarily look to the networks for admirable heroes in morally black-and-white stories that wrap up neatly by the end of the hour.

But for more than a season and a half now, CBS’ “The Good Wife” has admirably found a way to bridge those two worlds: to present elaborate story arcs and moral ambiguity by the barrelful at the same time it offers at least one standalone plot per week for the folks who want to turn on the TV at 10 o’clock and turn it off at 11 feeling like they were just told a complete story.

Read Full Post
<p>Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) help Vivian (Lauren Cohan) get her Volkoff on. </p>

Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) help Vivian (Lauren Cohan) get her Volkoff on.

Credit: NBC

'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the First Bank of Evil': I've created a monster!

Vivian Volkoff heads to the dark side in a flat episode

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I let the beard be a pleasant surprise...

Read Full Post
<p>Anne Hathaway and James Franco on the Oscars.</p>

Anne Hathaway and James Franco on the Oscars.

Credit: ABC

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 62: Oscars, Charlie Sheen, 'Breakout Kings' & more

Alan and Dan also review 'The Good Wife,' 'America's Next Great Restaurant' and 'Taking on Tyson'

The

Apologies if Dan and I are a bit punchy on this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, but we were both up late watching and writing about the Oscars (or, in Dan's case, he was also up late watching "Amazing Race"). But we powered through and hopefully the podcast is more entertaining than either the Oscars or Charlie Sheen's TMZ interview. The run-down: 

The Oscars -- 00:53 - 19:20
Charlie Sheen -- 19:25 - 27:00
A few quick words on "American Idol" -- 27:00 - 31:00
"The Good Wife" -- 31:00 - 39:15
"Breakout Kings" -- 39:25 - 47:40
"America's Next Great Restaurant" -- 47:50 - 53:10
"Taking on Tyson" -- 55:15 - 01:03:45
 
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.
Read Full Post
<p>If you think Julie Zorrilla has the best chance of winning &quot;American Idol,&quot;&nbsp;you'll want to rank her at the top of our &quot;Idol&quot;&nbsp;fantasy game.</p>

If you think Julie Zorrilla has the best chance of winning "American Idol," you'll want to rank her at the top of our "Idol" fantasy game.

Credit: FOX

Come join the What's Alan Watching? league of our 'American Idol' fantasy game!

Can you pick the winners and losers better than Alan? Almost certainly!

Once upon a time, Fienberg roped me into joining his fantasy football league. This was a huge mistake for all involved, given how quickly I became obsessed with the game, and finding ways to "improve" my roster, to the point where I'm pretty sure I ended one season with more roster moves than the rest of the league combined. (Yes, I was That Guy. Sigh...) I eventually kicked the habit, but now Dan has talked me into trying out a different kind of fantasy game - one that, so far, doesn't seem like it has the capacity to damage either our friendship or my marriage.

HitFix has started up an "American Idol" fantasy contest, which is really simple to both join and play.

Read Full Post
<p>Anne Hathaway and James Franco in one of many attempted comedy bits on the 2011 Oscars.</p>

Anne Hathaway and James Franco in one of many attempted comedy bits on the 2011 Oscars.

Credit: AP

Oscars TV Review: Anne Hathaway and James Franco host a disastrous Academy Awards telecast

Even by Oscar-cast standards, this was a fiasco

A couple of hours into the disastrous Academy Awards telecast, host emeritus Billy Crystal came on-stage to a thunderous standing ovation. If applause can be translated into words, those claps would have screamed, "Come back, Billy! Save us from this mess!"

That Crystal proceeded to follow that reception with a rambling, unfunny monologue about Bob Hope typified the sort of night the Oscar-cast was having. No matter the talent involved nor the intentions, virtually nothing worked. It was so strained and weird that at one point Roger Ebert tweeted, "I'm even beginning to feel nostalgic about Rob Lowe dancing with Snow White."

Read Full Post
<p>Tina Fey and Cristin Milioti on &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Tina Fey and Cristin Milioti on "30 Rock."

Credit: NBC

'30 Rock' - 'TGS Hates Women': Baby talk

Liz and Jack take on a pair of deceitful blondes

A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I sail an inflatable castle across the Atlantic...

Read Full Post
<p>Dave Koechner as Todd Packer on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Dave Koechner as Todd Packer on "The Office."

Credit: NBC

'The Office' - 'Todd Packer': Riding a desk

Dave Koechner returns as Michael's obnoxious BFF

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as you tell me who Justice Beaver is...

Read Full Post
<p>Alison Brie and Jim Rash on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Alison Brie and Jim Rash on "Community."

Credit: NBC

'Community' - 'Intro to Political Science': Pop-pop vs. pbbt-pbbt

Annie and Jeff run for office, and a Secret Service agent is intrigued by Abed

A review of last night's "Community" coming up just as soon as I know the distinction between Duck and Goose...

Read Full Post
<p>Andy (Chris Pratt)&nbsp;and April (Aubrey Plaza)&nbsp;enjoy a night out on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Andy (Chris Pratt) and April (Aubrey Plaza) enjoy a night out on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' - 'Indianapolis': Smell your dreams

Everybody hangs out in a fun, light capper to season 3.1

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I have a youthful grandmother...

Read Full Post
<p>Charlie Sheen in a scene from &quot;Two and a Half Men&quot;&nbsp;this season.</p>

Charlie Sheen in a scene from "Two and a Half Men" this season.

Credit: CBS

CBS calls Charlie Sheen's bluff, shuts down 'Two and a Half Men' for season

If you insult your bosses long enough, they'll respond

With his public comments the last few weeks, "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen has essentially been daring CBS and Warner Bros. to put him out of work.

Thursday night - after his latest, strangest radio rant - his bosses called his bluff, shutting down production for the rest of this season.

And after the events of the last few hours, it's hard to imagine how the show could come back next year with Sheen as its star.

Read Full Post