<p>Team &quot;Chuck&quot;&nbsp;has to deal with the Volkoffs once again.</p>

Team "Chuck" has to deal with the Volkoffs once again.

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Family Volkoff': Like father, like daughter?

Timothy Dalton returns as Chuck tries to prove Vivian's innocence

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as you have Uno...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 68: 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Paul Reiser Show,' 'Happy Endings' and more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 68: 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Paul Reiser Show,' 'Happy Endings' and more

Alan and Dan also review 'Law & Order: LA,' the NBC debut of 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe'


It's Monday, which means it's time for a new Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I have some very nice things to say about HBO's "Game of Thrones" and the NBC debut of "Friday Night Lights," and more mixed-to-unhappy thoughts on "Law & Order: LA," "Happy Endings," "The Paul Reiser Show" and the "Burn Notice" prequel movie.

You will also notice that I was podcasting with a very, very sore throat, so apologies that I sound so hoarse. I gutted one out for the team.

The run-down: 

"Law & Order: Los Angeles" -- 01:30 - 09:55
"Happy Endings" -- 10:00 - 18:05
"The Paul Reiser Show" -- 18:30 - 27:00
"Friday Night Lights" -- 27:00 - 31:30
"The Fall of Sam Axe" -- 31:35 - 38:00
"Game of Thrones" -- 38:00 - 58:45
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>Rather than sharing the ADA&nbsp;job on &quot;Law &amp;&nbsp;Order:&nbsp;LA,&quot;&nbsp;Alfred Molina and Terence Howard will now appear weekly, with Molina as a cop and Howard as a lawyer.</p>

Rather than sharing the ADA job on "Law & Order: LA," Alfred Molina and Terence Howard will now appear weekly, with Molina as a cop and Howard as a lawyer.

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Review: NBC's 'Law & Order: LA' returns, revamped but not really changed

Desperate cast shuffling can't disguise the age of the format

"Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf likes to compare the original and its spin-offs to a line of luxury cars - different features but a similar standard of quality - and the current situation with "Law & Order: LA" reminds me very much of some advice about cars my dad used to give me.

My dad was always a big believer in trading in a car before it started taking him on regular trips to the garage. He felt it just wasn't worth the time and money you had to spend to keep it running after a certain point; better to move onto a new model whenever possible.

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<p>Evan Rachel Wood in &quot;Mildred Pierce.&quot;</p>

Evan Rachel Wood in "Mildred Pierce."

Credit: HBO

'Mildred Pierce' - 'Part Four & Five': Mommy dearest?

What did everyone ultimately think of the HBO miniseries?

HBO's "Mildred Pierce" remake came to an end tonight with 150-plus minutes of fights, reconciliations, more fights, nudity, singing and more fights. From what I've read here and elsewhere, reaction to the miniseries was as mixed among audiences as it was among critics, with some of you loving the style and performances and others (like me) having an impossible time getting around everything involving Veda (finally played tonight by Evan Rachel Wood).

Now that it's all over, what did everybody else think? Was it worth the nearly 6-hour commitment? 

<p>Richmond (Billy Campbell)&nbsp;and Gwen (Kristin Lehman)&nbsp;in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Richmond (Billy Campbell) and Gwen (Kristin Lehman) in "The Killing."

Credit: AMC

'The Killing' - 'El Diablo': Gasping for air

The cops - and the series - settle in for the long haul

A review of tonight's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as I dress like Justin Bieber and eat pork rinds for dinner...

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot;&nbsp;top 9 lost an unexpected face tonight.</p>

The "American Idol" top 9 lost an unexpected face tonight.

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'American Idol': Some theories on a surprising result

Why did tonight's eliminated singer go home, seemingly ahead of schedule?

Big doings on "American Idol" tonight, not just with one of the more incongruous guest performances in the show's history (though credit to Iggy Pop for being in that kind of shape at that age), but with a result that was very interesting/surprising/shocking to say the least. Fienberg's got the full recap, and I have some thoughts on why we got the result that we did coming up after the jump...

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<p>Simon Cowell of &quot;The X&nbsp;Factor.&quot;</p>

Simon Cowell of "The X Factor."

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Interview: Simon Cowell on 'The X Factor' auditions

'American Idol' rolls on while the tough judge starts up his own singing competition

While "American Idol" has been chugging along quite well for itself in its first season without Simon Cowell, Cowell has been busy preparing America for the arrival of his other hit British singing competition series: "The X Factor." Among the differences between the two shows (besides Cowell being a producer as well as a judge): 1)The judges (Cowell and music mogul Antonio "L.A." Reid so far, with two more judges still to be named) divide up the finalists and pick several to mentor; 2)The age range is much greater, with anyone 12 years and older eligible; and 3)Groups can compete against solo acts.

The cattle call auditions have been going on for about a week, first with a stop in Los Angeles, today in Miami, followed by Newark (April 14), Seattle (April 20), Chicago (April 27) and Dallas (May 26).

We're still a long way away from the show's fall premiere - and seeing whether the two shows can co-exist (in the UK, "Pop Idol" was canceled when Cowell started up "X Factor") - but I spoke with Cowell for a few minutes this morning about how things are going at this early stage, why he prefers this format, and what changes he's noticed so far in "Idol" without him.

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<p>Joelle Carter and Walton Goggins in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Joelle Carter and Walton Goggins in "Justified."

Credit: FX

'Justified' - 'Brother's Keeper': I will turn this car right around!

Mags, Boyd and Loretta all make their moves in another fantastic episode

A review of tonight's fantastic "Justified" coming up just as soon as I imitate Spicoli...

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<p>Christian Slater and Bret Harrison in &quot;Breaking In.&quot;</p>

Christian Slater and Bret Harrison in "Breaking In."

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'Breaking In' - 'Pilot': Hack don't crack

What did everybody think of the new FOX sitcom?

I offered my review of FOX's "Breaking Inthis morning. Now it's your turn. Was there enough here with Bret Harrison, Christian Slater, Odette Annable and company to make this show regular viewing for you? Or did you, like me, find a distinct lack of laughter for a 30-minute network comedy pilot?

<p>Lauren Graham and Richard Dreyfuss in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Lauren Graham and Richard Dreyfuss in "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'New Plan': April in Paris

Several Bravermans try new approaches to old problems

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I cut the soliloquy from "Hamlet"...

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