<p>Lights (Holt McCallany)&nbsp;gets back in the ring on &quot;Lights Out.&quot;</p>

Lights (Holt McCallany) gets back in the ring on "Lights Out."

Credit: FX

'Lights Out' - 'Crossroads': How ya like me now?

Lights takes on the dirtiest fighter in the boxing world

A review of tonight's "Lights Out" coming up just as soon as I bring my machete to the weigh-in...

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<p>Tyler Labine and Judy Greer on &quot;Mad Love.&quot;</p>

Tyler Labine and Judy Greer on "Mad Love."

Credit: CBS

'Mad Love' - 'Friends and Other Obstacles': First date, worst date

An unpromising follow-up to the pilot

Boy, not a very good second episode for "Mad Love," was it? Still no laughs from Biggs or Chalke - or, for that matter, from Labine and Greer, whose chemistry is less of the "thin line between love and hate" variety than the "their interactions are unpleasant" variety. And while I'm always glad to see Martin Starr getting a paycheck, "Hawaii Five-0" actually made better use of him than this episode did. Sigh...

On yesterday's podcast, Dan and I were asked about the notion of whether we'd rather see a show with good actors and weak writing or a well-written show that's poorly cast. And I said that while I think writing is the more important part of the equation, writing can sometimes improve over time, whereas a bad actor almost always remains a bad actor (or a miscast actor). So I'll check back in at some point, but until/unless this show gets its act together, no point in covering it week-to-week.

What did everybody else think?

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<p>Once again, no episode-specific photos for last night's &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot; means you get the cast in suits.</p>

Once again, no episode-specific photos for last night's "How I Met Your Mother" means you get the cast in suits.

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Garbage Island': How I met your waitress

An episode dragged down by problematic Ted and Barney stories

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I get to meet Sting...

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<p>Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo)&nbsp;takes a meeting on &quot;The Chicago Code.&quot;</p>

Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo) takes a meeting on "The Chicago Code."

Credit: FOX

'The Chicago Code' - 'Gillis, Chase and Baby Face': The bank jobs

Gibbons makes a power play or 12 in a great showcase for Delroy Lindo

A review of tonight's "The Chicago Code" coming up just as soon as I'm on the yearbook committee...

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<p>Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski)&nbsp;gets her masquerade on in tonight's &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) gets her masquerade on in tonight's "Chuck."

Credit: NBC

'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Masquerade': Casey & Morgan vs. the third wheel

Growing up time for lots of characters in a busy, fun episode

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I transfer my energy...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 61: Reality TV & reader mail

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 61: Reality TV & reader mail

Dan talks unscripted TV, and we answer a lot of your questions


Last week on the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, I asked you, the listeners, for a favor. I didn't want to have to watch "Shedding for the Wedding," so I pleaded with you to send in a bunch of good questions so we could devote most or all of the podcast to those. And y'all delivered - with far more good queries than we had room for in this show, in which we still discussed "Shedding for the Wedding," but only as part of our occasional Dan's Reality TV Round-Up segment, in which I ask Dan questions about shows I don't watch. And after that, your questions. The run-down: 

Reality Round-Up
"Survivor: Redemption Island" - 02:00 - 07:00
"The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" - 07:00 - 10:45
"America's Next Top Model" - 10:15 - 14:20
"Shedding for the Wedding" - 14:25 - 20:02
"Top Chef" - 20:05 - 26:00
Reader Mail
Alan's status as TV criticism revolutionary - 26:10 - 32:12
Best TV Holidays - 32:20 - 36:52
"Wonder Woman" and pilot talk - 37:05 - 51:00
Gay characters on TV - 51:00 - 01:01:50
TV Voice-overs - 01:02:00 - 01:08:10
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>Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc on &quot;Episodes.&quot;</p>

Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc on "Episodes."

Credit: Showtime

'Episodes' - 'Episode Seven': How you smellin'?

Checking back in on the showbiz satire's finale.

While "Episodes" has had its fans among a number of TV critics, I was not one of them, for reasons I described in detail in my review before the season began. That review was based on all 7 episodes of the series, and because my issues remained largely the same throughout, I decided not to bother doing any show-by-show posts. Now the finale has aired, and I have a few final thoughts - and am interested in the opinions of those of you who stuck it out all the way through - coming up just as soon as bus in some real people...

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

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

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' - 'Media Blitz': Ice town clown rebounds?

Adam Scott shines as Ben's teen mayor past returns to haunt him

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I look you up on AltaVista...

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<p>On &quot;The Office,&quot;&nbsp;Michael (Steve Carell)&nbsp;and Jan (Melora Hardin)&nbsp;act out a scene from his movie.</p>

On "The Office," Michael (Steve Carell) and Jan (Melora Hardin) act out a scene from his movie.

Credit: NBC

'The Office' - 'Threat Level Midnight': With a little help from my friends

Michael's brings glimpses of Dunder-Mifflin employees past and present
I'm taking a long weekend and didn't see tonight's "The Office" in advance, so I don't really have time to write up a proper review of "Threat Level Midnight" - which is a shame, because I suspect it's going to be a polarizing episode. So I will simply say two things about it, just as soon as I let you be a robot... 
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<p>LeVar Burton and Donald Glover on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

LeVar Burton and Donald Glover on "Community."

Credit: NBC

'Community' - 'Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking': Pierce the puppet-master

LeVar Burton guests in a memorably format-breaking episode, but has Pierce's behavior gone too far?

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I bounce a check to Kunta Kinte...

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