<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."

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'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."

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'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."

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'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.

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'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."

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'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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<p>Julie Bowen, Matt Dillon and Shelley Long on last night's &quot;Modern Family.&quot;</p>

Julie Bowen, Matt Dillon and Shelley Long on last night's "Modern Family."

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'Modern Family' - 'Princess Party': The return of Fizbo?

Shelley Long, Matt Dillon and Cam's alter ego make Lily's birthday party lively

As I explained in my response to the Slate piece about the state of TV criticism, I stopped writing about "Modern Family" because dealing with many of the comments each week had become thoroughly unpleasant, and I'd rather spend my limited time writing about other shows that weren't such a hassle. That said, it's been about six weeks since the last time I wrote anything about an episode on this blog, and more than two months since my last full-on review, and last night's episode seemed to encapsulate a lot of things that have been bothering me about the show this season, so I have some things to say on that subject.

I will also say right now: if reading a negative review of an episode of television you enjoyed causes you emotional pain, or even just diminishes the viewing experience, please do not click through and read this. This is supposed to be fun, dammit, and I won't be offended. If, on the other hand, you're genuinely curious for my opinion of "Princess Party," and season two to date, and think you can view those opinions as simply that and not some kind of weird vendetta (again, please read this post, in which I address the conspiracy theorists among you), then by all means, follow me to the review, coming up just as soon as I disrespect party themes...

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<p>Richard Blais has a &quot;Top Chef&quot;&nbsp;meeting of the minds with Elmo.</p>

Richard Blais has a "Top Chef" meeting of the minds with Elmo.

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'Top Chef' - 'Lock Down': S is for salty, that's bad enough for me

Muppets and Target and sleeplessness, oh my!

A quick review of last night's "Top Chef" coming up just as soon as I'm heckled by Cookie Monster...

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<p>Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;and Winona (Natalie Zea)&nbsp;on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Winona (Natalie Zea) on "Justified."

Credit: FX

'Justified' - 'The Life Inside': John, coal train

Raylan and Tim try to save a pregnant woman in an solid episode

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I find a safe way to approach an armed man...

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