<p>Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski)&nbsp;and Chuck (Zachary Levi)&nbsp;have to have a chat.</p>

Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) have to have a chat.

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. the Cubic Z': I predict a riot

Nicole Richie and Stone Cold Steve Austin return to trouble our spy lovebirds

A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I vlog about listening skills...

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<p>Didja get it?</p>

Didja get it?

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 40: Stephen J. Cannell, 'Caprica,' Bryan Cranston on 'SNL' and more

Alan and Dan pay tribute to a fallen TV giant

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It's a grab-bag on the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, including another tribute to the late Stephen J. Cannell, more discussion about the return of "Caprica," another extended "Mad Men" discussion, and more. 

The run-down:

Stephen J. Cannell -- 00:00 - 08:30
"Saturday Night Live" -- 09:10 - 18:00
The return of "Caprica" -- 18:10 - 24:05
Reader Mail, Ratings and Show Titles -- 24:40 - 35:10
"Mad Men" -- 35:25 - 56:00

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.

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.

<p>Esai Morales as Joseph Adama on &quot;Caprica.&quot;</p>

Esai Morales as Joseph Adama on "Caprica."

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Review: 'Caprica' returns to finish season one

Some improvements for the 'BSG' prequel, but maybe not enough

A man goes into a new restaurant, run by a chef he’s liked elsewhere, and orders the place’s signature dish. The entree’s a bit undercooked and the side dishes distracting, so he sends it back to the kitchen. After a very, very long wait, the waiter brings it back, and many of the things the man complained about have been improved, but in the interim the man realized that maybe he’s not in the mood to eat here.

That’s how it’s been with me and “Caprica,” the “Battlestar Galactica” prequel that returns to Syfy tomorrow at 10 p.m. I came to the series with affection for the “BSG” creative team (unlike some, I didn’t have major objections to that show’s finale) and curiosity about how they would view the “BSG” universe through a planet-bound soap opera-style prism. But the first half of season one never really clicked for me, and I can’t say I exactly missed the show in the six months it was off the air. Nor was I sucked back in by the first two new episodes, even though the producers have worked to fix a number of areas I had real problems with in the spring.

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<p>Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) makes a pitch on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) makes a pitch on "Mad Men."

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'Mad Men' - 'Chinese Wall': All work and no play?

Family time gets sacrificed for the new SCDP crisis

A review of last night's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I have dog food experience...

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<p>Heavy lies the head that wears the crown of Truxton Spangler (Michael Cristofer)&nbsp;on tonight's &quot;Rubicon.&quot;</p>

Heavy lies the head that wears the crown of Truxton Spangler (Michael Cristofer) on tonight's "Rubicon."

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'Rubicon' - 'A Good Day's Work': The conscience of the king

Will reaches a conclusion, but we still have plenty of action to go

A review of tonight's "Rubicon" coming up just as soon as I'm in a Moscow train station wearing a fake mustache...

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<p>Dexter (Michael C. Hall)&nbsp;and the kids take one last trip to the old house.</p>

Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and the kids take one last trip to the old house.

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'Dexter' - 'Hello Bandit': Road kill

Dexter struggles to adapt to single fatherhood

As I said after the premiere, most weeks of "Dexter," I'm not going to have the time for more than a quick post like this one. "Hello Bandit" did some interesting things, including Dexter trying to deal with the responsibilities of single parenthood and the introduction of Shawn Hatosy as the first of our guest stars here to illustrate Dexter's journey along the Seven Stages of Grief. On the negative side: more Deb/Quinn and more Batista/LaGuerta.

What did you guys think of it?

<p>Mrs. Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald)&nbsp;gets a new job on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>
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Mrs. Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald) gets a new job on "Boardwalk Empire."


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'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Broadway Limited': The wrath of the Beast

Nucky brings Margaret closer, and pushes Jimmy further away

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I fluff your pillow...

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<p>James Garner in &quot;The Rockford Files.&quot;</p>

James Garner in "The Rockford Files."

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Stephen J. Cannell, 1941-2010: Master TV drama craftsman

The creator of 'The Rockford Files,' 'The A-Team' and a whole lot more dies

I crossed paths professionally with Stephen J. Cannell exactly once. I was at the start of my career writing about television. He was coming to the end of his career writing for it. It was the summer of 1996, and I was doing a story about how the creation of UPN and the WB was killing the market for first-run syndicated dramas. Cannell was one of the most successful and influential producers of the 1970s and '80s, but his most notable recent success had been in syndication with Lorenzo Lamas and "Renegade," and he had a new syndie drama called "Two." It failed - it was, in fact, the last new series he would produce before spending most of his remaining years writing novels (and occasionally dusting off an old TV property like "The Rockford Files" for a reunion movie) - but back then he was just looking to promote it, and was willing to get on the phone with some kid from a paper in Jersey who clearly didn't know how to conduct an interview.

Again, I was only a few weeks into the job, and a few weeks out of college. I didn't know what I was doing. But talking to Cannell only made me more flummoxed. How could I talk to the guy without telling him that I spent every school recess period in the third grade acting out scenes from "The A-Team" with my friends? (As the biggest, I was always B.A.) How could I run through the necessary questions for my trend story without telling him that I still owned my 45 record of the "Greatest American Hero" theme by Joey Scarbury, holding onto it just in case I ever bought another record player? (It remains, to this day, my kids' favorite lullaby.) How could I exit our conversation gracefully without telling him how, every time I used my dad's typewriter as a kid, I was sorely tempted to yank the page out and toss it in the air, as he did in the famous video at the end of all his shows?

I managed to make it through 15 or 20 awkward minutes without doing any of that. I wrote my story, "Two" debuted and failed, Cannell shifted to the literary world, and my own TV tastes quickly evolved beyond the kind of well-executed standalone mystery and action shows for which Cannell was so famous.

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<p>Toby (Michael Lieberstein) and Michael (Steve Carell)&nbsp;play a few games on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Toby (Michael Lieberstein) and Michael (Steve Carell) play a few games on "The Office."

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'The Office' - 'Counseling': Pretty sneaky, sis

The Michael/Toby feud comes to an end (or does it?) in a solid episode

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I make a definitive statement...

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<p>Annie in action on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Annie in action on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Accounting for Lawyers': Heather Pop-and-Locklear rules!

Jeff goes back to his roots, and things get weird with Annie, Troy and Abed

A review of last night's "Community" coming up just as soon as I rub Purell on my brain...

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