<p>Meet the new guy:&nbsp;Adam Scott on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Meet the new guy: Adam Scott on "Parks and Recreation."

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Master Plan': Whoomp! (There it is)

Rob Lowe and Adam Scott make strong first impressions

I wrote in broad strokes about this season of "Parks and Recreation" and about tonight's arrival of Adam Scott and Rob Lowe in yesterday's post, but I have a more specific review of "The Master Plan" coming up just as soon as I count backwards from a thousand by sevens and think of warm brownies...

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<p>&quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;went to Hawaii last night.</p>

"Modern Family" went to Hawaii last night.

Credit: ABC/Mario Perez

'Modern Family' - 'Hawaii': Eye of the Tiger!

A vacation episode that still feels like an episode of the show.

A review of last night's "Modern Family" coming up just as soon as I wrinkle your linen...

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<p>The gang goes for the balloon on &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

The gang goes for the balloon on "Cougar Town."

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'Cougar Town' - 'Breakdown': The red balloon

Graduation day for Travis

Yesterday, I ran a long interview with "Cougar Town" producer Bill Lawrence about the many ways the show has gotten better by reinventing itself as a low-fi ensemble comedy rather than the high-concept show that fit the title.

Tonight's episode - which involved callbacks to an early Courteney Cox role, photos of Taye Diggs, the game of Musical Beers and a giant inflatable blue gorilla - continued that upward trend, but I unfortunately don't have time to write about it today (nor will I tomorrow). So go read the Lawrence interview if you didn't already, and then tell me what you thought of "Breakdown."

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<p>&quot;Lost&quot;&nbsp;producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.</p>

"Lost" producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

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Exclusive interview: 'Lost' producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse talk 'Across the Sea'

Darlton answer questions about a polarizing episode and look ahead to the series finale.

Last night's "Lost" review appeared to put me in the minority in enjoying the episode. And "Lost" showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are certainly aware of the polarizing reaction to "Across the Sea," and we talked about that - and about certain details of the episode, and complaints fans have had about the season, and even about my own personal obscure "Lost" obsession - in a wide-ranging phone interview this afternoon.

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<p>Smokey on &quot;Lost.&quot;</p>

Smokey on "Lost."

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Firewall & Iceberg podcast, episode 16: 'Lost,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Modern Family' and more

Alan Sepinwall and Dan Fienberg wage war over 'Across the Sea'

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Dan and I went big on the laughs with this week's Firewall & Iceberg podcast, in which we talk about "Cougar Town," "Modern Family" and the arrival of Adam Scott and Rob Lowe to "Parks and Recreation."

Then we go to war about last night's "Lost" for a very, very long time.

Here's the time breakdown for this week's podcast:

 
"American Idol" -- 02:10 - 04:00
"Cougar Town" -- 04:15 - 12:10
"Modern Family" -- 12:15 - 19:35
"Parks and Recreation" -- 19:45 - 26:00
"The Pacific" -- 26:00 - 29:00
"Lost" -- 29:10 - 48:15
 
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.]
 
You can also download the podcast here, or else go to Dan's blog to stream it.
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<p>Rob Lowe and Adam Scott join the &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;cast tomorrow night.</p>

Rob Lowe and Adam Scott join the "Parks and Recreation" cast tomorrow night.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' welcomes Rob Lowe and Adam Scott

Can two new castmembers give this comedy the audience it deserves?

I wrote yesterday that "Cougar Town" had been TV's most-improved comedy over the course of this season, but it only holds that title because all the improvement on "Parks and Recreation" happened in between seasons.

When the show debuted last spring, it came across at times like a watered-down imitation of "The Office" (where creators Greg Daniels and Mike Schur previously worked), with Amy Poehler's Indiana civil servant Leslie Knope seeming broad, clueless, and pathetic.

But when "Parks and Rec" came back in the fall, Daniels, Schur, Poehler and company had recalibrated everything just enough that the series went from not really working to the funniest, most consistent show on NBC's Thursday night schedule. (Weekly, "Parks and Rec" and "Community" put their older counterparts at 9 and 9:30 to shame.)

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<p>Bonnie Bedelia and Mae Whitman on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Bonnie Bedelia and Mae Whitman on "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'Solace': The piano man

Ugly truths come out for the Braverman clan.

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I meet you for second lunch...

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<p>Brother against brother on &quot;Lost.&quot;</p>

Brother against brother on "Lost."

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'Lost' - 'Across the Sea': Raised by another

The secret origin of Jacob and Smokey, as told by Allison Janney

A review of tonight's "Lost" coming up just as soon as I trash your loom...

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<p>Natalie Zea on FX's &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Natalie Zea on FX's "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'Hatless': Don't tug on Raylan's cape

Raylan has to work without his badge - or his hat

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I bob and weave out of the path of a bullet...

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<p>Ice Cube directed tonight's &quot;30 for 30.&quot;</p>

Ice Cube directed tonight's "30 for 30."

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'30 for 30' - 'Straight Outta L.A.' - Players with attitude

Ice Cube looks back at the glory days of the L.A. Raiders

A quick review of Ice Cube's contribution to the "30 for 30" series coming up just as soon as I undergo intensive therapy to wipe my memory of the image of Al Davis in HD...

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