<p>&quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;will be back on January 20.</p>

"Parks and Recreation" will be back on January 20.

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Why NBC made the right call in putting 'Parks and Recreation' on after 'The Office'

NBC's best comedy is also its best shot to succeed 'The Office' one day

For the last few weeks, I'd been bracing myself to write an open letter to the executives at NBC - either the likely-outgoing members of Jeff Zucker's team or the new people like Bob Greenblatt who are reportedly taking over when the Comcast deal goes through - asking them to do right by the best show on their air that for some silly reason wasn't airing: "Parks and Recreation."

I was going to write that the show had been developed as a companion, and maybe even successor, to "The Office," yet had never gotten to air in the Thursday at 9:30 timeslot which recent history has proven is the only place where a young NBC comedy can do okay for itself. I was going to write that the one time the show aired after "The Office" at all was on its debut night, when NBC ran an extra "Office" at 8, and back when "Parks and Rec" was a shadow of the show it's become. (Rarely have I seen a show with this dramatic an improvement from year one to year two, thanks in large part to a slight reconception of Amy Poehler's character and beefing up the role of Nick Offerman as mustachioed, meat-loving paragon of masculinity Ron Effing Swanson.) 

I was going to write that much as I enjoy a number of other comedies on NBC's schedule like "Community" and the creatively resurgent "30 Rock," none of those shows seem as spiritually compatible with "The Office," nor as capable of inheriting that show's audience (which is still strong) should the post-Steve Carell experiment fail. And I was going to write that I had seen the third season's first few episodes a while back when I visited the show's production office to conduct an interview, that they were in many ways even better than the show's marvelous second season - funny and warm and silly and human and full of all kinds of happiness-inducing things - and that it deserved some kind of run at 9:30.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 46: 'Glory Daze,' 'Backwash,' 'Human Target,' reality TV & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 46: 'Glory Daze,' 'Backwash,' 'Human Target,' reality TV & more

A packed episode climaxes with Dan and Alan again singing the praises of FX's 'Terriers'


A busy, hour-plus installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, with several notable debuts (including an online one that amused us), one more ode to the brilliance of "Terriers," and our attempt to introduce a new occasional feature on Dan's love of reality TV and my ignorance of same. The rundown:

"Glory Daze" -- 01:00 - 12:25
"Backwash" -- 12:25 - 21:05
"Human Target" -- 21:10 - 33:45
"How I Met Your Mother" -- 33:45 - 38:55
Reality TV Round-Up -- 39:00 - 53:00
"Terriers" -- 53:10 - 01:06:45

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>Drew Seely, Matt Bush, Hartley Sawyer and Kelly Blatz in TBS' &quot;Glory Daze.&quot;</p>

Drew Seely, Matt Bush, Hartley Sawyer and Kelly Blatz in TBS' "Glory Daze."

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Review: TBS' 'Glory Daze'

'80s college comedy can't decide what it wants to do, and it doesn't do those things very well

The four freshman heroes of TBS’ new ‘80s college comedy “Glory Daze,” which debuts Tuesday night at 10, spend a long chunk of the debut episode wandering from fraternity house to fraternity house, not sure which one to pledge. They know that choice will define their future at school, and maybe beyond, and they can’t decide at first.

That’s a reasonable approach for the guys. College, especially in the early days, is all about reinventing yourself, deciding who and what you want to be. The problem is that “Glory Daze” itself never stakes a claim to its own identity. It’s tonally all over the map - and that inconsistency gets in the way of the few potential laughs.

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<p>Julia Stiles on &quot;Dexter.&quot;</p>
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Julia Stiles on "Dexter."

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'Dexter' - 'Take It!': Acceptance

Dexter and Lumen's partnership goes deeper, while Deb's in trouble at work

I've been behind on "Dexter" posts the last few weeks mainly because I've been behind on "Dexter." But I'm caught up, and since I saw last night's episode in relative proximity to when it aired, I've got a few thoughts coming up just as soon as I get a complete set of luggage...

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<p>Shane (Jon Bernthal)&nbsp;ponders a group decision on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Shane (Jon Bernthal) ponders a group decision on "The Walking Dead."

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'The Walking Dead' - 'Tell It to the Frogs': Family reunion

Rick visits the survivors' camp, and the show tries to focus on character

A review of "The Walking Dead" episode 3 coming up just as soon as I give you the mean face...

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<p>Margaret (Kelly Macdonald)&nbsp;and Nucky (Steve Buscemi)&nbsp;enjoy a night out on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) and Nucky (Steve Buscemi) enjoy a night out on "Boardwalk Empire."

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'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Belle Femme': Nice guy Eddie

Margaret and Nucky begin to understand the nature and extent of their power in another strong episode

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I write the Vatican...

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<p>Ellie Kemper and Steve Carell on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Ellie Kemper and Steve Carell on "The Office."

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'The Office' - 'Viewing Party': What's the opposite of glee?

Another season seven dud as Michael pouts his way through Erin and Gabe's 'Glee' get-together

A quick review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I love sweaters (and wearing sweaters)...

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<p>John Slattery and Alec Baldwin on &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

John Slattery and Alec Baldwin on "30 Rock."

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'30 Rock' - 'Brooklyn Without Limits': John Slattery for the win!

The 'Mad Men' co-star turns in a hilarious guest performance on another funny episode

A quick review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I learn about air-quotes...

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<p>Jeffrey Donovan and James Ransone in the &quot;Burn Notice&quot;&nbsp;mid-season premiere.</p>
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Jeffrey Donovan and James Ransone in the "Burn Notice" mid-season premiere.

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'Burn Notice' - 'Eyes Open': Blowing up the story

The spy drama returns, having lost all sight of what the larger arc is about

A quick review of the "Burn Notice" mid-season premiere coming up just as soon as I need an acolyte...

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<p>The study group is at each other's throats on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

The study group is at each other's throats on "Community."

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'Community' - 'Cooperative Calligraphy': The pen is mightier than the study group?

Annie's missing pen tears the study group asunder in a great character-driven bottle episode

A review of tonight's terrific "Community" coming up just as soon as I lick a puppy...

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