<p>Betsy Brandt and Michael J. Fox in &quot;The Michael J. Fox Show.&quot;</p>

Betsy Brandt and Michael J. Fox in "The Michael J. Fox Show."

Credit: NBC

NBC pulls 'The Michael J. Fox Show' from schedule

How did what NBC thought was a sure thing not work out to this degree?

NBC was so certain that "The Michael J. Fox Show" would be a hit that the network ordered a full season worth of episodes without even making a pilot. Instead, the sitcom was such a ratings disappointment that tonight NBC quietly pulled it from the schedule, replacing it and the already-canceled "Sean Saves the World" with "Hollywood Game Night." Production had already wrapped on the season, 15 episodes have aired; it's unclear when the remaining 7 (including a "Back to the Future" reunion between Fox and Christopher Lloyd) will air, though an NBC publicist told Vulture's Joe Adalian that they were looking for a place on the schedule after April 3. It's not officially canceled, but with those numbers and the amount of money NBC spent, it's hard to imagine it returning next season.

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<p>Andrew Lincoln as Rick on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

Andrew Lincoln as Rick on "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

Is it time for 'Walking Dead' to kill Rick?

As the hugely-popular zombie drama returns, its central hero remains a drag

"This isn't life!" someone complains during "The Walking Dead" mid-season premiere (Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC), objecting — as so many characters on the zombie series have over the last three and a half seasons — to the point of continuing to exist in such a miserable, disgusting, hopeless world. If the best anyone can hope for is brief periods of subsistence punctuated by terror and the sight of your friends being eaten and transformed, why go on?

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<p>Now that CBS has 8 Thursday night NFL&nbsp;games for fall, will the network get all boastful like Richard Sherman?</p>

Now that CBS has 8 Thursday night NFL games for fall, will the network get all boastful like Richard Sherman?

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CBS acquires Thursday night NFL package

Where does 'Big Bang Theory' go now that CBS has football on two different days?

In a case of the rich getting richer by spending a whole lot of money, CBS has acquired rights to broadcast eight Thursday night NFL games for next season.

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<p>Zooey Deschanel and Adam Brody in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel and Adam Brody in "New Girl."

Credit: FOX

Review: 'New Girl' - 'The Exes'

Adam Brody and Mary Elizabeth Ellis stop by to cause trouble for Jess and Nick

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as a lot of ladies feel like Don Corleone...

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<p>On &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine,&quot;&nbsp;Holt introduces Peralta and the other cops to his husband Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson).</p>

On "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Holt introduces Peralta and the other cops to his husband Kevin (Marc Evan Jackson).

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Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'The Party'

Holt invites the squad to his birthday party, and quickly comes to regret it

A review of last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I give our kiss umami flavor...

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<p>Michael Rapaport as Daryl Crowe and Edi Gathegi as Jean Baptiste in &quot;Justified.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Michael Rapaport as Daryl Crowe and Edi Gathegi as Jean Baptiste in "Justified." 

Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'Shot All to Hell'

Many bodies drop in an extra-long episode

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I drop a toonie...

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<p>Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders in &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Josh Radnor and Cobie Smulders in "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

Talkback: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Sunrise'

Ted and Robin revisit their past, Marshall fights with ghosts, and Barney mentors two young men

Last week's "How I Met Your Mother" was at once a treat and a reminder of missed opportunities with the Mother, this year and in seasons past. "Sunrise," meanwhile, was entirely Mother-less, and another episode largely devoted to Ted struggling to let go of his feelings for Robin, with his speech to Jeanette — if he could actually take everyone's advice and let her go, "That wouldn't be love. That would be some other disposable thing that is not worth fighting for." — feeling very much like Bays and Thomas(*) rebutting the complaints about the show revisiting this territory over and over.

(*) Who, in their younger years, bore at least a passing resemblance to the actors playing Barney's two proteges. Coincidence, or design?

The question is, did you buy it? Did Ted's speech convince you, or did you roll your eyes yet again at this material, or at Ted again bickering with old flames (if not eternal ones like The Bangles song that played over the end)? Did you enjoy Marshall's ghost arguments, and did you believe the resolution of the real thing? And were you pleased or annoyed at the gift Barney gave the two young guys before he left their side?

Have at it.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 218

Dan and Alan also discuss Philip Seymour Hoffman and identify the worst TV government agency of all

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It's Firewall & Iceberg podcast time again, boys and girls, as Dan and I talked about yesterday's tragedy (Philip Seymour Hoffman), yesterday's big disappointment (the Super Bowl blowout and the commercials within it), and some of last night's other programming. We also dipped into the mailbag and paused to comment on FOX changing its midseason schedule again.

Also, if you want more TV talk from us this week, we'll be doing a Google+ Hangout with Mo Ryan and Matthew Rappaport from Huffington Post on Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific.

The rundown: 

Philip Seymour Hoffman (00:01:10 - 00:13:50)
Super Bowl Stuff (00:13:55 - 00:35:05)
"New Girl" (00:35:05 - 00:43:00)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (00:44:15 - 00:54:20)
Listener Mail on Inept TV Law Enforcement (00:54:55 - 01:01:25)
"Bones" moving back to Mondays (01:01:35 - 01:09:25)
"Sherlock" (01:09:30 - 01:23:00) 

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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<p>Terry Crews and Andre Braugher in &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine.&quot;</p>

Terry Crews and Andre Braugher in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

Credit: FOX

Review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Operation: Broken Feather'

A post-Super Bowl episode loaded with guest stars still managed to showcase the regulars

A review of last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I'm starring in an Albanian remake of "The Cosby Show"...

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<p>Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in &quot;Sherlock.&quot;</p>

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in "Sherlock."

Credit: PBS

Season finale review: 'Sherlock' - 'His Last Vow'

Holmes and Watson go up against a blackmailing media mogul

"Sherlock" season 3 just concluded airing on PBS, and I have a few thoughts on the finale coming up just as soon as I lick your face...

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