<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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<p>Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins on &quot;Cougar Town.&quot;</p>

Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins on "Cougar Town."

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Interview: 'Cougar Town' producer Bill Lawrence on how the show transcended a bad title/premise

Why 'Cougar Town' is the most-improved rookie of the season

It hasn't been the best new comedy of the season (I leave it to the warring "Community" and "Modern Family" factions to battle that title to the death), but no show on television demonstrated a more impressive learning curve over the course of a season than ABC's "Cougar Town," which airs its next-to-last episode of the season tomorrow at 9:30.

What began as a sitcom that lived up - or down - to its title instead morphed into a charming, goofy ensemble comedy. Instead of chasing after younger guys and obsessing over wrinkles, Courteney Cox's Jules is now playing den mother to a weird surrogate family in her cul de sac, trying to pass the time by drinking wine, pranking each other, writing songs and inventing silly games like the elegantly simple Penny Can.

The season's final two episodes deal with Jules' son Travis (Dan Byrd) graduating from high school, and with the new relationship Jules started with neighbor Grayson (Josh Hopkins), and I spoke with the show's co-creator, Bill Lawrence, about the abrupt and impressive hard right turn the series took about a third of the way into the season. (There's also the obligatory "Scrubs" talk at the end.)

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<p>Hugh Laurie and Andre Braugher on last night's &quot;House.&quot;</p>

Hugh Laurie and Andre Braugher on last night's "House."

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'House' - 'Baggage': One story

Andre Braugher returns to shrink House's head

Been a while since I've written about "House," but I couldn't resist diving into the return of Andre Braugher as Dr. Nolan. So a quick review coming up just as soon as I span the chasm from wishy to washy...

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<p>Too much of Ted at his worst on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;last night.</p>

Too much of Ted at his worst on "How I Met Your Mother" last night.

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Robots vs. Wrestlers': Get it on, bang a gong

Ted's levels of insufferability reach new lows

A review of "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I repeat the name "Willem Defoe"...

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