Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 223

Dan and Alan also say goodbye to James Rebhorn and discuss the fate of 'Enlisted'

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Hey, remember the Firewall & Iceberg podcast? Due to recent travels by both me and Dan, not to mention a bit of a slow period in between the end of the Olympics and the flood of April premieres, we haven't done a podcast in a few weeks. That changed today, however, as Dan and I got on the line — with the usual iffiness from Skype — to discuss the recent Emmy categorization news, the fate of "Enlisted" (a segment recorded before FOX announced that the show was being pulled from the schedule after this week's episode), the death of James Rebhorn and the recent finales of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Girls." And there is so much stuff debuting next week that even with the video show and the podcast, we may not be able to contain it all.

The rundown: 

Here's today's breakdown:
Listener Mail - Emmy category moves (00:01:50 - 00:20:25)
Listener Mail - The future of "Enlisted" (00:20:32 - 00:28:10)
James Rebhorn (00:28:10 - 00:31:30)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" finale (00:31:55 - 00:47:10)
"Girls" finale - (00:47:20 - 01:09:50)
 
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<p>Christopher Meloni plays Connor Buckley&#39;s eponymous father in &quot;Surviving Jack.&quot;</p>

Christopher Meloni plays Connor Buckley's eponymous father in "Surviving Jack."

Credit: FOX

'Surviving Jack' star Christopher Meloni looks back on 'SVU,' 'Oz' & more

A varied career where he's played cops, killers and perverted chefs, and now a FOX sitcom

Christopher Meloni has had the kind of varied, almost schizophrenic, and very vivid acting career in which the first thing you see him in would likely color your perceptions of him for years to come. I first encountered him in the sixth season of “1st & Ten,” a raunchy ‘80s HBO comedy about a pro football team whose cast at various points included Delta Burke, Shannon Tweed, O.J. Simpson and, for a season — as an ex-con quarterback calling himself Johnny Gunn — a young Meloni. (Here’s the opening credits for that season.) As a result of that and a few other sitcom roles immediately after, I thought of him as a comedy guy and was thrown when he would pop up playing intense dramatic roles in the ‘90s on shows like “NYPD Blue,” “Homicide” and, for a long and memorable stretch, “Oz,” HBO’s first original dramatic series, in which Meloni played charismatic sexual predator Chris Keller.

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<p>Michael Rapaport and Timothy Olyphant in &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Michael Rapaport and Timothy Olyphant in "Justified."

Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'The Toll'

The marshals go on a manhunt, and Boyd takes an interest in cigarettes

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as this hotel takes the non-smoking policy pretty seriously...

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

Andre Braugher in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' co-creator Mike Schur looks back on season 1

How 'chunks of dough' were molded into one of TV's best comedies

Back in the summer, I sat down with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" creators Dan Goor and Mike Schur to talk about the creative challenges that come with the launch of any new comedy. In particular, we discussed — based on their experience on "Parks and Recreation," and Schur's on "The Office" — the process of fine-tuning characters from the broad sketches they are in a pilot to ones who best match the actors who play them, and best fit into the larger world.

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<p>In the &quot;Brooklyn Nine-Nine&quot; season finale, Santiago (Melissa Fumero) helps Jake (Andy Samberg) argue a point with the captain.</p>

In the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" season finale, Santiago (Melissa Fumero) helps Jake (Andy Samberg) argue a point with the captain.

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Season finale review: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' - 'Charges and Specs'

Peralta's job is in jeopardy, while Boyle gets low after a break-up

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" just concluded a pretty terrific first season. I did a long interview with Mike Schur about the evolution of the show and some of the plots set up in the finale, and I have a few thoughts on the episode itself coming up just as soon as I have reliable tittle-tattle...

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<p>Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Mars Landing'

A hard night of True American leads to some tough truths for Jess and Nick the morning after

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I take the thing that looks like a meth lab and put it in the thing that looks like a pipe bomb...

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<p>Connor Buckley and Christopher Meloni in &quot;Surviving Jack.&quot;</p>

Connor Buckley and Christopher Meloni in "Surviving Jack."

Credit: FOX

Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 9

Dan and Alan also review 'Friends with Better Lives' and answer your mail

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for another Firewall & Iceberg video show, with Dan still in Los Angeles and me returned to my office on the other side of this great land of ours. In this one, Dan and review a pair of new comedies, answer a bunch of mail, and then discuss The Thing That Happened on "The Good Wife," which then inspires some discussion of similar Things we loved on past shows.

The rundown:

"Surviving Jack": 0:00- 8:22
Vince Gilligan 'Battle Creek'/ Network vs. Cable: 13:00-16:56
Sunday Nights pile-up: 16:56- 20:20
Bob Saget/"HIMYM": 20:20- 24:07
"Good Wife" Shocker: 25:33- 31:13
Favorite TV (Redacted): 31:13- 36:05

As always, you can send us questions at firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.

<p>Does this look like a performance that should be up for a comedy category?</p>

Does this look like a performance that should be up for a comedy category?

Credit: Showtime

'Shameless' to hop Emmy categories from drama to comedy

Will the category switch pay dividends for Emmy Rossum and the rest of the Showtime ensemble?

For the last four years, "Shameless" star Emmy Rossum has been giving one of the best performances in all of television, and yet despite the quality of that work — and the name that would be a headline writer's best friend — neither she nor the show she's on has gotten more than a whiff of Emmy recognition. Joan Cusack has been nominated three years in a row for guest actress in a drama, and that's it. Nothing for Rossum. Nothing for William H. Macy, who in his non-Frank Gallagher life has won two Emmys and been nominated for seven more. None for Jeremy Allen White or Emma Kenney or any of the other superb young actors the show has discovered, none for the other guest stars or the writing or directing.

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<p>On &quot;How I Met Your Mother,&quot; Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) finally made it to their wedding ceremony.</p>

On "How I Met Your Mother," Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) finally made it to their wedding ceremony.

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The End of the Aisle'

Robin and Barney work through their cold feet, while Lily and Marshall rewrite their vows

A few thoughts on the penultimate episode of "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I take part in the bearded Wonder Woman incident of 2007...

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<p>The dysfunctional &quot;Rick and Morty&quot; family.</p>

The dysfunctional "Rick and Morty" family.

Credit: Adult Swim

Mega Dan Harmon interview, part 3: 'Rick and Morty'

On the ways his Adult Swim hit is similar to and different from 'Community'

Welcome to the third and concluding portion of the long interview I did with Dan Harmon a couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles. In part 1, Harmon discussed the initial process of his return to “Community” and the beginning and end of his feud with Chevy Chase. In part 2, he talked about some of the specific goals of “Community” season 5 and the non-impossibility of a season 6 (and a movie).

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