<p>Saturday Night Live</p>

Saturday Night Live

Credit: NBC

The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches

As the 40th anniversary approaches, here are important pivot points

On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of.

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<p>Frank Langella in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Frank Langella in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Open House': The tooth hurts

Elizabeth gets some emergency dental work in a terrific episode

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I ask what you think of stonewash jeans...

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<p>Keri Russell in The Americans</p>

Keri Russell in The Americans

Credit: FX

'The Americans' star Keri Russell: 'This whole season’s a little hard for me'

Elizabeth's parenting decisions have weighed heavily on her, as have her wigs

When I visited the set of “The Americans” in early December, attempts to interview Keri Russell kept being delayed, both by the complicated process of filming parts of four different episodes in a single day, and by Russell’s desire to prep for a physically and emotionally grueling scene (which appeared in tonight’s episode, as I reviewed here) involving the worsening condition of Elizabeth’s injured tooth.

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<p>The Slap</p>

The Slap

Credit: NBC

Review: NBC's 'The Slap' wants to provoke, but mostly irritates

Adaptation of Australian miniseries is loud and completely lacking in subtlety

When NBC announced plans for "The Slap," it sounded like a joke, or possibly a James Franco art installation. A miniseries revolving around a man who slaps someone else's child at a backyard barbecue? That's the whole thing? Even upon learning that it was based on an Australian miniseries, which was in turn adapted from a book, it was hard to imagine that this was an actual thing the NBC television network was trying in the year 2015. On-air promos for the miniseries (which debuts tomorrow night at 8) play more like "SNL" parodies than ads for a real show.

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Credit: FX

Review: 'Justified' - 'The Trash and the Snake': Nobody beats the Wiz!

Another crackling episode looks backwards and forwards, and then blows some stuff up

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I confuse Occam's Razor with Thor's hammer...

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<p>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Mrs. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington/Pie-Mary'

Senatorial cameos and nostalgia aplenty in two more terrific episodes

A review of tonight's two "Parks and Recreation" episodes coming up just as soon as I keep a local binder maker on retainer...

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<p>Jon Stewart</p>

Jon Stewart

Credit: Comedy Central

Who should succeed Jon Stewart as 'The Daily Show' host?

It's a much messier situation with Colbert, Oliver and Wilmore all employed elsewhere

A little over a year ago, the line of succession at "The Daily Show" was clear, and it was deep. If Jon Stewart were to step down — maybe to finally take that broadcast network late-night job he'd always been rumored for — then Stephen Colbert would get the job. If Colbert didn't want to leave "The Colbert Report," then John Oliver had just wrapped up a brilliant stint filling in for Stewart over the summer. And if Oliver was somehow unavailable, well... "The Daily Show" had a lot of talented people on that bench like Samantha Bee, Jason Jones and Larry Wilmore.

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<p>The Book of Negroes</p>

The Book of Negroes

Credit: BET

Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 266: 'The Slap,' 'Bosch' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'The Book of Negroes' and discuss 'Happy Endings' rumors


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for our first regularly-scheduled Firewall & Iceberg Podcast in quite some time, featuring three reviews of new shows and a bunch of mailbag questions.

The rundown:

"The Slap" (00:01:30 - 00:20:45)
"Bosch" (00:20:45 - 00:36:25)
"The Book of Negroes" (00:36:25 - 00:51:40)
Listener Mail: "Happy Endings" (00:51:55 - 01:01:15)
Listener Mail: CW Expansion (01:01:20 - 01:06:40)
Listener Mail: "The Americans" (01:07:00 - 01:12:05)
Listener Mail: "Mad Men" prequels (01:12:10 - 01:17:50)

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>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

Credit: NBC

HitFix First Look: On 'Parks and Recreation,' Ron solves a puzzle

Craig tries to challenge Ron at the bicentennial Harvest Festival

I don't know if you've noticed (I've been writing about it every week), but "Parks and Recreation" is in the middle of one of the classic farewell sitcom seasons.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Better Call Saul!' - 'Mijo': Breaking = bad

A familiar villain takes Jimmy out to the desert

A review of tonight's "Better Call Saul!" coming up just as soon as I take off the space blanket...

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