<p>On &quot;The Americans,&quot;&nbsp;Phillip (Michael Rhys)&nbsp;makes his intentions plain. </p>

On "The Americans," Phillip (Michael Rhys) makes his intentions plain.

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'The Clock'

Phillip and Elizabeth have to go to extremes to plant a bug

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I do something horribly masculine with reindeers and wood chopping...

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<p>The &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;producers are new, but the faces in front of the camera remain the same.</p>

The "Community" producers are new, but the faces in front of the camera remain the same.

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New 'Community' producers Moses Port and David Guarascio preview season 4

On losing Chevy Chase, preparing for senior year and whether, in hindsight, they'd have chosen to succeed Dan Harmon
In succeeding “Community” creator Dan Harmon as showrunners of the NBC comedy, Moses Port and David Guarascio have been placed in a trickier position than most TV producers. First, it’s not often that a writer as singularly associated with a show as Harmon was with “Community” leaves it, whether voluntarily or because they were fired. Second, when it’s happened in the past with shows like “NYPD Blue” post-Milch, “The West Wing” post-Sorkin and “Gilmore Girls” post-Sherman-Palladino, the replacements have tended to be people who had already been working on the show and watching the creator at work. Port and Guarascio are comedy veterans who most recently worked on ABC’s “Happy Endings,” but their only prior affiliation with “Community” was as viewers of the show.
 
I spoke with them back in October, when “Community” was supposed to debut on October 19 in a new Friday timeslot. Instead, it was held until tomorrow night, when it’ll be back in its familiary Thursday at 8 p.m. berth for a 13-episode fourth season that Port and Guarascio believe has a good chance of not being the end of the series.
 
When I was in LA last month, I sat down with them for an expansive discussion about the challenges of stepping in for Harmon, their reaction to Chevy Chase’s abrupt exit late in the season (and how the show will deal with it), their take on where most of the characters are heading into season 4, their reaction to getting their very own Twitter spoof account, and a lot more.
 
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<p>&quot;Smash&quot;&nbsp;has an &quot;American Idol&quot;&nbsp;team-up between Jennifer Hudson and Katharine McPhee.</p>

"Smash" has an "American Idol" team-up between Jennifer Hudson and Katharine McPhee.

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Season premiere: 'Smash' - 'On Broadway/The Fallout'

What did everybody think of the NBC drama's return?

I posted my review of the new season of "Smashthis morning. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the changes made by Josh Safran and company? If you were a fan last spring, did you enjoy these tweaks? If you were just hate-watching by the end, was this an improvement? (And do you want the show to improve?) Were you happy to have Jennifer Hudson around for a bit? Did you think her duet with Katharine McPhee did a good job of showcasing both "Idol" alums? Do you like the new musical, and did you find Jimmy charming or just a complete jerk? 

I imagine there will be some rubbernecking for tonight, even among those of you who didn't like the show last season. Was there enough here to make you want to stick around? 

Have at it.

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<p>On &quot;Justified,&quot;&nbsp;Boyd (Walton Goggins)&nbsp;and Raylan (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;have their first encounter of the season.</p>

On "Justified," Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) have their first encounter of the season.

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Kin'

Raylan and Boyd come face to face in a guest star-packed hour

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I read a book about a Native American princess who controls invisible forest animals...

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<p>Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak in &quot;The Mindy Project.&quot;</p>

Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak in "The Mindy Project."

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Review: 'The Mindy Project' - 'Harry & Mindy'

Mindy continues to suspect that B.J. Novak loves his female best friend

A review of tonight's "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I contest a jaywalking ticket...

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<p>Cece (Hannah Simone)&nbsp;and Schmidt (Max Greenfield)&nbsp;in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) in "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Table 34'

Nick and Jess deal with the aftermath of their kiss, and Cece goes to an Indian marriage convention

A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I panic moonwalk away from you...

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<p>Katharine McPhee in &quot;Smash.&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee in "Smash."

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Review: NBC's 'Smash' continues to stumble in season 2

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Julia Houston, the playwright heroine of NBC’s “Smash” — and also the fictional stand-in for the show’s ousted creator, Theresa Rebeck — declares early in the musical drama’s new season (it returns tonight at 9 with back-to-back episodes) that she doesn’t like to read reviews of her work.
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<p>Robin Sparkles (Cobie Smulders) turns into Robin Daggers on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Robin Sparkles (Cobie Smulders) turns into Robin Daggers on "How I Met Your Mother."

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'P.S. I Love You'

Paul Shaffer, Jason Priestley and friends highlight another trip to Canada

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I'm subject to a 50-meter restraining order...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 168: 'Community,' 'Smash,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Dan and Alan also review Super Bowl ads, TNT's 'Monday Mornings' and revisit the '30 Rock' finale

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Another long Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, as Dan and I discuss various Super Bowl-related entertainment (or the lack thereof), the revamped returns of "Smash" And "Community," discuss TNT's "Monday Mornings," check in on the return of "The Walking Dead," and spend even more time extolling the virtues of "30 Rock." Oh, and we get to discuss Kareem Abdul-Jabar, TV critic. Always fun. The lineup: 

Super Bowl XLVII (00:00:55 - 23:20)
"Monday Mornings" (00:23:20 - 00:35:10)
"Smash" (00:35:10 - 00:46:40)
"Community" (00:46:40 - 00:56:15)
"The Walking Dead" (00:56:20 - 01:03:10)
Listener Mail - Kareem's Thoughts on "Girls" (01:03:30 - 01:09:45)
"30 Rock" finale (01:09:45 - 01:37:10)
 
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 questions for the podcast.

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<p>Alfred Molina in &quot;Monday Mornings.&quot;</p>

Alfred Molina in "Monday Mornings."

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Review: TNT's 'Monday Mornings's offers a refreshingly restrained David E. Kelley

'Harry's Law' creator dials back his usual quirks for new hospital drama
When you’re blessed with more natural talent in your chosen field than all but a handful of human beings in history, it’s easy to get bored and start goofing around. You see it with athletes all the time. Sometimes, they’ve already established their Hall of Fame bonafides by the time they start doing weird things, like that season when Wilt Chamberlain decided he was going to lead the league in assists (and did), just to prove he could, or when Michael Jordan quit the NBA to chase after curve balls in the baseball minors for two years.
 
A lot of the time, though, you’ll see a player decide that it’s all coming so easy to them that they don’t have to work as hard at the fundamentals, and that people would rather see something flashy than something effective. Everyone said Vince Carter had the tools to be the next Jordan, and Carter could dunk with anyone, but he never had Jordan’s focus, and never became as great as we thought he could be.
 
This isn’t limited to sports, of course. Many of the best writers in TV history have had trouble getting out of their own way, whether it’s David Milch disappearing down a metaphysical rabbit hole on “John From Cincinnati” or Aaron Sorkin writing women on “The Newsroom.”
 
But in terms of a disappointing Vince Carter-esque talent-to-production ratio, the champ may be David E. Kelley, whose new TNT medical drama “Monday Mornings” debuts tonight at 10.
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