Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
'Deadwood' comparisons, history-bending, Native Americans and more...
"Hell on Wheels" creators Joe and Tony Gayton
are tired of having to compare their new AMC Western to HBO's late, lamented "Deadwood," or at least tired of having to differentiate it.
It's an association that I'll confess that Sepinwall and I made in our podcast last week and an association that's popped up in more than a few reviews I've read.
In a wide-ranging interview, the Gaytons address the "Deadwood" issue, but they also go into depth on how they view their post-Civil War drama, touching on how the new series deals with historical accuracy, treatment of Native American characters and why they chose to tell the tale of the Union Pacific rather than the Central Pacific. It's more an interview about what "Hell on Wheels" is than what it isn't.
Premiering on Sunday (November 6) night, "Hell on Wheels" features Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon a Confederate veteran who finds himself working on the Union Pacific while looking to avenge his wife. In that quest, he meets original characters like the recently emancipated Elam (Common) and real figures like Thomas "Doc" Durant (Colm Meaney).
This interview contains some minor spoilers, but it may also answer some of the questions you're asking yourself after watching the "Hell on Wheels" pilot.
So either check out the full transcript now, or feel free to drop back in on Sunday night...
What would producers do if cops ever came for THEM?
I'll admit it: I don't usually write about "Cops
" and I don't usually watch "Cops," but last month I had a really fun sit-down with "Cops" executive producers John and Morgan Langley
This interview isn't particularly timely, since "Cops" premiered back in September -- due to baseball and "America's Most Wanted" pre-emptions, it feels like I've been waiting for six weeks to post -- and my intro question pertains [very loosely] to that premiere, but most of the interview is everygreen and I think it's really funny in places.
I feel like I could have talked to John and Morgan for hours, because even though "Cops" isn't a show I regularly DVR, it's a phenomenon that's fascinating, especially with the show in its mind-boggling 24th season.
In this interview, we talk about the "Cops" phenomenon and I also get to ask the key pressing question: What would the Langleys do if the cops came for THEM.
Find out that answer and more in this interview...
AMC's new Western hero talks Clint Eastwood, Common and more
Anson Mount of "Hell on Wheels"
"Dude, I wasn't just thinking of Eastwood, I was stealing from Eastwood," Anson Mount
laughs when I ask about the iconic Western influences on his revenge-minded central character in the new AMC drama "Hell on Wheels
That's never a bad place to start.
Set in 1865 along the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, "Hell on Wheels" is also the story of Cullen Bohannon (Mount), a former Confederate out to avenge his wife's death. He's a violent, tormented guy who finds himself in the midst of the lawless traveling town that gives the show its name.
Mount previously toplined a string of short-lived network shows that ranged from highly respected (ABC's "Line of Fire") to instantly forgotten (The WB's "The Mountain") all while getting seasoned for his first cable vehicle.
Earlier this week, I caught up with the impressively candid Mount, who was in Savannah for their local film festival, via phone to talk about this dark new role.
Click through for the complete interview...
What was it like spending two weeks on Redemption Island?
Christine of "Survivor: South Pacific"
For most the pre-Merge segment of this season, there were effectively three tribes: There was the Upolu tribe, featuring the returning Benjamin "Coach" Wade. There was the Savaii tribe, featuring Ozzy Lusth. And finally, there was the Redemption Island tribe, which was basically Christine
Markoski and whoever happened to be visiting her.
After initially describing Coach as "temporary" and putting a target on her back, Christine was the second player voted out this season, but she followed torch-snuffing by going on run that saw her win five consecutive Duels.
Christine's run of Duel supremacy was so impressive that it prompted Ozzy to voluntarily get voted out just to beat her on Redemption Island, despite Christine's not-so-secret hostility towards her former Upolu mates.
Regardless of the logic behind his decision, Ozzy's move didn't backfire and he defeated Christine on Wednesday's episode.
In our exit interview, Christine talked about making Redemption Island home, Ozzy's gamble and whether she'd still call Coach "temporary" if she had a do-over.
America's votes trim the field to 11 on a live Thursday show
Rachel Crow performed on Wednesday (November 2) night's "X Factor"
This is somewhat uncharted territory for "The X Factor," since American viewers have no idea what a Thursday hour-long elimination show is going to look like on FOX's new hit talent show.
Our hunch? It'll look a lot like an hour-long "American Idol" results show. But let's find out for sure...
Would Ozzy's big gamble pay off?
Cochran of "Survivor: South Pacific"
"You just witnessed 'Survivor
' history," Cochran celebrates as Team Formerly Ozzy returns to camp. Nobody else is nearly as excited by Ozzy's gamble and they're all sitting around the fire rationalizing their decision. Keith is especially grumbling, grunting something about how he doesn't live his life with other people fighting his battles, as if what Ozzy had done was all about Cochran, rather than Ozzy's own bloated sense of self-worth. "Prepared to be the villain?" Keith asks. Cochran, intrigued by the chance to play a double-agent, insists he is and he's so ready to be the bad guy that he paraphrases "Scarface." "First you get the egomaniac returning player voted out. Then you get his Idol. Then you get the million dollars," Cochrane says, not even bothering with a subpar Pacino.
Full recap of Wednesday's (November 2) "Survivor" after the break...
America votes tonight, but who shined for the judges
Melanie Amaro of "The X Factor"
It's nearly voting time on FOX's "The X Factor," which means it's also time to fill out your bracket for HitFix's "X Factor" Prediction Game. It's too late to get the bonus points for this week, but it's not too late to enter to possibly win an iPad2.
But enough plugging, y'all... Let's get down to the live-blog/recap/review of Wednesday's (November 2) "X Factor"...
Dan and Alan review 'Hell on Wheels,' the new season of 'Bones' and more
Anson Mount of "Hell on Wheels"
Happy Halloween, Boys & Ghouls. Time for Firewall & Iceberg Podcast
I'm not sure how this podcast became as long as it did, but we certainly had plenty to talk about, with "Hell on Wheels
," the return of "Bones
" and PBS' "Page Eight
." We also did another installment of Dan's Reality Roundup and a few random segments, including a ratings update.
New week isn't gonna be nearly as full, so send e-mails.
This week's breakdown:
"Bones" -- 1:55 - 8:25
"Page Eight" -- 8:30 - 17:00
"Hell on Wheels" -- 27:05 - 41:40
Recent Ratings Overview -- 41:45 - 53:45
Dan's Reality Roundup -- 53:45 - 01:14:30
Listener Mail: Women watch football too -- 01:14:35 - 01:19:45
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.]
And here's the podcast...
It's off to Africa for tobacco hauling, sewing and a village overnight
Justin and Jennifer of "The Amazing Race"
Oh, come on.
I hope so. I recap the show because I'm a fan. I assume you read the recaps
because you're a fan.
So, fan-to-fan... Level with me: Is there anybody out there who is happy with the structural choices made for this season's "Amazing Race"?
Click through, cuz there's gonna be grumbling.
Why is 'Allen Gregory' the pipe-smoking uncle of FOX's Sunday?
Osmanski voices Allen Gregory's Cambodian mail-order sister Julie. Unfortunately, this interview doesn't include the five minutes after wrap that we spent chatting about the underrated FOX comedy "The Loop."
Pucelli voices Patrick, Allen Gregory's pint-sized friend and assistant.
And together, the two actresses explain why "Allen Gregory" is like the pipe-smoking uncle of FOX's Animation Domination lineup.
"Allen Gregory" premieres on FOX on Sunday, October 30.
Check out the interview...