Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
Daniel Fienberg and Alan Sepinwall wrap up Press Tour and talk 'Mad Men'
Steve Buscemi of 'Boardwalk Empire'
It's Tuesday, so it must be time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg podcast, delayed slightly this week to give Sepinwall a chance to re-acclimate to the East Coast after more than two weeks in California for Comic-Con and Press Tour.
In this week's podcast, we talk about the second half of Press Tour -- "Jersey Shore," "Boardwalk Empire" and panels for shows entirely unaffiliated with New Jersey -- and we discuss this week's episode of "Mad Men."
It's pretty straight-forward, but if you're looking to avoid "Mad Men" spoilers, here's the breakdown:
TCA Press Tour wrap-up -- 00:00 - 27:40
"Mad Men" -- 27:45 - 44:10
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And here's this week's podcast...
What will HBO brass say about 'True Blood,' 'Luck' or 'Game of Thrones'?
HBO Co-President Richard Plepler
Sometimes we get executive sessions with the HBO brass. Sometimes we don't. On Saturday (Aug. 7) afternoon, the Television Critics Association will get to pepper questions at Co-President Richard Plepler and Programming President Michael Lombardo.
Expect questions regarding "Game of Thrones," "In Treatment" and "Luck." But those are just guesses.
For the actual discussed topics, click through...
Snooki, The Situation and the rest of the gang meet with TV critics on Friday
The cast of MTV's 'Jersey Shore'
Credit: Matt Sayles/AP
I don't watch MTV's "Jersey Shore." At all. I've seen a couple YouTube clips and I watched five minutes by accident on an airplane. It is, if I'm being honest, a show that makes me feel old.
I can identify Snooki (but only occasionally do I remember that her name doesn't end with an "e"), JWoww (she's like a porn version of Emmanuelle Chriqui... and not a classy porn version), The Situation (but not really) and I guess that Pauly D is the guy who isn't The Situation.
I don't know "Jersey Shore," but I do know an impending trainwreck, so I'm going to live-blog the Friday (Aug. 6) Television Critics Association press tour panel for the insanely popular phenomenon... Just in case things go off the rails...
John Landgraf talks shop with the TCA on Tuesday
FX is treating itself like a full-fledged TV network on Tuesday (Aug. 2), taking on a full day of press tour panels, which is certainly more than The CW could do. Since we (I) live-blogged the CW executive session, there's absolutely no reason not to give similar treatment to FX Chief John Landgraf.
Click through for the press conference highlights...
Daniel Fienberg and Alan Sepinwall talk Press Tour and 'Mad Men'
Happy Monday, Boys and Girls.
Sepinwall and I have a two-track mind in this week's podcast. For the first two-thirds, we talk about the various things that have happened in the first half of the Television Critics Association press tour, including Saturday's TCA Awards. In the last segment, we discuss the awesomeness of Sunday's "Mad Med."
Easy and straight-forward.
Here's the breakdown:
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 this week's podcast...
Will Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler make a surprise TCA appearance? Or will it be business-as-usual? No. And yes.
Credit: Joel Ryan/AP
FOX is not opposed to big bombshell announcements at the Television Critics Association press tour. In fact, no other network can equal FOX's appreciation for TCA drama. Case in point: Simon Cowell coming out on stage to announce his "American Idol" departure and sign his "X-Factor" contract.
So if it's even slightly possible for FOX to bring out its new "American Idol" judging panel, you can be sure it'll happen during the network's executive session on Monday (Aug. 2) morning. And if it's not? Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice will be peppered with nonstop questions about the failure to supply Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler or Mystery Judge X.
Click through to follow the excitement (or possible lack thereof)...
New Entertainment President Paul Lee meets the press before his first day on the job
ABC's Sunday (Aug. 1) Television Critics Association press tour day began with Communications EVP Kevin Brockman lugging a giant, stuffed pink elephant up on the stage. The pachyderm was a not-so-subtle representation of the elephant in the room, specifically last week's abrupt resignation by ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson.
Attempting to cut off all future questions regarding McPherson, Brockman referred critics to Tuesday's network statement and declared, "Tuesday's statement still holds. It is literally all we are going to say on the subject. So, you may ask, but you will get the same answer."
Would it work? Click through to see how new Entertainment President Paul Lee
would handle facing the press before working a day at this particular job...
Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw topline NBC's new spy series
Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw of 'Undercovers'
It's the sort of thing that shouldn't be worth mentioning at all, which several readers tried to argue (not that they could cite an iota of prior precedent for what executive producers Josh Reims and J.J. Abrams are doing here). Still, the very first question at Friday's (July 30) Television Critics Association press tour panel for "Undercovers" dealt with race-blind casting.
[More after the break...]
Jeff Gaspin and Angela Bromstad answer journalistic inquiries
Last time Jeff Gaspin and Angela Bromstad met with the TCA, they had to defend Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and dismal fall and a schedule in disrepair.
On Friday (July 30), the NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman (Gaspin) and the NBC Entertainment President (Bromstad) should have an easier time, if only because they don't have to deal with an abrupt executive departure or with the disintegration of the "American Idol" judging panel.
It still probably won't be an easy Q&A. Click through for the details.
Dawn Ostroff meets with the press to discuss whatever is exciting at The CW
This isn't Dawn Ostroff, but Dawn Ostroff employs her.
Credit: The CW
I wasn't sure that there was really anything that CW Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff could say at her Thursday (July 29) Television Critics Association press tour panel that could possibly be worth live-blogging.
I tweeted as much and at least 10 people tweeted me that I should live-tweet the session just in case it's announced that "Veronica Mars" will be back for a fourth season. And at least eight of those people were joking!
In the spirit of that joke (and the one or two people who just may have been serious), I'll live-blog the panel. Just in case "Veronica Mars" is coming back for a fourth season.
[Early hunch: It isn't.]
Click through. You never know...