Happy Thursday, Boys and Girls.
As promised, here's the first of several special Fall Preview installments of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
For this episode, we're discussing the eight network shows premiering on Monday and Tuesday night next week. That means "Lone Star," "The Event," "Mike & Molly," "Hawaii Five-0," "Chase," "Raising Hope," "Running Wilde" and "Detroit 187."
On Monday, we'll probably do a regular-ish podcast with "Mad Men" discussion, as well as quick previews of a bunch of returning shows coming back next week. Then on either Tuesday or Wednesday, we'll review the new shows airing between Wednesday and Friday.
Does that make sense? Good!
Anyway, here's the breakdown if you want to skip to specific reviews of specific shows:
"Lone Star" -- 03:40 - 10:10
"The Event" -- 10:10 - 16:00
"Mike & Molly" -- 16:00 - 21:05
"Hawaii Five-0" -- 21:45 - 27:30
"Chase" -- 27:45 - 34:10
"Raising Hope" -- 34:15 - 39:25
"Running Wilde" -- 39:25 - 48:50
"Detroit 1-8-7" -- 49:10 - 55:00
Actors do TV shows for many different reasons, but Mark Duplass gave me a rather unique explanation when we spoke.
After a frenzied penultimate episode characterized by poorly motivated character decisions, poorly hatched plotting, poorly staged revelations and cheaply discarded allegory, Sunday (Sept. 12) night's "True Blood" leaves Alan Ball and company with an almost insurmountable task in next week's third season finale. Somehow, the writers have one week to find a way to make us believe that this season wasn't all a random assortment of things that happened over the course of a few days in Bon Temps, a random assortment of things with barely any connection to each other and with almost not through-lines uniting characters. And speaking of characters, the writers have only one week to service a broad swath of beloved returning and new faces, some of whom were perplexingly dropped from the storytelling this season without any rhyme or reason.