Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Dan and Alan also pick the best new shows of the fall seasons
Firewall & Iceberg, now with showtune references!
Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for the third installment of the Firewall & Iceberg video show!
In today's episode, Dan and I respond to the phenomenon that was NBC's "The Sound of Music Live," try to find three good new sitcoms and three good new dramas that debuted this fall, and we attempt to read the minds of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in advance of Thursday morning's Golden Globe nominations announcement.
The time breakdown:
"Sound of Music" 0:30 - 10:45
Best new dramas at mid-season 10:45 - 16:45
Best new comedies at mid-season 16:45 - 22:57
Golden Globe predictions 22:57 - 30:41
As always, you can send us questions at email@example.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg. It is entirely possible I gave the wrong URL (substituting "shows" for "show") during the video, but that link is correct.
In a year of great depth and breadth for drama, these were the cream of the crop
What, you didn't think "Breaking Bad" was going to be on my top 10 list?
2013 was The Year of Too Much Good TV. "Breaking Bad" ended in spectacular fashion. "The Good Wife" found another level. "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" made various tweaks to already successful formulas. Netflix started premiering original series. Sundance did, too. Suddenly, there were so many great shows in so many places — and even more very good shows — that it became impossible for even a professional TV watcher to keep up.
The 25-year-old Vietnam War series holds up well in the golden age of drama
Dana Delany and Marg Helgenberger in "China Beach."
December is Top 10 season for TV critics, as we look back on the past year to figure out the best (and sometimes) worst shows we saw. 2013 was an extraordinarily deep year in television, one where I could have easily cooked up 3 or 4 different lists without having a dud among them. Yet as I whittled my list (which you'll see next week) down to 10, I had to keep fighting the temptation to find a very high ranking for a 25-year-old TV show: "China Beach," the Vietnam War drama which finally arrived on DVD earlier this year.
Bill struggles in Virginia's absence, while Dr. DePaul thrives in her presence
Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in "Masters of Sex."
A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I tell you how many pap smears can be administered for $7...