Will gets lost in a case, and Lecter tries to protect Abigail Hobbs
Announcing this summer's blog rewatch series
It's that time once again, boys and girls. The broadcast network TV season ended last night at 11, and now we move into the summer, which will be a mix of leftover network programs (set your clocks now for the return of "Zero Hour"!), cheap foreign imports and co-productions (ABC's "Motive," NBC's "Crossing Lines"), and a bunch of cable series to be excited about ("Breaking Bad"!), nervous about ("The Killing"!) and some combination of the two ("The Newsroom"!).
As always, I'll be mixing and matching in terms of what shows I'm writing about — will I have enough new things to say about each "Newsroom" episode? — and as usual, I'll also be revisiting a classic TV season from the past, one week at a time. And that season is (in case you couldn't tell from the picture and its caption)...
The Dunphys and Pritchetts head to Florida for the funeral of Phil's mom
If picked up, would be first regular TV job in decades for the 'Soap' and 'SNL' alum
A Showtime leftover doesn't really fit at NBC
- Critic's Rating C-
- Readers' Rating A+
Bob Greenblatt was hired as NBC's latest would-be savior because of the success he had at Showtime, which went from HBO's ignored rival to a buzz and awards magnet under his leadership, which yielded "Dexter," "Nurse Jackie" and other success stories. Other than a brief window back in the fall, his tenure at NBC hasn't been any more successful than the last bunch of entertainment presidents — and in some ways has been worse — but what's interesting is how little connection his programming taste has had between his old job and his new one.
Will's gift takes an increasing toll; can the bad Dr. Lecter help him?
As I noted last week, the fate of "Hannibal" remains very much up in the air at NBC, which has to factor in 1)The strong quality of the show and the stellar reviews, 2)The very modest (if that) ratings, 3)The reduced cost, since the show is an international co-production, and 4)Where they might put it next season, given that they've already ordered several mid-season shows that don't yet have timeslots.
But the show continues to be great, and this week's episode (airing, as usual, Thursday at 10 Eastern) puts the focus back onto Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, whose gift for thinking like a serial killer (or, rather, like all serial killers) is taking a greater emotional cost with each new case. In this exclusive clip, Will goes to Mads Mikkelsen's Dr. Lecter for guidance after he loses time while visiting another grisly crime scene. Enjoy, and we'll have more to talk about after "Trou Normand" airs on Thursday night.
Cathy and her family prepare for the end as the Showtime dramedy concludes on a strong note
Daniel ponders a trip out of town as the terrific first season comes to a close
Some interesting pieces in a new sitcom from the 'HIMYM' guys, but it's a dead show walking
- Critic's Rating B-
- Readers' Rating A+
I hear it a lot: I don't want to waste time watching a new show that might be canceled; if it's a success, I'll try it. On the one hand, I get it: I've been frustrated (and, in some cases, sad) when a show I invested my time and energy into got canceled in the early stages, and in some cases might have preferred not to have seen it. On the other, I'm grateful for even the one season I got of "Freaks and Geeks" and "Terriers," and I know plenty of Bryan Fuller fans who revere "Wonderfalls" even though FOX pulled it after only four episodes.
That said, "Freaks and Geeks" is a classic, and was very clearly one from the first episode. The harder call is making an investment in a show that has potential it hasn't realized yet, and that might not be on the air long enough to figure itself out — or, in the case of a show like FOX's "The Goodwin Games," that will never have that chance.
Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 183: 'Behind the Candelabra,' 'The Goodwin Games,' 'Motive' & more
Dan and Alan also review 'Save Me,' talk about 'SNL' departures and a wacky 'Mad Men'
The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is actually on a Monday for once this week, though we'll be back to an irregular schedule next week thanks to both the Memorial Day holiday and Netflix's release of "Arrested Development." (Dan and I want to have enough time to watch it all.) In the meantime, we had an awfully busy podcast today, including reviews of three summer series, the best HBO movie in forever, analysis of two finales and debate about an especially wacky episode of "Mad Men."