"Tyrant," a drama that's had a more newsworthy-than-usual development process, has been ordered to series by FX.
Channel won a bidding war for political drama from 'Homeland' producers
Kevin Spacey from 'House of Cards' is the only acting nominee from a new series
One of the defining traits of The Quality TV Deluge of 2013 has been the arrival of so many impressive new series to add to a landscape that already included the shows of HBO, AMC, FX, et al. The likes of "Orange Is the New Black," "Masters of Sex," the different Sundance series, "The Americans," and more added so much vitality to television — and so many indelible performances, like Tatiana Maslany playing a half dozen roles on "Orphan Black."
If showbiz awards are designed in part as a historical record of what a particular year was like, then today's Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations didn't do a great job of telling the story of 2013. It featured most of the usual suspects(*) like "Breaking Bad" and "Boardwalk Empire" and "Modern Family" and "Downton Abbey," and as a result there was virtually no room to recognize newcomers.
Dan and Alan also pick the best new shows of the fall seasons
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
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
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.