Dan and Alan also check in on 'Raising Hope' and 'New Girl' and answer your mail
It's Monday, which means you get a brand-new, hour-plus edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, with a lot of time spent on FOX comedies, plus HBO's McCain/Palin movie "Game Change"(*), some mail, and even a bit on the Grantland "Wire" March Madness bracket.
(*) Traditionally, my blog has had a pretty staunch No Politics rule, which I implemented after everyone on the old blog melted down and couldn't behave during the run-up to the presidential election that "Game Change" depicts. There's obviously no way to discuss "Game Change" (which I'll also have a written review of later in the week) without politics entering into it on some level, so I'm going to trust you all and hope that everyone manages to be more civil this time around. And, if not, I'll simply shut down comments on this post (and/or the written review, depending on where the bad behavior is). You can disagree with each other without attacking each other — or, for that matter, politicians with whom you don't agree — and if you can't do that, discussion shuts down. Period.
Will's family pays a visit, Eli scrambles and Caitlin proves useful
What did everybody think of ABC's new soap opera?
I posted my review of ABC's "GCB" on Friday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth and company in the new Texas soap opera with the weird, watered-down name? Funny or icky? Comparable to at least the current state of "Desperate Housewives," if not that show's original level? And are you going to watch again?
Have at it.
Dale argues for a man's life, while Carl goes exploring
Joey hits rock bottom, Rosie makes a tactical mistake and Ace's plan moves forward
Cast and producers also talk Jim Rash's Oscar, and what would happen in a movie
"Community" — which finally returns to its old NBC time slot on Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m. — became the first show in the history of PaleyFest to be invited three years in a row, and it was easy to see why at Saturday night's panel, which I had the pleasure of moderating. The cast (minus Chevy Chase and Donald Glover), creator Dan Harmon and producers Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan and Russ Krasnoff were smart and funny and overflowing with affection for each other and for the very loud, enthusiastic group of fans who came to the Saban Theatre for the event.
If you couldn't go to LA, or to the simulcast at the New York Paley Center (where I'm told fans came in costume and even built a blanket fort), or watch the live stream from your computers, the panel will be archived on Hulu starting March 15, and I have to assume it'll eventually turn up in the Paley Center's own online archives. Because I was moderating, I couldn't take notes on the event, but I can give you the highlights — including some fairly mild spoilers (in terms of the premises of a few upcoming episodes) — coming up just as soon as I Britta the whole thing...
'Abed's Master Key' helps bridge gap until March 15 return
As mentioned a few times in the last week, I'm in California for the "Community" panel at PaleyFest. As this is being posted, the live audience is watching the first episode that will air when the show comes back on March 15, the funny, Shirley-centric "Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts" — the live stream of the event should begin right after the screening ends — and Dan Harmon has just announced that on this Wednesday, March 2, Hulu and NBC.com are going to launch a three-episode webisode series called "Abed's Master Key" to provide hungry fans with some "Community"-related content before the show returns to TV.
I'm writing this up in advance of the panel (since I'm otherwise detained at the moment), but the press release explains that "In the three-part sequence of 'Abed’s Master Key,' Dean Pelton hires Abed as his temporary assistant. Entrusted with a Greendale Master Key; Abed abuses his power to help his friends, and after Britta confronts Abed, she heads down the same dark path." The series was co-written by Dave Seger and Tom Kaufman, who created the series "Sex Teenagers" for Harmon's Channel 101 project.
For those who won't get to attend or watch the stream tonight, I'll try to write up some highlights of the panel tomorrow morning. (If you want to wait, Hulu will have an archive of the video in a couple of weeks.) Hopefully, a fun time is being had by all as you read this.
Here's a teaser to the animated webisodes.
A 'Desperate Housewives' wannabe set deep in the heart of Texas
- Critic's Rating D
- Readers' Rating C
What did everybody think of NBC's new cop drama?
I reviewed NBC's "Awake" yesterday, and since the pilot has been available online and On Demand for a couple of weeks, many of you have already offered your thoughts on it. But since I figure at least some of you still watch TV on TV, and on a more traditional schedule, here's one last opportunity to discuss the first episode. Did you find the shifts between worlds easy to follow? Did you prefer one world (or partner, shrink or family member) to the other? Given the subject matter, did it feel too depressing? And do you plan to watch more?
Kathryn Hahn and Carl Reiner guest star, and Pawnee has a health crisis