Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
15 new pictures of the heroes and villains of the HBO fantasy epic
"Game of Thrones" won't return to HBO until Sunday, April 6, with the fourth season continuing to adapt the events from George R.R. Martin's third book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, "A Storm of Swords." But if you want a taste of what life in Westeros (and Essos) will look like in the new season, HBO released a bunch of new photos today, including lots of familiar faces like Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey, but also some new actors playing older characters (Michiel Huisman as the new Daario) and new faces altogether (Pedro Pascal and Indira Varma as two newbies).
Mads Mikkelsen's cannibal doctor is front and center in the campaign
NBC's "Hannibal" was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2013, and wound up on my top 10 list for the year. Even as TV dealt with serial killer overload, Bryan Fuller and David Slade's take on the very familiar Hannibal Lecter story had so much imagination and daring that it felt like something brand new, rather than a rehash of a 30-year-old story.
(Fuller and I discussed the season at length here and here. If you're looking to catch up, the whole season is streaming on Amazon Prime.)
The show's set to return on Friday, February 28 at 10 p.m., dealing with the role reversed status quo introduced in the season 1 finale. Though one of the most impressive parts of season 1 was how it made Hugh Dancy's Will Graham just as complicated and fascinating a character as Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) himself, the newest trailer for season 2 — a HitFix exclusive today — is putting all the emphasis on the understated cannibalistic evil of the show's title character. And given Mikkelsen's cool performance, you can understand why.
Ultra-violent pulp drama has been a surprising pleasure from the pay cabler
Cinemax has renewed its action drama "Banshee" for a third season. More fisticuffs for everyone!
'Community' creator and Justin Roiland present a disturbing, hilarious mad scientist saga
"Rick & Morty," the Adult Swim series co-created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, premiered back in December when I was otherwise occupied. And as unfortunately sometimes happens, once I miss the premiere of a series, I miss it altogether. One of the few advantages of nursing a broken leg is that it's given me slightly more viewing time, and I used some of that to catch up on the series, including the latest episode, which I've embedded below. (The series regularly airs Mondays at 10:30, and Adult Swim's video site allows authenticated users to watch previous episodes.) A few thoughts on the series so far coming up just as soon as you take two strokes off my golf game...
Dewey's misfortunes in the backwoods leads to trouble for Raylan, Boyd and Daryl
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as something comes between me and my Calvins...
Dan and Alan revisit press tour, the Golden Globes and more
Hey, remember Firewall & Iceberg? We had such plans — such big plans — for January. We were gonna record a couple of in-person podcasts at press tour. We were maybe going to record an in-person video show or two. Then one of us broke his stupid ankle, and suddenly it became logistically impossible to record anything at all for a while. But Dan's back from Sundance, which meant it was time to catch up on a bunch of things we might have otherwise discussed over the last two weeks, plus some newer topics like BBC America's Ian Fleming miniseries, and last night's "HIMYM" 200th. The rundown:
"Fleming" (00:03:20 - 00:11:20)
Press tour recap (00:11:25 - 00:27:15)
Golden Globes (00:27:20 - 00:34:30)
"Rake" (00:34:40 - 00:43:05)
"Black Sails" (00:43:05 - 00:48:35)
"Suburgatory" (00:48:35 - 00:54:20)
"Looking" (00:54:20 - 01:03:30)
"How Your Mother Met Me" (01:03:30 - 01:09:05)
"Sleepy Hollow" (01:09:05 - 01:18:45)
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Episode 200's a wonderful showcase for Cristin Milioti, but why the long wait?
A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" 200th episode coming up just as soon as we're the best economics-themed band in the city...
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A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I place one crumb of human compassion in this fat free muffin of sociopathic detachment...
Cohle and Hart try to double date, and Cohle makes a beer can man
A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I cut up this beer can...
Pete tries to deal with his emotions, Jill makes new friends and Randy gets naked
A review of tonight's "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as we have a mini-seminar on mole people...