A quick review of last night's "The Big Bang Theory" coming up just as soon as I understand why America has struggled to adopt the metric system...
Howard pens a tune for Bernadette, Sheldon's big win is a big mistake and Penny tries to show love for Leonard
A darker, more serious version than what Cinemax has already aired, but is it better?
From the moment I started writing about the Cinemax action drama "Strike Back," which wrapped perhaps its best season so far last week, I've been hearing from fans of the show's first, British-only season. To a man (or woman), they insist that as much as they enjoy the current incarnation — a well-assembled, well-oiled machine of gunfights, car chases, banter and unapologetic sex — they prefer the show that "Strike Back" started as, before Cinemax teamed up with Sky, and original leading man Richard Armitage was replaced by new co-stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton.
Max takes a controversial picture, Ryan helps Sarah and Joel gets drunk and eats cake
'Game of Thrones' producers Benioff and Weiss write an amusing 'Flowers for Algernon' riff
Broadcast network drama's standard-bearer is on a great run
We crossed a line a few years ago as a culture where it became profoundly uncool, if not inviting ridicule, to suggest that a drama airing on a broadcast network belonged in the discussion of the best shows on TV. Maybe that line was crossed a couple of years ago when Emmy voters failed to nominate a single network show for Outstanding Drama Series, but whenever it was, the talking points have become set in stone: Cable dramas make fewer episodes, and can focus more on telling the best stories without having to pad things out! Network shows have to deal with censors, and with interfering executives! Cable shows don't have to worry about spoonfeeding audiences, or giving them blandly likable characters!
I've made some of those arguments in the past, including against the last network show to get one of those drama series nominations: CBS' "The Good Wife." A couple of years ago, I even suggested that the series, excellent as it was, might be improved if creators Robert and Michelle King were allowed to just do 13 episodes a year and not have to waste time on the less interesting corners of Alicia Florrick's world, like her kids' latest misadventures with social media.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be back in January, along with 'Downton Abbey'
Halloween brings out the best in three Tuesday sitcoms
Both Sunday dramas will return next year, but do both deserve to?
Ted makes bad choices, Daphne coaches Marshall, and Barney and Robin anger their reverend
Dan and Alan also discuss last night's 'Homeland' and talk about recent renewals and cancellations
Happy Monday, boys and girls! For real this time! For the first time in a few weeks, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast comes to you on its regularly scheduled day, in part because the office where I current rent space is in the process of being dismantled (you may be able to hear the sounds of movers and contractors in the background of today's show), and if we didn't record today, we probably wouldn't be able to for a while. This week, we discuss NBC's droopy "Dracula," Cinemax airing the first season of "Strike Back" under the title of "Strike Back: Origins," check in on "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD," discuss last week's TV news, answer some mail and then do our second "Homeland" segment in a row because last night's episode, for good or (mostly) ill, demanded it.
It's unclear exactly when my new office will be set up, but hopefully we can aim for two Mondays in a row.
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