An eventful day for Cooper and Tang highlights an otherwise unmemorable episode
With all the players now on the board, the games can really begin
Lizzy Caplan continues her guest stint as Nick's uptight girlfriend
Milch/Mann horse racing drama continues pay cable's recent pattern of quick renewals
HBO has renewed "Luck" for a second season, only two days after the series premiere of the horse racing drama, created by David Milch, directed by Michael Mann and starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, among others. The new season will be 10 episodes — up 1 from the 9-episode debut season — and will premiere in January 2013.
Sketch comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele deal with biracial and non-racial humor
- Critic's Rating B+
- Readers' Rating B
Dan's back from Sundance in time to say goodbye to a podcast favorite
I am back from California. Dan is back from Sundance. We are both back where we need to be, which is to record a new episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we belatedly review HBO's "Luck," praise the debut of Comedy Central's "Key & Peele," then spend a whole lot of time saying goodbye to podcast favorite "Chuck" before doing a brief Super Bowl preview in which we failed to come up with a decent podcast bet.
Will and Alicia face the grand jury, while Eli tries to outmaneuver Stacie Hall
What did everybody think of HBO's new horseracing drama?
"Luck" had its official debut tonight, but of course it was an episode that HBO had already aired as a sneak preview back in December, and which I wrote about at the time. Since then, I've seen all 9 first season episodes — and, as you can see in my review, I really liked them — and also talked a bit about the show with David Milch and Michael Mann.
So on the subject of the first episode, I think I'm all written out at this point. I'll be doing more extensive weekly write-ups for the remaining 8 — and, yes, I'm aware that HBO Go will be carrying the second episode immediately, but we're not going to discuss it until after it airs on HBO itself next Sunday — but for now I just want to get the discussion rolling, both for those of you seeing the show for the first time and any of you who may have watched it again after seeing it in December. The gist of the discussion back then was that only the real horseracing fans could follow everything about the Pick Six and certain other matters; if you watched it a second time, was it easier to make sense of all that? How did everyone feel about so much of the pilot being devoted not to Dustin Hoffman or Nick Nolte, but the four railbirds led by Jason Gedrick and Kevin Dunn? How did you react to what happened to that one horse in the day's final race? And how much did anyone understand (on first or second viewing) from John Ortiz as paranoid, hustling trainer Turo Escalante?
(For those who still feel confused, Vulture's Q&A might help.)
Have at it, and I'll be doing the full-length episode review thing starting a week from tonight.
Chuck tries to restore Sarah's stolen memories in a romantic, funny, terrific finale
Well, we're all done with "Chuck." I already published my 5-part retrospective interview with Schwartz and Fedak (and I interviewed Fedak again about the series finale) and my list of great moments in "Chuck" history. All that's left is to review the final two episodes, and that's coming up just as soon as I'm wooed by Midwesterners...
How did the writers decide on endings for Chuck, Sarah, Casey and the rest?