Dan Harmon to the rescue?
A year ago, Sony declined to renew Harmon's contract as "Community" showrunner, for reasons the studio never clarified(*) — though even Harmon himself later acknowledged that he wasn't that easy to deal with, and maybe wasn't worth the bother on such a marginally-rated show. But after a season where "Community" newcomers Moses Port and David Guarascio tried — and often struggled — to continue the show in Harmon's image, the man himself is on the verge of returning. Harmon tweeted that he's coming back, and I'm hearing that the deal isn't officially closed (Sony had no comment), but that signatures are a formality at this point.
Dan Harmon to the rescue?
For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.
While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.
Thoughts on the season premiere, "Tell Your God to Ready for Blood," coming up just as soon as I tend bar and let people punch me in the face...
NBC has renewed "Hannibal" for a second season.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. But are viewers about to be fooled a third time by AMC's "The Killing"?
Thanks to the holiday weekend and the release of "Arrested Development" on Netflix, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast was delayed until today — and then thanks to a bunch of wrinkles in my own schedule, it wound up being one of our shorter podcasts in a while, including a "Mad Men" segment we had to interrupt for several hours. Still, we had a whole lot to say about the new season of "Arrested Development," and we announced our plans for the summer rewatch.
I've finished watching all 15 episodes of the new "Arrested Development." As promised, I've written one big review of the whole thing. The bulk of it's not particularly spoiler-y, so if you haven't watched it all (or any of it) yet, you can safely read until I get to the bullet points. If you want to know nothing at all, don't read, but my thoughts are coming up just as soon as the glitter is shrapnel-grade...
Summer is here. A handful of broadcast network shows are finishing off runs that began in the season, but the business as a whole has already moved on to the traditions of summer: failed shows being burned off, summer cable premieres, and buzz on fall pilots.
Before we fully engage in looking forward, though, Fienberg and I want to take one last look back at some of the series that won't be joining us next season. As has become an annual tradition at HitFix, we've made funeral plans for the canceled freshmen series that aired on the broadcast networks in the 2012-13 season. Some, we kind of liked ("Go On," "Ben and Kate"). Some, we hated instantly ("Partners," "Guys with Kids"). Some, we barely got to know at all ("Made in Jersey," "Do No Harm"). A year ago, many of them had such promise, but now they're done.
Join us for this sad trip down memory lane before we move into happier summer activities over the next few weeks.
A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as you give me a great ending to my article...
In the time before "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City" and all that followed, HBO's prestige came from its movies and miniseries. In the '80s and '90s, when those formats were still wildly popular for the broadcast networks, HBO managed to distinguish itself with great dramas about social issues (the AIDS epidemic epic "And the Band Played On"), ruthless satire (the Wall Street comedy "Barbarians at the Gate") or even straight-up comedies (the minor league film "Long Gone," which some hardcore baseball fans prefer to "Bull Durham").