Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall

Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'The Angels Take Manhattan'

The Doctor, Amy and Rory run into Steven Moffat's favorite villains

<p>Rory (Arthur Darvill)&nbsp;and Amy (Karen Gillan)&nbsp;in their &quot;Doctor Who&quot; farewell.</p>

Rory (Arthur Darvill) and Amy (Karen Gillan) in their "Doctor Who" farewell.

Credit: BBC

"Doctor Who" has just concluded its five episode fall mini-season (next up: the Christmas special), and I have a review coming up just as soon as I specifically remember not noticing the lines on your eyes...

Review: 'Dexter' season 7 is a big change, for the better

The Showtime drama benefits from dealing with the consequences of Dexter's actions

<p>Deb (Jennifer Carpenter)&nbsp;finally gets a look at the real Dexter (Michael C. Hall).</p>

Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) finally gets a look at the real Dexter (Michael C. Hall).

Credit: Showtime

I'll be damned. "Dexter" has sucked me back in.

Series premiere review: 'Made in Jersey' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new CBS drama?

<p>Janet Montgomery in &quot;Made in Jersey.&quot;</p>

Janet Montgomery in "Made in Jersey."

Credit: CBS

"Made in Jersey" is another new fall show I didn't have write a review of, though Dan and I discussed it for a few minutes on yesterday's podcast, where we agreed that any enjoyment you take out of it will depend almost entirely on your affection for star Janet Montgomery.

For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? A Jersey love letter or more of the same old stereotypes? Did you buy the English-born Montgomery as a Jersey girl by way of Marissa Tomei in "My Cousin Vinny"? Did you feel the show made good use of Kyle MacLachlan? Did you want to spend more time on the case or back with her family? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

Season finale review: 'Louie' - 'New Year's Eve'

Louie battles holiday depression and seems some familiar and unfamiliar faces

<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;goes to a dark place in the season finale.</p>

"Louie" goes to a dark place in the season finale.

Credit: FX

A review of the "Louie" season finale coming up just as soon as I throw some crayons into the skillet...

Review: Showtime's 'Homeland' returns strongly for season 2

It's time to stop waiting for the other shoe to drop, quality-wise

<p>Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

The early critical narrative about Showtime's "Homeland" was "Okay, this is a great pilot, but how do they make it work as a series?" Then it was, "Okay, it's great so far, but they're going to screw it up in the end, right?" By the end of the season, it was — mostly — "Well, that was a terrific finish, but what do they do for an encore?"

Series premiere review: 'Elementary' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new CBS mystery?

<p>Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller are Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes in &quot;Elementary.&quot;</p>

Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller are Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes in "Elementary."

Credit: CBS

I posted my review of CBS' "Elementaryyesterday. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Was it too easy to compare it to either "Sherlock" or "The Mentalist" (or any other CBS procedural) to enjoy, or were Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu interesting enough to make it work? If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, did this feel like a fair take on the character? Did you figure out where the story was going before Holmes and Dr. Watson did? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Soda Tax'

Leslie plays the role of Mike Bloomberg, Andy gets in shape, and Ben tries to be cool

<p>Chris Pratt and Rob Lowe on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Chris Pratt and Rob Lowe on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I lecture you on consistent font use...

Series premiere review: 'Last Resort' - 'Captain'

What did everybody think of the new ABC military thriller?

<p>Scott Speedman in &quot;Last Resort.&quot;</p>

Scott Speedman in "Last Resort."

Credit: ABC

I posted my review of ABC's "Last Resortyesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the show? Did the writers make good use of Andre Braugher's gift of gab? Did you think Scott Speedman was up to working opposite him? Did the story flow well, or do you feel like there was too much of a rush to get the sub to the island? Too many characters? Not enough? Once we got to Hawaii, did you start waiting for Smokey to start clicking away? Did you like how they called it "Captain" instead of "Pilot" because of the setting? And will you watch again next week?

Have at it.

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 151: 'Last Resort,' 'Elementary,' 'Homeland,' 'Dexter' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Made in Jersey' and '666 Park Avenue'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 151: 'Last Resort,' 'Elementary,' 'Homeland,' 'Dexter' & more
Credit: CBS


The TV season is (still) here! The TV season is (still) here! Premiere week's not over yet, which means it's time for more reviews of new shows, plus thoughts on a couple of notable Showtime dramas — one coming off an Emmy-winning season nearly everyone liked, and one coming off a season almost nobody liked.

The line-up: 

"Last Resort" (00:00:50 - 00:17:35)
"Elementary" (00:17:35 - 00:28:00)
"Made in Jersey" (00:28:00 - 00:39:00)
"666 Park Avenue" (00:39:00 - 00:46:05)
"Dexter" (00:46:10 - 00:58:15)
"Homeland" (00:58:15 - 01:12:40)
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

'Homeland' producers Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon talk season 2

What now for Carrie, Brody, Saul and company?

<p>Damian Lewis as Nick Brody in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis as Nick Brody in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime
"Homeland" was the best new show of 2011, and one of the best shows on TV, period, that year. (And was named the best drama on television by Emmy voters on Sunday night.) Now the show's lead producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon have to follow up on that high-wire act. I'll have a review of the start of the season later today or tomorrow (hint: I was pleased), but I spoke with Gansa and Gordon last month about the transition from one season to the next, and how they intend to deal with what happened at the end of last year. Note that I cut a few spoiler-y passages out of the interview and will run them after the season premiere airs on Sunday night.

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