Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Dan and Alan also discuss the TV career of Tony Scott and answer your mail
On this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, Dan and I review MTV's remake of "The Inbetweeners" and find it a bit more successful than "Skins" US, break down our feelings about the "Political Animals" finale and last night's "Breaking Bad," talk about the TV career of the late Tony Scott, and answer some of your mail, including what I thought was a good conversation about how a Sight & Sound poll for TV might go.
"The Inbetweeners" (00:00:55 - 00:12:15)
"Bunheads" finale preview (00:12:15 - 00:25:50)
Tony Scott (00:25:55 - 00:31:45)
Listener Mail - Sight & Sound rankings (00:32:00 - 43:00)
Listener Mail - Big-name producers (00:43:00 - 49:10)
"Political Animals" finale (00:49:10 - 01:03:00)
"Breaking Bad" (01:03:15 - 01:20:45)
The power comes back on, but everything else continues to go wrong
A quick review of last night's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I'm in a conspiracy cahoots...
The pacing feels off as the guys deal with the aftermath of the train robbery
A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I watch a documentary about simulated caviar...
What did everybody think of the BBC America period cop drama?
I posted my review of "Copper" on Thursday, and an interview with co-creator Tom Fontana yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of Fontana, Will Rokos and Barry Levinson's 1864 New York cop show? Did you like star Tom Weston-Jones? Were you drawn to any characters in particular? How did you feel the show did at recreating the time period on a Toronto soundstage? And will you keep watching?
Because I feel like the show isn't quite there yet, and also because it happens to be airing (for the next few weeks, anyway) opposite both "Breaking Bad" and "The Newsroom," I don't expect I'll be doing weekly reviews, but I'll try to check back in later in the season to offer some thoughts on how (or if) the show is evolving.
Garcetti complicates Elaine's plan as the miniseries draws to a close
A quick review of the "Political Animals" finale coming up just as soon as I unzip this cushion...
The man behind 'Homicide' goes back to 1864 New York
Tom Fontana wrote for one of the greatest medical dramas ever in "St. Elsewhere," and penned that show's celebrated yet divisive final episode, which would have made the Internet explode had it aired 20 years later. He was the showrunner for one of the greatest cop dramas ever in "Homicide: Life on the Street," and he created the first HBO original drama series "Oz," which made "The Sopranos" and everything that followed possible.
The latest trail he's in the process of blazing involves "Copper," a very different kind of cop show, set in New York City in 1864, and the first original scripted series in the history of BBC America, which to this point has existed solely to import shows from the UK. "Copper" (it debuts tomorrow night at 10) stars Tom Weston-Jones as Kevin Corcoran, a Civil War veteran turned NYPD detective, who closes cases with the help of both his partners and another veteran, Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh), an African-American physician using a very primitive kind of forensic science.
I spoke with Fontana about returning to the police beat, about once again being the first in the door at a cable network, the advantages of the period setting, and more.
What did everybody think of the Cinemax action drama's return?
I posted my review of the new season of "Strike Back" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the season-opening two-parter? Do you feel Rhona Mitra fit in, or was it an Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie situation? Did the scenes of Stonebridge back on the homefront work, or did they just feel like marking time until he got back to Section 20? Were you intrigued with what we've seen so far of our big villains for the season (including Tywin Lannister himself, Charles Dance)?
This is a show I have a lot of fun watching, but not one I have much to say about week to week. Perhaps I'll check in if there's a particularly notable episode, but for the most part, "Strike Back" does what it just — just very, very well.
But as for the premiere, have at it.
What did everybody think of the Starz political drama's return?
I posted my review of the new season of "Boss" earlier this week. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the season premiere? Did you like new additions Sanaa Lathan, Jonathan Groff and T.I.? Do you like the way we're seeing Kane's condition progress? Did you notice any significant stylistic differences from the arrival of new showrunner Dee Johnson?
I won't be covering the show weekly, but I'll try to come back at the end of the season to talk about everything that's happened. In the meantime, have at it.
Showtime drama teases Sept. 30 return with a Police cover
I'm embedding the new Showtime trailer for "Homeland" season 2 (which premieres on Sunday, September 30) for a couple of reasons:
1)I'm very excited to have the show (one of last year's best) back, and I imagine seeing glimpses of Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin and friends should pump up your excitement level as well.
2)I love the choice of song: Scala & Kolacny Brothers covering The Police's "Every Breath You Take," a song that has been weirdly turned into a ballad of undying love in recent years (even Sting stopped fighting this particular battle a long time ago and will perform it as such) when it was written as a tale of obsessive stalking. The original interpretation fits "Homeland" perfectly, not just because of the show's extensive use of surveillance, but because of how that in turn fueled the unsettling affair between Carrie and Brody.
George Hearst finally arrives on Alma and Ellsworth's wedding day
We've come to the end of our summer rewatch of the second season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." I'm no longer posting duplicate versions of these reviews for newcomers and veterans, since all the newbies have to do to avoid being spoiled on the third season is to skip the comments.
A review of the season finale, "Boy-the-Earth-Talks-To," coming up just as soon as the bison can spare me...