Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Dan and Alan preview the network upfront week, review USA's 'Common Law' and look back on 'Desperate Housewives'
Next week will be crazy for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast due to the broadcast network upfronts, so we tried to prepare both ourselves and our listeners this week with 40+ minutes of speculation on which bubble shows will survive and which are doomed. Also, we found a bit of time to review USA's "Common Law," look back on the unlikely success of "Desperate Housewives," and, as usual, chat about last night's "Mad Men."
Here's today's breakdown:
"Common Law" (00:01:00 - 00:11:10)
"Desperate Housewives" reflections (00:11:10 - 00:18:20)
Upfronts Preview (00:18:20 - 01:01:50)
"Mad Men" (01:02:00 - 01:26:20)
As we discuss towards the end of the show, we will likely have two podcasts next week, but also probably not on Monday. It will be catch as catch can. Follow our blogs, iTunes, the RSS feed, Twitter, etc., to have some sense of when a new podcast has been published.
Don and Pete discover that the women in their lives have all the power
Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell in "Mad Men."
A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I make eye contact with hobos...
Ugly truths come out for Hannah and Marnie
On "Girls," Hannah (Lena Dunham) gets a new job.
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I surprise you with a coffee table made out of street garbage...
The Stark children all learn tough lessons
Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) have a rough day on "Game of Thrones."
A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I make an investment based on wishes and dreams...
Characters, action and humor all in perfect alignment in Marvel's biggest movie yet
"The Avengers" director Joss Whedon on set with actors Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans.
Credit: Walt Disney Company/Marvel
Like any right-thinking nerd with no childcare or other scheduling conflicts, I made sure to see "The Avengers" during the opening weekend. Our movie team has covered the film pretty exhaustively, but as both a longtime Avengers fan (who uses this poster as part of his son's bedtime ritual) and a longtime Joss Whedon fan, I couldn't resist jumping into the fray. I have a spoiler-filled review (as with many of my TV reviews, designed to be read only after you've seen the film) coming up just as soon as I show you my vintage trading cards...
Cop drama will return next February with 10 new episodes
Shawn Hatosy and Ben McKenzie in "Southland," which TNT just renewed.
TNT has ordered a fifth season of "Southland."
The show returns to parodying Bravo's 'Real Housewives' franchise
Sherri Shepherd and the rest of the "Queen of Jordan" gang took over "30 Rock" again.
A review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I pick up Yakov Smirnoff from the airport...
Mike and Hannah get to know Rex's baby mama
The Brittens get to know Emma on "Awake."
A review of tonight's "Awake" coming up just as soon as we have my desk bronzed...
Things get frantic in the campaign's final hours
On "Parks and Recreation," Burt Macklin, FBI rides again.
A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I spray paint nipples on the Lincoln Memorial...
The study group goes through the stages of grief, while Chang plots martial law
Chang (Ken Jeong) and his army on "Community."
A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I'm Ted Danson at Whoopi Goldberg's roast...