A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I cheer for pants...
Due to my erratic end-of-summer schedule, this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is both late and abbreviated, as we only had time to discuss the latest "Breaking Bad" and revisit the "Miami Vice" pilot. We'll be back next Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on Labor Day holiday travel and whatnot) for more "Breaking Bad" talk, "Luther," "Boardwalk Empire" and the launch of FXX, and on that show we'll announce our final final pilot re-watch choice. (Comment here or click on the email link below if you have something you want to do, keeping in mind the caveats we mention in the podcast itself.)
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A few weeks ago, the prize for registering at HitFix (or updating your current registered account) was a copy of my book. (Signed paperbacks to the winners should be going out this week.) This week's prize is another one with What's Alan Watching? appeal: our very special Hodor-themed t-shirt (with a WAW logo on the back), which expresses a philosophy of life as only Hodor can.
Again, all you have to do is follow this link to either register for a new account or update your old one and you'll be entered for a drawing to win said t-shirt. It's fast, it's easy, it's Hodor.
A review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I spend $1000 to meet Daniel Craig...
A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I tell you about the table-side guacamole...
This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?
In the spring of 1996, NBC was at the peak of its Must-See TV period. "Seinfeld," "ER," "Friends," "Frasier" and "Law & Order" were healthy and powerful, and there was a successful secondary tier of shows like "Wings," "Mad About You" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." The previous fall, the network had launched a new drama called "JAG," starring David James Elliott as a Naval officer and attorney who traveled the globe having adventures and defending sailors in court. By today's standards, "JAG" — which averaged 11.6 million viewers a week, despite airing on Saturday — would be a big hit, but that year it was the #79 show on TV overall, and its audience was on the old side, at a time when "Friends" and its imitators were pushing NBC ever-younger. The Peacock canceled "JAG," and CBS — which was in such dire straits that the network was happy to take any viewers, of any age — picked it up for the next spring. It would air 205 episodes over nine seasons for CBS, never a massive hit but a reliable performer and foundational piece as CBS dug itself out of a gaping hole. More importantly, when "JAG" was in its later years, the show's creator Don Bellisario pitched a spin-off to CBS about the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, aka "NCIS," which is entering its 11th season, is the most-watched drama on television and has spawned yet another successful spin-off in "NCIS: LA."
What if NBC didn't cancel 'JAG' after one season?
Hey all you hoopleheads, in what may be a familiar refrain at this point in the summer, this week's "Deadwood" review has been delayed until next week at this time. The way I figure it, it just delays the amount of time until we're done discussing the show forever. Sigh...
While I'm otherwise occupied, I highly recommend going back to last week's review — specifically, to the run of comments by Jim Beaver and Keone Young that start right here. Each man contributes a long and extremely poignant memory about their time on the show, and both then follow that up with something more light-hearted. As always, I view whatever I'm writing as a "Deadwood" actor comment delivery system.
Sorry for one last delay, but we'll have much to talk about, vis a vis "Tell Him Something Pretty," in a week.