Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Bubbs sings! Omar dances! And Snoop as you've never seen her before!
I don't usually do posts that are just excuses to embed funny videos, but I'm making an exception for Funny Or Die's "The Wire: The Musical" for three reasons: 1)It is among the more hilarious viral videos I've seen in a while, particularly in the way that it uses actual "Wire" castmembers like Michael Kenneth Williams, Andre Royo, Sonja Sohn and Snoop Pearson, 2)It's a very slow news day, and if not for this, I likely wouldn't be posting anything today, and 3)Even David Simon gave it his stamp of approval.
If you haven't already seen it by now — possibly many, many times — enjoy. (Also, to answer the inevitable spoiler questions, don't watch if you haven't seen the whole series.)
In the first of a two-podcast week, Dan and Alan also review 'Push Girls'
Given Dan's travels last week, and the amount of stuff he would have to catch up on his DVR upon returning, we weren't sure if we'd be able to record a Firewall & Iceberg Podcast today, or if we'd have to wait until later in the week. But late last night, we figured out a compromise: a two-podcast week!
So today we kept it simple — but very long — by talking briefly about Sundance's "Push Girls" before doing extended segments on the end of "Game of Thrones" season 2 and last night's "Mad Men," and we'll be back later in the week to talk about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "True Blood" and more.
"Push Girls" (00:03:05 - 00:10:05)
"Game of Thrones" (00:10:10 - 00:55:45)
"Mad Men" (00:55:50 - 01:31:00)
What did the actor know, and when did he know it?
When I talked to Jared Harris about the huge developments for Lane Pryce on last night's "Mad Men,"he reminded me of one of Lane's most important earlier scenes.
"Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too" discussion begins today at 2 p.m. Eastern
"Girls" is apparently big enough in the UK that The Guardian hosts weekly chats about each episode the following day, and they've invited me to be one of two guests (along with Nona Willis from GOOD) for this week's chat about "Weirdos Need Boyfriends Too" (which I reviewed here). The chat will be today at 2 p.m. Eastern, and being done with CoveritLive, and if I've done my HTML coding properly (always a big if), you should be able to follow and participate in the chat right here on this blog entry. (And if not, follow the first link back to The Guardian's page.)
'Spartacus: War of the Damned' to bring the saga to an early conclusion
The business model in American television dictates that most shows run for as long as they continue to be profitable. Even a place like HBO isn't immune to that way of thinking, as then-network boss Chris Albrecht kept backing up dump trucks full of money to David Chase's house for more "Sopranos" episodes when even Chase wasn't sure how long he wanted the show to continue.
Albrecht now runs Starz, and was among the men responsible for a decision you don't see every day, as everyone involved with the "Spartacus" franchise — the channel's biggest hit by far — has decided to end the series after the upcoming third season, "Spartacus: War of the Damned," which will premiere next January.
Many lies are told, and roads are not taken, as the second season ends
A review of last night's "Game of Thrones" season finale coming up just as soon as I have questions for wise men with skinny arms...
Lane gets bad news, Sally entertains a guest and the agency is rocked
A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I wait 20 minutes for an unspecified meeting with my boss...
Hannah and Marnie switch roles, and Adam's mood shifts rapidly
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as we skip to the canoe part...
The noose tightens around Ike, while the Butcher takes a peek
A quick review of the "Magic City" season finale coming up just as soon as I fight a flashbulb with a flashbulb...
Seth and Al come to blows, and trouble arrives on the morning stagecoach
Well here we are again, folks, going back to "Deadwood" to revisit season 2 of David Milch's epic revisionist Western. Just as we did last summer (and as I did for the three seasons of "The Wire" I reviewed after the fact), we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the veteran-friendly version; click here for the newbie-safe one.
Though future reviews will be done one episode at a time, we're opening up with a combined review of the season's first two hours, "A Lie Agreed Upon" parts 1 & 2, coming up just as soon as I would settle for a vigorous hand-holding...