Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Dan and Alan also review 'The Good Wife' finale and answer your mail
It's a very long Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, but a good chunk of that comes with our irregular sports talk segment at the end, so if you don't care about that, it's only slightly longer than normal! And that's with only one new show — and "new" should be in quotes, since "Sherlock" already debuted in the UK ages ago — to review. To keep ourselves busy, we revisited the trainwreck that is "Smash," we reviewed "The Good Wife" finale, and we of course talked about "Mad Men."
Corrections (00:00:45 - 00:03:50)
"Sherlock" (00:03:50 - 00:19:50)
Listener Mail: "Smash" (00:20:10 - 00:37:40)
Listener Mail: Walton Goggins Performances (00:37:45 - 00:43:00)
Listener Mail: Jon Hamm in comedy (00:43:20 - 00:51:00)
"The Good Wife" finale (00:51:10 - 01:01:05)
"Mad Men" (01:01:30 - 01:16:30)
SportsTalk (01:16:30 - 01:32:30)
Freshman shows have gotten HBO its best comedy reviews in years
HBO has renewed both of its new Sunday comedies, "Girls" and "Veep," for second seasons, each with 10 episode orders.
Though HBO has largely renewed its freshman shows on the Tuesday after their debuts in recent years, that pattern hasn't been absolute, and in this case there was the added complication that "Veep" debuted a week after "Girls," and that HBO likely wanted to renew them at the same time to avoid making the other show look/feel bad.
Your local TV critic will be heading to New York to talk about a London detective
Turns out Thursday night's "Boardwalk Empire" Emmy panel (which I hope to post clips of sometime in the next few days) wasn't the only TV-related event I'll be moderating over the next week or so. This Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m. Eastern, I'll be in New York at the Apple Store SoHo to talk about "Sherlock" with writer Steven Moffat and his producing partner (and wife) Sue Vertue, in advance of that show's American premiere on PBS on Sunday, May 6.
Where the "Boardwalk" event was streamed live, my understanding is that this "Sherlock" Q&A (some with me, some with the audience) will be available to download as a video podcast at a later date. I'll offer those details when I have them.
I've seen all three parts of "Sherlock" season 2 and am very excited to have this show back. (Though, as with the first season, the middle episode lagged behind the other two.) Based on the response last year, and my "Doctor Who" coverage during the period when there was a lag between British and American airings, my guess is that many of you have already watched the entire second season, so I'll ask you to be vague in the comments out of respect for both my spoiler policy and the American viewers who haven't seen it yet.
Michael J. Fox and Martha Plimpton team up in a memorable finale
A review of the "The Good Wife" season finale coming up just as soon as I pick out the right sledgehammer...
Disappointment reigns for Don, Megan, Sally and Peggy
A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I spread my legs and fly away...
Hannah gets her STD results, Jessa gets a job and Marnie meets an artist
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I pass you an STD but enjoy your quirky web presence...
Plans change rapidly as season 2 reaches its mid-point
A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I'm able to kill people with my mind...
Paul McCartney, Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler, Donald Glover and more stopped by for a much-improved live episode
A quick review of Thursday night's "30 Rock" live show coming up just as soon as I go viral and take medicine for it...
Sunday's episode is a reminder of the pleasures of latter-day 'Simpsons'
I've written a lot about "The Simpsons" this season, between the two-year renewal, a wave of nostalgia before the airing of the 500th episode, and my feeling that this is one of the stronger overall seasons of the last 10-plus years, and a good example of why I'm glad the show continues to churn out new episodes after all this time.
Amy Poehler writes, directs and stars in a Leslie Knope tour de force
A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I love it when you're needlessly disgusting...