Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 149: Emmys, 'Treme,' 'Partners' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 149: Emmys, 'Treme,' 'Partners' & more

Dan and Alan also predict which show will be canceled first

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Time for a Firewall & Iceberg Podcast Emmy preview so long, it nearly swallowed up the other segments on "Treme," "Partners," and listener mail. Things are getting busy busy busy around here, so look for two podcasts next week.

The line-up: 

"Treme" (00:01:10 - 00:19:15)
"Partners" (00:20:00 - 00:29:45)
Emmy Predictions (00:29:50 - 01:23:45)
Listener Mail - First Show Cancelled (01:23:50 - 01:32:30)
 
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<p>Can Christina Hendricks break the &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;acting oh-fer?</p>

Can Christina Hendricks break the "Mad Men" acting oh-fer?

Credit: AMC

Emmys 2012 Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actress for Comedy & Drama

Can 'Mad Men' finally get an acting trophy? And will the late Kathryn Joosten win once more?

Dan and I are continuing our Emmy picks for who should and will win in the major categories with a look at the fields for supporting actress in a comedy and a drama.

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<p>&quot;Last Resort,&quot;&nbsp;with Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman and Robert Patrick, as this critic's favorite fall pilot.</p>

"Last Resort," with Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman and Robert Patrick, as this critic's favorite fall pilot.

Credit: ABC

Fall TV 2012: The best, the worst and a lot in between

Some strong shows at the top in 'Last Resort' and 'Nashville,' and then many question marks

It's that time again, folks: fall TV is here.

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<p>JD&nbsp;Pardo and Billy Burke in &quot;Revolution.&quot;</p>

JD Pardo and Billy Burke in "Revolution."

Credit: NBC

Series premiere review: 'Revolution' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC drama?

I posted my review of NBC's "Revolution" over the weekend. Now it's your turn. (Or, it is for those of you who didn't already watch it online and comment in the initial review.) For those of you who just saw it, what did you think? Did this power-less world seem intriguing or boring to you? Do you want to know more about where all the electricity went? Did you feel this was a better post-Fring role for Giancarlo Esposito than his "Once Upon a Time" gig? Did you like the swordfight? Do any of the teenage characters do anything for you? And will you be watching again next week? 

Have at it.

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<p>Jordana Spiro and Zach Gilford in &quot;The Mob Doctor.&quot;</p>

Jordana Spiro and Zach Gilford in "The Mob Doctor."

Credit: FOX

Series premiere review: 'The Mob Doctor' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new FOX drama?

As I've said, I won't be writing reviews of every new fall series, but Dan and I did discuss "The Mob Doctorat length on last week's podcast. The short version is that while I like Jordana Spiro in general, this is a combination of watered-down hospital drama and watered-down mob drama, and the combination not only doesn't make either half better, it makes both sillier. And even if I'd been more engaged by the pilot, the Spiro character's decision at the end felt so contrived and premise-sustaining that I likely would have bailed after that.

For those of you who watched tonight, what did you think? Were you just happy to have QB1 and Zeljko Ivanek back on TV, even in these roles? Did you prefer one half of the show to the other? Did you believe Spiro would make the decision she made? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Six seasons and an Emmy?&nbsp;&quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;has a shot at the latter thanks to &quot;Remedial Chaos Theory.&quot;</p>

Six seasons and an Emmy? "Community" has a shot at the latter thanks to "Remedial Chaos Theory."

Credit: NBC

Emmys 2012 Predictions: Outstanding Writing for Comedy & Drama

Will 'Mad Men' beat 'Downton'? And which great comedy script will win?

It's time to talk about writing as Dan and I make our picks for who should and will win Emmys on Sunday night. As always, I should warn you that my prognostication skills are terrible. This time, we're doing the comedy and drama writing categories.

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<p>Kelly Macdonald and Steve Buscemi in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Kelly Macdonald and Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

Season premiere review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Resolution'

Nucky and friends usher in the new year with the same old lies

"Boardwalk Empire" is back for its third season. I reviewed the first half of season 3 as a whole earlier in the week, and I have specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I go to the flea circus...

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<p>Bryan Cranston in a scene from the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Bryan Cranston in a scene from the "Breaking Bad" season finale.

Credit: AMC

Emmys 2012 Predictions: Outstanding Directing for Comedy & Drama

Will this be where Louis C.K. or Lena Dunham get recognized?

Dan and I are continuing our Emmy predictions in advance of the awards ceremony on September 23rd, and in order to get this done in time, we'll be doubling up genres for most of these posts. Next up: the comedy and drama directing awards.

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<p>&quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;headed back to the Wild West.</p>

"Doctor Who" headed back to the Wild West.

Credit: BBC

Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'A Town Called Mercy'

Two alien doctors and a cyborg cause trouble in an Old West town

A quick review of tonight's "Doctor Who" just as soon as my friends wonder why I'm aging more rapidly than them...

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<p>Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in &quot;Sherlock.&quot;</p>

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in "Sherlock."

Credit: BBC

Emmys 2012 Predictions: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

The eligibility rules are strange, but something has to win

The Primetime Emmy Awards are on Sunday, September 23rd, and that means it's time for our predictions, both of what will win (and based on my own very shabby track record in this area, I would advise against wagering actual money based on my picks), and what should. We'll be running one or two posts per day over the next week, starting with a category that remains in a state of both flux and controversy: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

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