Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 152: 'Raising Hope,' '30 for 30,' 'Homeland' premiere & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 152: 'Raising Hope,' '30 for 30,' 'Homeland' premiere & more

Dan and Alan also weigh in on recent episodes of 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'The Office' and 'How I Met Your Mother'

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Week 2 of the TV season is a bit slower, with one of the bigger premieres (the final season of "30 Rock") something we didn't get a screener for. Still, we have two shows we're happy to see the return of, and then we have lots of time to discuss other recent episodes, early ratings, and more.

The line-up: 

"Raising Hope" (00:01:15 - 00:10:55)
"30 for 30" (00:10:55 - 00:23:45)
Oscar host Seth MacFarlane (00:23:45 - 00:31:40)
Early Ratings (00:31:40 - 00:40:30)
"Sons of Anarchy" (00:40:40 - 00:50:15)
"The Office" (00:50:15 - 00:54:05)
"How I Met Your Mother" (00:54:10 - 01:00:45)
Listener mail - Guest Appearances (01:01:10 - 01:04:15)
Listener mail - "Life" (01:04:15 - 01:07:15)
"Homeland" (01:07:15 - 01:14:00)
 
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And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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I posted my review of the new season of "Dexteryesterday. Now it's your turn. Given the unhappiness so many "Dexter" fans had with the last season (if not the last two, or even three of the last four), were you satisfied enough with how the show dealt with the Deb/Dexter cliffhanger to put those bad feelings aside? Or are you always going to feel skeptical about the show from here until the end? Is anyone done with the show now, and/or has anyone been roped back in after giving up, like I was? Have at it.

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Janet Montgomery in "Made in Jersey."

Credit: CBS

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What did everybody think of the new CBS drama?

"Made in Jersey" is another new fall show I didn't have write a review of, though Dan and I discussed it for a few minutes on yesterday's podcast, where we agreed that any enjoyment you take out of it will depend almost entirely on your affection for star Janet Montgomery.

For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? A Jersey love letter or more of the same old stereotypes? Did you buy the English-born Montgomery as a Jersey girl by way of Marissa Tomei in "My Cousin Vinny"? Did you feel the show made good use of Kyle MacLachlan? Did you want to spend more time on the case or back with her family? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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