Dan and Alan also review 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Whitney,' 'Revenge' and 'Breaking Bad'
Dan and I stayed up late, woke up early and worked overtime to bring you today's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which has us post-morteming the Emmys and last night's "Breaking Bad" and offering our thoughts on a bunch of this season's new shows. The rundown:
Eddie Cibrian leaves much to be desired as the lead, even if you ignore 'Mad Men' comparisons
- Critic's Rating C
- Readers' Rating D+
The producers of NBC's "The Playboy Club" would rather you not compare their drama - about the Bunnies, patrons and other hangers-on at the famous Chicago club in the early '60s - to "Mad Men," even though it's set in the same era, has styled leading man Eddie Cibrian to look very much like Don Draper, has a pilot directed by frequent "Mad Men" contributor Alan Taylor, and has a cast that includes Naturi Naughton playing a "chocolate Bunny" much like the one she played last season on "Mad Men."
Which Whitney Cummings fall sitcom has more upside?
Every new TV season seems to have an It Girl, and this one has two obvious candidates: Zooey Deschanel and Whitney Cummings. Deschanel (whose FOX sitcom "New Girl" I'll be reviewing tomorrow) has her face on all those billboards, but I think Cummings wins the title because she has two different shows debuting this week: CBS' "2 Broke Girls," which she co-created, and NBC's "Whitney," which she created and stars in.
'Friday Night Lights,' Margo Martindale and Peter Dinklage among the show's delights
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards started out incredibly predictable, and they ended virtually the same way. But sandwiched in between those two familiar slices of white bread was an incredible, unpredictable filling, featuring a number of delightfully shocking winners like Margo Martindale, Peter Dinklage and, in a stunning but welcome farewell tribute, “Friday Night Lights.”
Jesse heads south of the border, while Walter Jr. celebrates a birthday
The Doctor and friends are trapped in a memorably creepy hotel
Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 93: Emmys, '2 Broke Girls,' 'New Girl,' 'The Playboy Club' & more
Dan and Alan also review 'Unforgettable' and break down the latest 'Breaking Bad'
It's time for not only a bonus installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, folks, but an extremely long one, as Dan and I discuss our Emmy predictions, review four of the new shows debuting next week and discuss maybe the most memorable "Breaking Bad" of the season. The rundown:
Archer runs away in the hilarious start of a three-part arc
Mac puts on some pounds, and Frank has an indecent proposal in mind
What did everybody think of the new CW teen witch drama?
Ideally, I would write reviews of every new fall show. Practically, that's not possible, and in my triage, one of the shows I passed on was the CW's "Secret Circle," about which I had very little to say other than that was a decently-executed example of a kind of show I have virtually no interest in. As I've mentioned, I don't inherently care much about witches, vampires, zombies, etc., but can be made to care by excellent and/or novel execution, like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." This is not that; it's straight down the middle of what you'd expect. Which many will enjoy, but which I didn't.
Fienberg offered his own review, and now it's your turn. Whether you're a "Vampire Diaries" fan or not, or a big witchcraft lover, what did you think of this? And were you, like me, amused by just how frequently other characters had to tell Britt Robertson just how beautiful she is? (It reminded me of how Leslie always describes Ann on "Parks and Recreation," but at least there it's supposed to be a running gag.)