Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall

'Smash' - 'Tech': A Swift return

Despite isolated pockets of quality, the show is still pretty dire

<p>Uma Thurman in &quot;Smash.&quot;</p>

Uma Thurman in "Smash."

Credit: NBC

A review of last night's "Smash" coming up just as soon as I magically take a train from Grand Central Station to Boston...

'Game of Thrones' gets an unofficial hip-hop anthem

There is only one thing we say to Death: 'Not today.'

<p>Jon Snow (Kit Harington)&nbsp;on the Iron Throne in an early &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;promotional image.</p>

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) on the Iron Throne in an early "Game of Thrones" promotional image.

Credit: HBO

Fan-generated art (by which I mean not just pictures, but words and music and video) can be some of the best things you find on the Internet, and some of the most dire. The hip-hop songs of Adam WarRock, fortunately, are the good kind of fan art. I've much enjoyed his "Parks and Recreation" tracks and his "Justified" song, for instance. Now he's turned his attention to "Game of Thrones," with a song inspired by the advice Syrio Forel gave Arya Stark during one of their fencing lessons in season 1, and a beat courtesy of Block McCloud's "Crazy Man." You can download it here, and I've got the video embedded below: 

'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Good Crazy': 'Round Robin

Ted struggles to get over Robin, Barney hates Quinn's job and Marshall gets too intense for Lily

<p>Barney and Marshall go to Atlantic City on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Barney and Marshall go to Atlantic City on "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

A very quick review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I meet a cute travel agent while reading a newspaper at a bookstore...

'Boardwalk Empire' Emmy panel reunites Nucky and Jimmy one more time

Highlights from an evening with Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and company

<p>The &quot;Boardwalk&nbsp;Empire&quot; panel:&nbsp;from left, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Steve Buscemi, Vincent Piazza, Terry Winter, Michael Shannon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gretchen Mol and me.</p>

The "Boardwalk Empire" panel: from left, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Steve Buscemi, Vincent Piazza, Terry Winter, Michael Shannon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gretchen Mol and me.

Credit: HBO

The "Boardwalk Empire" Emmy panel I moderated last Thursday night went very well, I thought. It was rare to have that many actors from the show in the same place, it was a chance to get some closure from departing castmember Michael Pitt, and the actors and creator Terence Winter were alternately eloquent and funny (one actor in particular) in discussing the first two seasons of the HBO drama. I had hoped to have some video from the event, but it turns out that the only material available to non-ATAS members are the red carpet interviews the actors did; I've embedded Pitt's below, and you can Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald and Gretchen Mol on our video page. As moderator, I couldn't take notes on what was being said, but after the jump I have a few paraphrased highlights from the event: 

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 126: 'Sherlock,' 'Mad Men,' 'Smash' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'The Good Wife' finale and answer your mail

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 126: 'Sherlock,' 'Mad Men,' 'Smash' & more

The

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." 

The line-up: 

Monday's breakdown:
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)
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

HBO renews 'Girls' & 'Veep' for season 2

Freshman shows have gotten HBO its best comedy reviews in years

<p>HBO&nbsp;has ordered a second season of &quot;Girls,&quot; along with more "Veep."</p>

HBO has ordered a second season of "Girls," along with more "Veep."

Credit: HBO

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.

Keeping things in moderation: 'Sherlock'

Your local TV critic will be heading to New York to talk about a London detective

<p>The new season of &quot;Sherlock,&quot;&nbsp;with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will premiere on PBS on Sunday May 6. </p>

The new season of "Sherlock," with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will premiere on PBS on Sunday May 6.

Credit: BBC

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.

'The Good Wife' - 'The Dream Team': Kalinda's secret stash

Michael J. Fox and Martha Plimpton team up in a memorable finale

<p>Michael J. Fox, Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski in &quot;The Good Wife&quot;&nbsp;season 3 finale.</p>

Michael J. Fox, Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski in "The Good Wife" season 3 finale.

Credit: CBS

A review of the "The Good Wife" season finale coming up just as soon as I pick out the right sledgehammer...

'Mad Men' - 'At the Codfish Ball': The dirty city

Disappointment reigns for Don, Megan, Sally and Peggy

<p>No one has a good time at the big &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;gala. </p>

No one has a good time at the big "Mad Men" gala.

Credit: AMC

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I spread my legs and fly away...

'Girls' - 'All Adventurous Women Do': You're the inspiration

Hannah gets her STD results, Jessa gets a job and Marnie meets an artist

<p>Zosia Mamet and Lena Dunham in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Zosia Mamet and Lena Dunham in "Girls."

Credit: HBO

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I pass you an STD but enjoy your quirky web presence...

Get Instant Alerts on What's Alan Watching

Around the Web