Dan and Alan also answer your letters and discuss the last two 'Breaking Bad's
After a week off and then a technical glitch yesterday, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast returns with Dan and I looking ahead to the finales of "Wilfred," "Louie" and "Entourage," answering a whole lot of listener mail and then breaking down two "Breaking Bad" episodes. The rundown:
A sweet tribute to a sweet latenight fixture
If you pay attention to latenight TV at all, you probably know that Uncle Frank, a fixture of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" from the very first episode, passed away recently. Frank Potenza was a retired New York cop and Kimmel's actual uncle, as opposed to those friends of your parents whom you call uncle.
He was also that rare breed on television: a truly genuine person.
Will HBO or PBS reign supreme in the battle of historical dramas?
The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on Sunday, September 18th, and Fienberg and I are going to spend much of the next week and a half talking about who we think should win the major categories, and predicting who will. (Keep in mind that neither of us has an especially impressive track record at the latter, so please do not risk any of your actual money based on our guesses.)
First up: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, the first time that miniseries and made-for-TV movies have been combined into one big category. (Acting, writing, directing, etc. for the two have been combined for years, and so few of either are made anymore that the Emmys just gave up the ghost on presenting two separate awards.)
Jax, Clay and friends return to Charming and a new batch of troubles
Firefighting drama was strongest when focusing on 9/11, silliest when kissing up to star Denis Leary
Last week's "Rescue Me," the penultimate episode of the FX firefighting drama, spent most of its running time on the wedding of Tommy Gavin's eldest daughter Colleen to his colleague Black Shawn. It was a long sequence, alternately funny and unbearable. Then the episode segued rather abruptly into one of its hairiest, most riveting fire sequences ever, as Tommy and the rest of the guys on 62 Truck became trapped in an arson fire after turning away from a waiting escape ladder to try to rescue a few more civilians. Their only exit blocked, best friends Tommy and Lou faced each other, unsure of what to do next...
...and then the building blew up.
The episode was, in other words, seven seasons of "Rescue Me" in a nutshell: at times hilarious, at times obnoxious, and then so riveting that you will almost forgive it every one of its past sins.
But is the back-to-basics approach too formulaic?
- Critic's Rating B+
- Readers' Rating A-
A Gus spotlight episode also suggests he has things in common with Walt
Larry befriends the '86 World Series goat in an instant classic episode
'Sherlock' co-author Mark Gatiss pens a creepy tale
I'm on vacation, but I got to see tonight's "Doctor Who" before I went away for a few days. "Night Terrors" was penned by Steven Moffat's "Sherlock" co-author Mark Gatiss, and I thought it was very strong on the creepy imagery (the dolls in particular) but a bit less effective on the sentimental side of things. What did everybody else think of it? And, given last week's discussion of how Amy and Rory are dealing with the kidnapping of their daughter, did you feel "Night Terrors," with its focus on parents and kids, did a good job of thematically dealing with that in any way?
Is it good or bad when people see so much of her in her roles?
(Reminder: I'm on vacation this week, but transcribed a few press tour interviews to keep the blog from going totally dark while I'm gone. I'll be back after Labor Day.)
"I kind of happen to like press conferences," Zooey Deschanel told me mid-way through an interview at FOX's press tour party.
Of course she would say that, not 12 hours after she had been the centerpiece of a press conference that was less a Q&A than an unapologetic lovefest.