"Homeland" is back for a third season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I have immunity for overdue parking tickets...
Welcome to the most insane night of television that I can ever remember, in what I've dubbed Dramageddon 2013.
When you work with the right partner — especially one whose skills and interests don't completely overlap with yours — you can do more than make yourself twice as good. If it's the right match, you can be exponentially as good as you'd be on your own. The problem, of course, in working with a partner who likes to do different things than you is that the partnership may not last, and then you see how the sum of your individual parts matches up with the former whole.
A review of tonight's "Parenthood" season premiere coming up just as soon as you're in my radius...
I've already published my review of "The Michael J. Fox Show" and "The Crazy Ones." Now it's your turn. For those who tuned into either show tonight, what did you think?
With "Michael J. Fox," did all the Parkinson's jokes feel necessary, or too self-conscious after a point? Did you prefer the scenes with Mike's family (and, if so, which parts) or at work with Wendell Pierce? In the second episode, was it distracting or funny to have Tracy Pollan playing Mike's hot neighbor? And do you think that, after all his medical problems and his time in semi-retirement, Fox has still got what it takes to carry a show?
With "The Crazy Ones," do you still find these particular Robin Williams voices funny, or will you be glad if you never hear his Brando again? Were you impressed by James Wolk as a funnier Bob Benson? Did you like Sarah Michelle Gellar, or are you sad by her character's wet blanket-hood? Would you rather this was a show about Kelly Clarkson?
And in both cases, will you watch again?
Have at it.
A review of the "Parks and Recreation" season 6 premiere coming up just as soon as I build a scarecrow replica of you...
I have left the hospital, which makes this the first Firewall & Iceberg Podcast to be recorded in relative privacy in a couple of weeks. (I wasn't up for posting about the last two, but you can find them on Dan's blog here and here.) In this one, Dan and I tackle the rest of the notable premiere week premieres (some briefly, some at length), including my pick for the fall's best new show, and we dip into the mailbag to discuss the splitting of the final "Mad Men" season.
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HBO has renewed "Boardwalk Empire" for a fifth season.
“Thanks to Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Howard Korder and their stellar team, 'Boardwalk Empire' remains in a class by itself,” HBO president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. “I look forward to another electrifying season of this impeccably crafted series.”
Though "Boardwalk" has never turned into the Emmy juggernaut HBO might have hoped for, it's a solid ratings performer, it still picks up stray awards (like Bobby Cannavale's trophy on Sunday) and is off to a very intriguing start to its fourth season with the introduction of Jeffrey Wright as Harlem fixer Dr. Valentin Narcisse.
I'm a fan of the show and am glad it will be sticking around a while.
(Also, for those of you who will be in New York City next weekend, I'll be moderating a PaleyFest panel with Winter, Korder, Michael Kenneth Williams, Wright and Gretchen Mol.)
Bill Masters is a sex researcher who admittedly doesn't know very much about sex. In one of the very first scenes of Showtime's excellent scripted drama "Masters of Sex" (Sunday at 10), which chronicles the pioneering real-life work of Masters and Virginia Johnson, Masters is puzzled to learn of the very idea of women faking an orgasm, and tries to press a prostitute named Betty for an explanation as to why she would practice such deception.