Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 166: Press tour, 'The Following,' 'The Carrie Diaries' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 166: Press tour, 'The Following,' 'The Carrie Diaries' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Continuum,' 'Archer,' 'Legit,' 'Kroll Show' and 'Ripper Street'


Time for the last Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for a few weeks in all likelihood, since Dan is going straight from press tour to Sundance, while I've already come from press tour back to my home and family. So we had a lot to cover in this one (which was recorded on Thursday), including what were the most recent days of the tour to that point, but also a lot of new shows debuting over the next couple of weeks, from "The Carrie Diaries" all the way through to "The Following." The lineup: 

Press tour stuff (00:01:20 - 00:34:00)
"The Carrie Diaries" (00:34:10 - 00:43:50)
"Continuum" (00:44:00 - 00:50:55)
"The Kroll Show" (00:50:55 - 00:55:30)
"Archer" (00:55:30 - 00:58:00)
"Legit" (00:58:00 - 01:07:00)
"Ripper Street" (01:07:10 - 01:14:40)
"The Following" (01:15:10 - 01:31:10)
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<p>AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw in &quot;The Carrie Diaries.&quot;</p>

AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw in "The Carrie Diaries."

Credit: CW

Review: CW's 'The Carrie Diaries' takes 'Sex and the City' back to the '80s

John Hughes seems more of an influence than Darren Star and Michael Patrick King

Carrie Bradshaw walks down a Manhattan sidewalk in slow-motion. It's a gorgeous day, her curls bounce with each high-heeled stride, and she is mistress of all she surveys.

A familiar scene, no? Only this is the 15-year-old Carrie in the mid-'80s, not the thirtysomething one in the late '90s; the glorious moment is ruined not by the splash of a bus hitting a puddle, but by the realization that it was all a daydream; and the show isn't HBO's "Sex and the City," but the CW's "The Carrie Diaries."

Same character, different network. Same city, but no sex yet.

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<p>A mustachioed Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes.</p>

A mustachioed Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes.

Credit: NBC

Review: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Jodie Foster highlight a memorable Golden Globes

Seth MacFarlane and the Oscars have a tough act to follow

Good luck following that, Seth MacFarlane.

The 2013 Golden Globes were that rarest of 21st century beasts: an entertainment awards show that was genuinely entertaining on its own merits, even with a variety of technical glitches along the way. It had two sterling, hilarious hosts in Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, a slew of other amusing and/or memorable presenters and speeches, some surprising winners and a few tears being genuinely jerked along the way.

It had all those things in part because of how the night broke, in part because of the talents of people like Fey, Poehler, Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell, and in part because of that thing the Golden Globes always has going for it, even on less successful nights:

The Globes go first.

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<p>Dermot Mulroney (or possibly Dylan McDermott)&nbsp;with Laura Dern in the &quot;Enlightened&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Dermot Mulroney (or possibly Dylan McDermott) with Laura Dern in the "Enlightened" season premiere.

Credit: HBO

Season premiere review: 'Enlightened' - 'The Key'

Learning to appreciate Mike White's abrasive-by-design HBO series

"Enlightened" is back for a new season, and I have a few thoughts on where the series stands creatively at this point coming up just as soon as I join a gym and inherit a timeshare...

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<p>Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin in the &quot;Shameless&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin in the "Shameless" season premiere.

Credit: Showtime

Season premiere review: 'Shameless' - 'El Gran Canon'

Frank wakes up in Mexico, Jimmy's in-laws return, and Lip builds a killer robot

I'm very happy to have "Shameless" back on my TV, and I have a few thoughts on the season 3 premiere — and the series as a whole — coming up just as soon as I focus on the White Sox box scores...

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<p>Allison Williams and Andrew Rannells in a scene from the &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;season 2 premiere. </p>

Allison Williams and Andrew Rannells in a scene from the "Girls" season 2 premiere.

Credit: HBO

Season premiere review: 'Girls' - 'It's About Time'

Hannah dates Donald Glover, Elijah and Marnie try a duet, and Shoshanna wants her dignity

"Girls" is back. I offered some initial thoughts on the new season on Friday, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as the pants made of SCUBA material make me look crazy...

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<p>Lance Briggs plays himself on tonight's &quot;lost&quot; episode of &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Lance Briggs plays himself on tonight's "lost" episode of "Happy Endings."

Credit: ABC

'Happy Endings' producers on 'Kickball,' Sunday scheduling and renewal hopes

A 'lost' season 2 episode sees the light of day, and ABC promises the double-pumping is a good thing

Tonight at 10, ABC will be airing something doubly unusual: another episode of "Happy Endings" on a Sunday night — as part of a recent strategy where that show and "Don't Trust the (Bitch) in Apt. 23" have been airing on both Tuesdays and Sundays so they can finish their seasons before "Dancing with the Stars" returns in March — and an episode that was left over from the previous season.

For scheduling reasons, tonight's episode, "Kickball 2: The Kickening" — a sports-filled episode guest starring Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs — never aired last spring, and has been sitting in limbo in America (though it's aired internationally) until tonight.

When I was at ABC's press tour party a few nights ago, I ran into "Happy Endings" producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff, and asked them about "Kickball" finally seeing the light of day, their thoughts on this scheduling strategy, and whether they think they have a shot to come back next year.

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<p>Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin in &quot;Homeland,&quot;&nbsp;which will stand on its own next fall.</p>

Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin in "Homeland," which will stand on its own next fall.

Credit: Showtime

Showtime announces premiere dates for 'Homeland,' 'Dexter' & more

'Nurse Jackie' in April, 'Ray Donovan' in June, 'Masters of Sex' in September

In television, you use established hits to launch new ones. In the fall of 2011, Showtime used its big gun "Dexter" to help launch "Homeland." Two years later, "Homeland" can comfortably stand on its own, and today Showtime announced (during David Nevins' executive session) a 2013 schedule that will split the two dramas up so they can be used to launch a pair of new series, "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex."

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<p>A visual representation of my Twitter feed's reaction to news of &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother&quot;&nbsp;being on the verge of renewal.</p>

A visual representation of my Twitter feed's reaction to news of "How I Met Your Mother" being on the verge of renewal.

Credit: CBS

Press Tour: 'Almost everything is completed' on 'How I Met Your Mother' renewal

Will the ninth season be the last? And will they hold the Mother reveal until the very end, no matter what?

When a late December report suggested that "How I Met Your Mother" was on the verge of being renewed for a ninth season, I began speculating once again on when Carter Bays and Craig Thomas intend to introduce us to Ted Mosby's future wife, and came to the conclusion that they'd rather that not happen until the very end of the series.

The renewal still isn't official, but CBS president Nina Tassler told reporters at press tour today that, "I will be very happy to report, in a very few days, I believe, that things will be resolved. We're very confident and excited that things will all work out. Almost everything is completed."

And comments she made about the pending renewal suggested that, no, we will not be meeting the Mother anytime soon.

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<p>Antony Starr in &quot;Banshee.&quot;</p>

Antony Starr in "Banshee."

Credit: Cinemax

Review: Cinemax takes a step back with 'Banshee'

A crook impersonates a cop in a low-wattage pulp thriller

I like to say of "Strike Back" that the show is better than it needs to be. Given the Cinemax brand, all it really had to offer was guns and breasts and it was going to get some kind of audience, but the show goes a lot deeper than that, and is executed on a much higher level than I might have expected. And though the channel's second series, "Hunted," had some plotting issues, it also had ambition and atmosphere and strong performances.

"Banshee," on the other hand, feels exactly like what I pictured when I first heard that Cinemax was getting into the scripted drama game — and not just because its main character leaves prison and has sex with a naked woman within the pilot's first 90 seconds. It's pulp fiction, but hampered by its leading man's limitations and some odd choices along the way.

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