Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 148: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Revolution,' 'Mob Doctor' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 148: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Revolution,' 'Mob Doctor' & more

Dan and Alan also weigh in on 'Guys with Kids' and the revamped 'Glee'

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Time for a mid-week Firewall & Iceberg Podcast in which Dan and I start paddling into the waters of the fall TV season, with reviews of a mix of new and returning shows that are premiering a few weeks ahead of the real deluge.

As mentioned on the show, next week's podcast will be Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest due to Rosh Hashanah.

The line-up: 

Second episodes of "Go On" and "New Normal" (00:01:10 - 00:02:45)
"Guys With Kids" (00:02:50 - 00:11:30)
"Glee" (00:11:30 - 00:22:35)
"Boardwalk Empire" (00:22:35 - 00:35:40)
"The Mob Doctor" (00:35:40 - 00:45:25)
"Revolution" (00:45:30 - 00:56:50)
Listener Mail - Worst Characters, Best Shows (00:57:40 - 01:13:20)
 
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.
<p>Jonathan Banks from &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;will be on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Jonathan Banks from "Breaking Bad" will be on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

Exclusive: 'Breaking Bad' co-star Jonathan Banks to guest star on 'Parks and Recreation'

The character actor will play Ben Wyatt's father

Mike Ehrmentraut is coming to "Parks and Recreation."

In an episode of the fifth season of "Parks and Rec," Jonathan Banks from "Breaking Bad" will play the father of Adam Scott's character, Ben Wyatt.

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<p>The &quot;Cougar Town&quot; crew is moving to TBS.</p>

The "Cougar Town" crew is moving to TBS.

Credit: TBS

'Cougar Town' stars sing about January premiere date on TBS

And some very special guests, too

We've known since the spring that "Cougar Town" would be moving to TBS for its fourth season, and that the show would be returning sometime in 2013. Now we have a date — and, in typical "Cougar Town" fashion, a song to go tell you that date, sung by the cast and a bunch of very special friends of the show. Enjoy. And I look forward to the show coming back on January 8 (also Elvis's birthday).

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<p>Matthew Perry and Bill Cobbs go to a Laker game on &quot;Go On.&quot;</p>

Matthew Perry and Bill Cobbs go to a Laker game on "Go On."

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The Morning Round-Up: 'Go On' & 'The New Normal'

One new NBC sitcom runs in place while the other offers a few signs of improvement

Well, TV premieres are starting to roll out as we get deeper into September. The "Sons of Anarchy" premiere was last night, and here's Geoff Berkshire season premiere review. Meanwhile, after the jump I have quick thoughts on the second episodes of "Go On" and "The New Normal" coming up just as soon as I tell you what "Havana casual" means...

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<p>Monica Potter and Peter Krause in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Monica Potter and Peter Krause in "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

Season premiere review: 'Parenthood' - 'Family Portrait'

Ray Romano takes a Braverman photo in a sweet, simple return

"Parenthood" is back after an absurdly long absence (the season 3 finale aired at the end of February), and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as I choke on an awkward segue...

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<p>When the Jets are part of an NFL&nbsp;doubleheader on CBS, your DVR won't be as affected.</p>

When the Jets are part of an NFL doubleheader on CBS, your DVR won't be as affected.

Credit: AP

CBS to start Sunday shows half-hour later to accommodate NFL doubleheaders

On many fall weekends, '60 Minutes' will officially start at 7:30, 'Good Wife' at 9:30, etc.

CBS is adjusting the way it schedules its Sunday primetime shows on weekends where the network airs an NFL doubleheader.

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<p>Janet Montgomery, center, with her &quot;Made in Jersey&quot; siblings</p>

Janet Montgomery, center, with her "Made in Jersey" siblings

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'Made in Jersey' star Janet Montgomery learns to talk like a Jersey girl

The English actress has to play a lawyer who grew up in the Garden State
Martina Garretti, the heroine of CBS' upcoming new drama "Made in Jersey" (it debuts on Sept. 28) is a Garden State girl through and through. She comes from a big family in Clifton, and though she commutes across the Hudson every day to work as a junior associate at a fancy Manhattan law firm, she doesn't try to hide her accent, her days as a prosecutor in Trenton, or any of her other Jersey roots.
 
The actress playing Martina, on the other hand? She has quite a bit to hide, as CBS went way outside the state — outside the country, in fact — to cast English actress Janet Montgomery to play the role. Montgomery has played Americans before, most recently as a San Francisco jewel thief on FOX's "Human Target," but never as the lead of a show, and never in an accent made so famous by Carmela Soprano and the women of "Real Housewives of New Jersey."
 
I sat down with Montgomery at the television critics press tour last month to ask about what she's learned about the region, whom her accent is based on, and more.
 
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<p>Andrew Rannells, Ellen Barkin and NeNe Leakes in &quot;The New Normal.&quot;</p>

Andrew Rannells, Ellen Barkin and NeNe Leakes in "The New Normal."

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Series premiere review: 'The New Normal' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC sitcom?

I reviewed NBC's "The New Normalover the weekend. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched the premiere tonight, what did you think? Was it funny? Offensive? Both? Neither? Did you like the Andrew Rannells character, or did you feel the two baby-as-accessory jokes sold him out? Do you want to watch Ellen Barkin spew racist and/or homophobic slurs 22 times a season for seasons on end? Did the celebrity cameo delight you or just remind you of various "Glee" moments? 

Most importantly, are you going to watch again? Unlike most premieres this fall, that choice comes upon you almost immediately, as the next episode will be airing tomorrow night at 9:30.

Have at it.

<p>Mandy Patinkin in the &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;season 2 premiere.</p>

Mandy Patinkin in the "Homeland" season 2 premiere.

Credit: Showtime

Watch the first 20 minutes of 'Homeland' season 2 now

Showtime previews the first episode in advance of September 30 premiere

"Homeland" doesn't return to television until Sunday, September 30 at 10 p.m., but Showtime made the first 20 minutes of the season 2 premiere available online and On Demand, both to whet the appetites of subscribers and to convince other people to sign up before the month is over.

The preview is supposed to be available on Demand on over 40 cable and satellite providers, including Comcast, Cox, DirectTV, Dish, Time Warner Cable and Verizon, and it's also online right now, as you can see below. Enjoy, and we'll be back to discuss the full thing on the 30th.

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<p>Jax (Charlie Hunnam)&nbsp;sits at the gavel on the new season of &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Jax (Charlie Hunnam) sits at the gavel on the new season of "Sons of Anarchy."

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Review: 'Sons of Anarchy' returns for season 5 with same strengths and weaknesses

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Lots of great characters matched with lots of goofy plots for the motorcycle club drama
Creating television is not an exact science. For every show that debuts as a fully-formed entity ("The Shield," "The Sopranos," "Arrested Development"), there are plenty that struggle early on but improve dramatically over time, usually when they return for their second seasons, having had a few months to examine what worked and what didn't in the debut year. For some shows ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Breaking Bad," "Parks and Recreation"), that creative leap taken in year 2 is one that sticks, while for others (say, "Chuck") it represents an early peak, where all the elements consistently click in a way that didn't often happen before or after.
 
I had hoped "Sons of Anarchy" was one that made it to the next level and stayed there, but as the motorcycle club drama enters its fifth season tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on FX, it's clear that incredible second year was the exception and not the rule.
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