Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 138: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Political Animals,' Comic-Con & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 138: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Political Animals,' Comic-Con & more

Dan and Alan also talk about 'Bunheads' on another road trip podcast

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Continuing an annual tradition for Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, Dan and I got in his car and attempted another road trip podcast, this time on the road from Los Angeles to San Diego for Comic-Con. Along the way, we chatted about "Breaking Bad," "Political Animals" and "Bunheads," bickered about missed exits and exalted at certain familiar landmarks along the way.

As mentioned on the show, our next podcast will be next Thursday, July 19, where we'll discuss Emmy nominations, the "Breaking Bad" premiere, and possibly more. 

The line-up: 

"Bunheads" (00:01:15 - 00:13:15)
"Political Animals" (00:13:15 - 00:28:15)
"Breaking Bad" (00:29:00 - 00:44:15)
Comic-Con (00:44:15 - 00:55:10)
 
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>Sigourney Weaver and Carla Gugino in &quot;Political Animals.&quot;</p>

Sigourney Weaver and Carla Gugino in "Political Animals."

Credit: USA

Review: USA's 'Political Animals' takes compelling look at an alternate Clinton family

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Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino and Ellen Burstyn head a terrific miniseries cast
Summer television is for the most part a time for light escapism, a concept that USA has embraced to enormous success with the likes of "Burn Notice," "White Collar," "Royal Pains," et al. But success can give you license to deviate from your formula from time to time, and Sunday night at 10, USA debuts the very un-USA miniseries "Political Animals," a heavier, more mature six-part story about the intersection of politics, family and the media in Washington, D.C.
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<p>Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul looks back at Jesse Pinkman's greatest hits

Before season 5 begins, a look at memorable Jesse moments

Though "Breaking Bad" will have another eight episodes to run next summer after the eight that start airing Sunday night at 10 on AMC, this is technically the start of the show's final season. So when given the chance to sit down with the show's two leading men, I thought this might be a good time to let each of them revisit some of the most memorable moments for their characters, and what it was like to play those scenes. An epic Bryan Cranston interview is coming later this week (possibly in two parts), as we start with a chat with Aaron Paul about the ever-changing nature of Jesse Pinkman, what it's like to deliver those great monologues, how the famous robot line from "4 Days Out" came to be, and a lot more.

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<p>Michelle (Sutton Foster)&nbsp;meets the movers on &quot;Bunheads.&quot;</p>

Michelle (Sutton Foster) meets the movers on "Bunheads."

Credit: ABC Family

Review: 'Bunheads' - 'Better Luck Next Year!'

Michelle helps Fanny prepare for the Joffrey auditions, while Boo braces for failure

Comic-Con prep means I don't have time to write about last night's "Bunheads" in anything resembling depth, but Dan and I will be discussing it on this week's second podcast, and I wanted to offer people a chance to discuss episode four, which in many ways felt like the pilot to the show Amy Sherman-Palladino actually wanted to make. A couple of quick thoughts coming up just as soon as I'm robbed in reverse...

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<p>Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are back on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are back on "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Breaking Bad' season 5 presents a Walter White in triumph

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Even in Walt's apparent victory, AMC drama remains spectacularly tense
(Note: This column contains mild spoilers for the upcoming season of "Breaking Bad." If you don't want to know anything at all, don't read.)
 
Through four seasons of "Breaking Bad," Walter White has been many things: Teacher. Husband. Father. Cancer patient. Meth cook. Aspiring drug lord. Frustrated employee. Mentor. Killer.
 
Most of all, though, he's been an escape artist.
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 137: 'Perception,' 'Hit & Miss,' listener mail & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 137: 'Perception,' 'Hit & Miss,' listener mail & more

Dan and Alan also answer reader questions about 'The Newsroom' and 'Cheers'

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Time for the first of two installments this week for the  Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I talk about TNT's "Perception" and the American premiere of "Hit & Miss," as well as checking in on a highlight and lowlight of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 1, and dipping into the mailbag to talk Aaron Sorkin and "Cheers." We'll be back on Wednesday or Thursday with another one of our wildly popular road trip podcasts, this time to discuss "Breaking Bad," USA's "Political Animals," and more.

The line-up: 

"Perception" (00:02:00 - 00:14:45)
"Hit & Miss" (00:14:45 - 00:27:25)
Listener Mail - Reviewing shows (00:28:00 - 00:33:15)
Listener Mail - Writerly tics (00:33:20 - 00:39:49)
Listener Mail - Why "Cheers" still looks good (00:39:50 - 00:48:00)
Two "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" episodes (00:48:15 - 01:12:50)
 
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>Steve Buscemi and the rest of the &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;gang will be back in September.</p>

Steve Buscemi and the rest of the "Boardwalk Empire" gang will be back in September.

Credit: HBO

HBO announces 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Treme' season premiere dates

Both dramas to return in September

HBO has announced September premiere dates for the third seasons of "Boardwalk Empire" and "Treme."

"Boardwalk Empire" has aired on Sundays in the fall throughout its run, and that pattern will hold when the third season begins on Sunday, September 16 at 9 p.m. The major addition to the cast will be character actor Bobby Cannavale.

"Treme," meanwhile, aired both of its first two seasons in the spring, but HBO decided to shift it to fall this time around. It will debut on Sunday, September 23 at 10 p.m.

(Note that "Boardwalk" debuts a week before the Emmys and 8 days before the start of the network TV season, while "Treme" will premiere opposite the Emmy telecast.)

While "Boardwalk" has been a ratings success for HBO and seems likely to stick around for quite a while, "Treme" may or may not be entering its final season. Creator David Simon has pitched HBO on plans for a fourth season to conclude the series, but no decision has been made yet.

<p>Sam Waterston in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Sam Waterston in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'The Newsroom' - 'The 112th Congress'

Will takes on the Tea Party

A review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as the best analogy I can use is "Rocky II"...

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<p>The &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;brain trust gathers to discuss what to do with Wolcott.</p>

The "Deadwood" brain trust gathers to discuss what to do with Wolcott.

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 7: 'E.B. Was Left Out' (Veterans edition)

Charlie picks a fight, Seth makes an offer and Farnum throws a fit

We're into week 6 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the veteran-friendly version; click here for the newbie-safe one.

A review of episode 7, "E.B. Was Left Out," coming up just as soon as I apologize for my work with the decimals...

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<p>The &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;brain trust gathers to discuss what to do with Wolcott.</p>

The "Deadwood" brain trust gathers to discuss what to do with Wolcott.

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 7: 'E.B. Was Left Out' (Newbies edition)

Charlie picks a fight, Seth makes an offer and Farnum throws a fit

We're into week 6 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the newbie-safe version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

A review of episode 7, "E.B. Was Left Out," coming up just as soon as I apologize for my work with the decimals...

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