Sponsored by:
<p>Masters of Sex</p>

Masters of Sex

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Masters of Sex' finds the right balance between fact and fictionalization

The Showtime drama rebounds with season 3

Dramas about real people are not documentaries, and can't be held to the same standards. The demands of one form are different than the other's. By necessity, events and people need to be compressed, or tweaked, if not wholly invented at times, to serve the storyteller's needs. Ideally, you get a story that captures the spirit of the real person, even if the details aren't quite right.

Read Full Post


Credit: Sundance

Review: In praise of Sundance's miraculous drama 'Rectify' as it begins season 3

An intimate drama in which nothing seems to be happening at the same time everything is happening

At one point in the third season of "Rectify," Amantha Holden is floundering her way through a team-building exercise at a management training seminar for her job. To help her out, the moderator suggests, "Why don't you tell us a story that only you can tell us?"

Read Full Post
<p>Mr. Robot</p>

Mr. Robot

Credit: USA

Review: 'Mr. Robot' - 'eps1.2_d3bug.mkv': The first rule of F Society?

Is Mr. Robot himself real? How creepy is Wellick?

A few thoughts on tonight's "Mr. Robot" coming up just as soon as I glove up to fight a bum...

Read Full Post
<p>Key &amp; Peele</p>

Key & Peele

Credit: Comedy Central

Five things to know about the return of 'Key & Peele'

Will these episodes, filmed last fall, be the end for the hilarious sketch comedy series?

Though Comedy Central is referring to the new batch of "Key & Peele" episodes as a new season, these were produced immediately after the ones that finished airing back in December. As a result, the new ones (I've seen three) are very much in keeping with the spirit of what I wrote about late last year, and how the sketch series did some of its best, if darkest, work relatively late in its life.

So beyond telling you that "Key & Peele" remains funnier than may possibly be legal, here are five things to know about the new episodes:

Read Full Post
<p>The Sopranos</p>

The Sopranos

Credit: HBO

'The Sopranos' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 6: 'Pax Soprana'

Tony develops feelings for Melfi, Carmela feels unloved, and Junior enjoys being the boss

Welcome to the sixth installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine.

Thoughts on the sixth episode, “Pax Soprana," coming up just as soon as I’m living next door to Gunga Din…

Read Full Post
<p>7 Days in Hell</p>

7 Days in Hell

Credit: HBO

Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 290: 'The Strain,' 'Masters of Sex,' 'Rectify' & more

Dan and Alan also review '7 Days in Hell' and revisit 'The Shield' finale


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! After a couple of weeks off, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back, and hopefully not for the last time. In case you missed his announcement, tomorrow is Dan's last day at HitFix, and while the hope for all involved is for the podcast to continue, various elements are still in flux. Hopefully, you'll get a new show next week. And if this is our inadvertent series finale, well, at least we close it by talking about perhaps the greatest series finale of them all.

And if the podcast does continue, the next one will have us talking about the ends of "Dinosaurs" and "Alf," y'all.

The rundown:

"Rectify" (00:02:40 - 00:13:00)
"The Strain" (00:13:00 - 00:28:00)
"7 Days in Hell" (00:28:05 - 00:34:50)
"Masters of Sex" (00:34:50 - 00:46:25)
"The Shield" finale (00:46:25 - 01:17:35)

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

Read Full Post


Credit: FOX

'The truth is in there' in new 'X-Files' trailer

The latest "X-Files" trailer is mainly made up of old footage from the show's '90s heyday, encouraging fans to watch one episode a day between now and the miniseries' debut in late January of next year.

But then there are a few seconds of new footage that I imagine Mulder and Scully fans of a certain vintage will be Zaprudering for the rest of the day. Go crazy.

Read Full Post
<p>Mae Whitman</p>

Mae Whitman

Credit: ATX Fest

You'll never look at 'Dawson's Creek' the same way after Mae Whitman's version

Among the many reasons I regret having missed this year's ATX Festival — barbecue, the "Gilmore Girls" reunion, barbecue, getting to meet cool people who love TV, barbecue — the live reading of the "Dawson's Creek" pilot script was pretty high among them. Fortunately, the ATX organizers have been putting most of the festival up on YouTube, and last night they posted the largely gender-flipped "Dawson's" read, with Mae Whitman (accompanied by her framed Tim Riggins photo, because Austin) playing the title role.

Read Full Post


Credit: NBC

Where can 'Hannibal' go if Netflix and Amazon are out?

Options to save Bryan Fuller's show are dwindling, rapidly

A few days after NBC declined to order a fourth season of "Hannibal," producer Bryan Fuller put the odds at "maybe a 50/50 chance" of another American outlet stepping in to take NBC's place.

Since then, the odds have grown significantly worse.

Read Full Post


Credit: Lifetime

Lifetime renews the shockingly great 'UnREAL'

When it debuted earlier this summer, "UnREAL" was already a pleasant surprise, by virtue of being a compelling and nuanced drama airing on Lifetime, a channel that's had quality scripted shows before ("Any Day Now"), but not in a long time. In the weeks since, whatever surprise came from finding a show this good on this network has been replaced by the sheer pleasure the series — half-satire of "The Bachelor," half dark drama about the morally-compromised individuals who work at such a place — has offered. It's knotty and absorbing in the way we've come to expect from the better cable dramas of this era, and has two knockout performances at the center from Shiri Appleby (as a producer who hates how good she is at manipulating the contestants, even as she keeps on doing it) and Constance Zimmer (as Appleby's frightening but human boss).

Read Full Post