Continuing our periodic look at "Orange Is the New Black" season 2, I have thoughts on episodes 7 & 8 coming up just as soon as I'm in an M. Night Shalamalama movie...
Earlier this week, a former NBC sitcom made headlines by improbably returning from the dead, thanks to a website most people didn't even know was in the streaming video business. But the story of how "Community" will live again on Yahoo isn't nearly as far-fetched as the tale of another NBC Thursday sitcom, which few of the executives at the network understood, which was considered too weird and self-referential to ever succeed, and which — unlike "Community," the little cult engine that could — actually turned into the most popular show on television.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Time for the last cross-continental Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for a bit, as I'll be in Los Angeles next week for the Television Critics Association press tour, then in San Diego for Comic-Con, and Dan and I will be recording some video and/or audio shows from the same room for a few weeks. Before my travels begin, we dealt with a couple of next week's drama premieres, answered your questions — including some more talk about "Community" and "HIEROGLYPH!" to follow yesterday's video discussion — and moved on to a pivotal episode of "Friday Night Lights" season 2, featuring both a trip to Mexico and the introduction of the mysterious Santiago.
"The Bridge" (00:11:40 - 00:20:00)
Listener Mail - "Hieroglyph" and shows that never aired (00:20:30 - 00:29:00)
Listener Mail - "Community" and shows with strange journeys (00:29:05 - 00:37:15)
Listener Mail - Swag (00:37:20 - 00:44:40)
"Friday Night Lights" Season 2 (00:44:45 - 01:03:50)
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It's a happy Tuesday, boys and girls, because you get a new Firewall & Iceberg Show, in which Dan and I discuss the stunning resurrection of "Community" via Yahoo, of all places. But it's a sad Tuesday as well, because Dan and I also have to discuss FOX's decision to cancel "HIEROGLYPH!" before it ever got to air an episode, and whether that means we now have to retire that particular running gag. Oh, and we also discuss two new NBC summer sitcoms and the "Penny Dreadful" season finale.
As always, you can send us questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.
A review of last night's "24: Live Another Day" coming up just as soon as this is me being courteous...
Holy cow, boys and girls: "Community" has been renewed, after all. The dream of six seasons and a movie is still alive — thanks to Yahoo, of all places, which closed a deal for an additional season of the cult NBC comedy.
"The Leftovers" debuted on HBO tonight. I published a review of the early part of the season on Wednesday, and an interview with creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta on Thursday, and now I have specific thoughts on the first episode coming up just as soon as I wonder how Gary Busey made the cut...
We're continuing this periodic summer project where we revisit classic sitcom episode. This week we're going waaaay back to the 1950s for one of the most famous television half hours of them all: "Job Switching," from "I Love Lucy" season 2, coming up just as soon as I show you the creases on these silk stockings...