Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 211

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 211

Dan and Alan announce plans for the new Firewall & Iceberg video show and answer your mail


Happy Monday, boys and girls — for the last time. No, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast isn't going away, but it is moving to later in the week, as a logistical piece of next week's launch of the Firewall & Iceberg video show. Dan and I explain how things will work at the top of an eclectic show that includes a review of a new HBO show, a look at the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary, Dan's Reality Round-Up and more.

The rundown:

Explanation of Things To Come (00:01:00 - 00:05:40)
"Getting On" (00:05:40 - 00:17:55)
"An Adventure in Space and Time" (00:17:55 - 00:27:45)
Dan's Reality Round-Up (00:27:45 - 00:45:15)
The resurrection of "The Killing" (00:45:15 - 00:54:05)
Listener Mail - "Walking Dead" (w/spoilers) (00:54:25 - 01:07:30)
Listener Mail - FXX (01:07:35 - 01:16:45)
Listener Mail - "Orange Is The New Black" awards classification (01:16:50 -  01:23:05)

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.
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Credit: Showtime

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The Governor makes a new family, while Rick gets the week off

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Credit: Showtime

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Carrie tries to clear Brody's name while Saul moves his plan forward

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Michael Ealy in "Almost Human."

Credit: FOX

Series premiere talkback: 'Almost Human'

What did everybody think of the new FOX sci-fi cop drama?

I posted my review of FOX's "Almost Human" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those who watched the sci-fi cop show tonight, give or take a delay from football, what did you think? Was Michael Ealy an interesting robot for you? Did you find the human characters interesting? Did you like the production design, or did it seem too derivative of "Total Recall," "Minority Report" and others? Were you, like me, surprised that Minka Kelly is not playing a robot? Are you at all intrigued in the mythology about the criminal gang Kennex is going after? And was it interesting enough that you'll watch again tomorrow night? 

Have at it.

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"Preacher," Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's epic comic book mash-up of Westerns, Southern Gothics, black comedy, metaphysics and good old-fashioned horror, has been trapped in Hollywood development hell since the late '90s. Every few years, a new white knight turns up to rescue it: first Kevin Smith (to produce a movie version that might have starred James Marsden in the title role), then Mark Steven Johnson (who wrote an aborted series version at HBO), and more recently Sam Mendes and D.J. Caruso (each briefly attached to an attempt to make a "Preacher" movie). Now, two new saviors have appeared, and they are...

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That tradition continues to an extreme with FOX's new cop show "Almost Human" (it debuts Sunday at 8 before moving to Mondays at 8 the next night) where the humans are forgettable to varying degrees and and the robot is the only reason to watch at all.

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Credit: TBS

Series premiere talkback: 'Ground Floor'

What did everybody think of the new TBS comedy?

I posted my review of TBS' "Ground Floor" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched one or both of the episodes tonight, what did you think? Do you mind that John C. McGinley is just playing Dr. Cox in a suit, or have missed his innate Cox-iness? Did you like Skylar Astin and/or Briga Heelan as our young lovebirds? Did you enjoy colorfully-nicknamed supporting characters like Harvard or Threepeat? Were you bothered that episode 2 ignored Harvard's previous shenanigans with the fancy chairs from episode 1? If you're a single-cam comedy fan, did the studio audience laughter bug you, or seem to be at an appropriate volume? And will you watch again?

As I said in the review, "Ground Floor" gets better as it goes (the fourth and final episode TBS sent out for review was by far the best). In general, this isn't the sort of show I have things to write about weekly, but I'll try to check in from time to time over the course of this first season.

Have at it.

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