Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Taking a few days off post-press tour
One reader's take on what NBC's "Smash," with Katharine McPhee, should look like.
Well, press tour is over. Comic-Con is over. My time in California is over.
And now it's time to take some time off.
I'll be off for much of the rest of this week to catch up on sleep, remind my kids what I look like and readjust to East Coast weather. (Rumor has it the humidity is kinda high.) With any luck, I'll be able to bang out my next "Deadwood" review on the flight home today, but that's about all you should expect from me between now and either Sunday night or Monday. (As I said in my latest "Breaking Bad" review, odds are high that I won't get that done til sometime Monday morning/early afternoon.)
Have fun without me, kids. And if you want to see the full-sized version of that photo illustration of Katharine McPhee starring in "Smash: The Brian Williams Story," click here. Forearms aside, I think it'd make one hell of a poster for what should be the greatest show ever.
Dan and Alan also break down the latest 'Breaking Bad'
It's over! It's all over! The summer 2011 Television Critics Association press tour has finally come to an end, and that finally gave Dan and I time to record a fairly long Firewall & Iceberg Podcast that not only breaks down the second half of the tour, but also offers reviews of Cinemax's "Strike Back" and BBC America's "the Hour" as well as thoughts on the latest "Breaking Bad." The rundown:
"Strike Back" -- 02:45 - 11:55
Press Tour -- 21:25 - 1:09:30
"Breaking Bad" -- 01:09:30 - 01:21:50
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Walt and Skyler rehearse a lie, while Jesse's living situation becomes a problem
Aaron Paul in "Breaking Bad."
A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I have actual hobos living with me...
Chat-n-cuts, pig parking and Pinkberry get Larry into a lot of trouble
Richard Lewis on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
A quick review of tonight's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" coming up just as soon as I direct a "Silver Spoons" on 48 hours notice...
Bill comes up with a painful plan to save his people
Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) on "True Blood."
You know the "True Blood" deal by now: this post is here for people who want to talk about tonight's episode right away, while Leslie Gornstein will have a detailed recap up on our Monkeys as Critics blog a few hours from now.
So talk about Bill's big silver plan, Tommy and Sam's beef, Jessica's walk and more.
Critics aren't fans of new comedies 'Last Man Standing' and 'Work It'
Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco in "Work It."
ABC president Paul Lee has had one of the longer free rides of any network executive in recent press tour memory. A year ago, he appeared before critics on literally his first day on the job and therefore couldn't answer any specific questions about programs he hadn't ordered, scheduling decisions that weren't his, etc. At the January press tour, he was still talking about shows that predecessor Steve McPherson had picked up, so we could talk a bit about scheduling, and about development for the following season, but that was it.
So the shows ABC brought to press tour this summer are the first that Lee gets sole credit and/or blame for, which led to a session (which Fienberg live-blogged) that was far busier and more contentious than either of his first two.
Nick Offerman sings! Oprah Winfrey jokes! Carl Reiner also jokes!
Nick Offerman serenaded the room as host of the TCA Awards.
Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty
As I've often said, the night of the Television Critics Association Awards is my favorite of press tour. Lots of cool people on hand, shows we want to celebrate, and the ceremony itself is almost always memorable. Because (aside from one disastrous attempt on E! before I joined the tour) the ceremony isn't televised, it goes quickly, and the winners don't feel like they just have to read a laundry list of thank-yous, which tends to lead to speeches that are actually about what the work means to them.
I published the list of the winners last night, but here are some highlights from the ceremony itself:
Television Critics Association also honors 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Modern Family' and more
Many drinks were raised in honor of "Friday Night Lights" at the Television Critics Association Awards.
Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose: "Friday Night Lights" was named Program of the Year at this year's Television Critics Association Awards.
"Friday Night Lights" won the night's biggest prize, but other shows honored tonight included "Parks and Recreation," "Mad Men," "Modern Family" and "Game of Thrones," among others.
Club conflicts will be more internal than external as we return to Charming
The "Sons of Anarchy" cast came to press tour this morning.
"Sons of Anarchy" returns to FX on September 6, and based on both a screening of the season 4 premiere and comments made by creator Kurt Sutter and the cast at their press tour panel, I'm feeling much better about the series than I did for much of season 3.
'Glee' co-creators Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk go back to their 'Nip/Tuck' roots
Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy in "American Horror Story."
FX screened "American Horror Story" for critics a few nights ago, and reaction was decidedly mixed. I'll wait until seeing a final cut of the pilot to offer a full review, but if you follow me on Twitter, you know that my initial reaction was that it was like season 3 of a Ryan Murphy show, in pilot form. If you've watched "Glee," "Nip/Tuck," etc. as they've gone along and grown more over-the-top, you know what I mean.
I'll be live-blogging the panel, which features most of the show's cast - including Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange and Denis O'Hare - as they talk about the haunted house series.