Season 3 closes with several partnerships in flux
As I've written in the past, I'm not a huge "Soutland" fan, enjoying certain aspects (Cooper and Sherman, the stories that are just about the culture of the LAPD) while finding others (the cases the detectives work) a chore. (Plot is definitely the show's weakness, and the detective half of the show is, by design, more plot-driven than what the uniforms are doing.) But I enjoy it enough that I keep watching the random episodes TNT sends me, including tonight's season 3 finale, and I have a few thoughts on it coming up just as soon as I answer my partner's phone...
Frank's ex-wife turns up in one of the stronger episodes so far
It's been more than a month since I last reviewed "Shameless," and though I'm a day late this week, I thought the most recent episode was strong enough that I have some thoughts on it - and on the series to date - coming up just as soon as I remember where I parked the follow car...
Cuddy's medical crisis leads to a bunch of elaborate fantasy sequences
With "Chuck" and "How I Met Your Mother" taking the week off, and given all the ads I'd seen for the episode, I decided to give last night's "House" a try. Even though I'd given up on the series due to boredom with the formula and a lack of interest in House/Cuddy, I often enjoy this kind of form-breaking, usually late-in-the-run episode that features dream sequences and/or musical numbers, usually inspired in some way by Dennis Potter's "The Singing Detective."
And I did, indeed, get a kick out of several of the dream sequences, particularly House turning up in a Charlie Harper shirt on the absolute perfect day for that, as well as the creepy, hypnotic musical number during the surgery.
Mostly, though, I watched it and realized I no longer had any investment in this show and its characters. I sometimes compare watching a TV show to having a romantic relationship. There are some shows I can break up with and then get back together with later ("ER" and "Grey's Anatomy," to name two other hospital shows), and then there are others where we split for good, and if I come across an episode afterwards, it's like running into an ex for whom I no longer have any feelings whatsoever. I can remember why I liked her once upon a time, but that's as far as it goes.
But given that I watched it, I'm curious how those of you who are still watching found the episode, and its developments in the House/Cuddy relationship, and how you're finding the season in general. What did everybody else think?
Cases get personal for Teresa and Jarek
What did everybody think of the conspiracy thriller's return?
Would it have been simpler for studio to cancel the show otherwise?
In this whole bizarre spat with Warner Bros., CBS and "Two and a Half Men" boss Chuck Lorre, Charlie Sheen has boasted that his life is all about "winning." To borrow a line from "The Princess Bride," he keeps using that word, but after news that Warner Bros. has fired him from the show, he may have to realize that it doesn't mean what he thinks it means.
FOX animated comedy deftly blends the strange and the sincere
"Bob's Burgers" debuted during the TV critics' press tour, and between the time crunch and my difficulty in deciding how I felt about it, I put off doing a review. But the show has grown on me, to the point where I often tend to watch it before that night's respective episode of "The Simpsons." That's not a knock on "The Simpsons," which is having one of its stronger latter-day seasons(*), but simply an acknowledgment that even a strong "Simpsons" episode circa 2011 is repeating things the show has done 37 times already, whereas what "Bob's Burgers" is doing at the moment feels a lot fresher.
(*) The eyeball joke last night was a little too gross for me, but I've always had a low gross-out threshhold when it comes to eyeballs.
I have a few thoughts on the show - and then you're welcome to discuss that, "The Simpsons," or any of FOX's Sunday animated comedies - coming up just as soon as I take note of your Adam's apple...
Alan and Dan talk about the sci-fi thriller's return, the state of TV's biggest series, and more
It's Monday, which means it's time for a new Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I talk about the return of "The Event" and the state of "American Idol," Dan offers a testimonial to "Greek," which is airing its series finale tonight, and we answer a bunch of your questions. The run-down:
Sci-fi thriller remains silly and frustratingly slow
What is The Event?
I know I opened my initial review of "The Event" back in the fall with that sentence, but now my question is different. Back then, I was asking what "The Event" - as in the NBC show, which returns tonight at 8 - was, because it was hard to tell if I was meant to take it seriously, or as a parody of all the most annoying aspects of "Lost" and "24." By now, I unfortunately know it's meant to be taken seriously, so I'm wondering what the actual Event - as in the thing that the show's characters keep warning us is coming, even if they won't tell us anything about it - itself is.
Because this is getting kinda silly.
Some of my favorites advanced, and some didn't.
It's week 2 for Hulu's Best in Show tournament, and while many of my favorites advanced, not all did. "Parks and Recreation" lost a squeaker to "The Office," "Glee" pretty convincingly beat "Friday Night Lights," and "Cougar Town" and "Louie" were both crushed by, respectively, "Modern Family" and "How I Met Your Mother."