When an asset starts to crack up, Phillip and Elizabeth have to foil surveillance on the Soviet embassy
Scott M. Gimple replaces Glen Mazzara, who replaced Frank Darabont
"The Walking Dead" is the biggest hit in the history of AMC, and one of the biggest in the history of cable television — at the moment, it's the highest-rated entertainment show of this season in all of television — but success has not brought with it stability. Original showrunner Frank Darabont departed under murky circumstances midway through season 2, to be replaced by his lieutenant Glen Mazzara. And when the season 4 renewal came in, it was with the announcement that Mazzara would be departing the series over the ever-popular creative differences.
Though it's been rumored for months that Scott M. Gimple (who's been on the writing staff since season 2) would be promoted to replace Mazzara, AMC wouldn't confirm that until today, when the channel also announced more details about the fourth season.
Story ideas don't always come easy, but the work is usually worth it for the great FOX comedy
This is somewhere in the fourth of five hours I'll spend at the writers offices of "New Girl" late on a Friday afternoon in January, watching as the show's writers work on a story outline for "TinFinity," the 18th episode of the terrific FOX comedy's second season. (It aired last night.) As Philbin suggests, it has not been coming easily to them on this day.
Arlo runs into trouble, and Boyd moves against his rivals
What did everybody think of the new CBS cop drama?
I posted my review of CBS' "Golden Boy" earlier today. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in, what did you think? Does the flash-forward structure intrigue you, or did it just feel like window dressing on the latest CBS cop drama? Did you buy British actor Theo James as a New York cop, or will he always be Pamuk to you? (And does anyone else agree with Fienberg that he's just channeling Peter Gallagher's voice?) Did you like James together with Chi McBride? Did the Kevin Alejandro character seem like an interesting foil or a two-dimensional villain? Did you find the mystery interesting? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
Theo James plays a young cop who will be NYPD commissioner in seven years
- Critic's Rating B
- Readers' Rating B
It's hard for a writer to let go of a good idea that didn't work the first time out. That's why, from time to time, you'll see a TV producer present a new show very obviously inspired by a past project that failed. On very rare occasions — Joss Whedon turning "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" into a TV show after he was unhappy with how the movie was directed — the second time's the charm. More often, though, you get something like "The Black Donnellys" — Paul Haggis using his Oscar juice to do another show like his brilliant-but-canceled '90s CBS drama "EZ Street," to similar ratings and lifespan.
Will CBS' "Golden Boy" (it debuts tonight at 10) be another second chance to fail with the same broad idea for producer Greg Berlanti? Or has he found the right tweak to the formula this time out?
Sasha researches sex, and the girls follow Michelle to an audition
Barney brings back the Playbook to help Ted, and Marshall bombs at an art event
Dan and Alan also discuss the 'Downton Abbey' finale and answer your mail
I'm back from Disney World, and the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back with me (and Dan, who did not go to Disney World last week). Lots to discuss (and that's even though neither of us had time to watch HBO's "Parade's End"), including last night's Oscars, CBS' "Golden Boy," ABC's "Red Widow," History's "Vikings," the "Downton Abbey" finale and more. The lineup:
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Netflix chief executive tells investors the revival may be too tough to pull off twice
"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz has made no secret of his desire to use the new Netflix season of his uncanceled comedy to drum up interest (and money) in making the long-discussed "Arrested" movie. So the idea that these might be the only new episodes ever isn't in and of itself a surprise.
What is a surprise is that the CEO of Netflix very bluntly told investors he didn't expect to make more than the episodes that will premiere in May.