Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! There are so many new shows debuting over the next week, that we didn't have time to watch them all for today's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, so you won't hear us making fun of "CSI: Cyber" or grappling with "Broadchurch" season 2. Still, there was a lot to talk about, including one show we both liked, one show we split on, and some others that were... less good. And we opened the show with a tribute to Mr. Spock himself, the late, great Leonard Nimoy. Enjoy.
This was pretty great: outgoing "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart appeared on last night's "Raw" to get into it with WWE heel Seth Rollins, first ripping him apart verbally, then deploying his soccer skills when Rollins was distracted.
Stewart hasn't said yet what his next job will be after the current one ends, but he sure seems like he could have a great future in pro wrestling.
A review of tonight's "Better Call Saul" coming up just as soon as I'm the one with the sex toilet...
For the longest time, the biggest question about FOX's "The Last Man on Earth" was how literally we should take the title. Would Will Forte's title character be the last human on earth after a virus wiped out everyone else, or simply the last male of the species?
Neither Dan nor I wound up writing a review of ABC's "Secrets and Lies." We did discuss it on this week's second podcast, though, and weren't impressed either by Juliette Lewis' unintentionally comical performance as the cop, or by the gimmick of telling the show from Ryan Phillippe's point of view, even though we won't find out whether he's actually the killer until the end of the series. (Maybe it played better in the Australian original, but here it feels like the kind of surprise-over-substance choice that plagues too many serialized mystery/suspense shows.)
For those of you who watched tonight's two-hour premiere, what did you think? Are you intrigued by the mystery? Are you imagining Kate McKinnon's Juliette Lewis impression? And will you watch again?
I published my review of CBS' "Battle Creek" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did the pilot — whose script went largely unchanged from the version Vince Gilligan wrote a dozen years ago — feel like the work of the man who created "Breaking Bad," and/or who wrote some of the best "X-Files" episodes ever? Did you enjoy the rivalry between Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel? Did you want more from all the second and third banana Battle Creek cops? And will you watch again?
Have at it. For what it's worth, the voice of the show doesn't change radically in the other episodes, even though David Shore is running things while Gilligan is otherwise occupied with "Better Call Saul," and there's also the sort of improvement you like to see in a new show as the creative team gets used to the actors and the characters and figures out their strengths and weaknesses.
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I get involved in the Junior League...
A quick review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as my shirt suggests I've killed my kids...