Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 153: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Nashville,' 'Arrow,' 'Chicago Fire' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 153: 'The Walking Dead,' 'Nashville,' 'Arrow,' 'Chicago Fire' & more

Dan and Alan also welcome the return of 'It's Always Sunny' & 'The League' and talk more 'Homeland'

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Week 2 of the TV season was slow. Week 3 is crazy, with many more new shows and returning shows premiering, which means it's a busy Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I talk about "Arrow," "Chicago Fire," "Nashville," "Beauty and the Beast," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The League," "The Walking Dead" and "Homeland." 

The line-up: 

"Arrow" (00:01:10 - 00:15:00)
"Chicago Fire" (00:15:00 - 00:27:00)
"Nashville" (00:27:05 - 00:39:40)
"Beauty and the Beast" (00:39:45 - 47:40)
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (00:47:45 - 00:52:45)
"The League" (00:53:00 - 00:56:45)
"The Walking Dead" (00:56:50 - 01:07:00)
"Homeland" (01:07:45 - 01:20:45)

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And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton in ABC's &quot;Nashville.&quot;</p>

Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton in ABC's "Nashville."

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Review: ABC's 'Nashville' finds its voice early

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Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere play feuding country superstars
Rayna James, whose first name points to her position as the long-time queen of country music, sits with the new head of her record label. Her new album hasn't sold well, and her tour is set to play to a bunch of half-empty venues, and the label wants Rayna to mortify herself as the "co-headliner" — a polite term for "opening act" — of a tour with rising young star Juliette Barnes, or else they'll pull all support for her record.
 
Rayna brings up all the money she's made for the label over the years, and all the loyalty she's shown it, and asks for a little loyalty in return. The executive shrugs and tells her, "Unfortunately, the older business models are irrelevant." Now it's go along to get along.
 
It's a scene that neatly establishes the stakes for "Nashville," the promising new ABC drama (it premieres Wednesday night at 10). And, as written by Oscar-winner Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise"), it draws a neat line from a music superstar like Rayna to every other professional in the new economy who's finding out that their skills, experience and loyalty amount are considered as irrelevant as the older business models. Like the less-famous, Rayna's not in a position to turn down work — her husband Teddy has made a lot of bad real estate investments, making them rich on the surface but cash-poor in reality — and if that means she may have to kneel before this diminutive, untalented challenger to her throne, she may not have a choice in the matter.
 
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<p>Sonny (Michiel Husiman)&nbsp;on &quot;Trem&eacute;.&quot;</p>

Sonny (Michiel Husiman) on "Tremé."

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Review: 'Tremé' - 'Me Donkey Want Water'

Men and women try to cut deals with one another, and some people are going to get screwed

A few quick thoughts on tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as you translate my insult...

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<p>Damian Lewis and Jamey Sheridan in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis and Jamey Sheridan in "Homeland."

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Review: 'Homeland' - 'Beirut Is Back'

Saul and Brody both have calls to make

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I picture you in a Burka...

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<p>Stephen Graham as Al Capone in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Stephen Graham as Al Capone in "Boardwalk Empire."

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Review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Blue Bell Boy'

Nucky, Capone and Gyp all demonstrate who's in charge

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I deny brussel sprouts exist...

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<p>Tina Fey on &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Tina Fey on "30 Rock."

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Season premiere review: '30 Rock' - 'The Beginning of the End'

Liz figures out Jack's new programming strategy and has to play Maid of Honor to Jenna

"30 Rock" is back for its final season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I spend a full hour with Gary Sinise's band...

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<p>Tom and Leslie go to the town pool on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Tom and Leslie go to the town pool on "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'How A Bill Becomes A Law'

Three stories of mismatched duos add up to a funny half-hour

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I eat racist salad...

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<p>Daisy Betts as Grace in &quot;Last Resort.&quot;</p>

Daisy Betts as Grace in "Last Resort."

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Review: 'Last Resort' - 'Blue on Blue'

Marcus's island gets its first visitors, while Sam's wife faces interrogation

A review of tonight's "Last Resort" coming up just as soon as I call off the Cold War for an hour...

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<p>Kevin Spacey's new Netflix series &quot;House of Cards&quot;&nbsp;will debut on February 1 &mdash; all at once.</p>

Kevin Spacey's new Netflix series "House of Cards" will debut on February 1 — all at once.

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Netflix's 'House of Cards' to debut all episodes at once in February

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright drama is highest-profile streaming series to date

Netflix is trying to present an alternative to the TV production model, and now it's working on an alternative to the TV scheduling model, as well.

Netflix today announced that "House of Cards," its new political drama series produced by David Fincher, adapted from the U.K. series of the same name, and starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as the House Majority Whip and his wife, will debut on February 1, 2013 — and that all 13 episodes of the first season will be available to watch at the same time.

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<p>&quot;Strike Back&quot;&nbsp;will return next season, but will all three of Sullivan Stapleton, Rhona Mitra and Philip Winchester?</p>

"Strike Back" will return next season, but will all three of Sullivan Stapleton, Rhona Mitra and Philip Winchester?

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Cinemax renews 'Strike Back'

Action drama will begin its third U.S. season next year

"Strike Back" has been renewed for another season.

The action drama about a British special forces unit will return next year for its third season on Cinemax, and its fourth season overall, produced in a partnership between Cinemax/HBO in America and Left Bank and Sky in the UK. Many of the show's writers, directors and producers will return, but the press release says that "due to plot spoilers in upcoming episodes of season two, the cast of season three will be announced at a later date as well." (Could be that somebody major dies in the last two episodes, or that nobody else dies but they don't want us to be reassured of that yet.)

I'm a couple of episodes behind on the current season, but have been enjoying it immensely so far, and am glad the show will be continuing.

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