Margo Martindale and Derek Luke turn up for the strongest episode yet
Dan and Alan also review Beyonce's HBO documentary, discuss the dire state of NBC and ask: who gets to end a show?
Travel has impacted the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast schedule of late. Dan was in London earlier this week, so you get a Wednesday show, and I'll be on vacation next week, which means no show at all. But in this one, we discuss "Zero Hour," "Cult," Beyonce, "Scandal," Super Bowl showcases and more. The lineup:
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Anthony Edwards series embraces the crazy, but only occasionally
- Critic's Rating C
- Readers' Rating A-
Truly terrible television can be a work of art unto itself. Much as we can love the emotional wallop of "Friday Night Lights," the warmth of "The Cosby Show" or the intricate humor of "Arrested Development," it's possible to feel a great deal of affection for transcendently bad TV like "Pink Lady and Jeff" or "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer." Those were bad shows, but they were almost epic in their badness, and that's preferable to the great middle in which a lot of TV exists.
I will say this for ABC's "Zero Hour," which debuts tomorrow night at 8: it will never, ever, be confused with quality, and I'm not even sure I want to watch another episode after the pilot, but there are moments where it is — intentionally or not — more fun than all but a handful of new shows to debut this season. Long after I've forgotten "Made in Jersey," "Deception" or even a reasonably good show like "Ben and Kate," I'm going to remember the bugnuts absurdity of "Zero Hour," the greatest show ever made about evil Nazi clocks. If anything, I wish it were dumber more often.
Raylan and Shelby team up, Colton has a self-control problem, and Boyd makes Ava an offer
Jules can't sleep, Grayson can't kiss, and Andy cashes in all his sex coupons
Ted struggles to get rid of Jeanette, while Robin keeps a secret from Lily for a very long time
The action slows down as the zombie drama returns from hiatus
Mike White and Molly Shannon shine in a Tyler-centric episode
Hannah and Patrick Wilson get to know each other in an unusual episode
How many revamps can one sitcom endure?