It's a busy Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I talk about the returns of "Grimm," "Boss" and "Strike Back," the debut of BBC America's "Copper," and get into the teeth of a tense "Breaking Bad" episode.
A quick review of last night's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I take the battery out of my cell phone...
I posted my review of NBC's "Animal Practice" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody else think of the sitcom? Were you able to forget about Annie's Boobs while watching Crystal the Monkey play Dr. Rizzo? Did you find any of the human characters a tenth as interesting as the monkey or the python?
A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as my niece's first words are "ASAC"...
I reviewed the start of "Hell on Wheels" season 2 this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who came back, what did you think of the season premiere? Did it feel like any kind of significant leap forward? Could you see the influence of new producer (and "Breaking Bad" alum) John Shiban? (Shiban, by the way, wrote next week's episode, while the premiere was written by the Gayton brothers.) Do you like the new roles many of the characters find themselves in, or would you rather The Swede was still The Swede? (For that matter, are you with me that a Christopher Heyerdahl-centered version of this show would be a vast improvement?)
The sense I got before I stopped doing weekly talkbacks in season 1 (I won't be doing them this season, by the way) was that the people who were still watching genuinely enjoyed the show, but I'm curious if that affection survived the hiatus — and also whether anyone who gave up earlier in the run came back to see what was happening here.
Have at it.
It has been five years since AMC's introduced the world to "Mad Men," and more than four since the channel debuted "Breaking Bad." That is arguably the greatest one-two punch ever from a TV network just getting into the drama game (HBO has "The Sopranos" on its side, but the two AMC dramas are close enough to that, and easily ahead of "Oz"), and it's set the bar absurdly — and probably unfairly — high for the AMC original dramas that have followed it.
Since we first met Don Draper and Walter White, AMC has had a noble failure in the spy thriller "Rubicon," a huge commercial success but uneven artistic one in "The Walking Dead, a show that invited an enormous backlash in "The Killing" and, most recently, "Hell on Wheels," which was greeted last summer by many critics (myself included) as, at best, "Deadwood" Lite.
NBC has four new sitcoms debuting this fall, and has chosen two of them to sneak preview during its Olympic coverage — a glorious two-week stretch where people are actually watching NBC again. One of those sitcoms is "Go On," which aired last night; the other is "Animal Practice," which will air a commercial-free version of its pilot episode tomorrow night in the odd timeslot of 10:38 p.m.
We're almost to the end of our summer rewatch of David Milch's epic HBO Western "Deadwood." As mentioned last week, I've dropped the duplicate reviews for veterans and newbies, since the newbies didn't seem to be commenting, and can avoid being spoiled by simply not reading the comments.
A review of episode 11, "The Whores Can Come," coming up just as soon as I buy myself a bum's rush...
A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I think it's laundry detergent...