A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I get weirdly good at beat-boxing...
Some amusing Robin/Lily stuff, but when will Zoey go away?
'United States of Tara' - 'The Road to Hell is Paved with Breast Intentions': Building a better rat trap
Tara and Dr. Hatteras get to work, and Wheels meets her grandma
At the start of this season of "United States of Tara," I said there would be some weeks where I might not have a review, even a short one, and simply put up a post for the rest of you to discuss the latest episode. This is going to be one of those weeks, in part because I'm way behind on work due to taking a chunk of last week off for a funeral, in part because this was largely a transition episode, focusing on Tara's work with Dr. Hatteras and how the alters are working within the confines of the arrangement.
So - after you've read Fienberg's interview with Eddie Izzard - have at it. What does everybody think of what went down between Neil and Mrs. Crane, with how Kate's doing on her new job, Marshall's movie plans, etc.?
Chuck's bachelor party is disrupted by big news on the Volkoff front
Alan and Dan answer a lot of listener mail this week
It's Monday, which means it's time for a new Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I look back over the about-to-end seasons of "Justified" and "Fringe" and answer a bunch of your questions - most of which somehow take us back to the subject of "Parks and Recreation." The run-down:
Belated thoughts on the sweet, funny farewell to the show's leading man
Thanks for the kind thoughts last week, folks. They were much appreciated in a difficult time.
Like I said, I'm going to skip over most of the shows I missed while I was away, but I knew I would want to belatedly weigh in on Steve Carell's final "The Office" episode. (Though Fienberg did a great job with his own post-game review while I was away.) Some thoughts on "Goodbye Michael" coming up just as soon as my improv credits transfer...
The rare story everyone could agree on
Midway through his speech announcing that US special forces had killed Osama Bin Laden, President Obama recalled the sense of unity that Americans had felt on 9/11, acknowleding, "I know it has, at times, frayed." Nearly 10 years after the towers fell, the Pentagon burned and Flight 93 crashed, we are in many ways a more fractured society than we were on September 10, 2001. But for a few hours, at least, late on a Sunday night in 2011, TV news and social media made us feel whole as a country again.
I'll leave the political impact of this to other writers on other sites. I cover TV, not politics, and I learned a long time ago that politics is a subject that almost no one can discuss rationally anymore, and certainly not on the Internet. (And it should go without saying that if the comments to this post start turning into attacks against one side of the aisle or the other, or individual posters, that stuff's getting deleted post-haste.) But what struck me in tracking this story both on TV and online was how unified everything became.
Everyone wants music to save their soul in a low-key episode
The Larsens bury Rosie, while the cops keep looking at Bennet Ahmed
Ned settles into King's Landing, and we get a lot of history lessons
The Doctor tries to use Neil Armstrong's boot to save the world