Firewall & Iceberg Video Podcast: 2013 Emmy talk

Firewall & Iceberg Video Podcast: 2013 Emmy talk

In a bonus video installment, Dan and Alan discuss the big winners and losers on nomination day

Happy Thursday, boys and girls! It's day 1 of Comic-Con, but the entertainment gods decided to mess with us by making it also be the morning that the Emmy nominations were announced. Since Dan and I were in the same city at the same time as the HitFix video team, we decided to sit down for a quick chat about today's nominations, including the quality glut that led to so many "snubs," exactly how good a day it was for Netflix, which nominations (and omissions) surprised us the most, and more.

As I've said, we should be recording our annual road trip podcast in the traditional audio form on Sunday night as Dan drives me to the airport. Look for that sometime Monday. In the meantime, here we are in bright technicolor from the couch in my hotel room. The glitz! The glamor! The t-shirts!

UPDATE: This is now the full 17-minute-plus version. Enjoy.

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<p>It was a good Emmy day for Netflix's &quot;House of Cards,&quot;&nbsp;less so for some other newcomers.</p>

It was a good Emmy day for Netflix's "House of Cards," less so for some other newcomers.

Credit: Netflix

Emmys 2013: A big day for 'House of Cards' and 'Game of Thrones'

So many worthy shows and performances to be recognized, and not remotely enough room for them all

We are in the middle of a massive glut in quality scripted television. Every other week, it seems, some new channel — or, in the case of Netflix, some new content delivery service — gets into the original programming game, and starts churning out product that at least merits awards consideration.

So you can look across the 2013 Emmy nominations list and be outraged by all the quality performances and series that weren't included. (And, on occasion, by the sorts of people and shows that were.) Or you can look at it as the Emmy voters just trying to keep their head above water and recognize what they could, even as they knew they wouldn't come close to covering everyone who deserved recognition.

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<p>Ted Levine, Demi&aacute;n Bichir and Diane Kruger in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Ted Levine, Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Calaca'

The killer targets a truckful of illegals, while Sonya rubs Marco's boss the wrong way

A review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I give you my lenticular business card...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 192: 'Axe Cop,' 'Sharknado,' 'The X-Files' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 192: 'Axe Cop,' 'Sharknado,' 'The X-Files' & more

Dan and Alan also preview the Emmy nominations and Comic-Con and pay tribute to the late Cory Monteith


It's our last traditional Firewall & Iceberg Podcast — as in, recorded via Skype while we're 3000 miles away from each other — for a while. I'll be going to Comic-Con later this week, and the next podcast should be recorded in Dan's car on the way to the airport on Sunday night (Dan will then post it sometime Monday while I'm sleeping off a red-eye). Then I'll be back in California for press tour, and we'll be recording a few podcasts at irregular times in my hotel room. 

This wound up being a hodge-podge of stuff, from the tragedy of Cory Monteith's death to the silliness of "Sharknado," plus discussion of FOX's new late-night animated comedies previews of the Emmy nominations and Comic-Con, and our look back at the pilot of "The X-Files." (Our next pilot, to be discussed at a podcast at some indeterminate point in the future: "My So-Called Life," which is actually on Hulu and not Netflix streaming at the moment.) 

The lineup:

Cory Monteith (00:00:55 - 00:12:30)
"Axe Cop" and "High School USA" (00:12:40 - 00:21:05)
Emmy preview (00:21:00 - 00:35:10)
Comic-Con preview (00:35:15 - 00:43:00)
"Sharknado!" (00:43:10 - 00:59:05)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "The X-Files" (00:59:05 - 01:18:00)
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And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>John Gallagher Jr. and Emily Mortimer in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

John Gallagher Jr. and Emily Mortimer in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

Season premiere review: 'The Newsroom'

A new credits sequence, a muted framing device, and 'News Night' in trouble as season 2 begins

"The Newsroom" is back for a new season. I published an advance review earlier in the week, and I have some specific thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I have the confidence of a tall man...

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<p>Jennifer Carpenter and Sean Patrick Flanery in &quot;Dexter.&quot;</p>

Jennifer Carpenter and Sean Patrick Flanery in "Dexter."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Dexter' - 'What's Eating Dexter Morgan?'

Dexter looks into another of Vogel's patients, while the guilt consumes Deb

A quick review of tonight's "Dexter" coming up just as soon as I eat a whole box of popsicles...

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<p>On &quot;Deadwood,&quot;&nbsp;Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe)&nbsp;gets an earful from George Hearst (Gerald McRaney).</p>

On "Deadwood," Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe) gets an earful from George Hearst (Gerald McRaney).

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 3, episode 6: 'A Rich Find'

Aunt Lou's son rides into town, and George Hearst is not happy with anyone

For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.

While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.

Thoughts on episode 6, "A Rich Find," coming up just as soon as I finish showing water how to run downhill...

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<p>Ian Ziering and friends in &quot;Sharknado.&quot;</p>

Ian Ziering and friends in "Sharknado."

Credit: Syfy

Review: Syfy's 'Sharknado' hits the schlocky motherlode

Ian Ziering + Tara Reid + horrible effects + sharks = social media paradise

Well, I just watched and live-tweeted all of Syfy's "Sharknado." Therefore, I must write about it here as well, coming up just as soon as I grab my bar stool...

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<p>Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in "The Newsroom."

Credit: HBO

Review: HBO's 'The Newsroom' returns for season 2

Aaron Sorkin makes some tweaks, but the cable news drama remains too smug for its own good

I've lost track of the number of times in the last year when a major news event — or, rather, the news media majorly bungling its coverage of that event — inspired my Twitter feed to explode with comments about how "The Newsroom" would turn this into an episode two seasons from now. With each mention, there was a clear sense that these repeated, institutionalized screw-ups — the misreading of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the torrent of erroneous information about the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, cable news completely ignoring the riveting, made-for-TV drama that was the recent Texas state legislature filibuster — were only proving "Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin correct in his thesis that the Fourth Estate has been badly failing the American people. Yet each one also came laced with jokes about the amazing power of 20/20 hindsight, about "News Night" producer Jim Harper conveniently having a second cousin once removed connected to the story, and about which Coldplay song would accompany the montage about a tragedy poorly-covered by the press.

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<p>Charles Grounds and Rachel Griffiths in &quot;Camp.&quot;</p>

Charles Grounds and Rachel Griffiths in "Camp."

Credit: NBC

Series premiere review: 'Camp' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of the new NBC summer series?

I never finished my attempt at an advance review of NBC's "Camp," in part because I ran out of synonyms for "pleasant" after a while. I didn't mind the three episodes that I watched, and even laughed in a spot or two, but nor did any of it stick with me for more than a few seconds after I finished. Though I liked Rachel Griffiths and many of her fellow Aussies-as-Americans, the show seems to be neither fish nor fowl: too much adult nookie to necessarily be a youth-appeal series, and too much sex talk overall for it to be an option for the family to watch together. 10 p.m. seems the right hour for it; I'm just not sure what the target audience is, and I don't think the show does a great job of explaining how family camp here works, as opposed to it just being an excuse to have grown-ups and kids together every now and then.

For those who tuned in last night, what did you think? Did you find the Australian-ness of it all distracting, or did you not notice? And are you going to watch again?

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