Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 101: 'Hell on Wheels,' 'Bones,' Charlie Sheen and more
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 101: 'Hell on Wheels,' 'Bones,' Charlie Sheen and more

Time for another Dan's Reality Round-Up, a review of PBS' 'Page Eight,' plus ratings talk


Happy Monday, and time for a busy, Dan-centric installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we review "Hell on Wheels," the new season of "Bones," bust out another installment of Dan's Reality Round-Up, talk off the cuff about the Charlie Sheen/FX deal, and lots more.

The line-up: 

"Bones" -- 1:55 - 8:25
"Page Eight" -- 8:30 - 17:00
FX getting into the Charlie Sheen business -- 17:10 - 27:00
"Hell on Wheels" -- 27:05 - 41:40
Recent Ratings Overview -- 41:45 - 53:45
Dan's Reality Roundup -- 53:45 - 01:14:30 
Listener Mail: Women watch football too -- 01:14:35 - 01:19:45
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Saul (Mandy Patinkin) runs an interrogation in "Homeland."

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'Homeland' - 'Blind Spot': Razor's edge

Brody comes face to face with an old foe, and Saul's wife comes home

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<p>Michael Pitt and William Forsythe in &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Michael Pitt and William Forsythe in "Boardwalk Empire."

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'Boardwalk Empire' - 'The Age of Reason': When life gives you lemons...

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Jonah Hill is "Allen Gregory."

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I posted my review of FOX's "Allen Gregoryyesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Was Jonah Hill funny as an obnoxious 7-year-old? Were you distracted by his dad's resemblance to "Community" Dean Pelton? And are you going to watch again?

Have at it.

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"Allen Gregory" and his two dads, voice by, from left to right, French Stewart, Jonah Hill and Nat Faxon.
"Allen Gregory" and his two dads, voice by, from left to right, French Stewart, Jonah Hill and Nat Faxon.
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Review: FOX's 'Allen Gregory' dragged down by irritating title character

Jonah Hill and company introduce the world's worst 7-year-old in a new animated comedy

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The trick to making a comedy with this kind of character work usually involves some combination of putting them in a position of power over the people they're inadvertently offending, making them so blissful in their idiocy that it barely matters how often they embarrass themselves, or making them jerks in need of comeuppance.

Since then, I watched "Allen Gregory," a new animated comedy that FOX will debut Sunday night at 8:30, and it follows that script to a T, giving us an oblivious central character who is able to bully and walk over everyone, who is extraordinarily pleased with himself and his cultured ways, and who is very much in need of comeuppance.

And in watching it, I realized that the game is much more complicated than I suggested earlier, because "Allen Gregory" is vastly more unpleasant to watch than "Enlightened" could hope to be.

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Zajac (Jeff Hephner) gives a speech on "Boss."

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'Boss' - 'Reflex': The wrath of Kane

Zajac gets his day on camera, and Tom faces his future

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<p>David Giuntoli and Russell Hornsby in &quot;Grimm.&quot;</p>

David Giuntoli and Russell Hornsby in "Grimm."

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'Grimm' - 'Pilot': Born to be blutbad

What did everybody think of NBC's new fairy tale drama?

Okay, I posted my review of NBC's "Grimmthis morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched both it and "Once Upon a Time," was this better or worse than the ABC show? Did you like the scarier tone? How did you feel about David GIuntoli as the lead? Was Haywire enough to compensate? If you're a Whedon-ite (and I imagine that will be a good percentage of people who tune in tonight), will you be sticking around for a while just out of David Greenwalt loyalty? Or did people genuinely like it?

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'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. Zoom': The reverse flash

Carmichael Industries gets off to a bumpy start in the final season premiere

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An early glimpse at key art for the Showtime dramedy's new season

In its first season, I found Showtime's "Shameless" to be a promising show that didn't quite know what it wanted to be when it grew up. The American remake of the popular British drama, often adapting scripts from the original, straddled a line between comedy and drama, but seemed to be much more successful being serious than funny. Or maybe it was just that I found the scenes without William H. Macy as Frank to work better, whether they were comic or dramatic. Either way, Emmy Rossum was fantastic as Fiona Gallagher, as were most of the young actors in the cast. (And recurring guest star Jane Levy is already doing very well for herself as the star of "Suburgatory.")

We'll see if the new season, which debuts on January 8 (aka Elvis' birthday), has a stronger handle on either tone or Frank Gallagher, but in the meantime, here's the key art for the new season, showing the Gallagher clan figuring out the cheapest way possible to cool off in a typically hot Chicago summer.

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