Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
What did everybody think of the season 4 premiere?
Okay, by now, y'all should know the drill on my "coverage" of "True Blood." I'm not a fan of the show (though I do enjoy a few characters like Eric, Jessica and Pam), but I'm aware that this is one area where my tastes don't overlap with what seems like a large portion of my audience, so we reached a compromise last summer: I do these short weekly posts as a place for the What's Alan Watching? crowd to gather to discuss each episode, and if you want a longer recap or analysis, you can go read Leslie Gornstein's take at our Monkeys As Critics blog, usually within a few hours after the episode airs on the East Coast. (UPDATE: And here it is.)
The one thing I'll note about the season premiere is that the way Alan Ball chose to return to Bon Temps gave him an out to get rid of a whole lot of the dead weight many of us were concerned about last season. Instead, pretty much everyone's back, and now we've added a coven of witches to this overcrowded universe. At what point does the show just burst at the seams from too many characters in too many unrelated storylines?
And what did everybody think of "She's Not There" overall?
Everyone's facing their fates in a fantastic late-series episode
(I originally posted this review back when "Friday Night Lights" was doing its exclusive DirecTV run. The comments from that period have been preserved. For the sake of people who are watching the episodes as they air on NBC, I will ask anyone commenting from this point forward to only discuss plot events up to the episode in question. Do not discuss, or even allude to, anything that has yet to air on NBC. Thank you.)
"Friday Night Lights" is closing out its final season, and I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I give a promptu speech...
Celebrating the men of 'The Office,' '30 Rock' and more
Welcome to part eight of our journey through the Emmy ballot on HitFix. This is also the last part of the ballot we got in ahead of today's deadline for ballots to be submitted, but if you've been reading these posts by now, it's probably not hard to guess most of what we'd pick for outstanding comedy and drama series, and we'll get to those categories eventually . Dan had to travel mid-week, and that and some other issues put the project on temporary hold.
Once again, Fienberg and I are approaching each category from two directions, with Dan as the pragmatist and me as the optimist. So as we move onto the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy category, Dan has his usual exhaustive photo gallery of potential nominees, starting with the most likely candidates before eventually moving onto a bit of wish fulfillment, while after the jump, I continue to pretend that I'm a voting member of the TV Academy and have to pick six nominees for this category. (And, again, actors determine what category to submit themselves in, or whether to submit at all. You can download the full performers list here.)
What did everybody think of the new USA legal drama?
Okay, I offered my take on USA's "Suits" in yesterday's review. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the legal drama, the fine quality tailoring, etc?
Not planning to make this part of the review rotation, as you might imagine, especially since I liked next week's episode even less than the pilot. But if things get more interesting later on, I might check back in.
What did everybody think of Louis CK's season 2 premiere?
I gave my overall thoughts on the start of "Louie" season 2 in a review I posted earlier this week. In future weeks, I imagine I'm going to have a lot more to say about specific episodes, but I'll keep my season premiere thoughts brief, coming up just as soon as we sit and play the card game where nobody loses...
What did everybody think of FX's shaggy dog buddy comedy?
I gave my thoughts on FX's strange, funny new buddy comedy "Wilfred" in today's review. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of Elijah Wood being suicidally depressed, Jason Gann as an Aussie man/dog hybrid, and all the rest? Is Fiona Gubelmann, as Dan suggests, the greatest name in human history? And for those of you familiar with the Australian original (also starring Gann as Wilfred), how would you compare the tones and effectiveness of the two series?
Still pondering how much I have to write about the series going forward, but I imagine I'll at least do brief posts on the next two episodes, which I've already seen. I do like it, but comedy is often trickier to write about weekly, even a weird, dark comedy like this.
Michael and the CIA are back on good terms in the season 5 premiere
"Burn Notice" is back for its fifth season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I have some tactical goals and a rough approach...
Alan and Dan go for two podcasts in one busy week
Time for the second of this week's two episodes of Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I review all the things we didn't have time for because I was so damn angry about "The Killing." The run-down:
"Suits" -- 02:35 - 15:10
"Wilfred" -- 15:15 - 26:45
"Louie" -- 26:50 - 36:30
"Burn Notice" -- 36:40 - 42:30
"True Blood" -- 42:30 - 50:00
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Can an Australian man in a dog suit fix Elijah Wood?
When you're 5, an imaginary friend can be a fantastic thing. When you're 30, it should be disturbing. But FX's strange, twisted, at times hilarious new comedy "Wilfred" (which debuts tonight at 10) suggests that for some adults, imaginary friends are the best kind of all.
The legend of Wild Bill nears a close
We're continuing our trip back through the first season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood," and we're continuing to do it with two separate but largely identical posts: one for people who watched the whole series and want to be able to discuss it from beginning to end, and one for people who are just starting out and don't want to be spoiled with discussion that goes past the current episode. This is the former; click here for the newbie-safe version.
A review of episode 4, "Here Was a Man," coming up just as soon as I listen to the thunder...