Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Dan, Alan and a very special guest discuss odds and ends from the life of the AMC drama
Yesterday saw the premiere of the first Firewall & Iceberg video show. As promised, though, the podcast isn't going away. And, as promised, this week's is the long-awaited all-"Breaking Bad" show. It ran a little shorter than planned, due to massive technical difficulties during the segment with our special guest, but it's nearly an hour of your questions and our answers, plus discussion of the overall greatness of the series and where it might fit into the Pantheon now that it's done.
And as mentioned on the video show yesterday, we have a new email address for questions for both versions: email@example.com. So fire away, folks, as I suspect we'll need a bunch of good questions next week, as we shift into the dog days at the end of the calendar year.
The very simple rundown:
"Breaking Bad" (00:00:00 - 00:54:00)
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Our first video show talks HBO drama and how the broadcasters are doing this fall
Happy Tuesday, boys and girls, and welcome to the very first installment of the Firewall & Iceberg show, video-style!
On this week's inaugural edition, Dan and I introduce the basic format before moving on to advance discussion of "Tremé" and spoiler discussion of the "Boardwalk Empire" finale, sandwiched around a segment where we grade the broadcast networks on how they've done so far this fall. We also announced that, going forward, you can send us questions — for both the video and audio shows — to firstname.lastname@example.org, though you're certainly welcome to do it the old way if you prefer.
The video show will also be part of the same RSS feed, and therefore iTunes feed, as the audio podcast (which will be back tomorrow with an all-"Breaking Bad" discussion featuring a very special guest). And every episode of the video show, and the podcast, will be archived here.
We hope you like it. And as with the audio show, we will strive to keep getting better at this.
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Tonight, "How I Met Your Mother" told a trio of stories all in rhyme, with Marshall trying to get Marvin to sleep on the bus to Farhampton. On the one hand, I thought the rhymes themselves were fairly clever, particularly anytime we were back on the bus with Marshall and the other passengers — particularly Tony-winning guest star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who of course was asked to do a rap about the difficulty of rhyming "Canada." On the other hand, I thought the stories the rhymes were built around were dumb to varying degrees, and represented various latter-day "HIMYM" flaws regarding broad characterization, portrayals of women being stupid, Barney being a superhero, etc.
But these posts are designed to hear what you all have to say, so let's hear it about "Bedtime Stories." Did the rhymes make you smile or grit your teeth? Did you enjoy watching NPH play so many roles? Ted's LeBron grudge? The thought that, as hinted at by the Future Ted narration, it may still be many episodes before Marshall gets to the Inn?
What did everybody else think?
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