A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I let the beard be a pleasant surprise...
Vivian Volkoff heads to the dark side in a flat episode
Alan and Dan also review 'The Good Wife,' 'America's Next Great Restaurant' and 'Taking on Tyson'
Apologies if Dan and I are a bit punchy on this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, but we were both up late watching and writing about the Oscars (or, in Dan's case, he was also up late watching "Amazing Race"). But we powered through and hopefully the podcast is more entertaining than either the Oscars or Charlie Sheen's TMZ interview. The run-down:
Can you pick the winners and losers better than Alan? Almost certainly!
Once upon a time, Fienberg roped me into joining his fantasy football league. This was a huge mistake for all involved, given how quickly I became obsessed with the game, and finding ways to "improve" my roster, to the point where I'm pretty sure I ended one season with more roster moves than the rest of the league combined. (Yes, I was That Guy. Sigh...) I eventually kicked the habit, but now Dan has talked me into trying out a different kind of fantasy game - one that, so far, doesn't seem like it has the capacity to damage either our friendship or my marriage.
HitFix has started up an "American Idol" fantasy contest, which is really simple to both join and play.
Even by Oscar-cast standards, this was a fiasco
A couple of hours into the disastrous Academy Awards telecast, host emeritus Billy Crystal came on-stage to a thunderous standing ovation. If applause can be translated into words, those claps would have screamed, "Come back, Billy! Save us from this mess!"
That Crystal proceeded to follow that reception with a rambling, unfunny monologue about Bob Hope typified the sort of night the Oscar-cast was having. No matter the talent involved nor the intentions, virtually nothing worked. It was so strained and weird that at one point Roger Ebert tweeted, "I'm even beginning to feel nostalgic about Rob Lowe dancing with Snow White."
Liz and Jack take on a pair of deceitful blondes
Dave Koechner returns as Michael's obnoxious BFF
Annie and Jeff run for office, and a Secret Service agent is intrigued by Abed
Everybody hangs out in a fun, light capper to season 3.1
If you insult your bosses long enough, they'll respond
With his public comments the last few weeks, "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen has essentially been daring CBS and Warner Bros. to put him out of work.
Thursday night - after his latest, strangest radio rant - his bosses called his bluff, shutting down production for the rest of this season.
And after the events of the last few hours, it's hard to imagine how the show could come back next year with Sheen as its star.
Dewey Crowe impersonates a good guy, while everyone thinks Boyd is doing the same