Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 1: 'Deadwood' (Veterans edition)

Welcome to the roughest, most profane, brilliant TV Western of them all

<p>Wild Bill Hickcok (Keith Carradine)&nbsp;and Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;prepare to administer some Old West justice in the &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;premiere.</p>

Wild Bill Hickcok (Keith Carradine) and Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) prepare to administer some Old West justice in the "Deadwood" premiere.

Credit: HBO

It's time once again for this year's summer DVD rewind here at What's Alan Watching? In summers past, I've dealt with the likes of "Freaks and Geeks," "Firefly," "Sports Night" and the first few seasons of "The Wire," among others. This year's candidate is a show whose existence straddled my career as a blogger (you can find my season three reviews here), and is one of a handful of shows with a legitimate argument as the best drama ever in the history of American TV.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to bleeping "Deadwood." It can get combative, and the language can get salty. (And after the jump, the real swears will be featured.)

After giving it some thought, I've decided to divide these reviews up, in a similar but not identical fashion to the way I did "The Wire." There will be two identical copies of each review, posted at the same time. The content of what I write will be the same in each most weeks, but in one, commenters will be free to discuss events from the life of the series (plus stray historical details about Swearengen and company), while the other will be designed for a discussion among people who are watching the show for the first time and don't want to know what's coming next. This is the former version; "Deadwood" newbies would be well-inclined to click here for the safer post.

Thoughts on the series' premiere, also titled "Deadwood," coming up just as soon as I spit in my hand...

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 1, Episode 1: 'Deadwood' (Newbies edition)

Welcome to the roughest, most profane, brilliant TV Western of them all

<p>Wild Bill Hickcok (Keith Carradine)&nbsp;and Seth Bullock (Timothy  Olyphant)&nbsp;prepare to administer some Old West justice in the  &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;premiere.</p>

Wild Bill Hickcok (Keith Carradine) and Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) prepare to administer some Old West justice in the "Deadwood" premiere.

Credit: HBO

It's time once again for this year's summer DVD rewind here at What's Alan Watching? In summers past, I've dealt with the likes of "Freaks and Geeks," "Firefly," "Sports Night" and the first few seasons of "The Wire," among others. This year's candidate is a show whose existence straddled my career as a blogger (you can find my season three reviews here), and is one of a handful of shows with a legitimate argument as the best drama ever in the history of American TV.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to bleeping "Deadwood." It can get combative, and the language can get salty. (And after the jump, the real swears will be featured.)

After giving it some thought, I've decided to divide these reviews up, in a similar but not identical fashion to the way I did "The Wire." There will be two identical copies of each review, posted at the same time. The content of what I write will be the same in each most weeks, but in one, commenters will be free to discuss events from the life of the series (plus stray historical details about Swearengen and company), while the other will be designed for a discussion among people who are watching the show for the first time and don't want to know what's coming next. This is the latter version (so no talking about anything that comes after this specific episode); "Deadwood" veterans should click here for that post.

Thoughts on the series' premiere, also titled "Deadwood," coming up just as soon as I spit in my hand...

'Men of a Certain Age' - 'The Great Escape': Tonight, you're mine

The guys' evenings all begin with great promise in the mid-season premiere

<p>Scott Bakula and Ray Romano in &quot;Men of a Certain Age.&quot;</p>

Scott Bakula and Ray Romano in "Men of a Certain Age."

Credit: TNT

Yesterday, I posted my overall review of the first few summer episodes of "Men of a Certain Age" season two. Now I have some specific thoughts on tonight's episode, coming up just as soon as I'm wearing my lucky shirt...

'Franklin & Bash' - 'Pilot': Bros before depos

What did everybody think of the new TNT legal drama?

<p>Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in &quot;Franklin &amp;&nbsp;Bash.&quot;</p>

Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar in "Franklin & Bash."

Credit: TNT

I've already offered up my (unfavorable) review of TNT's "Franklin & Bash" (as well as a look back at the career arc of leading man Mark-Paul Gosselaar). Now it's your turn. For those who watched the pilot tonight, what did you think? Are you likely to set a season pass for it?

The curious case of Mark-Paul Gosselaar

How the 'Saved by the Bell' alum outlasted the child star stigma

<p>&quot;Franklin &amp;&nbsp;Bash&quot;&nbsp;star Mark-Paul Gosselaar, all grown up.</p>

"Franklin & Bash" star Mark-Paul Gosselaar, all grown up.

Credit: TNT

As you may have seen in my review yesterday, I was not a fan of TNT's "Franklin & Bash," which debuts tonight. But even though Mark-Paul Gosselaar's performance trends more towards the smarm than he's done in a while, I'm still glad to see him working - and, after a few Steven Bochco shows in a row, to see that he's now just another working adult actor, hireable by various producers for various gigs.

Is the DC Comics reboot for real or another half-measure?

More than 25 years after the Crisis, will the DC Universe really get to start over?

<p>&quot;Crisis on Infinite Earths&quot; gave DC&nbsp;a chance to start its stories from scratch, but the company didn't take full advantage of it.</p>

"Crisis on Infinite Earths" gave DC a chance to start its stories from scratch, but the company didn't take full advantage of it.

Credit: DC Comics

I know that 99% of what I write about is TV-related, but every now and then other elements of my nerditry have to take over the blog for a bit. Today's announcement that DC Comics is going to reboot its entire line of superhero titles to #1 issues, with younger versions of the characters and many revamped costumes designed by Jim Lee, is one of those times.

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 76: 'Franklin & Bash,' 'Teen Wolf' and more

Alan and Dan also announce their summer DVD rewind and check in on 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Killing' and 'Men of a Certain Age'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 76: 'Franklin & Bash,' 'Teen Wolf' and more

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Time for the first Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of the summer season of 2011, which means Dan and I review a few new shows, a returning one, and announce which show will be following "Undeclared" as this year's summer DVD/Netflix rewind on the podcast. The run-down:

"Teen Wolf" -- 01:50 - 14:15
"Franklin & Bash" -- 14:20 - 21:30
"Men of a Certain Age" -- 21:30 - 28:05
Listener Mail: Network Branding -- 28:20 - 34:45
Listener Mail: Shows with many finales -- 34:50 - 41:00
Listener Mail: Same actors playing multiple roles on shows -- 41:00 - 44:45
"Game of Thrones" -- 45:20 - 55:10
"The Killing" -- 55:20 - 01:05:25
The Grand Summer-Rewatch Announcement -- 01:05:30 - 01:09:00
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.

Review: TNT's 'Men of a Certain Age' resumes season 2

Focus on the little things still works for Ray Romano and company

<p>Scott Bakula, Ray Romano and Andre Braugher in &quot;Men of a Certain Age.&quot;</p>

Scott Bakula, Ray Romano and Andre Braugher in "Men of a Certain Age."

Credit: TNT

The three heroes of TNT's Peabody Award-winning "Men of a Certain Age" (which returns for the second half of its second season tomorrow night at 10) have taken to defining themselves more by what they aren't (young, energetic and optimistic, to name just three things) than by what they are. And it seems much easier to describe the show that way, too.

AMC sets 'Breaking Bad' July premiere date for season 4

Watch the season 4 trailer

<p>Bryan Cranston and the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;team will be back on July 17.</p>

Bryan Cranston and the "Breaking Bad" team will be back on July 17.

Credit: AMC

That "Breaking Bad" season 4 would be premiering on July 17 at 10 p.m. has been something of an open secret. (Last week's Entertainment Weekly had a big season preview with that date, for instance.) But AMC didn't make it official until today, announcing the date and releasing a season 4 trailer - which, in a good move for spoiler-phobes like me, seems to be comprised entirely of season 3 footage and dialogue:

Review: TNT's 'Franklin & Bash' mixes frat boy humor with legal drama

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer turn on the smarm as buddy lawyers

<p>Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are &quot;Franklin &amp;&nbsp;Bash.&quot;</p>

Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are "Franklin & Bash."

Credit: TNT

It's not that I hate "Franklin & Bash," the new TNT legal drama that debuts tomorrow night at 9. Nor is it that I don't understand what the point is. The problem with "Franklin & Bash" is that the point seems more trouble than it's worth to attain, and unlikely to happen given the show's mostly obnoxious execution.

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