A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I try to squelch your spirit...
Lots of people leave - and yell - in a terrific episode
Lights takes on the dirtiest fighter in the boxing world
An unpromising follow-up to the pilot
Boy, not a very good second episode for "Mad Love," was it? Still no laughs from Biggs or Chalke - or, for that matter, from Labine and Greer, whose chemistry is less of the "thin line between love and hate" variety than the "their interactions are unpleasant" variety. And while I'm always glad to see Martin Starr getting a paycheck, "Hawaii Five-0" actually made better use of him than this episode did. Sigh...
On yesterday's podcast, Dan and I were asked about the notion of whether we'd rather see a show with good actors and weak writing or a well-written show that's poorly cast. And I said that while I think writing is the more important part of the equation, writing can sometimes improve over time, whereas a bad actor almost always remains a bad actor (or a miscast actor). So I'll check back in at some point, but until/unless this show gets its act together, no point in covering it week-to-week.
What did everybody else think?
An episode dragged down by problematic Ted and Barney stories
Gibbons makes a power play or 12 in a great showcase for Delroy Lindo
Growing up time for lots of characters in a busy, fun episode
Dan talks unscripted TV, and we answer a lot of your questions
Last week on the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, I asked you, the listeners, for a favor. I didn't want to have to watch "Shedding for the Wedding," so I pleaded with you to send in a bunch of good questions so we could devote most or all of the podcast to those. And y'all delivered - with far more good queries than we had room for in this show, in which we still discussed "Shedding for the Wedding," but only as part of our occasional Dan's Reality TV Round-Up segment, in which I ask Dan questions about shows I don't watch. And after that, your questions. The run-down:
Checking back in on the showbiz satire's finale.
While "Episodes" has had its fans among a number of TV critics, I was not one of them, for reasons I described in detail in my review before the season began. That review was based on all 7 episodes of the series, and because my issues remained largely the same throughout, I decided not to bother doing any show-by-show posts. Now the finale has aired, and I have a few final thoughts - and am interested in the opinions of those of you who stuck it out all the way through - coming up just as soon as bus in some real people...
Adam Scott shines as Ben's teen mayor past returns to haunt him
Michael's brings glimpses of Dunder-Mifflin employees past and present