What did everybody think of the romantic comedy pilot?
What did everybody think of the new sci-fi/conspiracy pilot?
I reviewed NBC's "The Event" on Saturday. Now it's your turn. Were you as frustrated as I was by the show's opaqueness, or were you excited by the brisk pace? Did you have trouble latching onto any of the characters, or is Jason Ritter just so damn likable that you want to see what happens to him? And what, assuming you care, do you think The Event is going to be?
What did everybody think of the con man drama pilot?
I reviewed FOX's "Lone Star" on Friday. Now it's your turn. What did you think of the pilot episode? Do you share my concerns about the show's long-term viability? Are you going to immediately download the Mumford & Sons album? And if you were Bob, which life would you rather have?
New guest stars and a new status quo, but same ol' 'Chuck,' thankfully
"Chuck" is back for a new season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I fool you by taking public transportation...
Is the Cuddy/House a reason for renewed faith or to say goodbye to the show?
I wasn't going to do a write-up of the "House" season premiere, having decided after watching it and next week's episode that I was content to say "That's it for me!" for good.
But I did talk with Dan about it on today's podcast, and figured at least I could do one last post to see what other people thought of all the Cuddy/House nookie in "So What?" I've never cared about those two getting together - if anything, previous seasons have provided far too much evidence that they shouldn't - and so that development isn't enough to make me overlook how frustrated I've been with the show for most of the last few seasons.
On the other hand, for the people who do care about House/Cuddy? Well, this was an all-you-can-eat buffet.
So what did everybody - both the pro-Huddy, the anti, and the ambivalent - think of the premiere?
Rachel Bilson returns as the series gets back on its feet
"How I Met Your Mother" is back for another season, and in case you missed it over the summer, I (and several other reporters) had a very interesting chat with Carter Bays and Craig Thomas about the show's immediate past and future back at press tour. I'll be talking about that in my review of the season six premiere, coming up just as soon as I have squiggly cartoon odor lines...
From Old West serial killer to Terminator to sitcom dad
Garret Dillahunt is one of my favorite character actors on television. Whether he's a regular on a series like "Deadwood" (where David Milch loved him so much he cast him in two different roles) or just teleporting into a series for a guest spot or two (as, say, Russian gangster Roman Nevikov on "Life"), I know he's always going to do something interesting and memorable.
He has another regular gig, on "Raising Hope," Greg Garcia's new FOX comedy about a young slacker (Lucas Neff) who decides to turn his life around when he inherits the baby girl he fathered with a Death Row inmate. (It debuts Tuesday at 9 p.m.)Â Though I think a little of Garcia's "My Name Is Earl"-style humor goes a long way, I did laugh several times during the "Hope" pilot, including some things Dillahunt does as Neff's none-too-bright father.
When I was at press tour last month, I sat down with Dillahunt to talk about how he chooses the parts he does, why he got into acting, and more, all after the jump...
Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 37: 'Chuck,' 'House,' 'Community' and lots of other returning shows
Alan and Dan look at returning shows in part two of their fall preview series
Time for part two of the three-part Firewall & Iceberg Podcast fall preview(*), with Dan and I pausing from our discussion of new shows to check in on a bunch of returning shows we've seen premieres for, some of which will be in heavy blogging rotation ("Chuck," "How I Met Your Mother"), some which may be covered more infrequently ("Glee"), some which are falling out of the rotation altogether ("House") and one that has surprised me by finding its way back in ("Fringe").
(*) I've been doing a lot of fall preview podcasting over the last week, including a guest appearance on Bill Simmons' podcast that we recorded on Friday and was posted today.
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The inevitably disappointing reunion of the 'Arrested Development' guys
Since FOX canceled "Arrested Development" back in 2006, nearly every interview every actor associated with that brilliant but under-viewed series has done has featured a question about the possibility of an "Arrested Development" movie. Some are for it, some (notably Michael Cera) are against it, some say it's happening any minute now, some say it's probably never going to happen, but the questions, and the rumors, keep coming and coming from a TV press that comprised a huge chunk of the show's audience.
My philosophy on an "Arrested Development" movie has always been that I will not believe it exists until I am sitting in a movie theater, eating my popcorn, and the opening credits are rolling on it.
But after watching two different versions of the pilot episode of "Running Wilde" - which reunites "Arrested" co-star Will Arnett with that show's two top writers, Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely, and features "Arrested" alum David Cross in a recurring role - I'm starting to wonder if I even want to see an "Arrested" film.
On cops and crooks he's played, and on 'The Sopranos' finale
One of the more intriguing pilots I watched earlier this summer was for ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7," which debuts Tuesday at 10 p.m. Focusing on a Homicide unit in Detroit, the drama had two things going for it: a mockumentary format that actually added to the sense of atmosphere, rather than feeling like a gimmick; and Michael Imperioli's performance as inscrutable, frustrating lead detective Louis Fitch.
After the pilot was shot, the real city of Detroit banned camera crews from following cops around, and because of that (and, I suspect, because too many other ABC shows also have characters talking to the camera) the format was ditched. And with it went a lot of the show's character. The original pilot felt a bit like a 21st century version of "Homicide," focusing more on the cops than the cases, where the new version - particularly the second episode, which was filmed after the docu concept was ditched (where the final version of the pilot still has weird traces of it) - feels more generic, even with the Detroit location filming.
But Imperioli is still in it, and still strong. Because of him, supporting player James McDaniel (putting on a badge again in his old "NYPD Blue" timeslot) and the promise I initially saw in the pilot, I'm going to give "1-8-7" a few more shots. But in the meantime, here's an interview I did with Imperioli back at press tour, where we talk about other cops he's played, the appeal of this show to him, and, of course, "The Sopranos" ending.