Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 95: 'A Gifted Man,' 'Pan Am,' 'Boardwalk Empire' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 95: 'A Gifted Man,' 'Pan Am,' 'Boardwalk Empire' & more

Dan and Alan also break down early season ratings and the season premieres of many returning comedies

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Time for the second of yet another multi-episode week for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I review a few more new network shows, check in on "Boardwalk Empire" and break down a lot of what we learned in the first week of the TV season. The rundown:

"A Gifted Man" -- 01:35 - 11:15
"Pan Am" -- 11:20 - 20:00
"Boardwalk Empire" -- 20:00 - 29:30
Early Season Ratings -- 29:30 - 44:00
"How I Met Your Mother: -- 44:10 - 48:40
"Glee" -- 48:40 - 55:15
"Modern Family" -- 55:26 - 01:01:20
"Community" -- 01:01:25 - 01:05:35
"Parks and Recreation" -- 01:05:40 - 01:11:55
"The Office" -- 01:12:00 - 01:18:55
 
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<p>Margo Martindale and Patrick Wilson in &quot;A&nbsp;Gifted Man.&quot;</p>

Margo Martindale and Patrick Wilson in "A Gifted Man."

Credit: CBS

Interview: 'A Gifted Man' co-star Margo Martindale

How did the Emmy-winning 'Justified' actress wind up on a CBS medical drama?

One of the most satisfying moments on Sunday night's Emmys came when Margo Martindale won for her performance as hillbilly crime lord Mags Bennet on FX's "Justified." It was the role of a lifetime for a hardworking but largely anonymous character actress, and she played it brilliantly.

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<p>Rainn Wilson and James Spader on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Rainn Wilson and James Spader on "The Office."

Credit: NBC

'The Office' - 'The List': Winners and losers

James Spader takes over, and the Scranton branch gets a new manager

"The Office" is back, with James Spader as the new CEO and a new branch manager, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as I agree with your analysis of Elmo...

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<p>Jane Timoney (Maria Bello)&nbsp;surrounded by her male colleagues in the &quot;Prime Suspect&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Jane Timoney (Maria Bello) surrounded by her male colleagues in the "Prime Suspect" pilot.

Credit: NBC

'Prime Suspect' - 'Pilot': Hat in hand

What did everybody think of the new NBC cop drama?

I posted my review of NBC's "Prime Suspectthis morning. Now it's your turn. Whether you're familiar with the Helen Mirren original or not, how did you think Maria Bello did as Jane Timoney? Are you pro- or anti-hat? Will you be glad to see them tone down the blatant sexism, or do you think the show needed it? Most importantly, will you be watching another episode? 

Have at it.

<p>Fat Mac (Rob McElhenny) goes shirtless on &quot;It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.&quot;</p>

Fat Mac (Rob McElhenny) goes shirtless on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

Credit: FX

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' - 'The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore': Rum Ham!!!!

No Snooki or The Situation, but lots of silly and/or dark fun

A quick review of tonight's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" coming up just as soon as I get my scalp sewn back on...

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<p>&quot;Whitney&quot;&nbsp;(Whitney Cummings)&nbsp;and her friends go shopping in the series premiere.</p>

"Whitney" (Whitney Cummings) and her friends go shopping in the series premiere.

Credit: NBC

'Whitney' - 'Pilot': Helloooo, nurse!

What did everybody think of the new NBC sitcom?

I posted my review of "Whitneyearlier this week. Now it's your turn. It seems the Internet passed its terrible judgment on this show months ago, and while I certainly didn't like it, I did enjoy a couple of moments here and there. (For the record, the two things I laughed at were Chris D'Elia's delivery of the blackface line, and his reaction to the mountain of paperwork.) But now that everyone's had an opportunity to see the whole thing, was it as bad as you were expecting? More? Less? Do you see any glimmers of hope for the future? Which of the two Whitney Cummings-written sitcom pilots did you prefer? Have at it.

Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) follow a DA (Natalie Zea) who may be in trouble on "Person of Interest."
Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Finch (Michael Emerson) follow a DA (Natalie Zea) who may be in trouble on "Person of Interest."
Credit: CBS

'Person of Interest' - 'Pilot': Rage against the machine

What did everybody think of Jesus and Ben Linus teaming up to fight crime?

I posted my review of CBS' "Person of Interestyesterday. Now it's your turn. What did you think of the vigilante drama? Were you okay with Jim Caviezel's energy level? Would you prefer Michael Emerson to stretch himself beyond Ben Linus-type roles? Do you want more Taraji P. Henson or less? And what on earth was William Sadler doing there for 30 seconds? 

Have at it.

<p>Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;makes an announcement on the &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;premiere.</p>

Leslie (Amy Poehler) makes an announcement on the "Parks and Recreation" premiere.

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' - 'I'm Leslie Knope': Running or running away?

Leslie has a tough decision to make in the sweet season 4 premiere

"Parks and Recreation" is back for its fourth season. I interviewed co-creator Mike Schur about one of the major developments of the premiere, and I have a review of the episode coming up just as soon as I have the toes I have...

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<p>Ben (Adam Scott)&nbsp;and Leslie (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie (Amy Poehler) on "Parks and Recreation."

Credit: NBC

Interview: 'Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur on the season 4 premiere

Some thoughts on Leslie's professional and personal decisions

"Parks and Recreation" just aired its fourth season premiere, and you can read my review of that here. I had initially planned to accompany that review with a pair of pieces about the creative process behind the making of this episode - one a fly-on-the-wall piece from an afternoon I spent in the show's writers room back in June, the other an interview I did a couple of weeks ago with co-creator  Mike Schur - but I'm going to put those off until next week and break out one long section of the Schur interview, in which we discuss what the premiere had to say about the Leslie and Ben relationship - and about the more general challenges of writing long-term relationship arcs on comedies. Spoilers and analysis coming up just as soon as we discuss my stance on Egyptian debt relief...

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<p>Rachael Taylor and Minka Kelly come to blows in the &quot;Charlie's Angels&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Rachael Taylor and Minka Kelly come to blows in the "Charlie's Angels" pilot.

Credit: ABC

'Charlie's Angels' - 'Pilot': Heaven vs. Hell

What did everybody think of ABC's remake?

I posted my review of "Charlie's Angelsthis morning. Now it's your turn. Did you sense a pulse from any of Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh? Any chemistry between them? Did you like Young Hunky Bosley? Were you appreciative of Minka re-enacting the torture scene from "Lethal Weapon"? Are you excited by the dark backstories, and/or the casting of Victor Garber as Charlie? And will any of you watch this ever again?

Have at it.