Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 81: 'Weeds,' 'The Big C,' 'Necessary Roughness' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 81: 'Weeds,' 'The Big C,' 'Necessary Roughness' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'State of Georgia' and the next 'Twin Peaks'

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We began recording this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast with me outdoors. Then a plane flew overhead, so I moved indoors, to what turned out to be a noisy day at the office. In other words, no matter where we go and what we do, there is background noise. But in the foreground, lots to talk about, with a bunch of new and returning shows premiering this week, the next "Twin Peaks" episode, plus our first dip into the mailbag in a couple of weeks. The run-down:

"Weeds" -- 01:00 - 10:25
"The Big C" -- 10:30 - 21:00
"The Voice" -- 21:00 - 28:10
"State of Georgia" -- 28:20 - 34:00
"Necessary Roughness" -- 34:00 - 44:20
Listener Mail: Peter Falk -- 44:30 - 50:40
Listener Mail: TV Directors -- 50:45 - 56:40 
"Twin Peaks" -- 56:45 - 01:11:10
 
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<p>James Van Der Beek and Vincent D'Onofrio in the &quot;Law &amp;&nbsp;Order:&nbsp;Criminal Intent&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

James Van Der Beek and Vincent D'Onofrio in the "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" series finale.

Credit: USA

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' - 'To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap': Bye, Bobby

Goren and Eames work one last case

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" came to the end of its run (probably) last night, and I have some thoughts on both the series finale and the series as a whole coming up just as soon as I show you my pinball machine...

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<p>Davis (Steve Zahn)&nbsp;has a few words to say about a fallen friend on &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Davis (Steve Zahn) has a few words to say about a fallen friend on "Treme."

Credit: HBO

'Treme' - 'That's What Lovers Do': That's all he wrote

Some projects move forward, while others stall in the penultimate hour of season 2

We're down to the penultimate episode of "Treme" season 2, and I have a review coming up just as soon as I don't speak English...

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<p>Moon Bloodgood and Noah Wyle in &quot;Falling Skies.&quot;</p>

Moon Bloodgood and Noah Wyle in "Falling Skies."

Credit: TNT

'Falling Skies' - 'Prisoner of War': The wrong kid tried

Tom goes solo, and Steven Weber has a plan to save the kids

A few quick thoughts on tonight's "Falling Skies" coming up just as soon as I read the stack of spy novels on my nightstand...

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<p>Alexander Skarsgard in &quot;True Blood.&quot;</p>

Alexander Skarsgard in "True Blood."

Credit: HBO

'True Blood' - 'She's Not There': Fairy godmother

What did everybody think of the season 4 premiere?

Okay, by now, y'all should know the drill on my "coverage" of "True Blood." I'm not a fan of the show (though I do enjoy a few characters like Eric, Jessica and Pam), but I'm aware that this is one area where my tastes don't overlap with what seems like a large portion of my audience, so we reached a compromise last summer: I do these short weekly posts as a place for the What's Alan Watching? crowd to gather to discuss each episode, and if you want a longer recap or analysis, you can go read Leslie Gornstein's take at our Monkeys As Critics blog, usually within a few hours after the episode airs on the East Coast. (UPDATE: And here it is.)

The one thing I'll note about the season premiere is that the way Alan Ball chose to return to Bon Temps gave him an out to get rid of a whole lot of the dead weight many of us were concerned about last season. Instead, pretty much everyone's back, and now we've added a coven of witches to this overcrowded universe. At what point does the show just burst at the seams from too many characters in too many unrelated storylines?

And what did everybody think of "She's Not There" overall?

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<p>Coach and Mrs. Coach bond on &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Coach and Mrs. Coach bond on "Friday Night Lights."

Credit: NBC/DirecTV

'Friday Night Lights' - 'Don't Go': Fight the future

Everyone's facing their fates in a fantastic late-series episode

(I originally posted this review back when "Friday Night Lights" was doing its exclusive DirecTV run. The comments from that period have been preserved. For the sake of people who are watching the episodes as they air on NBC, I will ask anyone commenting from this point forward to only discuss plot events up to the episode in question. Do not discuss, or even allude to, anything that has yet to air on NBC. Thank you.)

"Friday Night Lights" is closing out its final season, and I have a review of tonight's episode coming up just as soon as I give a promptu speech...

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<p>How has Steve Carell not won an Emmy yet?</p>

How has Steve Carell not won an Emmy yet?

Credit: NBC

If I had an Emmy ballot 2011: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

Celebrating the men of 'The Office,' '30 Rock' and more

Welcome to part eight of our journey through the Emmy ballot on HitFix. This is also the last part of the ballot we got in ahead of today's deadline for ballots to be submitted, but if you've been reading these posts by now, it's probably not hard to guess most of what we'd pick for outstanding comedy and drama series, and we'll get to those categories eventually . Dan had to travel mid-week, and that and some other issues put the project on temporary hold.

Once again, Fienberg and I are approaching each category from two directions, with Dan as the pragmatist and me as the optimist. So as we move onto the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy category, Dan has his usual exhaustive photo gallery of potential nominees, starting with the most likely candidates before eventually moving onto a bit of wish fulfillment, while after the jump, I continue to pretend that I'm a voting member of the TV Academy and have to pick six nominees for this category. (And, again, actors determine what category to submit themselves in, or whether to submit at all. You can download the full performers list here.)

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<p>Gabriel Macht in &quot;Suits.&quot;</p>

Gabriel Macht in "Suits."

Credit: USA

'Suits' - 'Pilot': Harvard, man

What did everybody think of the new USA legal drama?

Okay, I offered my take on USA's "Suitsin yesterday's review. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the legal drama, the fine quality tailoring, etc? 

Not planning to make this part of the review rotation, as you might imagine, especially since I liked next week's episode even less than the pilot. But if things get more interesting later on, I might check back in.

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<p>Louis CK&nbsp;in the &quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;season 2 premiere.</p>

Louis CK in the "Louie" season 2 premiere.

Credit: FX

'Louie' - 'Pregnant': Who are the people in your neighborhood?

What did everybody think of Louis CK's season 2 premiere?

I gave my overall thoughts on the start of "Louie" season 2 in a review I posted earlier this week. In future weeks, I imagine I'm going to have a lot more to say about specific episodes, but I'll keep my season premiere thoughts brief, coming up just as soon as we sit and play the card game where nobody loses...

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<p>Elijah Wood, Jason Gann and Fiona Gubelmann in &quot;Wilfred.&quot;</p>

Elijah Wood, Jason Gann and Fiona Gubelmann in "Wilfred."

Credit: FX

'Wilfred' - 'Happiness': Dig, dug, dog

What did everybody think of FX's shaggy dog buddy comedy?

I gave my thoughts on FX's strange, funny new buddy comedy "Wilfredin today's review. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of Elijah Wood being suicidally depressed, Jason Gann as an Aussie man/dog hybrid, and all the rest? Is Fiona Gubelmann, as Dan suggests, the greatest name in human history? And for those of you familiar with the Australian original (also starring Gann as Wilfred), how would you compare the tones and effectiveness of the two series? 

Still pondering how much I have to write about the series going forward, but I imagine I'll at least do brief posts on the next two episodes, which I've already seen. I do like it, but comedy is often trickier to write about weekly, even a weird, dark comedy like this.

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