We're a few days late for this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, and we're taking next week off while I go on vacation. But in the interim, we have a very early review of "Sons of Anarchy" season 4, more mailbag, more "Breaking Bad," and more "Pants." The rundown:
The sixth (modern) season of "Doctor Who" returns to BBC America on Saturday night at 9 with an episode cheekily-titled "Let's Kill Hitler." I haven't seen the episode yet, but will presumably have a post-air review of it up that night.
When I was at press tour earlier this month, I got a chance to sit down with Steven Moffat, the man in charge of the "Who"-niverse these days, to talk about the intertwined lives of Amy Pond and River Song, about the famous audition that made Matt Smith the youngest Doctor ever, about the recurring themes of Moffat's time on the show, the workload of writing for the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes simultaneously, and more.
It's not often that a network executive gets to take over in a period of prosperity. Usually, the previous guy was fired, and usually because things haven't been going well. But Showtime entertainment president David Nevins took over the pay cable channel last summer not because there was a crisis, but because predecessor Robert Greenblatt was looking for new challenges (in this case, trying to resurrect NBC) after seven successful years.
Fienberg is in New Orleans for a few days doing a movie set visit, which means two things: 1)Podcast delayed until probably Wednesday, and 2)I'm filling in for him on covering various bits of breaking TV news.
Ordinarily, I would take a piece of info like USA announcing its fall premiere dates - that "Psych" will start its sixth season on October 12, while "Covert Affairs" and "Burn Notice" (which go on hiatus in early September) will return to finish out their current seasons on, respectively, November 1 and November 3 - write a short news article, and be done with it.
But in this case, it occurs to me that I haven't written about "Burn Notice" since the most recent season premiere, and I'd like to take the temperature of the audience about how season five is going.
A quick review of last night's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" coming up just as soon as I secure the bags...
A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I have to register my hands as lethal weapons...
I was taking some time off last week and didn't get a chance to do my weekly "True Blood" talkback post. (Which, as always, is here so you can discuss the show until Leslie Gornstein's recap goes up on our Monkeys as Critics blog.) But things are getting pretty crazy in Bon Temps, between the vampires, witches, werewolves, ghosts, shifters, etc. What did everybody think of tonight's episode? And how is everyone feeling about season 4 at the three-quarter mark?
"Torchwood: Miracle Day" has, for the most part, been a very big disappointment, but "Immortal Sins" felt much more like some of the show's better moments from the earlier seasons - mainly because most of it put the miracle storyline on hold to tell a tale from Jack's long life as an immortal time traveler. It still doesn't fill me with faith for how the rest of this season will go in the present-day, but for one night, John Barrowman and writer Jane Espenson gave me something that didn't make me feel like I was just watching out of loyalty or stubborn insistence on making it to the end.
What did everybody else think?
A review of last night's "Louie" coming up just as soon as my dog turns off the alarm clock...
For the next-to-last time this summer, we're continuing our trip back through the first season of David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood," and we're continuing to do it with two separate but largely identical posts: one for people who watched the whole series and want to be able to discuss it from beginning to end, and one for people who are just starting out and don't want to be spoiled with discussion that goes past the current episode. This is the former; click here for the newbie-safe version.
A review of episode 11, "Jewel's Boot Is Made For Walking," coming up just as soon as I discuss circumcision with an ox...