Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 92: 'Ringer,' 'Up All Night,' 'Secret Circle' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 92: 'Ringer,' 'Up All Night,' 'Secret Circle' & more

The new season starts early, as Dan and Alan also review 'H8R,' 'Free Agents' & 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

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And here our troubles begin, folks. The fall season starts a week from today, and the early premieres are coming as early as tomorrow night, so time to start doubling up on the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for a little while. In the first of what should be at least a two-podcast week, Dan and I break down our opinions of many of these early premieres, including "Ringer," "Free Agents" and (Dan's personal favorite show evuh) "H8R." We recorded this last week, before Dan had seen last night's "Breaking Bad," so that discussion will have to wait for the next podcast (along with Emmy predictions and still more fall TV reviews). The rundown:

"Ringer" -- 05:00 - 16:30
"H8r" -- 16:35 - 26:45
"Up All Night" -- 26:45 - 35:45
"Free Agents" -- 35:50 - 43:40
"Secret Circle" -- 44:00 - 53:15
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" -- 54:40 - 01:06:00
"Archer" -- 01:06:00 - 01:10:10
 
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<p>The &quot;Entourage&quot;&nbsp;guys together for the last time - until/unless there's a movie.</p>

The "Entourage" guys together for the last time - until/unless there's a movie.

Credit: HBO

'Entourage' - 'The End': Everything's gonna be all right

Spoiler alert! The guys all get happy endings, as usual

A review of the "Entourage" series finale coming up just as soon as I hang up on the cable guy...

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<p>Michael J. Fox and Larry David in the &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Michael J. Fox and Larry David in the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" season finale.

Credit: HBO

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'Larry vs. Michael J. Fox': Pissed or Parkinson's?

Two sitcom giants go at it in a memorable season finale

A review of the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" finale coming up just as soon as I show you how to make a swastika...

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<p>Is Laura Linney the favorite for comedy actress, or will voters choose a funnier performance?</p>

Is Laura Linney the favorite for comedy actress, or will voters choose a funnier performance?

Credit: Showtime

Emmys '11 Predictions: Comedy & Drama Lead Actress

Will a dramatic or comedic performance win for comedy?

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on September 18th, and it's time once again for Fienberg and I to discuss whom we think should and will win(*) some of the major categories. We're continuing to double up categories in order to finish in time, this time with the two Outstanding Lead Actress categories, for both comedy and drama.

(*) As always, we remind you we do not have impressive track records at prognostication. Place your wagers (or, preferably not) accordingly.

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<p>Jesse (Aaron Paul)&nbsp;was displeased on tonight's &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Jesse (Aaron Paul) was displeased on tonight's "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' - 'Bug': Eye of the tiger?

The tension mounts in another incredible episode

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I enter it in the Quicken...

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<p>Walton Goggins from &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Walton Goggins from "Justified."

Credit: FX

Emmys '11 Predictions: Comedy & Drama Supporting Actor

Four 'Modern Family' men and an impressive drama field

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on September 18th, and it's time once again for Fienberg and I to discuss whom we think should and will win(*) some of the major categories. We're continuing to double up categories in order to finish in time, this time with the two Outstanding Supporting Actor categories, for both comedy and drama.

(*) As always, we remind you we do not have impressive track records at prognostication. Place your wagers (or, preferably not) accordingly.

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<p>Karen Gillan as Amy Pond in &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond in "Doctor Who."

Credit: BBC

'Doctor Who' - 'The Girl Who Waited': Let the right one in

A temporal mix-up forces Rory to choose between two different versions of Amy

A review of tonight's "Doctor Who" coming up just as soon as I jettison the karaoke bar...

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<p>Sofia Vergara was a highlight of &quot;Modern Family&quot;&nbsp;this season.</p>

Sofia Vergara was a highlight of "Modern Family" this season.

Credit: ABC

Emmys '11 Predictions: Comedy & Drama Supporting Actress

Two Emmy favorites on the comedy side, and a character actress with the role of a lifetime

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on September 18th, and it's time once again for Fienberg and I to discuss whom we think should and will win(*) some of the major categories. We're continuing to double up categories in order to finish in time, this time with the two Outstanding Supporting Actress categories, for both comedy and drama.

(*) As always, we remind you we do not have impressive track records at prognostication. Place your wagers (or, preferably not) accordingly.

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<p>Eve Myles in the &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Eve Myles in the "Torchwood: Miracle Day" finale.

Credit: Starz/BBC

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'The Blood Line': Die another day?

An over-the-top season comes to an over-the-top end

A quick review of the "Torchwood: Miracle Day" finale coming up just as soon as I object to your lipstick...

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<p>&quot;Battlestar Galactica&quot;&nbsp;may have taken place in a galaxy far, far away, but it was one of the TV&nbsp;shows most heavily inspired by 9/11.</p>

"Battlestar Galactica" may have taken place in a galaxy far, far away, but it was one of the TV shows most heavily inspired by 9/11.

Credit: Sci Fi

How TV reflected 9/11

Series as diverse as 'West Wing,' 'Rescue Me' and 'Battlestar Galactica' all told memorable post-9/11 tales

Like most of you, I spent the long, strange, tragic day that was September 11, 2001 glued to the TV set, rifling from channel to channel, hoping against hope that some channel, somewhere would offer a piece of good news - or even some kind of explanation for the day's tragedies that would help make sense of all the carnage.

Instead, what I got was a kind of uniform confusion. Every talking head on every channel was having the same reactions, at roughly the same time. (If you watch one of the many YouTube montages of the second plane hitting the South Tower, the reaction time between the explosion and each anchorman declaring that we're under attack is nearly identical from clip to clip.) And whenever emotion or the latest piece of bad news seemed to overwhelm the men and women on-screen, they turned to pop culture to help focus their thoughts, talking about how much these terrible images on our screens resembled something out of a disaster movie.

But if this was life imitating art in horrific fashion, art found ways to respond in kind. And no artistic medium was better positioned to respond to 9/11 than television, whether through news reports, fundraising specials, or even scripted dramas like "The West Wing" and "Rescue Me" and science fiction series like "Battlestar Galactica."

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