Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 75: Season finale mega-podcast

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 75: Season finale mega-podcast

Alan and Dan break down the finales for 'The Office,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck' and many, many more

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Upfront Week is over, and the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back on a Monday schedule, which Dan and I use to preview one finale ("Idol") and dissect a whole bunch of other ones. Spoilers galore, so you may want to keep this week's run-down especially handy if your DVR is backed up: 

The cancelation of "United States of Tara" -- 01:30 - 06:45
"American Idol" finale preview -- 06:50 - 12:10
"Survivor" finale -- 12:15 - 18:20
"The Office"/"Community"/"Parks and Recreation" -- 18:30 - 32:00
"The Big Bang Theory" -- 32:05 - 37:15
Listener Mail regarding cliffhangers -- 37:30 - 44:30
"Chuck" -- 44:30 - 51:00
"Castle" -- 51:00 - 56:30
"How I Met Your Mother" -- 56:30 - 01:03:20
"The Good Wife" -- 01:03:20 - 01:07:14
"Grey's Anatomy" -- 01:07:15 - 01:11:35
"The Simpsons" -- 01:11:35 - 01:17:25
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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<p>&quot;United States of Tara&quot;&nbsp;will end its run in a few weeks.</p>
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"United States of Tara" will end its run in a few weeks.


Credit: Showtime

Showtime cancels 'United States of Tara,' renews 'Nurse Jackie'

Bye-bye to bold 'Tara,' get ready for more repetitive 'Jackie'

This morning, I was having a conversation with another TV critic who had just finished watching the third season of "United States of Tara," and we came to two conclusions:

1)As great as this season of the show has been (the 9th of 12 episodes airs tonight at 10:30), it was going to be very hard for the show to both top it and keep telling interesting stories about the characters, given how the rest of the season plays out. And given that, maybe it might be for the best if the show ended after this season.

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2)If Showtime canceled "Tara" and renewed "Nurse Jackie," we were going to be very, very unhappy.

Guess what just happened this afternoon, boys and girls?

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<p>William Hurt in &quot;Too Big to Fail.&quot;</p>

William Hurt in "Too Big to Fail."

Credit: HBO

Review: HBO's 'Too Big to Fail'

Curtis Hanson, William Hurt and company turn dry subject matter into compelling drama

On one level, the new HBO film "Too Big to Fail" (which debuts tonight at 9) has no business being as suspenseful as it is. Nearly every character is either an investment banker or a financial policy wonk. The subject matter - the mortgage crisis of 2008 - is so complicated that several times the movie has to stop so characters can explain things in layman's terms (usually to people who'd already be able to do the same). And everyone going into the movie will know roughly what happened with that crisis, and that our economy is still a mess.

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<p>Janette (Kim Dickens) learns in a new kitchen on &quot;Treme.&quot;</p>

Janette (Kim Dickens) learns in a new kitchen on "Treme."

Credit: HBO/Paul Schiraldi

'Treme' - 'Slip Away': Time to rally

Characters have to start over from scratch as we near the season's mid-point

A review of tonight's "Treme" coming up just as soon as I do window treatments...

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<p>Mireille Enos in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Mireille Enos in "The Killing."

Credit: AMC

'The Killing' - 'Undertow': Physical graffiti

Bennet Ahmed hears it from all sides, while Richmond takes his shot

Even if I wasn't forced to trim some of my usual reviewing workload this week due to upfronts coverage, I imagine I would give short shrift to tonight's "The Killing." We're at the point in the season where I'm just repeating the same complaints over and over again, and that's a waste of my time as much as it is yours. If upcoming episodes are substantially different from what we've seen of late, perhaps I'll check back in with a longer take. Otherwise, we're close enough to the finish line that it might be wiser for me to just reserve my thoughts for a long review of the finale in a few weeks.

But as for "Undertow," what did everybody think? Do you like where the story took Bennet Ahmed? Are you struggling to feel sympathetic towards Mitch Larsen? Did you roll your eyes at most of what Darren Richmond did and said? Have at it in the comments.

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<p>Robb Stark (Richard Madden)&nbsp;in action on &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Robb Stark (Richard Madden) in action on "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

'Game of Thrones' - 'A Golden Crown': You are the last dragon

The rules get upended in a terrific episode

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as possession is an abstract concept...

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<p>Matt Smith in &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Matt Smith in "Doctor Who."

Credit: BBC

'Doctor Who' - 'The Rebel Flesh': What is life?

Clones develop minds of their own in the first half of a two-parter

I figured that the upfront week time crunch was going to prevent me from doing a full-length "Doctor Who" review this week. As it turns out, I'm not sure I'd have had much to say about "The Rebel Flesh" even in a normal week, since A)It's the first half of a two-parter, and B)It was a fairly flat episode. A few quick thoughts coming up just as soon as I tell you about my wide feet...

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<p>Aimee Teegarden and Connie Britton in &quot;Friday Night Lights.&quot;</p>

Aimee Teegarden and Connie Britton in "Friday Night Lights."

Credit: NBC/DirecTV

'Friday Night Lights' - 'Swerve': Is this the little girl I carried?

Julie and Vince both have big problems, but only one of their stories really works this week

(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.)

A review of tonight's "Friday Night Lights" coming up just as soon as rhinestones make me look trashy...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 74: Upfront Week, part 2: CBS & the CW

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 74: Upfront Week, part 2: CBS & the CW

Dan and Alan also review HBO's 'Too Big to Fail'

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Welcome to the second of our two different Upfront Week editions of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I talk about CBS and the CW's new schedules, in addition to offering a review of HBO's "Too Big to Fail." The run-down:

CBS's Upfront -- 01:00 - 28:20
The CW's Upfront -- 28:25 - 39:30
Listener Mail --  42:30 - 50:45
"Too Big to Fail" -- 51:00 - 01:00:00
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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<p>Karev&nbsp;(Justin Chambers) and Meredith (Ellen Pompe)&nbsp;are at odds in the &quot;Grey's Anatomy&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Karev (Justin Chambers) and Meredith (Ellen Pompe) are at odds in the "Grey's Anatomy" finale.

Credit: ABC

'Grey's Anatomy' - 'Unaccompanied Minor': All come crashing down

Meredith and Cristina's marriages hit huge bumps in the season finale

A quick review of the "Grey's Anatomy" season finale - and season 7 as a whole - coming up just as soon as I get weirdly paternalistic with you...

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