Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
A mega edition with a very special guest
We had the longest-ever Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, as we welcomed our second Very Special Guest in Shawn Ryan to talk "Terriers" (which y'all really need to start watching if you haven't already), "Ride-along," "The Shield" and more, followed by long discussions of the "Rubicon" and "Mad Men." The run-down:
Shawn Ryan talks "Terriers" and "Ride-Along" -- 00:00 - 47:45
"Rubicon" finale -- 47:50 - 01:00:45
"Mad Men" finale -- 01:00:50 - 01:27:00
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What did everybody think of the new Idris Elba cop drama?
On Friday, I offered my review of "Luther" with Idris Elba. Now it's your turn. For those of you who saw it for the first time tonight - or those of you who saw the whole series when it aired in England and are willing to keep all details of later episodes to yourself - what did you think of the cat-and-mouse game played between Elba and Ruth Wilson?
Mrs. Schroeder and Nucky play games with each other, and Jimmy copes with tragedy in Chicago
Kelly Macdonald in "Boardwalk Empire."
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The conspiracy story reaches an unsatisfying conclusion, even if the show around it is great
James Badge Dale as Will Travers in "Rubicon."
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On Don's journey, Don and Peggy's relationship, and the budding talent of Kiernan Shipka
Peggy and Don's growing relationship was a big story in "Mad Men" season four.
The "Mad Men" season four finale airs tomorrow night, and while I had hoped to talk to creator Matthew Weiner after seeing it, his travel schedule meant he was only available for a 15-minute conversation this morning. If you've read some of my past conversations with Weiner like this one, you know the answers tend to be long (but always interesting), so I could only hit on a few topics from this season, and threw in the Joan one at the end when I got the one-minute warning from the AMC publicist.
Still, we talked about Don, and Don and Peggy, and the great child acting of Kiernan Shipka, and because I haven't seen the finale, and because Matt so obviously hates spoilers, you don't have to worry about any finale details being revealed.
'The Wire' alum views BBC cop drama as a career pinnacle
Yesterday, I offered my review of the cop drama "Luther," which BBC America debuts Sunday night at 10 p.m. While I had problems with the series as a whole, I had none whatsoever with the lead performance by Idris Elba, best-known to many people who hang out on this blog as Stringer Bell from "The Wire." He's fantastic as a damaged but clever detective.
Back at press tour, I sat down with Elba to talk about his career, the appeal of headlining a BBC series and (briefly, because it's clearly not his favorite subject) "The Wire."
Great performances, but an ultimately frustrating cop drama
There was a period in the mid-’90s when I asked an English acquaintance why his country’s TV shows were so much better than ours. He laughed and said that I thought that because only the very best stuff was being sent across the pond, that very few Brit series were up to the standards of a “Prime Suspect,” and that if I spent enough time watching the shows he did, I’d find it to be every bit as mediocre and formulaic as most of American TV.
I thought about that conversation quite a bit as I got deeper and deeper into “Luther,” a six-part cop drama that BBC America is bringing over here starting Sunday night at 10. Were it one of only two or three Brit crime shows I’d ever seen, I imagine I’d have been floored throughout. But I’ve seen enough other shows just like it that I had to leave the novelty aside and judge it on its own merits. And those merits include two fantastic lead performances by Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson, but also some muddled overall storytelling that left me scratching my head by the time we got to the final act.
A strong, moving, funny episode that makes you feel bad for the bad guy
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