<p>Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw in &quot;The Hour.&quot;</p>

Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw in "The Hour."

Credit: BBC

'The Hour' - 'Episode 4': You can't handle the truth!

Freddie keeps investigating with reckless abandon, while Hector and Bel heat up

Demands on my time for the start of the TV season are once again keeping me from doing much more with "The Hourthan providing this space for everybody to discuss their reaction to the latest episode. (And, as of now, this is the last one I've seen in advance, so I may not even be able to do this much for the last two installments; at least, not in as timely a fashion.) 

The fourth episode kept pushing both the spy story and the love triangle, and thus far I'm much more invested in the personal material, and whatever is happening with the show itself, than I am with Freddie's investigation into Kish, double agents and whatnot. Keeping in mind that we're not going to discuss anything from the final two episodes (which already aired in the UK), what did everybody else think of this one?

Read Full Post
Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 91: 'Wilfred,' 'Louie,' 'Entourage' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 91: 'Wilfred,' 'Louie,' 'Entourage' & more

Dan and Alan also answer your letters and discuss the last two 'Breaking Bad's


After a week off and then a technical glitch yesterday, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast returns with Dan and I looking ahead to the finales of "Wilfred," "Louie" and "Entourage," answering a whole lot of listener mail and then breaking down two "Breaking Bad" episodes. The rundown:

"Wilfred" and "Louie" -- 2:30 - 22:45
Listener Mail: "Entourage" -- 23:00 - 33:15
Listener Mail: First Series canceled -- 32:20 - 37:50
Listener Mail: Premise Pilots -- 38:00 - 45:30
Listener Mail: More on Pilots -- 45:35 - 50:05
Listener Mail: Talking TV at Parties -- 50:15 - 53:40
"Breaking Bad" -- 53:45 - 01:13:45
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.
Read Full Post
Jimmy Kimmel with his uncle, the late Frank Potenza.
Jimmy Kimmel with his uncle, the late Frank Potenza.
Credit: ABC

Jimmy Kimmel says goodbye to Uncle Frank

A sweet tribute to a sweet latenight fixture

If you pay attention to latenight TV at all, you probably know that Uncle Frank, a fixture of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" from the very first episode, passed away recently. Frank Potenza was a retired New York cop and Kimmel's actual uncle, as opposed to those friends of your parents whom you call uncle.

He was also that rare breed on television: a truly genuine person.

Read Full Post
<p>Will &quot;Downton Abbey&quot;&nbsp;be able to top HBO for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie?</p>

Will "Downton Abbey" be able to top HBO for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie?

Credit: PBS

Emmys '11 Predictions: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

Will HBO or PBS reign supreme in the battle of historical dramas?

The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards are on Sunday, September 18th, and Fienberg and I are going to spend much of the next week and a half talking about who we think should win the major categories, and predicting who will. (Keep in mind that neither of us has an especially impressive track record at the latter, so please do not risk any of your actual money based on our guesses.)

First up: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, the first time that miniseries and made-for-TV movies have been combined into one big category. (Acting, writing, directing, etc. for the two have been combined for years, and so few of either are made anymore that the Emmys just gave up the ghost on presenting two separate awards.)

Read Full Post
<p>The &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;ride away from prison in the season 4 premiere.</p>

The "Sons of Anarchy" ride away from prison in the season 4 premiere.

Credit: FX

'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Out': One wedding and some funerals

Jax, Clay and friends return to Charming and a new batch of troubles

"Sons of Anarchy" is back for its fourth season. I offered up a general review of the first few episodes yesterday, and I have specific thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I buy you fingers...

Read Full Post
<p>In a recent &quot;Rescue Me,&quot;&nbsp;Tommy and the guys went back to Ground Zero.</p>

In a recent "Rescue Me," Tommy and the guys went back to Ground Zero.

Credit: FX

Review: FX's 'Rescue Me' says goodbye in typically uneven fashion

Firefighting drama was strongest when focusing on 9/11, silliest when kissing up to star Denis Leary

Last week's "Rescue Me," the penultimate episode of the FX firefighting drama, spent most of its running time on the wedding of Tommy Gavin's eldest daughter Colleen to his colleague Black Shawn. It was a long sequence, alternately funny and unbearable. Then the episode segued rather abruptly into one of its hairiest, most riveting fire sequences ever, as Tommy and the rest of the guys on 62 Truck became trapped in an arson fire after turning away from a waiting escape ladder to try to rescue a few more civilians. Their only exit blocked, best friends Tommy and Lou faced each other, unsure of what to do next...

...and then the building blew up.

The episode was, in other words, seven seasons of "Rescue Me" in a nutshell: at times hilarious, at times obnoxious, and then so riveting that you will almost forgive it every one of its past sins.


Read Full Post
<p>Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff in &quot;Sons of Anarchy.&quot;</p>

Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff in "Sons of Anarchy."

Credit: FX

Review: FX's 'Sons of Anarchy' on familiar ground for season 4

But is the back-to-basics approach too formulaic?

(Note: This column contains mild spoilers for the fourth season of "Sons of Anarchy," which premieres tomorrow night at 10 on FX. If you want to know nothing, don't read any further.)

Read Full Post
<p>Walt (Bryan Cranston)&nbsp;goes in for a check-up on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Walt (Bryan Cranston) goes in for a check-up on "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' - 'Hermanos': The secret origin of the Chicken Man

A Gus spotlight episode also suggests he has things in common with Walt

A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I add a plus-douchebag to a minus-douchebag...

Read Full Post
<p>Leon (J.B. Smoove)&nbsp;has a very good day on &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm.&quot;</p>

Leon (J.B. Smoove) has a very good day on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Credit: HBO

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - 'Mister Softee': Bill Buckner to the rescue?

Larry befriends the '86 World Series goat in an instant classic episode

A review of tonight's fantastic "Curb Your Enthusiasm" coming up just as soon as Koufax gives me some kishka...

Read Full Post
<p>Matt Smith and Daniel Mays in &quot;Doctor Who.&quot;</p>

Matt Smith and Daniel Mays in "Doctor Who."

Credit: BBC

'Doctor Who' - 'Night Terrors': Welcome to the dollhouse

'Sherlock' co-author Mark Gatiss pens a creepy tale

I'm on vacation, but I got to see tonight's "Doctor Whobefore I went away for a few days. "Night Terrors" was penned by Steven Moffat's "Sherlock" co-author Mark Gatiss, and I thought it was very strong on the creepy imagery (the dolls in particular) but a bit less effective on the sentimental side of things. What did everybody else think of it? And, given last week's discussion of how Amy and Rory are dealing with the kidnapping of their daughter, did you feel "Night Terrors," with its focus on parents and kids, did a good job of thematically dealing with that in any way?

Read Full Post