A review of tonight's "Homeland" season finale coming up just as soon as you explain a Baby Bjorn to me...
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In a year overflowing with bold and often brilliant new TV series, yesterday's SAG Awards TV nominations erred too much on the side of the familiar, with Kevin Spacey as the only actor on any new series to be recognized. Whatever the faults — and/or lack of credentials — the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has, its membership has never been accused of leaning too much on the tried and true. They love shiny new things, whether that's attractive young actresses, movie stars transitioning to television or new shows that the Golden Globes can be the first awards to give a stamp of approval to.
That love of the new was reflected throughout today's Golden Globe nominations. The HFPA is by and large a silly organization, and their TV awards an afterthought to help fill out the ballroom and the telecast, but their nominations are a hell of a lot more interesting — for good and for bad — than what the SAG voters gave us yesterday.
"Tyrant," a drama that's had a more newsworthy-than-usual development process, has been ordered to series by FX.
One of the defining traits of The Quality TV Deluge of 2013 has been the arrival of so many impressive new series to add to a landscape that already included the shows of HBO, AMC, FX, et al. The likes of "Orange Is the New Black," "Masters of Sex," the different Sundance series, "The Americans," and more added so much vitality to television — and so many indelible performances, like Tatiana Maslany playing a half dozen roles on "Orphan Black."
If showbiz awards are designed in part as a historical record of what a particular year was like, then today's Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations didn't do a great job of telling the story of 2013. It featured most of the usual suspects(*) like "Breaking Bad" and "Boardwalk Empire" and "Modern Family" and "Downton Abbey," and as a result there was virtually no room to recognize newcomers.
Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Time for the third installment of the Firewall & Iceberg video show!
In today's episode, Dan and I respond to the phenomenon that was NBC's "The Sound of Music Live," try to find three good new sitcoms and three good new dramas that debuted this fall, and we attempt to read the minds of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in advance of Thursday morning's Golden Globe nominations announcement.
The time breakdown:
"Sound of Music" 0:30 - 10:45
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2013 was The Year of Too Much Good TV. "Breaking Bad" ended in spectacular fashion. "The Good Wife" found another level. "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" made various tweaks to already successful formulas. Netflix started premiering original series. Sundance did, too. Suddenly, there were so many great shows in so many places — and even more very good shows — that it became impossible for even a professional TV watcher to keep up.
December is Top 10 season for TV critics, as we look back on the past year to figure out the best (and sometimes) worst shows we saw. 2013 was an extraordinarily deep year in television, one where I could have easily cooked up 3 or 4 different lists without having a dud among them. Yet as I whittled my list (which you'll see next week) down to 10, I had to keep fighting the temptation to find a very high ranking for a 25-year-old TV show: "China Beach," the Vietnam War drama which finally arrived on DVD earlier this year.