So it sounds like "Mad Men" is coming back. We just don't know when.
A review of last night's "The Chicago Code" coming up just as soon as I keep track of your energy drink consumption...
A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I get a rotating Vietnamese shame wheel...
A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I live by a strange philosophy of karma and diet...
It's Monday, which means it's time for a new Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I check back in on "Bob's Burgers," review Syfy's "Marcel's Quantum Kitchen" and HBO's "Mildred Pierce," look back on the "Big Love" finale and answer your questions. The run-down:
We're in the home stretch now on Hulu's Best in Show contest, with a pair of Final 4 match-ups: "Community" vs. "Chuck" in one bracket, and "House" vs. "Dexter." To get there, we had three blowouts - with "Community" routing "The Office," "Chuck" stomping on "Modern Family" and "House" easily beating "Mad Men" (oh well) - and one of the contest's closest races so far, with "Dexter" eking out a last-second win over "How I Met Your Mother," even overcoming my weighted vote for "HIMYM."
This isn't necessarily how I would have expected the bracket to work out - "Glee" seemed the obvious favorite to come out of the "Dexter" bracket, for instance - but it's not necessarily surprising that 3 of the final 4 shows have small but crazy-passionate audiences, with "House" as the only mass appeal hit left (and even it generates a fair amount of online discussion). In contests like this, fandom size tends to matter much less than fandom passion.
As you can see, I found myself in the strange position of voting against "Chuck," which is a show that I still love but isn't at its peak right now the way "Community" is. And on the other side, I went with "Dexter" over "House," since I don't particularly like either show anymore but at least still enjoy "Dexter" just enough to keep watching. Suffice it to say, I'll be pulling for the "Community"/"Chuck" winner in the final round.
So go vote, read my answers on the latest Hulu blog entry, and then we can see what sort of final match-up we end up with.
A review of the "Big Love" series finale coming up just as soon as I name my impractical little car...
I was never hooked on "Detroit 1-8-7," but I liked certain aspects of the show - the location filming, Michael Imperioli's performance, the Longworth/Mahajan partnership - enough to keep checking in now and again. The finale focused a little too heavily on an aspect of the show I didn't love (Fitch vs. his evil super-nemesis ) and had to fudge some logic to get where it was going (surely, there are records of border crossings), but I did like the material about the different partnerships, and the return of Fitch's love of calling people he could speak to directly.
If ABC renews it, it won't be based on the ratings, which have been pretty terrible, but there's always a chance it might survive as something of a critical favorite, and in a year where none of ABC's new dramas have renewal-worthy numbers.
For those of you who watched all along, what did you think of the finale?
On last week's podcast, Dan and I were asked which fictional TV character would make the ideal "Amazing Race" partner. Dan mocked me for my list dominated by attractive women - even if all of them had "Race"-applicable skills - and ultimately we decided to expand the discussion into gallery form, with 20 characters from current TV shows. Nothing deep; just fun. So go check it out and feel free to join the discussion there of other characters you'd want to send to handle a Roadblock for you.
There are two different "You had to be there" barriers in place for maximum enjoyment of HBO's "The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway" - which as at least one more barrier than I'd expected going in.