Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
One of Nielsen's biggest roles originated on a short-lived TV show
Leslie Nielsen, one of the great deadpan comics of our time, died over the weekend, Our Drew McWeeny has some thoughts on his movie career, and of course it's for his movie roles - specifically for "Airplane!," "The Naked Gun" trilogy and all the other spoofs that followed - that he'll be best remembered.
But I want to talk for a moment about the TV show that spawned the "Naked Gun" franchise: "Police Squad!"
Dexter's life gets chaotic - and satisfying - as the season moves towards a climax
A review of last night's "Dexter" coming up just as soon as we join a fantasy football league together...
Season one's penultimate episode takes a sharp and fascinating left turn from the comics
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I watch the boat...
Alliances shift dramatically in the first season's penultimate episode
A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I make a pretense of my need to micturate...
Looking back over season one and ahead to season two of the drama about a gun-toting US Marshal
When I do interviews at press tour, my goal is just to get them published before the next season of the show in question debuts. It can be tricky, sometimes, when the show isn't coming back for a long time. For example, I spent about 15 minutes chatting with "Justified" creator Graham Yost at tour back in August, but the new season isn't scheduled to debut until February. So I sat on it for a while as I focused on more pressing subjects, and then even more things got in the way, etc., etc., until I recently saw a tweet from an FX publicist who had just watched a rough cut of the season two premiere and I realized it might be past time to publish a review done the day before Yost got back in the writers room to start crafting that episode and all the ones that will follow.
Because Yost was still a day away from that first meeting, there aren't a lot of details about season two, and even the few that are there probably don't qualify as spoiler-ish, since Yost said at various points that plans could change if one of his staffers had a better idea. So we mainly focused on leftover business from the first season, including the soul-searching done by Timothy Olyphant's trigger-happy US Marshal Raylan Givens, the expansion of Walton Goggin's role as Bible-thumping meth dealer Boyd Crowder, etc.
What's your favorite TV holiday episode?
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers, and (as Dan would say) happy Thursday to the rest of you.
In honor of the holiday - and the upcoming Chanukah/Christmas/Kwanzaa/New Year's holiday deluge - I'm going to embed two classic scenes from sitcom Thanksgiving episodes, plus the entirety of the first Chrismukkah episode of "The O.C." If you've got some time in front of the computer today before the turkey/football starts, enjoy, and then time for an open question: What's your favorite TV holiday episode ever, and why?
Hank and Britt get in deeper and deeper in the first season's wild penultimate episode
My review of tonight's "Terriers" coming up just as soon as I read your blog on my Kindle...
Fun Thanksgiving hijinx, but not the strongest Jules story
As I mentioned in tonight's "Modern Family" review, the combination of Thanksgiving eve and a lack of advance screeners means I'm going to have to be quick with a couple of shows tonight. My super-fast take on tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I use intentional gibberish...
An uneven let-down after last week's season-best episode
'Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and since I'm off tomorrow and didn't see the ABC comedies in advance, I'm only going to have time to offer up very brief thoughts on them, starting with "Modern Family," just as soon as I present to your mother like a baboon...
A new client opens an old wound for Chance in an uneven second episode
A quick review of tonight's "Human Target" coming up just as soon as my glasses fall into a meat-grinder...