A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I listen to a TED talk by the color beige...
So FOX's "Enlisted" remains a very funny, exceedingly likable comedy that has been marooned on Friday nights at 9 with no real lead-in — pretty soon, it'll be airing after episodes of "Rake" that FOX is dumping on the night because there's no place else to put them — and will have to rely on non-traditional metrics, plus some empathy from FOX executives, if it's going to survive to another season. And it absolutely deserves to. It's hard to tell, because the episodes have been airing out of order, but the show has coalesced more quickly than your average freshman sitcom (even "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" took longer to get to the level it's at now), the chemistry between Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young as the brothers is a treat, the supporting characters are used for excellent value, and it's a marvelous thing to get to watch at the end of a long work week.
Here's an exclusive clip from tomorrow night's episode, "Parade Duty," where Stults' Pete once again objects to his unit having to deal with an unglamorous assignment — and where, for once, the rest of the unit finally fights back against his hatred of life in the rear detachment. Enjoy.
The final season of "Mad Men" (or, at least, the first half of the final season, which is being split between this year and next) doesn't begin until Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. on AMC. But as usual, the quintessential show about advertising likes to begin its brand promotion early, with an image and/or video for viewers to fuss over and decode until there are actual episodes to fuss over and decode.
Sketch comedy shows don't usually have story arcs, even when they feature recurring characters. The Target Lady on "SNL" didn't go on a complex character journey over multiple seasons. Jordan Peele's character in the "Key & Peele" soul food sketch didn't reappear a few episodes later having turned cannibal after enjoying a human foot with his cellar door and stork ankles.
At this stage of his career, Seth MacFarlane is the proverbial 800 lb. gorilla at the FOX network. What kind of shows does he make, and where do they go? Given how valuable "Family Guy" is to the company bottom line (and how much money even something like "American Dad" has generated), anywhere he wants them.
A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I suggest a dude ranch in Kentucky...
It's a Firewall & Iceberg two-fer day! Minor technical difficulties bumped the return of the video show to this morning, and Dan and I also recorded a new podcast today discussing several other premieres, the recent "HIMYM" development, and a look back at "True Detective" so far, along with some speculation on the finale (which neither of us has seen).
There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.
AMC has finally given a premiere date to "Halt and Catch Fire," its upcoming drama series about the computer industry in the early 1980s. The series — starring Lee Pace from "Pushing Daisies," Scoot McNairy and Kerry Bishé from "Argo," Mackenzie Davis from "Smashed" and Toby Huss from "King of the Hill" (Cotton Hill forever!) will debut on Sunday, June 1 at 10 p.m.
AMC also plans to premiere the pilot this Saturday at 11 a.m. at the SXSW Festival in Austin.
AMC had previously announced that the new season of "Mad Men" will debut on Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m., that Revolutionary War spy drama "Turn" will debut on April 6 at 9 p.m., that "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul" will debut sometime in November and that "Hell on Wheels" will also be back sometime in the summer. (With "Halt and Catch Fire" airing at 10 rather than 9, is it possible "Wheels" could return from the Saturday purgatory where it did fairly well?)
It's morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's episodes of "New Girl," "About A Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" coming up just as soon as you have any porn set in the Byzantine Era...
Hey, remember the Firewall & Iceberg video show? Well, after a variety of technical and medical mishaps has put the show on the shelf since early January, Dan and I were finally back in action yesterday (though for various boring reasons, we had to wait til today to publish, so don't be confused by Dan's "Happy Tuesday, boys and girls!"), and more bearded than ever before! On this week's show, we talked about the Oscar telecast, the Alfonso Cuaron-directed pilot for NBC's "Believe," the return of "Cosmos" to FOX, FX's George Lopez sitcom "Saint George," and a variety of reader questions that allowed Dan and I to object to "Dads," "Mixology" and "How I Met Your Mother" all in the same segment. Everybody wins!
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