It's been two Fridays since the last Ask Alan, so it's time once again to take your questions about TV in the past, present, and future. This week, I was able to squeeze in four questions (with the help of a visual aid I keep in my office for just such an occasion), though one of the answers is slightly out of date. I recorded the video a couple of days ago, and yesterday at press tour, HBO's Michael Lombardo said that he very much wants another season of "True Detective." That doesn't mean it's guaranteed to happen, but it's certainly a big public show.
Tomorrow night at 10, Cinemax premieres the final season of "Strike Back," the rip-roaring buddy action drama about a pair of soldiers working for an elite British special forces unit. In the four seasons of its Cinemax incarnation (one season aired first in England, with an entirely different cast led by Richard Armitage), it's been a pleasure to watch: always smarter, more technically proficient, and just plain better than it ever needed to be.
"Review" was one of the most pleasant TV surprises of 2014, not because we didn't expect fun stuff from star and producer Andy Daly, but because Comedy Central had sat on the show for nearly a year, and then premiered it with minimal fanfare.
Random thoughts on tonight's "Mr. Robot" coming up just as soon as I've had several glasses of water...
Welcome to the ninth installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine.
Thoughts on the ninth episode, “Boca," coming up just as soon as you lie like I play the French horn...
Early in 2001's summer camp movie parody "Wet Hot American Summer," Bradley Cooper's Ben told his fellow counselors, "Hey, let's all promise that in ten years from today, we'll meet again, and we'll see what kind of people we've blossomed into."
Happy Tuesday! It's a Firewall & Iceberg Podcast on the usual day and with no technical issues!
Today's the first day of the summer 2015 Television Critics Association press tour (here's my traditional explainer of what tour is and how it works). I won't be going to tour until next week, but the magic of the internet allows me to pass on much of the news that breaks out there, starting with a bunch of Netflix announcements from day one:
A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I find "Friends"...