Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 104: 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter,' 'The Exes,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 104: 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter,' 'The Exes,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Dan and Alan also review TNT's 'Scott Turow's Innocent' and Syfy's 'Neverland,' plus sports talk!


There are weeks on the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast where Dan and I get to discuss one show after enough that excited us, made us laugh, made us cry, and/or validated our career choices. Then there are weeks like this one, where the best compliment we can give any of the new shows we're reviewing is to refer to its "proficient mediocrity." Oh, well. On the plus side, we finally get around to discussing the "Arrested Development" resurrection, and we once again stray outside our area of expertise by discussing the NL MVP winner, Tim Tebow and the end of the NBA lock-out. Why not? 

The line-up: 

"Innocent" (04:00 - 14:30)
"I Hate My Teenage Daughter" (14:40 - 25:40)
"The Exes" (25:45 - 33:30)
"Neverland" (33:30 - 41:00)
A few words on "Arrested Development" and Netflix (41:00 - 47:20)
Random Sports Blather (47:20 - 54:30)
"The Walking Dead" (54:30 - 01:05:20)
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at and/or if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
Read Full Post
<p>Shane (Walton Goggins)&nbsp;and Vic (Michael Chiklis)&nbsp;back in the (relatively)&nbsp;good ol' days of &quot;The Shield.&quot;</p>

Shane (Walton Goggins) and Vic (Michael Chiklis) back in the (relatively) good ol' days of "The Shield."

Credit: FX

'The Shield' finale, 3 years later

What would the surviving members of the Barn be up to today?

I did my best to avoid working over the long Thanksgiving weekend, but I couldn't step away from the Internets altogether (smartphones are the methadone of my web addiction), and saw this tweet on Friday pointing out that it was the third anniversary of "The Shield" finale - and, therefore, the end date for one of the storylines set up in that finale. Some thoughts on that coming up just as soon as I dial 912...

Read Full Post
<p>Carrie (Claire Danes)&nbsp;investigates a shooting at a mosque on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Carrie (Claire Danes) investigates a shooting at a mosque on "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

'Homeland' - 'Crossfire': Take me out to the ballgame

Carrie hunts for Walker, while Brody flashes back to his time in captivity

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I find out what vitamin water is...

Read Full Post
<p>Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount)&nbsp;needs answers in a hurry on &quot;Hell on Wheels.&quot;</p>

Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) needs answers in a hurry on "Hell on Wheels."

Credit: AMC

'Hell on Wheels' - 'Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai': Look away

Cullen has to focus on his job, while Elam tries to spend his money

Your interest in "Hell on Wheelsremains just strong enough for me to keep doing these weekly talkback posts. What's notable about tonight's episode, I thought, is how it finally puts Cullen Bohannan's quest for... revenge! on hold for a while and forces him to actually spend time focusing on his day job as Doc Durant's foreman. Which is probably for the best in terms of the show's long-term creative future (if it has one): there's only so many bad men who hurt his wife, while there are many, many miles of track still to be laid, and the show needs to get its central character more actively involved in what the show is actually about. (Though this week, at least, he's a pretty lousy boss for most of the hour.) 

What did you guys think of this one? Would you rather Cullen just continue his bloody quest, or were you glad to see him spend more time at the office? How did you feel about Lily and Doc's interactions, Elam's search for comfort, the Irish brothers' attempt to make fast cash, etc? 

Read Full Post
<p>Margaret (Kelly Macdonald)&nbsp;and Nucky (Steve Buscemi)&nbsp;await a diagnosis on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) and Nucky (Steve Buscemi) await a diagnosis on "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

'Boardwalk Empire': Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret

Nucky, Jimmy and Margaret struggle to keep their lives under control

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I pay to hear what kind of fool I am...

Read Full Post
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) on "The Walking Dead."
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) on "The Walking Dead."
Credit: AMC

'The Walking Dead' - 'Pretty Much Dead Already': Opening the barn door

Shane's temper reaches a boil in the mid-season finale

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale coming up just as soon as I'm in line for the early bird special...

Read Full Post
<p>Amy Adams, Jason Segel and the Muppets meet with a TV executive.</p>

Amy Adams, Jason Segel and the Muppets meet with a TV executive.

Credit: Disney

Movie Review: 'The Muppets' return beautifully to life

Jason Segel, James Bobin and company make the ultimate Muppet fan movie

HitFix has a full, talented roster of film writers (and that's not even counting when Drew gets his adorable son to adorably interview Kermit and Miss Piggy) and my schedule doesn't usually give me much time to either see or write about movies. But for some films, I make an exception, and "The Muppets" is one of those. Drew already wrote his own review, and I have a lot of thoughts on the film - meant, like most of my TV reviews, to be read after you've seen it, so don't click through if you don't want to know about the cameos and various jokes - coming up just as soon as I travel by map...

Read Full Post
<p>Les Nessman (Richard Sanders) reports on a &quot;WKRP&nbsp;in Cincinnati&quot;&nbsp;Thanksgiving tragedy.</p>

Les Nessman (Richard Sanders) reports on a "WKRP in Cincinnati" Thanksgiving tragedy.

Credit: CBS

Happy Thanksgiving, sitcom-style!

Why not spend some time today with your old friends from 'WKRP' and 'Cheers'?

Happy Thanksgiving, to all my American readers! (And happy Thursday morning to everyone else.) In what's become something of an annual blog tradition for me, I'm going to embed two of the all-time classic sitcom episodes about Thanksgiving: "Turkeys Away," from "WKRP in Cincinnati" and "Thanksgiving Orphans" from "Cheers." If you have some time to kill before football, turkey, or whatever your family's Thanksgiving plans entail, enjoy some retro laughter, particularly in the climax of each episode.

Read Full Post
<p>Carly Chaikin and Cheryl Hines on &quot;Suburgatory.&quot;</p>

Carly Chaikin and Cheryl Hines on "Suburgatory."

Credit: ABC

'Suburgatory' - 'Thanksgiving': If you get lost between the mall and New York City

Tessa heads back to Manhattan, while Lisa takes a stand against her mother

I got to see tonight's "Suburgatory" in advance, which means you get a review of that tonight, while I'll likely skip over "Modern Family," "Happy Endings," et al and try to enjoy a Thanksgiving weekend away from the computer. (The Sunday cable drama posts are already written and ready to go.) A review of "Suburgatory" coming up just as soon as I think all Belgians are sex offenders...

Read Full Post
<p>Jabbar (Tyree Brown)&nbsp;feels sad on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Jabbar (Tyree Brown) feels sad on "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

'Parenthood' - 'Mr. Honesty': Stupid is as stupid does

Lots of dumb actions and storylines to go around this week

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I picture our birth father stripping...

Read Full Post