Part one of the three-part Firewall & Iceberg Podcast fall preview begins today, as Dan and I look at the new shows that will be debuting on Monday and Tuesday of next week. On Monday, we'll be back to deal with notable returning shows whose premieres we've seen (plus "Mad Men"), and then on Tuesday or Wednesday we'll do the other new shows debuting next week. It's a lot. The run-down:
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The "Community" season two premiere arrived in today's mail, and besides being very funny (I'll have more to say on that after it airs a week from tonight), it reminded me that I still had a couple of "Community" interviews from this summer to run. In case you missed them earlier, I talked to Donald Glover and Danny Pudi, to Alison Brie and to creator Dan Harmon, and I still have a couple of actor interviews in the bank.
Today it's time for the show's chief directors: brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, who are tasked with taking the strange ideas and unlikely references that Dan Harmon and his writers come up with and making them work on film. I sat down with the brothers shortly after the show's raucous Comic-Con panel a few weeks back.
Yesterday, I gave you guys a rundown of my brief thoughts on each new network series, many of which I'll be reviewing at greater length over the next week-plus. But before I get back to watching screeners, writing reviews and trying to stretch the number of hours in a day, I thought I'd walk you through how things are going to work on the blog now that the season is starting - a kind of What's Alan Watching? FAQ. (Do people still use "FAQ" regularly? Just in case, it's Frequently Asked Questions.)
If you read me for a while at the old site, most of this will seem familiar to you, but if you're relatively new around here, this will hopefully explain some things I get asked about frequently:
A review of the second episode of "Terriers" coming up just as soon as I glaze a bong...
In the debut episode of HBO's period gangster epic "Boardwalk Empire," which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m., a character is murdered in a public place, a brutal act that kicks off a music montage showing various violent deeds spinning off from the same group of Atlantic City gangsters.
It's such a classic mob movie moment that only two living directors should be allowed to film such a sequence in the way that it's filmed: Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.
Fortunately for "Boardwalk Empire" creator Terence Winter, he got Scorsese.
One of the most disappointing, if not surprising, pieces of TV news from late yesterday: TBS has canceled "My Boys."
It seemed obvious the show wasn't going to go past this fourth season when Jordana Spiro and Kyle Howard got cast in pilots. (And because TBS waited to make things official, both got dumped from those shows.) But despite the absence of Jim Gaffigan, I'd argue that this final season was either the show's strongest, or second-strongest after season two.
As I've written often, "My Boys" was never the funniest comedy out there, but the cast was really likable and had wonderful chemistry, and it was fun just to hang out with them. I'll miss it, though I'm glad Sunday night's finale gave some level of closure to most of the characters.
And on occasion, "My Boys" could be very, very funny. For those who never watched the show - or who want something to laugh at in the face of this disappointing news, I give you... the douchebag intervention.
The 2010-11 TV season officially begins on Monday, and for once virtually all the new broadcast network shows will be debuting in that week, and most of the returning shows will have their premieres then as well, with cable further busying the waters with the "Boardwalk Empire" launch on the 19th and "Dexter" returning on the 26th.
That is going to be an insanely busy week for me, and as I've said, I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to cover it all, especially when you factor in the usual morning-after spoiler reviews and whatnot. In some cases, I may have to skip shows altogether if I have little to say about them (as I did with the CW's "Hellcats," and as I suspect I'm gonna do with NBC's "Chase"). But before I start writing and writing and writing some more about all these shows, I thought I'd do a quick run-through of my thoughts on all the new network series (other than the CW shows, which already debuted, and "Outlaw," which I reviewed yesterday), some of which will be reused and/or expanded upon in longer reviews next week.
Overall, I'd say this wasn't a memorable year for network TV development, certainly not compared to last year. My clear favorite of the network shows, FOX's "Lone Star," is far behind both "Boardwalk Empire" (which I'll have a review for later today) and "Terriers," and behind shows I loved last fall like "Community" and "Modern Family." I don't know yet how long any of these shows will stay in the regular blogging rotation, but after the jump, my brief thoughts on each, going in rough chronological order:
NBC gave "Parenthood" season two a jump on premiere week by debuting it after the first half of the "America's Got Talent" finale. My quick review of the proceedings coming up just as soon as I build you a desk...
A review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I get too godly for my collar...