Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 99: 'Boss,' 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Pearl Jam 20' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 99: 'Boss,' 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Pearl Jam 20' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Man Up!' and answer your mail


Before we get to this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, I need to issue an apology for inadvertently playing Dane Cook to Fienberg's Louis CK and appropriating one of his jokes without realizing I had done it. (For those wondering, it's the "Happy Endings" drinking game one during the "Once Upon a Time" segment, which Dan reminded me after the fact he had made on Twitter a few days ago.) All hail Dan, all shame me.

As for the rest of the episode, no more "Breaking Bad" discussion, but plenty of reviews, listener mail, and even a brand-new sponsor! The line-up: 

"Man Up" -- 02:15 - 13:15
"Pearl Jam Twenty" -- 13:15 - 21:35
"Boss" -- 21:40 - 32:45
"Once Upon a Time" -- 32:45 - 42:40
Listener Mail: Showrunners winging it -- 42:50 - 48:30
Listener Mail: Unintended meaning -- 48:40 - 52:45
Listener Mail: Critic aggregator sites -- 52:50 - 57:15
Listener Mail: Baseball's impact on FOX -- 57:20 - 01:04:00
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<p>Clay and the rest of the &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;&nbsp;will ride again in a fifth season, thanks to FX's renewal.</p>

Clay and the rest of the "Sons of Anarchy" will ride again in a fifth season, thanks to FX's renewal.

Credit: FX

FX renews 'Sons of Anarchy' for season 5

Motorcycle club drama remains FX's highest-rated series

FX has, unsurprisingly, renewed "Sons of Anarchy" for a fifth season.

The motorcycle club drama remains the cable channel's highest-rated series and is having its most-watched season yet. To date, season 4 is averaging 5.8 million viewers overall, and 3.9 million viewers in the 18-49 year-old demographic, which are up 30% and 26%, respectively, over season 3.

“Everyone at FX is very grateful to Kurt Sutter, his many writing, directing and producing collaborators and his masterful cast for making such a compelling and beautifully crafted show,” FX president John Landgraf said in a statement.  “It is no small challenge to bring the themes of a great, ancient play like 'Hamlet' into a wholly original television setting and to tell this complex story in a way that is both riveting and accessible to a broad audience.   The fans know how beautifully 'SOA' meets this challenge, and we thank them for their loyal and passionate viewership.”

Sutter has said he envisions a seven-season arc for the series, making the current season the midway point. And with this renewal (more a contractual formality than anything else), the show is getting closer to fulfilling that vision.

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<p>Julianna Margulies on &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Julianna Margulies on "The Good Wife."

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'The Good Wife' - 'Feeding the Rat': An innocent man

Alicia's case is a dud, but office politics at Lockhart Gardner remain compelling

A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I'm in line to be the next baseball commissioner...

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<p>Jessica Brody (Morena Baccarin)&nbsp;thinks about her husband on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Jessica Brody (Morena Baccarin) thinks about her husband on "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

'Homeland' - 'Clean Skin': Let's get a taco

Brody's home life seems better but gets worse, while Carrie struggles to protect her asset

A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I torpedo your briefing...

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<p>Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies)&nbsp;and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride)&nbsp;hide from &quot;The Walking Dead&quot;&nbsp;in the season 2 premiere.</p>

Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) hide from "The Walking Dead" in the season 2 premiere.

Credit: AMC

'The Walking Dead' - 'What Lies Ahead': Deer, Jesus

Rick and friends head out on the highway but get stuck in a traffic jam

"The Walking Dead" is back for its second season. I already published my advance review of the season, and I have a few specific thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I keep the sun on my left shoulder...

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<p>Mickey (Paul Sparks), Jimmy (Michael Pitt)&nbsp;and Richard (Jack Huston)&nbsp;visit a potential new partner on &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot;</p>

Mickey (Paul Sparks), Jimmy (Michael Pitt) and Richard (Jack Huston) visit a potential new partner on "Boardwalk Empire."

Credit: HBO

'Boardwalk Empire' - 'What Does the Bee Do?': Strokes and slaps

Chalky and Richard highlight a revenge-fueled episode

A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" review coming up just as soon as there are Creamsicles in my icebox...

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<p>Mose (Mike Schur)&nbsp;made a triumphant return to &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Mose (Mike Schur) made a triumphant return to "The Office."

Credit: NBC

'The Office' - 'Garden Party': The host with the most

A beloved recurring character returns, but is Andy carrying enough of the comic load as the new boss?

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I tell you about the Goat Package...

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<p>Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman)&nbsp;and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler)&nbsp;have a &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;rivalry.</p>

Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) have a "Parks and Recreation" rivalry.

Credit: NBC

'Parks and Recreation' - 'Pawnee Rangers': Treat yo'self!

Leslie and Ron compete against each other, and Donna and Tom take Ben shopping

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I Google those rat tumors...

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<p>Abed (Danny Pudi)&nbsp;and Britta (Gillian Jacobs)&nbsp;on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Abed (Danny Pudi) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) on "Community."

Credit: NBC

'Community' - 'Remedial Chaos Theory': Crisis on infinite Jeffs

The study group lives out 7 different timelines in season 3's best episode to date

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I refill the toilet olives...

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<p>Donald Glover in a scene from tonight's &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Donald Glover in a scene from tonight's "Community."

Credit: NBC

Preview: 'Community' tells 7 stories in one with 'Remedial Chaos Theory'

Tonight's episode manages to showcase most of the things that are great about the series

It's still very early in the TV season, but there seems to be a rising tide of concern among "Community" fans on two different fronts: 1)That the ratings so far this fall have been down notably over a year ago, and 2)That the season's first 3 episodes haven't wowed many of you, and in fact have left many concerned about the creative state of the show.

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