A review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I store my kids' baby teeth in a wall safe...
Once again, we're reviewing all four episodes of "In Treatment" this week in one chunk, with my thoughts on each session coming up just as soon as I like PBS and soup...
Because Conan O'Brien's TBS debut was by far the biggest TV event of the week, Dan and I decided to delay this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast by a day so we'd be able to discuss it after we'd seen it, rather than spend more time speculating. So we talked about that, looked ahead to Thursday's return of "Burn Notice" and, because Dan finally caught up on "Sons of Anarchy" over the weekend, got to discuss some of the problems with season three. And thanks to reader mail, Dan got to extol the virtues of "The Vampire Diaries" to me. The rundown:
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A late night talk show is a marathon, not a sprint, and when someone begins a new show, or a newcomer takes over an old one, there's a sense that you should wait a while before forming an opinion. Jimmy Fallon, for instance, was a disaster on his "Late Night" debut, and has by now carved out an entertaining little niche for himself.
With the first episode of "Conan," Conan O'Brien's new TBS talk show, snap judgments feel more fair. Conan's been in the late night game for close to 20 years, knows what he wants to do and, after stumbling early in his "Tonight Show" stint in a futile attempt to get the Leno fans to like him, has rediscovered his rhythms. Though much of the material in the first episode of "Conan" was about his uncomfortable departure from NBC, the show itself felt not unlike an episode of "Late Night" or one of his later "Tonight Show" outings.
A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I pelt you with my Phish bootlegs...
A quick review of the second episode of "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I'm an organ donor...
The short but sweet three-week run of "Sherlock" concluded on PBS tonight, and the Mark Gatiss-scripted conclusion was in many ways the most fun of the three chapters. The structure with the mini-mysteries suggested that Gatiss and Steven Moffat weren't sure if they'd get to tell more stories with these characters, and were therefore going to stuff as much as they could into the final 90 minutes, and yet it never felt too busy. (For the Holmes scholars out there, were any of those adapated from actual Arthur Conan Doyle stories?)
Then again, the sensational closing sequence with Holmes, Watson and Moriarty would seem to disprove my theory, because there's no way Gatiss would be so cruel as to end things that way if he didn't think he'd get to continue the story in the future, right?
I thought the middle story was a bit thin, but the opening and closing installments of "Sherlock" were just fantastic, and I'm glad they're going to be able to make more before Martin Freeman's tied up with his "Hobbit" duties.
What did everybody else think?
A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I besmirch the national pastime...
Is it possible to be on Team Coco without being particularly excited about Coco's new show?
Tomorrow at 11, Conan O'Brien concludes his long, strange journey of the past year-plus, from his old "Late Night" job, to his abbreviated tenure as host of "The Tonight Show," to unemployed (but spectacularly-compensated) cult hero, to stints onstage and online, to his new "Conan" talk show on TBS.
As someone who believes Conan was thoroughly hosed by NBC's mismanagement, and by Jay Leno's refusal to keep his word and step aside when he said he would, I'm glad that he's about to be back on TV. And as I wrote back in the spring, I'm glad that he chose to avoid the headaches that would have come with taking his act to FOX and instead chose the unconventional route of basic cable, where he won't have to worry about pleasing affiliates, or shifts up and down by a tenth of a ratings point.
But as the debut of "Conan" approaches, I'm not sure how much I actually want to see it.