Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Just trying to hold off on saying goodbye to Swidgin, Wu and the rest
Hey all you hoopleheads, in what may be a familiar refrain at this point in the summer, this week's "Deadwood" review has been delayed until next week at this time. The way I figure it, it just delays the amount of time until we're done discussing the show forever. Sigh...
While I'm otherwise occupied, I highly recommend going back to last week's review — specifically, to the run of comments by Jim Beaver and Keone Young that start right here. Each man contributes a long and extremely poignant memory about their time on the show, and both then follow that up with something more light-hearted. As always, I view whatever I'm writing as a "Deadwood" actor comment delivery system.
Sorry for one last delay, but we'll have much to talk about, vis a vis "Tell Him Something Pretty," in a week.
Sonya and Marco get into trouble pursuing a new suspect, and Ray makes a deal with Graciela
A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I invoke the Three-Second Rule...
'Parks' co-creator 'extraordinarily gaga bonkers psyched' to have the versatile actress
"Parks and Recreation" is about to be attacked by a clone: "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany will be guest-starring in two episodes in the upcoming sixth season.
Maslany, who went from obscure Canadian actress to sensation playing multiple roles on the BBC America sci-fi series, will be playing a love interest for Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford, whom "Parks" co-creator Mike Schur describes as "generally out of his league."
Schur added that he is "extraordinarily gaga bonkers psyched" about the casting, and said he was "tempted to have her play eleven individual characters, but it's probably best for reality to keep it at just the one."
Maslany will be one of many high-profile guests in the new "Parks" season (which debuts September 26 at 8, with an hour-long episode filmed on location in London), including Kristen Bell, Sam Elliott, Heidi Klum, Henry Winkler and more of Lucy Lawless. The series will also be saying goodbye to Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe midway through the season.
Would we have spent the last 15 years in a female-centric cable renaissance?
This week HitFix is revisiting some of the key turning points in recent entertainment history and considering what would have happened if history had turned a bit differently. What if...?
In the late '90s, HBO executives had to decide what original drama series would be selected to follow the prison series "Oz." According to HBO executive Carolyn Strauss, the choice came down to two ideas: David Chase's New Jersey mob drama "The Sopranos," and a drama about a female business executive from "My So-Called Life" creator Winnie Holzman. HBO picked "The Sopranos," which became an enormous commercial and critical hit, transformed the way we watched and talked about television, and inspired a wave of classic dramas set in a criminal world and/or about middle-aged male anti-heroes.
What if HBO had chosen Winnie Holzman's idea instead of "The Sopranos"?
Dan and Alan also answer your mail
On last week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, we asked you for lots of reader mail questions, and you rose to the occasion, giving us many more good questions than we had time for, even in one of our longer shows to date — and the first one with Dan recording from the new HitFix offices in LA. Hopefully, we'll get some of the acoustic issues there licked, and soon. In the meantime, we answered lots of mail, discussed last night's "Breaking Bad" and did a J.J. Abrams pilot re-watch double bill with "Felicity" & "Alias." (Up next, either next week or the week after: "Miami Vice," and watch both parts of "Brother's Keeper," please.)
Listener Mail: Hamm/Cranston Swap (00:01:45 - 00:07:50)
Listener Mail: Gilligan/Weiner Follow-ups (00:08:00 - 00:15:05)
Listener Mail: OnDemand (00:15:10 - 00:20:40)
Listener Mail: ABC Segmenting (00:20:45 - 00:27:45)
Listener Mail: Podcast Show Selection (00:27:55 - 00:34:00)
"Breaking Bad" (00:34:00 - 01:07:15)
Summer Pilot ReWatch: "Felicity"/"Alias" (01:07:30 - 01:38:20)
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Looking back on a mix of successful blockbusters and artful indies
On Saturday, I saw my sixth and almost certainly final movie of the summer: "In A World...," the indie comedy written by, directed by, and starring Lake Bell, about an aspiring voice actress trying to break into the male-dominated world of movie trailer narration. It is, as that description would suggest, a small movie, but also a smart, funny, and at times very poignant one. It also fits into a rich tradition of actors whom the business doesn't quite know what to do with — Bell tends to be cast as the strange woman the hero abandons for his true love interest — deciding that the best way to show what they can do is to write a showcase for themselves. Sylvester Stallone did it with "Rocky," Jon Favreau with "Swingers" (which was also showcasing his buddy Vince), Matt Damon and Ben Affleck with "Good Will Hunting," and here Bell has written the best part anyone's ever given her. There are the usual glitches of any first-time feature director, but Bell demonstrates — and pardon the terrible pun, given the subject matter, but it's the best word that applies here — a real voice as both writer and director. It's a movie that's about something, in addition to having a lot of good jokes, a sweet romance, etc.
The 'News Night' staff enjoys a night out before Jerry makes a big edit
A quick review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I talk to someone who says he's seen eight reindeer...
Skyler has many questions to answer and Walt and Lydia each visit the desert
A review of tonight's "Breaking Bad" coming up just as soon as I channel Scrooge McDuck...
Dexter and Hannah try to help out Zach, while Dr. Vogel has a new plan
A quick review of tonight's "Dexter" coming up just as soon as we sage the place and hang a crystal in the corner...
Hearst makes a direct strike, and Trixie attempts to respond in kind
For the third summer in a row, we're revisiting David Milch's classic revisionist HBO Western "Deadwood," this time discussing the third season.
While I once upon a time posted two separate reviews so people who hadn't watched the whole series would have a safe place to comment, almost no one bothered commenting on the newbie reviews last year, and they've been ditched. If you haven't finished the series, just avoid the comments of this review and you'll be fine.
Thoughts on episode 11, "The Catbird Seat," coming up just as soon as just as soon as I'm used as a weight to be dropped on villains from above...