When Stephen Colbert was named as David Letterman’s successor earlier this month, there were some suggestions that “Daily Show” alum John Oliver must be kicking himself for jumping to HBO a few months earlier, when he would have been a lock to succeed Colbert weeknights at 11:30 on Comedy Central.
"Parks and Recreation" just concluded its sixth season in memorable fashion (here's my review), with the Pawnee/Eagleton unity concert, a trip to San Francisco, big cameos and then a very crazy idea at the very end of the finale which could give us a very different show in season 7.
As usual when "Parks" wraps up a season, I emailed co-creator Mike Schur some questions about what went down, and why. It goes without saying that big big spoilers are coming, immediately.
If there's been one glaring flaw in this new golden age of TV drama, it's that so much of it has focused on stories of damaged male anti-heroes, without offering us enough equally complicated female protagonists to balance them out. There have been some breakthroughs here and there — the amazing ensemble of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" by itself does a lot to balance the numbers out — some shows that stuck around only briefly like "Enlightened," and some shows that seemed headed for the pantheon before falling short like "Homeland," but it's an area where TV could definitely stand to improve.
A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I wake up up to clean the fridge...
Time for a new Firewall & Iceberg podcast, as Dan and I do our weekly "Mad Men" breakdown, discuss the latest season of "Community," and answer a bunch of mail, which includes an excuse for a new Dan's Reality Round-Up.
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For cord-cutters who aim to watch the best of television without a cable box (or, in some cases, even a television), HBO has long been the big missing piece of the puzzle. HBO has its own streaming video service, HBO Go, but you can only access it if you already have a cable subscription (or if you have a friend or relative with a subscription who will share their password with you). Cord-cutters ask all the time about the possibility of HBO Go being offered independently, but it would completely undermine HBO's very lucrative business model to do so, and it hasn't happened yet, and likely won't anytime soon.
The best thing about CBS' "Bad Teacher" sitcom remake (which debuts tomorrow night at 9:30) is that it makes me really want to see its star, Ari Graynor, in something better.
A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I find a human foot in a toaster oven...
After a week off for holiday travels, the Firewall & Iceberg video show is back, as Dan and I reviewed two new midseason shows, discussed a pair of recent season finales, and dug deeper into the controversy stemming from my interview with "Game of Thrones" director Alex Graves.
We'll be back tomorrow to podcast about the "Community" finale, the latest "Mad Men," and more (so keep those questions coming).
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