But he's never had a role as challenging, or as potentially rewarding, as his current job on "Transparent," the new Amazon dramedy that will premiere on Friday morning. (Amazon will make all 10 episodes of the first season available at once.)
Last year, the network TV season began while I was still in a hospital bed recovering from a burst appendix and the complications that followed. Working at half-speed, I decided the only way to weather the deluge of new shows was to give all but a handful the capsule review treatment, offering up a paragraph or so on each, often with several shows in the same post, figuring I would revisit the ones that got more interesting down the road.
A quick review of "The Good Wife" season premiere coming up just as soon as we have a general conversation about my business holdings...
A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as she's a man and I'm a woman...
I published my review of "Madam Secretary" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned into the new CBS drama, what did you think? Did the material live up to the fine cast that's been assembled? Did you like Téa Leoni in a mostly serious context? Do you also dream of a Secretary of State who doesn't know there's a box? Were you distracted and/or amused that the actors playing the imprisoned boys' parents (a real-life acting couple) were part of the classic "Frasier" episode "Roz & the Schnoz"? And will you watch again?
Have at it. This seems like one I'm going to set aside and try watching again post-football, assuming it lasts that long, to see if it turns into something better down the road.
A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as my fortune wafts down from Episcopalian Heaven...
Happy Friday, boys and girls! We promised a double shot of Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, and we delivered! After wrapping up the "Friday Night Lights" rewatch on Tuesday, we got deeper into the flood of new fall shows with some talk about "Madam Secretary," "Gotham," "Scorpion" and "Forever" before answering a listener question and wrapping things up with some "You're the Worst" retrospective talk. Back Tuesday with even more debuts, including the fall's best new show, "Transparent."
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Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt are joining the cast.
CBS has scheduled its new drama "Madam Secretary" to air on Sunday nights before "The Good Wife," which means two things: 1)You should expect its start time to often be interfered with by football (though its regular timeslot is 8 p.m. Eastern, it's tentatively set to debut this weekend at 8:30), and 2)CBS hopes that Téa Leoni and friends can do for political drama what Julianna Margulies and company have done for the law genre: find a way to juggle the formulaic procedural qualities of a broadcast network drama with the narrative and moral complexities of what you can find on cable.
A quick review of the "You're the Worst" season finale coming up just as soon as my boys expect the trash juice...