Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Two men with very different emotional styles try to work together
Rob Lowe and Nick Offerman in "Parks and Recreation."
"Parks and Recreation" presents its second double-feature in a row this week before taking the rest of 2013 off. (New episodes will resume on January 2 at 8:30 p.m.; most network shows are either pre-empted or in repeats for much of December.)
Here's a clip (exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours) from the first of those two episodes, "Fluoride," in which expectant fathers Chris and Ron bond — or, rather, Chris tries to bond with a typically terse and unemotional Ron — while constructing their own cribs in Ron's beloved woodshop.
Enjoy. "Fluoride" and "The Cones of Dunshire" air Thursday at 8 & 8:30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.
Kennex and Dorian look into robotic prostitution as the show tries a lighter tone
Karl Urban and Michael Ealy in "Almost Human."
A quick review of last night's "Almost Human" coming up just as soon as I create a dating profile for you...
What did everybody think of our return visit to the Farhampton Inn?
John Lithgow, Neil Patrick Harris and Frances Conroy in "How I Met Your Mother."
Last week's "How I Met Your Mother" was just good enough — or, at least, reminiscent enough of olde-time "HIMYM" — for me to delay my plan to step back from regular reviewing. "Mom and Dad," on the other hand, was pretty representative of season 9: lots of Farhampton Inn hijinks, lots of Marshall and Daphne in the car (albeit apparently bringing Daphne's time on the show to an end), lots of Barney being more sociopath than man. So I'll leave it to y'all to discuss the Beastie Boys homage, the Billy Zabka flashbacks, the Pineapple Incident callback and whatever else you'd like to about this one.
Next week: rhyming! Maybe I'll have more to say; but if not, there won't be hell to pay.
As for "Mom and Dad," what did everybody else think?
Dan and Alan announce plans for the new Firewall & Iceberg video show and answer your mail
Happy Monday, boys and girls — for the last time. No, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast isn't going away, but it is moving to later in the week, as a logistical piece of next week's launch of the Firewall & Iceberg video show. Dan and I explain how things will work at the top of an eclectic show that includes a review of a new HBO show, a look at the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary, Dan's Reality Round-Up and more.
Explanation of Things To Come (00:01:00 - 00:05:40)
Dan's Reality Round-Up (00:27:45 - 00:45:15)
The resurrection of "The Killing" (00:45:15 - 00:54:05)
Listener Mail - "Walking Dead" (w/spoilers) (00:54:25 - 01:07:30)
Listener Mail - FXX
(01:07:35 - 01:16:45)
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
Margaret Scully makes an ultimatum, and Bill gets involved in Virginia's education
Finn Wittrock and Beau Bridges in "Masters of Sex."
A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I expect you to act like a seismometer...
The Governor makes a new family, while Rick gets the week off
David Morrissey as the Governor in "The Walking Dead."
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I have enough ammuniition to kill you every day for the next three years...
Chalky seeks refuge with his mentor, while Gillian plans to run away with Roy
Gretchen Mol as Gillian in "Boardwalk Empire."
A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I win the Beach Patrol Cup...
Carrie tries to clear Brody's name while Saul moves his plan forward
Rupert Friend and F. Murray Abraham in "Homeland."
A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I bring you breakfast in bed...
What did everybody think of the new FOX sci-fi cop drama?
Michael Ealy in "Almost Human."
I posted my review of FOX's "Almost Human" on Friday. Now it's your turn. For those who watched the sci-fi cop show tonight, give or take a delay from football, what did you think? Was Michael Ealy an interesting robot for you? Did you find the human characters interesting? Did you like the production design, or did it seem too derivative of "Total Recall," "Minority Report" and others? Were you, like me, surprised that Minka Kelly is not playing a robot? Are you at all intrigued in the mythology about the criminal gang Kennex is going after? And was it interesting enough that you'll watch again tomorrow night?
Have at it.
Can the 'This Is The End' duo succeed in adapting the unadaptable comic book classic?
Jesse Custer, the hero of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's "Preacher."
"Preacher," Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's epic comic book mash-up of Westerns, Southern Gothics, black comedy, metaphysics and good old-fashioned horror, has been trapped in Hollywood development hell since the late '90s. Every few years, a new white knight turns up to rescue it: first Kevin Smith (to produce a movie version that might have starred James Marsden in the title role), then Mark Steven Johnson (who wrote an aborted series version at HBO), and more recently Sam Mendes and D.J. Caruso (each briefly attached to an attempt to make a "Preacher" movie). Now, two new saviors have appeared, and they are...
... Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg?