Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Dan and Alan also break down the finales for 'Justified' & 'Shameless'
I had to rush out on the end of today's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, and yet we still wound up talking for over 90 minutes, thanks to a dense "Mad Men" premiere, a pair of notable finales and three premieres. And we didn't even talk at all about Roger Ebert, which was a giant failure on our parts, and something we can hopefully rectify in next week's podcast — though it's not clear what day that will be published on, depending on Dan's travel schedule. The lineup:
"Veep" (00:28:50 - 00:36:05)
"Mad Men" (01:03:30 - 01:31:55)
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
A lot of characters head out of town in what felt almost like a series finale
Fiona (Emmy Rossum) on "Shameless."
A review of last night's "Shameless" season finale coming up just as soon as I write a letter to Santa wishing for your death...
Don's affected by a trip to paradise, Peggy has a crisis at work and Roger deals with a loss
In the "Mad Men" season premiere, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) finds himself alone at a bar yet again.
"Mad Men" is back, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as I leave everything to the zoo...
The Stark kids are all in a pickle, while Margaery learns how to talk to Joffrey
Arya (Maisie Williams, center) and friends on "Game of Thrones."
A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I forbid you to die...
The staff gets their first hint of what the documentary will look like
The staff of "The Office" watch the first promo for their documentary.
A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as we buy an augur together...
What did everybody think of Bryan Fuller's take on Hannibal Lecter and friends?
Mads Mikkelsen as "Hannibal" in the new NBC drama.
I published my review of "Hannibal" yesterday. As you can see, I was a big fan. Despite Bryan Fuller's track record, I went in assuming I'd hate it, just based on serial killer drama burnout. Instead, Fuller, David Slade, Hugh Dancy and company really impressed me with a show that's both fairly faithful to the Thomas Harris books (the killer from this episode is taken straight from "Red Dragon") while feeling like its own thing.
My hope is to add this to the weekly review rotation, though given the sheer number of interesting shows airing this spring, I can't promise that I'll get to it every episode.
In the meantime, though, I'm curious what everybody else thought of this one. Did you enjoy Mads Mikkelsen's more understated Hannibal the Cannibal? How did you feel about the visual device for showing how Will Graham learns to think like the killers? Was it creepy, or cliched? Did anyone make the mistake of trying to eat while watching? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
Nick asks Jess out, but Russell's presence complicates things
On "New Girl," Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) ran into Russell (Dermot Mulroney).
A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I shoot up a bear with Hep C...
Ben returns to his hometown, Jamm sues Ron, and Ann and Chris struggle with compatibility
On "Parks and Recreation," Ben (Adam Scott) revisits his hometown.
A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I know how many pounds of money I have...
Britta tries to cover up a mistake, and Abed tries to date two women at once
Gillian Jacobs as Britta in "Community."
A quick review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I'm in an all-girl kazoo band...
FX publicity department takes the blame for listings error
Last night's "The Americans" is available online for those who missed the final scene due to a DVR mix-up.
Last night, I published my review of another terrific episode of "The Americans" that had a particularly memorable final shot (no spoilers). Then the commenters began expressing their confusion — and anger — because their DVR recordings had cut off at an earlier, more mild moment in the final scene.