Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
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?
Adam's past causes trouble for the campaign, while Zeek adjusts to living alone
Monica Potter and Peter Krause in "Parenthood."
A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as we sketch at the Uffizi...
Come for Michael Ealy, stay for... not much else at this point
Karl Urban and Michael Ealy in "Almost Human."
Science fiction has a long tradition of robots, computers and other logic-driven beings having more fully-rounded and beloved personalities than the humans around them. Among "Star Trek" fans, Data and Mr. Spock are more revered than their shipmates from Earth. In "2001," the only character with an identifiable personality at all is the HAL 9000. If you pick up one of Isaac Asimov's robot novels, you're sure not reading them for the well-drawn human characters. This isn't a surprise, since those who write and consume sci-fi are drawn to it precisely for the characters and ideas that differentiate those worlds from the one outside our windows.
That tradition continues to an extreme with FOX's new cop show "Almost Human" (it debuts Sunday at 8 before moving to Mondays at 8 the next night) where the humans are forgettable to varying degrees and and the robot is the only reason to watch at all.
What did everybody think of the new TBS comedy?
John C. McGinley and Skylar Astin in "Ground Floor."
I posted my review of TBS' "Ground Floor" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched one or both of the episodes tonight, what did you think? Do you mind that John C. McGinley is just playing Dr. Cox in a suit, or have missed his innate Cox-iness? Did you like Skylar Astin and/or Briga Heelan as our young lovebirds? Did you enjoy colorfully-nicknamed supporting characters like Harvard or Threepeat? Were you bothered that episode 2 ignored Harvard's previous shenanigans with the fancy chairs from episode 1? If you're a single-cam comedy fan, did the studio audience laughter bug you, or seem to be at an appropriate volume? And will you watch again?
As I said in the review, "Ground Floor" gets better as it goes (the fourth and final episode TBS sent out for review was by far the best). In general, this isn't the sort of show I have things to write about weekly, but I'll try to check in from time to time over the course of this first season.
Have at it.
Leslie fights to keep voters enfranchised, then waits for their results
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope as Buttercup in "Parks and Recreation."
"Parks and Recreation" came back from a short break with a double-feature tonight, and I have a review of both episodes coming up just as soon as I find some amazing new conflict-free paella recipes...
After his summer run filling in for Jon Stewart, his own show was inevitable
Say goodbye to "The Daily Show," John Oliver, now that you've signed to do an HBO series.
Credit: Comedy Central
Danger! Danger! John Oliver has parlayed his superb turn as fill-in host of "The Daily Show" into a new weekly topical comedy series for HBO.
With 'Biased' canceled and 'Chozen' staying on FX, what exactly is the new channel about?
FXX has canceled "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell."
FXX, the new FX spin-off channel, has its first cancellation: "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," as first reported by Defamer and confirmed by HitFix. There will be original episodes tonight and tomorrow, and the series will end with one final "Mixtape" edition on Sunday night.
Dan and Alan also review HBO's Mike Tyson special and the new season of 'Raising Hope'
Time for a mid-week installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I review a new comedy, a new drama, a returning comedy and a filmed performance of a one-man stage show, all while opening the mailbag. And, once again, please vote for us in the Podcast Awards.
Warning: Dan uses a word you can't say on broadcast television (but can say on "Ground Floor") in the final listener mail segment.
"Ground Floor" 00:02:10 - 00:17:05
: The Undisputed Truth" (00:30:40 - 00:42:45)
Listener Mail - International audience (00:56:15 - 01:01:00)
Listener Mail - Singling out "SNL" for race problems (01:01:05 - 01:10:55)
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.
Coach tries to whip Nick into shape, while Mindy has a sleepover at Danny's
On "New Girl," Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.), Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) sample some Chinese delivery.
It's (late) morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I say it with words and say it with the Ghostbusters thing...