Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Raylan and Boyd come face to face in a guest star-packed hour
On "Justified," Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) have their first encounter of the season.
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I read a book about a Native American princess who controls invisible forest animals...
Mindy continues to suspect that B.J. Novak loves his female best friend
Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak in "The Mindy Project."
A review of tonight's "The Mindy Project" coming up just as soon as I contest a jaywalking ticket...
Nick and Jess deal with the aftermath of their kiss, and Cece goes to an Indian marriage convention
Cece (Hannah Simone) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) in "New Girl."
A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I panic moonwalk away from you...
Many small fixes have been made, but the bigger problems remain the same
Katharine McPhee in "Smash."
Julia Houston, the playwright heroine of NBC’s “Smash” — and also the fictional stand-in for the show’s ousted creator, Theresa Rebeck — declares early in the musical drama’s new season (it returns tonight at 9 with back-to-back episodes) that she doesn’t like to read reviews of her work.
Paul Shaffer, Jason Priestley and friends highlight another trip to Canada
Robin Sparkles (Cobie Smulders) turns into Robin Daggers on "How I Met Your Mother."
A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I'm subject to a 50-meter restraining order...
Dan and Alan also review Super Bowl ads, TNT's 'Monday Mornings' and revisit the '30 Rock' finale
Another long Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, as Dan and I discuss various Super Bowl-related entertainment (or the lack thereof), the revamped returns of "Smash" And "Community," discuss TNT's "Monday Mornings," check in on the return of "The Walking Dead," and spend even more time extolling the virtues of "30 Rock." Oh, and we get to discuss Kareem Abdul-Jabar, TV critic. Always fun. The lineup:
Super Bowl XLVII (00:00:55 - 23:20)
"Monday Mornings" (00:23:20 - 00:35:10)
"Smash" (00:35:10 - 00:46:40)
"Community" (00:46:40 - 00:56:15)
"The Walking Dead" (00:56:20 - 01:03:10)
Listener Mail - Kareem's Thoughts on "Girls" (01:03:30 - 01:09:45)
"30 Rock" finale (01:09:45 - 01:37:10)
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
'Harry's Law' creator dials back his usual quirks for new hospital drama
Alfred Molina in "Monday Mornings."
When you’re blessed with more natural talent in your chosen field than all but a handful of human beings in history, it’s easy to get bored and start goofing around. You see it with athletes all the time. Sometimes, they’ve already established their Hall of Fame bonafides by the time they start doing weird things, like that season when Wilt Chamberlain decided he was going to lead the league in assists (and did), just to prove he could, or when Michael Jordan quit the NBA to chase after curve balls in the baseball minors for two years.
A lot of the time, though, you’ll see a player decide that it’s all coming so easy to them that they don’t have to work as hard at the fundamentals, and that people would rather see something flashy than something effective. Everyone said Vince Carter had the tools to be the next Jordan, and Carter could dunk with anyone, but he never had Jordan’s focus, and never became as great as we thought he could be.
This isn’t limited to sports, of course. Many of the best writers in TV history have had trouble getting out of their own way, whether it’s David Milch disappearing down a metaphysical rabbit hole on “John From Cincinnati” or Aaron Sorkin writing women on “The Newsroom.”
But in terms of a disappointing Vince Carter-esque talent-to-production ratio, the champ may be David E. Kelley
, whose new TNT medical drama “Monday Mornings”
debuts tonight at 10.
A tale of two dinner parties in which almost everything goes wrong
Jemima Kirke and Chris O'Dowd in "Girls."
A quick review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as we have a look at the bad one...
'Ides of March' screenwriter served as showrunner for Netflix original drama
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in "House of Cards."
By the time you read this, you’ve had the opportunity to watch all 13 hours of Netflix’s “House of Cards,”
though I’m guessing most of you haven’t had that kind of free time. (As I noted in my review
yesterday, I’ve only seen the first two hours so far, and am not sure when I’ll get around to the remaining 11; if you've watched a lot already, please be vague, plot-wise, in your comments.) In the meantime, though, you can read my interview with the show’s executive producer and head writer, Beau Willimon
, who was hired by director/producer David Fincher
after impressing with his play “Farragut North” (which was adapted into the movie “Ides of March”).
At press tour last month, Willimon and I spoke about what pieces he borrowed from the original British “House of Cards,” how he and the rest of the TV neophytes involved in this series approached crafting 13 hours that could all be watched consecutively, and what contemporary TV dramas he enjoys.
Is it a mistake to make Brian the boom mic operator into a character at this point?
Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson and Clark Duke in "The Office."
A review of last night's "The Office" double-feature coming up just as soon as I redact my resume...