Edward Burns is the Irish-American son of a NYPD veteran, with a thick New York accent of his own. Yet despite the never-ending supply of New York-based cop films and shows — and the demand for actors to plausibly wear badges and guns in them — Burns has only played a few cops in his career. (Even in "15 Minutes," he's trying to solve a crime, but as an investigator for the fire department.)
Thoughts on tonight's "Hannibal" coming up just as soon as I have to justify myself to an 11-year-old...
Different location, same goofy video for this week's Ask Alan.
A review of the "Rectify" season finale — and thoughts on season 3 as a whole — coming up just as soon as there's no kettle corn...
David Simon is the resident civics professor of American cable drama, with projects like "The Wire," "The Corner," "Generation Kill," and "Tremé" offering thoughtful takes on the drug war, the Iraq invasion, New Orleans post-Katrina, and the generally rotten state of urban America. He is a TV producer by trade, consciousness-raiser by passion, and journalist at his core, and the showmanship side of the job has always come across as a necessary evil for him. He's glad that "Wire" fans came to love Omar and Bubbles and Wallace, but if they didn't grasp the larger lesson he was trying to teach, then what was the point?
Many thoughts on tonight's "Mr. Robot" coming up just as soon as I take an NJ Transit train to New York for a ballet class...
The final episode of "Deadwood" aired nine years ago this month, and ever since the messy cancellation of one of the great dramas of all time, there have been rumors and wishcasting about the idea of a reunion movie. In fact, at the time the show ended prematurely, HBO tried to temper the bad publicity by declaring intentions to make two sequel movies, neither of which happened.
"The Returned" is returning! No, not A&E's "Returned." Nor ABC's long-dead "Resurrection." "The Returned" coming back this fall is the series known in France as "Les Revenants," which had its American debut late in 2013, was one of that year's most memorable shows, and which will debut its belated second season this fall, both overseas and here on Sundance.
All is apparently well with the "Twin Peaks" revival, even if no one at Showtime knows exactly when it will debut, or even how many episodes it will be.
Happy Tuesday! Time for our final in-person Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of press tour.