Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Dan and Alan also discuss the late-night host transition, TV crossovers and Greta Gerwig on 'How I Met Your Dad'
It's likely the last Monday Firewall & Iceberg podcast for a while, as I should be mobile enough to return to my office for the video shows starting next week. Next week will be busy enough that we'll need two different shows to fit in all the premieres, but this week is fairly mild, with a new CW soap, a pair of disappointing NBC comedies and some mail — plus Dan clarifying his position on Greta Gerwig and "How I Met Your Dad" — among the topics.
WARNING: I cough. A lot. Just a cold, and hopefully it goes away by next week.
"Star-Crossed" (00:01:50 - 00:13:50)
"About a Boy" (00:14:15 - 00:27:00)
"Growing Up Fisher" (00:27:05 - 00:39:20)
Listener Mail: Late-Night transition and location (00:39:45 - 00:48:15)
Listener Mail: Crossovers (00:48:20 - 00:56:10)
Greta Gerwig and "How I Met Your Dad" (00:56:10 - 01:02:20)
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Cohle and Hart close in on Ledoux, while the 2012 cops have tough questions for Cohle
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A look back at Paddy Chayefsky's blistering 1976 Oscar winner
When it was released in 1976, Paddy Chayefsky’s “Network” was celebrated as satire by some, dismissed as the bitter rantings of an old crank by others. What no one at the time realized was that one day, it would be neither. It would be prophetic.
Landry meets Amber and Max in 'Friday Night at the Luncheonette'
Lance has returned to our lives, boys and girls, as the first part of "Friday Night at the Luncheonette," the digital crossover between "Parenthood" and "Friday Night Lights," was released this morning. One of several NBC web series designed to give fans a taste of shows that have been bumped for the Olympics (I wrote about all of them earlier this week), "Friday Night at the Luncheonette" connects the casts — and universes — of two different shows produced by Jason Katims. While keeping an eye on her cousin Max at the Luncheonette, Amber lets in a friend of a friend who happens to be everyone's favorite "FNL" serial killer, Landry Clarke and the members of his Christian speed metal band Crucifictorious.
After so many years away, it's nice to see Jesse Plemons slip so easily back into Landry's particular mix of geekiness and overconfidence, though I remain extremely afraid for the lives of both Amber and Max so long as they're in this guy's company.
Enjoy, and I'll let y'all argue about the continuity implications of Landry being on this show (and Amber wearing an East Dillon t-shirt) after so many other "FNL" alums have appeared in new roles (UPDATE: or, as HistoryOfMatt notes below, the absolute continuity nightmare of Amber being friends with Becky, given that they've both been in love with soldiers played by Matt Lauria).
UPDATE #2: The entire "Friday Night at the Luncheonette" video has been posted at NBC.com, and is embedded below the YouTube clip of part 1. Among the tidbits from later in the video are a brand-new description of Crucifictorious' sound, bassist Devon giving Max an unplanned birds-and-the-bees talk, an update on Billy Riggins' personal life, Amber suggesting an even deeper "FNL/"Parenthood" tie, and more. WARNING: the musical choice at the end may just make you cry.
Twisted, hilarious animated comedy co-created by Dan Harmon has been a big hit
A couple of weeks ago, I finally got caught up with Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty," the twisted, inventive, hilarious animated comedy created by Dan Harmon from "Community" and Justin Roiland. It's a terrific show, and has also been a big hit for Adult Swim, which is why the only surprise about the renewal for a second season is that it didn't happen sometime in January.
"I am excited to make as much Rick and Morty as Adult Swim allows, and I'm relieved to be in a time slot of no strategic value to CBS," Harmon joked in a press release.
The show's in a brief mid-season hiatus right now (the next new episode is set to air on March 10), but Adult Swim's video site has all the previous episodes (you have to be an authenticated cable subscriber to watch them for free, or else you can pay to watch episodes via YouTube or iTunes). If you only have time for one, I'd go with "Meeseeks and Destroy." Also? Watch far away from a mealtime.
The iconic star of 'Your Show of Shows' dies at 91
Sid Caesar, who died today at 91, was a giant, in every sense of the word. He was 6'2", and at his early '50s peak as the star of "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour," he was such an impressive physical specimen that when he would impersonate Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire," he made Brando seem puny.
Stars from 'Veronica Mars,' 'Lost,' 'Mad Men,' 'Community' & more will be there
PaleyFest, the two-week spring event where the stars and producers of some of TV's most prominent shows, just announced most of the attendees for this year's festival, which will take place from March 13-28 at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater, and they include Jon Hamm, Kristen Bell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling, Tom Mison, the gang from "Community," a "Lost" reunion" and... me.
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