Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Dan and Alan also answer mail about 'Parks and Recreation' and when bad writing happens to good acting
It's a slightly delayed episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I were both busy on Monday, and then decided we might as well wait until today so we could make fun of the Golden Globe nominations. Which we did. For a while. We also did our usual "Homeland" discussion, reviewed the latest season of "Sons of Anarchy," answered your mail and more.
Golden Globes/SAG blather (00:01:30 - 23:00)
Listener Mail - Toupee Fallacy and Bad Actors or Bad Writing? (00:23:40 -
Listener Mail - The future of "Parks & Recreation" (00:30:45 - 35:45)
Listener Mail - "The Shield" and "Sons of Anarchy" into finale discussion (00:36:20 - 00:53:55)
"Homeland" - (00:53:55 - 01:12:10)
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No 'Mad Men'? Hayden Panettiere?
Olivia Munn and Jeff Daniels in "The Newsroom," which the Golden Globes voters nominated ahead of "Mad Men" as one of TV's best dramas.
I ordinarily like to begin my analysis of the Golden Globe TV nominations by going on at length about the sketchiness of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and their complete disinterest in and lack of qualification for making any kind of judgment of American television.
This year, though, I think all I need to tell you is the following:
The tears flow as Kristina's health takes a turn for the worse at holiday time
On "Parenthood," the Bravermans wait for news about Kristina.
A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as Santa is here on a percentage...
'Homeland' finally gets recognized, but it's mostly same old, same old from Screen Actors Guild
Edie Falco and the gang at "Nurse Jackie" got some love from the Screen Actors Guild this morning.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees, like the Golden Globes (whose nominations will be announced tomorrow) have a big impact on (or at least are an early predictor for) the Oscar nominations. As a TV bellwether, they (like the Globes) are less important or precise. While all the actors who vote for the Emmys are in SAG, not all SAG members are Emmy voters. As a result, the tastes don't exactly line up, and you have oddities like "Homeland" being complete snubbed by SAG last year and then going on to be the biggest drama winner on Emmy night, or like "Suits" co-star Patrick J. Adams getting an unexpected SAG nomination and then being ignored at Emmy time.
The holiday season brings about some more emotional moments
On "New Girl," Nick (Jake Johnson) gives Angie (Olivia Munn) a lapdance.
It's morning round-up time, with quick thoughts on last night's episodes of "New Girl," "Happy Endings" and "The Mindy Project," coming up just as soon as I look like an example photo at a barbershop...
Robin freaks out over Barney's relationship with Patrice
On "How I Met Your Mother," the gang spies on Barney's date with Patrice.
A quick review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I dress like a Duluth streetwalker...
The comedy legend has a new HBO special and a new DVD box set
Mel Brooks in "Blazing Saddles."
Credit: Warner Bros.
Mel Brooks is one of the great comedy minds of the 20th century. He was part of the greatest comedy writing staff ever assembled — at various points, it included Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Woody Allen, among many others — for Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour." He and fellow Caesar alum Carl Reiner gave the world the 2000-Year-Old Man, and later he and Buck Henry created the classic James Bond spoof "Get Smart." And that's all before he went into the movie business and gave us "The Producers," "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein" and all the rest.
Mel Brooks is also one of the great talkers in showbiz, which is apparent if you've ever seen him on a talk show (say, telling his classic Cary Grant story on "The Tonight Show"), or if you watch him in tonight at 9 on the HBO special "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!," where he's interviewed by BBC creative director Alan Yentob about the ups and downs of his career.
Carrie leads a search through the tunnels, and Brody considers his future
Claire Danes as Carrie on "Homeland."
A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I'm sometimes called The Bear...
'Hunted' won't continue, but the character will
Melissa George in "Hunted."
Cinemax just aired what is technically the “Hunted” series finale, as the BBC declined to renew the series, which they were producing in partnership with the American cable channel.
But though the series, and some of its characters, may be done with, Cinemax and “Hunted” creator Frank Spotnitz intend to move forward with the character of Sam Hunter, the private spy played by Melissa George, and certain aspects of her origin story that were introduced over these eight episodes. I emailed Spotnitz a few questions about the finale, and about what the new show (whatever it’s called) might include.
Liev Schreiber, Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan coming to the pay cable channel with new 2013 dramas
Liev Schreiber is "Ray Donovan."
With "Boardwalk Empire," "Tremé" and "The Walking Dead" all done for 2012, the Sunday night cable drama field is all Showtime's for the next few weeks. The pay cable channel will try to take advantage of that by using Sunday's episodes of "Dexter" and "Homeland" to run a first-look trailer (which is already available online; see below) for its two new 2013 drama offerings: "Masters of Sex" and "Ray Donovan."