Don pitches Jaguar, and Peggy and Joan both receive offers that may be too hard to refuse
Violence, drugs and rock 'n roll all figure into a memorable warehouse party
Note that both the podcast and blog rewinds will begin with two episodes at once
So on Tuesday, Fienberg and I announced that this summer's podcast rewind would be season 1 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and on Thursday, I added that the blog rewind would be season 2 of "Deadwood."
What we failed to do a good job of in either instance was to clarify exactly how much you all should be watching before the first discussion begins.
With "Buffy," it's the two-hour series premiere as it aired on the WB 15 years ago, but which has been separated into two episodes for syndication, on DVD and now on Netflix and Amazon streaming. So watch both "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and "The Harvest" before the next podcast, which may be this coming week or may be the following, given Dan's travels.
With "Deadwood," I decided after watching the first two episodes — "A Lie Agreed Upon, Part I" and "A Lie Agreed Upon, Part II" — that even though they didn't air on the same night the way the "Buffy" premiere did, the titles and the structure suggests that David Milch wanted them to be viewed as one big premiere story, so that's what we're going to do. I'll be discussing both at once with the review going up on Friday morning, and the plan is to do one episode per week after that, give or take my own summer travels.
Sorry for the added wrinkle, but I wanted to make sure everyone knew what the homework assignment was before the next class.
What would he have done differently? And what did the finale mean?
Our summer rewind will take us into season 2 of 'Deadwood'
As I mentioned in yesterday's review of "Men at Work," the broadcast network TV season officially ended last night at 11 p.m. Though there are still a handful of spring shows with episodes yet to air (for my interests, primarily the Sunday shows on AMC and HBO), we're mostly moving into a whole new wave of programming, with the return of old favorites ("Breaking Bad" on July 15), the debut of intriguing newcomers (Sorkin's "The Newsroom" on June 24), and also lots of shows I'm less inclined to cover weekly (a lot of the USA and TNT stuff).
As always in summer, we'll figure it out as we go beyond the obvious weekly candidates. And, as I've been doing in the summer going back to the old blog, we're going to revisit a classic show on DVD. (In addition to the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 1 rewatch Dan and I will be doing for the podcast.) This year's choice seemed obvious: following up last summer's "Deadwood" season 1 reviews with a look back at season 2 of the David Milch Western.
Danny Masterson and friends don't do much of interest in Breckin Meyer-created sitcom
- Critic's Rating C-
- Readers' Rating C+
The 2011-12 network TV season officially ends tonight at 11, right after the closing credits for "Revenge" and "Law & Order: SVU" have rolled. So for the next few months, the television business goes all "Freaky Friday," as the broadcast networks trot out their secondary programming — reality shows, imports and other low-cost series — while cable breaks out some of its biggest guns.
Tomorrow, for instance, brings the return of "So You Think You Can Dance" to FOX, and the debut of yet another singing competition show, "Duets," on ABC, as well as the third season premiere of ABC's cheap Canadian import cop show "Rookie Blue." Meanwhile, the next couple of months will see the return of HBO's "True Blood" (June 10), USA's "Burn Notice" (June 14), AMC's "Breaking Bad" (July 15) and the final season of TNT's "The Closer" (July 9), along with a whole batch of new shows like TNT's "Dallas" sequel (June 13), Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama "The Newsroom" (June 24) and Charlie Sheen's sitcom comeback with FX's "Anger Management" (June 28).
That's a lot for any TV junkie to keep track of, even in the "slow" summer months. Unfortunately, the off-season gets off to a forgettable start with its first new cable offering: the TBS sitcom "Men at Work," which debuts tomorrow night at 10.
Celebrate the finale's anniversary with Jack, Sawyer, Hurley and friends
The "Lost" finale aired two years ago tonight. Having already reviewed the finale the night it aired, a month later, and then on the one-year anniversary, I don't have a lot to add on the subject. My opinion remains largely the same — as I said in that anniversary column, some distance from the finale, and seeing what the network TV world was like without "Lost," has made me even more inclined to forgive the show its weaknesses and focus on its strengths — and the sense I get is that everyone else is equally entrenched, whether they liked the finale or found it an insult and a betrayal of the six years they spent watching the show.
So rather than analyze some more, I thought I'd do something simpler, and hopefully more fun, and pick out a collection of some of my favorite scenes from six seasons of "Lost" for you to enjoy if you're feeling similarly nostalgic today. These aren't all of the best scenes ever, or any kind of representative sample; it's just a handful of moments that instantly came to mind when I was recalling how much fun I had watching the adventures of Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Hurley and friends over the years. I'm sure you all have your favorites, and if you want to discuss them (or link to them) in the comments, by all means, go for it.
Clips coming up just as soon as I threaten to beat you with my Jesus stick...
Dan and Alan also review TBS' 'Men at Work' and announce their summer rewatch
A very busy, very long Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week deals with finales, firings, a forgettable new TBS sitcom, a metaphorical Marvel Team-Up between Don Draper and Joan Harris, a more literal Marvel team-up between the members of The Avengers, and the announcement of this week's summer re-watch.
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.
Here are 10 episodes that defined the mad genius of the show's ousted creator
The news that Dan Harmon was fired as "Community" showrunner still feels like a cruel joke — like fans of the show wished for a fourth season on a monkey's paw, only to discover that the fourth season would air on Fridays after "Whitney" and not involve the man whose mad genius made "Community" what it was.
Over the weekend, the cast and many of the show's top writers paid homage to Harmon on Twitter, thanking him for the opportunity and fun that came with his creation. We have no idea what the show will look like under new bosses Moses Port and David Guarascio, but they definitely have a tough, if not impossible, act to follow.
Before we move forward on whatever "Community" is about to become, I first wanted to look back at 10 episodes from the Harmon era — not necessarily the 10 best, but 10 that represent the depth, breadth and insanity of what the show was under his watch.
House confronts his greatest foe — himself — and solves one final problem