Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 176: 'Mad Men,' 'Da Vinci's Demons,' 'Nurse Jackie,' 'Veep & more

Dan and Alan also break down the finales for 'Justified' & 'Shameless'

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I had to rush out on the end of today's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, and yet we still wound up talking for over 90 minutes, thanks to a dense "Mad Men" premiere, a pair of notable finales and three premieres. And we didn't even talk at all about Roger Ebert, which was a giant failure on our parts, and something we can hopefully rectify in next week's podcast — though it's not clear what day that will be published on, depending on Dan's travel schedule. The lineup:

"Da Vinci's Demons" (00:01:10 - 00:18:00)
"Nurse Jackie" (00:18:15 - 00:28:45)
"Veep" (00:28:50 - 00:36:05)
"Justified" finale (00:36:40 - 00:48:35)
"Shameless" finale (00:48:40 - 01:03:30)
"Mad Men" (01:03:30 - 01:31:55)

 

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<p>Fiona (Emmy Rossum)&nbsp;on &quot;Shameless.&quot;</p>

Fiona (Emmy Rossum) on "Shameless."

Credit: Showtime

Season finale review: 'Shameless' - 'Survival of the Fittest'

A lot of characters head out of town in what felt almost like a series finale

A review of last night's "Shameless" season finale coming up just as soon as I write a letter to Santa wishing for your death...

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<p>In the &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;season premiere, Don Draper (Jon Hamm)&nbsp;finds himself alone at a bar yet again.</p>

In the "Mad Men" season premiere, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) finds himself alone at a bar yet again.

Credit: AMC

Season premiere review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Doorway'

Don's affected by a trip to paradise, Peggy has a crisis at work and Roger deals with a loss

"Mad Men" is back, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as I leave everything to the zoo...

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<p>Arya (Maisie Williams, center)&nbsp;and friends on &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Arya (Maisie Williams, center) and friends on "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Dark Wings, Dark Words'

The Stark kids are all in a pickle, while Margaery learns how to talk to Joffrey

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I forbid you to die...

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<p>The staff of &quot;The Office&quot;&nbsp;watch the first promo for their documentary.</p>

The staff of "The Office" watch the first promo for their documentary.

Credit: NBC

Review: 'The Office' - 'The Promo'

The staff gets their first hint of what the documentary will look like

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as we buy an augur together...

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<p>Mads Mikkelsen as &quot;Hannibal&quot;&nbsp;in the new NBC&nbsp;drama.</p>

Mads Mikkelsen as "Hannibal" in the new NBC drama.

Credit: NBC

Series premiere: 'Hannibal' - 'Aperitif'

What did everybody think of Bryan Fuller's take on Hannibal Lecter and friends?

I published my review of "Hannibal" yesterday. As you can see, I was a big fan. Despite Bryan Fuller's track record, I went in assuming I'd hate it, just based on serial killer drama burnout. Instead, Fuller, David Slade, Hugh Dancy and company really impressed me with a show that's both fairly faithful to the Thomas Harris books (the killer from this episode is taken straight from "Red Dragon") while feeling like its own thing.

My hope is to add this to the weekly review rotation, though given the sheer number of interesting shows airing this spring, I can't promise that I'll get to it every episode.

In the meantime, though, I'm curious what everybody else thought of this one. Did you enjoy Mads Mikkelsen's more understated Hannibal the Cannibal? How did you feel about the visual device for showing how Will Graham learns to think like the killers? Was it creepy, or cliched? Did anyone make the mistake of trying to eat while watching? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>On &quot;New Girl,&quot;&nbsp;Jess (Zooey Deschanel)&nbsp;and Nick (Jake Johnson)&nbsp;ran into Russell (Dermot Mulroney).</p>

On "New Girl," Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) ran into Russell (Dermot Mulroney).

Credit: FOX

Review: 'New Girl' - 'First Date'

Nick asks Jess out, but Russell's presence complicates things

A review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I shoot up a bear with Hep C...

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<p>Gillian Jacobs as Britta in &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Gillian Jacobs as Britta in "Community."

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Community' - 'Herstory of Dance'

Britta tries to cover up a mistake, and Abed tries to date two women at once

A quick review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I'm in an all-girl kazoo band...

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;Ben (Adam Scott)&nbsp;revisits his hometown.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," Ben (Adam Scott) revisits his hometown.

Credit: NBC

Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Partridge'

Ben returns to his hometown, Jamm sues Ron, and Ann and Chris struggle with compatibility

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I know how many pounds of money I have...

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<p>Last night's &quot;The Americans&quot;&nbsp;is available online for those who missed the final scene due to a DVR&nbsp;mix-up.</p>

Last night's "The Americans" is available online for those who missed the final scene due to a DVR mix-up.

Credit: FX

FX apologizes for 'The Americans' DVR snafu

FX publicity department takes the blame for listings error

Last night, I published my review of another terrific episode of "The Americans" that had a particularly memorable final shot (no spoilers). Then the commenters began expressing their confusion — and anger — because their DVR recordings had cut off at an earlier, more mild moment in the final scene.

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