Ask Alan, Episode 1: Movie stars on TV, 'Constantine' & more

Ask Alan, Episode 1: Movie stars on TV, 'Constantine' & more

In the inaugural video show, Alan also talks about TV's best casts

Back in the spring, I found myself working at HitFix's LA offices for a few days, which would ordinarily have been an opportunity to tape an in-person episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Show. But with Fienberg out of town for my visit, we instead recorded a variant on our Ask Drew series, with Drew McWeeny asking me questions instead of fielding them himself. It was a fun experience, and when we decided later in the year to put the video show on the shelf (possibly to return one day when the 3,000 mile distance between the two hosts is less technologically cumbersome), I wanted to give the Ask Alan thing some more burn.

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'Lean In'

Kristina and Adam enable Max's harassment, Joel fights for Julia, and Mr. Cyr returns

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as there are no cookies...

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

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AMC sets 'Better Call Saul' premiere date, Monday timeslot

The 'Breaking Bad' prequel series will air on a different night

AMC apparently likes "Better Call Saul" so much that the network thinks the "Breaking Bad" spin-off only needs to air one time after "The Walking Dead."

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<p>Emily Bett Rickards and Brandon Routh in Arrow</p>

Emily Bett Rickards and Brandon Routh in Arrow

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Review: 'Arrow' - 'Draw Back Your Bow'

Oliver chases Cupid, while Felicity and Ray Palmer go on a date

A review of last night's "Arrow" coming up just as soon as my Spotify playlist's a better option than you...

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<p>New Girl</p>

New Girl

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Teachers'

The dumber the show gets this season, the funnier it seems to be

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I strain the detergent...

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<p>Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent</p>

Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent

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'Oy gevalt': 'Transparent' season 1 in review

Belated thoughts on the first season of the fantastic Amazon dramedy

It's been nearly two months since Amazon debuted the first season of "Transparent," and more than a month since Amazon ordered a second season of the Jill Soloway-created drama. I've been meaning ever since to write a spoiler-filled book-end to my original review, looking over the entire 10-episode first season, but other things kept getting in the way. Better late than never, here are many thoughts on this show's great first season coming up just as soon as you let me know if you see any mustard...

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<p>The Flash</p>

The Flash

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Review: 'The Flash' - 'The Flash Is Born'

Barry faces off against a bully who can turn to steel, and finally gets a good codename

A quick review of tonight's "The Flash" coming up just as soon as I calculate the number of bugs you swallow while running...

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<p>Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter in Agents of SHIELD</p>

Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter in Agents of SHIELD

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'The Things We Bury'

Coulson meets Skye's father, while Ward faces his brother

A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I give a button to a 300-pound Hawaiian dude...

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<p>Knight Rider</p>

Knight Rider

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 257: All-mailbag edition

Dan and Alan answer your questions about Bill Cosby, 'Serial,' 'Arrow' & more


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! A slow week and a plethora of good questions — several of them touching on subjects we were itching to talk about anyway — led to an all-mailbag edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. Dan and I answered your questions about Bill Cosby, Glen Larson, "Arrow," "Black-ish" and another podcast: the "This American Life" spin-off "Serial."

The rundown:

Listener Mail: NBC's Bill Cosby Comedy (00:01:45 - 00:09:15)
Listener Mail: Glen Larson's passing (00:09:25 - 00:18:05)
Listener Mail: "Serial" (00:18:05 - 00:44:00)
Listener Mail: Desert Island Viewing Options (00:44:00 - 00:48:20)
Listener Mail: "Arrow" check-in (00:48:20 - 01:00:55)
Listener Mail: "Black-ish" check-in (01:01:40 - 01:08:10)
As always, send questions to 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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<p>Katherine Heigl in State of Affairs</p>

Katherine Heigl in State of Affairs

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Series premiere talkback: 'State of Affairs' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of Katherine Heigl's return to TV?

I posted my review of "State of Affairs" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Watered-down "Homeland," or its own exciting thing? Were you happy to have Katherine Heigl back on TV, or did this seem like a bad fit for her? Were you interested in the inner workings of what the briefers do? Do you care about what happened to Charleston's fiance? Are you having issues with the name Charleston Tucker? And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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