With Thanksgiving keeping TV off the air for half the week, it’s a short show list this podcast. We more than make up for that, however, with our mega spotlight on Treme’s finale, as well as its season as a whole. Dave Walker of NOLA.com joins us for our nearly hour-long look at what has been an outstanding season of storytelling and music. Before that, though, we go through a truncated week in TV, including the Tuesday comedies (Ben and Kate, New Girl, Mindy Project, and Go On), Parenthood, Top Chef Seattle, The Amazing Race, Bob’s Burgers, The Good Wife, Homeland, The Voice, and Revolution’s fall finale.
We’re spotlightless once again this week, with several series airing solid to strong episodes, but none that particularly stand out. First we go through our week in TV, including several Tuesday comedies (Ben and Kate, New Girl, Mindy Project, Happy Endings), Parenthood, Top Chef Seattle, several Thursday comedies (30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Childrens Hospital), The Vampire Diaries, Last Resort, Fringe, The Amazing Race, Bob’s Burgers, The Good Wife, Treme, Homeland, Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States, The Voice, and Revolution. Then Dan Heaton of Sound On Sight and Public Transportation Snob comes back to the DVD Shelf to help us break down Aaron Sorkin’s first series, the unfortunately short-lived half hour dramedy Sports Night.
After missing last week’s fantastic Treme, we make it up by putting the series in the spotlight to discuss both “Promised Land”, the previous episode, and “Don’t You Leave Me Here”, this week's installment. Before that, though, we talk through a somewhat disappointing week in TV, with both Kate and Simon ready to break up with a couple shows. We take looks at the Top Chef Seattle premiere, Key and Peele, South Park, Supernatural, Nashville, Parks and Rec, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, The Vampire Diaries, Last Resort, Grimm, Fringe, The Amazing Race, Bob’s Burgers, The Good Wife, Homeland, The Voice, and Revolution. Then we head over to the DVD Shelf with returning guest Josh Spiegel of Mousterpiece Cinema to take a look at perhaps the best argument for remakes, the soon-to-be sci-fi classic Battlestar Galactica (2003).
This week sees the premiere of ABC’s Malibu Country, marking the official end of the fall network rollouts and our pilot reviews. Due to a number of reasons, we weren’t able to catch up with all the shows we usually follow, but there’s still plenty of TV talk to go around. We take a look at Tuesday’s Halloween-themed comedies (Ben and Kate, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Happy Endings, Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23), the final installment ‘til December of this season of 30 for 30 (Ghosts of Ole Miss), as well as 30 Rock, Supernatural, the Thursday comedies (It’s Always Sunny…, The League, Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::), The Vampire Diaries, Fringe, Bob’s Burgers, Amazing Race, the Call the Midwife finale, The Good Wife, Homeland, and The Voice. Then we welcome Michael Ryan from Mousterpiece Cinema to the DVD Shelf to help us break down Bryan Fuller's delightful, if short-lived, genre mashup, Pushing Daisies.