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The Televerse #143- Mad Men Season 7.0 with Libby Hill

Last week gave us one of the best stretches of television in recent memory so unsurprisingly, there is plenty to discuss on the podcast. First we dive in with the comedies, including a preview of Undateable, then we jump to the genre series, including a preview of pirate drama Crossbones, and we wrap up our week in television with the dramas, including a preview of AMC’s new period piece, Halt and Catch Fire. Then Libby Hill of TV on the Internet, as well as several other places, joins us to discuss this week’s musically-enhanced midseason finale of Mad Men, as well as the rest of this shortened (half) season.

By |May 27th, 2014|The Televerse|0 Comments

This Is Our Design #13- “Mizumono” with Noel Kirkpatrick

Welcome back to This Is An Incredibly Long Podcast. Wait... Welcome back to This Is Our Design! If you've been one of those people asking for an unnecessarily long discussion of the Hannibal finale recorded by three insane people, you've come to the right place. Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick are back to talk "Mizumono" (and the season/series in general) with This Is Our Design veteran Noel Kirkpatrick from TV.com. We usually try to outline the conversation topics in these posts, but there are simply too many this week. Everything. That is what's addressed in this podcast. Stick around to the end (fellow insane people) for the Hannibal Bonus Round and some closing thoughts and thank yous for everyone who has participated in this podcast in some form or another. Gratitude to listeners for being so supportive! We hope you enjoy this extra long discussion of what is undoubtedly one of television's finest season finales. Sean and Kate will be back during the summer to podcast about Hannibal's first season, so be on the lookout for those. Have a listen and feel free to join the discussion by leaving some comments.

By |May 25th, 2014|This Is Our Design|0 Comments

The Televerse #142- The Good Wife Season 5 with Sonia Saraiya and Noel Kirkpatrick

It’s finale-palooza this week on the podcast, with seven different TV shows airing season or series finales. After some upfronts talk and listener feedback, we dive in with the comedies, including the pilot for The Maya Rudolph Show and the Legit and Bob’s Burgers finales. Then Kate takes a look at the finale of The Amazing Race: All-Stars, before both Kate and Sean break down a crazy week for genre, including a preview of The CW’s upcoming miniseries Labyrinth and finale talk for Grimm, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and Arrow. Next are the dramas, including previews of The Night Shift and The Normal Heart and more finale talk, this time for Elementary. Afterward, Sean takes the season spotlight off, as Kate welcomes Sonia Saraiya from The A.V. Club and Noel Kirkpatrick from TV.com on for a super-sized look at the fantastic fifth season of The Good Wife.

By |May 21st, 2014|The Televerse|0 Comments

This Is Our Design #12- “Tome-wan” with Vincenzo Natali

Welcome back, listeners of This Is Our Design, the Hannibal podcast that runs longer than episodes of Hannibal. (Thanks for putting up with us.) This week, we're actually giving you the equivalent of two episodes just in case next week's podcast gets pulled for being too graphic for network podcasting. We can't make any promises. It's a special episode this week, which features co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick speaking with director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice and two episodes from this season of Hannibal, among other works) about "Tome-wan," as well as more general conversation about directing, television, and the series overall. The main discussion covers a range of topics, including loneliness and structure in the episode. Also featured, what might be the most detailed "Kate's Classical Corner" to date and a lightning round of "The Devil in the Details." Have a listen and feel free to join the discussion by leaving some comments.

By |May 18th, 2014|This Is Our Design|0 Comments

The Televerse #141- Party Down with Vikram Murthi

There were a handful of premieres and finales this week, which while nothing compared to the deluge that will come next week, nonetheless give us plenty to discuss on the podcast. We kick things off with somewhat morosely, with Kate predicting doom for herself in The Televerse's The Amazing Race pool, then break down the comedies, including the finales of New Girl and The Mindy Project and two more fantastic episodes of Louie. Next up is genre, which may have included Rosemary’s Baby this week, but also gave us the premieres of In The Flesh and Penny Dreadful, and we round out our week in TV with the dramas, including a brief preview of next week’s Gang Related. Then Vikram Murthi of the The A.V. Club and fauxbeatpoet joins us at the DVD Shelf to discuss the hilarious, under-appreciated, and short-lived comedy Party Down.

By |May 14th, 2014|The Televerse|0 Comments

This Is Our Design #11- “Ko No Mono” with Tyler Smith

Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick return this week to talk some "Ko No Mono" with Tyler Smith of Battleship Pretension. Topics include Viewer Response Theory and the Death of the Showrunner, how sympathy functions in relation to antagonists in Hannibal, and ideas of time reversal coupled with parenthood. So nothing very in-depth or anything like that. Also be on the lookout for the moment when Sean admits that he was wrong and Kate was right: episode 11 of This is Our Design really allows Sean's character to develop in interesting ways because of that. We can't wait to see where he's at once we get to the season finale. And of course, also making their returns are "Kate's Classical Corner" and "The Devil in the Details."

By |May 12th, 2014|This Is Our Design|0 Comments

The Televerse #140- Informed Opinions: Science and Research on TV

It’s yet another full week in television, with two big premieres and finales giving us plenty to discuss on the podcast. First we look at the comedies, including the finale of Review and the premiere of Louie. Then we talk a little The Amazing Race, before getting into the genre series, including Supernatural’s back-door pilot and the finale of Vikings, and we wrap up our week in TV with the dramas, including this week’s Make Sean Watch winner, Drop Dead Diva, and the premiere of 24: Live Another Day. Afterwards, it’s time for another installment in our Informed Opinion series, as we discuss representations of science and research on television with guest Vlad Nicolaescu.

By |May 6th, 2014|The Televerse|0 Comments

This Is Our Design #10- “Naka-Choko” with David Bax

You thought you could get rid of us, did you? Well, it may interest you to know that we're training a militia of pigs to eat you! Not really, though. We prefer listeners of This Is Our Design to not be dead, if we can help it. But what are we going to do with all these pigs now? We're certainly not going to ask Hannibal, because last time he took six hours to examine all of our pigs before picking one. Then he fed it to us, stuffed with Freddie Lounds. Wait, what? Look, it's almost 6 am and we haven't slept. That's the kind of dedication that co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick try to show listeners. This week, David Bax of Battleship Pretension drops by to talk all kinds of "Naka-Choko." Topics of the discussion include point of view, understanding, sympathy, empathy, Michael Pitt as The Joker Mason Verger, and uneventful sex scenes. Also tune in for some more "Kate's Classical Corner," in which Kate explains how untimely this episode is in her life right now. Plus, "The Devil in the Details" continues to be a thing that Sean keeps forgetting to tell the guests about beforehand. What's up with that? Have a listen and feel free to join the discussion by leaving some comments.

By |May 5th, 2014|This Is Our Design|0 Comments