San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 has come and gone, giving us plenty to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at a fairly full week in TV, starting with some reality and comedy (including SYTYCD and Adventure Time), then moving on to genre (including The Strain), and wrapping up with the dramas (including the pilot for Manhattan, Rectify, and this week’s fantastic Masters of Sex). Afterward, we’re excited to share Kate’s interview with Hannibal composer Brian Reitzell at SDCC; two-volume albums for both season one and two of Hannibal are being released this fall by Lakeshore Records, starting with the digital version of the season one soundtrack on August 5th, and fans of Hannibal and scoring in general will want to check them out. Finally, we finish up this week’s podcast with our SDCC 2014 wrapup, as Kate and her sister Maggie break down their Comic-Con experience.
Welcome back to This Is Our Design, where we do our best not to kill people and turn them into mushroom fertilizer. We can't say the same about what goes on in Hannibal, though, so listeners beware. Also, beware: Awesome discussion ensues when listening to this podcast. This week, that awesomeness is derived from co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick's special guest, Les Chappell of The A.V. Club, who has returned to the insanity of This is Our Design despite his better judgment. Included in the discussion are some thoughts about the theme of connection in Hannibal, opinions of new characters, and OH MY GOODNESS, IS HE TURNING PEOPLE INTO MUSHROOMS!? Also keep an ear out for our recurring segments "Kate's Classical Corner," "The Devil in the Details," and "Spoiled Meat," the most spoiler-y of spoiler-y segments a podcast called This Is Our Design has to offer. Have a listen and feel free to join the discussion by leaving some comments.
The pilots have started back up this week, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the podcast. First we talk a little reality with SYTYCD; then we break down the comedies, including the pilots for FX’s Married and You’re the Worst. Next, we look at the week’s genre and wrap things up with the dramas, including a preview of Manhattan and the pilot of Matador. Afterward, it’s the return of our Informed Opinions segment, with teen dancer Jenna joining us to discuss dance and representations of teenage dancers on television.
Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick return to talk "Aperitif" with Sound On Sight editors Ricky D (Editor-In-Chief) and Justine Smith (Chief Film Editor). Tune in for some general impressions of the central characters and thoughts about why a show like Bryan Fuller's Hannibal exists, and why it is successful in its pilot. Also returning: "Kate's Classical Corner" and "The Devil in the Details," the two greatest and best recurring segments ever— A NEW CHALLENGER APPROACHES! Get. Ready. This season on This is Our Design, a spectacular new recurring segment joins the podcast. Make way for "Spoiled Meat," in which the panelists will twirl their metaphorical mustaches with all the spoiler-y stuff they know about Hannibal. Those watching the series for the first time, stay away!
After a week off, the pilots and premieres are back, as more summer TV starts up. First we take a look at the week’s reality and comedy offerings, including previews of Married and You’re the Worst. Then we talk genre, including the pilots of Extant and The Strain, and we round out the week’s TV with the dramas, including the premieres of The Bridge and Masters of Sex. Afterward, we welcome on a very special guest to help Kate break down the TV panel offerings at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. If you’ll be attending, or live nearby, make sure to come to the Battleship Pretension, Warner Archive, and CriterionCast meet-up on Thursday, July 24th at 8pm. Sean and Kate will be hanging out with representatives of these and other podcasts at the Dublin Square Pub on 4th Street and we’d love to meet y’all!
With no pilots or finales for once, we get a bit of a breather this week on the podcast. First we take a look at some reality and comedy, before Sean wraps up his Network Report Card series by talking through a difficult year for NBC. Then we dive into the genre and drama offerings, with previews of The Strain and The Bridge season two, and we wrap up the podcast by welcoming critic and author Jennifer Armstrong to the DVD Shelf to help break down the modern comedy classic 30 Rock.
There were several more premieres and at least one notable finale this week, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the podcast. First we talk comedy and reality, including previews of the second season of Nathan for You and Drunk History. Then Sean’s back with his Network Report Card, this week breaking down The CW, and afterward we spend some time with the genre and drama offerings this week, including the pilots of Taxi Brooklyn, Reckless, and The Leftovers, and the finale of Penny Dreadful. Afterward, David Bax of Battleship Pretension and Hey Watch This! returns to the podcast to discuss season one of Les Revenants and take a more general look at zombies on television.