From comedy to drama, TV did not screw around this week, broaching intense and loaded topics with respect and sensitivity. We start out our week in TV with the comedies, including Netflix’s Fuller House, the Girls premiere, and this week’s powerful black-ish, “Hope”. Next up are the genre entries, including the much-lambasted finale of The X-Files, and we round out the week with the dramas, including another fun American Crime Story and an interview-filled American Crime. Afterward, comedian and podcaster Jimmy Pardo joins Kate at the DVD Shelf to break down the ‘70s police procedural Kojak.
TV was rather eventful this week, with a slew of premieres and eventful episodes. First up is comedy, with Kate and Noel looking at the premieres of Love, Last Week Tonight, and Broad City, plus a classical music-(sub)-themed Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Next is reality, with the premiere of The Amazing Race, followed by genre, including the Gravity Falls finale and a belated rant from Kate, re: The 100. We round out our week in TV with the dramas, including the premiere of Better Call Saul and finale of London Spy, and then it’s back to the DVD Shelf, where returning guest Josh Spiegel of Mousterpiece Cinema and Movie Mezzanine joins us to look at the hilarious and already missed Key & Peele.
A lot of exciting TV is coming up in the next few weeks, including the series finale of Gravity Falls. In anticipation, Kate speaks with Gravity Falls composer Brad Breeck, looking at his composition process, development of the sound of the series, and collaboration with creator Alex Hirsch. But beforehand, it’s a full week of TV. Noel and Kate talk comedies first, including catch-ups with Childrens Hospital, Superstore, The Grinder, and the premieres of The Venture Bros. and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Next up are the genre entries, with a bit of a split on The X-Files, and we round things out with a little Top Chef: California discussion before diving in with the dramas, including eventful episodes of American Crime Story, Elementary, and American Crime.
At long last, The Televerse takes on the procedural juggernaut that is Law & Order! However before we dive in with returning guest Sarah D. Bunting and new guest to the podcast Mark Blankenship, both of Previously.TV and Extra Hot Great, Noel and Kate look at a full week in TV. We kick things off with the comedies, including the finale of Galavant, Grease Live, and the glorious return of Fresh Off the Boat, and then we talk genre and drama, including the much-hyped Darin Morgan episode of The X-Files and premiere of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Afterward, it’s over to the DVD Shelf for a super-sized chat with Mark and Sarah, looking at what made Law & Order tick, and what kept it fresh for so very long.