After last week’s marathon session, Noel and Kate keep things a bit more regimented this week on the podcast. We kick things off with the comedies, including premiere talk for Veep and Silicon Valley, then check in on The Amazing Race. Next up are the genre offerings, including the Game of Thrones premiere and another strong Adventure Time, and we round out the week with the dramas, including the underwhelming Limitless finale and another powerful Underground. Afterward, we head to the DVD Shelf with pop culture critic and writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, who introduces us to The O.C. and ensures Phantom Planet’s “California” will be stuck in our heads for at least the next week.
It’s a first here at The Televerse: It’s been a bit of a week, so with episode 242, Noel and Kate present the first drinking Televerse! There’s a whole lot of TV to break down this episode, so grab some wine and join us for a lengthy chat. First up are the comedies, including a preview of Veep season five, a look at Time Traveling Bong and the premiere of Inside Amy Schumer, and lots of finale talk, including Girls, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Broad City, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Then we dive deep with the dramas, including the pilot of The Night Manager and an intense, next-level Underground, and we round out the week’s TV with the genre offerings, including the finale of Supergirl, some belated Orphan Black premiere talk, and plenty of The Flash- and The 100-inspired ranting. Afterward, Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club returns to the DVD Shelf to break down the long-running classic anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Spring premieres are underway in a big way, giving us lots of TV to break down. First we look at the comedies and some reality, including the return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the premiere of The Detour. Next up are the genre offerings, including the premieres of Outlander and Fear The Walking Dead and the finale of iZombie, and we round out the week with the dramas, including the premiere of The Girlfriend Experience and catchups with Underground and The Path. Afterward, David Bax of Battleship Pretension and Hey Watch This! returns to the DVD Shelf to talk HBO’s epic WWII miniseries Band of Brothers.
We’re now well into April, so with 2016 a quarter of the way over, Noel and Kate thought it was time we checked in on our 2016 TV Resolutions. First, however, we look at a full week in TV, starting with the return from hiatus of The Amazing Race. Then we dive in with the comedies, including a disappointing The Carmichael Show, before moving on to the genre entries. Disappointment is a bit of a theme, unfortunately, as we dive deep on The Walking Dead’s irritating season finale and an underwhelming Arrow, but fortunately we cleanse the palate with a much stronger week in drama, including the fantastic conclusion to American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and another strong Limitless. Afterward, Noel and Kate evaluate their progress with their 2016 TV Resolutions: Is Noel watching more documentary television, and which shows has Kate added to her lineup to ensure her viewing passes the Bechdel Test every week?
It’s a 2016 Televerse first this week, with Kate and Noel on opposite sides of this week’s DVD Shelf pick. First, though, we kick off the podcast with our week in comedy, including the premiere of Netflix’s The Ranch and wedding-themed episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Jane the Virgin, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Next up are the genre entries, including a punny Arrow and straight-up delightful Supergirl, and we wrap up our week in TV with the dramas, including the premieres of Rush Hour, The Path, and Grantchester. Afterward, we head to the DVD Shelf with Kelly Lawler of USA Today and The Mothership podcast to break down what does, and doesn’t, work for us about the hangout comedy Happy Endings.