It’s our five year anniversary here at The Televerse, so it’s time for yet another Make-You-Watch-athon! This year, two under-represented genres on The Televerse are in the spotlight: Kate makes Noel catch up with reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race and Noel broadens Kate’s anime horizons, making her watch the sports/game-themed Chihayafuru. Before the Make-You-Watch-athon, however, we dive in with a full week in TV, including the premieres of Fear The Walking Dead, The Great British Bake Off, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and Halt and Catch Fire, as well as a much-anticipated Steven Universe, penultimate episodes of Greenleaf and The Night Of, and an Elliot-less Mr. Robot. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years already. Thank you, listeners, for your support and your conversation over the years, and here’s to five more!
It’s been a tough week for representation on TV, and Kate and Noel kick off this episode venting some frustration over the cancellation of The Nightly Show, as well as the recent Inside Amy Schumer Twitter drama. Then we head into our week in TV, starting with a roundup of Kate’s recent streaming viewing, including the pilots of The Tick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson, the first half of season one of The Get Down, and Difficult People. Then Noel and Kate wrap up the first segment with looks at the finale of The Great British Baking Show and some lighter episodes of Steven Universe. Then we head into the dramas, including a check in on BrainDead and more The Night Of, Greenleaf, and Mr. Robot talk. Afterward, Nick Campbell of TVGuide.com and Super Cereal joins us at the DVD Shelf to talk MTV’s ‘90s sketch comedy series The State.
The Steven Nuke has finally come to a close, with a final full week of Steven Universe giving Noel and Kate plenty to dive in with in this truncated week in TV. Joining Steven Universe in this episode’s week in TV are the finales of Angie Tribeca and UnREAL, the penultimate episode of The Great British Baking Show, The Night Of, and a stylistically distinct Mr. Robot. Then Allison Shoemaker of Consequence of Sound, The A.V. Club, and of course, Podlander Drunkcast: An Outlander Podcast, joins us at the DVD Shelf to talk through HBO’s challenging, yet intriguing Carnivàle.
With our SDCC 2016 coverage officially done and dusted (though check out Kate’s guest appearance on Hey, Watch This! if you want even more ComicCon talk), we’re back to our regular format this week. First, Kate and Noel break down a full week in comedy, reality, and genre, including looks at the start of BoJack Horseman season three and Survivor’s Remorse season three, the finales of Wrecked and Preacher, and more fantastic episodes of The Great British Baking Show and Steven Universe. Then we tackle the dramas, including a check-in on The A Word, Greenleaf, and underwhelming episodes of Mr. Robot, The Night Of, and UnREAL. Afterward, Jon Clarke of Caffeinated Comics returns to the podcast to discuss the ‘90s animated gem Pinky and the Brain (and of course, Mrs. Buckley’s farm).