The Televerse #295- Spotlight on The Handmaid’s Tale

It’s another week of premieres and finales, with the glut of April programming bringing even more terrific TV to discuss. We kick things off with comedy and reality, including the premieres of Great News and Silicon Valley, the finale of The Detour, the return of Jane the Virgin, and more. Then we move over to drama and genre, with the finale of Feud: Bette and Joan, the much-anticipated Adventure Time: Elements, and the returns of Supergirl and The Flash, among others. Lastly, we dive deep with the gripping and powerfully relevant premiere episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, which despite tremendous early buzz, manages to somehow exceed expectations.

By |April 29th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #283- Spotlight on Steven Universe and Adventure Time: Islands

This week on the podcast, Steven Universe is back with another StevenBomb and Adventure Time takes a second stab at the miniseries format with Islands, so Noel and Kate resurrect the Spotlight, diving in with both animated series in lieu of the DVD Shelf. Before this, however, we talk comedy, including the premieres of Powerless and Santa Clarita Diet, Superstore, Jane the Virgin, the penultimate Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and an energizing Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, followed by a look at the genre and drama entries, including Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and a refreshing change of pace from Elementary.

By |February 4th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #282- Remembering Mary Tyler Moore

We’re back closer to our regular format this week, though the loss of TV icon Mary Tyler Moore has prompted us to forego the DVD Shelf in favor of a discussion of some of her work and her legacy. First up, however, Noel and Kate dive in with the fantastic finale of The Good Place and intriguing finale of Sweet/Vicious, followed by some reality catchups and a few thoughts on Jane the Virgin and the pesky Santa Ana winds of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Afterward, we head over to the drama and genre offerings, including the premiere of Riverdale, the return of The CW’s superhero lineup, and a full week of Adventure Time. Rounding out the podcast this week is our aforementioned tribute to Mary Tyler Moore and her feminist trailblazing, precise and potent comedy chops, and infectiously warm spirit.

By |January 29th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #273- A Touch of Cloth with Simon Howell

Happy Thanksgiving, Televerse listeners! This week, Noel and Kate take it easy, with just a handful of TV episodes to discuss. First up, we look at the comedies, including the premiere of Search Party, the finale of You’re the Worst, and new episodes of Televerse staples Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Next up are the drama and genre offerings, including the much anticipated return (for its season finale) of Adventure Time, as well as Supergirl, The Flash, and Elementary. Afterward, former Televerse cohost—and current TV Roundtable cohost—Simon Howell returns to the podcast to introduce Noel and Kate to the sunnier side of Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker, with a DVD Shelf on his British police drama spoof A Touch of Cloth.

By |November 26th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #253- Wonder Woman with Kerensa Cadenas

It’s been a difficult week, but Noel and Kate are here to talk TV nonetheless. Thanks to the holiday weekend, the show list is as truncated as it’s perhaps ever been, so we skip the genre distinctions and just dive in. First up, we preview HBO and the BBC’s upcoming The Night Of, before checking out recent arrival to Netflix Marcella and checking in with Preacher, UnREAL, Greenleaf, Adventure Time, and Wrecked. Rounding out the week’s TV is the triumphant return of The Great British Baking Show on PBS (The Great British Bake Off on the BBC), a breath of sweetly-scented fresh air in a summer television season chock full of dark or violent dramas. Afterward, Kerensa Cadenas, Deputy Pop Culture Editor of Complex, joins us at the DVD Shelf to explore the candy colored world of Wonder Woman.

By |July 9th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #251- Galavant with Ryan McGee

Noel is back! After two weeks away, Noel returns from assignment, diving in with Kate on an entertaining week of television. We kick things off with a few comedies and some reality talk, including the premieres of The Jim Gaffigan Show and Any Given Wednesday, then move on to the genre offerings, including the series finales of Penny Dreadful and Person of Interest. Last up are the dramas, including the premieres of Greenleaf and American Gothic, and season four of Orange is the New Black. Afterward, Ryan McGee of Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan returns to the podcast to help us sing the praises of the short-lived musical comedy Galavant.

By |June 25th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #236- The 100’s “Thirteen” and Traumatic TV Character Deaths with Mo Ryan

It’s our lengthiest, most in-depth podcast yet, as Noel and Kate take deep dives on many of the week’s most interesting episodes. Of course we had to talk The 100 and “Thirteen”—and we went so long on that, with friend of the show Maureen Ryan of Variety, that it’s posted separately. What do Noel and Kate think of the rise of issues-based comedy? Should characters change over time? Can The 100 win us back, and what exactly happened on Adventure Time? Why isn’t God a character on Of Kings and Prophets, and why do we still belittle women for their hair? Did American Crime stick the landing and does it really matter either way? All of this and much more on this week’s supersized The Televerse.

By |March 12th, 2016|The Televerse|34 Comments

The Televerse #230- Miami Vice with Cory Barker

It’s another lengthy week in TV, courtesy of a handful of midseason premieres and pilots adding more to our already full plate. First up, Noel and Kate look at the week in comedy, including the pilots of You, Me and the Apocalypse and Baskets, premiere of Childrens Hospital, and midseason premieres of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin. Next up are the genre offerings, including the pilot of Beowulf and return of The X-Files, and we round out the week with the dramas, including a preview of FX’s much-anticipated The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Afterward, we head back to the DVD Shelf, as Cory Barker of TV.com and Totally Tubular helps us break out the pastels and dive in with the quintessentially ‘80s police procedural, Miami Vice.

By |January 30th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #228- Psych with Dennis Perkins

At long last, the DVD Shelf returns in the first regular podcast of the year. Noel and Kate kick things off with the week’s comedy and reality episodes, including the season premiere of Younger and the much anticipated stop motion episode of Adventure Time. Then we move on to the genre and drama offerings, including the midseason premiere of Pretty Little Liars and the pilot of Colony. Finally, we wrap things up by welcoming Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club back to the DVD Shelf to break down the delightful and under-appreciated buddy procedural Psych.

By |January 16th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #227- 2016 Midseason Preview

2016 is here, and with it comes our midseason preview. First on this week’s podcast, Kate and Noel talk through a rather reduced week in TV, including a catchup on Person of Interest season four, the post-hiatus returns of Elementary, Limitless, Top Chef, and Adventure Time, and a long-awaited Steven (Universe) Bomb! Afterward, Kate and Noel take a look at the year’s upcoming midseason pilots and premieres, including this week’s returns of Galavant, American Crime, Always Sunny…, and Man Seeking Woman and debuts The Shannara Chronicles, Angel from Hell, and Shades of Blue, plus much more. Take a listen, then leave a comment below, letting us know what shows you’re most looking forward to in winter 2016!

By |January 9th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments