With Noel under the weather, we keep things on the shorter side this week on the podcast. First we talk through a handful of our high¬―and low―lights of the week’s TV, including the Doubt premiere, a Lena-filled Supergirl, a Very Special Arrow, a potentially promising Legion, a mixed Superstore, and a time-jumped Jane the Virgin. Afterward, inspired by the upcoming ClexaCon, we head to the DVD Shelf and dive in with acclaimed Canadian web series Carmilla.
It’s been a difficult week in our personal lives, so we’re keeping the podcast simple this episode, focusing on our week in TV without a DVD Shelf or special segment. There’s still plenty of TV to discuss, however, as we catch up with finales from this week and last. First up is drama, with Kate giving her spoiler-free thoughts on the Pitch finale, followed by comedy, as Kate catches up with the Insecure finale and Noel and Kate talk through last week’s standout episode of black-ish and another fun Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Then we head over to reality, with Kate’s thoughts on Hairspray Live! and a baking and cooking showdown courtesy of the premieres of The Great American Baking Show and Top Chef. Last, we round out our week in TV are the genre offerings, the midseason finales of The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow.
We’re still in our post-Thanksgiving food comas here at The Televerse (or we would be, if we weren’t both traveling). Fortunately, there’s plenty of interesting and entertaining TV this week to re-energize us as we recover from one holiday and prepare for the next. First up, Noel gives his thoughts on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and Noel and Kate break down Bob’s Burgers’ latest holiday episode and the midseason finale of Jane the Virgin. After the comedies, it’s a miniscule week in drama, but the finale of Queen Sugar gives us plenty to discuss. Then we head over to genre, with Kate talking Steven Universe, Noel looking at the premiere of Incorporated, and both of us diving in with the big CW DC crossover, first Supergirl’s mostly standalone episode, and then the “Invasion!” on The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. Afterward, friend of the show Caroline Siede of The A.V. Club returns to help us round out our Star Trek DVD Shelf cycle with the final, and canonically first, series in the franchise, Enterprise.
The finales roll on, giving us yet another marathon episode of the podcast this week. First up are the comedies, including the finales of Bob’s Burgers and Fresh Off the Boat. Then we head over to genre, including looks at the Preacher pilot and The Flash and Arrow finales, and we round out the week with the dramas, including the finales of The Night Manager and The Path. Afterwards, Gwen Ihnat, copy editor and contributor at The A.V. Club, joins us at the DVD Shelf to look at the ‘70s–‘80s escapist TV staple The Love Boat.
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.
It’s the final regular podcast of the year, and joining Kate to send off the guest cohost era in style is former cohost Sean Colletti of PopOptiq, TV Overmind, and The Mid-Season Replacements. First, Kate and Sean look over the week’s notable comedy and reality offerings, including the finales to The Amazing Race, Nathan For You, and You’re the Worst, the pilots to Telenovela and Superstore, and a deep dive with Transparent season one. Then come the genre and drama offerings, including the midseason finales of The Good Wife, Arrow, and The Flash and last week’s buzzed about penultimate Fargo. Afterward, the DVD Shelf is at long last back, as Sean and Kate spend some quality time with the fantastic animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
It’s another super-powered episode of the podcast, as Noel Kirkpatrick from TV.com joins Kate to look at a full week of TV before talking Justice League at the DVD Shelf. First up though, it’s the comedies, including the pilots for Truth Be Told and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, as well as premieres for Nathan for You and Jane the Virgin. Next are the genre offerings, including a lengthy chat about Steven Universe, and we round out the week with the dramas, including the premieres of Manhattan and Kingdom as well as some overdue The Good Wife talk. Then we head to the DVD Shelf to dive in with Bruce Timm’s team-up series and extension of the DCAU, Justice League.
The fall premieres may be winding down elsewhere, but The CW is just gearing up, giving us plenty of interesting TV to talk about this week. Alasdair Wilkins of The A.V. Club and Debating Doctor Who joins Kate for a more mainstream week in TV, starting with a little reality talk, as Kate waxes rhapsodic on The Great British Bake Off, and then moving to the comedies, including deep dives with Gravity Falls, Bob’s Burgers, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Next up are the drama and genre offerings, including a preview of Manhattan season two and a look at the premieres of Supernatural, iZombie, Arrow, and The Flash, and afterwards, we head over to the DVD Shelf to break down the UK fish out of time buddy cop series Life on Mars.
Kate’s under the weather, so it’s a somewhat truncated podcast this week. First we look at the week’s comedies, including The McCarthys' pilot and the triumphant return of Adventure Time, but unfortunately not Bob’s Burgers (Kate and Simon will discuss Bob’s fabulous Halloween episode next week—The Televerse regrets the error!). Then we talk some genre, including the latest episodes of Arrow and Constantine, and we wrap up the week with the dramas, including the premiere of Elementary, a lengthy chat on Kingdom, and a look at the fantastic HBO miniseries, Olive Kitteridge. Afterward, Sonia Saraiya, the TV critic for Salon, joins us at the DVD Shelf to discuss the current batch of live-action superhero series airing on the networks and what the various properties are getting right, and wrong.