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The Televerse #328- Holiday Omnibus 3: Christmas à la M*A*S*H, Seinfeld, Futurama, and Veronica Mars

As 2017 starts to wind down, we take a moment this week to reflect on holiday episodes of yore, looking back at holiday episodes of M*A*S*H, Seinfeld, Futurama, and Veronica Mars in our latest installment of our Holiday Omnibus segment. Before that, though, we have plenty of TV to discuss, as series head into the holiday season with fall finales galore. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin bowed out for 2017 with strong episodes, Bob’s Burgers celebrates the season in traditionally entertaining fashion, Outlander closes its third season and begins a new chapter in a new continent, The Exorcist heads towards its second season finale, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine gives Rosa her due and brings Gina back into the fold. Do our Holiday Omnibus selections live up to our memories of them? Which are better left off the Christmas (and Festivus, and X-Mas) viewing schedules? And will we ever tire of Bob’s Burgers holiday episodes? All of this and more as The Televerse closes out its weekly coverage for 2017, and heads into The 2017 (Best Of) Listening.

By |December 16th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #318- Spotlight on Rick and Morty Season 3 with Zack Handlen

Fall premieres and returns continue this week, giving us plenty to discuss on the podcast. First, we dive in with the comedies, including the premieres of Bob’s Burgers, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ghosted, black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, and The Mayor, as well as another delightful DuckTales and a table-setting The Good Place. Next, we look at the genre and drama offerings, including the premieres of Marvel’s Inhumans, The Exorcist, The Gifted, and Queen Sugar, Outlander, and another moving Halt and Catch Fire. Afterward, writer and The A.V. Club contributor Zack Handlen returns to the podcast to help Kate break down Rick and Morty season three. We look at the show’s structure and morality, how it fits into the show’s overall progression, and what the season three finale means for season four. Leave your thoughts about Rick and Morty, network premiere season, and the rest of the week’s TV below!

By |October 7th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #302- Spotlight on Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS

Kate is slacking once again, so for the second week in a row, The Televerse presents a reasonably-sized episode of TV talk. A few more weeks of this, and Noel will never go back to our marathon sessions! We kick things off this week with our weeks in comedy and reality, including the finales of Angie Tribeca and Bob’s Burgers, a guest star-filled Veep, an intergalactic Last Week Tonight with John  Oliver, a beauty-centered The Carmichael Show, and this season’s antepenultimate RuPaul’s Drag Race. Next up are the genre and drama offerings, with Noel taking point and giving his thoughts on the premiere of TNT’s Claws, season five of Orange is the New Black, and new episodes of American Gods and iZombie, before Kate joins back in to discuss the season two premiere of Wynonna Earp. Then to round out the podcast, we change things up a bit by spotlighting National Geographic’s gripping and informative documentary, Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS.

By |June 17th, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #265- 2016 TV Resolutions Check-in #2

Fall TV premieres continue this week, but amidst the new show craziness, Kate and Noel take a moment once again to reflect and evaluate how they’re doing on their 2016 TV resolutions, both Noel’s vow to watch more non-fiction and documentary television and Kate’s to broaden her TV horizons and make sure she’s watching programming featuring voices that are underrepresented on television. Before we dive in with that, however, it’s another exciting premiere week. First we look at a full week in television, including the premieres of Bob’s Burgers, Drunk History, and Younger, the finale of Survivor’s Remorse, and notable episodes of You’re the Worst, black-ish, and The Good Place. Then we head over to the genre, reality, and drama entries, discussing the much-anticipated Luke Cage premiere, the less-anticipated Van Helsing and Secrets and Lies premieres, and the eagerly anticipated (at least among Aidan Turner stans) Poldark premiere, as well as engaging installments from Frontline, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Halt and Catch Fire, and Star Wars Rebels. Please chime in below, or via email (theteleverse@gmail.com), or on social media with your thoughts on the non-fiction and representational TV you think we should be seeking out!

By |October 1st, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #247- The Love Boat with Gwen Ihnat

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.

By |May 28th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #215- Life on Mars (UK) with Alasdair Wilkins

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.

By |October 14th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #172- Holiday Omnibus 1 with Deepayan Sengupta

With the year’s television winding down, our last regular podcast of the 2014 features a particularly light group of episodes. First Kate gives a quick genre roundup, including the midseason finales of The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of SHIELD. Then we look at the week’s comedy, including the midseason finale of Jane the Virgin, a Christmas-themed black-ish and surprisingly un-holiday Bob’s Burgers. Last up are the dramas, including the penultimate episode of The Affair, the series finale of The Newsroom, and the season finale of the Audience Network’s underrated Kingdom. Afterward, SOS’s own Deepayan Sengupta is back to kick off a new recurring segment, our Holiday Omnibus. In the first installment, we look at three Christmas episodes: Chuck’s “Chuck vs. Santa Claus”, Supernatural’s “A Very Supernatural Christmas”, and Moral Orel’s “Best Christmas Ever.”

By |December 16th, 2014|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #171- The Wire (Part 1) with Dennis Perkins

Series are heading to their midseason finales, giving us fewer shows to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at some of the comedies, including another holiday Bob’s Burgers and the return of Jane the Virgin. Then Kate talks some genre, including the much-hyped The Flash/Arrow crossover, and we round out the week with the dramas, including the pilot of Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and the controversial penultimate episode of The Newsroom. Afterward, Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club joins us for our first of two discussions about the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed The Wire.

By |December 10th, 2014|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #67- Friends with Sarah Dowdey and Deblina Chakraborty

This week on the podcast, we once again skip the spotlight in favor of a lengthier week in TV. After running down some Tuesday comedies (Ben and Kate, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Happy Endings), we talk Parenthood, Top Chef Seattle, Supernatural, Nashville, The Hour, the Thursday comedies (30 Rock, Parks and Rec, It’s Always Sunny…, The League, NTSF:SD:SUV::), The Vampire Diaries, Last Resort, Fringe, 30 for 3o, The Amazing Race finale, Bob’s Burgers, Homeland, and The Voice. Then Sarah Dowdey and Deblina Chakraborty from How Stuff Works.com and Stuff You Missed in History Class come over to the DVD Shelf to help us take a look at Friends, the quintessential ‘90s sitcom.

By |December 12th, 2012|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #58- House with Amanda Williams

After last week’s pilotpalooza, things have quieted down a bit as we start to get a picture of what the fall network schedule will settle into. After looks at Wednesday’s Nashville and Chicago Fire pilots, we go through a full week in TV, including Ben and Kate, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Parenthood, 30 for 30, the Supernatural premiere, Key and Peele, the 30 Rock premiere, Parks and Rec, Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Last Resort, Grimm, Fringe, The Amazing Race, Call the Midwife, The Good Wife, Treme, The Voice, Alphas, and Revolution, and we split the spotlight between Bob’s Burgers and Homeland, which both had great episodes this week. Then it’s over to the DVD Shelf, with Sound On Sight’s Amanda Williams joining us to look at the ever entertaining, ever irascible House.

By |October 10th, 2012|The Televerse|0 Comments