The Televerse #327- Twin Peaks Season 3 with Emily L. Stephens

We’re heading into the end of the calendar year, and with The 2017 List-ening looming, it’s the perfect time to revisit one of the year’s most fascinating and puzzling entries, the return of Twin Peaks. Joining Kate to break down the alternately confusing and compelling season is friend of the show Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club. Before we dive into the strange world of Frost and Lynch, however, there’s a very full week of TV to discuss. First Noel and Kate look at the comedies, including the holiday returns of Psych and Superstore, the finale of Broad City, and the epic 99th episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. After a brief dip into reality to discuss the premiere of Top Chef, it’s time for the week’s genre episodes. Noel only lasted about 10 minutes into the Happy! premiere, and we chat about why. Then there’s the premiere of Agents of SHIELD, a dramatic return on Outlander, and the fall finales of Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Arrow. Which series are getting their silliness quotient right and which could stand to be a bit less precious? Which returns have us the most jazzed, and which show doesn’t seem to realize it’s retreading ground powerfully trod earlier this year in cinemas? Take a listen, then reach out with your thoughts on the week’s TV.

By |December 9th, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #326- Spotlight on Crisis on Earth-X with Dr. Elizabeth Bridges

Despite the holiday last week and the looming holiday season ahead, it’s this week that gives us our lightest TV load in quite a while. We kick things off with our week in TV, including the first season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Drunk History’s Christmas Special, a check-in on The Rundown with Robin Thede, and fun episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Broad City, Outlander, and Marvel’s Runaways. Afterwards, we head over to the spotlight section and welcome back friend of the show Dr. Elizabeth Bridges, co-author and editor of Nazisploitation!: The Nazi Image in Low-Brow Cinema and Culture, to break down the four-part CW crossover extravaganza, Crisis on Earth-X.

By |December 2nd, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #321- Spotlight on Outlander’s “A. Malcolm”

It’s reunion time this week on the podcast, as Noel checks back in with Outlander for the first time in years just as Claire and Jamie reunite in the much-anticipated “A. Malcolm.” Has time made the heart grow fonder? Does the episode work as well for Noel as regular viewer Kate? How does this episode speak to the traditions of melodrama and romance, and just how prevalent are these genres on TV right now? Before we dive in with Outlander, though, we talk through another fun week in TV. As ever, we kick things off with the comedies, including a particularly strong Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a somewhat mixed Jane the Virgin, Halloween-themed episodes of Fresh Off the Boat and Broad City, and another excellent The Good Place. Then we move over to the rest of the week’s TV, including a check-in with Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, a brief look at Queen Sugar and follow-up on Mindhunter season one, a loose discussion of The CW’s superhero shows (Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Arrow), and a more in-depth chat about the strong pre-World Series hiatus cliffhanger episode of The Exorcist.  Which musical-inspired Crazy Ex-Girlfriend song was our favorite this week? Which Huang best embodied their Seinfeld counterpart? How are The Flash and Arrow handling their overly large casts, and was that a flirt session between (former) Father Marcus and (Fish and Wildlife) Agent Morrow? (Spoiler alert: Yes, and more please!) Tune in for our thoughts on all of this and more on the latest episode of The Televerse.

By |October 28th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #315- Spotlight on One Mississippi Season 2

Fall premiere season is already upon us, giving us plenty of TV to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at the comedies, including the premieres of Broad City and Better Things, fun installments of You’re the Worst and Rick and Morty, and the finales of Insecure and Younger. Then we move on to the drama and genre offerings, including the premieres of The Orville, Outlander, Top of the Lake: China Girl, and The Deuce, as well as Room 104 and Halt and Catch Fire. Afterwards, we dive deep with the funny and moving second season of Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

By |September 16th, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #242- Alfred Hitchcock Presents with Emily L. Stephens

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.

By |April 23rd, 2016|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #233- Key & Peele with Josh Spiegel

TV was rather eventful this week, with a slew of premieres and eventful episodes. First up is comedy, with Kate and Noel looking at the premieres of Love, Last Week Tonight, and Broad City, plus a classical music-(sub)-themed Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Next is reality, with the premiere of The Amazing Race, followed by genre, including the Gravity Falls finale and a belated rant from Kate, re: The 100. We round out our week in TV with the dramas, including the premiere of Better Call Saul and finale of London Spy, and then it’s back to the DVD Shelf, where returning guest Josh Spiegel of Mousterpiece Cinema and Movie Mezzanine joins us to look at the hilarious and already missed Key & Peele.

By |February 20th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #186- Gossip Girl with David Bax

It’s a week of finales on the podcast, giving us plenty of TV to discuss in another lengthy installment. We start with the comedies, including the return of Community, pilot of One Big Happy, and finales of Always Sunny, Man Seeking Woman, Broad City, Girls, and Looking. Next up are genre and drama, including a look at iZombie, the newly-released Bloodline season one, and catch-ups with Empire, The Slap, and Fortitude, as well as our usual favorites. Afterwards, David Bax of Battleship Pretension and Hey Watch This! returns to the DVD Shelf to take a look at The CW's teen soap Gossip Girl.

By |March 24th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #181- The Dick Van Dyke Show with Sarah Rodman

January’s ridiculous string of TV comedy excellence continues this week, making for another long podcast. First Kate talks a little reality, with some praise for the finale of Top Chef: Boston, then there’s comedy discussion galore, including an emotional Jane the Virgin, a baffling Adventure Time, and more great episodes from Broad City, Parks and Recreation, Looking, and Girls. Next up, Kate looks at some genre with Arrow and Banshee, and we round out our week in TV with the dramas, including the finale of Babylon and another fantastic and grimace-inducing The Americans. Afterwards, Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe returns to the DVD Shelf to help us discuss one of the all-time great sitcoms, The Dick Van Dyke Show.

By |February 18th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #180- Informed Opinions: Educational Children’s Television

The comedies came to play this week, with two episodes likely to be in Best of 2015 discussions later this year. Needless to say, the podcast is on the long side this week. First we look at a full (and ridiculous) week in comedy, including the dramatic reveal of Sin Rostro on Jane the Virgin, another Parks and Recreation wedding, a one-two-three emotional wallop from HBO, and an epic title fight between Broad City and Always Sunny. Then we look at the drama and genre offerings, including previews of Bosch season one and The Slap (US) and looks at the pilots of Better Call Saul and Allegiance. Afterward, Maggie Kulzick returns to the podcast for the latest installment of Informed Opinions, looking at educational children’s television.

By |February 11th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #177- Enlisted with Les Chappell

The Comedies are coming! It’s another week of TV premieres here on the podcast, giving us the longest week in comedy in recent memory. We kick things off with said comedies, including premieres and pilots from Parks and Recreation, Kroll Show, Broad City, Always Sunny, and Man Seeking Woman, then look at a much more manageable week in genre and drama, including the pilots of Amazon offering The Man in the High Castle and Syfy’s 12 Monkeys adaptation. Afterward, Les Chappell of SOS, The A.V. Club, and Under the Hood returns to the DVD Shelf to help us look at the short lived, and much loved, 2014 military comedy Enlisted.

By |January 20th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments