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The Televerse #284- Spotlight on Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Fifty-Four”

Between season finales, premieres, previews, and a surprise shake-up on Jane the Virgin, it’s been a big week in TV. First up this episode, Noel and Kate talk comedy, looking at the premiere of Comedy Central’s Detroiters and some of ABC’s Valentine’s Day comedies before having an unusually contentious discussion of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s season two finale. Next up are the drama and genre offerings, with Noel previewing CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, Kate joining in on Noel’s skepticism over Legion, and both enjoying the role reversals on this week’s Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Afterward, it’s time to spotlight Jane the Virgin, which closed out Part Two with the lovely and emotional “Chapter Fifty-Four.” Spoilers abound, so wait to listen to the spotlight until you’re caught up. Chime in with your thoughts in the comments, and let us know who to look out for at ClexaCon!

By |February 11th, 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 #281- 2017 TV Resolutions

Kate spent much of this week getting ready to get her feminism on at the D.C. Woman’s March, so for this episode, we tried something a bit different: A manageable show list. First, Noel dives in with his recent reality viewing, Frontline and Terrace House. Afterward, we move on to the comedies, with Kate singing the praises of Billy on the Street, Noel breaking down Speechless and Fresh Off the Boat, and both giving their thoughts on a near-breakthrough Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Then we round out the podcast by talking through our final thoughts on our 2016 TV resolutions and deciding on what their resolutions for 2017 should be.

By |January 21st, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #280- 2017 Midseason Preview

January is well underway and in TV, that means it’s premiere time once again. Noel and Kate turn their attentions back to weekly TV offerings and talk through a slew of comedies, including the fantastic new one Day at a Time, the premieres of The Mick, It’s Always Sunny…, and Man Seeking Woman, and fun installments of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sweet/Vicious, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We also dive in with a trio of recent socially-minded episodes from ABC’s comedy lineup: Fresh Off the Boat’s citizenship-centered “How to Be an American”, black-ish’s take on post-2016 election malaise, “Lemons”, and Speechless’ trope-busting “H-e-r-Hero”. After comedy, it’s time for genre, drama, and reality, including Netflix’s new A Series of Unfortunate Events, HBO’s Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds documentary Bright Lights, the return of Match Game, and more. Rounding out the podcast this week is our preview of TV premieres to look for in January, February, and March. With #PeakTV showing no sign of slowing down, there’s a lot to take in, so reach out and let us know which upcoming series you think we should check out.

By |January 14th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #278- 2016 Best Of Smorgasborgy, Part 1

Noel and Kate continue their celebration of the best of TV in 2016 with The Televerse’s yearly Smorgasborgy, a Best Of bonanza covering every category we can think of (and a few we probably shouldn’t have). There is so much to discuss and celebrate this year, in fact, that for the first time, The Televerse will be presenting our Best Of Smorgasborgy over two weeks, starting with our awards for the best performances, production elements, writing, and music on TV in 2016. Post your thoughts on the year’s TV, and your picks for any or all of our categories, in the comments below, and come back next week for our favorite characters, sequences, moments, seasons, and more!

By |December 31st, 2016|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #277- Top 20 TV Series of 2016

As 2016 winds down (and not a moment too soon), the List-ening begins! This episode, Noel and Kate count down their Top 20 TV Series (or TV Movies) of 2016. While plenty of other aspects of life have let many of us down recently, there’s been a plethora of terrific TV, so join us as we celebrate the 30+ shows we most enjoyed this calendar year.

By |December 25th, 2016|The Televerse|2 Comments

The Televerse #276- Enlightened with Sean Colletti

It’s our final regular episode of the year, and helping us send out 2016 in style is former cohost and friend of the show Sean Colletti, currently of TV Roundtable, who returns to the podcast to help us discuss HBO’s introspective and optimistic, and cancelled-too-soon, Enlightened. Before that, however, we talk through a rather truncated week in TV, including Noel’s roundup of the ABC comedies’ midseason finales, People of Earth, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a long-awaited turn for Shinwell on Elementary, and a lengthy discussion of the series finale, and final season in general, of Televerse favorite Rectify.

By |December 17th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #275- 2016 Winter Midseason finales

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.

By |December 10th, 2016|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