It’s been a solid week of TV, with the comedies in particular having strong showings, but this week on the podcast, the focus is on Fringe, which concluded its five season run this past Friday. After talking through our week in TV, including the premiere of Archer, the pilots of Legit and Newsreaders, and the An Idiot Abroad premiere, we put The Following pilot in our second-ever Spotlight of Shame. Then it’s over to the DVD Shelf, where we welcome Noel Murray from the AV Club to help us break down the finale, final season, and entire run of Fringe.
This week on the podcast, we take a leisurely stroll through our week in TV, with particularly longer looks at Parenthood’s Christmas episode, “What to our Wondering Eyes” and Fringe’s latest Walter-gets-high episode, “Black Blotter”. We also talk Tuesday comedies (New Girl, The Mindy Project, Happy Endings), Top Chef Seattle, American Horror Story: Asylum, The Hour, Thursday comedies (It’s Always Sunny…, The League), The Vampire Diaries, Last Resort, Bob’s Burgers, and the 1600 Penn pilot. Then we dive deep into the Homeland season finale, “The Choice”, what it means for the season as a whole, and what next year may hold.
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.
Premiere season has begun and with it, the yearly deluge of series pilots and returns. It’s a mega-packed Televerse this week; we begin with a recap of our takes on several of the new pilots, which we discussed at greater length in our fall preview (Ben and Kate, The Mindy Project, Last Resort, Elementary, 666 Park Ave.), then take a quick look at the Emily Owens, M.D. pilot, which has been released online, and then we get into our week in TV. This week, along with a slew of new shows, several favorites have returned, and one reaches its fall finale. Our show list for this week is: New Girl, Vegas, Parenthood, The Neighbors, Key and Peele, Parks and Rec, Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Made in Jersey, Fringe, Doctor Who, The Thick of It, The Amazing Race, Bob’s Burgers, Call the Midwife, Treme, Homeland, The Voice, Alphas, and Revolution. Then, after spotlighting this week’s The Good Wife premiere, “I Fought the Law”, we welcome Josh Spiegel of Mousterpiece Cinema to the show to help us take a longer look at what has been a fantastic season three for Louie.
It’s a mixed bag for Simon and Kate this time. In a week with several notable season finales, some live up to expectations and some live down. After breezing through Kate’s roundup, we look at the rest of the week, taking particular time with the Fringe finale, Mad Men, Sherlock, and, one final time, Smash, which also aired its season finale. Then we spotlight the season finale of Parks and Rec, “Win, Lose, or Draw” before welcoming Chris Gore from Attack of the Show back on, this time to the DVD Shelf, where we look at Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker’s 2005 cult series, Nathan Barley.
It’s a long one this time, as Simon and Kate celebrate the return of Parks and Rec and dig into a divisive episode of Fringe. Throw in the Veep pilot and an excellent turn from Mad Men, and it’s a full week of TV. Afterwards, we welcome Ricky D from the Sound On Sight podcast to the DVD Shelf to talk about the fantastic, and short-lived, '90s teen drama classic, My So-Called Life.
This week, Simon and Kate bring back the Spotlight of Shame during their week in TV before spotlighting the latest episode of Fringe, “Welcome to Westfield”. Then Kate interviews Kevin Chapman, currently starring in CBS’s Person of Interest, about the series and his career, and finds out just how important it can be to go to the gym.
This week, on The Televerse, Kate tackles a few procedurals, Simon catches up on some fairy tales, and Sound on Sight's own Justine Smith comes on to talk Firefly and further prove that, despite his best efforts, Simon is now a Whedonite.
This week, on The Televerse, Simon and Kate change up the format and end up talking our heads off. We go through our week in TV and close out the show by welcoming Sean Ingram from Previously On to the DVD Shelf to talk about The Larry Sanders Show.