There may be fewer TV shows to discuss this week, but there are many interesting episodes, both successes and failures, giving us plenty to talk about this week on the podcast. First we take a look at the comedies, including a spooktacular Gravity Falls, the pilots of Bad Judge and Mulaney, and Bob’s Burgers’ musical premiere. Then we dive in to a full week in drama, including a preview of next week’s The Affair pilot, the Gracepoint pilot, the Homeland premiere, the Stalker pilot, and a controversial (or it would’ve been, if people were still invested) Doctor Who. Afterward, Emma Fraser from TV Ate My Wardrobe joins us at the DVD Shelf for one of our more contentious discussions, as we look at perhaps the quintessential J.J. Abrams TV series, Alias.
Several shows may be on hiatus, but there’s still plenty of TV to fill the podcast this week. We kick things off with the comedies, including the Psych musical, before moving on to the week’s genre offerings and finishing up with the dramas, including the finales of Homeland and Masters of Sex. Then we welcome back SOS’s Amanda Williams to discuss portrayals of physical disabilities on television in our latest Informed Opinions segment.
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.
The slow rollout of the fall season continues this week with the premieres of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23. There’s also the probable series finale of The Thick of It as well as Halloween specials from Venture Bros. and Mockingbird Lane. Otherwise, we seem to be settling into the fall schedule. Before spotlighting this week’s fantastic Homeland, “Q&A” and welcoming author Robert. K Elder to the DVD Shelf for a look at the X-Files spinoff Millennium, we talk through our (rather extensive) week in TV.
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.
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.
This week on The Televerse, Simon catches up with Boardwalk Empire, Kate catches up with Justified season two, and we look at a few finales. We go through our week in TV, spotlight Homeland’s season one finale “Marine One,” and welcome Simon Aplin from Tech It or Leave It on to discuss our first anime at the Shelf, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
This week on The Televerse, Simon catches up with Awkward., Kate catches up with some of Justified season one, and we do our Fairy Tale Showdown. We go through our week in TV, spotlight Homeland’s “The Vest,” and welcome film critic Matt Singer on to discuss our first reality show at the Shelf, Insomniac with Dave Attell.
This week on The Televerse, Simon still doesn’t like the New Girl, Kate's surprised by The Amazing Race, and we both hate I Hate My Teenage Daughter. We go through our week in TV, spotlight Homeland’s, “Representative Brody”, and welcome Ro Karen from Starbase66 on to discuss that B-TV classic, Xena: Warrior Princess.
This week, on the Televerse, Simon catches up Sons of Anarchy, Kate has a few bones to pick with HIMYM, and Public Transportation Snob and Sound on Sight's Dan Heaton comes on the show to talk Veronica Mars.