Noel is once again on assignment, so this week Kate is joined by The A.V. Club’s Emily L. Stephens for an in-depth look at a full week in TV. After a little Tonys talk, we dive in with our week in TV, starting with reality and comedy, including ESPN’s latest 30 for 30 documentary, the fantastic O.J. Simpson: Made in America, the premieres of Another Period, Wrecked, and Uncle Buck, and the finale of Inside Amy Schumer. Next up are the genre and drama offerings, including the premieres of BrainDead and Animal Kingdom and the finale of Orphan Black. Then we round out the podcast by inviting on The A.V. Club’s Dennis Perkins for a lengthy look at The Americans Season 4, talking character deaths, marriage as espionage, and what has helped this series steeped in pain and betrayal continue to grow and flourish.
After counting down their Top 20 TV Series of 2015 last week, Kate and Noel return to give their thoughts on the rest of the year that was in TV. From standard categories like Best Performance to fun ones like Best Villain and Trippiest Scene, Kate and Noel heap praise upon (or vent frustration about) the best, worst, most memorable, and most forgettable moments, seasons, series, and more this year. Joining in the fun are former cohosts Caroline Siede, Ricky D, Max Bledstein, Deepayan Sengupta, and Simon Howell, who call in to give out a few awards of their own.
San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, but never fear: SOS’s own Whitney McIntosh returns to the podcast to break down the highs and lows of SDCC 2015 with Kate. First, however, we talk the week’s comedies, including a preview of Married season two and looks at the pilot of Why? with Hannibal Buress, the premiere of Key & Peele, and the season finale of Inside Amy Schumer, as well as the week’s genre and drama offerings, including the Rectify and Masters of Sex premieres.
It’s another manageable week in TV here at the podcast. We kick off the week with some SYTYCD talk before breaking down the comedies, including a full week of Adventure Time. Next up are the genre offerings, including a preview of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and looks at Sense8, the Hannibal premiere, and fun new installments of Orphan Black and Penny Dreadful. Afterwards, Todd VanDerWerff, culture editor of Vox, joins us to discuss the ups and downs of the 2015 ATX Television Festival.
TV’s spring finales continue this week, with two podcast favorites taking their bows. First up, we look at the comedies and some reality, including Netflix’s Grace and Frankie and the finale of The Amazing Race. We follow that with the genre and drama entries, including the finales of Elementary, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, and intense installments of Orphan Black, Outlander, and Penny Dreadful. Afterward, the spotlight section makes its long-awaited return as we dive deep with the Mad Men series finale, and we round out the podcast with yet another season spotlight, with SOS’s Elena Rivera joining us to take a look at the fantastic first season of Jane the Virgin.
The winter finales only wrapped up a few weeks ago on the podcast, but network finale season is already upon us. First we look at the comedies, including the much anticipated 12 Angry Men-inspired installment of Inside Amy Schumer. Then we talk genre, including check-ins with The Flash and Arrow and looks at eventful episodes of Penny Dreadful and Outlander, and we wrap up our week in TV with the dramas, including the season finale of The Good Wife and the penultimate episode of Mad Men. Afterward, Mike Worby of SOS returns to the DVD Shelf to talk HBO’s animated series, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.
The show list finally slows down a bit this week, giving us plenty of time on the podcast to dive in with some interesting television. First we look at the week’s comedies, including the finale of The Last Man on Earth and a gender-tastic Louie. Next are the genre and dramas, including the premiere of Penny Dreadful and the antepenultimate episode of Mad Men. Afterward, Matt Brennan of Indiewire’s Thompson on Hollywood! blog and Slant joins us at the DVD Shelf to discuss the fantastic season three of The Americans.
April TV has finally reached a balancing point, with lots of interesting shows, but only a handful of premieres and finales. First up, we look at the comedies, including the pilot of Happyish, the premiere of Inside Amy Schumer, and the finale of Fresh Off the Boat. Next up are the genre entries, including a preview of Wayward Pines, and we wrap up the week in TV with the dramas, including a preview of The Casual Vacancy and the finale of The Americans. Afterwards, friend of the show Kate Rennebohm returns to the podcast to help us bid a fond farewell to a Televerse favorite, Justified.
April’s embarrassment of TV riches continues this week, making for another long podcast. First up are the comedies, including a preview of Inside Amy Schumer season three, followed by the genre entries, including a preview of Penny Dreadful season two, the pilot of The Messengers, and the premiere of Orphan Black. Last up are the dramas, including the series finale of Justified. After our week in TV, it’s time for another season spotlight, with Kyle Anderson of TheNerdist.com and WTF Are You Watching? returning to the podcast to break down season one of Daredevil.
It’s another transitional week for television, and television podcasting, with winter shows continuing to finish up while the summer series wait a few more weeks to begin. First we take a look at the week’s comedies, including the season finales of Inside Amy Schumer and Veep, then Sean gives FOX their report card, and afterward we look at an eventful week in genre and drama. Then it’s over to the DVD Shelf, with returning guest Deepayan Sengupta of SOS joining us to discuss Mike Judge’s short lived animated series, The Goode Family.