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The Televerse #320- Halt and Catch Fire with Dennis Perkins

After four terrific seasons, this week we bid farewell to little-show-that-could (thank you, Peak TV!) Halt and Catch Fire. Friend of the show and The A.V. Club contributor Dennis Perkins returns to the DVD Shelf to help us break down the finale and celebrate the ups and downs of a show that started as Mad Men meets the 1980s computer tech race and grew into much, much more. Which shots stick in our minds? Which costumes? And how do we feel about the show’s full-circle ending? Before we dive in with Halt and Catch Fire, though, Noel and Kate have a full week in TV to discuss. We start with the comedies, including the triumphant returns of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, season one of American Vandal, the finale of Survivor’s Remorse, and strong installments of Broad City and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Then we move on to the genre and drama offerings, including season one of Mindhunter, the finale of Room 104, another spooky Exorcist, and The CW’s superhero series, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Who’s out of line, WhiJo or Darryl? Can Adam contend in the pantheon of Jane’s beaus? Is John Cho still our only reason for watching The Exorcist, and what’s up with that beeping in Arrow’s score? And of course, #WhoDrewTheD-cks? Tune in for this and more, then leave your thoughts on Halt and Catch Fire and the rest of the week’s TV below.

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

The Televerse #299- Supergirl Season 2 with Dr. Elizabeth Bridges

Finale season pushes ahead, full steam, prompting another of our trademark marathon episodes. We kick things off with the week in comedy, reality, and drama, looking at the finales of Archer: Dreamland, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Jane the Virgin, and Elementary as well as a Drag Race shocker and a less-than-stellar The Handmaid’s Tale. After a quick break, it’s time for the genre offerings, including the much-hyped Laura-centric American Gods, the long-awaited return of Twin Peaks, and the finales of Samurai Jack, The Flash, and Arrow. Then to round out the discussion, friend of the podcast Dr. Elizabeth Bridges returns to help us dive deep on Supergirl’s finale and season two overall, from the highs (Sanvers, Lena, Cat) to the lows (Mon-El, James, basically all the guys), and everything in-between.

By |May 27th, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #296- Spotlight on the American Gods premiere

One of 2017’s most anticipated new series is finally here. This week on the podcast, Noel and Kate take a long look at Starz’s American Gods and break down why the premiere left them a little cold. Before that, however, there’s a full week of TV to discuss, including a handful of notable and long-awaited episodes: the backdoor pilot for a potential Zoey-centric black-ish spinoff, RuPaul’s Drag Race’s latest Snatch Game, the dreaded Major-takes-the-cure episode of iZombie, Supergirl’s love letter to Alex and Maggie’s relationship, the reveal of Savitar’s identity on The Flash, and the finale of American Crime. Tune in for our reactions to these installments and more, then leave your thoughts in the comments below!

By |May 6th, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #295- Spotlight on The Handmaid’s Tale

It’s another week of premieres and finales, with the glut of April programming bringing even more terrific TV to discuss. We kick things off with comedy and reality, including the premieres of Great News and Silicon Valley, the finale of The Detour, the return of Jane the Virgin, and more. Then we move over to drama and genre, with the finale of Feud: Bette and Joan, the much-anticipated Adventure Time: Elements, and the returns of Supergirl and The Flash, among others. Lastly, we dive deep with the gripping and powerfully relevant premiere episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, which despite tremendous early buzz, manages to somehow exceed expectations.

By |April 29th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #287- Live! from ClexaCon

At long last, we meet! More than 15 months into recording together once a week, every week, Noel and Kate record together live and in person, at ClexaCon! We round up our week of TV viewing, with plenty of genre, comedy, drama, and even reality talk, before taking advantage of being live and in person to have fun with some TV trivia, both as a team and podcaster-a-podcaster. Who will be victorious in our battle of the TV Theme songs? Post your thoughts on the week’s TV, and your record on our play-along trivia, in the comments below!

By |March 4th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #286- Covering President Trump in Late Night

It’s another short podcast this week, as a work commitment forces Kate to keep things (comparatively) concise. There’s still plenty of TV to discuss, however, and Noel and Kate kick things off with a quick check-in on the penultimate episode of Top Chef: South Carolina before diving in with the comedies. This week, that includes the season premiere of The Detour, fun episodes of Speechless, black-ish, Superstore, and Jane the Virgin. Next up are the drama and genre offerings, including a preview of next week’s event series When We Rise, the much-anticipated premiere of The Good Fight, an intense Steven Universe, Supergirl’s middling Valentine’s Day episode, and another dream and memory-focused Legion. Afterward, Noel and Kate briefly chat about how various late night shows are handling the Trump administration, which shows and hosts are best suited to covering President Trump, and which are currently falling flat.

By |February 25th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #285- Spotlight on Carmilla

With Noel under the weather, we keep things on the shorter side this week on the podcast. First we talk through a handful of our high¬―and low―lights of the week’s TV, including the Doubt premiere, a Lena-filled Supergirl, a Very Special Arrow, a potentially promising Legion, a mixed Superstore, and a time-jumped Jane the Virgin. Afterward, inspired by the upcoming ClexaCon, we head to the DVD Shelf and dive in with acclaimed Canadian web series Carmilla.

By |February 18th, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

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