Summer is finally upon us, giving us a lighter episode list and shorter podcast once again. First we look at the comedies, including the finale of Louie, and we follow that with the week’s genre offerings, including a preview of Hannibal season three and Outlander finale talk. Afterwards, Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club returns to the podcast to help us with just a bit more discussion of one of television’s greatest series, The Wire.
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.
Aprilgeddon ramps up this week, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the podcast. We kick things of with the comedies, including previews of The Comedians and season five of Louie and a look at the Archer finale. Next up are the genre offerings, including the eventful midseason premiere of Outlander and the penultimate episode of Fortitude, and we round out the week with the dramas, including the much-anticipated final premiere of Mad Men and the fantastic penultimate episode of Better Call Saul. Afterwards, critic and author Jennifer Armstrong returns to the DVD Shelf to break down the surprisingly under-discussed comedy classic, Seinfeld.
The podcast’s year-ending Best Of extravaganza concludes this week with Simon and Kate’s picks for just about everything other than their Top 20 TV Series. Categories range from Best Performance, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score to more niche categories like Best Shipping Moment, the Life Vest Award (performance/element singlehandedly buoying an otherwise terrible show), and the La-La-La Award (show we most care about being spoiled for). Each section is bookended with some of 2014’s most memorable original music and musical performances. Please leave us a comment with your favorite moments and anything else from TV in 2014!
The podcast’s year-ending Best Of extravaganza begins this week with Simon and Kate’s picks for the Best TV Series of 2014, focusing on their Top 10 shows, but expanding to cover 22 different highlights of the year in television. Simon and Kate go show by show, talking about what prompted them to include, or exclude, each series from their lists. Please share your Top 20 in the comments!
It’s Summer Premiere Time, giving us a lot of television to cover this week on the podcast. First we talk the week’s comedy and reality offerings, including a preview of BBCA’s new comedy Almost Royal and the finale of Louie. Then we take a look at ABC’s offerings from this past year, in another installment of Sean’s Network Report Cards, and afterward we finish up the week in TV with both genre and drama, including previews of Dominion, The Musketeers, The Last Ship, and Rectify season two and the finales of Game of Thrones and In The Flesh. Then Whitney McIntosh of My TV Sang To Me joins us at the DVD Shelf to break down the pros and cons of a series close to all of our hearts, Gilmore Girls.
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.
We finally have a bit of a lull this week, with spring series starting to wind down and summer series yet to begin. So rather than take it easy (what is easy?), we introduce a new recurring segment this week on the podcast, Sean’s Network Report Card. First we kick things off with a little reality and the comedies, including the premiere of SYTYCD and the finale of Silicon Valley. Then Sean breaks down the freshman series on CBS, letting listeners know which shows to stick with for season two and which to ditch. Next is genre and drama, including Kate’s preview of Power and Murder in the First, the latest Make Sean Watch entry, the Supernatural pilot, and eventful episodes of Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, and In The Flesh. Afterward, we welcome back Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club to the DVD Shelf to help us discuss that most adorable of evil alien would-be overlords, Invader Zim.
Last week gave us one of the best stretches of television in recent memory so unsurprisingly, there is plenty to discuss on the podcast. First we dive in with the comedies, including a preview of Undateable, then we jump to the genre series, including a preview of pirate drama Crossbones, and we wrap up our week in television with the dramas, including a preview of AMC’s new period piece, Halt and Catch Fire. Then Libby Hill of TV on the Internet, as well as several other places, joins us to discuss this week’s musically-enhanced midseason finale of Mad Men, as well as the rest of this shortened (half) season.