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The Televerse #264- Justice League Unlimited with Les Chappell

Fall network premiere week is here! Or at least, the first of several waves of fall premieres has hit, making for a marathon session of the podcast. First up, Noel and Kate talk through a full week in TV, including looks at the premieres of Kevin Can Wait, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, black-ish, The Good Place, Superstore, Easy, and Graves, and a discussion of the role of comedians and entertainers in the current election cycle, prompted by Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’s segment on NBC and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’s treatment of Donald Trump. Next up are the genre and reality offerings, including a preview of Westworld, the Agents of SHIELD and The Exorcist premieres, the Emmy Awards, and a contentious RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Then we move over to the dramas, including a rant from Kate on the Bull premiere and looks at the MacGyver premiere, a stylish Halt and Catch Fire, another strong Queen Sugar, and the much-anticipated Mr. Robot finale. Afterward, friend of the show and The A.V. Club contributor Les Chappell returns to the DVD Shelf to discuss the popular animated superhero sequel, Justice League Unlimited.

By |September 24th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #260- Make-You-Watch-athon 5: RuPaul’s Drag Race and Chihayafuru

It’s our five year anniversary here at The Televerse, so it’s time for yet another Make-You-Watch-athon! This year, two under-represented genres on The Televerse are in the spotlight: Kate makes Noel catch up with reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race and Noel broadens Kate’s anime horizons, making her watch the sports/game-themed Chihayafuru. Before the Make-You-Watch-athon, however, we dive in with a full week in TV, including the premieres of Fear The Walking Dead, The Great British Bake Off, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and Halt and Catch Fire, as well as a much-anticipated Steven Universe, penultimate episodes of Greenleaf and The Night Of, and an Elliot-less Mr. Robot. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years already. Thank you, listeners, for your support and your conversation over the years, and here’s to five more!

By |August 27th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #259- The State with Nick Campbell

It’s been a tough week for representation on TV, and Kate and Noel kick off this episode venting some frustration over the cancellation of The Nightly Show, as well as the recent Inside Amy Schumer Twitter drama. Then we head into our week in TV, starting with a roundup of Kate’s recent streaming viewing, including the pilots of The Tick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson, the first half of season one of The Get Down, and Difficult People. Then Noel and Kate wrap up the first segment with looks at the finale of The Great British Baking Show and some lighter episodes of Steven Universe. Then we head into the dramas, including a check in on BrainDead and more The Night Of, Greenleaf, and Mr. Robot talk. Afterward, Nick Campbell of TVGuide.com and Super Cereal joins us at the DVD Shelf to talk MTV’s ‘90s sketch comedy series The State.

By |August 20th, 2016|The Televerse|3 Comments

The Televerse #258- Carnivàle with Allison Shoemaker

The Steven Nuke has finally come to a close, with a final full week of Steven Universe giving Noel and Kate plenty to dive in with in this truncated week in TV. Joining Steven Universe in this episode’s week in TV are the finales of Angie Tribeca and UnREAL, the penultimate episode of The Great British Baking Show, The Night Of, and a stylistically distinct Mr. Robot. Then Allison Shoemaker of Consequence of Sound, The A.V. Club, and of course, Podlander Drunkcast: An Outlander Podcast, joins us at the DVD Shelf to talk through HBO’s challenging, yet intriguing Carnivàle.

By |August 13th, 2016|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #257- Pinky and the Brain with Jon Clarke

With our SDCC 2016 coverage officially done and dusted (though check out Kate’s guest appearance on Hey, Watch This! if you want even more ComicCon talk), we’re back to our regular format this week. First, Kate and Noel break down a full week in comedy, reality, and genre, including looks at the start of BoJack Horseman season three and Survivor’s Remorse season three, the finales of Wrecked and Preacher, and more fantastic episodes of The Great British Baking Show and Steven Universe. Then we tackle the dramas, including a check-in on The A Word, Greenleaf, and underwhelming episodes of Mr. Robot, The Night Of, and UnREAL. Afterward, Jon Clarke of Caffeinated Comics returns to the podcast to discuss the ‘90s animated gem Pinky and the Brain (and of course, Mrs. Buckley’s farm).

By |August 6th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #254- SDCC 2016 TV Preview

It’s that time of year once again! San Diego ComicCon is right around the corner, and Noel and Kate have your ComicCon TV needs covered, looking through the SDCC 2016 television offerings and discussing the most interesting and exciting new and returning TV-related panels at this year’s convention. First, however, we look at a premiere-heavy (for the summer) week in TV, starting with the return of Hulu’s Difficult People, as well as new episodes of Angie Tribeca, Wrecked, and The Great British Baking Show. Next up are the drama and genre episodes, including Netflix’s new ‘80s horror series Stranger Things, the premieres of Mr. Robot and The A Word, the Outlander finale, and another uneven UnREAL. Then it’s over to our SDCC 2016 TV Preview, for a discussion of what Kate’s looking forward to, and what Noel might consider braving the crowds to check out, were he attending.

By |July 16th, 2016|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #210- Party Animals with Caroline Siede

This week, Caroline Siede of The A.V. Club and Debating Doctor Who joins Kate on the podcast to break down a comedy-heavy week in TV. First we talk comedies, including a preview of The League season seven and You’re the Worst season two, fun episodes of Key & Peele, Playing House, and Difficult People, and take a deep(er) dive with The Carmichael Show. Next up are reality and drama, including the under-discussed I Am Cait and the intriguing season finale of Mr. Robot. Afterward, Caroline sticks around to add to the DVD Shelf, looking at the one season BBC series Party Animals.

By |September 8th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #209- Monty Python’s Flying Circus with Emily L. Stephens

This week on the podcast, Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club joins Kate to discuss an entertaining week in TV, including a preview of Drunk History season three and interesting episodes of Married, Rick and Morty, and Review. Kate also takes another look at The Carmichael Show and Kate and Emily talk Mr. Robot, as well as diving surprisingly deep with Fear the Walking Dead and not-at-all-surprisingly deep with the Hannibal finale. Afterwards, Emily heads to the DVD Shelf for something completely different: a look at Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

By |September 1st, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #208- Make-You-Watch-athon 4: The Venture Bros., Steven Universe

It’s the end of an era here at The Televerse. On the occasion of our fourth anniversary, and in the podcast’s final installment at Sound On Sight, cohost Simon Howell bids adieu in an epically long episode. First we look at a full week in TV. After a little reality talk—specifically, Stephen Amell’s turn in the ring at SummerSlam—we dive in with the comedies, previewing The Carmichael Show and looking at the premieres and pilots for Survivor’s Remorse, Blunt Talk, and Documentary Now!. Next up are the genre and drama offerings, including the much-maligned pilot for Fear The Walking Dead and penultimate episodes of Hannibal, Mr. Robot, and Show Me a Hero. After that, our yearly Make-You-Watch-athon is back, this time featuring in-depth looks at The Venture Bros. and underrated Cartoon Network (crystal) gem Steven Universe. A heartfelt thank you to all of our listeners over the past four years and to Simon, for being a wonderful cohost and critic, and an even better friend.

By |August 25th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #207- The Wonder Years with Ricky D

The transition between early and late summer programming continues, giving us a few premieres and finales to discuss this week on the podcast. The Televerse is also in transition: After a special announcement from Simon, we look at an entertaining week in comedy, including particularly strong installments of Rick and Morty and Review, among others, and a full week in drama, including the premiere of David Simon’s Show Me a Hero and the finales of Humans and Rectify. Then, SOS’Editor-in-Chief Ricky D returns to the DVD Shelf to help us sing the praises of one of the all-time great coming-of-age dramedies, the woefully under-discussed The Wonder Years.

By |August 18th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments