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The Televerse #328- Holiday Omnibus 3: Christmas à la M*A*S*H, Seinfeld, Futurama, and Veronica Mars

As 2017 starts to wind down, we take a moment this week to reflect on holiday episodes of yore, looking back at holiday episodes of M*A*S*H, Seinfeld, Futurama, and Veronica Mars in our latest installment of our Holiday Omnibus segment. Before that, though, we have plenty of TV to discuss, as series head into the holiday season with fall finales galore. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin bowed out for 2017 with strong episodes, Bob’s Burgers celebrates the season in traditionally entertaining fashion, Outlander closes its third season and begins a new chapter in a new continent, The Exorcist heads towards its second season finale, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine gives Rosa her due and brings Gina back into the fold. Do our Holiday Omnibus selections live up to our memories of them? Which are better left off the Christmas (and Festivus, and X-Mas) viewing schedules? And will we ever tire of Bob’s Burgers holiday episodes? All of this and more as The Televerse closes out its weekly coverage for 2017, and heads into The 2017 (Best Of) Listening.

By |December 16th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #321- Spotlight on Outlander’s “A. Malcolm”

It’s reunion time this week on the podcast, as Noel checks back in with Outlander for the first time in years just as Claire and Jamie reunite in the much-anticipated “A. Malcolm.” Has time made the heart grow fonder? Does the episode work as well for Noel as regular viewer Kate? How does this episode speak to the traditions of melodrama and romance, and just how prevalent are these genres on TV right now? Before we dive in with Outlander, though, we talk through another fun week in TV. As ever, we kick things off with the comedies, including a particularly strong Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a somewhat mixed Jane the Virgin, Halloween-themed episodes of Fresh Off the Boat and Broad City, and another excellent The Good Place. Then we move over to the rest of the week’s TV, including a check-in with Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, a brief look at Queen Sugar and follow-up on Mindhunter season one, a loose discussion of The CW’s superhero shows (Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Arrow), and a more in-depth chat about the strong pre-World Series hiatus cliffhanger episode of The Exorcist.  Which musical-inspired Crazy Ex-Girlfriend song was our favorite this week? Which Huang best embodied their Seinfeld counterpart? How are The Flash and Arrow handling their overly large casts, and was that a flirt session between (former) Father Marcus and (Fish and Wildlife) Agent Morrow? (Spoiler alert: Yes, and more please!) Tune in for our thoughts on all of this and more on the latest episode of The Televerse.

By |October 28th, 2017|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #315- Spotlight on One Mississippi Season 2

Fall premiere season is already upon us, giving us plenty of TV to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at the comedies, including the premieres of Broad City and Better Things, fun installments of You’re the Worst and Rick and Morty, and the finales of Insecure and Younger. Then we move on to the drama and genre offerings, including the premieres of The Orville, Outlander, Top of the Lake: China Girl, and The Deuce, as well as Room 104 and Halt and Catch Fire. Afterwards, we dive deep with the funny and moving second season of Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

By |September 16th, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

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 #241- Band of Brothers with David Bax

Spring premieres are underway in a big way, giving us lots of TV to break down. First we look at the comedies and some reality, including the return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the premiere of The Detour. Next up are the genre offerings, including the premieres of Outlander and Fear The Walking Dead and the finale of iZombie, and we round out the week with the dramas, including the premiere of The Girlfriend Experience and catchups with Underground and The Path. Afterward, David Bax of Battleship Pretension and Hey Watch This! returns to the DVD Shelf to talk HBO’s epic WWII miniseries Band of Brothers.

By |April 16th, 2016|The Televerse|2 Comments

The Televerse #196- The Wire (Part 2) with Dennis Perkins

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.

By |June 2nd, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #194- Jane the Virgin Season 1 with Elena Rivera

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.

By |May 19th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #188- Seinfeld with Jennifer Armstrong

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.

By |April 7th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #164- 2014’s New Representations of Sexuality on TV with Mo Ryan

There’s a lot of interesting new TV kicking around, but this week we roll back our regular podcast coverage a bit to make room for a special segment. First we look at a few reality offerings, including the pilot of the new documentary series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, as well as some comedy, including an at least partially pantheon-level Key & Peele. Then we look at some genre, particularly American Horror Story: Freak Show, and we round out our week with a few drama offerings, including the finale of The Knick. Afterward, the fabulous Maureen Ryan of the Huffington Post and Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan returns to the podcast to discuss Transparent season one, the first half-season of Outlander, and several other series as we look at new representations of sexuality that are finally popping up on television.

By |October 22nd, 2014|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #161- Six Feet Under with Mike Worby

It’s another full week of pilots, premieres, and finales, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the podcast. We kick things off with a little reality chat before moving on to the comedies, including the premieres of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Key & Peele, as well as the finale of Garfunkel and Oates. Then we move on to the genre offerings, including the premieres of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and Person of Interest, as well as the Outlander midseason finale. Last up are the dramas, including quick looks at the NCIS: New Orleans pilot and the Scandal and Parenthood premieres, and a lengthier chat about the season two finale of Masters of Sex. Afterward, the DVD Shelf is back, with Mike Worby, Games Editor of SOS, joining us to discuss Six Feet Under.

By |September 30th, 2014|The Televerse|0 Comments