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.
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.
Noel and Kate continue their celebration of the best of TV in 2016 with The Televerse’s yearly Smorgasborgy, a Best Of bonanza covering every category we can think of (and a few we probably shouldn’t have). There is so much to discuss and celebrate this year, in fact, that for the first time, The Televerse will be presenting our Best Of Smorgasborgy over two weeks, starting with our awards for the best performances, production elements, writing, and music on TV in 2016. Post your thoughts on the year’s TV, and your picks for any or all of our categories, in the comments below, and come back next week for our favorite characters, sequences, moments, seasons, and more!
As 2016 winds down (and not a moment too soon), the List-ening begins! This episode, Noel and Kate count down their Top 20 TV Series (or TV Movies) of 2016. While plenty of other aspects of life have let many of us down recently, there’s been a plethora of terrific TV, so join us as we celebrate the 30+ shows we most enjoyed this calendar year.
Having survived last week’s 2016 Fall TV Preview, Noel and Kate are back to their usual schedule for this week’s podcast. First up, we look at a premiere-filled week in TV, starting with comedy and reality, including the Atlanta, Better Things, and One Mississippi premieres, the Difficult People finale, and of course, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Then we head over to our week in genre and drama, including the Queen Sugar premiere, another fun BrainDead, and another delightful Pearl-centric Steven Universe. Afterward, professor and writer Dr. Elizabeth Bridges joins us on the podcast to look at the promising first season of SyFy’s genre Western Wynonna Earp.
With the network premieres right around the corner, it’s time for our fall TV preview. First, however, Noel and Kate talk through a lighter week in TV, including the premiere of You’re the Worst, catchups with Survivor’s Remorse and The A Word, new installments of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and Steven Universe, and the finales of The Night Of and Greenleaf. Afterward, it’s fall preview time, and Kate and Noel dive in with the rest of the calendar year’s currently scheduled TV offerings. Going day by day, the duo list off the current return dates for shows premiering in the next three months and dive in more fully with the new series debuting this fall that they’ve already been able to get a look at. Take a listen, then chime in below with the shows you’re most interested in this fall, both new and returning favorites.
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!
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.
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).
San Diego ComicCon 2016 has come and gone, leaving Kate with a Steven Universe high and a massive backlog of TV to catch up on. Because of this, we keep the TV this week to one large segment, rather than splitting it up by genre. A few of the highlights in this week’s conversation: Kate loses her mind for Stranger Things and Looking; Kate and Noel lose their minds for Steven Universe; we debate when to jump ship on the formerly compelling, but now struggling UnREAL and Mr. Robot; and Greenleaf’s exciting new gear. After Our Week in TV, friend of the show Maggie Kulzick returns to the podcast to talk SDCC 2016 with Kate and Noel, including rocking out with Rebecca Sugar and her band, geeking out over the potential of American Gods, and reactions to a couple of fall pilots.