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The Televerse #290- 2017 TV Resolution Check-in #1: ACCA, Seiren, Interviews with Monster Girls, The Katering Show

March is coming to a close, which means we’re well overdue a check-in on our 2017 TV resolutions. This week, Noel and Kate report on how we’ve been doing with their goals to watch more anime and explore YouTube web series. First, however, we spend some quality time with our week in TV, starting with the genre offerings. Noel looks at the premiere of Into the Badlands, Noel and Kate gush over another beautiful Samurai Jack, we dive deep with the Supergirl/The Flash musical cross-over, and we agree to disagree on Legion. Next up are the comedies and dramas, including the return of Grace and Frankie, a crushing Superstore, a romantic Jane the Virgin, powerful episodes of The Americans and Underground, more soapy fun with Greenleaf, and a disappointingly pat The Good Fight.

By |March 25th, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

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 #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

The Televerse #274- Enterprise with Caroline Siede

We’re still in our post-Thanksgiving food comas here at The Televerse (or we would be, if we weren’t both traveling). Fortunately, there’s plenty of interesting and entertaining TV this week to re-energize us as we recover from one holiday and prepare for the next. First up, Noel gives his thoughts on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and Noel and Kate break down Bob’s Burgers’ latest holiday episode and the midseason finale of Jane the Virgin. After the comedies, it’s a miniscule week in drama, but the finale of Queen Sugar gives us plenty to discuss. Then we head over to genre, with Kate talking Steven Universe, Noel looking at the premiere of Incorporated, and both of us diving in with the big CW DC crossover, first Supergirl’s mostly standalone episode, and then the “Invasion!” on The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. Afterward, friend of the show Caroline Siede of The A.V. Club returns to help us round out our Star Trek DVD Shelf cycle with the final, and canonically first, series in the franchise, Enterprise.

By |December 3rd, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #273- A Touch of Cloth with Simon Howell

Happy Thanksgiving, Televerse listeners! This week, Noel and Kate take it easy, with just a handful of TV episodes to discuss. First up, we look at the comedies, including the premiere of Search Party, the finale of You’re the Worst, and new episodes of Televerse staples Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Next up are the drama and genre offerings, including the much anticipated return (for its season finale) of Adventure Time, as well as Supergirl, The Flash, and Elementary. Afterward, former Televerse cohost—and current TV Roundtable cohost—Simon Howell returns to the podcast to introduce Noel and Kate to the sunnier side of Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker, with a DVD Shelf on his British police drama spoof A Touch of Cloth.

By |November 26th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #272- Night Slaves with Jessica Ritchey

It’s another difficult week here at The Televerse, but fortunately, TV showed up this week, with a number of interesting and entertaining episodes to discuss. First up, we look at the comedies, including the premiere of MTV’s rape revenge comedy, Sweet/Vicious, the season finale of Last Week Tonight, a race-bent Drunk History, musical Jane the Virgin, and tap-tastic Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Then we move on to the genre and drama offerings, including a Thanksgiving-themed Steven Universe, disappointing Elementary, well-crafted Queen Sugar, and affecting Supergirl. Afterwards, Jessica Ritchey of RogerEbert.com joins us at the DVD Shelf to introduce us to—and help us break down—an entry of ABC’s “Movie of the Week” series, 1970’s Night Slaves.

By |November 19th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #271- Black Books with Zack Handlen

Deep breaths, everyone. It’s not going to be okay, not for a long time. But the podcast, while it will be morphing in format and length a bit in the near future, isn’t going anywhere. This week, we start with about 40 minutes of processing and discussing how we’ve been interacting with media since the election, so if you’re looking for a break from this, skip ahead to our week in TV. We kick off the week’s TV talk with the comedies, including the Better Things finale, Kate’s catch-up with You’re the Worst, People of Earth, black-ish, Superstore’s midseason finale, and as ever, Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Then we move on to the drama and genre offerings, including Noel’s thoughts on The Crown season one, Kate’s break-up with Lethal Weapon and thoughts on the surprising catharsis of this week’s Rectify and Queen Sugar, and both Noel and Kate’s thoughts on the welcome dose of sunshiney optimism that was this week’s Supergirl. Afterwards, Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club joins us at the DVD Shelf to do a little comfort TV viewing with British hangout comedy Black Books. Hang in there everyone, and feel free to reach out. We’re listening.

By |November 12th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments