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The Televerse #302- Spotlight on Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS

Kate is slacking once again, so for the second week in a row, The Televerse presents a reasonably-sized episode of TV talk. A few more weeks of this, and Noel will never go back to our marathon sessions! We kick things off this week with our weeks in comedy and reality, including the finales of Angie Tribeca and Bob’s Burgers, a guest star-filled Veep, an intergalactic Last Week Tonight with John  Oliver, a beauty-centered The Carmichael Show, and this season’s antepenultimate RuPaul’s Drag Race. Next up are the genre and drama offerings, with Noel taking point and giving his thoughts on the premiere of TNT’s Claws, season five of Orange is the New Black, and new episodes of American Gods and iZombie, before Kate joins back in to discuss the season two premiere of Wynonna Earp. Then to round out the podcast, we change things up a bit by spotlighting National Geographic’s gripping and informative documentary, Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS.

By |June 17th, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #301- Spotlight on Anne with an E

It’s that rarest of things here at the Televerse, a light week! Noel and Kate kick things off by talking through the week’s TV, including the premieres of Daytime Divas and I’m Dying Up Here, the finale of The Leftovers, a return to form from The Handmaid’s Tale, another middling American Gods, a ghostly iZombie, an emotional The Carmichael Show, and entertaining penultimate episodes of Angie Tribeca and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Afterwards, it’s time for another Season Spotlight, with Avonlea fan Kate and Avonlea neophyte Noel breaking down the new adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Great Gables, the CBC and Netflix’s Anne with an E.

By |June 10th, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #300- 2017 TV Resolution Check-in #2: Attack on Titan, Sakura Quest, Her Story

Another late spring week, another set of finales and premieres. This episode, before checking in on our 2017 TV Resolutions, Noel and Kate take a look at the week’s comedy and reality, including the return of The Carmichael Show, another strong Angie Tribeca, the finale of The Amazing Race, and quite possibly the best makeover episode in RuPaul’s Drag Race herstory. Then we head over to the genre offerings, including a catch-up on Doctor Who, another mixed American Gods, an iZombie episode with at least a +4 in Charm Person, and the latest beautifully emotional Steven Universe mini-bomb. Last up are the dramas, including The Americans’ finale, the premiere of Still Star-Crossed, Canadian import Mary Kills People, and a much-anticipated The Handmaid’s Tale. Afterward, it’s time to update our progress with our 2017 TV Resolutions to watch more anime (Noel) and YouTube series (Kate), with looks at Attack on Titan, Sakura Quest, and Her Story. Take a listen, and let us know which anime and YouTube series we should be seeking out for our next check-in!

By |June 3rd, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #248- Agent Carter with Elena Rivera

There are fewer finales this week, but rather than cutting down on their TV intake, Noel and Kate took advantage of the extra time to catch up on a few shows each, making this yet another marathon session of the podcast. After giving some serious side-eye to So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, we dive in with a lengthy week in comedy, including finale talk for Archer, The Carmichael Show, and The Detour as well as a look at the premiere of Maya and Marty and catchups with The Ranch, Catastrophe, and Lady Dynamite. Then we head over to the hourlongs, with some Fear The Walking Dead discussion, a few thoughts on the premiere of Cleverman and the reimagining of Roots, and plenty of Person of Interest. Afterwards, friend of the show Elena Rivera returns to the DVD Shelf to help us sing the praises of the recently canceled, and gone far too soon, Marvel’s Agent Carter.

By |June 4th, 2016|The Televerse|2 Comments

The Televerse #243- The O.C. with Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

After last week’s marathon session, Noel and Kate keep things a bit more regimented this week on the podcast. We kick things off with the comedies, including premiere talk for Veep and Silicon Valley, then check in on The Amazing Race. Next up are the genre offerings, including the Game of Thrones premiere and another strong Adventure Time, and we round out the week with the dramas, including the underwhelming Limitless finale and another powerful Underground. Afterward, we head to the DVD Shelf with pop culture critic and writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, who introduces us to The O.C. and ensures Phantom Planet’s “California” will be stuck in our heads for at least the next week.

By |April 30th, 2016|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #238- Fastlane with LaToya Ferguson

Kate and Noel have recent DVD Shelf flashbacks this week, as LaToya Ferguson of The A.V. Club and The Televoid joins us on the podcast to dive in with McG’s Miami Vice for the aughts, Fastlane. Beforehand, though, we go through another full week of TV. First up are the comedies, including a preview of Archer season seven and the finales of The Venture Bros. and Younger. Then we move on to the genre entries, including a spoiler-tastic look at Daredevil season two and an Olicity-fueled Arrow, and we round out the week with the dramas, including Tyler Perry’s The Passion: New Orleans and the premiere of The Catch. Then it’s over to the DVD Shelf with LaToya to talk fast cars, pretty ‘splosions, and objectification galore on FOX’s one-season undercover cop series, Fastlane.

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

The Televerse #237- Northern Exposure with Jason Griffin

After responding to the outpouring of feedback from last week’s The 100 segment, Noel and Kate dig in for another full week of TV. First up are reality and comedy, including the Top Chef: California finale, a trio of premieres, and somewhat controversial episodes of The Carmichael Show and Broad City. Then it’s over to genre and drama, including a (mostly) spoiler-free look at the beginning of Daredevil season two, Supergirl’s Red Kryptonite episode, and another entertaining American Crime Story. Afterward, Jason Griffin of TVx3 and TheTVaholic returns to the DVD Shelf to whisk Kate off to the picturesque town of Cicely, Alaska to talk Northern Exposure.

By |March 19th, 2016|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #236- The 100’s “Thirteen” and Traumatic TV Character Deaths with Mo Ryan

It’s our lengthiest, most in-depth podcast yet, as Noel and Kate take deep dives on many of the week’s most interesting episodes. Of course we had to talk The 100 and “Thirteen”—and we went so long on that, with friend of the show Maureen Ryan of Variety, that it’s posted separately. What do Noel and Kate think of the rise of issues-based comedy? Should characters change over time? Can The 100 win us back, and what exactly happened on Adventure Time? Why isn’t God a character on Of Kings and Prophets, and why do we still belittle women for their hair? Did American Crime stick the landing and does it really matter either way? All of this and much more on this week’s supersized The Televerse.

By |March 12th, 2016|The Televerse|34 Comments

The Televerse #211- The L.A. Complex with Carrie Raisler

This week, Carrie Raisler of The A.V. Club joins Kate on the podcast to look at the first insane week in TV in quite a while. First we talk comedies, including previews of Life In Pieces and Moonbeam City and the finales of Key & Peele, The Carmichael Show, and Playing House. Next we look at the rest of the week’s TV, including previews of The Bastard Executioner, Blindspot, and Minority Report, the return of Project Greenlight, the launch of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the SYTYCD finale. Afterward, it’s time for a trip to the DVD Shelf, as Carrie and Kate look at the underseen comedic Canadian (and The CW) soap The L.A. Complex.

By |September 16th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

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