With the year’s television winding down, our last regular podcast of the 2014 features a particularly light group of episodes. First Kate gives a quick genre roundup, including the midseason finales of The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of SHIELD. Then we look at the week’s comedy, including the midseason finale of Jane the Virgin, a Christmas-themed black-ish and surprisingly un-holiday Bob’s Burgers. Last up are the dramas, including the penultimate episode of The Affair, the series finale of The Newsroom, and the season finale of the Audience Network’s underrated Kingdom. Afterward, SOS’s own Deepayan Sengupta is back to kick off a new recurring segment, our Holiday Omnibus. In the first installment, we look at three Christmas episodes: Chuck’s “Chuck vs. Santa Claus”, Supernatural’s “A Very Supernatural Christmas”, and Moral Orel’s “Best Christmas Ever.”
Series are heading to their midseason finales, giving us fewer shows to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at some of the comedies, including another holiday Bob’s Burgers and the return of Jane the Virgin. Then Kate talks some genre, including the much-hyped The Flash/Arrow crossover, and we round out the week with the dramas, including the pilot of Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and the controversial penultimate episode of The Newsroom. Afterward, Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club joins us for our first of two discussions about the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed The Wire.
Thanks to Thanksgiving, it’s a (comparatively) light week of TV on the podcast. First we kick things off with a little reality talk and a look at the comedies, including a marathon of Adventure Time, and then we talk genre and drama, including the aptly-titled episode of The Newsroom, “Contempt”. Afterward, Dr. Paul Booth joins us to discuss representations of fans and fandom on TV, as well as the ever-evolving relationship between fans and creators.
Somehow, there are still new fall shows premiering, giving us plenty to discuss this week on the podcast. First we take a look at the comedies, including Too Many Cooks, last week’s Bob’s Burgers Halloween episode, and strong new installments of Key & Peele and Jane the Virgin. Then we talk a little genre, including Arrow and the Doctor Who finale, and next up are the dramas, including previews of The Missing and State of Affairs, as well as some The Newsroom premiere talk. Afterward, the DVD Shelf is back in earnest this week, with Caroline Siede of The A.V. Club and Debating Doctor Who returning to help us break down perhaps the most unfairly maligned of the various Trek series, Star Trek: Voyager.
It’s the (almost) one-year anniversary of The Televerse, so this week, we skip the DVD Shelf in favor of our first annual Make-You-Watch-athon. Each host picks a show for the other to watch and this year, it’s ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series and Doctor Who. Before that, though, it’s a lengthy week in TV, including the finale of NY Med, So You Think You Can Dance, Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Awkward., Wilfred, Louie, Outlaw Country, the True Blood finale, The Newsroom (US) finale, Breaking Bad, Grimm, and Alphas. Thank you to everyone who’s found and supported the show over the past year! It’s been a lot of fun and we can’t wait to get started on year two.
With the Olympics dominating primetime, several shows took the week off, but those that didn’t for the most part delivered strong episodes, including Awkward., Wilfred, Louie, Squidbillies, The Newsroom (US), Political Animals, True Blood, Bunheads, and Alphas. After breaking down our week in TV, and talking Breaking Bad, which is back in the spotlight this week, we welcome Steven Schapansky of Radio Free Skaro to the DVD Shelf to discuss the cult-favorite ‘80s British children’s sci-fi adventure serial—which is a larger subgenre than one might think—The Tripods.
Despite the premieres of Breaking Bad and Political Animals, and another strong episode of Louie, we’re spotlight-less this week on The Televerse. Instead, after talking through a slightly more filled week in TV, including So You Think You Can Dance, Futurama, Awkward., Wilfred, the Black Dynamite premiere, True Blood, and Bunheads, Kate breaks down her experience at last week’s San Diego ComicCon and the TV-related panels she was able to see.
With Kate safely back, The Televerse returns to its standard (summer) format. This week, Futurama is back, along Wilfred, and we get our first looks at Inside Men and The Newsroom. Throw in new episodes of Eagleheart, So You Think You Can Dance, True Blood, Lost Girl, and Bunheads, and it’s as full a week in TV as we’ve had in quite a while. Then we welcome the TVaholic, Jason Griffin from the TV Times Three podcast, to the DVD Shelf to help us take a look at the short-lived CW series Life Unexpected.