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The Televerse #304- American Gods Season 1 with Allison Shoemaker

Things get a bit contentious this week on the podcast, with several episodes prompting strong reactions from Noel and Kate. First up are the comedies, including the premieres of Playing House and Younger, the finale of Veep, and fun episodes of Wrecked and The Carmichael Show. Then we move over to reality, with looks at the return of Terrace House and relaunch of Battle of the Network Stars, an underwhelming The Great British Baking Show, and the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Last up in our week in TV are the genre and drama offerings, including the premiere of GLOW (which Kate perhaps mis-categorized), the finale of iZombie, and new installments of Queen Sugar and Wynonna Earp. Afterward, Allison Shoemaker of Podlander Drunkcast, Debating Doctor Who, Consequence of Sound, and The A.V. Club, among others, returns to the podcast to champion American Gods season one and bring us around on a much-anticipated season that left us as cold as Laura Moon.

By |July 1st, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #293- Season Spotlight on 13 Reasons Why

April TV is ramping up, and Noel and Kate have (most of) it covered. After a Mon-El-themed opening discussion, we start off Our Week in TV with the comedy and genre offerings, including a preview of the upcoming Veep season premiere and looks at the Angie Tribeca premiere, the triumphant return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and lighter episodes of Samurai Jack and iZombie. Next we talk drama and reality, including a preview of Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, the mega-sized American Experience: The Great War, a princess-themed RuPaul’s Drag Race, memory-fueled The Good Fight, transitional American Crime, and a thrilling Harriet Tubman spotlight episode of Underground, “Minty.” Afterward, the season spotlight is back, as we dive in with Netflix’s hopefully one-season wonder, 13 Reasons Why.

By |April 15th, 2017|The Televerse|1 Comment

The Televerse #277- Top 20 TV Series of 2016

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.

By |December 25th, 2016|The Televerse|2 Comments

The Televerse #252- Lady Dynamite Season 1 with Emily L. Stephens

With HBO’s finales this week, Spring TV finally winds down, leaving only a handful of shows for Noel and Kate to discuss, but allowing for deep dives. First up, we break down ABC’s new night of retro game shows, The $100,000 Pyramid, Match Game, and Celebrity Family Feud. Then we talk comedy, including the Silicon Valley and Veep finales, and next up are the genre and drama offerings, including in-depth looks at the Game of Thrones finale, BrainDead, and UnREAL. Afterward, Emily L. Stephens of The A.V. Club returns to the podcast to help us explore the fascinating and unique first season of Lady Dynamite.

By |July 2nd, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #251- Galavant with Ryan McGee

Noel is back! After two weeks away, Noel returns from assignment, diving in with Kate on an entertaining week of television. We kick things off with a few comedies and some reality talk, including the premieres of The Jim Gaffigan Show and Any Given Wednesday, then move on to the genre offerings, including the series finales of Penny Dreadful and Person of Interest. Last up are the dramas, including the premieres of Greenleaf and American Gothic, and season four of Orange is the New Black. Afterward, Ryan McGee of Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan returns to the podcast to help us sing the praises of the short-lived musical comedy Galavant.

By |June 25th, 2016|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #249- Grantchester Season 2 with Caroline Siede

Noel is on assignment, so this week Kate is joined by The A.V. Club’s Caroline Siede for a full 2+ hours of TV talk. First up, we go through our week in TV, starting with the comedies, including a look at the season two premiere of Angie Tribeca and deep dives on Silicon Valley and Veep. Next up are the genre offerings, including the Outcast premiere and lengthy looks at Game of Thrones and Orphan Black, and we round out our week with the dramas, including the premieres of Feed the Beast and UnREAL, one of which we love and one of which, not so much. Then in lieu of the DVD Shelf, Caroline and Kate bring back the Season Spotlight and take a look at Grantchester season two.

By |June 11th, 2016|The Televerse|2 Comments

The Televerse #198- Interview with Brian Reitzell

It’s another light week of TV on the podcast, but a batch of spring finales give us plenty to discuss. First we look at the week’s comedies, including the release of Orange is the New Black season three and the finales of Silicon Valley and Veep. Next up are the genre offerings, including finales of iZombie and Game of Thrones, and plenty of Sense8 talk. Then afterwards, Kate has an in-depth chat with Hannibal composer Brian Reitzell about his approach to scoring season three.

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

The Televerse #197- ATX 2015 Wrapup with Todd VanDerWerff

It’s another manageable week in TV here at the podcast. We kick off the week with some SYTYCD talk before breaking down the comedies, including a full week of Adventure Time. Next up are the genre offerings, including a preview of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and looks at Sense8, the Hannibal premiere, and fun new installments of Orphan Black and Penny Dreadful. Afterwards, Todd VanDerWerff, culture editor of Vox, joins us to discuss the ups and downs of the 2015 ATX Television Festival.

By |June 9th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #190- Daredevil Season 1 with Kyle Anderson

April’s embarrassment of TV riches continues this week, making for another long podcast. First up are the comedies, including a preview of Inside Amy Schumer season three, followed by the genre entries, including a preview of Penny Dreadful season two, the pilot of The Messengers, and the premiere of Orphan Black. Last up are the dramas, including the series finale of Justified. After our week in TV, it’s time for another season spotlight, with Kyle Anderson of TheNerdist.com and WTF Are You Watching? returning to the podcast to break down season one of Daredevil.

By |April 22nd, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments

The Televerse #189- Better Call Saul Season 1 with Vikram Murthi

Aprilgeddon continues, bringing with it the return of the Season Spotlight, giving Kate and Simon extra time to discuss some of their favorite series. We start our week with the comedies, including looks at the premieres of Louie, Veep, and Silicon Valley, and then talk genre, including the Game of Thrones premiere, the Fortitude finale, and season one of Daredevil. Then we round out the week with the dramas, including some The Slap talk as well as our weekly Justified, Americans, Mad Men, and The Good Wife discussion. Afterwards, Vikram Murthi of The A.V. Club returns to the podcast to talk about one of 2015’s most pleasant surprises, Better Call Saul season one.

By |April 14th, 2015|The Televerse|0 Comments