With the summer winding down, a new batch of TV shows are reaching their finales, giving us plenty to discuss on the podcast. First we take a look at the week in comedy, including the series finale of Wilfred. Next up is reality, with some Top Chef: Duels talk as well as our regular SYTYCD breakdown. After that, we talk genre, including a preview of BBC America’s upcoming Intruders, and then we break down a very full and very emotional week in drama, including intense episodes of Rectify and Masters of Sex, as well as the pilot for Legends. Afterward, instead of the DVD Shelf, it’s one more week of Comic Con coverage.
The pilots have started back up this week, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the podcast. First we talk a little reality with SYTYCD; then we break down the comedies, including the pilots for FX’s Married and You’re the Worst. Next, we look at the week’s genre and wrap things up with the dramas, including a preview of Manhattan and the pilot of Matador. Afterward, it’s the return of our Informed Opinions segment, with teen dancer Jenna joining us to discuss dance and representations of teenage dancers on television.
There were several more premieres and at least one notable finale this week, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the podcast. First we talk comedy and reality, including previews of the second season of Nathan for You and Drunk History. Then Sean’s back with his Network Report Card, this week breaking down The CW, and afterward we spend some time with the genre and drama offerings this week, including the pilots of Taxi Brooklyn, Reckless, and The Leftovers, and the finale of Penny Dreadful. Afterward, David Bax of Battleship Pretension and Hey Watch This! returns to the podcast to discuss season one of Les Revenants and take a more general look at zombies on television.
The fall premieres have started, giving us plenty of TV to discuss this week on the podcast. First we talk through the week in comedy, including the series finale of Futurama, season finale of Wilfred, and premieres of It’s Always Sunny... and The League. Then we spend some time with reality and finish up the week in TV with the dramas, including a preview of season six of Sons of Anarchy and a look at the Boardwalk Empire premiere. Afterward, Eric Goldman from IGN joins us at the DVD Shelf to discuss the short-lived sketch comedy cult favorite The Ben Stiller Show.
On last week’s podcast, we talked about the Top 10 TV Series of 2012. This week, we discuss just about every other category you can think of. From more expected ones like Best Performance or Best Pilot to the more obscure Best Dance Sequence and Favorite “F*ck Yeah!” Moment, we break down the year in TV, both the good and the bad.
With the Emmys over and done with, it’s officially the start of the fall network TV season. The pilots will come en masse next week, but, along with one of the best one-night comedy lineups in quite a while (Thursday’s Parks and Rec premiere, Wilfred finale, Childrens Hospital UK, NTSF:SD:SUV::, and the culmination of Louie’s three-part Late Night adventure, which we have in the spotlight this week), we did get premieres for Treme, How I Met Your Mother, Partners, and Castle, along with finales for SYTYCD, and Awkward.. After going through the rest of our week in TV, including Parenthood, Doctor Who, The Thick of It, the Emmys, The Voice, Alphas, and Revolution, we welcome Stephanie Smith from PotentialCast, RedemptionCast, and What’s On with Steph and Des to the DVD Shelf to help us take a nice long look at Jason Katim and Peter Berg's beautiful and heartfelt series, Friday Night Lights.
With Breaking Bad finishing up its 2012 run, the summer TV season winding down, and TV taking Labor Day off, this was a fairly light week. After breaking down our week In TV, including Treme season two, American Ninja Warrior, The Daily Show/Colbert Report coverage of the RNC, Sex House, So You Think You Can Dance, the mid-season finale of Futurama, Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Awkward., Wilfred, Louie, the series seven premiere of Doctor Who, and Grimm, we welcome SOS’s own Ricky D back to the show to help us take a look at the mid-season finale of Breaking Bad, as well as the rest of this half-season.
It’s another long one this week as, despite the Olympics taking over primetime, there was interesting television galore this week. After running through our week in TV as quickly as feasible, including the Go On pilot, the season premieres of Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV::, Awkward., Wilfred, Louie, the Animal Practice pilot, The Newsroom (US), Political Animals, True Blood, the Grimm premiere, Bunheads, and Alphas, we spotlight this week’s fabulous Breaking Bad episode, “Dead Freight”. Then it’s over to the DVD Shelf, with returning guest Tyler Smith of Battleship Pretension and More Than One Lesson joining us to discuss the underseen PI gem Nero Wolfe.
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.