Category Archives: Podcasts

Link Roundup, 06/29/12

I assess the third-season premiere of Louie. I’ll be handling the season recaps this year, along with the soon-to-premiere Breaking Bad.

The ten best TV episodes of 2012, so far.

On the Sound on Sight podcast, all four hosts converge to talk Moonrise Kingdom and Harold and Maude.

In the latest episode of the Televerse, Kate and I reunite to discussThe Newsroom, Wilfred, and plenty more.

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The Newsroom (No, Not That One)

This Sunday marks the premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO one-hour, The Newsroom. The early reviews are more or less in line with what I was expecting from the promotional materials: according to sterling types like Mo Ryan and Alan Sepinwall, it’s self-serious, unconvincing, and possibly even a little misogynistic. I’m sure we’ll discuss the pilot on the next edition of The Televerse, but in the meantime, why not check out the probably-far-superior 1996 series of the same name?

A media satire and mock-doc-style sitcom, Ken Finkleman’s series isn’t perfect, but it seems to predict about a dozen series that followed. The shooting style and aloof, casually offensive protagonist (George Findlay, played by Finkleman) presages The Office, the takedown of news-industry self-infatuation connects to The Colbert Report, and the season-ending dive into an elaborate Federico Fellini parody recalls some of Louie‘s flights of stylistic fancy.

Someone took the time to upload the entire first season and post-season special to YouTube; check it out starting below. (Finkleman also produced a second run of episodes in 2004-05, and a film, Escape from the Newsroom, in 2002.) If you need further encouragement, take a listen to the DVD Shelf segment in Televerse 10, where Kate and I discuss the series with Jesse Singer of the Watch It podcast.

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Podcast: Televerse 42 – Girls Season One w/ Adam Kempenaar, and more

In the latest episode of The Televerse over at Sound on Sight, my usual cohort Kate Kulzick was sadly absent, but in her stead I got to talk to Adam Kempenaar of the mighty Filmspotting about the just-completed first season of HBO’s Girls. After that, in a pre-recorded segment, Kate and I are joined by Lindsay Wood for a lengthy DVD Shelf on the iconic Twin Peaks. Stream or download it over at Sound on Sight.

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