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Talking TV Podcast Chats With 'Archer' Creator Adam Reed and Takes Reader Questions

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 27th 2011 11:45AM
Yesterday I posted my review of the second season of 'Archer,' a sterling FX animated comedy that returns 10PM ET Thursday. As you'll be able to tell from my review, I think the show, which chronicles the amusing and surreal goings-on at a disfunctional spy agency, is well worth checking out.

My podcast partner Ryan McGee is also a fan, and on Wednesday we chatted with the show's creator, Adam Reed, about how 'Archer' has evolved, what to expect in season 2 and what he originally wanted to title the show (hint: 'Archer' is better).

You can find the Adam Reed / 'Archer' podcast in all the usual places: iTunes, Picklemonkey and the Talking TV home base.

But wait, there's more! Ryan and I did another podcast this week, in which we took reader questions and discussed some of our favorite canceled-too-soon programs. A rundown of what we discussed is below.

I thought I'd mention one more podcast before we get to those running times: I guested on the Tuning In to Sci-Fi TV podcast with Wendy Hembrock and TV Guide's Tina Charles. We talked about 'Supernatural' exclusively, so check out that Winchester chat if you're a fan.

Here's a breakdown of this week's Talking TV reader-query podcast:

0–7:50: David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' remake.

7:51–12:09: 'House's' future.

12:10–15:14: 'Mad Men's' future.

15:15–18:17: Ron Swanson and 'Parks and Recreation.'

18:18–27:06: 'Fringe's' performance on its new night and whether 'Fringe' and 'Supernatural' can co-exist on Fridays.

27:06–35:48: We talk about several new pilots from Ron Moore, executive producer of 'Battlestar Galactica' (which has another prequel, 'Blood and Chrome,' in the pipeline), and whether we should be excited or not when a notable writer/producer's name is attached to a project.

35:59–45:28: the controversy over 'Skins' and the problems of some recent remakes.

45:29–end: A reader asked what our top five canceled shows of the past 10 years are. We discussed those shows, and I added the caveat that this is just a rough list and I'm sure there were 20 more shows I could have added.

As always, you can grab the podcast on iTunes, or you can listen to or grab the mp3 file from this site.

This week's podcasts are also available here and here, as are full archives of every 'Talking TV' podcast. The full 'Talking TV' archives are also now available on iTunes as well.

As always, thanks much for listening!

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hey maureen, glad you're recommending this show!

and note, correction needed: "dysfunctional" not "disfunctional"

January 30 2011 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for answering my question. I loved the discussion about creators as well. I completely agree with Mo that I am starting to become skeptical of big names attached to a television program. With Caprica if you listened to the talk it really did seem like It wasn't Ron D. Moore's show but more Jane Espenson's show as she was the show runner for the first half of the series. She is a good writer but I will be leery of trusting her name in a showrunner credit again.

What I found most interesting about the podcast is that you can mention Angel, Firefly, Wonderfalls, Terriers and The Chicago Code and never once mention Tim Minear. I always listen for his name as a possible show runner because then I know the show is going to be good. He is a name I think I trust more than Joss Whedon and this is coming from a person who has even watched Roseanne to see Whedon's name come up as story editor at the end of the show.

In terms of running multiple shows Terriers and the preparation for the Chicago Code were happening at the same time and Shawn Ryan said that when he was working on one show Tim Minear was working on the other. Minear was indensible to Ryan in this process. With this I realize how important a great writing staff and creative support is to a great television show.

January 27 2011 at 7:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carl Brand

SO awesome you were able to use the Artwork. Thanks so much for letting me contribute to this podcast which I love and look forward to every week in that very small way. I really loved the discussion with Archer creator Adam Reed and your analysis of the show. Spot on.

Carl (MyVogonPoetry on Twitter)

January 27 2011 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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