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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'Mildred Pierce,' Netflix and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 22nd 2011 11:00AM
The Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast took a week off last week, but Ryan McGee and I are back with a new edition of our small-screen gabfest.

There are three topics in this week's podcast: HBO's 'Mildred Pierce,' which stars Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood and debuts Sunday; Netflix's entry into the scripted-content arena with 'House of Cards'; and a couple of recent 'Chuck' and 'Supernatural' panels that were moderated by some mutant redheaded TV critic.

Running times for each part of the discussion are below.

0 - 19:46: A discussion of 'Mildred Pierce' (and f.y.i., I'll post a full review of the HBO miniseries in a day or two)

19:47 - 42:30: Netflix's deal to make the David Fincher-Kevin Spacey scripted drama 'House of Cards,' and what that means for the future of "television" (and we briefly ponder whether the new series is actually television at all). I also wrote about the Netflix development here.

42:31 - end: Mo's experiences moderating a 'Supernatural' panel at Paleyfest (there's more on that here, here, here and here [thanks, Mary and Laura!]) and a 'Chuck' panel at Chicago's C2E2 (there's more on that event here).

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

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

Thank you very much for listening!

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So excited I cant english correctly.

March 25 2011 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So I was listen to the podcast, you guys mentioned Felicia Day, I googled her. Recongnized her instantly and fell in love with her all over again. Discovered The Guild. Looked up show on my Netflix account. It is in my que and will be stream instantly tonight. Loving life.

March 25 2011 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I haven't read Mildred Pierce, which might be a good thing since I hear the miniseries follows the novel very closely, but I think Kate Winslet is a fantastic actress and her character seems quite interesting, so I'll probably watch it...at some point.

I watched the Making of Mildred Piece special and noticed that they seem to be very proud of all the reflection shots...like it was a theme they were trying to string throughout the whole project. Funny that both of you hated it.

Not everything HBO touches is gold (I could barely make it through 1/2 an hour of Grey Gardens), for sure, but I figured it would at least be visually interesting.

March 22 2011 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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