Talking TV Podcast Talks 'Treme,' 'Archer,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Doctor Who' and More
We ended up with an 80-minute Talking TV podcast, and part of the reason the discussion lasted so long is because many of the same themes came up throughout the podcast. Plus there were just a lot of news items and new programs to get through.
This week on the podcast, we talked about 'Doctor Who,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Archer' (which has its season finale Thursday), the 'Game of Thrones' renewal and the various critical and fan responses to that drama, and also 'Treme,' which returns on HBO Sunday. Running times are below.
The running times for the first couple of topics are pretty solidly defined. Beyond that, the discussion weaves in and out of a few different shows with similar narrative ambitions, mainly 'Treme' and 'Game of Thrones.'
We also talked during this middle section about what readers expect from television criticism (and whether pre-show reviews are necessary and relevant), the controversy over the New York Times' disappointing review of 'Thrones' (disappointing not because it was negative, but because it was poorly argued, full of unsupported generalizations and glibly condescending), and whether it's important for episodes of television to work on their own, not just as part of larger seasons.
We also discuss Linda Holmes' great essay on letting go of the fact that we're never going to be fully caught up or up to date with all the great books, films and shows out there. I highly recommend the piece, which is on NPR's Monkey See site.
There aren't any spoilers in any of these discussions. Here are those times:
1:43–13:43: 'Archer' (my weekly reviews are here)
13:43–25:50: 'Cougar Town' (which returns this week; my review is here)
25:50–47:09: 'Treme' (my review should post Thursday)
47:09–1:09:33: Various 'Game of Thrones' topics, including the season 2 renewal, reviews, fan responses, etc. Our extensive coverage of the show is here.
1:09:33–end: 'Doctor Who,' which returns Saturday on BBC America. I should have a review of the enjoyable season-opening two-parter up by midday Friday.
Don't forget you can subscribe to the Talking TV podcast on iTunes. This week's podcast is also available here, as are full archives of every 'Talking TV' podcast. The entire 'Talking TV' archives are also available on iTunes as well.
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