Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'The Office' and Reader Questions
The first 17 minutes are devoted to 'The Office' and Steve Carell's exit from it (which I wrote about here). The rest of the conversation between Ryan McGee and myself is devoted to large number of reader questions.
A more detailed timeline is below. But don't forget, I'm still accepting questions here for a future Ask Mo column.
0 - 17: 'The Office'
17 - 20:45: What are the odds of 'Lone Star' and other canceled shows coming out on DVD?
20:46 - 26:25: Talking 'The Chicago Code.'
26:26 - 33:14: Why aren't we doing a separate podcast on 'Game of Thrones' or any other current show?
33:15 - 33:55: Will we ever talk about 'Friday Night Lights' once Ryan finishes it?
33:56 - 41:17: Talking animated TV. I reveal that one of my new favorite shows is Cartoon Network's 'Regular Show.' We also mention 'Bob's Burgers' and a few other animated programs.
41:18 - 50:07: Was '30 Rock's' 100th episode overshadowed by a similarly themed episode of 'Community' that aired the same night? We also talk about this essay Ryan recently wrote about 'Community,' responses to the show and its fans.
50:08 - 55: Dramas that would work as comedies and vice versa.
55:01 - 59:09: What do we think of jumping into second (or even third) seasons of a show without watching what came before? We mention 'Treme,' 'Justified' and a few other shows in the course of this discussion.
59:10 - end: "Why do you get so emo over people disagreeing with your reviews? Then again, you also like Spartacus, so that answers that..."
We know that the questioner meant that last part of his query ironically (he's actually a 'Spartacus' fan), but in this last segment, Ryan and I talk about various responses to our reviews, and why some of those responses can occasionally be hard to take (it's probably not for the reasons you think -- we definitely don't mind people disagreeing with our reviews).
We also talk about how we see people (critics and readers) throwing around phrases like, "Well, at least it's not 'Spartacus'" when they're discussing TV, as if that phrase is some kind of shorthand reference to meant to connote exploitative, dumb, thoughtless programming. It's my personal theory that the people throwing around those kinds of derogatory references to the Starz show or its advocates haven't seen 'Spartacus,' or have only seen the first episode or two of the show's first season, which even the drama's creator will admit aren't that great. The show got much, much better -- it's a favorite of mine for both its entertainment value and for its seriousness of purpose -- and people who haven't seen complete seasons of 'Spartacus' and don't know what they're talking about should stop tossing around phrases like that.
OK, end of rant. Unless you want to listen to it on the podcast too, heh.
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