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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'Breaking Bad,' 'Doctor Who' and Listener Questions

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 25th 2011 1:00PM
The Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast is back -- tanned, rested and ready to dive into the small-screen fray.

In this week's edition, Ryan McGee and I talk about 'Breaking Bad' and 'Doctor Who' from a couple of different perspectives -- we chat about how splitting seasons into half-seasons (or shortening TV seasons) affects shows creatively, and we also share our responses to each show at this point in their very different lives.

We also talk about some grim statistics that came out recently regarding women in Hollywood, we take on reader questions and we gab about our favorite pilots for fall. Speaking of that last topic, don't miss the fall preview roundtables that AolTV's Maggie Furlong and myself did with Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall, IMDbTV.com's Melanie McFarland and TV Guide Magazine's Damian Holbrook. I really think you'll enjoy this series of video chats (check back here Friday for the final installment).

The running times for the podcast are below.

Podcast running times:

Intro and 'Doctor Who': 0 - 15:50

'Breaking Bad': 15:51 - 35:42

Recently released statistics on women in Hollywood and why they're troubling: 35:43 - 51:51

Reader questions (regarding what premium channels readers should consider paying for, new shows we're looking forward to, and how social media has affected how we approach writing about TV): 51:52 - end

Don't forget, you can grab the podcast from iTunes (where you can also subscribe) or you can get this week's gabfest from the Talking TV home site.

Full archives of every 'Talking TV' podcast are available here. The entire 'Talking TV' archives are also available on iTunes. Our RSS feed is here.

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Hi Mo! Welcome back and great podcast. I was curious if you had any feelings about the last few weeks of Breaking Bad, and Skylar's openly talking about being portrayed as a cold-no-fun-having-wife. I know you've discussed your dislike for this role for women, particularly in these cable dramas that revolve around men with dark, exciting secrets. Do you think the writers of the show are aware of this criticism and are responding to it? Does it make any difference to Skylar's character that she is aware that others may view her this way?

Keep up the good work!

August 27 2011 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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