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Trio of Talking TV Podcasts Take on Fall TV, FX Comedies and 'Boardwalk Empire'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 15th 2011 2:30PM
The fall deluge is upon us, so to handle all the television that's coming at us, Ryan McGee and I cranked out three Talking TV podcasts this week.

Two of them are devoted to new fall programs. In the first one, we talk about new shows that air on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In the second podcast, we talk about new programs that air Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The third podcast has three main sections: The FX comedies 'Archer' and 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' (which return Thursday), a discussion of HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' (which begins its second season Sept. 25) and a tribute to 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' actor Andy Whitfield, who passed away on Sunday.

A quick note on the Fall TV podcasts: In these discussions, we offer our first impressions of the new shows that will debut during the next few weeks. Some discussions are quite brief, others are longer, but whatever the length of the segment on a particular show, keep in mind that we will be revisiting many of these programs as the season progresses. The discussions in the Fall TV podcasts are meant to be appetizers for the main courses that will follow later (for shows we like and/or decide are worth further discussion, that is).

Again, the first Fall TV podcast covers the new shows that will air (mostly on the broadcast networks) on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (by the way, AolTV's Fall TV grid, which indicates which shows are new, is here; an alphabetical list of new and returning shows is here). The second Fall TV podcast focuses on new Thursday, Friday and Sunday programs. Each of the Fall TV podcasts is about an hour long. (In case you missed it, in last week's podcast, Ryan and I talked about returning shows we're looking forward to).

The running times for the third podcast are as follows:

'Sunny in Philly': 0:00 - 6:45

'Archer': 6:45 - 13:59

'Boardwalk Empire': 13:59 - 30:46

Andy Whitfield: 30:46 - end

Don't forget, you can grab the podcast from iTunes (where you can also subscribe) or you can grab Part 1 and Part 2 of the Fall TV Guide and the 'Sunny/'Boardwalk' discussion 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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Mo & Ryan,

Thank you so much for your trio of podcasts. I listened to them and your well-reasoned discussion helped me think about what new shows I planned to watch this season. Unlike many tv seasons prior, very few new tv series have caught my interest and this is the first season that I am not looking forward to a major network show that premiered last season (all my returning shows are at least in their 3rd seasons).

I'm going to try: "Prime Suspect", "The X Factor", "Revenge" (and I'll probably hate myself in the morning), "Whitney" (momentum), and "A Gifted Man." I hardly believe "The X Factor" is a new show though - I've been watching the British one for years and it isn't that much different from AI.

I'm looking forward to Prime Suspect and A Gifted Man. We will see how this pans out. I wish "Prime Suspect" were on CBS because I think the show would be properly cultivated there. We will see how NBC treats it. No other show on the schedule interests me in the slightest. Not even Terra Nova and I should be the main audience for that show as much as I watch borderline SyFy series on a weekly basis.

September 18 2011 at 9:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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