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Talking TV Podcast Collars 'Luther,' 'The League,' 'Homeland' and 'Breaking Bad'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 29th 2011 2:00PM
A few new shows and 'Breaking Bad' get the Talking TV treatment this week.

In this edition of the podcast, Ryan McGee and I talk about the second season of BBC America's 'Luther,' the return of the fantasy-football comedy 'The League' (season premiere guest star Seth Rogen is pictured at right), Showtime's excellent new drama 'Homeland,' the bumpy ride of Fox's 'Terra Nova' and this week's 'Breaking Bad' episode.

Running times are below.

Before I get to the details of the podcast, here's a little extra for you: I guested on the NPR radio show On Point earlier this week, in case you want to check that out as well. LA Times TV critic Mary McNamara, 'Parks and Recreation' writer Aisha Muharrar and I talked about the uptick in the number of female characters and TV creators in the new season, as well as the troubling trends regarding the number of women working behind the scenes in the TV industry. You can find the program here.

Running times for the Talking TV podcast have now been embedded in the iTunes version of the podcast, in case you hadn't noticed. Let the rejoicing begin across the land! Anyhoo, here you go:

Luther: 0:00 - 11:22 (I wrote about season 2 of 'Luther' here)

Homeland: 11:22 - 26:42 (I wrote about this very promising new show here)

The League: 26:42 - 33:42

Terra Nova: 33:42 - 49:42 (My review of 'TN' is here, and my post-premiere questions about it are here)

Breaking Bad: 49:42 - 1:07:18 (Ryan and I are talking about the show every week until the finale)

As always, you can grab the podcasts from iTunes (where you can also subscribe) or you can grab this week's 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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In season 3, Walter decided to include Jesse into his partnership with Gus. This occurred after Hank beat Jesse. 15 million divided by 2 is 7.5 million a piece over a year. How they get paid, I don't know. I believe this was the understanding in season 3.

October 01 2011 at 4:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

David Marciano - Due SOUTH.

That is all.

September 30 2011 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for the running times in iTunes thing! That's the most direct and prompt result I've ever gotten from a blog comment. You've made a fan for life. :)

September 29 2011 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So... Claire Danes' new show should be called PRIME SUSPECT, and Maria Bello's should be called GIRL WITH A HAT?

And doesn't the female antihero supposed to be all those Showtime dramedy broads? Y'know -- quirky, damaged, but with *heart*? Sheesh. Let me *hate* a character for her wrong actions, then let me forgive her because she's endlessly compelling....

DAMAGES' case wasn't going to work because A) Close's antagonist was fatally wimpy and indecisive -- when you seek revenge, *seek it*... and B) Any continuation of the series beyond Season One would necessarily make Patty Hewes weaker, because the more of her secrets are revealed, the weaker she looks by not killing the enemies harming her. DAMAGES depended on dishonest narrative tricks, and yet wasn't vicious enough....

September 29 2011 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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