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Talking TV Podcast Elects 'Boss,' 'The Walking Dead' and 'Once Upon a Time'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 19th 2011 4:00PM
For this week's podcast, we had a special guest for the last segment. Alyssa Rosenberg, a former political reporter who writes about TV and pop culture for Think Progress and The Atlantic, joined Ryan McGee and myself for our discussion of 'Boss,' the new political drama starring Kelsey Grammar (my review of the show is here).

Before we got to 'Boss,' Ryan and I discussed 'The Walking Dead's' new season and its boffo ratings, and we also gabbed about the new ABC drama 'Once Upon a Time,' which premieres Sunday.

Running times are below.

Sample the three tasty flavors of this week's Talking TV:

'The Walking Dead': 0:00 - 19:30

'Once Upon a Time': 19:30 - 30:41

'Boss': 30:41 - end

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I think you need to back off on Salman Rushdie. When he made his comment on Game of Thrones I am pretty sure he was only referring to the first season on television. In the supplement to his comments he said that there were people taking their clothes off and violence. Myles McNutt has made a big deal about the problem of sexposition in the show so his specific comments are not as different from some television critics.

The other thing about Rushdie is his own writing is particularly dense. I have not read Satanic Verses but have read Midnights Children, Shalimar the Clown and the beginning of Shame. Rushdie writes in a very detailed fashion in which you get to know the entire history of the protagonists family and what they were like. He also has interesting bit of imagery in each bit. When you reach the end of a Rushdie book you realize that every bit even the stuff you thought he should cut is actually important.

George RR Martin as brilliant as he is is working within a well established tradition and heavily influenced by a great pioneer in Tolkein, other science fiction themes and historical fiction. He has entered into a conversation with them. He is completing one single long work. Brilliant though it may be is really not illuminating us to a completely new way of story telling.

The other important thing about Rushdie is that each time he writes he picks a different region and develops an entirely different and original mythos for each story. The individual story is a mirror for the macro one with hilarious/ tragic and moving results. He makes history come alive that a text book can't. This is his contribution to realistic humanism and other types of fantastic writing.

October 20 2011 at 6:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When Alyssa casually mentioned that she worked for the mayor of New Haven while she went to school was Ryan thinking about talking about what he learned while he was doing existentialist theater where he went to school?

October 20 2011 at 5:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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