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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'Mildred Pierce,' Netflix and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 22nd 2011 11:00AM
The Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast took a week off last week, but Ryan McGee and I are back with a new edition of our small-screen gabfest.

There are three topics in this week's podcast: HBO's 'Mildred Pierce,' which stars Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood and debuts Sunday; Netflix's entry into the scripted-content arena with 'House of Cards'; and a couple of recent 'Chuck' and 'Supernatural' panels that were moderated by some mutant redheaded TV critic.

Running times for each part of the discussion are below.

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Podcast Smorgasbord: 'Chuck' Convention News, Plus 'Raising Hope,' '30 Rock,' 'The Good Wife' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 3rd 2011 1:15PM
In this week's 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' podcast, Ryan McGee and I made an effort to mix things up: We talked about a bunch of shows we don't frequently gab about on the podcast.

OK, so 'Spartacus' and 'How I Met Your Mother' are the exceptions in the mix -- those are shows we've talked about a fair amount in the past. But we also discussed what we're liking (or disliking) about '30 Rock,' 'Modern Family,' 'The Good Wife' and 'Raising Hope.' Most (if not all) of those programs are newcomers to the Talking TV podcast.

We kicked things off, however, by talking about a bit of fun news: I'll be moderating a 'Chuck' panel at Chicago's C2D2 convention March 19; it'll feature cast members Josh Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Scott Krinsky and Vik Sahay, so come on by if you're a Buy More addict in the Chicago area.

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'Spartacus' Podcast Party: Creator Steven DeKnight Talks 'Gods of the Arena' and What's to Come

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 24th 2011 1:00PM
Here's a question I'm betting you never asked yourself: What's the connection between 'Viva Laughlin' and 'Spartacus'?

Don't laugh, there actually is one. Steven DeKnight, the executive producer and showrunner of Starz's 'Spartacus,' worked on CBS' ill-fated 'Laughlin' during its short-lived debut season, and in the 44-minute Talking TV podcast he recorded with Ryan McGee and myself on Wednesday, DeKnight talked about how he learned as much or more from that high-profile failure as he did from his stints on 'Angel,' 'Buffy' and 'Smallville.'

Of course, the drama we talked about most was 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,' a prequel series that has its season finale Friday and has proved itself a worthy addition to the 'Spartacus' roster of gladiator tales. In fact, as DeKnight noted, some fans were angry about 'Spartacus' making a prequel series at all, but now there are complaints about the fact that the season is ending after only six episodes.

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Talking TV Podcast Talks TV Criticism in the Digital Age

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 17th 2011 1:30PM
In this week's Talking TV podcast, we take on the topic of television criticism itself.

Earlier this week, Slate's Josh Levin wrote an article that asked the question, "Can you be both a rabid fan and a thoughtful reviewer?" Levin's piece began an online discussion of the roles of critics, fans and critics-as-fans. A reaction from critic Alan Sepinwall is here, another take from Time TV critic James Poniewozik is here and an analysis from Myles McNutt is here.

For the Talking TV discussion of the evolving roles of those who write about television, Ryan McGee and I were joined by by McNutt, the man behind the TV-oriented site Cultural Learnings, and by Noel Murray, who writes for the AV Club and for the Los Angeles Times.

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Talking TV Podcast Gabs About 'Mr. Sunshine,' Post-'Friends' Careers and 'Friday Night Lights'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 9th 2011 2:50PM
This may surprise you, given the headline above, but in this week's Talking TV podcast, Ryan McGee and I talk about 'Mr. Sunshine,' the careers of the former 'Friends' and 'Friday Night Lights.'

Don't worry, there are no spoilers in the discussion of FNL (or in my farewell tribute to the show). Ryan's still in the midst of watching the first season of the drama, which airs its series finale tonight on DirecTV, and many fans of the show won't see the current season until it arrives on NBC April 15, so we kept the discussion well away from specific plot points about any of the five seasons.

The discussion of 'Mr. Sunshine' (which I reviewed here) and the careers of the actors who starred in 'Friends' occupies the first 29 minutes and 45 seconds of the podcast. The discussion of FNL takes up the last 27 minutes or so.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'The Chicago Code' and 'Justified'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 3rd 2011 1:45PM
There are only two shows discussed in this week's Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan podcast, but I think you'll agree they're worth talking about in depth.

In the first 28 minutes of the podcast, we talked about 'The Chicago Code,' a good, new Shawn Ryan drama that premieres 9PM ET Monday on Fox (look for my review and a feature about the show in the next day or so).

In the second half (about 26 minutes), Ryan McGee and I gabbed about 'Justified,' a very good show that has gotten even better in its second season, which begins 10PM ET Wednesday on FX.

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'Talking TV' Podcast Gabs about 'American Idol,' 'Being Human,' 'Fairly Legal' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 18th 2011 1:30PM
January's very busy mid-season rolls on, bringing a lot of premieres and returns. In this week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast, Ryan McGee and I mention in passing many of mid-January's new programs, but we discuss a few of the recent arrivals in depth.

The four shows we talked about at length make for an oddball quartet: 'Parks and Recreation,' 'American Idol,' 'Fairly Legal' and 'Being Human.' We did have brief discussions of a few other shows in the first portion of the podcast. But see if you can tell from the photo on this post which show we liked best.

The running times for this week's podcast are below.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'Off the Map,' 'Lights Out' and TCA News

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 10th 2011 4:30PM
For this week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast, I got even further away from Boston resident and podcast partner Ryan McGee than usual.

Late last week, I left my frosty Chicago home to travel to Los Angeles for the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where I've been attending panel discussions of on new shows, doing interviews and enjoying the California sun on the rare occasions that I venture outside.

In the first half of this week's podcast, we discussed 'Lights Out,' a boxing drama that premieres on FX on Tuesday, and we also chatted about 'Off the Map,' a new doctor drama that arrives on ABC Wednesday. (My full reviews of both shows will be posted here in the next day or so.)

In the second half of this week's podcast, we focused on three buzzworthy shows that were presented to the media hordes at TCA: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Torchwood' and 'Spartacus.'

Time codes for each portion of the podcast are listed below.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'Episodes,' 'Southland,' 'The Cape,' 'Doctor Who' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 3rd 2011 12:00PM
Happy New Year! I hope 2011 is treating you right so far.

For those of us covering TV, the new year ushered in one of the busiest mid-seasons in recent memory. A lot of new shows are debuting, many notable shows are returning and Ryan McGee and I tried to cover quite a few of early January's offerings in this week's super-sized Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast.

We gave our impressions of 'V' (and you can find my season 2 review of that ABC show here), 'Southland,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Bob's Burgers,' 'Shameless,' 'The Cape' and Matt LeBlanc's new Showtime series, 'Episodes.' Just for fun, we also talked a bit about the recent 'Doctor Who' special that aired on Christmas Day.

Please note that in the next few days, I'll be posting full reviews of many of these programs (though not for 'Bob's Burgers' or 'Southland'). Read on for the running times of the various podcast dicussions, and also for news on notable reruns beginning this week.

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Future Podcast Party: What We'll Be Watching in 2011

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 22nd 2010 11:45AM
As 2010 winds down, my fellow podcaster Ryan McGee and I set our sights on the new year and the TV that will arrive then.

In this week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast, we chatted about 11 of the shows we are really looking forward to in 2011.

This is by no means a comprehensive look at all the new and returning shows that will grace our screens next year, merely a conversation about some of the programs we're intrigued by for one reason or another. We also segued into a discussion of whether any show can really fill the 'Lost'-sized holes in our brains.

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'Talking TV' Podcast with 'Men of a Certain Age' Co-creator Mike Royce

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 6th 2010 11:15AM
A little later today, I'll be posting a review of the fine second season of 'Men of a Certain Age,' which returns to TNT 10PM ET Monday.

If you need some 'MOACA' goodness before then, the Talking TV podcast has an interview with executive producer Mike Royce, who created the series along with one of its stars, 'Everybody Loves Raymond's' Ray Romano. In 'MOACA,' Romano plays Joe, a recently divorced party-store owner who is navigating the tricky waters of middle age with the help of his good friends Terry (Scott Bakula), an aging actor, and Owen (Andre Braugher), the manager of a car dealership.

Royce talked about the evolution of the show from season 1 to season 2 and how 'MOACA' calibrates its finely observed mixture of comedy and drama. (In season 2, the show's combination of those elements feels just right, and there's also a bit more narrative momentum.)

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Podcast-palooza: Talking 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'The Walking Dead' and more!

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 2nd 2010 10:45AM
It's a season finale special on the 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' podcast this week. This week, Ryan McGee and myself talk about the finale of 'Sons of Anarchy' and (in a non-spoilery way) the impending finales of 'The Walking Dead' and 'Boardwalk Empire.'

There's also been some controversy over Frank Darabont's decision to fire the writing staff of 'The Walking Dead' and we discuss that, as well as what's worked about the current season and whether the season finale is satisfying or not (again, no spoilers).

The first part of the podcast takes on a different topic: A charity swag sale that begins tomorrow. Starting Friday and through the month of December, I'll be auctioning some great TV merchandise on eBay, and, as was the case with a similar swag auction last spring, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to charity. Even if you're not a podcast fan, check back here tomorrow for more details on the cool stuff that will be for sale.

Here's the breakdown of this week's chat:

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Podcast Party: Talking 2010's Best TV with Ryan, Ryan and Sepinwall

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 22nd 2010 11:15AM
On this week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast, Ryan McGee and I welcome a special guest, Hitfix TV critic Alan Sepinwall.

A couple of months ago, Alan was kind enough to invite me to sub for his podcast partner, Dan Fienberg, on the internationally famous Firewall and Iceberg podcast. It was a lot of fun, and Alan agreed to come by the Talking TV podcast to gab with us about the best TV of the year with Ryan and myself.

In the hourlong podcast, we didn't go into too much depth on shows that are very likely to be on everyone's Top 10 list for the year ('Lost,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men,' etc). We focused on the "off the beaten path" shows that we're likely to put on our Top 10 lists.

The shows we talked about include...

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'Talking TV' Podcast with 'Human Target' Executive Producer Matt Miller

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 15th 2010 10:45AM
This week, we're very excited to bring you a special edition of the 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' podcast.

In the podcast, Matt Miller, the new executive producer and showrunner of 'Human Target,' chatted with Ryan McGee and myself about the show's very enjoyable second season. Even if you weren't a fan of the first season (I was ambivalent about it myself), you might want to check out what this action-adventure show has in store when it returns 8PM ET Wednesday on Fox. It's greatly improved, in my opinion (and I'll write more about that in a 'Human Target' review that'll be posted here Wednesday).

Miller, who used to be one of our favorite 'Chuck' writers, talked about elements from Season 1 that he wanted to retain, as well as new dynamics and relationships that will be introduced in Season 2. He talks at length (but not in a spoilery way) about what's in store for Chance (Mark Valley), Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) and Winston (Chi McBride), and also about the addition of two new characters, Ilsa Pucci (Indira Varma) and Ames (Janet Montgomery).

Casting news? Oh yes, we've got it! Miller chats about returning and new guest stars too (and if you want a sneak peek at the list of season 2 guest actors, read on).

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'Talking TV' Podcast: The State of Serialized TV

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 11th 2010 11:50AM
A few weeks ago, Ryan McGee and I had a great deal of fun talking about the state of television comedy for an entire podcast.

This week on the 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' podcast, we talked about the state of serialized drama on TV -- when it works, how much serialization we want, when it doesn't work and how characters and emotional investment fit into ambitious mythologies.

The shows we talked about during this week's podcast include 'Fringe,' 'The Event,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Burn Notice,' 'Undercovers,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'The Walking Dead' and possibly one or two other shows I've forgotten to list here. We hope you enjoy the discussion!

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