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Talking TV Podcast on 'The Big C,' 'Weeds' and 'Necessary Roughness' (Plus a Bonus Rant)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 30th 2011 3:30PM
Before the holiday weekend got underway, Ryan McGee and I recorded a podcast focusing on three June shows: 'The Big C,' 'Weeds' and 'Necessary Roughness.'

There's also a bit of a rant from Mo about the reaction to 'The Killing' (no, I'm not ranting once again about the show itself, just about a certain kind of reaction to it).

We round off the podcast with Mo's answer to Ryan's Bonus Birthday Question. What's the question? Well, you'll just have to tune in to find out.

Running times are below.

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Aliens (and Christina Aguilera) Attack the Talking TV Podcast

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 17th 2011 1:00PM
This week's second Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast is a bit of an odd mixture. Ryan McGee and I talk about 'The Voice,' NBC's hit singing show, 'Falling Skies,' an alien invasion drama that arrives on TNT Sunday, and 'Outcasts,' another sci-fi drama that premieres on Saturday on BBC America. (By the way, the photo here is of Colin Cunningham, who is one of the best things, if not the best thing, about 'Falling Skies').

Running times for the podcast are below. In case you missed it, in the podcast we recorded earlier in the week, we talked all 'Doctor Who,' all the time.

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Talking TV Podcast (Pondcast?) Talks 'Doctor Who'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 14th 2011 11:30AM
A one-show podcast this time: Ryan McGee and I talk all 'Doctor Who,' all the time (well, not all the time -- we clocked in at just under an hour this week).

We talk about the new season of 'Who' as a whole, we gab about the River Song revelation and 'A Good Man Goes to War' in detail, and we speculate about what may be next for Rory, Amy and the Doctor.

Did we mention that Rory is awesome? We also love the Victorian lizard lady and her plucky companion, who should get their own spinoff now (which someone on Twitter dubbed 'Cagney and Scaly'). In any event, it was a great end to an uneven season, all of which we discuss in the 'Who'-cast.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes On 'HIMYM,' 'Chuck,' 'Smallville,' 'Good Wife' and Upfronts

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 18th 2011 3:00PM
It's been a busy week in TV land, so it may not surprise you to learn that we recorded two, count 'em, two Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcasts on Tuesday.

In the first one, Ryan McGee and I take on the season finales for 'Chuck' (which I wrote about here), 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'The Good Wife' (which I wrote about here). We also discussed the series finale of 'Smallville.'

In the second podcast, we discussed some good and bad trends emerging from Upfronts Week, which is when the broadcast networks announce what they'll be airing in the fall and offer clips from many of their new shows.

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'Chicago Code' Creator Shawn Ryan Talks About the Show's Demise, the State of TV and What's Next

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 13th 2011 12:45PM
On Thursday, Ryan McGee and I recorded a special edition of the Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast. For the second time, we transformed it into Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan and Ryan -- our special guest was Shawn Ryan, whose Fox show, 'The Chicago Code,' was canceled earlier in the week.

We talked to Ryan for well over an hour, about a variety of topics -- everything from 'Code' to the "tabloidization" of television to 'Game of Thrones' to the chances of a 'Terriers' DVD coming out later this year. I've provided a road map of our conversation below.

"One think that [Fox entertainment president] Kevin [Reilly] said, and I think it's accurate -- he said, 'For some reason, the show just didn't, from the beginning, just generate any kind of controversy or must-see appeal," Ryan noted near the start of our conversation. "It just never became a newsworthy kind of show."

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Talking TV Podcast on What You Should Do on Your Summer Vacation

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 11th 2011 3:00PM
The rest of the month will be filled with season finales and news about various cancellations and pickups, but this week, before all that madness hits, Ryan McGee and I thought we'd try a different format for the Talking TV podcast.

We each offered three suggestions for shows to catch up on over the summer. My suggestions: 'Battlestar Galactica' (which BBC America is re-running starting June 11, not June 18, as I mistakenly state in the podcast), 'Deadwood' and 'Louie' (which returns on FX in June). Ryan's suggestions: 'Alias,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Sons of Anarchy.'

During the recording of the podcast, news of the cancellation of 'The Chicago Code' broke, so we briefly spoke about the Fox news as well. Running times for each section of the conversation are below.

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Talking TV Podcast Gabs About 'Fringe,' 'Justified' and Reader Questions

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 4th 2011 5:00PM
This week on the Talking TV podcast, Ryan McGee and I spent a long time talking about two of our current favorites, 'Justified' and 'Fringe,' both of which air their season finales this week.

Be sure to check back here Thursday and Saturday for my thoughts on how these fine dramas ended their seasons.

Also, as we did in last week's podcast, we also took on a couple of reader questions. One related to commercials that air alongside clips for TV shows, and one asked about how and why programs change showrunners. Running times are below.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'The Office' and Reader Questions

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 27th 2011 3:00PM
This week's podcast has a slightly different format: We only talk about one show at length.

The first 17 minutes are devoted to 'The Office' and Steve Carell's exit from it (which I wrote about here). The rest of the conversation between Ryan McGee and myself is devoted to large number of reader questions.

A more detailed timeline is below. But don't forget, I'm still accepting questions here for a future Ask Mo column.

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Talking TV Podcast Talks 'Treme,' 'Archer,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Doctor Who' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 20th 2011 1:00PM
Ryan McGee and I planned to do a 45-minute podcast last night. Whoops!

We ended up with an 80-minute Talking TV podcast, and part of the reason the discussion lasted so long is because many of the same themes came up throughout the podcast. Plus there were just a lot of news items and new programs to get through.

This week on the podcast, we talked about 'Doctor Who,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Archer' (which has its season finale Thursday), the 'Game of Thrones' renewal and the various critical and fan responses to that drama, and also 'Treme,' which returns on HBO Sunday. Running times are below.

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Talking TV Podcast Checks In on 'Breaking In,' 'The Killing' and 'Justified'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 5th 2011 1:00PM
This week's on the Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan podcast, Ryan McGee and I discuss a Fox show that premieres Wednesday, go in-depth on an AMC show that premiered Sunday and check in on one of 2011's most satisfying dramas.

If you're wondering whether Christian Slater can still work that '80s charm in his new comedy, 'Breaking In,' if you really dug the debut of 'The Killing' and you want to hear us talk about our favorite parts of the premiere, or if you're merely a fan of 'Justified,' this week's podcast is made for you.

Running times for the various discussions are below.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'The Killing,' 'The Borgias,' 'Camelot' and 'Mad Men'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 30th 2011 3:15PM
Spring is bringing us a lot of new programs, and in this week's Talking TV podcast, we shared our thoughts on several of them, and we also took on the ongoing 'Mad Men' kerfuffle (or brouhaha, if you will).

In our discussion of 'The Killing,' Ryan McGee and I shared some thoughts on AMC's emerging house style, and in our conversation about 'The Borgias,' we talked about how Showtime is in need of some fresh energy. Other shows discussed in this week's podcast include 'Body of Proof' and 'Camelot.'

For a breakdown of the topics in this week's conversation, see below.

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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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Talking TV Podcast Takes Your Questions on Pilots, Sitcom Cliches, Mythologies and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 9th 2011 1:30PM
I answered quite a few reader questions in Tuesday's Ask Mo column, but as always, there were a ton of good queries left over, so Ryan McGee and I decided to take on a few of them in this week's Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan podcast.

We kicked things off by listing a few of the pilots we're most interested right now. Mid-winter to early spring is the height of "pilot season" in the TV industry: Dozens of pilots are being made right now, and though only a few will make it to air next season, we discussed some of the projects that most intrigue us at this preliminary stage.

Time codes for the various discussions and questions are below. And, I'm sorry to say, we didn't talk about 'Doctor Who' this time around. I just like using that podcast logo once in a while.

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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 Podcasts: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Glee,' 'Big Bang,' 'Mad Men' and more

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 14th 2010 11:45AM
There's big news on the podcast front: We've finally defeated a sound-quality problem that has affected the podcast since it began.

My podcasting partner Ryan McGee and I are proud to say that the 'Talking TV with Ryan & Ryan' podcast has never sounded better.

We aren't any smarter, but hey, at least it won't hurt your ears!

Feast upon the audio quality of this week's two podcasts:

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