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July 7, 2020
Netflix announced this week that both ‘Dead to Me’ and ‘Ozark’ will be airing their final seasons. It begs the question of how streaming services make the decision of when to end TV shows that could seemingly go on forever (11:06). Plus, ‘Hamilton’ is finally widely available on Disney+ (26:23) and Andy talks to the director of ‘Betty,’ Crystal Moselle (35:24). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Crystal Moselle
June 30, 2020
As The Ringer discusses their top shows of the year, Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald follow suit and break down their top five shows thus far (2:00). Then, Sarah Snook joins the show to talk about her role as Shiv Roy in 'Succession' and the potential plans for a third season (36:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Sarah Snook
June 26, 2020
‘Betty,’ a show on HBO about a pack of skateboarding teen girls, is joyous and depicts being young in New York as a real adventure (3:18). Plus, Peacock is hoping that ‘Brave New World’ can be it’s ‘Game of Thrones’ (26:42) and ‘I May Destroy You,’ just keeps getting better (41:30). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
June 23, 2020
‘Perry Mason,’ the HBO reboot starring Matthew Rhys, is very expensive and very dark. Will either of those aspects make for a popular TV show (1:50)? Plus, we welcome the winner of ‘Top Chef,’ Melissa King, to the show to talk about her strategy for the finale (24:55) and what she learned about her cooking this season (37:59). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Melissa King
June 18, 2020
Is ‘The King of Staten Island’ a good movie? Or is it just that there have been no new movies in a really long time (3:10)? Plus, Padma Lakshmi joins the show to talk about her new show on Hulu, ‘Taste the Nation,’ and her experiences while judging ‘Top Chef’ for 16 seasons (12:06). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Padma Lakshmi
June 16, 2020
On top of your various streaming services, you’re probably going to want to pay for straight-to-video releases as well. Just how big can your streaming budget get (3:15)? Chris and Andy break down the second episode of ‘I May Destroy You’ and the penultimate episode of ‘Top Chef’ (28:07). Then, Andy interviews Tom Russo and Fran Keany from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever about their second album, ‘Sideways to New Italy’ (43:08). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Tom Russo and Fran Keany
June 12, 2020
‘I May Destroy You,’ written by and starring Michaela Coel, may be the one of the best new shows of 2020 (5:16). The show feels like Coel announcing herself as a new voice in television (12:16). Plus, an interview with Sam Boyd, the creator of ‘Love Life’ (20:39). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Sam Boyd
June 9, 2020
We recap last week’s episode of ‘Top Chef’ in which the contestants head to Italy to hunt some truffles (4:32). Netflix’s new splashy comedy ‘Space Force' isn’t sure if it wants to be mean like ‘Veep’ (23:26) or comforting like ‘The Office’ (32:15). Plus, author Elwood Reid joins the show to talk about his new TV series, ‘Barkskins’ (47:36). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Elwood Reid
May 29, 2020
Revisiting a beloved TV show that you haven’t seen in a long time can almost feel like traveling back in time (1:54). Plus, once you figure exactly what HBO Max is and how to get into it (21:05), there’s a bounty of streaming options. We craft our prime-time grids of what we’re watching from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. (36:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
May 22, 2020
Some musings on getting older (3:44) and then ‘The Great,’ a show you may have skipped over because it looks just fine, but is worth your time (16:07). Plus, Kristen Bell joins the show to talk about her new show ‘Central Park,’ as well as her iconic roles in ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘Frozen’ (32:44). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Kristen Bell
May 19, 2020
We take a moment to remember Lynn Shelton, a brilliant director of movies and TV (1:00). Then, Dan Pfeiffer joins the show to talk about his love for ‘Top Chef’ (15:52) and break down the most recent episode of ‘Top Chef: All-Stars L.A.’ (34:07). Finally, Chris talks with James Badge Dale about his new show ‘Hightown’ (57:22). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Dan Pfeiffer and James Badge Dale
May 15, 2020
HBO Max is set to launch on May 27 with an impressive streaming library (5:29). The streaming service from WarnerMedia Entertainment is a complete break from what HBO has been in the past (12:55). Plus, an interview with Paul Mescal, who plays Connell on ‘Normal People’ (26:15). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Read the Variety article on HBO Max here.
May 12, 2020
Unsurprisingly, Quibi is not doing well while everyone is stuck at home. We explain why we have some sympathy for the nascent streaming service (10:53). Plus, breaking down the restaurant wars from last week’s episode of ‘Top Chef: All-Stars L.A.’ (31:41) and an interview with Kathryn Hahn about her new show ‘I Know This Much is True’ (45:33). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Kathryn Hahn
May 8, 2020
The trailer for ‘Space Force,’ Netflix’s flashy comedy created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carrell, was released this week, and we talk about what it takes to make a good streaming comedy (13:06). Plus, how ‘Normal People’ the show differed from ‘Normal People’ the book (28:37) and a conversation with the director of ‘Arkansas,’ Clark Duke (57:22). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Clark Duke
May 5, 2020
It now looks like there’s not one, but two ‘Tiger King’ adaptations in the works, and this reveals a funny thing about the TV industry and trying to get ahead of an adaptation (1:05). For May the Fourth, Disney gifted us with two bits of interesting Star Wars news (18:14). Plus: last week’s episode of ‘Top Chef,’ ‘Normal People’ episodes 1 through 6 (32:19), and an interview with Tom Pelphrey, who plays Ben on ‘Ozark’ (1:05:31). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Tom Pelphrey
May 1, 2020
The cult of Sally Rooney and stellar performances from the two young actors (4:06) are what makes ‘Normal People’ an instant must-watch and a masterclass on how to make a TV show that’s just about feelings (19:38). Plus, a conversation with one of the show’s directors, Lenny Abrahamson, about how he adapted the show from the best-selling book (36:27). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Lenny Abrahamson
April 28, 2020
Chris and Andy go deep on their love for ‘Top Chef’ (6:31) and talk about why you form unique relationships with the contestants on the show (20:35). And even though ‘Run,’ starring Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson, has all the makings of a good show, there’s something slightly off about it (36:00). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
April 24, 2020
Netflix added 15.8 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2020, showing in no small way that it is still the dominant streaming service (2:07). We wonder whether services like HBO Max and NBC's Peacock even stand a chance of catching up (20:09). Plus, we break down the ‘Devs’ season finale and reflect on the season as a whole (37:35). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
April 21, 2020
Chris and Andy hone in on the season finale of their favorite show of the year: 'Better Call Saul.' They discuss the tonal differences between the world established here and in 'Breaking Bad,' the specific performances of Bob Odenkirk and Tony Dalton, and the way the cast and crew have perfected the craft of the 'Breaking Bad'/'Better Call Saul' extended universe (1:02). Then, Dalton joins the show to discuss his role as Lalo Salamanca, what he takes from the page and makes his own, and the most rewarding aspects of working in a high-level ensemble cast (44:32). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Tony Dalton
April 17, 2020
Andy reflects on his time making ‘Briarpatch’ after the season finale aired this week (1:06). Production on most TV shows has ground to a halt due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean that Hollywood dealmaking is slowing down (15:42). We talk about that electric scene in the penultimate episode of ‘Better Call Saul’ (28:00) and give some immediate reactions to the first episode of ‘Mrs. America’ (38:33). Finally, Chris and Andy are joined by some of the cast from ‘Briarpatch’ (50:59). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Rosario Dawson and Jay Ferguson
April 14, 2020
On Saturday night DJ Premier and RZA faced off on Instagram Live for a two-hour beats battle. It might be the most fun we’ve had in a long time and shows how content has evolved during this time of social distancing (1:59). HBO’s newest show ‘Run’ is a Merritt Wever showcase (26:03), and we’ve finally figured out the key to enjoying ‘Devs’ (35:35). Plus, a conversation with Scott Teems, whose Western-thriller movie ‘The Quarry’ comes to VOD this Friday (52:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Scott Teems
April 10, 2020
There was not one, but two shows with desert-wandering scenes this week. Chris and Andy talk about ‘Better Call Saul’ S5E8 (4:50) and the penultimate episode of ‘Briarpatch’ and what goes into creating a scene like that (11:49). Then, they get on the line with Josh Phelps, who works at José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen, to talk about the organization's relief work (39:02). Finally Chris is joined by Laura Linney to talk about her electrifying role as Wendy on ‘Ozark’ (57:19). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Josh Phelps and Laura Linney
April 7, 2020
Quibi, the streaming service that features shows that are just seven to nine minutes long, launched today. The “quick bites” represent a new format besides traditional TV (1:26). The latest episode of ‘Devs’ did more telling than showing (27:50). ‘ZeroZeroZero’ is a feat in tv making (41:27) and Andrea Riseborough joins the show to give us some insight into how the show is made (1:08:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Andrea Riseborough
April 3, 2020
Many TV productions on pause due to COVID-19—what will happen a few months down the road if there is no new TV? And what will it look like if all paused TV shows come back at the same time (3:53)? Plus: We break down ‘Better Call Saul’ S5E7 (24:13) before Rhea Seehorn joins to talk about what it’s like to play Kim Wexler on the show (41:20). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Rhea Seehorn
March 31, 2020
The Ringer launched its Best TV Character of the Century bracket today, which led us to debate what makes an excellent TV character (1:09). You don’t need to fully understand what’s happening in ‘Devs’ to know that it’s a great TV show (31:31). And an interview with ‘Ozark’ executive producer Chris Mundy about Season 3 of the show (47:01). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Chris Mundy
March 27, 2020
We draw from the mailbag to talk about some pop culture moments we feel like we missed out on, including ‘The Sopranos’ and rave culture (3:04). Plus: We’re running out of ways to say that Rhea Seehorn deserves an Emmy for her performance as Kim Wexler in ‘Better Call Saul’ (23:27) and an interview with Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield (49:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
March 24, 2020
The Season 10 finale of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ aired last night and marked a remarkable comeback for the show that first premiered 20 years ago (7:53). We list some of our dream adaptations we’d like to see right now (19:24). Plus: ‘Devs’ and ‘ZeroZeroZero’ (35:36). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
March 20, 2020
Social distancing is making us appreciate TV in a new light (1:06). In the fifth episode of ‘Better Call Saul,’ the show showcases Jimmy and Kim’s relationship in a way that stands in contrast to Walter and Skylar’s relationship in ‘Breaking Bad’ (15:23). And Reese Witherspoon’s character in ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ is very similar to her character in ‘Big Little Lies,’ but maybe that’s the point (30:32). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
March 17, 2020
The spread of the coronavirus has halted many television productions, and we take stock of what the TV landscape may look like in the near future (1:39). ‘Westworld’ returned on Sunday for its third season and many of the show’s old problems returned along with it (21:11). And with ‘Devs,’ Alex Garland is creating a different kind of TV world that’s interested in the “why” (33:42). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
March 13, 2020
‘Ugly Delicious’ starts off Season 2 by showing a softer side of celebrity chef Dave Chang, and in the process makes revelatory food television (11:01). ‘Better Call Saul’ Episode 4 is an episode best appreciated by a binge watch (19:02). Plus: an interview with the set designer for ‘Briarpatch,’ Richard Bloom (30:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Richard Bloom
March 9, 2020
‘The Outsider’ ended the way most Stephen King stories do—with a lot of buildup to nothing. But we still enjoyed ourselves along the way (1:00). FX on Hulu is here with the premier of ‘Devs,’ a science-fiction show that packs in mystery, emotion, and beautiful set design (29:38). Plus, a conversation about the current television landscape with the president of AMC, Sarah Barnett (46:36). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
March 6, 2020
Episode 3 of ‘Better Call Saul’ is the best Bob Odenkirk episode yet, as this season continues to get better (3:17). You should be watching ‘Devs,’ FX on Hulu’s flagship show from director Alex Garland (19:25). And a conversation with the ‘Briarpatch’ director of photography Zach Galler (26:11). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Zach Galler
March 2, 2020
Chris and Andy review the penultimate episode of ‘The Outsider’ (SPOILERS) (0:55), before trying to glean meaning from a new feature on Netflix—its top-10 most popular list (29:10). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
February 27, 2020
Chris and Andy discuss the news that Bob Chapek will replace Bob Iger as CEO of Disney at the end of Iger’s contract in 2021 (1:57). Then they analyze what it’s like to try to keep up with the current deluge of TV content (13:36). Then, 'Briarpatch' co–executive producer Eva Anderson joins the show to discuss the making of Season 1, Episode 3 (34:23). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Eva Anderson
February 24, 2020
‘Better Call Saul’ returned on Sunday night for its penultimate season and it’s time to start appreciating the show for what it is: a masterpiece (2:14). Episode 8 of ‘The Outsider’ was the most Stephen King–influenced episode yet (26:45). And an interview with the musician Greg Dulli about his first solo album, ‘Random Desire’ (51:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Greg Dulli
February 21, 2020
The ‘Westworld’ Season 3 trailer dropped today and the show looks more sci-fi, and more expensive, than ever (5:41). ‘Better Call Saul’ is back on Sunday night with its penultimate season. It’s a show we loved, left, and have come to love again (18:56). Plus, Andy sits down with his longtime friend Chris Carraba, lead singer of Dashboard Confessional, to reflect on his career (24:43) and the legacy of emo music (1:03:08).  Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Chris Carraba
February 17, 2020
‘High Fidelity’ is a show where you get to hang out with Zoë Kravitz for 10 episodes, but it’s also much more than that (9:35). The seventh episode of ‘The Outsider’ doesn’t do too much to push the story forward (21:04). Plus, conversations with Eric Newman (30:06), Scoot McNairy (0:00), and Diego Luna (46:27) about Season 2 of ‘Narcos: Mexico’ (1:08:44). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Eric Newman, Scoot McNairy, and Diego Luna
February 14, 2020
Chris is first joined by Riley McAtee to break down the premier of ‘Survivor Season 40: Winners at War’ (1:17). Then he sits down with Andy and ‘Briarpatch’ actress Allegra Edwards to talk about how Allegra got cast on the show (29:12) and break down the second episode (47:27). Finally, Chris is joined by ‘High Fidelity’ creators Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka to talk about how they got to create their dream show with their dream star, Zoe Kravitz (1:08:18). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Riley McAtee, Allegra Edwards, Veronica West, and Sarah Kucserka
February 10, 2020
The 2020 Academy Awards deliver a fun, messy, and ultimately feel-good telecast (0:41). Plus: Episode 6 of ‘The Outsider’ showcases everything that makes the show so captivating (41:15). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
February 7, 2020
Andy reflects on his journey to creating 'Briarpatch' and the challenges of creating a pilot episode (1:00). Then, Chris and Andy are joined live on stage by Sam Esmail, Kim Dickens, and Jay Ferguson to break down the first episode of 'Briarpatch' (27:58). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Sam Esmail, Kim Dickens, and Jay Ferguson
February 3, 2020
The Super Bowl isn’t just for football; it’s for trailer debuts as well. After watching three new trailers for Marvel TV shows, we try to suss out what a Marvel television universe will look like (3:04). Plus: Quibi’s bet on the way people will be watching TV in the near future (21:50), and ‘The Outsider’ S1E5 (34:01). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
January 31, 2020
By dabbling in the supernatural, ‘The Outsider’ is quickly becoming the best mystery on TV right now (1:23). It’s hard to imagine a fictional version of the docuseries ‘Cheer,’ and that’s what makes it so good (23:55). Plus: living voyeuristically through Larry in ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ (32:40) and wondering what exactly is going on with the Obi-Wan Kenobi series (39:01). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jason Concepcion
January 28, 2020
It’s a ‘True Detective’ reunion over at FX, with Nic Pizzolatto and Matthew McConaughey linking up to produce a drama series called ‘Redeemer’ (10:21). Andy finally saw ‘Parasite’ and is ready to crown it the best movie of 2019 (16:44). Plus, thoughts on the first episode of ‘Star Trek: Picard’ (27:15) and a report from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival (40:13). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Juliet Litman
January 24, 2020
Andy gives an update on where he is in ‘Briarpatch’ production (4:33) and the guys preview some shows that are coming soon, including ‘Star Trek: Picard’ (11:21) and the ‘Star Wars’ series centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi (19:29). Plus: the reality TV moment that’s happening on Netflix (29:37). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Kaya McMullen
January 20, 2020
In its third episode, ‘The Outsider’ has managed to avoid mistakes made by other Stephen King adaptations (6:39) and also be more than a procedural crime drama (21:15). Plus, we break down ‘The New Pope’ (28:03), ‘Avenue 5’ (38:42), and the Season 10 premiere of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ (50:55). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
January 17, 2020
Chuck talks about why he's in no rush to see 'Rise of Skywalker,' despite being a massive fan of the franchise (5:07) and why it might be time to stop trying to expand the 'Star Wars' universe (26:45). Plus: 'Don't F**k With Cats,' a good show that you can't really recommend (36:43). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Chuck Klosterman
January 13, 2020
Andy tells us what it was like to present ‘Briarpatch’ at the TCAs (2:11) and gives some hot takes on the Oscar nominations (26:13), before breaking down the first episode of ‘The Outsider’ (34:44). Then, Jason Concepcion joins to talk about ‘The Outsider’ Episode 2 and Patrick Radden Keefe’s book, ‘Say Nothing’ (47:24). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason Concepcion
January 10, 2020
The FX network gave its presentation at the TCAs today and told us when to expect the next season of ‘Atlanta’ (1:00) and gave premiere dates for a slate of other shows (11:34). Then, Chris sits down with the creators of ‘Medical Police,’ Rob Corddry and Krister Johnson, to talk about the process of creating the show (32:12) and why they looked to ‘Jack Ryan’ for inspiration while writing it (44:39). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Rob Corddry and Krister Johnson
January 6, 2020
Chris and Andy shout out the 'Watch’ Facebook group’s favorite TV shows of 2019 (2:26) before opening up the mailbag to answer some listener questions. They talk about which 2019 movies should have been TV shows (27:24), what they were watching at the beginning of the decade (34:35), and which Netflix films they’re most excited for in 2020 (43:45). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
January 3, 2020
We break down the finale of ‘The Mandalorian’ and reflect on why this piece of ‘Star Wars’ content worked where others failed (1:39). Plus: a special shoutout to the show's score (26:47) and what the success of the Disney+ product means for streaming networks like Netflix and Amazon (43:14). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Sean Fennessey
December 26, 2019
Chris previews the TV landscape for 2020, including what might fill the void left by 'Game of Thrones' (1:00), his 10 most anticipated shows of 2020 (5:15), and what to look out for in the next stage of the streaming wars (34:00). Host: Chris Ryan
December 23, 2019
If you liked 'Rise of Skywalker,' you're not going to like this podcast. The latest movie left us totally confused about where the franchise wants to go (4:15). We break down what worked and didn't work in the latest installment (23:35). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
December 19, 2019
Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, and Sam Esmail reflect on the past 10 years of television (1:00) before revealing their 10 favorite TV shows of the decade (27:48). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Sam Esmail and Kaya McMullen
December 16, 2019
The season finale, and potentially the series finale, of ‘Watchmen’ aired last night. Chris and Andy talk about what it takes to wrap up a show like this (1:10), how closely the show hewed to the source material in the end (8:25), and their favorite parts of the final episode (38:25). Plus, a temperature check for ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,’ just a few days ahead of the premiere (50:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
December 12, 2019
Andy announces the official premiere date for 'Briarpatch' (1:10) before the guys break down the latest drama in the 'Star Wars' universe (5:52). Then, Chris sits down with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to talk about playing Cal on 'Watchmen' (15:57) and how he handled his character's big reveal in the latest episode (25:43). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
December 9, 2019
‘Watchmen’ showrunner Damon Lindelof joins the show to talk about why he doesn’t want to be called a creator, but rather a “remixer” (2:55), how he chose which part of the comic book series to reimagine (24:17), and the pilot-making process (48:59). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Damon Lindelof
December 6, 2019
2019 was defined by two TV shows: ‘Fleabag’ and ‘Succession.’ We debate which one was better (2:43). Plus: other favorite shows of the year, including ‘Russian Doll’ and ‘Mindhunter’ (29:25), and some honorable mentions (54:24). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Juliet Litman
December 2, 2019
Chris and Andy recap their Thanksgiving holidays before diving into another plot-heavy episode of ‘Watchmen’ (1:00). They break down the big reveal in “An Almost Religious Awe” (13:16). Plus: an unspecified amount of time at the farm with Mando and Baby Yoda in last week’s ‘The Mandalorian’ (37:57). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
November 27, 2019
Chris lays out a night of television for you to watch during the holiday weekend including ‘Mrs. Fletcher,’ ‘Servant,’ and ‘Condor’ (1:02). Then he sits down with the producer of ‘Treadstone,’ Ben Smith, to talk about what it is like to create a show within the Jason Bourne universe (16:32) and the logistics of shooting a show in so many different locations (30:02). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Ben Smith
November 25, 2019
We break down another mind-bending episode of ‘Watchmen,’ a show that’s leaving it all on the field (1:00). Do we like talking about ‘The Mandalorian,’ or do we just like talking about Baby Yoda GIFs (35:25)? Plus: Daddington Corner, ‘Frozen 2’ edition (51:00) and ‘The Crown’ S3E8-10 (59:32). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Amanda Dobbins
November 22, 2019
Despite all of the pressure on ‘The Mandalorian’ to make Disney+ a success, the show is an easy and enjoyable watch (1:08). Plus: An update on ‘Briarpatch’ production (13:04) and a breakdown of episodes 5-7 of ‘The Crown’ (23:48). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Amanda Dobbins
November 18, 2019
In the second episode of ‘The Mandalorian,’ the story gets deep in the details in the way that a 'Star Wars' movie can’t (4:09). It’s almost as though every episode of ‘Watchmen’ is a bottle episode; we break down the fifth episode, “Little Fear of Lightning” (27:57). Plus: ‘The Crown’ Season 3, Episodes 1-4 (46:18). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Amanda Dobbins
November 15, 2019
‘The Mandalorian’ premiered this week, and although we have a lot of mixed feelings about the pilot, we're willing to hang on (1:38). Then Bloomberg reporter Lucas Shaw takes us inside the launch of Disney+ (28:52) and tells us why we shouldn’t be calling this the “streaming wars” (58:28). Plus: We break down what may be the most controversial episode of ‘Survivor’ in the history of the show (1:10:56). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, Lucas Shaw, and Riley McAtee
November 11, 2019
Starting next year, FX will stream shows exclusively on Hulu. What does this mean for the future of a network that has produced several award-winning shows (1:06)? In his new book, Bob Iger reminisces about his relationship with Steve Jobs and Disney’s acquisition of Pixar (17:04). Plus, we break down the fourth episode of ‘Watchmen,’ a show that just keeps on getting better (33:58). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Read an excerpt from Bob Iger’s book here.
November 7, 2019
'The Morning Show' may not be great TV, but it's certainly engaging. We break down the first three episodes, including the seemingly disconnected plot lines (1:57), Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston's performances (19:14), and our personal MVP of the first three episodes: Billy Crudup (32:43). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Amanda Dobbins
November 4, 2019
‘The Morning Show,’ the flagship series for Apple TV+, debuted on Friday. Despite star power from Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell, the first episode fell flat (1:38). The show, and subsequently Apple TV+, seem confused about what it’s trying to be (20:08). Plus, we break down the third episode of ‘Watchmen’ (38:10) and bid farewell to ‘The Deuce’ (49:25). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
November 1, 2019
It was announced this week that Benioff and Weiss will no longer be creating a ‘Star Wars’ trilogy for Lucas Films (2:17). The news calls into question the future of the franchise (14:38). HBO is finding itself in a similar situation after cancelling a ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel starring Naomi Watts (26:58). Where will one of the most valued pieces of intellectual property go from here (39:00)? Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
October 28, 2019
The AppleTV+ flagship, ‘The Morning Show,’ will premiere on Friday, and early reviews are not looking great (6:37). Meanwhile, ‘Watchmen’ is picking up steam in its second episode (12:07). We break down the episode (20:25) and examine why it’s so hard to create mystery television (27:26). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
October 24, 2019
Chris and Andy review the music scene in 2005, their roles in covering it, and how that era of music fits onto the big and small screen (1:00). Plus, the creators of ‘Looking for Alaska’, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, on the long road to getting the show created, making television about teenagers, and creating a series that is distinctly 2005 (21:11). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, Josh Schwartz, and Stephanie Savage
October 22, 2019
Damon Lindelof’s newest show, ‘Watchmen,’ started off with a bang and we feel like we’re in good hands (0:43). We take a deeper look at the texts the show seems to be drawing from (17:34) and the importance of the musical ‘Oklahoma!’ in the first episode (41:14). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Juliet Litman
October 17, 2019
We preview Hulu’s upcoming original series ‘Looking for Alaska’—the first TV adaptation of a John Green novel (0:54). Then we talk about how ‘Looking for Alaska’ and HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ are two prime examples of content that would’ve been made into a movie in a previous decade but are now being serialized as TV (15:30), before running down the list of Apple streaming shows set to release soon (22:50). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
October 14, 2019
Andy calls in to talk about the finale of ‘Succession’ as well as the second season as a whole (0:40). Then they dive into ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ and the continuation of the Jesse Pinkman story line (21:30). Finally, your number one boys dissect the 'Succession' finale (39:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Andy Greenwald
October 11, 2019
‘El Camino’ is the heavily marketed movie follow-up to ‘Breaking Bad’—can that proposition ever live up creatively to the titanic achievements of the original AMC series? We share our reactions to the film, Aaron Paul’s continuation of the iconic Jesse Pinkman character, and the balance of fan service and creative ambition in the era of the commercialized Thursday-night Netflix release. Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Sean Fennessey
October 7, 2019
Andy is back in the studio to catch up on all things entertainment, including ‘Joker.’ Martin Scorsese’s recent comments about superhero movies, the return of ‘Mr. Robot,' and the state of modern TV and consumerism (0:40) before your number one boys break down Season 2, Episode 9 of ‘Succession’ (47:30). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Andy Greenwald, Jason Concepcion
October 4, 2019
Season 5 of ‘Peaky Blinders’ premieres on Netflix tomorrow, but it’s not too late to get into the show (2:00). We talk about the surprisingly stacked cast (9:36), our favorite characters on the show (27:05), and what else we’re watching on TV right now (29:58). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Juliet Litman
September 30, 2019
In just over a week, ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ will extend the ‘Breaking Bad’ universe, so we revisit some of our favorite episodes and moments from the show (1:51). ‘Stranger Things’ is leaving Hawkins for Season 4 (6:14) and ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ feels like it could go on forever (14:23). Plus, breaking down ‘Succession’ S2E8, “Dundee” (21:42). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andrew Gruttadaro and Jason Concepcion
September 27, 2019
Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is being tapped to develop a new ‘Star Wars’ movie for Disney, and we discuss what this could mean for the franchise (4:16). Andy gives some lukewarm takes on the latest episode of ‘Succession' (12:50). Plus, we break down the season premiere of ‘Survivor’ (17:54). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Riley McAtee
September 23, 2019
After the lowest number of viewers in history, the Emmys are suffering from an importance problem (1:42). J. Smith-Cameron, who plays Gerri on ‘Succession,’ joins the show to talk about her character’s unique role within the family (22:23) and and the differences between Season 1 and Season 2 (35:23). Plus, breaking down S2E7 of ‘Succession,’ “Return” (40:29). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, J. Smith-Cameron, and Jason Concepcion
September 19, 2019
NBC launched its streaming service Peacock this week, and its backlog of shows like ‘The Office’ and ‘30 Rock’ make it an instant contender (1:00). September continues to be a very good month for television, with shows like ‘Top Boy’ (7:30) and Ken Burns’s newest documentary ‘Country Music’ (27:37). Plus, we have to talk about this week’s episode of ‘Righteous Gemstones’ (43:09). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Donnie Kwak and Jason Gallagher
September 16, 2019
September is shaping up to be a great month for television. We talk about 'Unbelievable' (1:15) and 'Undone' (14:34), two shows that premiered over the weekend on Netflix and Amazon Prime, respectively. Plus, breaking down 'Succession' S2E6, "Argestes" (22:51). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Kaya McMullen and Jason Concepcion
September 12, 2019
Live from the set of 'Briarpatch' in Albuquerque, Chris sits down with Andy and 'Briarpatch' leading man Jay R. Ferguson to talk about the decision-making that went into creating the show (2:57), Jay's experience playing Stan Rizzo on 'Mad Men (24:12), and of course, the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Philadelphia Eagles (54:13).   Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Jay R. Ferguson
September 9, 2019
‘It Chapter Two’ is a three-hour time commitment that doesn’t really go anywhere (0:41). A Texas native tells us what ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ gets right about megachurches (6:46). Plus, breaking down ‘Succession’ S2E5, “Tern Haven” (19:31). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Jason Concepcion and Jason Gallagher
September 6, 2019
Andy calls in from New Mexico with a couple of people from the ‘Briarpatch’ cast on the line (2:43). Katie Couric really loves tomatoes, and other things we learned from her Grub Street Diet (8:20). Plus, we’re watching ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ and the final season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ as the summer winds down (24:55). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Juliet Litman Read Katie Couric’s Grub Street Diet here.
September 2, 2019
Your number one boys break down S2E4 of Succession, "Safe Room." They talk about Shiv and Kendall's tender moment (2:19), who won the episode (10:04), and the biggest burn of the week (18:39). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jason Concepcion
August 30, 2019
Bloomberg reporter Lucas Shaw joins the show to talk about how the forthcoming streaming wars are going to affect your wallet (3:18), how streaming services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ will release their shows (13:00), and what’s going on with network television (34:09). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Lucas Shaw
August 26, 2019
Netflix released a trailer for 'El Camino' over the weekend, and if ‘Better Call Saul’ is any indication, this continuation of the ‘Breaking Bad’ world will be good as well (1:27). If we were cautiously optimistic about ‘The Mandalorian’ before, we’re all in after watching the trailer (12:08). Plus, breaking down ‘Succession’ S2E3 (26:19). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Jason Concepcion
August 23, 2019
News broke this week that Spider-Man will be exiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Disney and Sony were unable to reach a deal to coproduce the franchise (1:00). What does this mean for fans of the movies and the future of the MCU (5:47)? Plus, we break down episodes 6 through 9 of ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 (12:58). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jason Concepcion
August 19, 2019
We break down the first five episodes from ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2, including a brief recap of Season 1 (1:00), the shooting style of the show (11:17), and the different serial killers we’ve met so far (31:44). Plus: the second episode of our ‘Succession’ aftershow, ‘Number One Boys’ (42:58). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jason Concepcion
August 16, 2019
‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ misses the mark tonally, but still has redeeming moments (1:00). A conversation with Sean Fennessey about the surprisingly gritty superhero show, ‘The Boys’ (10:13), and an interview with Carl Franklin, one of the directors for ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 (26:09). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Sean Fennessey and Carl Franklin
August 12, 2019
Apple Plus has finally released a teaser trailer for their flagship series ‘The Morning Show,’ and we still have a lot of questions (2:12). ‘Succession’ is back for its second season and it looks like there won’t be any slow starts this time around (14:48). Plus: our ‘Succession’ aftershow, ‘Number One Boys’ (28:48). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Jason Concepcion
August 6, 2019
The first season of HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ sometimes prioritized style over character development (3:23), but in the end we still felt attached to the relationship between Rue and Jules (8:50). The final season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ could mark the end of an era at Netflix (20:07). Plus, previewing ‘GLOW’ Season 3 (35:15). Host: Alison Herman Guests: Micah Peters and Caroline Framke
August 2, 2019
We broke open the mailbag to talk about our favorite X-Men comics (1:47), some of our favorite music from 1999 (17:21), who will be the MVP of the next season of 'Succession' (26:12), and our favorite episodes of TV this year (47:10). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
July 29, 2019
There was a lot of news out of the TCAs this weekend, including what Amazon wants its streaming service to look like over the next few years (2:43). After Netflix canceled the critically acclaimed ‘Tuca and Bertie,’ the metric of success in the streaming world is called into question yet again (17:15). Plus: How historically accurate is ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ (26:00)? And our favorite music from 1999 (39:20) Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Alison Herman, Kate Knibbs, and Lindsay Zoladz Spoilers for ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’ in the second half of this episode.
July 26, 2019
Danny McBride, David Gordon Greene, and Jody Hill, the creators of HBO’s ‘The Righteous Gemstones,’ join the show to talk about their inspirations for the show (7:31), comedy taking on religion (12:56), and what it’s like to work on multiple projects as a group (17:51). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Danny McBride, David Gordon Greene, and Jody Hill
July 22, 2019
A lot of news came out of Comic-Con this weekend, including what to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the next few years, both in theaters (1:00) and on the small screen (21:52). The second season of ‘Big Little Lies’ felt like a seven-episode show that was dying to be 12 episodes long (41:26), and ‘Veronica Mars’ is back and playing hard on nostalgia (50:09). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Sean Fennessey
July 19, 2019
The trailer for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ dropped today and we’re incredibly hyped (0:44). The Emmy nominations seem disjointed and unrepresentative of the TV landscape (7:34), and Netflix reported major subscriber losses this week—is this a turning point for the streaming service or just a bump in the road (15:35)? Plus, we break down the changes coming to ‘Survivor’ for the 40th season (46:17).   Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Bobby Wagner, Kaya McMullen, Riley McAtee, and Lucas Shaw
July 15, 2019
Andy Greenwald calls in to share some of the rookie showrunner mistakes he’s made so far (1:37) and to weigh in on Jeremy Renner’s burgeoning music career (10:45). We break down the ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 directing drama between Andrea Arnold and the show’s producers (21:17) and share a midseason review of ‘Euphoria’ (40:25). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, Amanda Dobbins, and Alison Herman
July 12, 2019
The trailer for Season 2 of ‘Succession’ premiered this week and we couldn’t be more hyped (0:30). The final episodes of ‘Dark’ Season 2 leave us with just as many questions as we started with (11:02). Plus, Bon Appétit’s Claire Saffitz joins the show to talk about her YouTube series, ‘Gourmet Makes,’ (29:23) and what she watches to unwind (54:13). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Jason Gallagher and Claire Saffitz
July 8, 2019
We break down the entirety of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3, including our favorite things from the season (1:05), where the show fell short (43:58), who won the season (57:42), and some predictions for the fourth season (65:53). Major Spoilers for the third season in the episode. Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Mallory Rubin
July 1, 2019
With Season 3 set to premiere on July 4, we turn our clocks back to the '80s to revisit the lives of Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will. We discuss why this show succeeds, its reliance on pop culture references, Season 2’s attempt to address its greater mythology (3:24), and what we’re most excited for in Season 3 (22:37). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Mallory Rubin
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