Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan

Mo and Ryan are back with their second podcast in as many days. This one features a sample of shows that made their respective "Best Of" lists for the year, in alphabetical order.

0:00 - 7:45: Bob's Burgers

7:45 - 13:04: Borgen

13:04 - 18:06: Broadchurch

18:06 - 27:42: Game Of Thrones

27:42 - 32:44: Justified

32:44 - 40:29: Mad Men

40:29 - 48:20: Orphan Black

48:20 - End: Scandal

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Mo and Ryan are back with their first of several podcasts this week.

0:00 - 30:07: Homeland

30:07 - End: Masters Of Sex

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Mo and Ryan are back with the "Ichapod": our now-weekly take on "Sleepy Hollow". We have two segments in this initial installment.

0:00 - 27:39: Mo and Ryan talk about the latest episode, "The Golem"

27:39 - End: Mo interviews showrunner Mark Goffman about "The Golem," the characters, events so far and what's to come (don't worry, there's nothing too spoilery -- just some hints about what might transpire when the show returns in January). 

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Mo spoke with Ronald D. Moore, executive producer of Syfy's "Battlestar Galactica," on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the show's debut. We talked about the legacy of the show, the reaction to its finale, the difficulty of finales in general (he had some advice for Damon Lindelof of "Lost"), how the TV landscape is changing, what TV networks are still afraid of and what kinds of fare they're looking for, and the difficulty of telling TV stories with religious and political themes. We also discussed "Helix," a new Syfy thriller he's involved in, and his other new project, an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" for Starz.

Hope you enjoy this far-ranging discussion of the current state of TV and the impact "Battlestar Galactica" had on this galaxy (among others). By the way, if you're feeling nostalgic for all things Adama and Roslin, Mo covered "BSG" in depth while it was on the air. A lot of her coverage of the show can be found here (keep clicking "Next" at the bottom of the page to find older stories).

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Mo and Ryan are back with a nearly hour-long catch-up on five Fall shows.

0:00 - 13:21: Almost Human

13:21 - 23:15: How I Met Your Mother

21:35 - 33:28: Brookln 99

33:28 - 44:28: New Girl

44:28 - End: Trophy Wife

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Hi, it's Mo here with a Thangsgiving special for you. Almost exactly 20 years ago, Nickelodeon debuted a show that has gone on to lodge itself deeply in the hearts and minds of its fans. "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" was the story of two brothers -- both sporting red hair, both named Pete Wrigley -- and their slightly odd but lovable collection of friends, enemies, parents, teachers and neighbors. Rounding out the cast was, of course, Artie, the Strongest Man in the World. 

In this half-hour chat, creators Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi discuss the ideas behind the show, the reasons for the fervor of the fanbase and the reasons they've returned to Nickelodeon with a new(ish) project, "Sanjay and Craig." Enjoy, my little Vikings: I certainly had a wonderful time talking to these guys, and not just because they said I could play Female Older Pete if a movie spinoff ever got off the ground. 

By the way, for proof that my love of "Pete & Pete" runs deep, check this out. It's a "Pete & Pete" interview I did with McRobb and Viscardi in the mid-'90s. 

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Mo and Ryan are back with a 45-minute freewheeling discussion about "Almost Human," "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD," "Sleepy Hollow," and "Arrow." Two of these shows are doing very good things right now. Two are not.

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Mo and Ryan are back with a look at one great show and a broad look at the critical industry as a whole.

0:00 - 20:35: The Returned

20:35 - End: The curatorial aspects of criticism

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Mo and Ryan are back after a short hiatus with tons of TV talk

0:00 - 12:40: Looking back at "The Bridge"

12:40 - 34:24: Sleepy Hollow vs Agents of SHIELD

34:24 - End: What Are The Ryans Watching These Days?

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Mo and Ryan return, and wrestle with the "Breaking Bad" finale for the full fifty-minute running time.

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Mo and Ryan are back with a fourth podcast this week, breaking down two Showtime premieres for September 29th.

0:00 - 24:40: Homeland

24:40 - End: Masters Of Sex

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Mo and Ryan are back, along with Javier Grillo-Marxuach. Javier was on the podcast a few weeks ago, and we're happy to have him back to discuss the recently announced crowd-funding project for the "The Middleman". He gave hints on his Tumblr page, but we have him talking for nearly an hour about further details. On top of that, Javier shares insights into crowdfunding in general, the state of the upcoming show "Helix," and offers more insight into what makes today's television so exciting.

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Mo and Ryan are back. See that title? That's what's in store this time around.

0:00 - 7:44 Mom

7:44 - 11:43 The Goldbergs

11:43 - 18:02 Trophy Wife

18:02 - 22:18 Back In The Game

22:18 - 29:28 The Michael J. Fox Show

29:28 - End The Crazy Ones

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Mo and Ryan are back. The title of this podcast is kind of a spoiler as to this show's content.

0:00 - 8:37: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

8:37 - 20:33: The Blacklist/Hostages

20:33 - 26:26 Lucky 7

26:26 - End Breaking Bad ("Granite State")

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Ryan McGee welcomes back Joanna Robinson once again to the podcast. The two spend the initial minutes discussing the state of "The Mindy Project" before delving into ten emotional TV deaths in the past decade. If you haven't seen the shows in question, we give you the chance to skip ahead to the next show. Use the timestamps below as your guide.

Be warned: the first thirty seconds feature Skype trying to sabotage our call, but luckily it smooths out after that.

0:00 - 19:39 The Mindy Project analysis

"I Am Become TV Death" Segments

19:39 - 28:02: Game Of Thrones

28:02- 33:28: Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel

33:28 - 38:00: The Sopranos

38:00- 44:55: Doctor Who

44:55 - 51:01: Scrubs

51:01 - 1:01:43: Sons of Anarchy

1:01:43 - 1:08:03: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

1:08:03 - 1:13:37: The Wire

 1:13:37 - End: Lost

Enjoy!

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Mo and Ryan are back. The title of this podcast is kind of a hint as to what they discuss.

0:00 - 12:37: Intro/Sleepy Hollow

12:37 - 20:00: Dads

20:00 - 27:23: Brooklyn 99

27:23 - End: Breaking Bad

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It's Mo here with a 30-minute chat with Kate Mulgrew, otherwise known as Red on Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" and Captain Kathryn Janeway of "Star Trek: Voyager" (among many other roles). We talk about events that happen at the end of the first season of "Orange," so it's best to listen if you've seen all of Season 1. 

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Mo and Ryan discuss the start of the sixth season of "Sons of Anarchy" for all 34 minutes of this podcast. We discuss the season premiere in depth, and there are a few very general hints about where one story line goes in Episodes 2 and 3. 

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It's Mo here with a conversation with Michelle MacLaren, who directed the epic 13th episode of "Breaking Bad's" final season, "To'hajiilee." In the 27-minute podcast, Michelle discusssed the planning of the episode, shooting in the New Mexico desert where parts of the pilot were shot, working with the actors to get all those memorable reactions and emotional moments, and staging some of the most suspenseful TV sequences ever to air on TV. 

We also talked a little bit at the end of the podcast about the similarities and differences between shooting "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones." MacLaren, who directed the HBO show in its third season, has returned to Northern Ireland to shoot Episodes 4 and 5 of the fourth season of the drama. 

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Mo and Ryan are back, with a lot of TV in tow.

0:00 - 9:33: Intro/Sons Of Anarchy Preview

9:33 - 25:35: The League/It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

25:35 - 47:45: Suits

47:45 - End: Breaking Bad

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Mo and Ryan are back, with a look at two shows that help illuminate the potential future of TV.

0:00 - 24:37: Luther

24:37 - End: Breaking Bad

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Ryan McGee welcomes back Joanna Robinson once again to the podcast. The two talk about their love of "Buffy" and "Angel" and how their love of those shows translates into how they view programs today. Those that haven't watched both show: go seek them out on Netflix then come back. Everyone else, enjoy!

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Mo's here with television writer creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach ("Lost," "Boomtown," "Medium," "The Middleman"), and they talk about television's past, present and future for 102 minutes (108 would have been better, admittedly). 

To see the post by Javier wrote that kicked off the whole discussion, go here. Shows mentioned in the wide-ranging discussion include "Louie," "Babylon 5," "The X-Files," "The Twilight Zone," "Game of Thrones," "The Middleman," "The Shield," "Friday Night Lights," "Battlestar Galactica," "The Guild," "Rectify," "Banshee," "The Walking Dead," "Roots," "Star Trek," "Spartacus" (of course) and "Law and Order." No spoilers. A few time codes/guideposts (all times are approximate):

00 - 43: The various contributions that writers, showrunners and directors make. Post-production and digital innovation and their effect on storytelling. 

44 - 48: An upcoming "Middleman" crowdfunding initiative (fans of comic books, the TV show and Amber Benson, don't miss this part).

49 - 67: Serialization, mythology, tone, viewpoint and theme and how they can unify a show. 

68 - 83: Blockbuster television, the rise of genre television and television's return to event-based programming. 

83 - end: The very early days of "Lost" and what it was like to be in on that creative process. 

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Mo and Ryan are back, with a look at a bevy of topics. Since some will inevitably ask: no, we don't spoil anything about the "Breaking Bad" premiere during our discussion of that show.

If you want to read the James Poniewozik article we discuss during the "BB" segment in full, go here.

0:00 - 24:02: "Doctor Who": The 12th Doctor casting special analysis

24:02 - 37:36: Broadchurch

37:36 - End: Breaking Bad

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Ryan McGee welcomes back Joanna Robinson to the podcast. The two talk about the recent casting announcements on "Parks and Recreation" before delving into three seasons of TV they would like to have in their possession should they crash on a desert island. Don't worry: no big spoilers on any of the shows discussed.

To read Ryan's further thoughts on "Parks," check them out here.

Programming note: we swear a little, and drink a lot. So now you're warned.

0:00 - 15:48: Parks And Recreation

14:58 - End: Desert Island TV Seasons

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Mo and Ryan are reunited for their first podcast together in several weeks, and have many shows to discuss.

0:00 - 7:07: Clear History

7:07 - 17:05: The White Queen

17:05 - 31:31: Strike Back

31:31 - End: Low Winter Sun

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Mo brings you two sets of interviews centered on one of 2013's best TV surprises: She speaks to creators/executive producers John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, and she also chats with cast members Jordan Gavaris (Felix) and Dylan Bruce (Paul). If you can't get enough of "Orphan Black," this is the podcast for you.

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Continuing our prolific podcasting week, Ryan McGee welcomes Joanna Robinson to the podcast while Mo rules the roost at Comic-Con. "Talking TV With Ryan And Robinson" looks at the nominations for the 2013 Emmys before moving onto their favorite shows of 2013 so far. Be warned: there's occasional adult language in this podcast, and we've classified it as such on iTunes.

0:00 - 24:38: Emmys Breakdown

24:38 - End: Best TV Of 2013 So Far

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Comic-Con is here, so here's something a little different for you: An hourlong talk with the creative team behind Marvel's "Hawkeye" comic book.  

In this podcast, writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja talk about the collaborative process behind one of the most acclaimed comics around, discuss what Clint Barton has been through and what's ahead for him and Kate, and talk about how the lack of expectations surrounding "Hawkeye" allowed them to take a lot of chances. 

And of course we talk about Pizza Dog! 

Even if you don't read comics much, this is one that I think you may enjoy. In the podcast, we don't get into specifics about plot points that have transpired in the comic until about the halfway point of the podcast, so if you just want to hear some general discussion, listen up to around minute 28. After that, we talk about what's next for Clint and Kate and the pooch, among other topics, and if you're a fan of "Hawkeye," you'll get some advance scoop on what's to come for the greatest sharpshooter known to man. 

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Normally, it's two Ryans on the pod. This time around, it's a four person panel involving Ryan McGee, his wife Diana Kennedy, The A.V. Club's Carrie Raisler, and This Was Television's Cory Barker. This episode is all about "Big Brother": the first 25 minutes or so delve into the show's current controversies, and the latter half delve into specifics about this season's gameplay.

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Mo and Ryan are back with a look at two new dramas.

0:00 - 5:40: News And Notes

5:40 - 24:27: The Bridge

24:27 - End: Orange Is The new Black

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT
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Mo and Ryan are back with a second hour-long podcast this week, with two deep dives on two hour-long dramas.

0:00 - 22:48: Ray Donovan

22:48 - 35:20: Hannibal (non-spoiler)

35:20 - End: Hannibal (all of the spoilerz)

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Mo and Ryan are back with an hour of TV talk.

0:00 - 13:59: Appreciation Of James Gandolfini

13:59 - 22:53: Copper

22:53 - 34:16: Under The Dome

34:16 - End: Mad Men

To see the video series mentioned in the podcast, go to RogerEbert.com and check it out.

To read Ryan's essay on Bob Benson and his relation to one of TV's best quality, go here.

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Mo and Ryan are back with a deep look at one returning show, two recently finished shows, and all things Bob Benson.

0:00 - 12:56: One Million Downloads/Wilfred

12:56 - 30:34: The Fall

30:34 - 49:57: Orphan Black

49:57 - End: Mad Men

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT
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Mo and Ryan are back once again after a long layoff to talk about the season finale of "Game Of Thrones" and Don Draper's parenting skills in the latest "Mad Men".

0:00 - 4:18: McGee Deep In the Heart Of Texas

4:18 - 21:30: Mad Men

21:30 - End: Game Of Thrones

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Mo Ryan welcomes special guest Alan Sepinwall, TV critic for Hitfix, to the podcast for an hourlong chat, which was recorded on Saturday, June 8 (hence we don't discuss the season finale of "Game of Thrones" or the June 9 episode of "Mad Men"). Here's the breakdown of this hybrid edition of Talking TV With Firewall and Moberg: 

00:00 - 11:21: Discussion of the new edition of Alan's book, "The Revolution Was Televised" (which Ryan McGee, Mo and Alan also discussed in this podcast from last fall)

11:22 - 26:18 Mad Men 

26:19 - 37:01 Orphan Black and the rise of smart, genre/"B-movie" television 

37:02 - 42:00 Game of Thrones

42:01- 52:45 Arrested Development

52:46 - end: Final bonus question (hint: our mutual admiration of Patton Oswalt figures into this question).

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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee break down five shows in this installment.

0:00 - 18:02: Behind the Candelabra

18:02 - 33:01: Community

33:01 - 44:57: Arrow

44:57 - 55:31: New Girl

55:31 - End: Mad Men

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee break down four shows in this installment.

0:00 - 11:08: Family Tree

11:08 - 21:59: Parks And Recreations

21:59 - 35:01: Happy Endings

35:01 - End: Mad Men

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:54pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee look at a whole host of shows, and then provide one very fun, one extremely NSFW audio easter egg at the end. "Battlestar: Galactica" fans, hold onto your frakkin' hats.

0:00 - 19:35: Inside Amy Schumer/Maron

19:35 - 34:04: The Americans

34:04 - End: Game of Thrones midseason update

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:04pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee look at a whole host of shows, and then provide one very fun, one extremely NSFW audio easter egg at the end. "Battlestar: Galactica" fans, hold onto your frakkin' hats.

0:00 - 11:31: Vikings

11:31 - 17:42: The Bletchley Circle

17:42 - 26:09: House Of Cards

26:09 - 35:25: Rectify

35:25 - 42:58: Doctor Who

42:58 - 57:55: Mad Men

57:55 - End: Easter Egg

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:21pm EDT
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Give attention, "Spartacus" fans. We would break words with you. Find hand in possession of beverage, set mind to purpose and turn ears to epic finale podcast. Words will be spoken, hearts will be lifted, memories will be shared and such tributes will ensure that the Bringer of Rain, the Undefeated Gaul and all the gods of the arena shall not pass from memory. 

All right, that's about as much "Spartacus"-speak as I can manage right now. But Ryan McGee and I are very excited to mark the series finale of Starz's "Spartacus" with an extensive interview with the show's creator. For more than an hour, executive producer Steven DeKnight talks about how he and the show's creative team approached the final installment of the epic drama, the challenges of wrapping up various' characters arcs, the underlying themes of the drama and many other details about what you saw in "Victory." We also review many high points and memorable moments from the show's history, and we discuss various elements of the fans response the show elicited over the past three years. If you've got questions about the last season or the finale, they're probably answered here, or in Ryan's interview with DeKnight over at the AV Club. [By the way, earlier in the season, I spoke to DeKnight, as well as cast members Todd Lasance (Caesar) and Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), and those interviews is here]. 

At the tail end of the DeKnight interview, he also discussed a show he is developing for Starz, the military sci-fi drama "Incursion." I am very excited about that project and DeKnight revealed some key information about it in that part of the interview. 

For the final 20 minutes or so of the podcast, Ryan and I discussed our own reactions to the "Spartacus" finale, which I also wrote about at Huffington Post (that post also contains highlights of the DeKnight interview). Ryan's write up of "Victory" can be found here as well, and with that, we bid a fond farewell to "Spartacus," a badass, bloody, emotionally resonant show that accomplished a great deal in its short but eventful life. Gratitude! 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:12pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee look at two upcoming shows and look back at the season premiere of "Mad Men". The two will also have a special podcast coming later this week

0:00 - 4:09: Defiance Preview

4:09 - 19:00: Da Vinci's Demons

19:00 - End: Mad Men

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee look at two premieres and sing the praises of the 4th season of "Justified".

0:00 - 9:38: The Spies Of Warsaw

4:58 - 29:23: Hannibal

29:23 - End: Justified

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT
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Mo Ryan rejoins Ryan McGee for this episode to talk about the Peabody Awards, take a quick glimpse at some upcoming shows, and do deep dives into two fan favorites.

0:00 - 4:58 Peabody Awards

4:58 - 22:13: Mo's Quick Hits Corner (Orphan Black, Call The MidWife, Happy Endings)

22:13 - 36:34: Doctor Who

36:34 - End: Game Of Thrones

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:43pm EDT
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Mo Ryan is off this week, so Myles McNutt joined Ryan McGee for this episode. "Talking TV With McGee and McNutt" looks back at "Girls" and ahead to both the "Veronica Mars" movie and the future of Kickstarted-based TV entertainment.

0:00 - 24:04 : Girls

24:04 - End: Veronica Mars

Music: "Art School Girl," Stone Temple Pilots

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:06pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with a strange episode. We thought this would be a quick, 15-minute edition with Ryan asking Mo a few questions about some shows that she's seen but he hasn't. Instead, it turned into a wide-ranging discussion about the nature of TV itself. This is a fun one.

0:00 - 29:21 : Top Of The Lake

29:21 - End: Bates Motel

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with a huge catch-up ep that clocks in at over an hour and a half in length.

0:00 - 14:29 : Mo's Quick Hits

14:29 - 35:38: Duck Dynasty

35:38 - 46:05 The Americans

46:05 - 1:02:01 Justified

1:02:01 - End: Enlightened

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:23pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with a look at the past season of "Downton Abbey" along with Tom Fitzgerald of the fantastic website Tom + Lorenzo.

Music: "Houses Of The Holy," Led Zeppelin

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:51pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with a look at a whole mess o' shows.

0:00 - 17:02: Battlestar Galactica: Blood And Chrome

17:02 - 35:28: Zero Hour/Cult

35:28 - 55:05: The Walking Dead

55:50 - End: Enlightened

Music: "I'm Beginning To See The Light," Bobby Darin

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT
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Hello, it's  Mo here again, with a podcast featuring the men of Spartacus. 

These interviews were recorded in late January, just before a Spartacus retrospective panel at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For the first half of the podcast, I spoke to Liam McIntyre and Todd Lasance, who play Spartacus and Julius Caesar in the new season. They discussed the men's motivations, their methods and why, for both characters, the battle between the slaves and the Romans is a fight to the death. We also discuss the fact that history is something of a spoiler in this regard, in that it's pretty clear that Caesar lived past this era in his life. But Lasance assures fans that Caesar will go through many "epic" and insane moments before the series comes to a close. 

McIntyre also talks about Spartacus' mindset and priorities this season, and about the dark tone of the early episodes. There's also a brief discussion of the training regimes both men had to keep up in order to keep up the show's buff 'n' brawny image.

In the second half of the podcast, creator and executive producer Steven DeKnight talked about the things he tried to achieve with the Starz drama's final go-round. We didn't discuss upcoming plot points in detail, but we did talk things that have transpired in the first three episodes of "War of the Damned," including Naevia's shift in attitude, the arrival of the pirates, the difficult leadership challenges faced by Crassus, Caesar and Spartacus and other events that took place episodes that have already aired. We also discussed the issue of violence in popular culture and why some people find it difficult to see past the show's reputation for blood and breasts and to appreciate the challenging, subversive critique of power that lies at the heart of the drama. 

Put ears to purpose and attend the words of these warriors! Be sure to subscribe to the new feed for the podcast here if you like to listen on iTunes. You'll see plenty of ways in each post to stream or download MP3s if you hate iTunes as much as Naevia hates showing mercy to Romans.


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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:06pm EDT
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Hi all, this is Mo with an installment of the podcast that is somewhat unusual, but I'm very excited about it. 

A week or two ago, I headed to Evanston hang out in the classroom of Max Dawson, a professor of Radio, Television and Film at Northwestern University. Max also invited critic/academic Myles McNutt, a previous Talking TV podcast guest, as well as Erik M. Adams, assistant TV editor of the AV Club

Max moderated a 90-minute discussion among the four of us, which took place in front of his class and which touched on the state of reality TV, trends in scripted TV, what defines a TV hit, how the financial models of the media industry are changing and what TV even is these days.  

I enjoyed this discussion enormously; Myles, Erik and Max are very smart, funny and perceptive and I did my best to keep up with them. I am very grateful to Max for recording the discussion and allowing us to post it here for you (he also posted it on Soundcloud if you prefer that audio experience). 

We didn't talk in depth about specific programs all that often in this chat, but if you enjoy chats about where TV creators and viewers have been and where they're going and why, I hope you find it interesting. Please forgive any quirks in the recording: Max's students were a very quiet, respectful (and smart) audience, but the audio quality reflects the fact that we were in a somewhat spacious classroom and there is going to be a bit of variability in volume and so forth. I think it sounds good, but it's not going to sound the same as a podcast recorded by two people speaking into microphones. 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with a look at two premieres.

0:00 - 5:23: What We've Been Up To Recently

5:23 - 25:01: The Americans

25:01 - End: House Of Cards

Music: "In The Air Tonight," Phil Collins

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:05pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with two deep dives into two shows.

0:00 - 20:47: The Following

20:47 - End: Spartacus: War Of The Damned

Music: "I Follow The Sun", The Beatles

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with the last of three installments over the past few days.

0:00 - 18:27: Enlightened

18:27 - 29:25: Legit

29:25 - End: Archer

Music: "See The Light", Green Day

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:47pm EDT
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It's Mo here, with a chat with two members of the "Arrow" brain trust.

Fans of the CW show will want to check out this chat, which features "Arrow" executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim talking about where Oliver Queen has been, where he's going and what friends and nemeses he'll encounter next. 

Though there is a feature on the show on my Huffington Post page (and much of that feature is drawn from my chat with the show's producers), there are a lot of topics that didn't make it into the article. Is Oliver Queen a liberal superhero? Is he a Jack Bauer for the left? Is he a force for good in Starling City or a vigilante who's making up his morality as he's going along? What kind of relationship will he have with Laurel Lance going forward? What's next for his family and for his friend, Tommy Merlin? How does the show differ from the comic books and why? 

All those questions are discussed, and we also chatted about upcoming guest stars James Callis, David Anders, Manu Bennett, the arrival of Roy Harper and the return of some key characters we met last fall. 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with the first of three installments over the next few days.

0:00 - 13:22: 1600 Penn

13:22 - 23:41: Banshee

23:41 - End: Girls

Music: "Rebel Yell," Billy Idol

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with a 75-minute installment.

0:00 - 16:38: "Doctor Who" Christmas Special

16:38 - 32:02: "Downton Abbey"

32:02 - 42:42: "The Carrie Diaries"

42:42 - 54:42: "Cougar Town"

54:42 - End "Justified"

Music: "Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun," The Beastie Boys

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:29pm EDT
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