Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan (watching tv)

Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with an hour-long chat with TV critic Alan Sepinwall to discuss his new book, "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever". Whether or not you have read the book, you'll want to hear what Alan had to say to the two Ryans.

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Category:Watching TV -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT
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Clear eyes, full hearts, and new podcasts. Mo and Ryan go back to Dillon for one of the show's signature episodes. Watch along, or just listen, as they break down what made this show so special.

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Enjoy!

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Category:Watching TV -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT
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This podcast is about to go all timey-wimey on you, as Mo and Ryan look at one of the all-time classic episodes of an all-time classic series.

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Enjoy!

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Category:Watching TV -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT
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Mo and Ryan are back...because, well, they had to go back. To The Island, that is. Yup, the pair are exploring the show that started their podcast team-up, this time looking at Season 5's incredible episode "LaFleur." What made them choose this particular episode from the show's entire run? You'll have to listen to find out.

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At the outset, we mention the great charity Cancer Gets Lost. To see how you can help, and all the great items available via their auction, visit their website. It's a wonderful cause run by some wonderful people.

Enjoy this week's podcast!

Music: "Digging In The Dirt," Peter Gabriel

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Category:Watching TV -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT
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Mo and Ryan are back to talk about one of the best episodes of one of the greatest television comedies (hell, greatest television shows) ever. Not only do they discuss the episode specifically, but also talk about the upcoming 4th season on Netflix and the show's place in the continuum of TV as a whole.

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 with the same passion that the Bluths hate the Cornballer.

Since Ryan mentions "chicken dancing" quite a bit in the podcast, here's a link of what he means. And be sure to check out past episodes of the "Watching TV" series as well!

Enjoy!

Music: "So Sad About Us," The Who

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Category:Watching TV -- posted at: 11:32pm EDT
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The first two installments of this series featured Mo and Ryan discussing episodes of television in sync with the action onscreen. For our third installment, we've done something we've wanted to do since the advent of the series: have people associated with these episodes come on and discuss their work with us. So we're proud to have "Battlestar Galactica" scribes David Weddle and Bradley Thompson on to discuss the fourth season episode "Someone To Watch Over Me".

Unfortunately, Ryan couldn't be in LA with Mo, David, and Bradley. Even more unfortunately, technology tried to ensure this podcast never got recorded on several occasions. What you have here is the complete discussion, but with post-production edits to make sure everything more or less lines up with the action onscreen. If you hear a brief pause in the dialogue, don't worry: we have a full discussion of the entire episode on tap this week.

What you have here is a masterclass about what it takes to make an episode of television. Weddle and Thompson have incredible insight, fantastic anecdotes, and a real passion for the material. This is actually the first time they have gone back to watch it since "Someone" originally aired, and you can hear them get more excited and energized as the episode goes on. Mo and Ryan hope this is the first of many such installments of "Watching TV With Ryan and Ryan," and they hope you enjoy this installment of the podcast.

Two program notes: 1) the episode discussion starts around 18:00 into the podcast, and we count you in so you know where to start, and 2) there's some adult language near the end, so be aware of that.

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Category:Watching TV -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT
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Mo and Ryan are back with their second installment in this ongoing series. In each episode, they offer up a "DVD commentary" for a classic episodes of television. The first installment looked at the classic "The X-Files" episode "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'". This time, they look at a seminal installment of Joss Whedon's sometimes-ignored classic series "Angel." With all the talk about "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly", this show often gets lost in the mix. The two Ryans hope to rectify that slightly in this week's podcast.

The episode is available on many streaming services, such as Netflix or Amazon. But you don't have to have the episode in front of you to enjoy this discussion of the show. While we occasionally talk about things onscreen, we largely talk big picture, both about "Angel" but also the themes that "Waiting" itself raises. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we did recording.

If you want to read the article Mo references in the podcast about Cordelia Chase, go here.

If you want to see the deleted scene Ryan mentions, you can see it here.

Enjoy!

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Category:Watching TV -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT
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Here's a feature that Mo and Ryan have wanted to revisit for a while. After all, they got started as a podcasting duo by recording commentary tracks for each episode of the final season of "Lost." Now, they are expanding their horizons and looking at television as a whole for episodes that inspire them enough to devote an entire podcast to discussing its merits.

This isn't a "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" takedown. While the tone is lighthearted, we strive to analyze why the episode works, place it in broader context, and discuss why it's worthy of discussion. This week's inaugural installment looks at one of the seminal episodes of one of the seminal series of the 1990's: "The X-Files"' mind-bendy masterpiece "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space.'"

The episode is available on many streaming services, such as Netflix or Amazon. But you don't have to have the episode in front of you to enjoy this discussion of the show. While we occasionally talk about things onscreen, we largely talk big picture, both about "The X Files" but also the themes that "Jose" itself raises. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we did recording.

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Category:Watching TV -- posted at: 10:31pm EDT
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