Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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