Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan

Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with a look at two upcoming premieres, and one Emmy-winning show back for its second season.

Today's breakdown:

Call The Midwife: 0:00 - 15:24

Last Resort: 15:24 - 32:04

Homeland: 32:04 - End

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Music: "This Is A Call," Foo Fighters

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:14am EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are here with a second podcast with a focused topic. This time around, we are looking at three Tuesday night comedies on FOX.

Today's breakdown:

New Girl: 0:00 - 12:41

Ben and Kate: 12:41 - 18:46

The Mindy Project: 18:46 - End

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Music: "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon", Urge Overkill

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:50pm EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are back, with the first of two podcasts focused on concentrated topics. This time around, we're looking at three new CBS dramas.

Today's breakdown:

Vegas: 0:00 - 14:55

Elementary: 14:55 - 23:12

Made In Jersey: 21:32 - End

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Music: "Building a Mystery," Sarah McLachlan

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:45pm EST
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Our second podcast of the day finds Ryan McGee and Myles McNutt talking about the series finale of "Weeds", and its overall place in the pantheon of 21st century television.

Make sure you also check out today's first installment, with Mo Ryan and Emily Nussbaum talking about "teen girls and transgressive males" as the two characters around which most recent great television has been based.

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 most critics had for "Weeds" over its last few seasons.

Music: "Where I End And You Begin," Radiohead

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:58pm EST
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Hello all, this is Mo. Ryan and I are creating a lot of Fall TV podcasts for you in the next couple of weeks. But now for something completely different. 

On Thursday, Sept. 20, New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum tweeted the theory that much of the most interesting drama of the last decade or so had been about middle-aged men and teen girls; many of the most interesting shows, she noted, had featured "two contrasting forms of adolescence." My instant reaction: Relevant to my interests. I invited Emily on the podcast to talk about that theory and much more. 

On Twitter, we also got into a discussion with several other critics and Twitterers about shows like "Felicity" and the idea that calling a show "just a soap opera" is, for some people, a condescending insult. That drives me a little bit nuts because every scripted drama is full of contrivances and most engage in some kind of melodrama. In our podcast discussion, we talked about what kinds of contrivances and melodramatic moves are considered "good" or worthy, and what kind are considered "bad" or unimportant. We also talked about when the mixing genres and formulas starts to weird people out, and which shows get relegated to the margins while others get to be more central to the discussion of the Golden Age of Television. 

Some of the shows that came up were "Buffy," "The Sopranos," "Boardwalk Empire," "Battlestar Galactica," "Gilmore Girls," "Breaking Bad," "Once and Again" and of course "Spartacus." But there were dozens that we mentioned in this free-ranging discussion of cultural hierarchies, criticism, characters' power struggles and why "Friday Night Lights" successfully crossed so many boundaries. 

Oh, and we also talked about shows that make us cry and how much we think about whether to bring that up in reviews. Enjoy! 

UPDATE: The podcast cuts off after I make a comment about my husband introducing me to "Buffy," around the 49-minute mark. I should have noted the somewhat abrupt ending in my introductory remarks -- I meant to do that but forgot. Sorry about that! In any event, at that point we ran out of time and had to end the podcast. A few of you have asked me if you missed anything after that point, but don't worry, you didn't. Again. sorry for the abrupt ending. I'm still working on my podcast production skills. 

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 Mo and Emily hate unfair dismissals of shows that explore emotional intimacy.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:19pm EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are back, with a jam-packed Friday installment of the podcast.

Today's breakdown:

Boardwalk Empire: 0:00 - 8:14

Alphas: 8:14 - 19:05

The Mob Doctor: 19:05 - 27:14

Revolution 27:14 - 46:16

Louie 46:16 - End

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 Mo and Ryan hate mediocre genre fare.

Music: "Revolution," The Beatles

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:27pm EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are back, with review of two premieres and one returning show.

Today's breakdown:

Guys With Kids: 0:00 - 7:38

The New Normal: 7:38 - 20:12

Sons of Anarchy: 20:12 - End

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Music: "Wild Boys", Duran Duran

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:05pm EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are looking for ways to add variety to this podcast feed, and are proud to introduce a new series that includes segments from past episode that are still relevant/amusing/enlightening today.

The move to the new hosting system has provided a lot of advantages, but unfortunately little access to the 2+ years of archives from the old feed. While those podcasts still exist, they are not readily accessible at the current time. They may well be available again for download in the future, but in the meantime, we hope this is an interim solution.

To kick off this series, we go back to September 2010, for the final twenty minutes of our podcast with Shawn Ryan ("The Shield," "Terriers", and the upcoming ABC drama "Last Resort".) This segment was actually his idea, as he wanted to use the opportunity of coming on the podcast to discuss some problems that showrunners have within this day and age of television production. It's a fantastic segment, and a highlight in the "Talking TV" history.

Enjoy!

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Category:From The Vault -- posted at: 12:49pm EST
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It's a podcast frenzy! Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee have already done a "Doctor Who" Watching TV podcast and a TARDIS-"Breaking Bad" Talking TV podcast this week, but we've got one more recording for you. 

On Sept. 1, Mo and Peter Sagal of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" sat down with George R.R. Martin to discuss all things "Game of Thrones." Martin is the author of "A Song of Ice and Fire," the novel series on which the HBO drama is based, and the panel discussion took place at Chicon, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention. The trio talked about the TV show, the book series and took audience questions for about 70 minutes. 

There are no time stamps on this particular podcast, but if you would like more details about what was discussed, you can see this summary on Mo's Huffington Post TV site

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Enjoy!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:04pm EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are back, with half-hour discussions of the "Doctor Who" premiere and the "Breaking Bad" finale.

Today's breakdown:

Doctor Who: 0:00 - 29:03

Breaking Bad: 29:03 - End

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Music: "Bad Medicine," Bon Jovi

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:32pm EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee have already produced one podcast this week, but we have a special treat for you as well.

While out in Los Angeles at the Television Critics Association press tour, Mo sat down in the "Breaking Bad" writers' room with creator Vince Gilligan for an hour to discuss the show in an in-depth manner. The pair go deep into the show's past, present, and give a spoiler-free look at the show's future.

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 Skyler hates her life right now.

Enjoy!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:47pm EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are back, with a full slate of shows to break down for your audio enjoyment.

Also, be sure to check out Ryan's new podcast, Not Just TV, McGee, for even more podcast goodness.

Today's breakdown:

Go On/Animal Practice: 0:00 - 15:39

Copper: 15:39 - 21:28

Hell On Wheels: 21:28 - 28:56

Boss: 28:56 - End

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Music: "Wheels," Foo Fighters

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:39pm EST
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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 EST
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Mo Ryan is out in L.A., working hard to bring you the latest and greatest from the Television Critics Association summer press tour. With Mo otherwise occupied, Ryan McGee brought in some heavy hitters. Myles McNutt stops by to talk about why "hatewatching" is a concept that might have gone too far in our general discourse, and then Donna Bowman and Noel Murray stop by to talk about the pros and cons of collaborative criticism. (You can find a good example of such criticism in the Summer Roundtable in which the three of us have participated this summer.)

Today's breakdown:

Myles: 0:00 - 23:49

Donna and Noel: 23:49 - End

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Music: "Hateful," The Clash

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:28pm EST
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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 EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are back, with a full slate of shows to break down for your audio enjoyment.

Today's breakdown:

Perception: 0:00 - 10:52

Hit And Miss: 10:52 - 21:40

Political Animals: 21:40 - 38:44

Breaking Bad: 38:44 - End

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Music: "Animal," Pearl Jam

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:20pm EST
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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 EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are back, this time with our biggest podcast ever. This sucker is long. But it's also one of our best, if I do say so myself. Which I can.

Today's breakdown:

Awkward: 0:00 - 11:39

Weeds: 11:39 - 20:25

Girls: 20:25 - 39:13

The Newsroom: 39:13 - 1:08:23

Anger Management: 1:08:23 - 1:29:49

Wilfred: 1:29:49 - 1:37:30

Louie: 1:37:30 - End

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Music: "It Won't Be Long," The Beatles

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:32pm EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are back, this time with the illustrious FilmCritHulk along for the hour-long "Mad Men" portion of the podcast. But the two Ryans have a full-length podcast BEFORE that discussion starts as well.

Today's breakdown:

"Burn Notice: 0:00 - 9:18

"Bunheads": 9:18 - 19:48

"Dallas": 19:48 - 29:54

"Falling Skies": 29:54 - 44:00

"Mad Men": 44:00 - End

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Music: "Keep Your Head," The Ting Tings

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:06pm EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are back, this time with Elio Garcia from Westeros along for the "Mad Men" portion of the podcast.

Today's breakdown:

The end of "Spartacus": 0:00 - 13:35

"Push Girls": 13:35 - 20:02

"Supernatural": 20:02 - 31:38

"Mad Men": 31:38 - 51:27

"Game of Thrones": 51-27 - End

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Music: "Until The End of The World," U2

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:57pm EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are back, this time with "Cougar Town" co-creator Kevin Biegel. He stops by the podcast for nearly an hour with in-depth discussion surrounding the recent changes behind the scenes, what that means for the show going future, and why fans shouldn't worry about the cul-de-sac crew's time on TBS. While you may have heard some rumblings about recent events, you definitely haven't heard them in as you will in this lengthy, candid conversation.

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 Ellie hates Laurie's club-related stories..

Music: "Have a Drink On Me," AC/DC

Here is the show's RSS feed.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:29pm EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are back, with another overstuffed installment. Along for the ride this time? Our good friend and fellow critic Myles McNutt.

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 a Lannister hates not paying his/her debts.

Today's breakdown:

Game of Thrones: 0:00 - 37:15

Mad Men: 37:15 - 1:07:18

Girls: 1:07:18 - End

Music: "Ladykillers," Lush

Here is the show's RSS feed.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:44pm EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee are back, with a new flow...well, on the internet, at least. We've moved our hosting for a variety of reasons, all in order to bring you the best content in the most efficient manner. And our first show? Huge. Tons of TV content for you.

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 a Lannister hates not paying his/her debts.

Today's show schedule...

Introducing The New Show: 0:00 - 5:23

Looking Back at "Lost": 5:23 - 24:10

"How I Met Your Mother": 24:10 - 30:17

"30 Rock": 30:17 - 34:28

"Person of Interest": 34:28 -40:42

"Grimm": 40:42 - 44:57

"Mad Men": 44:57 - 1:05:18

"Game of Thrones": 1:05:18 - End

Music: "The New Pollution," Beck

Here is the show's RSS feed.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:34pm EST
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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee welcome Andy Greenwald from Grantland to this week's podcast, recorded on May 14th, 2012.

The breakdown:

New Girl: 0:00 -11:16

Community: 11:16 - 20:51

Mad Men: 20:51 - 36:49

Game of Thrones: 36:49- End

Music: “Toxic,” Britney Spears

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:41pm EST
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