Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan

Hi, it's Mo here with a conversation with Kenya Barris, the creator and showrunner of the ABC comedy "Black-ish." We talked about the Feb. 24 episode of the show, in which the Johnson family has a series of conversations about police brutality and how to discuss it with the younger Johnson kids. We also discussed the racial landscape of TV and what has and hasn't changed there, and we talked about "Black-ish" in general and what makes it such a strong and versatile addition to the television landscape. About halfway through, executive producer Jonathan Groff joined the conversation as well. If you like this podcast, please check out two others that drop this week -- one with interviews with the cast of "Black-ish," one containing conversations with Alan Yang and Mike Schur, executive producers of "Master of None." And please check out my stories on "Black-ish" and how TV talks about race on the Variety web site, if you care to. 

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Mo and Ryan are back with a quadrilogy of shows to discuss.

0:00 - 12:19: Broad City

12:19 - 25:23: Girls

25:23 - 42:30: Togetherness

42:30 - End: 11.22.63

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Mo and Ryan are back with THINGS TO SAY. I know. Shocking.

0:00 - 40:23: Vinyl

40:23- 50:50:The Flash

50:50 - End: The 100

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Mo and Ryan are back and go down the "Making A Murderer" rabbit hole. But before that, they talk about two other shows as well.

0:00 - 13:50: Animals.

13:50 - 22:26: Agent Carter

22:26 - End: Making A Murderer

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It's Mo here, with a conversation with Mike Schur, executive producer of Parks and Recreation, Master of None, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the upcoming NBC comedy Good Thing. I spoke to Mike when I was in Los Angeles recently, and the shows and ideas we talked about in our wide-ranging discussion include (among other topics): 

  • The Leftovers (we talk about certain elements within Season 2 but not after the 40-minute mark. Also, my Variety interview with Damon Lindelof, which we talk about a little, is here and the Andy Greenwald-Lindelof podcast we mention is here)
  • Master of None and writing TV in the streaming age, i.e., how creating a show that airs weekly isn't like creating a binge-able show, and why limitations on writing aren't bad things
  • What an episode of TV is, should be or can be in the age of streaming, and the difficulties of ending anything, especially a long-running TV show 
  • In that context, we talked a little about the endings of Parks and Recreation, The Shield and The Sopranos (no Parks or Shield spoilers, but we do mention the Sopranos ending)
  • From minute 66 to the end, we talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We discuss what we liked about the movie, one or two things we question and what some of the responses to Rey say about popular culture.  

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Mo and Ryan are back with a mega-long, nearly two-hour episode. Hope you don't have any TV to watch: This is gonna take a while.

0:00 - 6:36: War and Peace

6:36 - 10:38: Mad Dogs

10:38 - 16:38: Baskets

16:38 - 29:25: The Magicians

29:25 - 45:36: Legends Of Tomorrow

45:36 - 1:06:55: The X-Files

1:06:55 - 1:23:08: American Crime Story: The People Vs O.J. Simpson

1:23:08 - End: The 100

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Mo and Ryan return with the first installment of 2016. We cover a lot of shows, and also our approach to TV criticism in the age of Peak TV.

0:00 - 38:10: Quick Hits: Angel From Hell, Second Chance, Man Seeking Woman, The Shanarra Chronicles, London Spy, Colony

38:10 - 1:00:27: Mercy Street/State Of TV Criticism

 

1:00:27 - End: Billions

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Mo and Ryan return. Again. I know!

0:00 - 18:51: Transparent

18:51 - 23:52: Deutschland 83

23:52 - 35:37: Survivor's Guilt

35:37 - 43:58: The Flash

43:58 - 54:34: Review

54:34 - End: You're The Worst

Here's a link to the article we discuss in the podcast about several shows.

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A special edition of the Talking TV podcast with a special guest -- Hitfix critic Alan Sepinwall (feel free to think of the episode as a rare edition of the Firewall and Mo-Berg podcast). We talk about the new, revised edition of Alan's book, "The Revolution Was Televised," and discuss what we love, don't love and question about the current TV landscape. Talk of Alan's book and general questions about the state of TV are woven into conversations about some of the shows on the Top 10 rosters we submitted this year to Hitfix's annual critics poll. 

Here are time codes for the discussions (and there is some overlap here and there, as well as a few mentions of other shows not listed here):

0 - 7:19 Introduction and book talk

7:20 - 12:59 Master of None

13:00 - 18:30 TV's worst trend

26:00 - 29:33 The Leftovers

29:34 - 37:29 The 100 

37:30 - 41:49 The trouble with many broadcast network dramas

41:50 - 50:25 Fargo 

50:26 - 58:21 You're the Worst

58:22 - 63:39 What's missing from TV 

63:40 - end Mad Men

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Mo and Ryan are back, this time with a deep dive into the second season of the HBO drama.

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Direct download: leftoversseason2.mp3
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