Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan

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. 

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 hates the fact that she's never actually seen "Pawn Stars."

Direct download: ROUNDTABLE.mp3
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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

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 hates people who make fun of her Midwestern accent.

Direct download: houseofamericans.mp3
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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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Direct download: spartyfollowing.mp3
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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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Direct download: legitarcher2.mp3
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. 

Be sure to subscribe to the 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 Oliver Queen hates Deadshot.

Direct download: arrow.mp3
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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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Direct download: 1600bansheegirls.mp3
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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

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 hates manic pixie dream companions.

Direct download: justifycougars.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:29pm EDT
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