Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan

Give attention, "Spartacus" fans. We would break words with you. Find hand in possession of beverage, set mind to purpose and turn ears to epic finale podcast. Words will be spoken, hearts will be lifted, memories will be shared and such tributes will ensure that the Bringer of Rain, the Undefeated Gaul and all the gods of the arena shall not pass from memory. 

All right, that's about as much "Spartacus"-speak as I can manage right now. But Ryan McGee and I are very excited to mark the series finale of Starz's "Spartacus" with an extensive interview with the show's creator. For more than an hour, executive producer Steven DeKnight talks about how he and the show's creative team approached the final installment of the epic drama, the challenges of wrapping up various' characters arcs, the underlying themes of the drama and many other details about what you saw in "Victory." We also review many high points and memorable moments from the show's history, and we discuss various elements of the fans response the show elicited over the past three years. If you've got questions about the last season or the finale, they're probably answered here, or in Ryan's interview with DeKnight over at the AV Club. [By the way, earlier in the season, I spoke to DeKnight, as well as cast members Todd Lasance (Caesar) and Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), and those interviews is here]. 

At the tail end of the DeKnight interview, he also discussed a show he is developing for Starz, the military sci-fi drama "Incursion." I am very excited about that project and DeKnight revealed some key information about it in that part of the interview. 

For the final 20 minutes or so of the podcast, Ryan and I discussed our own reactions to the "Spartacus" finale, which I also wrote about at Huffington Post (that post also contains highlights of the DeKnight interview). Ryan's write up of "Victory" can be found here as well, and with that, we bid a fond farewell to "Spartacus," a badass, bloody, emotionally resonant show that accomplished a great deal in its short but eventful life. Gratitude! 

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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee look at two upcoming shows and look back at the season premiere of "Mad Men". The two will also have a special podcast coming later this week

0:00 - 4:09: Defiance Preview

4:09 - 19:00: Da Vinci's Demons

19:00 - End: Mad Men

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Mo Ryan and Ryan McGee look at two premieres and sing the praises of the 4th season of "Justified".

0:00 - 9:38: The Spies Of Warsaw

4:58 - 29:23: Hannibal

29:23 - End: Justified

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT
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Mo Ryan rejoins Ryan McGee for this episode to talk about the Peabody Awards, take a quick glimpse at some upcoming shows, and do deep dives into two fan favorites.

0:00 - 4:58 Peabody Awards

4:58 - 22:13: Mo's Quick Hits Corner (Orphan Black, Call The MidWife, Happy Endings)

22:13 - 36:34: Doctor Who

36:34 - End: Game Of Thrones

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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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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT
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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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