The M&M Report, Episode #3: The Adventures of Soy-Soy


Devin Mitchell and I are back with another lively episode of The M&M Report. This week, we briefly talked about the terrible Emmy awards. After Devin was too traumatized about Jeff Daniels to continue on that subject, we dissected six new fall shows, from the pretty good Brooklyn Nine-Nine to the awful Dads. Be sure to watch out for our discussion of the CBS drama Hostages, which inspired genuine fits of uncontrollable laughter from both of us.

Best of all, we kept it efficient this week, at least in comparison to our mammoth overrun last week.

Thanks for listening, and be sure to comment or let us know if you have any comments, suggestions or criticisms.

Also, an update from last week: Devin won our Emmy Predictions contest! Granted, he did it with only six correct guesses out of fourteen categories, but it beats my paltry score of 4 out of 14. I grudgingly admit that Devin is better at predicting the Emmys than I am…until next year.

See below for a breakdown of our topics:

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Three More Thoughts on “Rush”


Introducing my new feature, “Review Plus Three.” As the Assistant Entertainment Editor, I’ll be writing about various pop culture-related things for The Eagle, but there’s always room to expand. Here are three more thoughts on Ron Howard’s racing drama Rush.)

“Director Ron Howard’s biographical drama “Rush” takes nearly half an hour to rev its engines, but once it does, it’s a solid, sturdy, frequently thrilling survey of two adrenaline-craving Formula One racers battling for the coveted 1976 championship title.”

Read the rest of my Rush review here. Click through for three more thoughts!

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Pop Odds & Ends: Fall Into New Pop


Some of pop’s biggest stars have returned in fall force for the final quarter of this year, which is rapidly and bewilderingly winding down in just a few short months. I’ve got some (mostly positive) thoughts on new tracks by Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Lorde, Britney Spears and Eminem.

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Take 5: “Mad Men,” Fall TV, Pixar and More

Jon Hamm

Each week, I take a survey of the five most notable pieces of entertainment news and synthesize them for your reading pleasure for my The Eagle column Take 5. From the bifurcation of Mad Men Season 7 to the postponement of the next great Pixar adventure, it was a busy week.

AMC will air the final season of “Mad Men” in two seven-episode arcs, one in 2014 and one in 2015.

AMC will commission spinoff series tied to its established hits “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead,” rankling viewers who are craving new originals rather than tired retreads. Now, AMC has announced that it will split the seventh and last season of “Mad Men” into two years to capitalize on ratings, buzz and Emmy awards before the show can finally ride off into the sunset. This same strategy worked like gangbusters for “Breaking Bad,” but “Mad Men” may be approaching its expiration date faster.

Read the rest here.

Three More Thoughts on the Emmys

(Introducing “Three More Thoughts,” a new feature on my blog. In each post, I’ll include a link to my article for The Eagle about a particular topic – in this case, the Emmy awards. Then, I’ll add three more thoughts – hence the title – that didn’t make it into my initial piece.)

Even though the show was honoring the best of television, last night’s Emmy Awards telecast was decidedly not the best of television. Read on my for piece at The Eagle, plus my three additional thoughts.

Breaking Bad and Modern Family took home the top prizes for Outstanding Drama and Comedy Series at the Emmy Awards last night. It was a night of surprise winners, technical difficulties and awkwardly integrated musical performances. Neil Patrick Harris hosted as well as he could, under the circumstances, but even the magical NPH couldn’t atone for the many sins of this year’s Emmys telecast.”

Read the rest here. And read on for three more thoughts!

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The M&M Report, Episode #2: The Emmys Are Coming, The Emmys Are Coming!


Welcome to the second installment of my podcast with Devin Mitchell. This time around, thanks to our friend Eric Saltzman, we’ve got a snazzy podcast title. And thanks to the Emmy nominations, we’ve got lots of things to say. So much, in fact, that we recorded TWO podcasts!

Check out the first one for our thoughts on who will win and who should win in the Miniseries and Movie, Variety Series and Supporting Actor Comedy and Drama categories. In the second episode, we delved into the Lead Actor and Series categories. Things we learned: Devin loves Connie Britton, Mark loves the name Deacon Claybourne, and we both love Mad Men.

(Bonus: you can download the podcast now! Just click the “Download” button on the player.)

Comments, questions or criticisms? Let us know! Thanks for listening.

Part 1:

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Outstanding Leading Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Leading Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
Outstanding Variety Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” Instant Reaction: *Picks Jaw Up From the Floor*

Breaking Bad

Tonight’s episode of Breaking Bad was one of the greatest episodes of television I’ve ever seen. I never want to watch it again.

(MAJOR spoilers ahead. If you haven’t seen tonight’s episode, read this review at your own peril.)

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Introducing Devin and Mark’s Podcast


I won’t bury the lede: I’ve started a podcast! And I’m not doing it alone. My co-host Devin Mitchell and I are very excited to introduce the first episode of what we hope will be a weekly show. Each week, we’ll discuss topics in popular culture – mostly television, but we’re not opposed to discussing movies or any other pop culture that strikes our fancy.

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“American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars”: Old Habits Die Hard

Dancing Idol

American Idol and Dancing with the Stars have long since ceased to be the nation’s two most-talked about reality competitions. Idol has become increasingly adrift since Simon Cowell’s departure and the recent White Guy with Guitar phenomenon (extinguished last year due to blatant producer manipulation), while Dancing has fallen victim to a case of stubborn, agreeable familiarity: the show isn’t really capable of fully reinventing itself without alienating its core, older-skewing fanbase. Nonetheless, both of these shows remain at the center of their networks’ fall and spring lineups, and they’ve both recently made casting announcements. Time for some knee-jerk analysis!

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