Devin and I untangle our recent lack of enthusiasm for TV and explore the current state creatively and commercially of the television landscape.
In a throwback to the early days of our podcast, Devin and I caught up on some TV we’ve been watching recently.
The Good Place: 0:00 – 3:00
BoJack Horseman: 3:00 – 8:30
Insecure: 8:30 – 13:30
Forever: 13:30 – 19:45
Succession: 19:45 – 28:15
American Vandal: 28:15 – 33:10
Big Brother: 33-10 – End
Here are predictions for this year’s Emmy awards from me and my podcast partner Devin Mitchell. They are official and binding, and we arrived at them separately. If you bet on our picks and come up short, you may sue us for all we are worth.
Each day this month (assuming I don’t get busy or bored!), I’ll reflect on a tiny sliver of pop culture that I enjoyed or appreciated this year — scenes, shots, gestures, verses, sights, sounds, moments. Today: kids!
You never want to admit when a child actor isn’t quite cutting it. I wouldn’t want to be the director on a set with a kid who just can’t nail the take, or isn’t quite right for the role. It’s one thing to tell a full-grown adult that they missed the mark — most of them can take it. But a child? What kind of monster tells a child they’re just not good enough?
Luckily, this year, I don’t have to wrestle with that moral dilemma. There were so many great kids on TV this year! Here are a few.
On this episode of The M&M Report, Devin Mitchell and I look back on our favorite movies, TV, music, cultural moments and more from the past year. Listen for Devin’s passionate-ish defense of Ballers and my emotional reaction to the triumphant rise of Oscar Isaac, as well as our choices for favorite movie, SNL episode and late-night TV development.
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Diversity of many varieties was on the brain for many spheres of television this year. Network executives, showrunners, critics and audiences alike engaged in thoughtful discourse about what it means to make diverse television in 2015. There are more places than ever to watch TV, and more places than ever to distribute it. It makes logical sense that TV offerings this year would touch on a wider range of issues, feature a wider range of character types and demographics and explore a wider range of stories and universes than ever before.
But with great power comes great responsibility. My favorite shows in 2015 were the ones that used the expanding boundaries of what’s possible on television to their fullest advantage, crafting rich and surprising worlds, telling stories that dovetail with the themes, ideas and controversies guiding our daily lives. In relatively arbitrary order of preference (who’s to say whether a dark comedy about an animated horse is superior to one of the most beloved drama series of all time?), here are my ten favorite shows of 2015.
The last scene of the first season of Catastrophe seems to undermine much of what came before it. The six-episode series follows the courtship-in-reverse of Rob Norris (Rob Delaney) and Sharon Morris (Sharon Horgan) as they hook up in London, discover later that Sharon is pregnant, and prepare to spend the rest of their lives together despite barely knowing each other. As the season comes to a close, the impact of Rob and Sharon’s hasty decisions and the accelerated timeline of their relationship dawns on them. What was funny and charming turns caustic and contentious.