The M&M Report: How COVID-19 Will Affect Pop Culture

SOderbergh.jpgDevin and Mark, still in quarantine after a month, take stock of how the pandemic has temporarily (and perhaps permanently) transformed the entertainment industry and our relationship to it.

Topics include: Film and TV production; SNL and late-night shows recorded remotely; movie theater closures; scrambled release calendars and canceled events; what the future may hold for pop culture devotees like us; and, finally, Drake.

Some further reading:

  • Deadline: What will happen on film/TV sets once they do eventually resume production
  • New York Times: Reporting on possibilities for fall movies and the Oscars
  • IndieWire: Steven Soderbergh leading a DGA committee on restarting production
  • Los Angeles Times: Film sets are notoriously unsanitary
  • Vulture: What happens for the rest of the year?

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The M&M Report: What to Watch While You’re at Home

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Devin and Mark, self-quarantining in their respective homes, review and recommend the first season of the USA drama series Briarpatch, created by former Grantland TV critic Andy Greenwald (0:00-32:40) and share some streaming suggestions to fill time while you’re at home for the next while (32:40 – end).

Oh, and we also talked about Contagion.

Mark’s picks:

  • Halt and Catch Fire, four ten-episode seasons on Netflix
  • The filmography of Kelly Reichardt (River of Grass and Wendy and Lucy on Kanopy; Meek’s Cutoff on Hulu; Night Moves and Certain Women available for rent)

Devin’s picks

  • High Maintenance on HBO Now (fourth season currently airing)
  • The Sopranos on HBO Now and Amazon Prime

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The M&M Report: “SNL” Therapy

Image result for PETE DAVIDSON SNL 44Devin walks me through a therapy session as we unpack the current state of Saturday Night Live.

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Topics:

  • Political satire (0:00 – 19:30)
  • Alec Baldwin (19:30 – 27:00)
  • Weekend Update (27:00 – 38:00)
  • Pete Davidson (38:00 – 46:00)
  • Mark’s theory on hosts (46:00 – 50:00)
  • Why we keep watching (50:00 – End)

Some sketches we discussed:

Other stuff:

The M&M Report: Catching Up on Recent TV

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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

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The M&M Report: Five Years and Counting

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Mark and Devin celebrate the five-year anniversary of their podcast (!) by exploring their pop culture origin stories and uncovering a few embarrassing secrets along the way.

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Here are some things that were true on Sept. 15, 2013 — the day Mark and Devin released the first episode of The M&M Report:

The #1 song in America was “Roar” by Katy Perry.

The #1 movie in America was Insidious: Chapter Two.

The host of The Tonight Show was Jay Leno.

The host of The Late Show was David Letterman.

The most recent Beyoncé album was released following months of advance notice.

Cardi B was not yet of legal drinking age.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were not married.

Justin Timberlake was kinda cool — but only for a couple more weeks.

Drake’s music career consisted of one mixtape and two studio albums.

Jonas Brothers were still together.

Bill Cosby was months away from NBC announcing his comeback in a new sitcom.

Donald Trump’s most recent trip to Russia was in 1978.