On episode 178, Jason (@theTVaholic) is joined by Kate Kulzick (@TheTeleverse) from The Televerse Podcast at Sound on Sight and Libya El-Amin (@TVCampfire) from the TV Campfire Podcast to talk some news and recent episodes of The Americans, The Vampire Diaries, Hannibal, Grimm and Doctor Who. Plus, some TV on DVD picks. (Start times of each segment/topic)
Get to Know the Guest (00:00:55)
Since it was Libya’s first time on the podcast, we asked him about what show/s got him hooked on TV and how he got into podcasting about it.
We talked about the following six TV news story:
- Don't Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 To Air Final Episodes From Season 2 Online
- CW Orders Originals to Series, Renews Beauty and the Beast, Dixie
- Glee Renewal Twist: Fox Orders Season 5 and 6
- Cancelled NBC Reality Series Ready For Love To Finish Its Run Online & On VOD
- NBC renews Parenthood, Revolution, 3 more
- Starz Renews Da Vinci's Demons for Second Season
We talked about the following five shows:
- The Americans – S.1 Ep.12, “The Oath” (00:16:01)
- The Vampire Diaries – S.4 Ep.20, “The Originals” (00:23:10)
- Hannibal – S.2 Ep.5, “Coquilles” (00:38:52)
- Grimm – S.2 Ep.18, “Volcanalis” (00:52:27)
- Doctor Who – S.7 Ep.11, “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS” (01:08:00)
TV on DVD Picks for Tuesday, May 7th (01:19:20)
Jason picked Flashpoint: The Fifth Season.
Kate picked Felicity: Season 3 and Season 4.
Libya picked Fringe: The Complete Fifth Season.
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What did you think about the spinoff of The Vampire Diaries? What do you think about The Americans as we near the end of the first season? Do you watch Grimm? What do you think about the first few episodes of Hannibal? What did you think about this week’s guests? Let us know in the comments, send us an eMail, connect via Twitter @TVtimesThree, or Like us on Facebook.
So happy to hear Parenthood was renewed–that was the main NBC drama I was worried about. Also happy for Grimm and and Revolution. Still watching Glee, but don’t know how they are going to stretch it out 2 more seasons–especially if they feel the need to find ways to integrate the original cast.
I haven’t watched The Originals backdoor pilot yet–I stopped watching TVD mid season 2 and forgot to record this episode. Once I have a chance to check it out, I’ll be sure to let Kate know what I thought. I will NOT be catching up on seasons 3 & 4 before watching. 🙂
As for the discussion on the preemption of episodes due to current events, I am completely against it–especially for serialized stories. Airing the episodes out of order just adds unnecessary confusion and throws the whole narrative off. You can throw up a warning before the episode to warn people who are sensitive to the current events to not watch, but I’d rather they still air it.
For the recent examples, I think Revolution was a different story–in Boston it was pulled in favor of live news coverage of the events. I figured it was then pulled for everyone else so they didn’t lose half their audience.
As for Hannibal, I agree that there seemed to be more going on there as this was planned to be skipped for a long time based on the screeners. I tried to watch the online webisode version but I was so bored by it–it made me realize the part of the show I actually like is the case of the week and not the character stuff. I wish they had not skipped an episode, but since they did, at least put up the entire episode (which I guess is now available on iTunes).
And for Castle, there was no way Beckett was going to die anyway–they should have just aired the episode, in-order. The strange thing is that even though this week the description listed this episode, the Boston ABC channel actually aired a re-run of the Tom Bergeron episode from 2010 (which I embarrassingly watched in its entirety waiting for Kate to step on a bomb–I was also confused why Castle was suddenly sleeping with a possible Nicki Heat actress!). Fortunately I had Castle recording from the NH station on another TiVo, and I was able to watch the episode–only to discover it was an annoying clip episode.
I find that kind of preemption even more annoying–the local Boston station should not have skipped the episode–or at least put up some notice that they were skipping the episode to warn folks ahead of time. This reminds me of the whole Utah station refusing to air Hannibal and New Normal–I don’t think affiliates should be allowed to skip airing the network’s primetime lineup. It is unfair to the residents in that area to miss out on the programming because their affiliate doesn’t morally approve of the content. They signed up to be an affiliate–if they don’t want to air the shows, then don’t be an NBC station!