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222: Going Through Changes With Big Mouth
Oct 10 • 108 min
Big Mouth has returned to Netflix for a second season of monstrous puberty (and puberty monsters), and Joe Reid is joining us to talk about the various sweaty humiliations that come with it! Around The Dial takes us to America To Me, Maniac, Chuck, and…
221: A Million Little Things: This Is (-n’t For) Us
Oct 3 • 90 min
When the most exciting thing about a new show is the moment David T. Cole rechristens it Men Of A Certain Beige, you know you've got problems…but returning guest Jeb Lund soldiered bravely through our grumpy discussion of ABC's attempt to throw This Is…
220: Saying Aloha To A New Magnum, P.I.
Sep 26 • 124 min
After the successes of its Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver remakes, CBS has turned west — way west — to bring Thomas Magnum to a new generation. Did it work? We invited Stephen J. Skelton and Todd Robert Anderson, co-hosts of the Film Pigs podcast and die-hard…
219: Saddle Up A New Season Of BoJack Horseman
Sep 19 • 92 min
BoJack Horseman dropped another season last weekend — along with practically every other streaming show, but this simultaneously hilarious, dirty, and dark animated dramedy is the one we chose to discuss, along with the correct amount of Todd; background…
218: Getting Into A Pickle With Kidding
Sep 12 • 74 min
Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry have re-teamed, for the first time since Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, on Kidding, the story of a children's TV host dealing with grief; Rolling Stone's Chief TV critic Alan Sepinwall returns to talk about it (and not…
217: You Don’t Know Jack Ryan
Sep 5 • 108 min
Tom Clancy's foxy CIA nerd is back in John Krasinski form for Amazon's new series, and first-time guests and ATX Festival poohbahs Cait and Emily joined us to talk about its problematic politics, whether the TV-scape needs another Homeland, why Krasinski…
216: Will You Be Enchanted By Disenchantment?
Aug 29 • 74 min
Matt Groening and a passel of ex-Futurama writers have brought Netflix a new animated sitcom set in a fantastical world with elves and personal demons and the like, but did we find Disenchantment_enchanting? Omar Gallaga returns to join our discussion!…
215: Regarding Better Call Saul’s Fourth Season
Aug 22 • 99 min
Better Call Saul came back for its fourth season a few weeks ago, and Will Leitch came back to discuss what's transpired so far: the deliberate pace, the subplots we don't care as much about (sorry, Nacho), the forecast for Mesa Verde's plans for market…
214: Should You Get Initiated Into Lodge 49?
Aug 15 • 117 min
AMC's newest drama is Lodge 49, the story of a dirtbag ex-surfer mysteriously drawn to a Long Beach fraternal order; does it deserve its Better Call Saul lead-in? Surf fiction fan Adam Sternbergh returns to talk about it! Around The Dial takes us through…
213: Does Making It Work?
Aug 1 • 111 min
What's not to love about a crafting competition show hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman? Wellll, Linda Holmes and the regulars could think of a few things, but our nitpicks stem almost entirely from liking the show and wanting it to be its best,…
212: Scaling The Walls Of Castle Rock
Jul 25 • 102 min
Hulu's latest original series, Castle Rock, is inspired by the works of Stephen King — but is the resulting series Stephen Kingdom Hearts? Deadspin editor, Dave And Jeb Aren't Mean co-host, and spouse of a Maine native David Roth makes his début to talk…
211: Looking For Signs Of Life On In Search Of
Jul 18 • 84 min
Rebooting a show hosted by original Spock with the new Spock may have seemed…logical, but the summer-weight EHG panel didn't think much of the new In Search Of, which is perhaps a casualty of the internet, and definitely suffers from not committing to its…
210: Journeying To The Outpost
Jul 11 • 83 min
Even in 2018, the summer TV season isn't all prestigious limited series and Emmy contenders: there's still misbegotten syndication-quality sci-fantasy stuff like The CW's overseas-Syfy import The Outpost! We stretched the bounds of Monty Ashley's patience…
209: Does Detroiters S2 Get A Yes In The Room?
Jun 27 • 102 min
The second season of Detroiters started last week, and new guest Josh Gondelman joins us to talk about why it's so great, and why it should be better known: the crack timing, the considered use of Tim Meadows in his lower "gear," and the things it gets…
208: Going Off-Script To Talk About Summer Reality Premieres
Jun 20 • 79 min
While some prestigious shows do find berths on summer schedules, it's also still a dumping ground for C-list reality shows — and for you, we welcomed back Jeff Drake…and made him join us in suffering through five premieres from the past week. In what ways…
207: Getting Our Claws Into Season 2
Jun 13 • 74 min
Season 2 of Claws is underway on TNT, and Jeb Lund returns to talk about everything from yummy visuals to tonal whiplash to Franka Potente's Rrrrrrussian accent. We're also going Around The Dial with an ATX Festival round-up, David Cassidy: The Last…
206: Stopping To Smell The Roses On The Bachelorette
Jun 6 • 93 min
It's time already for another Bachelor washout to take her turn as a chooser of men on a new season of The Bachelorette, and Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who also happens to be a citizen of Bachelor Nation, is joining us to discuss the…
205: On The Record With The Fourth Estate
May 30 • 108 min
Our esteemed colleague and Star Trek fantasy-draft star Mo Ryan returns to the podcast to talk about Liz Garbus's four-part New York Times documentary, The Fourth Estate, and the various frustrations we all had with both the documentary itself; its…
204: Counting Down 13 Reasons Why
May 23 • 82 min
As Netflix gives us another installment of 13 Reasons Why (and we get why they wouldn't call it 13 More Reasons Why, but…come on), our dear friend Joe Reid returns to dig into the sophomore season that has dramatically divided TV critics. Around The Dial…
203: Patrick Melrose Is Best In Small Doses
May 16 • 61 min
We hope Nick Rheinwald-Jones won't hold it against us that we invited him back to discuss Patrick Melrose, the Cinnamon Toastencrunch vanity proje— er, "Benedict Cumberbatch-starring miniseries based on the St. Aubyn novel series." Because y'all, we…
202: Having A Bunch Of Different Kinds Of Balls With Dancing With The Stars: Athletes
May 9 • 112 min
Will Leitch is a renowned sports journalist, so did we have him on to talk about 30 For 30 or something similarly thoughtful and incisive about the world of athletics? No, he's joining us to talk about the very special all-athletes season of Dancing With…
201: Now Re-Entering Westworld
Apr 25 • 80 min
As HBO's obsession-inducing dystopia returns for a second season, Eve Batey also returns to discuss reflections on capitalism; college-dorm philosophizing; why wigs are still shite in the future; and whether Ed Harris is using a stunt double. Eve claimed…
200: Finding Our Way Through Lost In Space
Apr 18 • 102 min
Netflix having successfully adapted House Of Cards (*********) and remade One Day At A Time, it's reached back into the archives of classic TV to bring us an all-new take on Lost In Space — and new guest Jeb Lund is here to talk about all the Robinsons'…
199: Does The Howards End Justify The Means?
Apr 11 • 82 min
Buzzfeed's Doree Shafrir joins the panel this week for the latest filmed take on E.M. Forster's Howards End, and while we liked some things — the casting; the memories of Witches Of East End occasioned by Julia Ormond — not everything about the new…
198: Gathering The Comrades For The Americans
Apr 4 • 93 min
The Americans is wrapping up its spy mission in the U.S., and You're The Worst creator Stephen Falk has crammed his viewing of the previous two seasons to prepare for our discussion of the Season 6 premiere! Around The Dial takes us through Alex, Inc.; an…
197: Should Silicon Valley Get Another Round Of Funding?
Mar 28 • 108 min
Silicon Valley returns for its fifth season on HBO, and a Who Weekly podcast host returns to the panel — this time, Jezebel's Bobby Finger, and we're all wondering how much battery the show has left. How many times can it repeat the same cycles? How much…
196: Raising Our Voices On Rise
Mar 21 • 87 min
NBC having lined up the showrunner from Friday Night Lights, a producer of Hamilton, and the former Ted Mosby for a weekly drama series about a high school putting on a musical, it was made very clear to us that we had better not think of having any guest…
195: Hitting The High Points Of Jessica Jones Season 2
Mar 14 • 102 min
S2 of Netflix Marvel anti-heroine joint Jessica Jones was a long time coming — and unfortunately it took a long time to get going. Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton joins the panel to discuss the absence of Kilgrave malice, whether thirteen episodes is five too…
194: Filling Our Plates With MasterChef Junior
Mar 7 • 72 min
It's time once again for Gordon Ramsay to take a break from screaming at adults and spend a few weeks gently critiquing kids: that's right, MasterChef Junior is back for Season 6. To talk about the premiere, we welcome first-time guest Lindsey Weber of…
193: UnREAL Season 3 Tries To Make A Connection
Feb 28 • 94 min
After a literal car wreck of a second season, UnREAL is finally pulling back the curtain again on fictional dating show The Suitor — and grown-ish writer Kara Brown pulled up a guesting chair for the first time to help us unpack the show's issues,…
192: Booting Up Our Powerbooks For The ’90s Dramedy Everything Sucks
Feb 21 • 76 min
Netflix has a new period drama, set in the '90s, called Everything Sucks. Where does it fall on the spectrum of Stranger Things to Freaks And Geeks? We've asked true '90s kid Stephanie Green to join us and break it down. Around The Dial takes us to Crazy…
191: A Meditation On Here & Now At Exactly 11:11
Feb 14 • 102 min
It's an EHG reunion! Too bad it's for Here & Now, Alan Ball's new HBO show, and while Tara and Sarah couldn't make it past the pilot, Joe had some additional insights on the existential crises (and Jim Carrey-an supernatural twists) of a Portland blended…
190: Taking Notes On A.P. Bio
Feb 7 • 90 min
As NBC leads us into the Olympics with a sneak peek of its new sitcom A.P. Bio, we call on Monty Ashley (get it) to discuss whether it should have been held back. Around The Dial takes us to 2 Dope Queens, Dragula, Intervention, Altered Carbon, and The…
189: Taking It One Day At A Time
Jan 31 • 87 min
Season 2 of the updated One Day At A Time dropped last weekend, and we talked with Kim Reed about the fine balance between sitcommy and touching; how the two finales stacked up; and whether we'd keep watching if Rita Moreno leaves the show. We went around…
188: Does High Maintenance’s Second Season Deliver A High?
Jan 24 • 81 min
High Maintenance is back on HBO, and John Ramos is also back to talk about the adventures of The Guy in marijuana-delivery-land; whether the show's too New York-y to be relatable, or warm-hearted enough to have broad appeal; and what exactly happened to…
187: Doubling Our Fun With Counterpart
Jan 17 • 88 min
As we count down to the official premiere of Starz's previously sneak-peeked new J.K. Simmons vehicle Counterpart, Eve Batey and Tim Ehhalt join us to discuss all the twists, turns, and…twins? Around The Dial takes us to new series Alone Together and Dr.…
186: Now Boarding L.A. To Vegas
Jan 10 • 72 min
A new year means new sitcoms, and Spotted Dick/seasoned business traveler Adam Grosswirth is joining us to discuss one in particular: Fox's budget-airline-com L.A. To Vegas! We debate whether Dave Will Hate Ridley Scott's new TV project The Terror, before…
185: Reflecting On A New Season Of Black Mirror
Jan 2 • 95 min
Happy new year! And…unhappy near-future narratives, as Nick returns to discuss the fourth season of Black Mirror. We all ranked the episodes from our least to most favorite, and discussed what worked (Star Trek neckbeard vengeance; "San Junipero" with a…
184: O Canon-baum, O Canon-baum
Dec 27, 2017 • 59 min
What's under the Extra Hot Great tree today in this winter-holiday all-Canon episode? First up is Supernatural's fifth-season "Changing Channels," a TV trope send-up with a couple of Buntnip elements the submitter hopes will guarantee a vote from Sarah,…
183: The Extra Hot Great Besties
Dec 20, 2017 • 41 min
Heading into Christmas, we decided to do our most positive episode ever: offering up our "Best"s in categories selected by listeners like you! What's the best show to watch when you're sick? What's the best fake website from a TV show? What's the best…
182: Curtsying To The Crown
Dec 13, 2017 • 116 min
We couldn't decide which was the week's most important TV premiere — the second season of Netflix's QEII drama The Crown, or Syfy's dark Chris Meloni comedy Happy! — so we decided to cover both! Joining us from Go Fug Yourself are our official purveyors…
181: The Quest To Care About Knightfall
Dec 6, 2017 • 96 min
Jim Durr joined us for the first time (on this pod, anyway) to talk about Knightfall, the new medieval drama on History, and while all its trebuchets, extreme helmet cams, and campy popes can't quite_make us care whether they ever track down that crusty…
180: Bundle Up For A Wintry Round Of TV Forcenings
Nov 29, 2017 • 47 min
Daniel MacEachern visits from the Two Spotted Dicks podcast to join Dave and Tara for a special winter-themed all-TV forcening episode of the Extra Hot Great podcast! Whose picks are cool and who would have preferred being left on an ice floe? Listen and…
179: Give Thanks For Another All-FMK Episode Of Extra Hot Great
Nov 22, 2017 • 104 min
Kevin O'Keeffe and Kim Reed join us as we head into America's favourite eating holiday by gorging on more than two dozen FMK matchups! It's gonna rock you!Special Guests: Kevin O'Keeffe and Kim Reed.
178: Wigging Out With The Trixie & Katya Show
Nov 15, 2017 • 92 min
Two ex-contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race see their web series graduate to a half-hour weekly comedy show on Viceland, so Mark Blankenship is here to help us spill the tea on The Trixie & Katya Show! Around The Dial spins to the series finale of The…
177: Is SMILF A Problem Child?
Nov 8, 2017 • 98 min
Frankie Shaw's new Showtime sitcom about a single mom in South Boston shows some promise, but did it make most of the panel — including guest Stephanie Early Green — too uncomfortable too continue? We discussed that, cute TV toddlers, and protagonists who…
176: Getting Locked Up With Alias Grace
Nov 1, 2017 • 84 min
As yet another Margaret Atwood novel gets a TV adaptation, Allison Lowe Huff and Extra Hot Game Time impresario Rob Hartmann join us to talk about Alias Grace, Netflix/CBC's period prison drama. Tara and Allison discuss whether Mike Rinder has become The…
175: Does Too Funny To Fail Succeed?
Oct 25, 2017 • 90 min
Our esteemed colleague Jeff Drake is back — and so is our esteemedest producer, David T. Cole — to discuss Too Funny To Fail, Hulu's documentary on the much-anticipated The Dana Carvey Show and its ignominious end. After a Robin Williams-ectomy was…
174: Vote-A-Rama: It’s Another All-Canon/Nonac Episode Of Extra Hot Great!
Oct 19, 2017 • 52 min
With Dave still in the field, we've invited Monty Ashley back for a very special episode. Will the "Michael's Gambit" episode of The Good Place and "Parker Gail's Location Is Everything" from Documentary Now! make it into The Canon? And will My So-Called…
173: Soft-Soaping Dynasty’s 2017 Reboot
Oct 11, 2017 • 64 min
In our first-ever EHG without David T. Cole, Tara and Sarah recruited Fug Girls Heather and Jessica to help them dissect the Dynasty reboot. Do the kids today care about these iconic characters? Should the show have gone to a streaming or premium-cable…
172: Getting A Forking Forkful Of The Good Place
Sep 26, 2017 • 106 min
As The Good Place's second season jumps off from its game-changing freshman finale, Kristen Bell expert John Ramos of the Go Pirates podcast on Veronica Mars returns to talk about how Good it actually is! Around The Dial stops at Broad City, Broad City,…
171: The Orville Crashes And Burns
Sep 13, 2017 • 76 min
We're glad Omar Gallaga returned to Extra Hot Great; we just wish we hadn't inflicted Seth MacFarlane's limp and self-indulgent The Orville on him (and ourselves). Fortunately, things perked up a bit when we went around the dial with Outlander, The Good…
170: Staying Hooked On Narcos
Sep 7, 2017 • 82 min
Narcos reboots for a third season (minus Murphy, not that anyone's complaining), and first-time guest Melissa Locker joins us to discuss all the addictive action! We ask Will Dave Hate This? about ITV's new gladiator-cosplay competition Bromans. Around…
169: TGIFF: Thank Goodness It’s Friday Forcenings
Aug 30, 2017 • 101 min
Monty returns during the deadest week on the TV schedule, and Tara proposed a TV forcening that had us all pick episodes from the week's deadest night — Friday — for each other to watch. We caught up with House Hunters, searched for Bering Sea Gold,…
168: Getting Our Hands On The Defenders
Aug 24, 2017 • 80 min
Netflix's long-awaited Marvel team-up The Defenders arrives…but given how long it was awaited, why isn't it better? Our Two Spotted Dicks pal Adam Grosswirth joins us to discuss. Around The Dial stops at the Claws finale, Episodes, So You Think You Can…
167: We Say ‘Good Night, Snuggles’ On Our Epic All-FMK Episode
Aug 16, 2017 • 115 min
Tara and Dave returned from a brief vacay to the carnage of a Fuck/Marry/Kill round of Wagnerian length and scope. Robot cars, starship captains, streaming (ew) services, Debra Messing characters, Golden Girls, Dean Norris, Briscoe vs. Frisco…people, it…
166: Drinking Bug Juice With Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
Aug 9, 2017 • 96 min
Netflix drops a sequel to its Wet Hot American Summer TV series, and Adam Sternbergh makes his long-awaited return to discuss whether it's as refreshing as an Otter Pop or disappointing as a melted S'More. Around The Dial brings us to USA's new limited…
165: The Lowdown On The Lowe Files
Aug 2, 2017 • 66 min
It's a double-date episode (aw) (barf) as Sarah D. Bunting's husband, Dan Brady, joins the panel to discuss the Lowe family's foray into the supernatural.Special Guest: Dan Patrick Brady.
164: A Quartet Of Summer TV Forcenings
Jul 26, 2017 • 102 min
Stephanie Green returns, and immediately regrets it when she finds out what Dave is going to make her watch.Special Guest: Stephanie Green.
163: Shooting The Shit On The Game Of Thrones Poomiere
Jul 19, 2017 • 77 min
TV: The Book co-author and Law & Order Fantasy Draft winner Alan Sepinwall is back to talk about Season 7 of Game Of Thrones. Should the show be moving faster, plotwise? Who's going to end up "winning" when all is said and done? Which characters are human…
162: Plowing Through Snowfall
Jul 12, 2017 • 71 min
FX fills Fargo's time slot with Snowfall, John Singleton's drama series about the birth of crack, and Nick Rheinwald-Jones joins us to talk about it because he lives in Los Angeles and definitely NOT because he is a crackhead. Sarah explains why she's not…
161: Settling Down With Playing House
Jun 28, 2017 • 89 min
Kim Reed joins us for a look at the new season, plus a Cheers Canon and a Dave-hate double dip!Special Guest: Kim Reed.
160: Scoring The Gong Show
Jun 21, 2017 • 102 min
ABC adds The Gong Show to its lineup of rebooted game and variety shows, and Jeff Drake joins us as we get out our scorecards to rate the results. Around The Dial clicks to Better Call Saul, Fargo, and 30 For 30, and includes an update on The…
159: Does Claws Scratch An Itch?
Jun 14, 2017 • 109 min
Eve returns to the guest chair to discuss whether TNT can finally Claws its way into the prestige-TV discussion with a dramedy about a nail salon's dirty bidness. We went around the dial with OITNB, The Handmaid's Tale, stupid Bravo tricks, and iZombie…
158: Standing Up With I’m Dying Up Here
Jun 7, 2017 • 89 min
As I'm Dying Up Here, the series adaptation of a non-fiction book, premieres on Showtime, Omar Gallaga returns to talk about its portrayal of the L.A. comedy scene in the '70s (and precisely how awful its opening credits sequence actually is). Around the…
157: Should House Of Cards Fold Or Double Down?
May 31, 2017 • 100 min
First-time guest Roger Cormier joins the panel to talk about House Of Cards's fifth season, and whether real-life crazer news cycles have made the Underwoods' nutty machinations suffer by comparison. We discussed whether Dave will hate History's upcoming…
156: Washing Ashore With Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
May 24, 2017 • 81 min
John Ramos joins us to talk about the third season!Special Guest: John Ramos.
155: Is Anne With An E The Red-Headed Stepchild Of Reboots?
May 17, 2017 • 94 min
New guest and certified Canadian Alex Collins sits with the panel for a discussion of Netflix's "gritty" take on Canadian kiddie-lit classic Anne Of Green Gables, and how it fares compared with the Megan Follows classic of yesteryear. We went around the…
154: Raising Consciousness With Dear White People
May 3, 2017 • 81 min
With Netflix launching the series sequel to the 2014 film Dear White People, we welcome back Kim Reed to talk about how well the adaptation works. Around The Dial stops at the latest Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Pop's reruns of ER, and Season 3 of Bosch. Kim makes…
153: The Handmaid’s Tale Has Us Seeing Red
Apr 26, 2017 • 73 min
Tammy Everts joins us to discuss Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's all-too-relevant dystopian story, plus Oprah and a Nonac!Special Guest: Tammy Everts.
152: If It Please The Court: Better Call Saul
Apr 12, 2017 • 89 min
As Better Call Saul returns for its third season, Jeff Drake joins us to discuss the slow-burning premiere (with a few peeks ahead at its showier second episode, shhhh). Around The Dial clicks through the series finale of Switched At Birth, Amazon's…
151: Spring Forward With Our Midseason Roundup!
Apr 5, 2017 • 105 min
Our esteemed colleague John returns for an overview of spring TV: the shows we can't wait to see or be reunited with; the shows we SHOULD be psyched about, but aren't; and the shows noooooobody should go anywhere near. We went around the dial with 13…
150: Turning It Out For RuPaul’s Drag Race
Mar 29, 2017 • 74 min
RuPaul's Drag Race has packed up all its wigs to move from LogoTV to VH1, and we welcome back our resident expert, Mark Blankenship, to talk about the Season 9 premiere! Around The Dial spins to HBO's documentary Rock And A Hard Place; the 29th season of…
149: Getting Punchy With Iron Fist
Mar 22, 2017 • 63 min
Our esteemed colleague Chris is back to talk about Iron Fist, a show only he among the panel managed to get more than a couple episodes into — and what exactly the show's problem is, from bad fights to worse accents. We went around the dial with Catfish,…
148: Lining Up For Hip Hop Squares
Mar 15, 2017 • 80 min
As VH1 and Ice Cube breathe new life into an old game show format with Hip Hop Squares, Allison Lowe Huff returns to discuss whether circle got the square this time around. Around The Dial stops at Feud, Amazon's Ronja The Robber's Daughter, Samurai Jack,…
147: We’re Digging The Americans
Mar 7, 2017 • 75 min
But maybe not Paige? Nick Rheinwald-Jones returns to talk tradecraft, Mad Men, and comedy on TV.Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.
146: Big Little Lies Our Mothers Told Us
Feb 23, 2017 • 98 min
Eve is back to talk about Big Little Lies, from Kidman's wig to good child actors to what we're hoping happens in the finale. Then Eve shared a Tiny Jane The Virgin triumph before we went around the dial with Homeland, The Good Fight, and First Time…
145: Joining The Fight With The Walking Dead
Feb 15, 2017 • 98 min
AMC's return to the zombie apocalypse after a midseason hiatus has us bringing Omar back to talk Negan, King Ezekiel, and zombie dismemberment! The Blotter Presents a look at two Texas true crime stories before stops Around The Dial at Humans, Legion,…
144: Rising To The Challenge’s 372nd Season
Feb 8, 2017 • 72 min
jk, it's 'only' Season 29 — but will this round of innovations breathe new life into MTV's old warhorse? Kim Reed has thoughts!Special Guest: Kim Reed.
143: Gingerly Broaching The Topic Of Riverdale
Feb 1, 2017 • 76 min
Leah Kwan joins us to talk about The CW's new Archie Comics adaptation!Special Guest: Leah Kwan.
142: Does Hunted’s Good Idea Make For Bad TV?
Jan 25, 2017 • 80 min
Monty Ashley on The Amazing Fugitive, home movies, podcasts, and more!Special Guest: Monty Ashley.
141: Making Deductions About Sherlock
Jan 18, 2017 • 95 min
Nick Rheinwald-Jones returns to talk about what may be 'The Final Problem' for real.Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.
140: Getting Our Nick-ers In A Twist Over The Bachelor
Jan 11, 2017 • 111 min
It's a new year for EHG, and a new journey for The Bachelor. Jeff Drake returns to talk about the special madness of Corinne, plus we pick our winners and wonder whether watching UnREAL has enhanced our experience of the original. The Blotter Presents…
139: Who’s The King Of The Man In The High Castle?
Dec 20, 2016 • 93 min
Chris Huff returns for a discussion of The Man In The High Castle — what works (set design; Smith); what doesn't (Juliana; Joe); and whether we'll finish out the season. The Blotter Presents tipped us to Unsolved Mysteries streaming online, plus the '16…
138: Filling Our Plates With Top Chef
Dec 13, 2016 • 106 min
TV's most famous cooking competition returns for a new season set in Charleston, South Carolina, so we've brought back our official Top Chef correspondent to talk about the rookies vs. veterans format; the problematic setting; and also, oh right, the…
137: Going All In On The Family With This Is Us
Dec 6, 2016 • 105 min
Allison Lowe Huff is back to talk about This Is Us, the lovably imperfect tearjerker that's occupying the Friday Night Lights lane in our hearts. We bid farewell to The Killing Season, wondered how Noel Crane fit into a true-crime classic, and celebrated…
136: Stuffing Thanksgiving TV Episodes Into The Canon
Nov 22, 2016 • 69 min
In anticipation of America's favourite bird-based holiday, we're serving up an all-Canon edition of the podcast, with the focus on episodes taking place around Thanksgiving! Dave presents "Homecoming" (The Incredible Hulk); Sarah presents "The Wheel" (Mad…
135: The EHG Crime Omnibus: It’s Killer
Nov 15, 2016 • 97 min
Eve Batey returns for a comprehensive look at crime TV past and present: Brooklyn 99, The Jinx, foreign-language series, trashy ID shows and even COPS. We went Around The Dial with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rectify, American Horror Story, and an apology for…
134: Going Long With Saturday Night Live
Nov 7, 2016 • 131 min
On the eve of the election, Omar Gallaga returns to talk about Saturday Night Live's political comedy, Benedict Cumberbatch's hosting début, and each panelist's personal SNL superlatives! The Blotter Presents a brief (and dismissive) look at Lifetime's…
133: Looking Into The Black Mirror
Oct 25, 2016 • 114 min
Our esteemed colleague Danny MacEachern is back on Extra Hot Great for a dystopian good time with the newest season of Black Mirror, from obsessive "like"-checking to robot bees and everything in between. Buntsy updated us on future true-crime programming…
132: The Listener Game Time Finals
Oct 12, 2016 • 57 min
Get ready for the knock-down, drag-out, final face-off of all our Season 1 Listener Game Time champions, as they battle to be the ultimate champion!
131: Is Luke Cage Bulletproof?
Oct 4, 2016 • 86 min
Our esteemed colleague Nick Rheinwald-Jones returns to talk Luke Cage, from the acting to the soundtrack to whether the 13-episode season felt like (or should have been) two shorter seasons. After a debate about whether David T. Cole will hate the distaff…
130: The Extra Hot Great Fall 2016 Preview
Sep 20, 2016 • 114 min
It's the pumpkin-spice latte of autumnal programming overviews! …Unless you hate those. Eve Batey's back to look at the best, worst, and meh-est of new and returning shows.Special Guest: Eve Batey.
129: Snatching Wigs With RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars
Sep 13, 2016 • 95 min
With the best of RuPaul's girls returning for another chance at the crown on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, Mark Blankenship returns to the podcast to talk about the twists, turns, and tucks! The Blotter Presents a true crime twofer: Sarah's assessment of…
128: Voting Early And Often On The West Wing
Aug 30, 2016 • 109 min
TWW Marathon Diarist Sarah Hope comes to Extra Hot Great for a West Wing floor fight: our favorite characters and relationships from Aaron Sorkin's turn-of-the-millennium political drama, the Sorkiniest moments, and the stuff that hasn't aged well…
127: Committing Mutiny With Halt And Catch Fire
Aug 23, 2016 • 93 min
As Halt And Catch Fire boots up for its third season, Philip Michaels joins us to talk about all the best bits (and bytes) of the first two episodes. The Blotter Presents Sarah's review of MTV's new true crime docuseries Unlocking The Truth, and then we…
126: Big Draw: Animated Shows For Grown-Ups
Aug 16, 2016 • 103 min
Our esteemed colleague Monty Ashley is back to talk about our favorite cartoons for adults in all sorts of categories — cartoons no kid should ever see (hey, Ren), series that work just as well for adults as for kids (lookin' at you, SpongeBob), the most…
125: The Question Is Zoot
Aug 2, 2016 • 86 min
For a very special all-'Is This Worse Than Jazz?' installment of the podcast, Dave, Sarah, and Tara invite discussion of their own possibly worse than jazz TV phenomena, and dig into questions submitted by listeners like you, grading them on an…
124: Where No EHG Has Gone Before: The Star Trek Fantasy Draft
Jul 26, 2016 • 118 min
Trek Week continues on Previously.TV with an all-new Extra Hot Great featuring Maureen "Mo" Ryan and the Star Trek Fantasy Draft! David Snyder kindly shepherded this EHG enterprise (geddit?!) through the lesser science officers, 90210 Borg Queens, and…
123: Rebooting Mr. Robot
Jul 19, 2016 • 116 min
As Elliot and the rest of the gang gear up for another season of hacking shenanigans on Mr. Robot, John Ramos returns to the podcast to talk about what went right, and what went otherwise. Around The Dial spins to the series premiere of HBO's Vice…
122: The Night Of At The EHG Round Table
Jul 12, 2016 • 99 min
Criminal Justice remake The Night Of bowed on HBO this week, and Al Lowe Huff is back to discuss the show, the original, and the importance of casting. The History Channel wondered if DB Cooper's case is Closed? before Tara Flipped Out, Allison joined the…
121: Loading In With Roadies
Jun 28, 2016 • 84 min
Remember how much you loved Cameron Crowe circa Almost Famous? Showtime must hope you do, because it's airing his new dramedy series about roadies on a rock tour; designated Rock Cop Jeff Drake joins us to talk about where it went right, and wrong. Around…
120: Paying The Piper With Orange Is The New Black
Jun 21, 2016 • 102 min
Orange Is The New Black Season 4 dropped over the weekend, and Monty joined the panel to talk pacing, mental illness, casting churn, and dark turns. We went around the dial with The Girlfriend Experience, a Skin Wars spinoff ("skin-off"?), Samantha Bee,…
119: Tackling O.J.: Made In America
Jun 14, 2016 • 75 min
Just when you thought you were O.J.ed out after American Crime Story, ESPN presents O.J.: Made In America, and we bring true crime aficionada Stephanie Green back to talk about the first episode! Around The Dial spins through Veep, The Real Housewives Of…
118: UnREAL-ity Television
Jun 7, 2016 • 85 min
UnREAL is back for Season 2, and so is our esteemed colleague John Ramos, who joins the panel for a discussion of Hollywood truisms, miscasting, and whether the show is using Craig Bierko correctly. We went around the dial with Angie Tribeca, The…
117: Saying A Little Prayer For Preacher
May 24, 2016 • 89 min
Eve Batey returns, but will it be to worship AMC's new drama Preacher, or to condemn it to Hell?
116: The Heat Is On: Summer TV Preview
May 17, 2016 • 146 min
As the "regular season" wraps up — is that even a thing anymore? — the gang plus Kim looks ahead to the new crop of shows, old favorites, and what we can't wait to watch…or boot off the season-pass list. Catfish, The Americans, Survivor, Scandal, and the…
115: Sissying That Walk With RuPaul’s Drag Race
May 10, 2016 • 99 min
Mark Blankenship brings his charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to a discussion of Ru's latest girls.
114: Blindly Watching Game Of Thrones
Apr 26, 2016 • 93 min
As Game Of Thrones returns from hiatus, and moves beyond the books, the gang plus Jeff and Nick talked about Jon Snow, Crone Castle, and what's next for the Starks. We went around the dial with Better Call Saul, Valleys Silicon and Happy, Houdini & Doyle,…
113: Crawling Into The Bunker With Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Apr 19, 2016 • 94 min
Please note the audio quality is not great this week. Sorry! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back for Season 2, but did she get more breakable during her hiatus? John Ramos joins us to talk about it! Liv delivers her final Season 10 Face Off report, and The…
112: THIS…Was American Idol (And Some Other Stuff)
Apr 12, 2016 • 86 min
Sarah D. Bunting is back from baseballing, and Stephanie Cangro is back to discuss the final season of American Idol, the Idol farewell, and what it all meant to us as a culture. Liv and a sugar high told us about Face Off and My Little Pony, and we went…
111: Delivering A Suspenseful Beating To The Walking Dead
Apr 5, 2016 • 91 min
New guest Daniel MacEachern and returning champion Omar Gallaga join us to talk about an apocalyptic cliffhanger!Special Guests: Nick Rheinwald-Jones and Omar Gallaga.
110: Daredevil: The Blind Leading The Bored
Mar 29, 2016 • 89 min
After David T. Cole died, then came back to life as befitting the Easter weekend, Jeff Alexander sat down with the gang to discuss the second season of Daredevil, Joe's issues with Jon Bernthal, why a character based IN NEW YORK CITY can't just be Irish…
109: Pledging Allegiance To The Americans
Mar 15, 2016 • 90 min
Tradecraft enthusiast Nick Rheinwald-Jones creeps back onto the podcast under cover of night to talk about the Season 4 premiere of The Americans. We break with tradition to let Dave interview Liv about the latest episode of Face Off, and ponder whether…
108: Is House Of Cards A Good Play?
Mar 8, 2016 • 111 min
House Of Cards dropped its fourth filibuster last Friday, and our esteemed colleague Kim Reed joined the gang to discuss how Frank Underwood and Scandal's Fitz stack up, plus constitutional procedure, hateful heroes, and a listener's possibly crackpot…
107: Speaking Truth To Catfish
Mar 1, 2016 • 105 min
Max defender and periodically ashamed Michigander Stephanie Green returns to talk about the ménage à trois that was the Season 5 premiere of Catfish and whether there's even a point to it anymore (…if ever). Liv takes us through the stages of the latest…
106: It’s Time For Rhyme
Feb 23, 2016 • 36 min
The first round of the Extra Hot Great Listener Game Time concludes with the Son Of The Game That Rhymes from Rob Hartmann. Who's the last one to advance to the Hallowed Hall Of Champions round? Find out!
105: Ringing In A New Season Of Better Call Saul
Feb 16, 2016 • 113 min
Better Call Saul returns for its second season, and Jeff Drake is back to talk about that, plus how much he hates Vinyl and which S2 Fargo should go into the Canon. Liv learned about parasites on Face Off, Sarah talked about American Crime Story's…
104: A Little Taste
Feb 9, 2016 • 54 min
Game experts and EHG contributors Trip Payne, David Ellis Dickerson and Rob Hartmann join Dave and Tara for a TV show theme quiz. Oh, the clips are only one and three seconds long. So there's that.Special Guest: Trip Payne.
103: The People Vs. The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Feb 2, 2016 • 125 min
The old TWoP bullpen is reunited as Pop Culture Happy Hour's own Linda Holmes joins us for a discussion of American Crime Story, Ryan Murphy's dramatization of (this season) the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Where will your panelists fall on the matter of…
102: The X-Files Returns, And We Want To Believe
Jan 26, 2016 • 113 min
As The X-Files gets back on the case, so does our esteemed colleague Eve Batey — does the show improve after the premiere? What's with the cast not aging? And who greenlighted those super-gross SFX? After Liv (and Ellie) took us through Face Off, The…
101: Legends Of Tomorrow…Today!
Jan 19, 2016 • 131 min
Our designated Legends Of Tomorrow correspondent John Ramos joins us to bend the very laws of time itself and discuss the series premiere of The CW's Legends Of Tomorrow DAYS before it actually premieres! Also returning? Liv Kwan, our seven-year-old Face…
100: The Final Count-Downton
Jan 12, 2016 • 94 min
Downton Abbey is back for one last spin around the foxhunting course…or something, and Nick's back to discuss the wedding, ageless Daisy, and what will become of Thomas and Lady f'ing Edith. We celebrated a Tiny Triumph, welcomed Smooth Joey Apollo to…
99: The Bachelor Turns Things Over To Gentle Ben
Jan 6, 2016 • 119 min
It's a new year, which means it's time for a new Bachelor, and we've brought our Bachelor correspondent Stephanie Green back to the podcast to discuss the Season 20 premiere (AND TWINNNNNNNS!). We also update you on the most popular team of the Law &…
98: That Championship Season: The Law & Order Fantasy Draft
Dec 15, 2015 • 121 min
Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall kindly subjected himself to our very first Extra Hot Great franchise draft as we all picked from our favorite detectives, ADAs, MEs, and baddies to form Law & Order-verse superteams. Who emerged victorious? That's up to you, and…
97: Heading Into The Lyons’ Den For Empire
Dec 8, 2015 • 119 min
Empire has taken its final bow (before coming back in like a Lyon next March), so we've invited Empire correspondents Eve Batey and Mark Blankenship back to tell us what they thought of the season to date. For The Blotter Presents…, Sarah tells us about…
96: The Marvel-ous Jessica Jones
Nov 24, 2015 • 84 min
Let's get this Joe on the road: with Reid off for the week, we asked esteemed colleagues John and Nick to join us for a discussion of Netflix's Jessica Jones, whether it works as a Veronica McNulty PI show of its own, and who Wil Traval reminds us of. The…
95: Dressing Down With Project Runway: Junior
Nov 17, 2015 • 104 min
Tim Gunn gets another chance at shoring up his fan base with Project Runway: Junior, the shrunk-down version of the fashion competition, and Stephanie Cangro returns to talk about it! Around The Dial stops at Peep Show, London Spy, The Man In The High…
94: Less Kissing, More Superpowers
Nov 10, 2015 • 113 min
Our esteemed colleague Monty Ashley covers most of the comic-book shows on Previously.TV, and he's back to talk about superhero TV from Arrow to, er, Zagents of SHIELD. We wrapped Project Project Greenlight, recommended Maura Murray materials in The…
93: TV That Battles Ghouls Between Giggles
Nov 3, 2015 • 114 min
With Ash Vs. Evil Dead premiering on Starz and iZombie well into a strong second season on The CW, we felt it was time to bring back horror/comedy/horror-comedy fan (and iZombie correspondent) Eve Batey for a discussion of both. Liv delivers her final…
92: Supergirl Takes Her First Flight
Oct 27, 2015 • 105 min
Does CBS's new Supergirl soar or splat? Jeff Alexander, who'll be covering the show for Previously.TV all season, returns to the podcast to join us in a discussion about the pilot. Liv gives us her thoughts on the season's penultimate Face Off before the…
91: Raiding The Mini Bar With American Horror Story: Hotel
Oct 20, 2015 • 132 min
That's right, listeners: Joe "Awardsy" Reid is back in the permanent Extra Hot Great rotation, as the gang (of four!) checks into American Horror Story: Hotel. When will the show lose most of us this season? What's with that kid looking like Noah…
90: The Good Wife: Still Good?
Oct 5, 2015 • 105 min
As The Good Wife returns for its seventh season, we welcome Adam Grosswirth to talk about how well the season premiere washes away the bad taste left by Season 6. Liv gives us her report on a freak show-focused episode of Face Off, and The Blotter…
89: It’s The Most TV-ful Time Of The Year!
Sep 29, 2015 • 119 min
Fall premiere season is upon us, and since we know you rely on us to advise you as to what to watch and what you can skip (you do, right?), we've invited Jeff Drake to join us for a discussion of the season: what we're into; what we probably should be…
88: They Win Some, We Lose Some
Sep 23, 2015 • 105 min
Now that we've put our champagne flutes in the dishwasher and peeled off our Spanx, we're ready to look back on the 2015 Emmy awards telecast, from how much funnier Andy Samberg was than the stiffs in the room to the feelings we experienced watching Jon…
87: Giving Project Greenlight The, Well, Green Light
Sep 15, 2015 • 106 min
The Good Wife Marathon Diarist Kim is back to discuss the un-Moored return of Project Greenlight, and whether a fourth season a decade in the making is off to a first-rate start. Tara shared a You're The Worst Tiny Triumph that is kind of the best before…
86: Do You EHG Listeners Know What Time It is?
Sep 8, 2015 • 31 min
Has PICCI been kind to Kim, Lea, Ian, and Michele? Listen to our latest special all-listener Game Time and find out!
85: Coming Home To Playing House
Sep 1, 2015 • 94 min
Now that Playing House's second season is well underway, we've invited Nick Rheinwald-Jones, one of its staunchest fans, to join us for a discussion of how things are going so far. Tara shares a Playing House-based Tiny Triumph, after which it's time for…
84: More Like Bear The Walking Dead, Are We Right?
Aug 25, 2015 • 118 min
Omar's back to talk about AMC's Walking Dead prequel, Fear The Walking Dead. Does it need more process and less teen angst? What's with the stupid driving? And will we keep watching? Dave explained a few EHG facts before Liv learned subtlety on the Face…
83: Humans: Heard Of ‘Em?
Aug 18, 2015 • 111 min
As Humans (heard of 'em) wraps its first season, John Ramos joins us to talk about the titular humans and their synth friends…and foes! Liv tells us all about a wedding-themed episode of Face Off, and Tara takes us through the latest idiocy making us all…
82: Project Runway Makes The Cut…Barely.
Aug 11, 2015 • 119 min
Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan joined the gang this week to take a closer look at Project Runway as it returns for a fourteenth season. Liv trolled us in her Face Off report, Tara recharged the amethysts Under The Dome with rage, and we went around the…
81: Let’s Give Summer TV A Hand!
Aug 4, 2015 • 119 min
Since summer TV is no longer dumber TV, we've invited Mark Blankenship back to the Blankenship Chair to join us for a discussion of our most winning series picks! Niece Liv — now seven years old — returns to bring us the scoop on Face Off's Season 9…
80: A Fine Kettle Of Catfish
Jul 28, 2015 • 108 min
Our esteemed colleague Kim helped the gang poke holes in Catfish this week, as we wondered whether Max has gotten better…or everything else around him on the show has gotten worse. We got psyched about the revivals of Wet Hot American Summer and America's…
79: Strained Explanations
Jul 21, 2015 • 87 min
The vampire zombies of The Strain are back on FX, and Omar Gallaga, our resident expert, is back to tell us all about the early days of the second season. From there, we go on to check on the latest events making us Domer, and flip Around The Dial with…
78: Scream-ing Meanies
Jul 16, 2015 • 79 min
Eve Batey makes it a threequel when she returns to discuss — and diagnose — Scream with the rest of the gang. We met the newest EHG-themed shirts, despaired of Under The Dome, and recommended Bosch, UnREAL, and British reality-show sleep aids, and Dave…
77: I Am Not A Crackpot, And Neither Are You
Jul 7, 2015 • 98 min
Dear Mr. President, There are too many ways TV can confuse us or let us down. Please eliminate three. We are NOT crackpots! Dave, Sarah, Tara, and special guest Nick Rheinwald-Jones share their own crackpot TV theories or opinions, and discuss submissions…
76: Under The Dome And Dumber
Jun 30, 2015 • 81 min
Our esteemed colleague Nick willingly trapped himself Under The Dome as CBS's summer "hit" returns for another season of crappy acting, bad CGI, and inexplicable character beats. After Sarah ripped off a rant about jeans and we compared jazz unfavorable…
75: Ew Detective
Jun 23, 2015 • 85 min
Point your GPS to Central California and meet your EHG regulars and frequent guest Jeff Drake for a discussion of True Detective's divisive Season 2 premiere! From there, we zoom on to an Around The Dial that stops at A Deadly Adoption, Poldark, The…
74: Hannibal: Food, Sex, And Death
Jun 16, 2015 • 93 min
Our esteemed colleague Joe K. Reid (note: not his middle initial) returned to discuss Hannibal's third season and whether the show's serving cannibalistic realness so far. Then we cleansed our palates with a quintessentially inessential TNT summer drama,…
73: Brain, Fried
Jun 9, 2015 • 94 min
With iZombie's season finale bearing down on us like a cannibalistic gym rat, we invited our iZombie correspondent Eve Batey to join us to talk about the season. Around The Dial takes us through Hoarders Live!, Serial Thriller, Tara's report on the ATX…
72: The Bachelorette’s Rose-Colored Asses
Jun 1, 2015 • 80 min
Our esteemed colleague Stephanie Green is back to help us mull the current season of The Bachelorette, including the "shocking" twist that began the season, the "explosive" "revelations" we can expect in coming weeks, and why Kaitlyn can't stop sucking…
71: Drag Race To The Finish
May 26, 2015 • 94 min
Now that the field of RuPaul's Drag Race contestants has been whittled down to just about the size of Violet Chachki's waist, it's time for us to bring back our resident Drag Race expert Mark Blankenship for a discussion of the season to date, and the…
70: Don’t Go Away Mad
May 19, 2015 • 76 min
Have a/some Coke and a smile as our esteemed colleague John Ramos returns to discuss whether Mad Men and Don Draper got a proper sendoff — and Buntsy finally stops torturing Dave with the DB Cooper thing. (Probably.) We discuss Nashville, vintage ads,…
69: In For A Penny
May 15, 2015 • 95 min
It's officially summer, and you know what that means: time to start a fire in the hearth, brew a pot of tea, and snuggle under a fur blanket for Showtime's Victorian supernatural drama, Penny Dreadful! Naturally, we were thrilled to welcome Matt Debenham,…
68: Do They Know What Time It Is?
May 6, 2015 • 55 min
Lauren, Andrew, and Shannon join us for our first listeners-only Game Time event!
67: Orphan Black Marks
Apr 23, 2015 • 71 min
Our Orphan Black and Daredevil correspondent, Jeff Alexander, returns to talk boy clones, beatings, and Buntsy's boneheaded D.B. Cooper theory. Liv submitted her final Face Off report of the season, and we all learned something about corporate synergy.…
66: Game Recognize Game
Apr 14, 2015 • 121 min
As Game Of Thrones launches its fifth season, both Particleer Nick Rheinwald-Jones and Ravens correspondent Jeff Drake join us to talk about the premiere. Sarah then launches her new Mad Men D.B. Cooper-watch segment, and Liv checks in with her comments…
65: The Beginning Of The End Of Mad Men
Apr 7, 2015 • 104 min
With Sarah back from baseball nerd camp at last, esteemed contributor John Ramos returned to EHG to talk Mad Men, shapeless narrative, and Roger Sterling's savvy borrowing of Sam Elliott's mustache. After a Face Off report on creepy dollies from Liv, we…
64: Dead And Loving It
Mar 31, 2015 • 109 min
As The Walking Dead wraps up its fifth season, regular Dead correspondent and designated pinch-hitter Jeff Alexander join us for a talk that ranges through the show, the comics, the spinoff, and which characters we could stand to see axed in Season 6! Liv…
63: Dancing With The Gladiators
Mar 24, 2015 • 125 min
Our esteemed colleague and ABC aficionado Kim Reed joins the gang for a discussion of Scandal, Dancing With The Stars's 20th season, and the extraneous bits of both. We premiered a new Phrase That Doesn't Pay, learned about Liv's superpower in the Face…
62: Facing The Seven Hours Of Music (or You’re Talented)
Mar 17, 2015 • 108 min
American Idol and The Voice correspondent Stephanie Cangro joins us to compare and contrast TV's current big two singing competition shows, and confirm for all of us that Harry Connick Jr. is, in fact, the best. Liv walks us through an intergalactic…
61: Burning Down The House Of Cards
Mar 10, 2015 • 97 min
Thanks for your patience, friends! We're back, and we're joined by our esteemed colleague Alex Zeidel for a discussion of House Of Cards's third season. Sarah's not a crackpot for thinking TV kids need to have a seat at the dinner table, Liv's talking…
60: Tough Cookies
Feb 24, 2015 • 96 min
Dean of the Blankenship Chair Mark Blankenship joins us to talk about the newest show he's covering for Previously.TV — Fox's runaway hit hip-hop soap opera Empire! Liv returns to tell us all about the "Troll Bridge" episode of Face Off, and then we go…
59: Here For The Right Seasonings
Feb 17, 2015 • 75 min
Our esteemed colleague Jeff Drake helped the gang dish on the Boston season of Top Chef, before seeing if we felt a connection with the current Bachelor and his crop o' lipstick-sharing crazies. Then Tara backhanded The Slap (for its own good, of…
58: Riddle Of The Jinx
Feb 10, 2015 • 103 min
If HBO's going to bring us a true crime docuseries about notorious non-convicted alleged murderer Robert Durst, we're going to talk about it — and we're going to get true crime expert Eve Batey to pause her Marathon Diary of The Wire and join us. A…
57: Holmes Sweet Holmes
Feb 3, 2015 • 117 min
Our esteemed colleague Allison Lowe Huff joined us to discuss a recent major arc on Elementary, and why the Sherlock Holmes-verse is so durable. After Liv reported on Face Off and the dietary preferences of lion sunflower creatures, we considered whether…
56: Boyds On The Side
Jan 27, 2015 • 98 min
Nick Rheinwald-Jones is our guest for a discussion of the just-kicked-off final season of Justified, just in time for Sarah to get on board. Niece Liv returns to cover Part 2 of the Face Off season premiere, before we move on to the most explosive Bunting…
55: Gleeking Out
Jan 20, 2015 • 122 min
Our esteemed colleague Adam Grosswirth returned to EHG to talk about Glee's final season, the two Ryan Murphys, and how the polarizing show will end. After we laughed at Kroll Show and failed to fall for The Fall, Dave showed off his Night Moves, and we…
54: The 72nd Oscars Jr. Awards
Jan 13, 2015 • 80 min
The 2015 televised entertainment award season kicks off with the People's Choice Awards, and…just kidding, we're talking Golden Globes with Joe Reid. We then revive "Will Dave Hate This?" in response to Amazon's announcement of its TV adaptation of Philip…
53: Downton For The Count
Jan 5, 2015 • 90 min
Our esteemed colleague John Ramos is back to assess the stateside season premiere of Downton Abbey — with all the Sarah Buntings that entails. We also sicced Wardrobe Cop on Rags To Riches, admired FXX's movie-advertising game, ran through the pleasures…
52: 2014 In Review
Dec 30, 2014 • 60 min
The EHG team breaks its long silence for a quick look back at the TV year that was, with some highly partial superlatives including Best New Show, Most Tragic Renewal, and Pierce Of The Year. Join us for all the triumphant laurels and rotten tomatoes!
51: Nonacs-travaganza!
Nov 17, 2014 • 48 min
It's time once again to consider nominees for the Nonac — the opposite of the EHG Canon, where the worst-ever episodes of otherwise-good shows reside. After Dave clarified a point of Nonac law, we turned our attention to the "disgusting clothing" and…
50: The A&E Afternoon-Programming Canon
Nov 10, 2014 • 60 min
Once upon a time, long ago (read: "the early aughts"), before the tyranny of Duck Dynasty, A&E really was about art and entertainment — viz. their weekday-afternoon "rock block" of enjoyable classics. NewsRadio, Northern Exposure, and Law & Order:…
49: The Extra Hot Great Program Parole Board Special
Nov 3, 2014 • 36 min
Our very special all-Program Parole Board special looks around the TV landscape and makes recommendations on which currently-barely-available series deserve to be put online for streaming, put back into the syndication rotation, or straight-up rebooted.
48: The Extra Hot Great TV Cop Special
Oct 27, 2014 • 26 min
For our very special TV Cop special, we hear from specially trained officers working cases involving special effects overreach, sexual ethics, booze, and much more!
47: The Trip Has Spoken
Oct 22, 2014 • 79 min
Our esteemed colleague Trip Payne takes a break from hunting for the hidden immunity idol to join us for discussions of Survivor, TV's krappiest kids, a notable casting change, and a South Korean reality show. The hills were alive with the sound of a Will…
46: Dead And Circuses
Oct 16, 2014 • 87 min
Joe Reid joins us to discuss the week in TV as Ryan Murphy premieres the fourth season of American Horror Story, murderous clown and all. Around The Dial takes us through Extreme Cheapskates, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., HBO's announcement of a standalone…
45: Homeland Wants Its Spy Mommy
Oct 7, 2014 • 79 min
Our esteemed colleague Jeff Drake came not to praise Homeland's season premiere, but to bury it — but he and the gang found a lot to like. We went around the dial with animated shows, British-history-based streaming sleep aids, and a great ending to a…
44: Wayney Days
Sep 30, 2014 • 73 min
Fox gets into the comic book adaptation game with Gotham, and Previously.TV's resident Gotham watcher Nick Rheinwald-Jones is here to talk about it with us! Around The Dial rolls through The Flash, Chicago PD, The Good Wife, and How To Get Away With…
43: Madam Secretary’s Diplomatic Immunity Is Revoked
Sep 23, 2014 • 86 min
Our esteemed colleague and EHG first-timer Allison Lowe Huff headed up the Madam Secretary discussion committee this week before Liv and Dave filed reports on Face Off and Billy Eichner, respectively. We also put a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode…
42: The Fall Guys
Sep 16, 2014 • 94 min
Our long, long three-week hiatus comes to an end with the return of John Ramos, and a discussion of new fall series — the ones each of us are into; the ones we should be into but aren't; and the ones we feel no one should be into. After Olivia's latest…
41: Making It Work (Yum!)
Aug 19, 2014 • 82 min
One half of the Fug Girls, Jessica Morgan, returns to the guest chair as we consider Project Runway and whether it's showing its age. We also talked about Utopia's not-that-crazy ideas, Rectify's Emmy chances in 2015, corporate fan-fic, and televised…
40: Getting Knicked
Aug 12, 2014 • 88 min
Alan Sepinwall joins us for his first-ever full episode of the podcast for a discussion of The Knick! After Face Off correspondent Olivia Kwan updates us on Episode 3, we go around the dial with Outlander, Dirk Gently, Amy Pascale's new Joss Whedon…
39: Hear For The Right Reasons
Aug 5, 2014 • 83 min
Previously's Bachelor/ette expert, Stephanie Green, joins us — even Sarah, with Time Warner Cable's capricious blessing! — to discuss the latest Bachelorette finale, slut-shaming, and whether anyone's still watching it (or going on the show) unironically.…
38: Making Up Is Hard To Do
Jul 29, 2014 • 64 min
The return of SyFy's Face Off brings series expert/first-time guest Monty Ashley (plus six-year-old fan Olivia Kwan) to the podcast to talk locked molds, co-operation, and why taking one class with your son might not be adequate preparation for a…
37: The Most Bad-Ass Podcast You’re Going To Hear All Week!
Jul 8, 2014 • 99 min
If we were going to be talking about the greatest TV bad-asses in a variety of sub-categories, it seemed obvious that we would need to bring bad-ass Omar Gallaga into the mix to join us and share his picks. We then move on to an Around The Dial segment…
36: Mentally Challenged
Jul 1, 2014 • 65 min
Our esteemed colleague and Challenge poobah Lilit Marcus joined the regulars this week for a spirited discussion of the artist formerly known as The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: is it money? fame? Bolivian marching powder? We went Around The Dial with…
35: Such Super Ladies
Jun 24, 2014 • 88 min
Learned correspondent Jeff Alexander returns to discuss what worked and what didn't in the season finales of Fargo and Orphan Black. Around The Dial takes us through The Haunting Of…, Doctor Who, Big Brother, Enlisted, Tyrant, and Dominion. Jeff makes the…
34: Never Poop In Westeros
Jun 17, 2014 • 106 min
Our esteemed colleagues Jeff Drake and Nick Rheinwald-Jones join the gang to talk Game Of Thrones, including the fate of The Hound, why Stannis sucks, whether we can compare the show to The Sopranos, and the wisdom of locking the door before visiting, er,…
33: Summer TV Weather Report
Jun 10, 2014 • 114 min
The great Joe Reid returns to his old stomping grounds for a roundup of the shows we'll be watching this summer, as we each pick one respectable series and one piece of beloved garbage. A super-sized Around The Dial features talk of game nights, possible…
32: Gone Catfish-ing
May 20, 2014 • 86 min
It's about finding love on this week's EHG, as we're joined by @midnight writer and Frasier superfan Matt Mira to try to answer burning questions about Catfish: how much of it is fake? what exactly did Carmen do to make her cousin fall in love with her…
31: BOOP BEEP! BOOP BEEP!
May 12, 2014 • 80 min
Official 24 correspondent Jeff Alexander joins us all the way from Minneapolis to discuss the first two episodes of the new mini-series. Around The Dial brings discussion of The Good Wife, NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby miniseries, and the cancelled shows we’ll…
30: Back To Louie
May 6, 2014 • 70 min
Sports On Earth's Will Leitch takes another run at what we like to call 'The Leitch' — successfully pitching a Canon entry AND winning a Game Time in a single guest shot — as we discuss the return of Louie. We went around the dial, singing 'Sunrise,…
29: Clone Club Colloquy
Apr 29, 2014 • 85 min
The great Jesse Murray returns for the first time in this podcast run to talk about the first season of Orphan Black, and what we’ve seen thus far of Season 2. Then he joins us to go Around The Dial with discussion of Playing House, Season 1 of Law &…
28: It’s A Mad Mad Mad Men World
Apr 22, 2014 • 93 min
As Tara takes a vacay, John Ramos joins the rest of the crew to discuss Mad Men's return for the first half of its final season. Has it lost its sense of humor? And how would we like to see it end? We also discussed a few shows we're late to the party on…
27: Game Of Chicken
Apr 8, 2014 • 92 min
HBO’s monster hit sci-fantasy series Game Of Thrones, which means we tapped our two Thronesters — Rankler Jeff Drake and Particleer Nick Rheinwald-Jones — to discuss it. We also go Around The Dial to touch on David Letterman’s retirement from The Late…
26: Ah, Peanut Butter! We’re In A Jam Now!
Apr 1, 2014 • 72 min
As The Walking Dead trudges its last walker of the fourth season across our screens, first-time guest/Walking Dead Particleer Omar Gallaga joins us to discuss it, all the way from Austin for our first tri-city podcast! Around The Dial finds us discussing…
25: Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, And Trip
Mar 25, 2014 • 74 min
Honored guest Trip "Willa Fortune" Payne joined Regina Dentata, Juana B. Arthur, and Salacious Bum to tell the T about Drag Race: what we like (Snatch Game), whom we hate (Santino), which queens we think will win (it's a surprise) (…not really). We…
24: We Used To Be Friends
Mar 18, 2014 • 95 min
With a Time Warner Cable outage preventing Sarah from joining us, we have to soldier on with our two guests, John Ramos and Nick Rheinwald-Jones, for a discussion about the new, Kickstarter-supported Veronica Mars movie, given that John was TWoP’s Mars…
23: Aggressive Scruffle
Mar 11, 2014 • 91 min
Back from a power-surge hiatus, the EHG gang welcomes our esteemed colleague Nick Rheinwald-Jones to talk Hannibal, Bates Motel, and horror in primetime. We debated whether to welcome a first-season Gilmore Girls to the Canon family, considered the grand…
22: How Amazing Is The Amazing Race?
Feb 25, 2014 • 89 min
Previously.TV’s Official Amazing Race commentator John Ramos returns to discuss the premiere of the show’s latest all-star season, although, as usual, your star mileage may vary. (Also your your all mileage.) We go around the dial to discuss Downton…
21: Four Of A Kind or Good Meechums
Feb 18, 2014 • 102 min
Dave Bunting Jr. rejoins us for a discussion of House Of Cards's second season — and his sister's headlong dash through 26 eps in four days. We determined whether Dave C. would hate upcoming BBC Robin Hood project Nottingham, went around the dial with…
20: That’s So Medal
Feb 11, 2014 • 101 min
First-time guest Joe Reid joins us to discuss the Winter Olympics in Sochi (with an assist from Olympics superfan Kat Hazzard). We then go Around The Dial to share what we’ve each been obsessing about in the world of TV for the past week, and Tara offers…
19: The Case Of Sherlock’s Third Season
Feb 4, 2014 • 85 min
As the third season of Sherlock comes to a close, we discussed the show's fidelity to the Conan Doyle stories with our esteemed colleague John Ramos, and whether the fan service of the first episodes really served the fans. Dave explained why he's…
18: Steakface
Jan 28, 2014 • 98 min
Fametracker co-founder/recently published novelist/brand-new father Adam Sternbergh visits to discuss the series premieres of Rake and Black Sails. After favouring us with a short excerpt from his novel, Shovel Ready, Adam submits the “Objects In Space”…
17: Looking For Love
Jan 21, 2014 • 83 min
Very special guest Mark Blankenship returns to his eponymous chair as we discuss HBO's newest shows — "gay Girls" Looking and cop-show/acting master class True Detective. We talked about which bonkers V.C. Andrews project might complete Lifetime's movie…
16: A Willingness To Return To Downton
Jan 14, 2014 • 101 min
Nick Rheinwald-Jones returns to help us discuss the fourth-season premiere of Downton Abbey and the fifth-season premiere of Justified. After touching on a Tara Tiny Triumph, Nick presents Big Love’s “Come Ye Saints” for submission into The Canon. After…
15: Crazy Name Mom Jeans
Dec 17, 2013 • 100 min
Honored guest Jeff Drake helps the regular EHG gang bid farewell to 2013 with a discussion of two melodramatic third-season shows, Homeland and Scandal. We shared a listener's Tiny Triumph; breathed fire at Jeff's case for a Game Of Thrones Canon…
14: Come On Down!
Dec 10, 2013 • 94 min
It’s Game Show Week on Previously.TV, and we could welcome no more appropriate guest than crossword puzzle maker, game show consultant, and EHG game contributor Trip Payne to join us for a discussion of the game show landscape today. We debate the…
13: SOAPnet Goes Down The Drain
Dec 3, 2013 • 82 min
Go Fug Yourself co-founder/co-editor Jessica Morgan makes her EHG debut as we discuss the imminent decommissioning of SOAPnet, and what we'll miss about it most. We take a moment to touch on NBC's live The Sound Of Music, and the new season of Best Ink on…
12: The Comfort of Procedurals
Nov 20, 2013 • 108 min
We're back! And so is valued guest Mark Blankenship, who from the Blankenship Chair steers us into a discussion of what makes a great (or good enough) TV procedural. From there, Tara insisted that she's not a crackpot for wanting fewer TV-streaming…
11: Say It Ain’t So
Nov 4, 2013 • 106 min
Since it's Joe's last big episode as a podcast regular, we let him run the show, which starts with a check-in on Saturday Night Live, focusing on Kerry Washington's guest-hosting gig. We zigzag over to the many charms of The Carrie Diaries, then on to…
10: Should You Invest In Dracula?
Oct 29, 2013 • 84 min
The full EHG roster is back in effect just in time to discuss NBC's supernatural energy-mogul series Dracula! The show that's so scary that not all of our co-hosts could watch the whole episode! (Yes. "Too scary." That's it.) From there, it's time for a…
9: Warrior Women of the Small Screen
Oct 22, 2013 • 78 min
Joined by special guest Nick Rheinwald-Jones, the gang talks about their favorite — and least favorite — lady bad-asses from A (Anna Espinosa) to…uh, A (President Laura Roslin's fondness for the airlock), and why Carrie Mathison has all the ingredients…
8: American Horror Story Stories
Oct 14, 2013 • 76 min
With honoured guest Dave Bunting, we talk about the premiere of the new season of American Horror Story — how it compares to past seasons, and to other horror series on TV (The Walking Dead, we're rolling our eyes at you). We revisit the standings for our…
7: Hooray For Fall TV
Oct 2, 2013 • 103 min
Now that most of the season's new shows have premiered, we review the ones we've sampled and discuss which we liked, which we didn't, and which might be gone by the time you get to the end of this sentence. We then move on to the question of whether to…
6: Canna-Vale Of Tears
Sep 24, 2013 • 93 min
In our latest XL episode, the gang rants and raves about the bests and worsts at the 2013 Emmys, including the internal results of the Emmy pool and one last Southland eulogy from Buntsy. We list our picks for the fall-season cancellation pool; introduce…
5: You Wanna Be On Top?
Sep 17, 2013 • 75 min
The return of reality television's Old Man River, Survivor, prompts a discussion of the state of Reality TV, and in particular, what ingredients go into making a good reality competition series. From there, Joe wonders if the recent plague of Bro Shows is…
4: Stretch Jersey
Sep 10, 2013 • 71 min
The EHG crew collectively heaves a sigh and collectively turns its attention to the Season 4 premiere of Boardwalk Empire. Moving on from the HBO of the present (and past, kind of), we consider J.J. Abrams's Westworld TV series adaptation and ask, Will…
3: Beeb-er Fever
Sep 3, 2013 • 65 min
This week, we take on BBC (America) programming. Should you watch the third series of Luther? Is the British Law & Order worth a look? What about one of the bazillion Jack-the-Ripper-adjacent shows? From there, we consider Black Mirror for a spot in the…
2: The State of AMC
Aug 26, 2013 • 75 min
Special guest star Dave Bunting is on hand for a deep dive on Breaking Bad and the state of the AMC brand in general. What's to become of the home of Low Winter Sun once its flagships sail away? From there, Dave Cole has a make-better suggestion for TV's…
1: Summer TV
Aug 22, 2013 • 73 min
The EHG Mark 1 crew is joined by Previously.TV East Coast Editor/new podcast anchor Sarah D. Bunting to share picks for the best and worst of summer 2013 TV. Sarah presents the "College" episode of The Sopranos for submission into The Canon. A winner and…