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Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.

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What Makes ‘The Mandalorian’ So Enjoyable? Plus, Hugh Grant on Episode 5 of ‘The Undoing.’
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Netflix revealed that 62 million people watched ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ once again cherry-picking which stats to release (1:10). ‘The Mandalorian’ is purely enjoyable and doesn’t need to try for much beyond that (10:58). Plus, Chris and Andy break down ‘The Undoing’ Episode 5 (22:18) before being joined by Hugh Grant to further discuss the series (31:40). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Hugh Grant
Nov 23, 2020
Is ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ HBO Max’s Hail Mary? Plus, ‘Industry’ and ‘The Crown’ S4, E3-6.
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‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ which was originally supposed to premiere over the summer, will now hit HBO Max on Christmas Day. Chris and Andy parse what this will mean for the streaming service and movies in general (1:09). Plus, the love continues for ‘Industry’ Episode 2 (14:45) and Chris and Amanda Dobbins break down Episodes 3 through 6 of ‘The Crown’ Season 4 (36:00). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Amanda Dobbins
Nov 19, 2020
‘The Mandalorian,’ Anya Taylor-Joy on ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ and ‘The Crown’ Season 4
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Chris and Andy break down the most recent episode of ‘The Mandalorian,’ which played to its strengths and was possibly the best episode yet (1:21). Anya Taylor-Joy joins the show to talk about playing Beth on ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ (27:41). Then, Chris and Amanda Dobbins break down the first three episodes of ‘The Crown’ Season 4 (51:32). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Anya Taylor-Joy and Amanda Dobbins
Nov 17, 2020
Lessons Learned After One Year of Disney+. Plus, ‘The Outsider’ Cancellation and All in on HBO’s ‘Industry.’
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Chris and Andy check in with how well Disney+ is doing one year after its launch date (2:32). Then, they discuss the surprising news that ‘The Outsider’ won’t be returning for a second season (19:59) and the exciting new HBO show ‘Industry’ (27:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Nov 13, 2020
‘The Mandalorian,’ ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ and ‘The Undoing.’ Plus, Remembering Alex Trebek With Claire McNear
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The second episode of ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 continues with even more Baby Yoda (6:17). The ending of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ was extremely well done just like the rest of the show (22:07). Plus, the third episode of ‘The Undoing’ (40:58) and an interview with Claire McNear about Alex Trebek’s legacy and her book about 'Jeopardy!,' ‘Answers in the Form of Questions’ (50:54). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Claire McNear
Nov 09, 2020
The Watch (Trailer)
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Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.
Nov 06, 2020
Mailbag Episode: Streaming Strategies, TV in 2020, ‘Top Chef’ Talk, and More
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Chris and Andy break open the mailbag to talk about which streaming services they would pay for if they didn’t cover TV professionally (19:46), whether 2020 is a better year for TV than 2019 (30:10), ‘Top Chef: Amateurs’ (48:57), and their favorite music to work to (53:25). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Nov 05, 2020
‘The Mandalorian’ Returns. Plus, Remembering Sean Connery and ‘The Undoing’ Episode 2
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Chris and Andy remember some of their favorite Sean Connery performances after the actor passed away over the weekend (14:59). Then, they break down the return of ‘The Mandalorian,’ which at this point is a finely tuned machine (22:22), and talk about the second episode of HBO’s ‘The Undoing’ (46:45).  Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Nov 02, 2020
‘The Queen’s Gambit’ May Be the Best Thing on TV Right Now. Plus, Apple TV+ Is Making Moves.
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Apple TV+ reportedly wants to bring the new James Bond movie to streaming, and they're also launching a new Jon Stewart series—it's clear that the streaming service is making a play toward something, we’re just not sure what (7:50). Plus, ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ may be our surprise favorite thing on television right now (25:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Oct 30, 2020
An Ode to David Fincher’s ‘Mindhunter.’ Plus, ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ and ‘The Undoing.’
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News broke last week that David Fincher’s ‘Mindhunter’ will not be returning for a third season. Chris and Andy talk about what made the show special (4:24). Plus: Oscar Isaac may be getting his own Marvel show (14:49), the funniest parts of ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ (28:16), and the first episode of HBO’s ‘The Undoing’ (43:22). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Oct 27, 2020
Could Anything Have Saved Quibi? Plus, the End of ‘The Third Day.’
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To not a lot of people’s surprise, the short-form streaming service Quibi shut down this week (01:03). Chris and Andy talk about where the company failed and whether there was anything that could have saved it (13:06). Plus, some director bullshit (32:36) and the ultimately disappointing end of ‘The Third Day’ (41:15). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Oct 23, 2020
The Pleasures of Passive TV Watching and Where We're at With Prestige TV
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What has been lost from the viewing experience now that most TV requires you to actively pay attention at all times (1:38)? Chris and Andy mull over that question, as well as what prestige TV looks like in 2020 (13:52) and the experience of watching a TV show like 'Borgen' versus 'Fargo' (28:39). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Oct 20, 2020
A Grab Bag of Pop Culture Recommendations and Rob Harvilla on the Music of the '90s
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Chris and Andy recommend a few shows that they’re liking that are not normal “Watch fare,” including ‘Borgen’ and ‘Call My Agent!’ (7:33). Then, they are joined by Rob Harvilla to talk about his experience with music in the 1990s and how he picked the songs for his new podcast, ‘60 Songs That Explain the ‘90s’ (32:46). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Rob Harvilla
Oct 16, 2020
Disney Reshuffles Toward Streaming and Breaking Down ‘The Boys’ Season Finale with Showrunner Eric Kripke
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In another sign of the times, Disney announced this week that they’re moving resources away from theatrical releases and toward their streaming service (5:53). Plus, ‘The Good Lord Bird’ Episode 2 (19:12) and Andy talks with ‘The Boys’ showrunner Eric Kripke about the show’s season finale (37:38). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Eric Kripke
Oct 13, 2020
Breaking Down ‘The Third Day’ and ‘Fargo.’ Plus: ‘Gangs of London’ With Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano.
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Chris and Andy break down the hard-to-stomach fourth episode of ‘The Third Day’ (4:23), the third episode of ‘Fargo’ Season 4 (12:17), and the latest Marvel news (22:23). Then, Shea Serrano and Jason Concepcion join the show to talk about the violent British crime show ‘Gangs of London’ (34:55). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Shea Serrano and Jason Concepcion
Oct 09, 2020
‘Glow’ Is Cancelled. Plus: ‘The Good Lord Bird,’ ‘The Boys,’ and Ryan and Musa From ‘Stadio’ on ‘All or Nothing.’
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Despite ‘Glow’ being renewed for a fourth and final season, Netflix announced they are cancelling the show (2:58). Ethan Hawke’s new project ‘The Good Lord Bird’ is like a really good history lesson (13:24), and ‘The Boys’ may have finally crossed the line on violence (37:16). Finally, Chris talks with Ryan Hunn and Musa Okwonga from ‘Stadio’ podcast about the Amazon documentary series ‘All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur’ (47:04). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Ryan Hunn and Musa Okwonga
Oct 05, 2020
Welcome ‘Ms. Marvel,’ Barry Jenkins and Disney, and an Interview With ‘Ted Lasso’ Executive Producer Bill Lawrence
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Marvel announced this week that a ‘Ms. Marvel’ series will be coming to Disney+ and that they’re tapping relatively unknown actress Iman Vellani to play the role, and Chris and Andy discuss what this news mean for the Marvel universe (3:11). Plus, they discuss Barry Jenkins directing the ‘Lion King’ sequel (18:45) and the third episode of ‘The Third Day’ (30:20). Lastly, Chris interviews ‘Ted Lasso’ executive producer Bill Lawrence (41:33). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Bill Lawrence
Oct 02, 2020
Breaking Down the Maximalist Violence in ‘Utopia’ and ‘Fargo’ Season 4
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Chris and Andy do a quick check-in about how much violence on TV they can stomach these days (1:33). Then, they break down the first season of Amazon’s violent conspiracy thriller ‘Utopia’ (15:21) and the long-awaited first two episodes of ‘Fargo’ Season 4 (33:31). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Sep 28, 2020
The Rolling Stone Best 500 Albums List and the Canonization of Music. Plus, Katherine Waterston on ‘The Third Day.’
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We talk about Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list and the act of canon-making that goes along with creating a list like this (5:36). Much to our delight, Steven Soderbergh is bringing ‘The Knick’ back for a third season (25:07). Then we break down the second episode of ‘The Third Day’ (33:38) and Chris chats with Katherine Waterston about the show (46:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Katherine Waterston
Sep 24, 2020
Breaking Down the 2020 Emmys and What They Mean for TV. Plus, Dave Chang on His New Memoir, ‘Eat a Peach.'
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It was a ‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweep at the Emmys on Sunday. Does that speak to the power of the Netflix bump (8:52)? Plus, the ‘WandaVision’ trailer shows that Disney+ holds the power (28:00), breaking down the latest episode of ‘The Boys’ (37:44), and Andy interviews Dave Chang about his new memoir, ‘Eat a Peach’ (44:43). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Dave Chang
Sep 22, 2020
The ‘Mandalorian’ Season 2 Trailer, ‘The Third Day,’ and Chloë Sevigny on ‘We Are Who We Are’
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The trailer for the second season of ‘The Mandalorian’ dropped this week and it featured lots of Baby Yoda and expensive-looking CGI (1:41). ‘The Third Day’ on HBO is an immersive and weird experience (11:05). Plus, we break down the first episode of ‘We Are Who We Are’ (29:53) and interview Chloë Sevigny, who leads the show (40:40). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Chloë Sevigny
Sep 18, 2020
Which Streaming Services Will Survive? Plus, Previewing Monday Nights on HBO, More Superhero Talk, and Aya Cash From ‘The Boys’
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After a slight executive shakeup at Netflix, we take a temperature check of how each of the major streaming services are faring right now (6:22). Then, we preview the HBO shows ‘Third Day’ and ‘We Are Who We Are’ (28:43) and break down the news that Jonathan Majors will have a leading role in the next ‘Ant Man’ movie (34:40). Plus, a conversation with Aya Cash about her role on ‘The Boys’ Season 2 (45:13). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Aya Cash
Sep 15, 2020
What the ‘Dune’ Trailer Reveals About the Star Wars Franchise. Plus, the End of ‘The Walking Dead’ and Breaking Down ‘The Boys’ S2E1-3.
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The trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ was released this week, and the movie looks expensive and like a new model for sci-fi movies (1:23). Meanwhile, the Star Wars franchise is flagging (11:56). Plus, ‘The Walking Dead’ is ending, but not without 30 more episodes and a couple spinoffs (34:43), and we break down the first three episodes of ‘The Boys’ Season 2 (40:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Sep 11, 2020
Mailbag Episode: Pandemic Content, Best Music of 2020 So Far, and What Shows to Look Forward to the Rest of This Year
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Chris and Andy open up the mailbag and cover topics like whether or not they want to see COVID-19 story lines in upcoming TV shows (12:37), what showrunners they would like to see tackle a new genre (30:15), some of their favorite music from 2020 so far (36:47), and what shows they’re most anticipating this year (43:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Sep 07, 2020
The Challenges of Adapting ‘The Three-Body Problem,’ Plus ‘Ted Lasso,’ ‘All or Nothing,’ and Previewing ‘The Boys’ Season 2
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News that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going to adapt the sci-fi series ‘The Three Body Problem’ for Netflix was met with trepidation online (10:32). Production of ‘The Batman’ has hit a snag after Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19 (26:47). Plus: a tale of two different types of soccer shows in ‘Ted Lasso’ and ‘All or Nothing’ (37:10), and previewing Season 2 of ‘The Boys’ (57:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Sep 04, 2020
Remembering Chadwick Boseman With Reggie Ugwu. Plus: ‘I May Destroy You’ Finale and an Interview With the Killers' Brandon Flowers.
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Chris and Andy are joined by New York Times culture reporter Reggie Ugwu to talk about the life and career of Chadwick Boseman, who passed away on Friday following a private battle with colon cancer (1:32). Plus, Chris and Andy break down the finale and phenomenal season of ‘I May Destroy You’ (25:36), and Andy is joined by the Killers' lead singer Brandon Flowers to talk about their new album, ‘Imploding the Mirage’ (53:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Reggie Ugwu and Brandon Flowers
Aug 31, 2020
Are TV Shows the New Movies? A Podcast Crossover Special, Part 2.
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In a special mega-pod, Chris and Andy are joined by Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins for a two-part conversation about the way that movies seems to be aping the modes and styles of TV, and vice versa. (For Part 1, check out 'The Big Picture' on The Ringer Podcast Network.) Hosts: Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan Guests: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
Aug 28, 2020
The 'Lonesome Dove' Megapod | Bonus Episode
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Welcome to the Summer of Dove. All four segments of Chris and Andy talking about the book and miniseries 'Lonesome Dove.' Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Aug 26, 2020
The Next Era of the DC Universe Is Here. Plus, ‘Lovecraft Country’ Episode 2, and an Interview With George Pelecanos.
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The teaser trailer for ‘The Batman’ was released over the weekend, along with some other DC Universe news (1:57). It leaves us wondering what we want from the latest Batman property (16:55). After a strong pilot episode, ‘Lovecraft Country’ hit some snags in the second (29:30). Plus, Andy talks with George Pelecanos about his new anthology series, ‘DC Noir’ (39:57). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: George Pelecanos
Aug 24, 2020
Affleck Back to Batman? A New Spider-Woman? Plus, Lonesome Dove Pt. 4
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Following announcements about upcoming Spider-Woman, Kraven the Hunter, and Batman projects, Chris and Andy weigh in on the news and the stars who could be behind each project (8:15). Then, in preparation for the finale of 'I May Destroy You,' they break down the latest episode and discuss the success Michaela Coel has had in her first season (27:50). Plus, the last installment of the 'Lonesome Dove' series (38:40). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Aug 21, 2020
Breaking Down ‘Lovecraft Country” with Showrunner Misha Green. Plus, the Third Installment of ‘Lonesome Dove’
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‘Lovecraft Country’ is a big, chewy show in a similar vein to other HBO shows, such as ‘The Outsider’ and ‘Watchmen’ (10:37). Creator Misha Green joins to help break down the first episode (29:26). Plus, the third installment of our ‘Lonesome Dove’ series (49:38). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Aug 17, 2020
'I May Destroy You Never Lets Up', Jake Johnson on ‘Hoops', and 'Lonesome Dove' Pt. 2
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Chris and Andy talk about HBO Max’s troubles, including its distribution struggles (02:39). Then actor Jake Johnson joins to introduce his Netflix show ‘Hoops,’ about a foul-mouthed basketball coach (12:07). And they continue their discussion about ‘Lonesome Dove,’ focusing on the miniseries’ second episode and the second chunk of the acclaimed book (46:45). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jake Johnson
Aug 13, 2020
What Just Happened at HBO Max, Justin Charity and Micah Peters on ‘Sound Only,’ and Part 1 of ‘Lonesome Dove’
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Chris and Andy discuss the recent executive shake-up at HBO Max, HBO’s confusing transition of their streaming platform, the HBO Max original film ‘American Pickle,’ the end of a well-executed season of HBO’s ‘Perry Mason,’ and more (0:06). Next, Chris is joined by The Ringer’s Micah Peters and Justin Charity to discuss the relaunch of their podcast ‘Sound Only,’ the evolution of art criticism, their entertainment consumption during the pandemic, and more (43:48). Finally, Chris and Andy embark on Part 1 of their ‘Lonesome Dove’ discussion, in which they dive into the iconic novel as well as Episode 1 of the limited TV series (1:08:45).
Aug 10, 2020
If 'High Fidelity' Can't Survive in Hollywood, What Can? Plus, an Interview With Timothy Simons About 'Yes, God, Yes'
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Hulu announced this week that it's canceling the critically loved show ‘High Fidelity’ starring Zoë Kravitz. It begs the question: What type of TV show can survive in the current television landscape (12:06)? Plus, we break down the most recent episode of ‘I May Destroy You’ (26:18) and an interview with Timothy Simons about ‘Yes, God, Yes’ and being a working actor during a pandemic (32:02). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Timothy Simons
Aug 06, 2020
Our Nostalgia for Syndicated Television, Plus: X-Men Past, Present, and Future With Jason Concepcion
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Chris and Andy reminisce about the comfort of after-school television and the cartoons they used to watch (5:51). Then, they are joined by Jason Concepcion to talk about how they were introduced to X-Men comic books (16:39), when they were most obsessed with the franchise (34:13), and what they want from future X-Men properties (59:02). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason Concepcion
Aug 03, 2020
What Do the Emmy Nominations Tell Us About the Current TV Landscape? Plus ‘I May Destroy You’ and ‘Perry Mason.’
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We break down the 2020 Emmy nominations, including some very obvious snubs (8:01) and what they tell us about our current TV landscape (18:14). ‘I May Destroy You’ gives us a type of intimacy rarely seen on TV (33:11), and it’s clear that HBO spent a lot of money on ‘Perry Mason’ (45:00). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Jul 30, 2020
Thoughts on ‘Folklore,’ the ‘Tenet’ Dilemma, and Rediscovering Sitcoms
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Some thoughts on Taylor Swift’s surprise album ‘Folklore’ and the art of a quarantine album release (9:01). ‘Tenet’ perfectly encapsulates the dilemma much of pop culture is currently facing (24:31). Plus, rediscovering the simple pleasure of sitcoms (34:21) and discussing how ‘Palm Springs’ is a high-quality hangout movie (52:49). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Jul 27, 2020
The End of Cable as We Know It? Plus, Wrapping up ‘Dark’ Season 3 and an Interview With Mark Duplass.
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Chris and Andy explore the phenomenon that is ‘Yellowstone’ (6:28) before having a broader conversation about the state of cable television (15:27). Then, they talk about the final episodes of ‘Dark’ Season 3 and reflect on the season as a whole (25:20). Finally, they are joined by Mark Duplass to talk about ‘Room 104’ and the current state of the TV industry (47:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Mark Duplass
Jul 23, 2020
'Game of Thrones' Prequel News and the State of TV IP, Plus 'Dark' S3
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Andy shares a bit of news about ‘Briarpatch’ (7:27). Then, the guys talk about the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel news and the never-ending search for hit TV IP (18:58). Plus, ‘Perry Mason’ is actually good (36:29) and breaking down episodes 3 to 5 of ‘Dark’ Season 3 (43:17). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Jul 21, 2020
Do We Have Old-TV-Show Fever? Plus, ‘Dark’ Season 3 and ‘I May Destroy You’
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With Netflix adding ‘Supermarket Sweep’ to its catalog and Peacock debuting a large library of old TV shows, are TV shows from the '90s the most valuable thing for a streaming service to have right now (19:51)? Plus, we break down the latest episode of ‘I May Destroy You’ (31:36) and the first two episodes of ‘Dark’ Season 3 (38:48). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Jul 16, 2020
What Are the Secrets of the Peacock Library? And an Interview With Roy Wood Jr. of ‘The Daily Show’
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Though it’s dense and complicated, ‘Dark’ is still an enticing show (3:25). NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, will be here soon, along with a large back catalog of shows and the sneaky-popular ‘Yellowstone’ (13:04). Plus, an interview with Roy Wood Jr. (25:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Roy Wood Jr.
Jul 14, 2020
Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Continues to Be Brilliant. Plus, Parsing 'Dark' and an Interview With Ramy Youssef.
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Before we jump into Season 3 of 'Dark,' we need to mentally prepare ourselves for how twisted this show is (10:23). 'I May Destroy You' continues to capture the moment in an incisive and elegant way (17:03). Plus, Chris talks with 'Ramy' creator and star Ramy Youssef about the show's second season (35:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Ramy Youssef
Jul 10, 2020
In the Streaming World, How Do We Decide When It’s Time for a TV Show to End? Plus, ‘Betty’ Director Crystal Moselle
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Netflix announced this week that both ‘Dead to Me’ and ‘Ozark’ will be airing their final seasons. It begs the question of how streaming services make the decision of when to end TV shows that could seemingly go on forever (11:06). Plus, ‘Hamilton’ is finally widely available on Disney+ (26:23) and Andy talks to the director of ‘Betty,’ Crystal Moselle (35:24). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Crystal Moselle
Jul 07, 2020
Top Five TV Shows of the Year, Plus: Sarah Snook on ‘Succession’
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As The Ringer discusses their top shows of the year, Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald follow suit and break down their top five shows thus far (2:00). Then, Sarah Snook joins the show to talk about her role as Shiv Roy in 'Succession' and the potential plans for a third season (36:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Sarah Snook
Jun 30, 2020
‘Betty’ Is a Love Letter to Being Young in New York. Plus: Peacock News and ‘I May Destroy You’
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‘Betty,’ a show on HBO about a pack of skateboarding teen girls, is joyous and depicts being young in New York as a real adventure (3:18). Plus, Peacock is hoping that ‘Brave New World’ can be it’s ‘Game of Thrones’ (26:42) and ‘I May Destroy You,’ just keeps getting better (41:30). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Jun 26, 2020
‘Perry Mason’ Is Dark, but to What End? Plus: the Top Chef, Melissa King.
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‘Perry Mason,’ the HBO reboot starring Matthew Rhys, is very expensive and very dark. Will either of those aspects make for a popular TV show (1:50)? Plus, we welcome the winner of ‘Top Chef,’ Melissa King, to the show to talk about her strategy for the finale (24:55) and what she learned about her cooking this season (37:59). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Melissa King
Jun 23, 2020
Padma Lakshmi on ‘Top Chef’ and ‘Taste the Nation.’ Plus, ‘The King of Staten Island.’
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Is ‘The King of Staten Island’ a good movie? Or is it just that there have been no new movies in a really long time (3:10)? Plus, Padma Lakshmi joins the show to talk about her new show on Hulu, ‘Taste the Nation,’ and her experiences while judging ‘Top Chef’ for 16 seasons (12:06). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Padma Lakshmi
Jun 18, 2020
What Happens to Your Cable Bill Once You Start Paying for New Movies, Too? Plus, ‘Top Chef’ and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
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On top of your various streaming services, you’re probably going to want to pay for straight-to-video releases as well. Just how big can your streaming budget get (3:15)? Chris and Andy break down the second episode of ‘I May Destroy You’ and the penultimate episode of ‘Top Chef’ (28:07). Then, Andy interviews Tom Russo and Fran Keany from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever about their second album, ‘Sideways to New Italy’ (43:08). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Tom Russo and Fran Keany
Jun 16, 2020
'I May Destroy You' Is Astonishing. Plus, Sam Boyd, the Creator of ‘Love Life’
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‘I May Destroy You,’ written by and starring Michaela Coel, may be the one of the best new shows of 2020 (5:16). The show feels like Coel announcing herself as a new voice in television (12:16). Plus, an interview with Sam Boyd, the creator of ‘Love Life’ (20:39). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Sam Boyd
Jun 12, 2020
‘Space Force’ Isn’t Sure What It Wants to Be. Plus, ‘Top Chef’ and Elwood Reid on ‘Barkskins’
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We recap last week’s episode of ‘Top Chef’ in which the contestants head to Italy to hunt some truffles (4:32). Netflix’s new splashy comedy ‘Space Force' isn’t sure if it wants to be mean like ‘Veep’ (23:26) or comforting like ‘The Office’ (32:15). Plus, author Elwood Reid joins the show to talk about his new TV series, ‘Barkskins’ (47:36). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Elwood Reid
Jun 09, 2020
Our HBO Max Prime-time Grids. Plus, Time Traveling with TV and ‘Top Chef’
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Revisiting a beloved TV show that you haven’t seen in a long time can almost feel like traveling back in time (1:54). Plus, once you figure exactly what HBO Max is and how to get into it (21:05), there’s a bounty of streaming options. We craft our prime-time grids of what we’re watching from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. (36:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
May 29, 2020
‘The Great’ Is Very Good. Plus Kristen Bell on ‘Central Park,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ and ‘Frozen.’
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Some musings on getting older (3:44) and then ‘The Great,’ a show you may have skipped over because it looks just fine, but is worth your time (16:07). Plus, Kristen Bell joins the show to talk about her new show ‘Central Park,’ as well as her iconic roles in ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘Frozen’ (32:44). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Kristen Bell
May 22, 2020
Remembering Lynn Shelton, Dan Pfeiffer on ‘Top Chef,’ and James Badge Dale on ‘Hightown’
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We take a moment to remember Lynn Shelton, a brilliant director of movies and TV (1:00). Then, Dan Pfeiffer joins the show to talk about his love for ‘Top Chef’ (15:52) and break down the most recent episode of ‘Top Chef: All-Stars L.A.’ (34:07). Finally, Chris talks with James Badge Dale about his new show ‘Hightown’ (57:22). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Dan Pfeiffer and James Badge Dale
May 19, 2020
What Does HBO Max Mean for HBO? Plus, Paul Mescal of ‘Normal People’
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HBO Max is set to launch on May 27 with an impressive streaming library (5:29). The streaming service from WarnerMedia Entertainment is a complete break from what HBO has been in the past (12:55). Plus, an interview with Paul Mescal, who plays Connell on ‘Normal People’ (26:15). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Read the Variety article on HBO Max here.
May 15, 2020
‘Top Chef: All-Stars’ Is Our New Favorite Sport. Plus, Kathryn Hahn!
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Unsurprisingly, Quibi is not doing well while everyone is stuck at home. We explain why we have some sympathy for the nascent streaming service (10:53). Plus, breaking down the restaurant wars from last week’s episode of ‘Top Chef: All-Stars L.A.’ (31:41) and an interview with Kathryn Hahn about her new show ‘I Know This Much is True’ (45:33). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Kathryn Hahn
May 12, 2020
The Tricky Art of Making a Streaming Comedy and ‘Normal People’ Season Review. Plus, ‘Arkansas’ Director Clark Duke | The Watch
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The trailer for ‘Space Force,’ Netflix’s flashy comedy created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carrell, was released this week, and we talk about what it takes to make a good streaming comedy (13:06). Plus, how ‘Normal People’ the show differed from ‘Normal People’ the book (28:37) and a conversation with the director of ‘Arkansas,’ Clark Duke (57:22). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Clark Duke
May 08, 2020
A Tale of Two ‘Tiger King’ Adaptations, ‘Normal People,’ and Tom Pelphrey of ‘Ozark’ | The Watch
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It now looks like there’s not one, but two ‘Tiger King’ adaptations in the works, and this reveals a funny thing about the TV industry and trying to get ahead of an adaptation (1:05). For May the Fourth, Disney gifted us with two bits of interesting Star Wars news (18:14). Plus: last week’s episode of ‘Top Chef,’ ‘Normal People’ episodes 1 through 6 (32:19), and an interview with Tom Pelphrey, who plays Ben on ‘Ozark’ (1:05:31). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Tom Pelphrey
May 05, 2020
Why ‘Normal People’ Is So Captivating, Featuring Director Lenny Abrahamson | The Watch
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The cult of Sally Rooney and stellar performances from the two young actors (4:06) are what makes ‘Normal People’ an instant must-watch and a masterclass on how to make a TV show that’s just about feelings (19:38). Plus, a conversation with one of the show’s directors, Lenny Abrahamson, about how he adapted the show from the best-selling book (36:27). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Lenny Abrahamson
May 01, 2020
The Magic of ‘Top Chef’ Over the Years; Plus, HBO’s ‘Run’ | The Watch
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Chris and Andy go deep on their love for ‘Top Chef’ (6:31) and talk about why you form unique relationships with the contestants on the show (20:35). And even though ‘Run,’ starring Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson, has all the makings of a good show, there’s something slightly off about it (36:00). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Apr 28, 2020
You Don’t Need to Worry About Netflix, They’re Doing Just Fine. Plus: The ‘Devs’ Season Finale. | The Watch
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Netflix added 15.8 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2020, showing in no small way that it is still the dominant streaming service (2:07). We wonder whether services like HBO Max and NBC's Peacock even stand a chance of catching up (20:09). Plus, we break down the ‘Devs’ season finale and reflect on the season as a whole (37:35). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Apr 24, 2020
Breaking Down the 'Better Call Saul' Finale. Plus: Actor Tony Dalton on Playing Lalo Salamanca. | The Watch
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Chris and Andy hone in on the season finale of their favorite show of the year: 'Better Call Saul.' They discuss the tonal differences between the world established here and in 'Breaking Bad,' the specific performances of Bob Odenkirk and Tony Dalton, and the way the cast and crew have perfected the craft of the 'Breaking Bad'/'Better Call Saul' extended universe (1:02). Then, Dalton joins the show to discuss his role as Lalo Salamanca, what he takes from the page and makes his own, and the most rewarding aspects of working in a high-level ensemble cast (44:32). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Tony Dalton
Apr 21, 2020
Hollywood Dealmaking Doesn’t Stop, Even If Production Does. Plus That 'Better Call Saul Scene' and Rosario Dawson on the 'Briarpatch' Finale. | The Watch
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Andy reflects on his time making ‘Briarpatch’ after the season finale aired this week (1:06). Production on most TV shows has ground to a halt due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean that Hollywood dealmaking is slowing down (15:42). We talk about that electric scene in the penultimate episode of ‘Better Call Saul’ (28:00) and give some immediate reactions to the first episode of ‘Mrs. America’ (38:33). Finally, Chris and Andy are joined by some of the cast from ‘Briarpatch’ (50:59). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Rosario Dawson and Jay Ferguson
Apr 17, 2020
The Magic of a Live Instagram Beats Battle, Plus ‘Run’ and ‘Devs’ | The Watch
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On Saturday night DJ Premier and RZA faced off on Instagram Live for a two-hour beats battle. It might be the most fun we’ve had in a long time and shows how content has evolved during this time of social distancing (1:59). HBO’s newest show ‘Run’ is a Merritt Wever showcase (26:03), and we’ve finally figured out the key to enjoying ‘Devs’ (35:35). Plus, a conversation with Scott Teems, whose Western-thriller movie ‘The Quarry’ comes to VOD this Friday (52:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Scott Teems
Apr 14, 2020
Laura Linney of 'Ozark.' Plus: ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Top Chef,’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ | The Watch
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There was not one, but two shows with desert-wandering scenes this week. Chris and Andy talk about ‘Better Call Saul’ S5E8 (4:50) and the penultimate episode of ‘Briarpatch’ and what goes into creating a scene like that (11:49). Then, they get on the line with Josh Phelps, who works at José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen, to talk about the organization's relief work (39:02). Finally Chris is joined by Laura Linney to talk about her electrifying role as Wendy on ‘Ozark’ (57:19). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Josh Phelps and Laura Linney
Apr 10, 2020
Quibi Is Interesting Even If the Shows Aren’t Yet. Plus: The Greatness of ‘ZeroZeroZero’ With Andrea Riseborough | The Watch
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Quibi, the streaming service that features shows that are just seven to nine minutes long, launched today. The “quick bites” represent a new format besides traditional TV (1:26). The latest episode of ‘Devs’ did more telling than showing (27:50). ‘ZeroZeroZero’ is a feat in tv making (41:27) and Andrea Riseborough joins the show to give us some insight into how the show is made (1:08:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Andrea Riseborough
Apr 07, 2020
Is the New TV Pipeline Drying Up? Plus: Rhea Seehorn of ‘Better Call Saul’ on Playing Kim Wexler. | The Watch
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Many TV productions on pause due to COVID-19—what will happen a few months down the road if there is no new TV? And what will it look like if all paused TV shows come back at the same time (3:53)? Plus: We break down ‘Better Call Saul’ S5E7 (24:13) before Rhea Seehorn joins to talk about what it’s like to play Kim Wexler on the show (41:20). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Rhea Seehorn
Apr 03, 2020
The Best TV Character of the Century. Plus: ‘Ozark’ Season 3 With Executive Producer Chris Mundy | The Watch
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The Ringer launched its Best TV Character of the Century bracket today, which led us to debate what makes an excellent TV character (1:09). You don’t need to fully understand what’s happening in ‘Devs’ to know that it’s a great TV show (31:31). And an interview with ‘Ozark’ executive producer Chris Mundy about Season 3 of the show (47:01). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Chris Mundy
Mar 31, 2020
Missed Pop Culture Moments and ‘Better Call Saul’ S5E6. Plus: An Interview with Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee | The Watch
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We draw from the mailbag to talk about some pop culture moments we feel like we missed out on, including ‘The Sopranos’ and rave culture (3:04). Plus: We’re running out of ways to say that Rhea Seehorn deserves an Emmy for her performance as Kim Wexler in ‘Better Call Saul’ (23:27) and an interview with Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield (49:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Mar 27, 2020
What to Watch: ‘Devs,' ‘Tiger King,’ and ‘ZeroZeroZero.’ Plus: Our Dream TV Adaptations | The Watch
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The Season 10 finale of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ aired last night and marked a remarkable comeback for the show that first premiered 20 years ago (7:53). We list some of our dream adaptations we’d like to see right now (19:24). Plus: ‘Devs’ and ‘ZeroZeroZero’ (35:36). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Mar 24, 2020
‘Better Call Saul’ S5E5 and How Reese Witherspoon Cracked the Celebrity TV Code | The Watch
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Social distancing is making us appreciate TV in a new light (1:06). In the fifth episode of ‘Better Call Saul,’ the show showcases Jimmy and Kim’s relationship in a way that stands in contrast to Walter and Skylar’s relationship in ‘Breaking Bad’ (15:23). And Reese Witherspoon’s character in ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ is very similar to her character in ‘Big Little Lies,’ but maybe that’s the point (30:32). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Mar 20, 2020
How the Coronavirus Is Upending the TV Industry. Plus: ‘Westworld’ Season 3 and ‘Devs' | The Watch
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The spread of the coronavirus has halted many television productions, and we take stock of what the TV landscape may look like in the near future (1:39). ‘Westworld’ returned on Sunday for its third season and many of the show’s old problems returned along with it (21:11). And with ‘Devs,’ Alex Garland is creating a different kind of TV world that’s interested in the “why” (33:42). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Mar 17, 2020
‘Better Call Saul’ Is the Best Kind of Fan Service, Plus the Brilliance of ‘Ugly Delicious’ Season 2 | The Watch
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‘Ugly Delicious’ starts off Season 2 by showing a softer side of celebrity chef Dave Chang, and in the process makes revelatory food television (11:01). ‘Better Call Saul’ Episode 4 is an episode best appreciated by a binge watch (19:02). Plus: an interview with the set designer for ‘Briarpatch,’ Richard Bloom (30:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Richard Bloom
Mar 13, 2020
‘The Outsider’ Season Finale, ‘Devs’ Season Premiere, and an Interview with the President of AMC, Sarah Barnett | The Watch
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‘The Outsider’ ended the way most Stephen King stories do—with a lot of buildup to nothing. But we still enjoyed ourselves along the way (1:00). FX on Hulu is here with the premier of ‘Devs,’ a science-fiction show that packs in mystery, emotion, and beautiful set design (29:38). Plus, a conversation about the current television landscape with the president of AMC, Sarah Barnett (46:36). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Mar 09, 2020
Why You Should Be Watching ‘Devs.’ Plus: ‘Better Call Saul’ S5E3 and ‘Briarpatch’ Episode 5. | The Watch
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Episode 3 of ‘Better Call Saul’ is the best Bob Odenkirk episode yet, as this season continues to get better (3:17). You should be watching ‘Devs,’ FX on Hulu’s flagship show from director Alex Garland (19:25). And a conversation with the ‘Briarpatch’ director of photography Zach Galler (26:11). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Zach Galler
Mar 06, 2020
The Outsider’ E9. Plus: What Does the Netflix Top 10 Teach Us? | The Watch
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Chris and Andy review the penultimate episode of ‘The Outsider’ (SPOILERS) (0:55), before trying to glean meaning from a new feature on Netflix—its top-10 most popular list (29:10). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Mar 02, 2020
Is This the Peak TV Tipping Point? Plus: Disney After Iger, and 'Briarpatch' E3 | The Watch
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Chris and Andy discuss the news that Bob Chapek will replace Bob Iger as CEO of Disney at the end of Iger’s contract in 2021 (1:57). Then they analyze what it’s like to try to keep up with the current deluge of TV content (13:36). Then, 'Briarpatch' co–executive producer Eva Anderson joins the show to discuss the making of Season 1, Episode 3 (34:23). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Eva Anderson
Feb 27, 2020
It's Time to Appreciate ‘Better Call Saul.’ Plus: ‘The Outsider’ S1E8 and an Interview With Greg Dulli | The Watch
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‘Better Call Saul’ returned on Sunday night for its penultimate season and it’s time to start appreciating the show for what it is: a masterpiece (2:14). Episode 8 of ‘The Outsider’ was the most Stephen King–influenced episode yet (26:45). And an interview with the musician Greg Dulli about his first solo album, ‘Random Desire’ (51:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Greg Dulli
Feb 24, 2020
‘Westworld’ Season 3 and the Problems With Robots on TV. Plus: Chris Carraba Reflects on the Legacy of Emo Music | The Watch
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The ‘Westworld’ Season 3 trailer dropped today and the show looks more sci-fi, and more expensive, than ever (5:41). ‘Better Call Saul’ is back on Sunday night with its penultimate season. It’s a show we loved, left, and have come to love again (18:56). Plus, Andy sits down with his longtime friend Chris Carraba, lead singer of Dashboard Confessional, to reflect on his career (24:43) and the legacy of emo music (1:03:08).  Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Chris Carraba
Feb 21, 2020
The Joys of ‘High Fidelity’ and a ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Roundtable With Eric Newman, Scoot McNairy, and Diego Luna | The Watch
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‘High Fidelity’ is a show where you get to hang out with Zoë Kravitz for 10 episodes, but it’s also much more than that (9:35). The seventh episode of ‘The Outsider’ doesn’t do too much to push the story forward (21:04). Plus, conversations with Eric Newman (30:06), Scoot McNairy (0:00), and Diego Luna (46:27) about Season 2 of ‘Narcos: Mexico’ (1:08:44). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Eric Newman, Scoot McNairy, and Diego Luna
Feb 17, 2020
The ‘Survivor’ Premier, ‘Briarpatch’ Episode 2, and Previewing ‘High Fidelity’ | The Watch
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Chris is first joined by Riley McAtee to break down the premier of ‘Survivor Season 40: Winners at War’ (1:17). Then he sits down with Andy and ‘Briarpatch’ actress Allegra Edwards to talk about how Allegra got cast on the show (29:12) and break down the second episode (47:27). Finally, Chris is joined by ‘High Fidelity’ creators Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka to talk about how they got to create their dream show with their dream star, Zoe Kravitz (1:08:18). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Riley McAtee, Allegra Edwards, Veronica West, and Sarah Kucserka
Feb 14, 2020
The 2020 Oscars and ‘The Outsider’ Episode 6 | The Watch
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The 2020 Academy Awards deliver a fun, messy, and ultimately feel-good telecast (0:41). Plus: Episode 6 of ‘The Outsider’ showcases everything that makes the show so captivating (41:15). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Feb 10, 2020
Breaking Down the First Episode of 'Briarpatch' (Live) | The Watch
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Andy reflects on his journey to creating 'Briarpatch' and the challenges of creating a pilot episode (1:00). Then, Chris and Andy are joined live on stage by Sam Esmail, Kim Dickens, and Jay Ferguson to break down the first episode of 'Briarpatch' (27:58). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Sam Esmail, Kim Dickens, and Jay Ferguson
Feb 07, 2020
The Marvel Cinematic Universe Becomes the Marvel TV Universe. Plus: ‘The Outsider’ Episode 5. | The Watch
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The Super Bowl isn’t just for football; it’s for trailer debuts as well. After watching three new trailers for Marvel TV shows, we try to suss out what a Marvel television universe will look like (3:04). Plus: Quibi’s bet on the way people will be watching TV in the near future (21:50), and ‘The Outsider’ S1E5 (34:01). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Feb 03, 2020
Why ‘The Outsider’ Is TV’s Best Mystery. Plus: More ‘Cheer’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ | The Watch
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By dabbling in the supernatural, ‘The Outsider’ is quickly becoming the best mystery on TV right now (1:23). It’s hard to imagine a fictional version of the docuseries ‘Cheer,’ and that’s what makes it so good (23:55). Plus: living voyeuristically through Larry in ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ (32:40) and wondering what exactly is going on with the Obi-Wan Kenobi series (39:01). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jason Concepcion
Jan 31, 2020
Nic Pizzolatto Has a New Home, ‘Parasite’ Five Months Later, and Dispatches From Sundance | The Watch
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It’s a ‘True Detective’ reunion over at FX, with Nic Pizzolatto and Matthew McConaughey linking up to produce a drama series called ‘Redeemer’ (10:21). Andy finally saw ‘Parasite’ and is ready to crown it the best movie of 2019 (16:44). Plus, thoughts on the first episode of ‘Star Trek: Picard’ (27:15) and a report from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival (40:13). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Juliet Litman
Jan 28, 2020
Anticipation for ‘Star Trek: Picard’ and Why You Should Be Watching ‘Cheer’ | The Watch
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Andy gives an update on where he is in ‘Briarpatch’ production (4:33) and the guys preview some shows that are coming soon, including ‘Star Trek: Picard’ (11:21) and the ‘Star Wars’ series centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi (19:29). Plus: the reality TV moment that’s happening on Netflix (29:37). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Kaya McMullen
Jan 24, 2020
Why ‘The Outsider’ Works Where Other Stephen King Adaptations Fail. Plus: ‘The New Pope,’ ‘Avenue 5,’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ | The Watch
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In its third episode, ‘The Outsider’ has managed to avoid mistakes made by other Stephen King adaptations (6:39) and also be more than a procedural crime drama (21:15). Plus, we break down ‘The New Pope’ (28:03), ‘Avenue 5’ (38:42), and the Season 10 premiere of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ (50:55). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Jan 20, 2020
Solving the 'Star Wars' Identity Crisis and 'Don't F**k With Cats,' With Chuck Klosterman | The Watch
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Chuck talks about why he's in no rush to see 'Rise of Skywalker,' despite being a massive fan of the franchise (5:07) and why it might be time to stop trying to expand the 'Star Wars' universe (26:45). Plus: 'Don't F**k With Cats,' a good show that you can't really recommend (36:43). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Chuck Klosterman
Jan 17, 2020
On the Other Side of the TCAs and Breaking Down the First Two Episodes of ‘The Outsider’ | The Watch
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Andy tells us what it was like to present ‘Briarpatch’ at the TCAs (2:11) and gives some hot takes on the Oscar nominations (26:13), before breaking down the first episode of ‘The Outsider’ (34:44). Then, Jason Concepcion joins to talk about ‘The Outsider’ Episode 2 and Patrick Radden Keefe’s book, ‘Say Nothing’ (47:24). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason Concepcion
Jan 13, 2020
What FX Will Look Like in 2020. Plus, a Conversation With Rob Corddry and Krister Johnson of ‘Medical Police’ | The Watch
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The FX network gave its presentation at the TCAs today and told us when to expect the next season of ‘Atlanta’ (1:00) and gave premiere dates for a slate of other shows (11:34). Then, Chris sits down with the creators of ‘Medical Police,’ Rob Corddry and Krister Johnson, to talk about the process of creating the show (32:12) and why they looked to ‘Jack Ryan’ for inspiration while writing it (44:39). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Rob Corddry and Krister Johnson
Jan 10, 2020
New Year, New Mailbag Episode | The Watch
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Chris and Andy shout out the 'Watch’ Facebook group’s favorite TV shows of 2019 (2:26) before opening up the mailbag to answer some listener questions. They talk about which 2019 movies should have been TV shows (27:24), what they were watching at the beginning of the decade (34:35), and which Netflix films they’re most excited for in 2020 (43:45). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Jan 06, 2020
‘The Mandalorian’ Gave Us Everything We Wanted | The Watch
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We break down the finale of ‘The Mandalorian’ and reflect on why this piece of ‘Star Wars’ content worked where others failed (1:39). Plus: a special shoutout to the show's score (26:47) and what the success of the Disney+ product means for streaming networks like Netflix and Amazon (43:14). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Sean Fennessey
Jan 03, 2020
The Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2020 | The Watch
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Chris previews the TV landscape for 2020, including what might fill the void left by 'Game of Thrones' (1:00), his 10 most anticipated shows of 2020 (5:15), and what to look out for in the next stage of the streaming wars (34:00). Host: Chris Ryan
Dec 26, 2019
'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker': A Shocking Disappointment (SPOILERS) | The Watch
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If you liked 'Rise of Skywalker,' you're not going to like this podcast. The latest movie left us totally confused about where the franchise wants to go (4:15). We break down what worked and didn't work in the latest installment (23:35). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Dec 23, 2019
The Top 10 TV Shows of the Decade | The Watch
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Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, and Sam Esmail reflect on the past 10 years of television (1:00) before revealing their 10 favorite TV shows of the decade (27:48). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Sam Esmail and Kaya McMullen
Dec 19, 2019
Breaking Down the Season Finale of ‘Watchmen’ | The Watch
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The season finale, and potentially the series finale, of ‘Watchmen’ aired last night. Chris and Andy talk about what it takes to wrap up a show like this (1:10), how closely the show hewed to the source material in the end (8:25), and their favorite parts of the final episode (38:25). Plus, a temperature check for ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,’ just a few days ahead of the premiere (50:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Dec 16, 2019
Parsing Drama in a Galaxy Far, Far Away and a Conversation With Yahya Abdul-Mateen II of 'Watchmen' | The Watch
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Andy announces the official premiere date for 'Briarpatch' (1:10) before the guys break down the latest drama in the 'Star Wars' universe (5:52). Then, Chris sits down with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to talk about playing Cal on 'Watchmen' (15:57) and how he handled his character's big reveal in the latest episode (25:43). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Dec 12, 2019
Damon Lindelof on the World-building of ‘Watchmen’ | The Watch
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‘Watchmen’ showrunner Damon Lindelof joins the show to talk about why he doesn’t want to be called a creator, but rather a “remixer” (2:55), how he chose which part of the comic book series to reimagine (24:17), and the pilot-making process (48:59). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Damon Lindelof
Dec 09, 2019
Chris Ryan’s Top 10 TV Shows of the Year | The Watch
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2019 was defined by two TV shows: ‘Fleabag’ and ‘Succession.’ We debate which one was better (2:43). Plus: other favorite shows of the year, including ‘Russian Doll’ and ‘Mindhunter’ (29:25), and some honorable mentions (54:24). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Juliet Litman
Dec 06, 2019
Breaking Down ‘Watchmen’ Episode 7 and ‘The Mandalorian’ Episode 4 | The Watch
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Chris and Andy recap their Thanksgiving holidays before diving into another plot-heavy episode of ‘Watchmen’ (1:00). They break down the big reveal in “An Almost Religious Awe” (13:16). Plus: an unspecified amount of time at the farm with Mando and Baby Yoda in last week’s ‘The Mandalorian’ (37:57). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Dec 02, 2019
The Thanksgiving Primetime Grid and a Conversation with Ben Smith of ‘Treadstone’ | The Watch
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Chris lays out a night of television for you to watch during the holiday weekend including ‘Mrs. Fletcher,’ ‘Servant,’ and ‘Condor’ (1:02). Then he sits down with the producer of ‘Treadstone,’ Ben Smith, to talk about what it is like to create a show within the Jason Bourne universe (16:32) and the logistics of shooting a show in so many different locations (30:02). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Ben Smith
Nov 27, 2019
Breaking Down ‘Watchmen’ Episode 6, ‘The Mandalorian’ Episode 3, and the Rest of ‘The Crown’ Season 3 | The Watch
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We break down another mind-bending episode of ‘Watchmen,’ a show that’s leaving it all on the field (1:00). Do we like talking about ‘The Mandalorian,’ or do we just like talking about Baby Yoda GIFs (35:25)? Plus: Daddington Corner, ‘Frozen 2’ edition (51:00) and ‘The Crown’ S3E8-10 (59:32). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Amanda Dobbins
Nov 25, 2019
Just How Popular Is ‘The Mandalorian’? Plus: ‘The Crown,’ S3E5-7 | The Watch
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Despite all of the pressure on ‘The Mandalorian’ to make Disney+ a success, the show is an easy and enjoyable watch (1:08). Plus: An update on ‘Briarpatch’ production (13:04) and a breakdown of episodes 5-7 of ‘The Crown’ (23:48). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Amanda Dobbins
Nov 22, 2019
‘The Mandalorian’ Settles in and ‘Watchmen’ Keeps Getting Better, Plus: ‘The Crown’ Season 3, Episodes 1–4 | The Watch
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In the second episode of ‘The Mandalorian,’ the story gets deep in the details in the way that a 'Star Wars' movie can’t (4:09). It’s almost as though every episode of ‘Watchmen’ is a bottle episode; we break down the fifth episode, “Little Fear of Lightning” (27:57). Plus: ‘The Crown’ Season 3, Episodes 1-4 (46:18). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Amanda Dobbins
Nov 18, 2019
Breaking Down the First Episode of ‘The Mandalorian’ and Inside the Launch of Disney+ | The Watch
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‘The Mandalorian’ premiered this week, and although we have a lot of mixed feelings about the pilot, we're willing to hang on (1:38). Then Bloomberg reporter Lucas Shaw takes us inside the launch of Disney+ (28:52) and tells us why we shouldn’t be calling this the “streaming wars” (58:28). Plus: We break down what may be the most controversial episode of ‘Survivor’ in the history of the show (1:10:56). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, Lucas Shaw, and Riley McAtee
Nov 15, 2019
FX on Hulu, the Bob Iger Book Club, and Breaking Down ‘Watchmen’ E4S1 | The Watch
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Starting next year, FX will stream shows exclusively on Hulu. What does this mean for the future of a network that has produced several award-winning shows (1:06)? In his new book, Bob Iger reminisces about his relationship with Steve Jobs and Disney’s acquisition of Pixar (17:04). Plus, we break down the fourth episode of ‘Watchmen,’ a show that just keeps on getting better (33:58). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Read an excerpt from Bob Iger’s book here.
Nov 11, 2019
Breaking Down the First Three Episodes of 'The Morning Show' | The Watch
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'The Morning Show' may not be great TV, but it's certainly engaging. We break down the first three episodes, including the seemingly disconnected plot lines (1:57), Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston's performances (19:14), and our personal MVP of the first three episodes: Billy Crudup (32:43). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Amanda Dobbins
Nov 07, 2019
Confusion About What ‘The Morning Show’ and Apple TV+ Are Trying to Be, Plus: ‘Watchmen’ S1E3 | The Watch
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‘The Morning Show,’ the flagship series for Apple TV+, debuted on Friday. Despite star power from Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carrell, the first episode fell flat (1:38). The show, and subsequently Apple TV+, seem confused about what it’s trying to be (20:08). Plus, we break down the third episode of ‘Watchmen’ (38:10) and bid farewell to ‘The Deuce’ (49:25). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Nov 04, 2019
Intellectual Property Won’t Save You Now: ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Hit Bumps in the Road | The Watch
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It was announced this week that Benioff and Weiss will no longer be creating a ‘Star Wars’ trilogy for Lucas Films (2:17). The news calls into question the future of the franchise (14:38). HBO is finding itself in a similar situation after cancelling a ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel starring Naomi Watts (26:58). Where will one of the most valued pieces of intellectual property go from here (39:00)? Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Nov 01, 2019
Early Reactions to ‘The Morning Show,’ and ‘Watchmen’ Picks Up Speed in the Second Episode | The Watch
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The AppleTV+ flagship, ‘The Morning Show,’ will premiere on Friday, and early reviews are not looking great (6:37). Meanwhile, ‘Watchmen’ is picking up steam in its second episode (12:07). We break down the episode (20:25) and examine why it’s so hard to create mystery television (27:26). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Oct 28, 2019
How the Streaming Business Made ‘Looking for Alaska’ Possible | The Watch
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Chris and Andy review the music scene in 2005, their roles in covering it, and how that era of music fits onto the big and small screen (1:00). Plus, the creators of ‘Looking for Alaska’, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, on the long road to getting the show created, making television about teenagers, and creating a series that is distinctly 2005 (21:11). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, Josh Schwartz, and Stephanie Savage
Oct 24, 2019
Breaking Down the Season Premiere of ‘Watchmen’ | The Watch
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Damon Lindelof’s newest show, ‘Watchmen,’ started off with a bang and we feel like we’re in good hands (0:43). We take a deeper look at the texts the show seems to be drawing from (17:34) and the importance of the musical ‘Oklahoma!’ in the first episode (41:14). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Juliet Litman
Oct 22, 2019
‘Looking for Alaska,’ Adaptation in the Post-Movies Age, and the Apple Content Slate | The Watch
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We preview Hulu’s upcoming original series ‘Looking for Alaska’—the first TV adaptation of a John Green novel (0:54). Then we talk about how ‘Looking for Alaska’ and HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ are two prime examples of content that would’ve been made into a movie in a previous decade but are now being serialized as TV (15:30), before running down the list of Apple streaming shows set to release soon (22:50). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Oct 17, 2019
The ‘Succession’ Finale and a Farewell to the ‘Breaking Bad’ Universe | The Watch
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Andy calls in to talk about the finale of ‘Succession’ as well as the second season as a whole (0:40). Then they dive into ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ and the continuation of the Jesse Pinkman story line (21:30). Finally, your number one boys dissect the 'Succession' finale (39:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Andy Greenwald
Oct 14, 2019
Does ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ Live Up to Its Predecessors and Marketing? | The Watch
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‘El Camino’ is the heavily marketed movie follow-up to ‘Breaking Bad’—can that proposition ever live up creatively to the titanic achievements of the original AMC series? We share our reactions to the film, Aaron Paul’s continuation of the iconic Jesse Pinkman character, and the balance of fan service and creative ambition in the era of the commercialized Thursday-night Netflix release. Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Sean Fennessey
Oct 11, 2019
A Cultural Roundup and Breaking Down ‘Succession’ Season 2, Episode 9 | The Watch
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Andy is back in the studio to catch up on all things entertainment, including ‘Joker.’ Martin Scorsese’s recent comments about superhero movies, the return of ‘Mr. Robot,' and the state of modern TV and consumerism (0:40) before your number one boys break down Season 2, Episode 9 of ‘Succession’ (47:30). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Andy Greenwald, Jason Concepcion
Oct 07, 2019
It’s Not Too Late to Get Into ‘Peaky Blinders’ | The Watch
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Season 5 of ‘Peaky Blinders’ premieres on Netflix tomorrow, but it’s not too late to get into the show (2:00). We talk about the surprisingly stacked cast (9:36), our favorite characters on the show (27:05), and what else we’re watching on TV right now (29:58). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Juliet Litman
Oct 04, 2019
The Shelf Life of Beloved TV Shows and Breaking Down 'Succession' S2E8 | The Watch
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In just over a week, ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ will extend the ‘Breaking Bad’ universe, so we revisit some of our favorite episodes and moments from the show (1:51). ‘Stranger Things’ is leaving Hawkins for Season 4 (6:14) and ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ feels like it could go on forever (14:23). Plus, breaking down ‘Succession’ S2E8, “Dundee” (21:42). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andrew Gruttadaro and Jason Concepcion
Sep 30, 2019
The Marvelfication of ‘Star Wars’ and the Premiere of ‘Survivor’ Season 39 | The Watch
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Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is being tapped to develop a new ‘Star Wars’ movie for Disney, and we discuss what this could mean for the franchise (4:16). Andy gives some lukewarm takes on the latest episode of ‘Succession' (12:50). Plus, we break down the season premiere of ‘Survivor’ (17:54). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Riley McAtee
Sep 27, 2019
The 2019 Post-Emmys Report, a Conversation With Gerri From ‘Succession,' and Breaking Down ‘Succession’ S2E7 | The Watch
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After the lowest number of viewers in history, the Emmys are suffering from an importance problem (1:42). J. Smith-Cameron, who plays Gerri on ‘Succession,’ joins the show to talk about her character’s unique role within the family (22:23) and and the differences between Season 1 and Season 2 (35:23). Plus, breaking down S2E7 of ‘Succession,’ “Return” (40:29). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, J. Smith-Cameron, and Jason Concepcion
Sep 23, 2019
NBC Enters the Streaming Wars and September Television Stays Winning | The Watch
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NBC launched its streaming service Peacock this week, and its backlog of shows like ‘The Office’ and ‘30 Rock’ make it an instant contender (1:00). September continues to be a very good month for television, with shows like ‘Top Boy’ (7:30) and Ken Burns’s newest documentary ‘Country Music’ (27:37). Plus, we have to talk about this week’s episode of ‘Righteous Gemstones’ (43:09). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Donnie Kwak and Jason Gallagher
Sep 19, 2019
September TV Lineup: 'Unbelievable,' 'Undone,' and 'Succession' | The Watch
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September is shaping up to be a great month for television. We talk about 'Unbelievable' (1:15) and 'Undone' (14:34), two shows that premiered over the weekend on Netflix and Amazon Prime, respectively. Plus, breaking down 'Succession' S2E6, "Argestes" (22:51). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Kaya McMullen and Jason Concepcion
Sep 16, 2019
On the Set of Briarpatch With Andy Greenwald and Jay R. Ferguson | The Watch
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Live from the set of 'Briarpatch' in Albuquerque, Chris sits down with Andy and 'Briarpatch' leading man Jay R. Ferguson to talk about the decision-making that went into creating the show (2:57), Jay's experience playing Stan Rizzo on 'Mad Men (24:12), and of course, the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Philadelphia Eagles (54:13).   Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Jay R. Ferguson
Sep 12, 2019
Breaking Down ‘Succession’ S2E5 and the Genius of ‘The Righteous Gemstones,’ Plus: ‘It Chapter Two’ | The Watch
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‘It Chapter Two’ is a three-hour time commitment that doesn’t really go anywhere (0:41). A Texas native tells us what ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ gets right about megachurches (6:46). Plus, breaking down ‘Succession’ S2E5, “Tern Haven” (19:31). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Jason Concepcion and Jason Gallagher
Sep 09, 2019
What Do We Want From Summer TV? Plus: Katie Couric’s Grub Street Diet | The Watch
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Andy calls in from New Mexico with a couple of people from the ‘Briarpatch’ cast on the line (2:43). Katie Couric really loves tomatoes, and other things we learned from her Grub Street Diet (8:20). Plus, we’re watching ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ and the final season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ as the summer winds down (24:55). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Juliet Litman Read Katie Couric’s Grub Street Diet here.
Sep 06, 2019
Breaking Down 'Succession' S2E4 | The Watch
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Your number one boys break down S2E4 of Succession, "Safe Room." They talk about Shiv and Kendall's tender moment (2:19), who won the episode (10:04), and the biggest burn of the week (18:39). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jason Concepcion
Sep 02, 2019
More Streaming Services Are on the Way—Watch Out for Your Wallet | The Watch
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Bloomberg reporter Lucas Shaw joins the show to talk about how the forthcoming streaming wars are going to affect your wallet (3:18), how streaming services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ will release their shows (13:00), and what’s going on with network television (34:09). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Lucas Shaw
Aug 30, 2019
Reactions to ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ Trailers, Plus: Succession S2E3 | The Watch
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Netflix released a trailer for 'El Camino' over the weekend, and if ‘Better Call Saul’ is any indication, this continuation of the ‘Breaking Bad’ world will be good as well (1:27). If we were cautiously optimistic about ‘The Mandalorian’ before, we’re all in after watching the trailer (12:08). Plus, breaking down ‘Succession’ S2E3 (26:19). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Jason Concepcion
Aug 26, 2019
How Spider-Man’s Split From Marvel Will Impact Fans of the Franchise, Plus ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2, Episodes 6-9 | The Watch
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News broke this week that Spider-Man will be exiting the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Disney and Sony were unable to reach a deal to coproduce the franchise (1:00). What does this mean for fans of the movies and the future of the MCU (5:47)? Plus, we break down episodes 6 through 9 of ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 (12:58). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jason Concepcion
Aug 23, 2019
Breaking Down the First Half of ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 and ‘Succession’ Episode 2, Season 2 | The Watch
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We break down the first five episodes from ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2, including a brief recap of Season 1 (1:00), the shooting style of the show (11:17), and the different serial killers we’ve met so far (31:44). Plus: the second episode of our ‘Succession’ aftershow, ‘Number One Boys’ (42:58). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jason Concepcion
Aug 19, 2019
‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ ‘The Boys,’ and a Conversation With ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Director Carl Franklin | The Watch
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‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ misses the mark tonally, but still has redeeming moments (1:00). A conversation with Sean Fennessey about the surprisingly gritty superhero show, ‘The Boys’ (10:13), and an interview with Carl Franklin, one of the directors for ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 (26:09). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Sean Fennessey and Carl Franklin
Aug 16, 2019
‘Succession’ Is Back and Better Than Ever | The Watch
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Apple Plus has finally released a teaser trailer for their flagship series ‘The Morning Show,’ and we still have a lot of questions (2:12). ‘Succession’ is back for its second season and it looks like there won’t be any slow starts this time around (14:48). Plus: our ‘Succession’ aftershow, ‘Number One Boys’ (28:48). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Jason Concepcion
Aug 12, 2019
The ‘Euphoria’ Season Finale and How ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Helped Establish Netflix | The Watch
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The first season of HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ sometimes prioritized style over character development (3:23), but in the end we still felt attached to the relationship between Rue and Jules (8:50). The final season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ could mark the end of an era at Netflix (20:07). Plus, previewing ‘GLOW’ Season 3 (35:15). Host: Alison Herman Guests: Micah Peters and Caroline Framke
Aug 06, 2019
A Midsummer Mailbag With Andy Greenwald | The Watch
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We broke open the mailbag to talk about our favorite X-Men comics (1:47), some of our favorite music from 1999 (17:21), who will be the MVP of the next season of 'Succession' (26:12), and our favorite episodes of TV this year (47:10). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Aug 02, 2019
How Historically Accurate Is ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’? Plus: Amazon’s Next Move and Celebrating the Music of 1999 | The Watch
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There was a lot of news out of the TCAs this weekend, including what Amazon wants its streaming service to look like over the next few years (2:43). After Netflix canceled the critically acclaimed ‘Tuca and Bertie,’ the metric of success in the streaming world is called into question yet again (17:15). Plus: How historically accurate is ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ (26:00)? And our favorite music from 1999 (39:20) Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Alison Herman, Kate Knibbs, and Lindsay Zoladz Spoilers for ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’ in the second half of this episode.
Jul 29, 2019
Inside the Making of ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ With Danny McBride, David Gordon Greene, and Jody Hill | The Watch
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Danny McBride, David Gordon Greene, and Jody Hill, the creators of HBO’s ‘The Righteous Gemstones,’ join the show to talk about their inspirations for the show (7:31), comedy taking on religion (12:56), and what it’s like to work on multiple projects as a group (17:51). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Danny McBride, David Gordon Greene, and Jody Hill
Jul 26, 2019
Marvel’s Fourth Phase and the ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Letdown | The Watch
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A lot of news came out of Comic-Con this weekend, including what to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the next few years, both in theaters (1:00) and on the small screen (21:52). The second season of ‘Big Little Lies’ felt like a seven-episode show that was dying to be 12 episodes long (41:26), and ‘Veronica Mars’ is back and playing hard on nostalgia (50:09). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald and Sean Fennessey
Jul 22, 2019
Where Does Netflix Go From Here? Plus, ‘Survivor,’ Emmy Nominations, and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ | The Watch
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The trailer for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ dropped today and we’re incredibly hyped (0:44). The Emmy nominations seem disjointed and unrepresentative of the TV landscape (7:34), and Netflix reported major subscriber losses this week—is this a turning point for the streaming service or just a bump in the road (15:35)? Plus, we break down the changes coming to ‘Survivor’ for the 40th season (46:17).   Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Bobby Wagner, Kaya McMullen, Riley McAtee, and Lucas Shaw
Jul 19, 2019
Rookie Showrunner Mistakes and the ‘Big Little Lies’ Directing Controversy, Plus a Midseason Review of ‘Euphoria’ | The Watch
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Andy Greenwald calls in to share some of the rookie showrunner mistakes he’s made so far (1:37) and to weigh in on Jeremy Renner’s burgeoning music career (10:45). We break down the ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 directing drama between Andrea Arnold and the show’s producers (21:17) and share a midseason review of ‘Euphoria’ (40:25). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, Amanda Dobbins, and Alison Herman
Jul 15, 2019
Claire Saffitz of ‘Gourmet Makes’ and Episodes 5-8 of ‘Dark’ | The Watch
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The trailer for Season 2 of ‘Succession’ premiered this week and we couldn’t be more hyped (0:30). The final episodes of ‘Dark’ Season 2 leave us with just as many questions as we started with (11:02). Plus, Bon Appétit’s Claire Saffitz joins the show to talk about her YouTube series, ‘Gourmet Makes,’ (29:23) and what she watches to unwind (54:13). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Jason Gallagher and Claire Saffitz
Jul 12, 2019
‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Mega-Pod | The Watch
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We break down the entirety of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3, including our favorite things from the season (1:05), where the show fell short (43:58), who won the season (57:42), and some predictions for the fourth season (65:53). Major Spoilers for the third season in the episode. Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Mallory Rubin
Jul 08, 2019
Previewing ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 With Mallory Rubin | The Watch
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With Season 3 set to premiere on July 4, we turn our clocks back to the '80s to revisit the lives of Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will. We discuss why this show succeeds, its reliance on pop culture references, Season 2’s attempt to address its greater mythology (3:24), and what we’re most excited for in Season 3 (22:37). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Mallory Rubin
Jul 01, 2019
A Grab Bag of TV News, Summer Reading Recommendations, and Episodes 3 and 4 of ‘Dark’ Season 2 | The Watch
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With ‘Years and Years’ airing and ‘Station 11’ set to begin production, are we ready for apocalyptic television (2:53)? Our reading recommendations for the summer (12:46) and what streaming will look like once ‘The Office’ leaves Netflix (22:50). Plus: breaking down Episodes 3 and 4 of ‘Dark’ Season 2 (27:50). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Jason Concepcion and Jason Gallagher
Jun 28, 2019
Our Mid-2019 TV Superlatives, Plus: ‘Dark’ Season 2 | The Watch
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Andy stops by to announce some casting news for ‘Briarpatch’ (0:28). Then, our mid-2019 TV superlatives, including favorite sit-com, best pair of performances, and our favorite thing on TV so far this year (5:26). Plus, breaking down the first two episodes of ‘Dark’ Season 2 (27:03). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, Alison Herman, and Jason Gallagher
Jun 24, 2019
Our Updated TV Programming Blocks, Plus: An Interview With Britt Daniel of Spoon | The Watch
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Streaming sites like Netflix and HBO have begun to cherry-pick what ratings they release (1:16). We build our perfect night of TV, which includes shows like ‘Bless This Mess,’ ‘Los Espookys,’ and ‘Gourmet Makes’ videos (13:33). Plus, an interview with Spoon’s Britt Daniel about the band’s new greatest hits album (38:17). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Alison Herman and Britt Daniel
Jun 21, 2019
‘Too Old to Die Young,’ ‘Euphoria,’ and a Check-in With Andy | The Watch
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Andy calls in from New Mexico to give an update on ‘Briarpatch’ and brings a special guest with him (2:51). If you’re ready to devote 13 hours of your life to watch ‘Too Old to Die Young,’ you might be rewarded (9:27). HBO’s new teen drama ‘Euphoria’ has just enough in it to keep us compelled (40:40). Plus: ‘Big Little Lies,’ S2E2 (32:59). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Andy Greenwald, Adam Nayman, and Micah Peters
Jun 18, 2019
We’re Not Ready to Stop Talking About ‘Fleabag,’ Plus: The Wild West of Streaming Television | The Watch
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The Atlantic’s David Sims joins the show to talk about what streaming television could look like once major corporate-media powerhouses start to get in the game (3:36). We’re not quite ready to stop talking about ‘Fleabag’ Season 2 (26:20). Plus, ‘The Society’ is your new Netflix guilty-pleasure watch (54:20). Read David’s article in The Atlantic here. Host: Chris Ryan Guests: David Sims, Sean Fennessey, and Kaya McMullen
Jun 14, 2019
The ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Premiere and the Debacle That Was ‘Dark Phoenix’ | The Watch
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‘Big Little Lies’ is back for Season 2 (0:34). Meryl Streep seems to be just what the show needed (6:12), and we check in with the rest of the Monterey Five (14:01). Plus: How did Fox get ‘Dark Phoenix’ so wrong (25:00)? Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Amanda Dobbins and Jason Concepcion
Jun 10, 2019
Breaking Down Each Episode of ‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 With Creators Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker | The Watch
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Chris is joined by ‘Black Mirror’ creators Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker to talk about some of the challenges of creating the anthology series (2:34). Then they break down each episode from Season 5: “Striking Viper” (20:50), “Smithereens” (33:46), and “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too” (48:38). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones
Jun 07, 2019
‘Deadwood: The Movie’ and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge | The Watch
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‘Deadwood: The Movie’ made us nostalgic for ‘Deadwood’ the show (0:35) and failed to capture the magic of those first three seasons (16:04). Plus, an on-the-ground report from opening day of Disney’s new exhibit, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (30:18). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Alison Herman and Jason Gallagher
Jun 03, 2019
Second-Season Genius From ‘Barry’ and ‘Fleabag’ | The Watch
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Andy gives a ‘Briarpatch’ update as the show wraps up writing and gets ready to move into production (5:13). The second season of ‘Barry’ toed the line between comedy and darkness brilliantly (22:14), and ‘Fleabag’ Season 2 will likely be the most impressive show you see on TV this year (33:55). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
May 31, 2019
A Post–‘Game of Thrones’ Mailbag With Jason Mantzoukas | The Watch
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We open up the mailbag to answer questions like how the finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ might look different if you were to binge-watch the series (13:25), the possibility of a fantasy-genre hangover (34:04), and what shows we're most looking forward to now that ‘Game of Thrones’ is over (52:14). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jason Mantzoukas
May 24, 2019
Breaking Down the End of ‘Game of Thrones’ | The Watch
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The end of ‘Game of Thrones’ was a tale of two finales (1:06). We parse through the ending of the show (6:59), attempt to tie up loose ends (32:30), and make predictions for what will fill the vacuum left by ‘Game of Thrones’ (59:06). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
May 20, 2019
The End of ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Near, Plus: ‘Survivor’ Season Finale | The Watch
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‘Game of Thrones’ is over this Sunday (1:00). We look back at the penultimate episode (7:40), make some predictions for the finale (20:32), and speculate about what a Benioff and Weiss ‘Star Wars’ movie will look like (26:32). Plus, the ‘Survivor’ season finale (42:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Riley McAtee
May 17, 2019
Breaking Down the Penultimate Episode of ‘Game of Thrones,’ Plus: Farewell to ‘Veep’ | The Watch
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The penultimate episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ left us with a sense of betrayal (4:39). Daenerys’s descent into madness seemed rushed (9:09), and Jon has seemingly transitioned into a supporting character (16:09). Plus, predictions for the final episode (48:38) and saying goodbye to ‘Veep’ (49:26). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Sean Fennessey
May 13, 2019
Non-'Thrones' HBO Content and a Conversation With David Cross | The Watch
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On the night that “Battle of Winterfell” aired, it was ‘Barry’ that contained the best action sequence (1:00). The final season of ‘Veep’ seems like it might be falling victim to Thronesian pacing (13:30). Plus, a conversation with David Cross ahead of the premiere of his stand-up special, ‘Oh Come On’ (31:03). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Alison Herman and David Cross
May 10, 2019
Breaking Down ‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E4 | The Watch
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Chris and Andy give their mixed reactions to "The Last of the Starks" (1:10). They talk about some characters on the periphery of the episode (14:45), the departure of Ghost (31:50), and their favorite moments (39:19). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
May 06, 2019
Breaking Down 'Avengers: Endgame' | The Watch
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‘Avengers: Endgame' was pure entertainment (1:00). We break down the biggest flexes from the movie (6:51) where the franchise goes from here (13:18), what happened to our favorite characters (21:59), and who won the movie (40:42). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
May 02, 2019
Breaking Down ‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E3 | The Watch
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The Battle of Winterfell finally happened (1:01). We talk about the visual effects of the battle (7:29), who lived and who died (21:54), and the difficulties of trying to wrap up a major and beloved franchise (30:43). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Apr 29, 2019
Why 1999 Was One of the Best Years for Movies, Plus a Conversation With Roxanne Benjamin | The Watch
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Author Brian Raftery joins the show to talk about his new book, ‘Best. Movie. Year. Ever’ (2:59), and how 1999 became a seminal year for movies (24:31). Plus a conversation with Roxanne Benjamin, the creator of ‘Body at Brighton Rock,’ about making unique horror movies (45:30). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Sean Fennessey, Brian Raftery, and Roxanne Benjamin
Apr 26, 2019
Breaking Down ‘Game of Thrones,’ S8E2 | The Watch
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Chris and Andy break down the second episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” (1:00). They make predictions for who is most likely to die (17:36) and talk about the theme of "afterwards" throughout the episode (32:17). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Apr 22, 2019
Disney+ Jockeys for First Place in the Streaming Wars | The Watch
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This week Disney announced all of the movies and TV shows that will be available on Disney+ (1:06); the streaming service is creating a relationship with subscribers before even launching (8:25). Plus: ‘Game of Thrones’ (20:52), ‘Bless This Mess’ (27:16), ‘Killing Eve’ (31:32), and ‘The OA’ (35:34). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Alison Herman
Apr 19, 2019
‘Game of Thrones’ Goes Back to the Basics (for Better or for Worse), Plus ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ | The Watch
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We recap the first episode of Season 8 of ‘Game of Thrones,' breaking down what we liked and didn’t like from the season premiere (02:01). Then we look ahead to ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ (39:10).
Apr 15, 2019
On the Brink of the Final Season of ‘Game of Thrones’ | The Watch
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Ahead of the season premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’ on Sunday, we recap our favorite moments from Season 7 (1:24) and talk about the Night King as a villain for Season 8 (24:17). Also, our thoughts on ‘Killing Eve’ (16:45), ‘Fosse/Verdon’ (18:28), and ‘Survivor’ (31:31). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Riley McAtee
Apr 12, 2019
The Return of ‘Killing Eve’ and an Interview With the Minds Behind 'Fosse/Verdon' | The Watch
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‘Killing Eve’ is back and has become one of AMC’s premier shows (0:00); what does this mean for the series going forward (0:33)? ‘Fosse/Verdon’ feels full of creative energy (15:49). We talk with the minds behind the show about bringing Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon to life (29:06). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Juliet Litman, Steven Levenson, and Thomas Kail
Apr 09, 2019
How ‘Joker’ Might Fit Into Superhero Movie Canon and a Conversation With Fiona Shaw | The Watch
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Several trailers were shown at CinemaCon this week, giving us a peek at what the movie industry will look like in the months to come (1:53). The trailer for ‘Joker’ dropped this week and it looks like a superhero movie pivoting towards prestige (10:20), and an over/under on how many episodes of Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ we’ll actually end up watching (17:09). Then, a conversation with Fiona Shaw ahead of the Season 2 premiere of ‘Killing Eve’ (39:11). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Sean Fennessey and Fiona Shaw
Apr 05, 2019
Writers Guild Negotiations, Plus: ‘Veep’ and ‘Barry’ | The Watch
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An explainer on what the negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents (3:35) could mean for the industry (13:48). Plus, the new Jenny Lewis album is everything we could want from her (17:41), and ‘Veep’ and ‘Barry’ are back on HBO (29:31). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Apr 01, 2019
A Movie and Television Grab Bag | The Watch
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The 1999 movie ‘The Blair Witch Project’ had the original viral marketing campaign (2:20). A crash course for the reality TV show ‘Vanderpump Rules’ (19:23). Plus: ‘What We Do in the Shadows,’ ‘Barry,’ ‘Jane the Virgin,’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’ (38:11). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Alyssa Bereznak, Juliet Litman, and Alison Herman
Mar 28, 2019
Apple Officially Wades Into the Streaming Wars, Plus: ‘Us’ and ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ | The Watch
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At the Apple event this Monday, the company paraded out all of the original content that will be available through their streaming service (2:09). They’re about to go up against not only streaming services, but cable companies as well (11:12). Plus, Adam Nayman on ‘Us’ and ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ (28:32). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Adam Nayman
Mar 26, 2019
Trailer Talk, Plus: Nick Antosca, the Showrunner of ‘The Act’ | The Watch
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The trailer for ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 dropped this week and it’s rich with '80s references (3:20). The trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ dropped this week as well (10:40). Then, Nick Antosca joins the show. He is the showrunner for the new TV show ‘The Act,’ which is based on the true story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard (20:35). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Nick Antosca
Mar 22, 2019
Apple’s Upcoming Entry Into the Streaming Wars and Reviewing ‘Captain Marvel’ | The Watch
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On March 25, Apple will host a group of movie and TV producers and actors at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, to unveil plans for its upcoming streaming service (10:20). Plus, ‘Captain Marvel’ missed the mark in many ways—what does that mean, if anything, for the larger quilt Marvel is trying to stitch (32:45)? Further Reading: “Apple’s Big Spending Plan to Challenge Netflix Takes Shape,” John Koblin Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Mar 18, 2019
The ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer and a ‘Triple Frontier’ Magnum Opus | The Watch
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The latest ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer is here and comes with a full serving of late-career Jeremy Renner’s hair (1:45). Then Andy shares his qualms with Netflix’s ‘Triple Frontier’ (0:00) and Jason Concepcion joins to sing its praises as the type of movie that's made less often than it used to be (26:48). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason Concepcion
Mar 15, 2019
On the Ground at South by Southwest, Plus: 'Olympic Dreams' | The Watch
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'Game of Thrones' was one of the main topics of conversation at South by Southwest last weekend (4:32). The Russo brothers are adapting the book 'Cherry' into a movie. The book is about a veteran who falls into opioid addiction and starts robbing banks to support his habit. The movie will star Tom Holland (10:23). Plus an interview with Nick Kroll, Jeremy Teicher, and Alexi Pappas of 'Olympic Dreams' (19:57). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Jason Concepcion, Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, Jeremy Teicher
Mar 12, 2019
Was TV Ever Truly Monoculture and More Questions from the Mailbag | The Watch
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We break open the mailbag to answer questions about the new ‘Game of Thrones’ trailer (4:16), the year in television so far (16:00), and how big of a competitor Disney+ will be (28:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Mar 08, 2019
A Big-Picture Look at HBO, Plus ‘Crashing’ and ‘Pen15’ | The Watch
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What does the future of HBO look like after the merger between AT&T and Time Warner (6:47)? Plus a midseason review of ‘Crashing’ (35:40) and the teen television renaissance that continues with ‘Pen15’ (42:30). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Mar 04, 2019
Is the X-Men Franchise Relevant Anymore? Plus, the Creators of ‘High Maintenance’ | The Watch
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Mar 01, 2019
An Oscars and 'True Detective' Season 3 Wrap-up | The Watch (Ep. 332)
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The Oscars were surprisingly smooth and democratic (2:53), but that doesn’t signal any lasting cultural changes (17:49). The finale of 'True Detective' Season 3 was nothing groundbreaking (25:37), but it we do want a fourth season of the anthology series (40:21). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Feb 26, 2019
Our 2019 Anticipation Index and Why Amazon Is Keeping ‘Lord of the Rings’ Under Lock and Key | The Watch (Ep. 331)
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We break down the TV shows and movies we’re most excited for in 2019, including ‘Triple Frontier’ (6:11), 'Twilight Zone' (10:18), and ‘City on a Hill’ (23:40). Plus, why is Amazon keeping the writers' room for ‘Lord of the Rings’ under such strict lock and key (33:07)? Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason Concepcion
Feb 22, 2019
The End of Marvel on Netflix, Plus the Penultimate Episode of ‘True Detective’ | The Watch (Ep. 330)
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‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’ are leaving Netflix (4:21), completing the Marvel purge as Disney gets ready to launch its own streaming service (16:54). Plus, the penultimate episode of ‘True Detective’ leaves us satisfied with where Season 3 has gone (31:19). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Feb 18, 2019
An Assortment of TV News, Plus an Interview With Actor Jamie Bell | The Watch (Ep. 329)
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The ‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off movie about Jesse Pinkman will be coming to Netflix (5:27). The trailer for the second season of ‘Killing Eve’ dropped this week (15:30). The guys finish up 'Russian Doll' (18:16), and Jamie Bell joins the show to talk about his upcoming movie, 'Donnybrook' (36:49). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jamie Bell
Feb 15, 2019
Build Your Own Night of Television, Plus an Interview With ‘Russian Doll’ Director Leslye Headland | The Watch (Ep. 328)
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We build our ideal night of network television from a landscape of streaming comedies and network dramas (2:50). The director of ‘Russian Doll,’ Leslye Headland, joins the show to talk about her personal inspirations for the show (39:50) and creating the loop timeline (52:58). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Alison Herman, Andrew Gruttadaro, Leslye Headland
Feb 12, 2019
The Calm Before the Streaming-Wars Storm, Plus ‘High Flying Bird’ | The Watch (Ep. 327)
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FX CEO John Landgraf gave his semi-annual state of television address this week (2:19) and took digs at Netflix while doing so (13:24). Steven Soderbergh’s new movie, ‘High Flying Bird,’ is his most emotionally present work to date (33:21). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Adam Nayman
Feb 08, 2019
The Avengers Are in 'The Leftovers,' Plus Netflix's 'Russian Doll' | The Watch (Ep. 326)
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The Super Bowl was a snooze, but at least we got to see Steve Carell shilling Pepsi (5:30) and an Avengers trailer (14:42). Netflix’s new comedy ‘Russian Doll’ is the perfect show for the streaming service (27:35). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Read Alison Herman’s review of ‘Russian Doll’ here.
Feb 04, 2019
Who Will Be the Next Batman? Plus, the Movie ‘Dune’ | The Watch (Ep. 325)
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The newest ‘Batman’ movie will come out in 2021 (2:40). Ben Affleck is reportedly not involved in the project, so who will take his place? (7:47). Plus, a midseason review of ‘True Detective’ (22:46) and excitement over the movie ‘Dune’ (32:38). Host: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason Concepcion
Feb 01, 2019
Andy’s Big News, Plus an Interview With the Creator of ‘Black Earth Rising’ | The Watch (Ep. 324)
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Andy tells us what it's like to have his show ‘Briarpatch’ picked up by USA Network (0:39). Plus: an interview with Hugo Blick, the creator of the Netflix show ‘Black Earth Rising,’ which is about the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide (32:22). Host: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Hugo Blick Read more about ‘Briarpatch’ here.
Jan 25, 2019
The State of Comedy on Television, Plus a ‘True Detective’ Recap | The Watch (Ep. 323)
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With the third episode of ‘True Detective’ there seems to be some pull between the writers and the director (6:30). The popular legal drama ‘Perry Mason’ will return as an HBO series (26:50). Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’ is playing at a higher frequency (35:36), and we share other TV comedies we’re watching (47:59). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Read Alison Herman’s review of ‘Black Monday’ here.
Jan 22, 2019
Breaking Down the ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Teaser, Plus: Steven Soderbergh's Culture Consumption | The Watch Ep. (322)
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What this week's teaser trailer for 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' means for the franchise (4:01). News broke this week that Jason Reitman will direct and co-write a ‘Ghostbusters’ movie—his father directed the original in 1984 (8:24). Plus: A trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s new movie ‘High Flying Bird’ dropped this week (27:21). Host: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Juliet Litman
Jan 18, 2019
Cautiously Optimistic About ‘True Detective,’ Plus: ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ Sparks a Trend | The Watch (Ep. 321)
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Discussing ‘The Passage,' which feels like a cable or streaming show trying to fit into a network mold (2:18), casual optimism about the third season of ‘True Detective’ (14:23), and what else you should look out for on television in the coming months (19:44). Plus: The Netflix show ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ is inspiring people to clean out their homes and offices (27:04). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Alison Herman and Alyssa Bereznak Read Alison Herman on 'The Passage' here. Read Alison Herman on 'Tidying Up with Marie Kondo' here.
Jan 16, 2019
Previewing 'True Detective' Season 3 | The Watch (Ep. 320)
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The first two episodes of 'True Detective' Season 3 premiere this Sunday (1:11) and they are more reminiscent of Season 1 than Season 2 (8:56). Also, we talk about what made the show so popular when it first premiered (17:21). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Jason Concepcion and Miles Surrey Read Miles Surrey’s piece on Chad Velcoro here. Read Chris Ryan's 'True Detective' Syllabus here.
Jan 11, 2019
What the 2019 Golden Globes Were Lacking | The Watch (Ep. 319)
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The 2019 Golden Globes gave us a sneak peak of an upcoming slate of HBO shows (5:48), a lackluster hosting job by Sandra Oh and Andy Sandberg (22:04), and awards for ‘Green Book’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody' (34:57). Plus: Quick reviews of ‘Vice’ and ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ (38:49). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Jan 08, 2019
Netflix Flexes Its Muscles With ‘Bandersnatch’ | The Watch (Ep. 318)
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The new ‘Black Mirror’ episode ‘Bandersnatch’ shows us the potential of choose-your-own-adventure TV (10:40), but it’s also really just peak ‘Black Mirror’ (22:17). ‘The Good Place’ continues to show that it won’t be hemmed in by network television (34:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Jan 04, 2019
The 2018 Year in Review Mailbag | The Watch (Ep. 317)
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Chris and Andy break open the mailbag to answer some listener questions about the year in pop culture, including what will take the place of ‘Game of Thrones’ after the final season (15:01), shows likely to hit a sophomore slump in 2019 (24:14), and their favorite books of the year (31:04). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Dec 27, 2018
2018’s Great Wall of Culture | The Watch (Ep. 316)
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Chris and Andy add six people to their Great Wall of Culture whose performances and contributions they feel defined 2018. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Dec 20, 2018
The Beauty of ‘Roma’ and What We’re Catching Up on Over the Holidays | The Watch (Ep. 315)
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Alfonso Cuarón's ‘Roma’ premiered on Netflix last week, and the debate over whether you can properly enjoy it outside of the theater continues (10:02), but either way the movie is a cinematic delight (22:21). Chris and Andy decide what television they’re going to catch up over the holidays (35:08), including ‘My Brilliant Friend’ and ‘Money Heist’ (41:00). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Dec 18, 2018
The Best Television Shows of 2018 With Sam Esmail | The Watch (Ep. 314)
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‘Homecoming’ and ‘Mr. Robot’ creator Sam Esmail joins to give his picks for the best television shows of the year (9:03), talk about what he was looking for in TV this year (45:49), and his favorite performances of 2018 (72:53). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Sam Esmail Check out The Ringer’s list of best television shows of 2018 here.
Dec 13, 2018
Jason Mantzoukas Looks Back on This Year in Television and Film | The Watch (Ep. 313)
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Jason Mantzoukas joins to talk about the trailer for the ‘Triple Frontier’ movie (10:14), the new ‘Avengers’ trailer (17:57), ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season 2 (34:31), and ‘Bodyguard’ (43:14). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason Mantzoukas
Dec 11, 2018
Golden Globe Television Nominations and 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Season 2 | The Watch (Ep. 312)
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A short teaser for the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ doesn’t reveal too much (3:15). The trailer for the new ‘Captain Marvel’ movie starring Brie Larson was released this week (11:07). Television nominations for the Golden Globes are all over the map (21:38). The second season of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ feels like a show in its fifth season (32:59). Yorgos Lanthimos’s new movie, ‘The Favourite,’ is a different kind of period piece (42:24). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Dec 07, 2018
'The Mandalorian' News, Plus the Ups and Downs of TV Auteurism | The Watch (Ep. 311)
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News about forthcoming Star Wars live-action series ‘The Mandalorian’ has leaked, and it doesn’t bode well for the show (1:42). Netflix is cancelling the Marvel television series ‘Daredevil’ after its third season, and Disney launching its own streaming service may have something to do with it (8:52). ‘The Romanoffs’ feels like bloated, end-stage Peak TV (33:27), and the second half of ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ is mesmerizing (45:50). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Read Chris and Alison Herman’s list of best tv shows of 2018 here. Read Miles Surrey and Andrew Gruttadaro’s list of best television episodes of 2018 here.
Dec 03, 2018
‘Widows’ Is a Different Type of Heist Movie and the 1975 Is a Different Type of Rock Band | The Watch (Ep. 310)
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The 1975’s new album, ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,’ is 2018’s version of a rock album (2:11). With ‘Widows,’ Steve McQueen created a unique kind of heist movie (27:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Read Lindsay Zoladz on the 1975’s new album here.
Nov 30, 2018
‘Little Drummer Girl’ Creates a World You Want to Dive Into | The Watch (Ep. 309)
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AMC created a three-night event by airing all six episodes of ‘Little Drummer Girl’ over the course of three nights, but was it worth it (1:16)? Plus a review of the first three episodes (19:59). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Read Chris Ryan’s review of ‘Little Drummer Girl’ here. Read Alison Herman’s review of ‘Little Drummer Girl’ here.
Nov 27, 2018
Ben Stiller on Creating ‘Escape at Dannemora’ | The Watch (Ep. 308)
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The adaptation of John le Carré’s ‘Little Drummer Girl’ premieres this week on AMC (1:18). ‘Escape at Dannemora’ executive producer Ben Stiller talks about how he got involved with the project (25:32); working with Patricia Arquette, Benicio Del Toro, and Paul Dano (35:16); and his inspirations for the show (45:51). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Ben Stiller Read Alison Herman’s review of ‘Escape at Dannemora’ here.
Nov 20, 2018
Previewing ‘Narcos: Mexico’ With Executive Producer Eric Newman | The Watch (Ep. 307)
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A24 is partnering with Apple to produce a slate of movies for the tech giant (1:07). ‘Narcos’ executive producer Eric Newman previews ‘Narcos: Mexico’ (22:34) and talks about portraying the drug war on screen (45:47). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Eric Newman
Nov 16, 2018
Remembering Stan Lee, Plus Homecoming's Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz | The Watch (Ep. 306)
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Marvel creator Stan Lee died this week at the age of 95 (2:26), and his legacy will live on through the universe he created (11:16). Plus: 'Homecoming' creators Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz talk about turning their podcast into prestige television (25:53). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz
Nov 13, 2018
‘Star Wars' Prequels and ‘Breaking Bad’ Sequels | The Watch (Ep. 305)
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Diego Luna will return as Cassian Andor in a live-action ‘Star Wars’ series on Disney+ (3:34), AMC is developing a ‘Breaking Bad’ movie about Jesse Pinkman’s life (15:08), and a review of the second half of ‘Homecoming’ Season 1 (35:34). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Nov 09, 2018
The Brilliance of ‘Homecoming’ | The Watch (Ep. 304)
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Andrew Lincoln will return as Rick Grimes for a series of ‘The Walking Dead’ movies for AMC (4:58), further breaking down the boundaries between television and film (11:54). Plus: a review of the first five episodes of ‘Homecoming’ with Julia Roberts (26:18). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Read Alison Herman’s review of ‘Homecoming’ here.
Nov 06, 2018
‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel News, Plus Previewing ‘Homecoming’ | The Watch (Ep. 303)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald break down this week’s news about the forthcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel (2:01) before reviewing ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ (10:38) and ‘Homecoming’ (17:09). Then Chris is joined by Juliet Litman to give a midseason review of ‘Bodyguard’ and talk about some other British television to watch (26:38).
Nov 02, 2018
‘Bodyguard,’ Plus Classic Albums As the New Comic Books | The Watch (Ep. 302)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the news that Disney shut down production on the stand-alone ‘Boba Fett’ Star Wars movie (3:32) and the idea of basing movies or TV shows on albums (18:37). Then they recap the first episode of the British TV show ‘Bodyguard,’ starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes (29:29).
Oct 29, 2018
Do Streaming Services Care About Film History? Plus a Conversation With Matthew Macfadyen of ‘Succession’ | The Watch (Ep. 301)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey to talk about the shuttering of the film streaming service Filmstruck (1:57) and the new movie ‘Wildlife’ (13:54). Then Chris is joined by ‘Succession’ actor Matthew Macfadyen to talk about playing Tom in the show (20:24) and working with Adam McKay (27:13).
Oct 27, 2018
What's Changed Since Starting the Show, Favorite Movie Moments of the Year, and Other Mailbag Questions | The Watch (Ep. 300)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate their 300th episode by opening up the mailbag and answering listener questions, including what has changed since they started their show (5:42), what the future of Netflix looks like (15:39), and what they want to watch that’s not out there right now (25:17).
Oct 23, 2018
Lukewarm on ‘Camping’ and Hot on ‘Haunting of Hill House,’ Plus a Conversation With ‘Apostle’ Director Gareth Evans | The Watch (Ep. 299)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Alison Herman to talk about Lena Dunham’s new show ‘Camping’ (1:44) and Netflix’s ‘Haunting of Hill House’ (12:45). Then Chris is joined by Gareth Evans to talk about his new horror film ‘Apostle’ and what it was like to create this movie (23:39). Read Miles Surrey on 'The Haunting of Hill House' here.
Oct 19, 2018
Big-Ticket TV Overload and Talking With Carla Gugino of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ | The Watch (Ep. 298)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald give a quick review of ‘First Man’ (4:53) before talking about their lack of excitement for ‘The Romanoffs’ (11:17). Then Chris is joined by Carla Gugino from ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ to talk about the creation of the show (19:56) and acting in a horror series (28:27).
Oct 16, 2018
‘Better Call Saul’ Season Finale and Talking With ‘Maniac’ Creator Patrick Somerville | The Watch (Ep. 297)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald get together to talk about the finale of Season 4 of ‘Better Call Saul’ (5:43) and what’s next for the series (12:35). Then they are joined by the creator of Netflix’s ‘Maniac,’ Patrick Somerville, to talk about the process of creating the show (18:01) and what it was like to work with Cary Fukunaga, Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, and more (36:41). Read Miles Surrey on the fourth season of 'Better Call Saul' here.
Oct 12, 2018
Yeah, We Loved 'A Star Is Born,' Too | The Watch (Ep. 296)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald get together to talk about their reactions to ‘A Star is Born,’ including Bradley Cooper’s skill as a director (3:36), how the movie portrayed the music industry (13:25), and how the movie treats addiction (24:49). Read all of The Ringer's coverage of 'A Star is Born' here.
Oct 09, 2018
Get Ready for the Fantasy TV Bubble | The Watch (Ep. 295)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald talk about the news that Chris Evans may be out as Captain America (3:47) and the recent influx of fantasy television (9:17). Then they recap the latest episode of ‘Better Call Saul’ (38:42), and Chris helps Andy decide if he should go see ‘A Star Is Born’ or ‘Venom’ this weekend (46:45). Read David Shoemaker on ‘Venom’ here.
Oct 04, 2018
Catching Up on ‘Maniac,’ ‘Forever,’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ With Andy Greenwald | The Watch (Ep. 294)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald talk about Andy’s experience filming the pilot for ‘Briarpatch’ (1:44). Then they catch up on all the film and television news Andy missed out on, including ‘Maniac’ (11:48), the Emmys (16:01), and ‘Better Call Saul’ (34:22). Check out The Ringer's guide to streaming in October here.
Oct 01, 2018
Fall Movie Preview and Love for ‘Better Call Saul’ | The Watch (Ep. 293)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Sean Fennessey to talk about movies to pay attention to as awards season begins, including ‘A Star Is Born’ (1:13) and ‘Green Book’ (16:14). Then Chris speaks with Miles Surrey about everything that has happened so far in Season 4 of 'Better Call Saul' (20:31). Read Miles Surrey’s recap of ‘Better Call Saul’ S4E8 here.
Sep 28, 2018
Reviewing ‘Maniac’ and ‘Forever,’ Plus Is the DC Extended Universe Cool Again? | The Watch (Ep. 292)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan talks with Alison Herman about Netflix’s ‘Maniac’ (5:09) and Amazon’s ‘Forever’ (23:20). Then he is joined by Jason Concepcion to talk about the expanding DC cinematic universe, including ‘Joker’ (33:58) and the new Harley Quinn movie ‘Birds of Prey’ (46:16). Read Alison Herman on 'Maniac' here. Read Alison Herman on 'Forever' here. Read the Ringer Staff on 'Joker' here.
Sep 25, 2018
Cary Fukunaga Takes Over the Bond Franchise, Plus a Live Performance From the Altons | The Watch (Ep. 291)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan sits down with GQ staff writer Zach Baron to talk about the news that Cary Fukunaga will direct ‘Bond 25’ (1:45) and Fukunaga’s new Netflix show ‘Maniac’ (13:06). Then Los Angeles–based band the Altons perform live in The Ringer studio (19:40) before Chris sits down with them to talk about how they got their start in music (36:42). Read Zach’s profile of Cary Fukunaga here. Read Miles Surrey on the pros and cons of Fukunaga directing ‘Bond 25’ here.
Sep 20, 2018
The Emmys Earn a Collective Shrug, and ‘The Predator’ Is a Glorious Disaster | The Watch (Ep. 290)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Amanda Dobbins and Alison Herman to recap the 2018 Emmys, including the lackluster hosting (1:47) and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ dominating the awards (9:02). Then Chris is joined by Andrew Gruttadaro to talk about ‘The Predator’ (33:48). Read Alison Herman’s recap of the 2018 Emmys here. Read Miles Surrey on the winners and losers of the 2018 Emmys here.
Sep 18, 2018
Behind the Scenes of ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ and ‘American Vandal’ | The Watch (Ep. 289)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ showrunner Graham Rolland to talk about having a moralistic action hero (7:53) and how his military background influenced the show (15:05). Later Chris sits down with the creators of ‘American Vandal’ to discuss the hilarious second season of their breakthrough Netflix mockumentary (27:48).
Sep 14, 2018
A Check-In With Andy, the Premiere of ‘The Deuce’ Season 2, and a Mid-Season Review of ‘Ozark’ Season 2 | The Watch (Ep. 288)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is briefly joined by Andy Greenwald to give an update on the production of Andy's show 'Briarpatch' (1:00). Then Alison Herman joins to talk about the second season premiere of HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ (7:21) and David Shoemaker gives a mid-season review of Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ (23:36).
Sep 10, 2018
The Summer TV Awards | The Watch (Ep. 287)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Sean Fennessey, and Alison Herman highlight and award the best TV shows, scenes, episodes, and performances of the summer and more.
Sep 06, 2018
A New Format for Superhero Movies, Previewing a Potentially Political Awards Season, and ‘Ozark’ Season 2 | The Watch (Ep. 286)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Sean Fennessey to talk about a new format for superhero movies given recent news about Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ movie (4:28) and a slate of new political movies coming out ahead of awards season (16:12). Then Chris is joined by David Shoemaker to preview the second season of Netflix's ‘Ozark’ (25:24).
Aug 30, 2018
True Detective’ Is Coming Back and ‘Sharp Objects’ Wraps, Plus Catching Up on ‘Castle Rock’ and ‘Lodge 49’ | The Watch (Ep. 285)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the recent trailer and forthcoming season of 'True Detective' (4:00) and finale of 'Sharp Objects' (11:00). Later, they catch up on ‘Castle Rock’ and ‘Lodge 49’ (24:00).
Aug 27, 2018
The Summer Movie Awards | The Watch
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In a 'Big Picture'–'Watch' crossover bonus episode, The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan highlight this summer’s movies by awarding the biggest surprises, best independent films, best scenes, best and worst movie of the summer, and much more.
Aug 25, 2018
The Trouble With 'Bond 25,' Getting Hyped for 'Top Gun 2,' Plus Mailbag | The Watch (Ep. 284)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the production woes of the latest James Bond and share their excitement about the upcoming sequel to ‘Top Gun’ (4:00). Later they open the mailbag and answer listener questions ranging from why talk shows on Netflix aren’t working to what plays they’d like to see adapted to the big screen (21:30).
Aug 24, 2018
'Better Call Saul' Is Back, Plus Reviewing Summer Movies | The Watch (Ep. 283)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald return to Albuquerque to celebrate ‘Better Call Saul’ and Season 4's artistic achievement so far (6:00). Later they discuss and review some summer films, including ‘Black Klansman’, ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ and ‘The Meg’ (31:00).
Aug 21, 2018
Remembering Aretha Franklin, Looking to the Good TV to Come, and Reviewing ‘Insecure’ and ‘Lodge 49’ | The Watch (Ep. 282)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald catch up on Andy’s experience in New Mexico so far, discuss Aretha Franklin's legacy (3:00) and look ahead to the TV shows they’re looking forward to in the coming months (9:00). Later they discuss and review AMC’s new show ‘Lodge 49’ (23:30).
Aug 16, 2018
The Content Wars of TV’s Gilded Age | The Watch (Ep.281)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald give an update on the current state of television’s content wars, including the upcoming slate of shows to get excited for (15:40), how networks are responding to Netflix’s domination, and which networks will survive the arms race in TV’s gilded age (40:30).
Aug 13, 2018
Sending Off ‘Succession’ With Showrunner Jesse Armstrong | The Watch (Ep. 280)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the season finale of ‘Succession’ (2:00) before welcoming on its showrunner, Jesse Armstrong, to discuss the joys of creating an entertaining season of television with rich characters (31:00).
Aug 06, 2018
The 100 Best TV Episodes of The Century and Mailbag Questions | The Watch (Ep. 279)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald open up the mailbag and answer listener questions on everything from how ‘Game of Thrones’ will be remembered to their favorite TV shows of 2018 so far and much more (1:00). Later, The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins join to discuss the making of and response to list of the best TV episodes of the century released this week on TheRinger.com (33:00).
Aug 03, 2018
Loving ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ and Awarding ‘Succession’ the TV Championship Belt | The Watch (Ep. 278)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react to and review ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ and how Tom Cruise’s role as Ethan Hunt has evolved (3:00). Later, they discuss the penultimate episode of ‘Succession’ and award it the Television Championship Belt (22:30).
Jul 30, 2018
Exploring 'Castle Rock' and a 'Mission: Impossible' Retrospective | The Watch (Ep. 277)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald take a look at the latest addition to the Stephen King universe, 'Castle Rock' (02:00). Then, to celebrate the upcoming release of 'Mission: Impossible — Fallout,' they look back at the franchise (23:00).
Jul 27, 2018
‘Succession’ Finds Its Stride and the Showrunners of ‘GLOW’ on Creating Season 2 | The Watch (Ep. 276)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald talk about their love for the last three episodes of ‘Succession’ (1:31). Then Andy is joined by the showrunners of Netflix’s ‘GLOW,' Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, to talk about the development of the characters in Season 2 (15:25) and how they built their show-within-a-show episode (56:45).
Jul 23, 2018
Marvel’s Supporting Avengers, Plus the Creators of ‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ Stop By | The Watch (Ep. 275)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald catch up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe by discussing ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and then unveil the supporting Avengers that they’d like to see in upcoming Marvel films (2:04). They also review Showtime’s ‘Patrick Melrose’ (18:20) and later Chris sits down with director Stephen Susco and Blumhouse producer Couper Samuelson to talk about their terrifying new film, ‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ (27:46).
Jul 19, 2018
Lots of TV: Emmy Nominations, ‘Sharp Objects,’ ‘Succession,’ and More | The Watch (Ep. 275)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald check in on the Daddington Hive (2:00) before discussing the best movie trailers since 1990 (8:00) and the Emmy nominations (14:00). Later they discuss the first two episodes of ‘Sharp Objects’ (25:00), check in on ‘GLOW’ Season 2 (42:00), and catch up on ‘Succession’ (44:30).
Jul 16, 2018
‘Succession’ and Updates on ‘Y: The Last Man’ and ‘Briarpatch’ | The Watch (Ep. 274)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald catch up and discuss a few exciting updates for Andy’s upcoming television pilot, ‘Briarpatch’ (3:30), before covering some casting news from FX’s ‘Y: The Last Man’ (11:00). Finally they revisit the show ‘Succession’ and their enjoyment of the season thus far (25:00).
Jul 12, 2018
Mailbag on 2018’s Pop Culture Crown, Big Franchise IP and More | The Watch (Ep. 273)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald open up the mailbag and answer listener questions about everything from who owns 2018’s Pop Culture Crown to which major franchise they’d remake if they could and much more.
Jul 09, 2018
Fast and Furious and Young Pope Casting Update. Plus Glow Season 2 review Pt. 1 | The Watch (Ep. 272)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react to some recent casting news involving Idris Elba for the new 'Hobbs and Shaw' 'Fast & Furious' spinoff and John Malkovich for ‘The Young Pope.' Later they discuss the first three episodes of 'GLOW' Season 2.
Jul 06, 2018
The Downside of Hype With Drake’s ‘Scorpion,’ Plus Reviewing ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ | The Watch (Ep. 271)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss how the hype surrounding Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ affected the way they first listened to the album (09:55) before offering their (spoiler-heavy) thoughts on ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ (20:55).
Jul 02, 2018
'Halo’ and Master Chief Are Coming to TV, and the ‘Sicario’ Cinematic Universe Is Here | The Watch (Ep. 270)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Showtime's announcement that it's making a new show based on the popular Xbox video game ‘Halo’ and why it’s an interesting play (6:00). Later, they prepare for Drake’s new album ‘Scorpion,’ (22:00) before Jason Mantzoukas calls in to discuss ‘Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado’ (27:00) and what the original ‘Sicario’ meant to Chris and Andy (38:00).
Jun 28, 2018
'Westworld' Season Finale, and the Search for the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ | The Watch (Ep.269)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the 'Westworld’ Season 2 finale and what is and is not working in that show (9:00). Later they discuss television's ongoing search for the next ‘Game of Thrones’ and the various approaches the different networks and shows are taking to get there (25:00).
Jun 25, 2018
'Star Wars' Presses Pause, Plus Marvel’s ‘Cloak and Dagger’ Showrunner, Joe Pokaski, Stops By | The Watch (Ep. 268)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react to the news that Lucasfilm is suspending operations on its 'Star Wars' spinoff movies (5:30) and then welcome Joe Pokaski, showrunner of Marvel’s ‘Cloak and Dagger,’ to discuss the process of making his exciting new show (17:00).
Jun 21, 2018
Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Kanye’s Attempts at Culture As Events | The Watch (Ep. 267)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the cultural significance of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s surprise album drop, as well as the continuous run of Kanye-related projects each week (9:00). Later, they discuss HBO’s 'Succession' (27:30).
Jun 18, 2018
Fox, Disney, Comcast, and the Content Wars of Tomorrow. Plus: Book Club Featuring ‘Every Man a Menace,’ With Patrick Hoffman | The Watch (Ep. 266)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the possibility of Fox being purchased by Disney or Comcast and the ramifications that may hold for the entertainment industry’s future (1:30). Later they chat with Patrick Hoffman, author of ‘Every Man a Menace,’ for the latest installment of the Double-Down Book Club (23:00).
Jun 14, 2018
Remembering Anthony Bourdain | The Watch (Ep. 265)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald reflect on the life and impact of the late Anthony Bourdain (1:30). Later they talk about meeting Donald Glover and the rest of the 'Atlanta' cast at a panel they moderated for FYC (33:00) and discuss 'A Star Is Born,' 'Widows,' and 'First Man' as awards bait (40:34).
Jun 11, 2018
'Black Mirror' Showrunners on Their Favorite Episodes, Plus a Rolling Blackouts C.F. Live Performance | The Watch (Ep. 264)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan sits down with ‘Black Mirror’ showrunners Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones to talk about tricky nature of making an anthology series (02:00) and their favorite episodes of the show so far (15:31). Later, the Australian band Rolling Blackouts C.F. (28:25) performs live in The Ringer's studio before Andy Greenwald sits down with them to discuss their new album, 'Hope Downs' (34:40).
Jun 07, 2018
The Thing About ‘Westworld,’ Plus 'Succession' and ‘The Break With Michelle Wolf' | The Watch (Ep. 263)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Alison Herman share their gripes about this season on 'Westworld' (2:00) and discuss HBO’s new Sunday night drama, 'Succession' (17:00). Later they review Michelle Wolf’s new Netflix show, ‘The Break,’ and examine the positioning of the streaming talk show (25:00).
Jun 04, 2018
Kanye West’s New Album and Pusha-T’s 'Daytona' and Drake Diss. Plus, 'The Americans Finale | The Watch (Ep. 262)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Pusha-T’s new album, 'Daytona'; his beef with Drake; and the anticipation of Kanye’s new album (2:00). Later, they discuss the series finale of ‘The Americans’ and what shows about bad people doing bad things owe us in the end (18:00). Lastly, they preview the new HBO series ‘Succession’ (36:00).
Jun 01, 2018
Did ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Work? Plus the ‘Killing Eve’ Finale | The Watch (Ep. 261)
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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review 'Solo,' the latest installment in the 'Star Wars' universe, and question whether it worked (3:00). Later, they discuss the eighth and final episode of 'Killing Eve' Season 1 and what the future holds for the Phoebe Waller-Bridge brainchild (45:30).
May 29, 2018
Celebrating Philip Roth, Plus Answering Your Mailbag Questions About ‘Watchmen’ and More | The Watch (Ep. 260)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate the life and impact of the late author Philip Roth (2:00) and discuss Andy’s experience at a Paul Simon concert (9:3 0). They also discuss the New York Times interview with the cast of 'Arrested Development' and the backlash surrounding Jeffrey Tambor’s behavior on set and how that coincides with a larger trend in Hollywood (15:00). Later, they open up the mailbag and answer listener questions ranging from their most comforting episodes of TV of all time to their thoughts on the forthcoming 'Watchmen' series by Damon Lindelof (28:00).
May 24, 2018
The Problem With Broadcast Television, Plus 'Killing Eve' | The Watch (Ep. 259)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the current state of broadcast television and unpack its many hurdles, destabilizing factors, and tendencies to hit familiar beats (2:00). Later they discuss the latest episode of ‘Killing Eve’ (36:30) before celebrating the return of Andy’s airplane movies (46:00).
May 21, 2018
What to Expect From 'Deadpool 2'? Plus: 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Westworld' | The Watch (Ep. 258)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and David Shoemaker catch up on breaking ‘Lord of the Rings’ news (4:00) before discussing what ‘Deadpool 2’ has in store for its audience (17:00) and this season of 'Westworld' so far (25:00).
May 17, 2018
Paul Scheer on Adapting ‘Galaxy Quest’ and Watching Classic Movies. Plus, Unpacking the ‘Barry’ Finale | The Watch (Ep. 257)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Sunday night’s finale of ‘Barry’ (2:00) as well as the latest episodes of ‘Killing Eve’ and ‘Westworld’ (8:30). Later, they chat with comedic actor and filmmaker Paul Scheer about his recent undertaking, adapting the beloved meta sci-fi movie ‘Galaxy Quest’ into a show for Amazon, and his new podcast, ’Unspooled' (17:00).
May 14, 2018
‘The Predator’ and ‘Friday Night Lights’ Are Coming Back! Plus, Stephen Malkmus Stops By | The Watch (Ep. 256)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald express their excitement over the new trailer for the upcoming* reboot of the classic sci-fi action thriller ‘The Predator’ (3:11) as well as the return of ‘Friday Night Lights’ (25:00). They also discuss their affection for BBC America’s hit show ‘Killing Eve’ (33:50). Later, Chris and Andy chat with indie rocker Stephen Malkmus about the heyday of Pavement and his new album with the Jicks (47:08).
May 11, 2018
This Is Donald Glover’s Moment | The Watch (Ep. 255)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Donald Glover’s relevance and unique stardom as well as his new music as Childish Gambino, his 'SNL' appearance, and *this standout season* of 'Atlanta' (3:00). They also discuss the latest episode of 'Barry' (24:00), and later, Chris sits down with Elias Rønnenfelt, frontman of the Danish rock band Iceage (34:30).
May 07, 2018
Recommending ‘Howards End’ and John Mulaney’s New Stand-up Special, Plus Deon Taylor, Director of ‘Traffik’ | The Watch (Ep. 254)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by fellow Ringer staffers Alison Herman and Amanda Dobbins to discuss their favorite things on TV, including John Mulaney's stand-up special (3:55) and ‘Howards End’ (22:49). Later, filmmaker Deon Taylor joins Chris to discuss the making of his new movie, 'Traffik' (34:30).
May 04, 2018
'Avengers: Infinity War’ Mega-pod and Why You Should Watch ‘Killing Eve’ (Ep. 253)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review this weekend’s massive blockbuster, ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ and discuss its plot, emotional stakes, and impressive accomplishment (2:00). Later, they discuss one of their favorite shows on television right now, ‘Killing Eve’ (51:00). *This episode contains spoilers For more on Avengers
Apr 30, 2018
'The Handmaid's Tale' Returns, Plus Chvrches | The Watch (Ep. 252)
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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the new trailer for 'Venom,' the movie starring the notorious Spider-Man villain, and and Tom Hardy's accent choice (3:00) before reviewing the first episode of Season 2 of 'The Handmaid's Tale' (8:30). Later, Andy interviews the band Chvrches about their new album, 'Love Is Dead,' and making an American record (22:00).
Apr 26, 2018
'Westworld' Returns and Bill Hader and Henry Winkler Talk ‘Barry’ | The Watch (Ep. 251)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald give their initial reactions to the first episode of ‘Westworld’ Season 2 (5:30). Then, Bill Hader and Henry Winkler join in to discuss their acclaimed show, ‘Barry’ (28:00).
Apr 23, 2018
Kanye’s Dropping Two Albums in June, ‘Atlanta’ Is the Best Show on TV, and Elwood Reid Discusses ‘The Last Good Kiss’ | The Watch (Ep. 250)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the news that multiple Kanye West albums are coming out in June and what they’re expecting from them (02:30) before jumping into what makes ‘Atlanta’ so special (13:20). Then they are joined by Elwood Reid, executive producer of ‘The Chi,’ for a special Doubledown Book Club to talk about ‘The Last Good Kiss’ by James Crumley (21:45).
Apr 19, 2018
In or Out on ‘Killing Eve’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’, Plus Andy Discusses His New Pilot, ‘Briarpatch’ | The Watch (Ep. 244)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Andy’s upcoming pilot for USA, ‘Briarpatch,’ and how that project came to be (2:00). Then they catch up on ‘Better Call Saul’ (13:00). Later, Chris and Andy discuss whether they are in or out on Phoebe Waller-Bridge's ‘Killing Eve’ (27:00) and the upcoming all-female ‘Ocean’s 8’ heist spinoff (34:30).
Apr 16, 2018
What Would It Take to Love 'Westworld' and Other Mailbag Questions, Plus News From Andy | The Watch (Ep. 243)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald share some exciting news before opening up the mailbag to answer your questions, on topics ranging from 'Westworld' to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the TV Championship Belt.
Apr 12, 2018
Jake Johnson on the Final Season of 'New Girl.' Plus, the Dark Side of Amateur Sports With Director Ryan Koo (Ep. 242)
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The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald sits down with comedic actor Jake Johnson to discuss the final season of 'New Girl' and the rest of his career (1:00). Later, The Ringer’s Chris Ryan chats with director Ryan Koo about his recent Netflix film ‘Amateur,’ which focuses on a young basketball star dealing with corruption in the amateur ranks (55:00).
Apr 09, 2018
How to Cast for ‘The Wire,’ ‘Atlanta,’ and ‘True Detective’ With Alexa Fogel | The Watch (Ep. 241)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the premiere of the upcoming shows ‘Killing Eve’ (3:00) and ’Legion” (8:30) before sitting down with casting director Alexa Fogel, who’s had a hand in major television shows like ‘The Wire,’ ‘Atlanta,’ and ‘True Detective’ (16:00).
Apr 06, 2018
The Problem With ‘Ready Player One,' Plus ‘Trust’, ‘Atlanta,’ and ‘Terror’ | The Watch (Ep. 240)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review Steven Spielberg's ‘Ready Player One’ and question its message and whether kids today care about its nostalgia. (4:00) Later, they discuss the standout second episode of ‘Trust’ (24:00), check in on ‘Atlanta’ (35:00), and clear out for Chris’s pitch to watch AMC’s chilling new series ‘The Terror’ (39:00).
Apr 02, 2018
‘Roseanne’ and ‘The Americans’ Are Back, ‘Westworld’ Is Coming Soon | The Watch (Ep. 239)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the new trailer of the upcoming season of Westworld (1:00), and the return of the beloved 90’s sitcom Roseanne and its bold attempt at political discourse (7:00). Later, Ringer TV critic Alison Herman stops by to discuss the new season of ‘The Americans’ with Andy (20:00). Ringer web store here:
Mar 29, 2018
David Costabile Talks 'Billions' and 'Breaking Bad.' Plus, Reviewing 'Barry' and 'Trust' | The Watch (Ep. 238)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the premieres of Bill Hader’s brainchild ‘Barry’ (4:00) and FX’s new series ‘Trust,’ about the Getty family (14:30). Later Chris sits down with actor David Costabile to talk about the fun of playing his character Wags on 'Billions' and the gravity of playing Gale on ‘Breaking Bad’ (28:00). Ringer Web Store Here
Mar 26, 2018
Anticipating ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and the ‘Sicario’ sequel. Plus, Musician Lucy Dacus and Finishing 'Collateral' | The Watch (Ep. 237)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss their excitement for the upcoming Marvel blockbuster ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (4:00) and ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ (10:00) before finishing their series review of Netflix’s 'Collateral' (18:00). Later Andy sits down with musician Lucy Dacus to discuss her music and recent album ‘Historian’ (31:00).
Mar 22, 2018
Would 'Black Panther' Work As TV? Plus Guilty Pleasures and New Music In the Mailbag | The Watch (Ep. 236 )
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald open up the mailbag and answer listener questions ranging from music recommendations to their favorite guilty-pleasure TV shows and more (6:30). Later, they discuss the third episode of Netflix’s 'Collateral' (46:00). Chris's Spotify Playlist Join our Facebook group here
Mar 19, 2018
What’s the Future of James Bond? Plus, Celebrating Craig Mack and Bad Boy Records | The Watch (Ep. 235)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate the life of Craig Mack and the incredible run for Bad Boy Records in the '90s (2:30). Later, they discuss James Bond’s uncertain future (10:00) and what a 31-hour binge of every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in preparation for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ would look like (22:00) and analyze Episode 2 of Netflix’s ‘Collateral’ (33:00).
Mar 16, 2018
‘Atlanta’ and Julian Casablancas Share Hot Takes on the Music Biz, Plus ‘Collateral’ Episode 1 | The Watch (Ep. 234)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss their enjoyment of 'Atlanta' Season 2 (3:30) and Julian Casablancas’s interview in Vulture about politics and the music industry (11:30). Later, they announce their latest series deep dive on Netflix’s four-part series 'Collateral' (22:00). Julian Julian Casablancas Vulture Interview For more from The Ringer on Atlanta
Mar 13, 2018
'Star Wars' to TV and 'The Sopranos' to the Big Screen, Plus the Shib Sibs | The Watch (Ep. 233)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react to the news that Jon Favreau will write and produce a new 'Star Wars' series for Disney’s streaming service (3:00) as well as David Chase’s plans to make a 'Sopranos' prequel for the big screen (9:30). Later they preview 'Collateral,' announce the next book club (14:00), and sit down to interview Olympic ice dancers and pop culture enthusiasts the Shibutani siblings about their culture diets and experience winning medals at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics (26:00)
Mar 08, 2018
And the Oscar Went To … | The Watch (Ep. 232)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, Sean Fennessey, and Amanda Dobbins break down the 90th Academy Awards including what stood out (2:30), who had the best night (24:00), and other Oscar superlatives (34:00). More Oscars coverage from The Ringer:
Mar 05, 2018
New TV Alert: 'Atlanta,' 'McMafia,' and 'Looming Tower' | The Watch (Ep. 231)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald preview the return of Donald Glover’s award-winning show ‘Atlanta’ as well as the Donald Glover/Childish Gambino persona (5:00) before reviewing 'McMafia' (16:00) and 'Looming Tower' (27:00). They also set up biggest night in film, this weekend's Oscars (42:00). More on Donald Glover, McMafia and the Oscars https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/05/donald-glover-cant-save-you https://www.theringer.com/music/2018/2/28/17062250/donald-glover-evolution-childish-gambino-origins https://www.theringer.com/tv/2018/2/27/17056126/mcmafia-review https://www.theringer.com/oscars
Mar 02, 2018
Unpacking ‘Annihilation’ and the ’90s Nostalgia of Netflix’s ‘Everything Sucks!’ (Ep. 230)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review the sci-fi thriller ‘Annihilation,’ starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac, and discuss how it differs from the Jeff VanderMeer novel it’s adapted from (1:00). Later, they review Netflix’s new awkward ’90s teen comedy ‘Everything Sucks!’ (25:00). (edited) Tweet at us @thewatchpod. And listen to our 'Annihilation' Double Down Book Club and interview with author Jeff VanderMeer here Or for more 'Annihilation' coverage, check out the following: https://www.theringer.com/movies/2018/2/23/17042946/annihilation-alex-garland-natalie-portman-review https://www.theringer.com/movies/2018/2/26/17053240/annihilation-exit-survey https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/movies/annihilation-review-natalie-portman-oscar-isaac.html
Feb 26, 2018
Answering Your Mailbag Questions, Plus a Politically Charged Superchunk Interview | The Watch (Ep. 229)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald open up the mailbag and answer listener questions that range from considering 'Star Wars' as a TV series to Chris's and Andy’s processes for critiquing television (4:00). Later, Andy sits down with bandmates Mac McCaughan and Jon Wurster of Superchunk to discuss their new, politically charged album, ‘What a Time to Be Alive’ (33:00).
Feb 22, 2018
Wakanda Forever! Black Panther’s Big Moment, Plus Jonathan Abrams revisits ‘The Wire’ | The Watch (Ep. 228)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate and discuss ‘Black Panther,’ including its cultural impact and the film itself (0:00). Later, Grantland alum Jonathan Abrams joins in to discuss the process of writing his his new best-selling book, ‘All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire’ (0:00). You can find more Black Panther coverage from The Ringer here.
Feb 19, 2018
Is Netflix Swallowing TV? Plus, ‘Altered Carbon’ and ‘Babylon Berlin’ Reviewed | The Watch (Ep. 227)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss TV producer Ryan Murphy’s huge new contract with Netflix and what it means for the industry as well as how Netflix is positioning its content and its place within television and streaming (03:15). Later, Chris and Andy discuss and review Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ (20:00) and ‘Babylon Berlin’ (36:00).
Feb 16, 2018
Why Jimmy Fallon Is Losing the Late-Night War | The Watch (Ep. 226)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Alison Herman discuss Jimmy Fallon and his current place among late-night hosts (4:30). They also discuss HBO’s new show, ‘Here and Now’ (16:00). Later, Andy Greenwald sits down with Alex Kapranos and Bob Hardy of Franz Ferdinand (23:00).
Feb 12, 2018
Is 'Star Wars' Saturation Possible? | The Watch (Ep. 225)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Sean Fennessey, and David Shoemaker discuss the announcement that 'Game of Thrones' showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce an upcoming 'Star Wars' trilogy and question whether the multiple trilogies in the works run the risk of creating 'Star Wars' fatigue for fans (1:00). Later, Chris Ryan sits down with director David Bruckner to discuss his new Netflix horror film ‘The Ritual’ (24:00).
Feb 08, 2018
Super Bowl Celebrations, Han Solo Trailer Reaction, and the Surprise Cloverfield Movie (Ep. 224)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate their beloved Eagles’ win in the Super Bowl (0:54), dissect the movie trailers that debuted during the big game (17:00), and discuss the hits and misses behind the surprise release of ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ (29:06).
Feb 05, 2018
Why Isn’t Steven Soderbergh's ‘Mosaic’ A Bigger Deal? Plus ‘The End of The F** World’ | The Watch (Ep. 223)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review HBO and Steven Soderbergh's six part murder mystery ‘Mosaic’ (3:00) and the experimentation happening in the television industry right now. Later, they finish their series review of Netflix’s ‘End of The F** World’ (25:00).
Feb 01, 2018
The Problem With the Grammys and Whether You Should Watch 'Waco' | The Watch (Ep. 222)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Sunday night’s Grammy Awards and what the long-running awards show is lacking (1:00). Later, they go “In or Out” on 'Waco' (18:00) and review the Oscar-nominated film ‘Phantom Thread’ (35:00).
Jan 29, 2018
‘The End of the F***ing World’ (and We Feel Fine) and the Oscar Noms (Ep. 221)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the recently announced Oscar nominations (1:00) and whether they are in or out on 'American Crime Story: Versace' (14:00). Later, they kick off a two-week run of discussing and reviewing the Netflix series ‘The End of the F***ing World’ (26:00).
Jan 26, 2018
Streaming Wars: Hulu Brings Back ‘ER’ and Amazon Dumps Its Quirky Comedies | The Watch (Ep. 220)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Amazon’s recent decision to cancel a string of quirky comedies as a pivot to bigger budget tentpole content (03:12). Later they go ‘In or Out’ on new Starz show ‘Counterpart’ (19:55) before welcoming in fellow Ringer colleague Juliet Litman to discuss ER’s arrival to Hulu (33:46).
Jan 22, 2018
Funny People Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome Talk Comedy and ‘Another Period.’ Plus, the End of ‘Dark’ (Ep. 219)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald welcome guests Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome to discuss the new season of their Comedy Central show, ‘Another Period’ (6:00). Later, Chris and Andy finish the Netflix series ‘Dark’ in their final installment of #DarkThursdays (31:30).
Jan 19, 2018
'Breaking Bad’s' 10-Year Anniversary, Plus New Shows From David Letterman and 'American Crime Story' (Ep. 218)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review David Letterman’s new Netflix show, ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’ (3:00), and go "In or Out" on ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ (15:00). Later they celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the premiere of ‘Breaking Bad’ (25:00).
Jan 15, 2018
The James Franco and the 'All the Money in the World' Controversies, Plus 'Dark' (Ep. 217)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald process some of the troubling Hollywood news from this week concerning allegations about James Franco (1:00) and the pay-scale disparity between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg on the ‘All the Money in the World’ reshoots (12:00). Later, for #DarkThursdays they discuss episodes 4-6 of Netflix’s 'Dark' (21:30)
Jan 11, 2018
Reliving the Golden Globes and Reviewing '9-1-1' (Ep. 216)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald reflect on their favorite moments from the Golden Globes, including Seth Meyers's and Oprah’s performances (1:00). Later, Chris and Andy bring back “In or Out” for Fox’s new show, ‘9-1-1’ (31:00).
Jan 08, 2018
Previewing the Golden Globes, a ‘Game of Thrones’ Update, and Going Deep on Netflix’s ‘Dark’ (Ep. 215)
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On their six-year anniversary of podcasting together, The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss recent 'Game of Thrones' news, what they’re excited to watch in 2018, and the upcoming Golden Globes (1:00). Later they review 'Black Mirror' and its Season 4 opener ‘USS Callister’ (21:00) and kick off “Dark Thursdays” by looking at the first three episodes of Netflix’s 'Dark' (30:00).
Jan 05, 2018
The 2017 Year in Music With Lindsay Zoladz, Plus the Mailbag (Ep. 214)
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For the final show of 2017, The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald chat with music critic Lindsay Zoladz about the year in music and their favorite songs, albums, artists, and playlists (1:00). Later, they open up the mailbag and answer some listener questions about the year in culture (26:00).
Dec 28, 2017
2017's Great Wall of Culture With Jason Mantzoukas (Ep. 213)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by friend of the pod Jason Mantzoukas to celebrate their favorite people and projects in pop culture in 2017.
Dec 21, 2017
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Deep Dive (Ep. 212)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald go all in on ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' reviewing their favorite moments, performances, fan theories, and much more. **The episode contains spoilers
Dec 18, 2017
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Preview, Plus the Double-Down Book Club With Megan Abbott (Ep. 211)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald prepare for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' by discussing the franchise as a whole and what they are looking forward to from the most recent installment (2:00). Later they chat with writer Megan Abbott about her crime novel and Double-Down Book Club selection ’Queenpin' (14:00).
Dec 14, 2017
The Best TV of 2017 With Sam Esmail (Ep. 210)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined for their annual best TV of 2017 discussion with 'Mr. Robot' creator Sam Esmail. They cover what they are looking from their own television experience, this year in television (2:00), and their top-10 favorite shows of the year, including ‘Game of Thrones,' ‘Mindhunter,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ and more (14:00).
Dec 11, 2017
Fear TV: ‘Dark’ and ‘Channel Zero,’ Plus Laurie Metcalf on ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Roseanne’ (Ep 209)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Disney’s potential purchase of 21st Century Fox (1:50), Netflix’s ‘Dark’ (4:25), Syfy’s ‘Channel Zero: No-End House’ (9:55). Later they sit down with acclaimed actress Laurie Metcalf to discuss ‘Lady Bird’ and the '90s sitcom ‘Roseanne’ (18:50).
Dec 08, 2017
U2’s ‘Songs of Experience’ and Best Songs of All Time, Plus an 'Ozark' and 'House of Cards' Update (Ep. 208)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald catch up on 'Ozark' and where it fits into this year in television (3:00). They also discuss recent ‘House of Cards’ news (20:00) and U2’s new album, ‘Songs of Experience’ (26:00).
Dec 04, 2017
All Marvel Everything: Talking ‘Runaways’ With Its Creator and Showrunners and an 'Infinity War' Trailer Reaction (Ep. 207)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react to the new trailer for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (01:00) before discussing Hulu’s new Marvel series, ‘Runaways,’ with creator Brian K. Vaughan and showrunners Josh Schwartz and and Stephanie Savage (7:00).
Nov 30, 2017
What You Should Be Watching Right Now (Ep. 206)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald delve into a number of new and returning shows on TV this season, including ‘Godless, 'Search Party,’ and ‘Runaways’ (2:00). Later Andy sits down with Rachel Brosnahan of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ (33:00).
Nov 27, 2017
Hollywood’s Troubled State (Ep. 205)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Jeffrey Tambor’s sudden departure from the cast of ‘Transparent’ and the current state of Hollywood amid the ongoing allegations of sexual harassment and assault (2:00). They also discuss ‘Justice League’ and its opening weekend as well as the trailer for ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ (21:30) before chatting with screenwriter Scott Frank about his new Netflix show, 'Godless' (33:00).
Nov 20, 2017
The Inside Story of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine With Writer Joe Hagan (Ep. 204)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by writer Joe Hagan to discuss his new book, ‘Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine.’
Nov 17, 2017
Disney’s New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy, Amazon’s Expensive ‘Lord of the Rings’ Play, and the Best Superhero Movies of All Time (Ep. 203)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the major announcements from Disney regarding a new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy and Amazon’s expensive purchase of the rights to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and why remaking major IP can be tricky (2:00). They also discuss ‘Lady Bird’ (19:00) before going deep on the best superhero movies of all time with Ringer articles editor Andrew Gruttadaro (29:00). http://superheroes.theringer.com/?_ga=2.16512178.549993008.1510600756-139637899.1487545631
Nov 13, 2017
Frankie Shaw of 'SMILF,' Plus Updates on ‘Mr. Robot’ and ‘All the Money in the World’ (Ep. 202)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the latest news of Kevin Spacey’s removal from the upcoming film ‘All the Money in the World’ (2:00) before catching up on 'Mr. Robot' and its ambitious latest episode (17:00). Later Andy sits down with Frankie Shaw of 'SMILF' and chats about her new show and her time on ‘Mr. Robot’ (29:00).
Nov 10, 2017
Reviewing ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and Finishing ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 (Ep. 201)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald give their very different reviews of Marvel’s 'Thor: Ragnarok' (5:00) before discussing the final three episodes of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 and how they felt about the series overall (26:00). Finally they rundown some of the shows they’ll be watching in the coming weeks (48:00).
Nov 06, 2017
The Neptunes Are Back Because No One Ever Really Dies, Plus ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 (Ep. 200)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald welcome the return of N.E.R.D by revisiting what makes the Neptunes and Pharrell persistently relevant (1:00). Later, they discuss episodes 4 through 6 of ‘Stranger Things' Season 2 (17:00) and then answer a few listener questions (36:00).
Nov 02, 2017
Reviewing the First Three Episodes of ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 and Wrapping Up ‘The Deuce’ With Megan Abbott (Ep. 199)
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The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan review the first three episodes of ‘Stranger Things' Season 2 and consider whether it is living up to the hype and how it holds up under the microscope (4:00). Later they discuss ‘The Deuce’ and its finale (27:00) before chatting with Megan Abbott about her experience writing on the show (37:00).
Oct 30, 2017
Hyped for 'Stranger Things 2' and Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread,’ Plus Reviews of ‘The Good Place’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ (Ep. 198)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are excited about Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film, ‘Phantom Thread’ (6:00), and the long-awaited second season of ‘Stranger Things’ (20:00). They also discuss and review ‘The Good Place’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ (33:00) before answering a few listener questions (49:00).
Oct 27, 2017
Inside the Mind of 'Mindhunter' Star Jonathan Groff (Ep. 197)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald chat with 'Mindhunter' star Jonathan Groff about his time on set with acclaimed director David Fincher; his character, Holden Ford; and the challenge of filming year-round.
Oct 23, 2017
Exploring ‘The Deuce’ and Double Down Book Club Selection ‘Sweet Forever’ With Joe House (Ep. 196)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the works of writer George Pelecanos, leading off with his acclaimed new HBO show, ‘The Deuce,’ (1:00) before transitioning to the latest Double Down Book Club selection, ‘Sweet Forever’ (20:00). Later, D.C. native Joe House joins the show to further discuss ‘Sweet Forever’ and it’s time-capsule depiction of Washington (30:00).
Oct 20, 2017
Breaking Down ‘Mindhunter’ and the ‘Black Panther’ Trailer (Ep. 195)
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After getting called out by director Sam Esmail, The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald return to their television roots by discussing David Fincher’s new Netflix series, ‘Mindhunter’ (6:00). Later they discuss actual televisions, the new trailer for 'Black Panther,' and the film's potential (26:00).
Oct 16, 2017
Talking 'Blade Runner 2049' and 'Mr. Robot' With Sam Esmail (Ep. 194)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald review and celebrate Denis Villeneuve's ambitious new film, 'Blade Runner 2049' (3:00). Later Sam Esmail calls in to further discuss 'Blade Runner 2049' and other works by director Denis Villeneuve (26:00) before discussing the latest season of his show, 'Mr. Robot' (40:00).
Oct 12, 2017
New Trailers for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, ‘Justice League,’ and Stephen King’s ‘Castle Rock’ Are Here (Ep. 193)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald catch up on life and recent news before discussing the rash of trailers that came out of New York Comic Con, including ‘Star Wars The Last Jedi’ (10:30), ‘Justice League’, and Stephen King’s ‘Castle Rock’ (30:00). They also discuss the new Tom Clancy 'Jack Ryan' picture and more (40:00).
Oct 10, 2017
Rob Huebel Knows Where the Bodies Are Buried (Ep. 192)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan sits down with comedic actor Rob Huebel to discuss his career in comedy; his new show, ‘Do You Want to See a Dead Body?’; and his renown sketch troupe with Aziz Ansari and Paul Scheer, ‘Human Giant’ (1:00). Later Chris chats with Joe Casey of the band Protomartyr about their new album, 'Relatives in Descent’ (49:00).
Oct 06, 2017
Jeff Garlin Describes the Making of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ (Ep. 191)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald catch up on life and airplane movies they watched during their recent travels, including ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘The Big Sick’ (1:00). Then Andy sits down with Jeff Garlin to discuss the new season of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and the process of making it (17:00).
Oct 02, 2017
Amy Landecker and the Critical Reception of 'Transparent' (Ep. 190)
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The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald sits down with actor Amy Landecker to discuss her pathway into comedic roles, awards season, and the critical reception she’s received for her work on ‘Transparent.’
Sep 30, 2017
Starring Jason Mantzoukas and Nick Kroll (Ep. 189)
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The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald is joined by the very funny Jason Mantzoukas and Nick Kroll to discuss their friendship (10:00), dealing with puberty, their new animated Netflix show ‘Big Mouth’ and the benefits of comedic collaboration (25:00).
Sep 28, 2017
Opening Up the Mailbag (Ep. 188)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald open up the mailbag and respond to listener questions that run the pop culture gamut, from the new 'Star Wars' and 'Blade Runner' films to the best TV restaurants to the state of streaming television and which podcasts they listen to.
Sep 25, 2017
Back on the Road With Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. of the Killers (Ep. 187)
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Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by Killers bandmates Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr., who discuss getting the band back together for a new album, meeting your heroes, and the business of making music.
Sep 21, 2017
Emmy Winners (and Losers) With Mike Schur, Amanda Dobbins, and Alison Herman (Ep. 186)
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The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald, Amanda Dobbins, and Alison Herman rehash the highlights and star power of Sunday night's 69th annual Emmy Awards (1:00). They discuss the best moments and speeches and the big nights for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,' ‘Big Little Lies,' and Hulu (10:00), while also attempting to understand the 'Stranger Things' shutout (15:00). Later Andy is joined by comedy writer and cocreator of ‘The Good Place’ Mike Schur to discuss Emmy topics including the Sean Spicer’s surprise appearance and what it’s like to see your friends win awards (36:00).
Sep 18, 2017
What Spotify’s Rap Caviar Says About the Music Industry; Spoon's Britt Daniel Returns to Form (Ep. 185)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald examine the current state of the music industry and the breakout success of Spotify’s Rap Caviar playlist (2:00). Then they are joined by Ringer staff writer Shea Serrano to discuss ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and what he needs in his television-watching experience (15:00). Finally, Andy sits down with Britt Daniel of Spoon to discuss life on tour and his enduring musical career (33:00).
Sep 14, 2017
Processing a Monster Opening Weekend for 'It' and Amazon’s Recent Shift (Ep. 184)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the $80 million opening weekend for ‘It,’ while considering what makes a good horror film and which Stephen King IP projects are still primed for adaptation (0:30). Later, they discuss Amazon’s sudden content shift (22:00) and their early impressions of 'Top of the Lake: China Girl' and 'The Deuce' (32:00).
Sep 11, 2017
‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Loses Its Director, ‘Narcos’ Returns, ‘Twin Peaks’ Ends, and Elisabeth Moss Talks ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (Ep. 183)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss director Colin Trevorrow's sudden departure from 'Star Wars: Episode IX' (1:00) as well as the finale of ‘Twin Peaks’ (12:45) and the new season of 'Narcos' (28:30). Then Andy chats with Elisabeth Moss about her hit show, 'The Handmaid’s Tale', and the new season of 'Top of the Lake' (36:00).
Sep 07, 2017
'You’re the Worst' Star Aya Cash on Her Complicated Relationship With L.A. and Branching Out Within the Industry (Ep. 182)
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The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald sits down with 'You’re the Worst' (FXX) star Aya Cash to discuss her upcoming fourth season of the show (2:00), her back-and-forth feelings about Los Angeles, and her current plans as a working actress to branch out into other facets of making TV and film (36:00).
Sep 04, 2017
George Pelecanos, Cocreator of 'The Deuce,' on Capturing the Grittiness of New York in the '70s (Ep. 181)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by one of their favorite writers, George Pelecanos ('The Wire,' 'Treme'), to discuss his latest project, HBO’s 'The Deuce,’ which he cocreated with David Simon.
Aug 31, 2017
Dissecting the 'Game of Thrones' Season Finale With Binge Mode Cohosts Jason Concepcion and Mallory Rubin (Ep. 180)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald provide their instant takes on the finale and overall season of 'Game of Thrones' (0:30). Later 'Binge Mode' cohosts Jason Concepcion and Mallory Rubin join Chris to further dissect and examine what worked and what did not in 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 (18:30) and what we can expect from the forthcoming 'Game of Thrones' spinoffs (45:00).
Aug 28, 2017
DC’s New Joker Origin Story, 'Logan Lucky,' and Showtime CEO David Nevins on 'Twin Peaks' (Ep. 179)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald announce the latest installment of the Double Down Book Club before discussing their feelings about the recent news of a Martin Scorsese–produced Joker origin movie as well as Chris’s feeling about 'Logan Lucky' (1:00). Later, Andy chats with Showtime CEO and president David Nevins about his role in resurrecting 'Twin Peaks' (25;00).
Aug 24, 2017
Critiquing 'Game of Thrones' and Previewing the Fall TV Season (Ep. 178)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack Sunday night’s 'Game of Thrones' episode, "Beyond the Wall," and critique some of the show's mechanics (1:00). Then Chris and Andy discuss what they are looking for in the upcoming fall TV season (33:00).
Aug 21, 2017
David Wain on Making the ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Franchise (Ep. 177)
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Andy Greenwald sits down with ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ franchise director and cocreator David Wain to discuss creating and adapting his comedy film to a TV series for Netflix, what it’s like working with a multitude of famous people with busy schedules, and where the franchise goes from here.
Aug 17, 2017
Unpacking 'Game of Thrones' and Shonda Rhimes Leaves ABC for Netflix, With Guest Adam Granduciel of the War on Drugs (Ep. 176)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack Sunday night’s 'Game of Thrones' episode, "Eastwatch," and what it means for the series as a whole (3:00). They also discuss Shonda Rhimes’s major move from network television to Netflix and what it means for ABC (19:00), before Chris sits down with Adam Granduciel of the War on Drugs to discuss their upcoming album, ‘A Deeper Understanding,’ and how he and his bandmates use basketball and 'Game of Thrones' as escapes from the stress of making music (35:00).
Aug 14, 2017
The Future of Streaming Television and Celebrating ‘Ozark’ and ‘Insecure’ (Ep. 175)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the Television Critics Association and the future of TV streaming, highlighting some of the difficulties the entertainment industry is facing (0:30). Later, Andy sells Chris on Season 2 of HBO’s ‘Insecure’ (23:00), and Justin Charity and Chris pitch Andy on Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ while discussing the value of TV that simply entertains us (27:00).
Aug 10, 2017
'Game of Thrones,' and Mark Duplass on ‘Room 104’ and Collaboration (Ep. 174)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss last night’s epic 'Game of Thrones' episode, "The Spoils of War" (1:00), before sitting down with Mark Duplass of ‘Togetherness’ and ‘The One I Love’ to discuss his new HBO series 'Room 104,' his experience in Hollywood, and the value of collaboration (24:00).
Aug 07, 2017
‘Narcos’ Season 3 Preview, Plus ‘Glow’ Creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch on Writing for TV As Playwrights (Ep. 173)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the impending return of 'Narcos' (2:00). Later, Andy Greenwald talks to ‘Glow’ creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch about writing for TV as playwrights (13:00), meeting young Lin-Manuel Miranda in New York City (20:00), and the unique experience of working with Netflix (47:15).
Aug 03, 2017
‘Game of Thrones’ and Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee on Making Music and Living in Philly (Ep. 172)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Ryan Adams's recently fired Twitter shots at the Strokes before analyzing last night’s 'Game of Thrones' episode, ‘The Queen’s Justice’ (5:00). Later they are joined by singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee to talk about her latest album, ‘Out in the Storm,’ and life on tour (20:00) as well as a check in on 'Twin Peaks' (52:00).
Jul 31, 2017
'Atomic Blonde,' Kathryn Bigelow, 'Ozark,' 'True Detective' Season 3, and Netflix’s Unfair Advantage With Millennials (Ep. 171)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by K. Austin Collins to discuss Charlize Theron’s new action film 'Atomic Blonde' (3:00), the expanding world of IP, and the career arc of filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow (17:00). Later, TV critic Alison Herman stops by to discuss the new Netflix series ‘Ozark’ (33:30), the ways that we watch TV shows these days (40:00), and 'True Detective' Season 3 before tossing out a few new show recommendations (55:00).
Jul 27, 2017
'Game of Thrones,' Comic-Con Trailers, and 'Dunkirk,' Plus Matthew Lillard on 'Twin Peaks' and Working in Hollywood (Ep. 170)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss last night’s episode of Game of Thrones ‘Stormborn’ (3:00) and the big new trailers coming out of Comic Con like ‘Stranger Things 2’ and ‘Westworld’ (12:00) before reviewing Dunkirk (26:45). Later, Matthew Lillard stops by to discuss his recent run on Twin Peaks, his time at Comic Con and what it's like working on set with David Lynch as well as his experience as a working actor in Hollywood (37:00).
Jul 24, 2017
Dunkirk,' Benioff and Weiss’s Next Project, and Revisiting 'Twin Peaks' and 'Glow' (Ep. 169)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the upcoming premiere of 'Dunkirk' (7:00) and the recent announcement of 'Game of Thrones' showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s next project (12:00) before revisiting 'Twin Peaks' and 'Glow' (28:00).
Jul 20, 2017
'Game of Thrones' Returns and Disney Unveils a New 'Star Wars' Resort (Ep. 168)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss and review the Season 7 premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’ (5:00). Later, they discuss the unveiling of Disney’s new Star Wars–themed resort, Galaxy’s Edge and Marvel Avengers news (32:00), before circling back to Season 2 of ‘Master of None’ (46:00).
Jul 17, 2017
Previewing the 'Thrones' Premiere (Ep. 167)
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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the biggest snubs and indicators from the 2017 Emmy nominations. Then, Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion join (23:00) to give their final 'Game of Thrones' thoughts before the Season 7 premiere on Sunday.
Jul 13, 2017
'Spider-Man Homecoming,’ and Bill Simmons Chimes in on the Great ‘Baby Driver’ Debate and the Legacy of ‘The Sopranos’ (Ep. 166)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by Bill Simmons to continue the great ‘Baby Driver’ debate and discuss how ‘The Sopranos’ has held up over time (1 :00). Then, Chris and Andy discuss Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ (36:00).
Jul 10, 2017
The Great ‘Baby Driver’ Debate With Jason Mantzoukas, Plus Andy Samberg (Ep. 165)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by Jason Mantzoukas to discuss ‘Talk the Thrones’ and his new movie, ‘The House’ (1:00), before they hash out their hot takes on ‘Baby Driver’ (17:00). Later, Andy Samberg calls in to talk about his new HBO sports mockumentary, ‘Tour de Pharmacy’ (41:00).
Jul 07, 2017
BBQ Music and Don Winslow on 'The Force' (Ep. 164)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate Independence Day by discussing summer music and their custom-curated BBQ playlist on Spotify (2:35). Then Chris sits down for a one-on-one conversation with Don Winslow about his new book, 'The Force' (15:48). Playlist Link: https://play.spotify.com/user/andygreenwald/playlist/5DhFd20nzDr4q10UCU1TNo?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open
Jul 03, 2017
Setting Expectations for Jay-Z’s '4:44,' ABC’s 'Inhumans,' and the Second Season of 'Preacher' (Ep. 163)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the silliness of ABC’s upcoming ‘Inhumans’ (1:00) and unpack their expectations for Jay-Z’s new album 4:44 (17:00) while also analyzing the second season of AMC’s 'Preacher' (27:00).
Jun 29, 2017
What's Next for the Han Solo Movie, T.J. Miller's Departure From 'Silicon Valley,' Plus 'Twin Peaks' and 'GLOW' (Ep. 162)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss recent news stories about the shakeup in the Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ movie, T.J.’s Miller’s departure from ‘Silicon Valley,’ and the ‘Transformers’ box office flop, as well as the state of Michael Bay films (1:00). They also check in on ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘GLOW’ (29:00).
Jun 26, 2017
The Han Solo 'Star Wars' Movie Situation, Fargo’s Finale, and What Good Bad Movies Would Get Made in 2017 (Ep. 161)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, and Sean Fennessey discuss the recent shakeup with the directors of the upcoming Han Solo 'Star Wars' film (1:30), the season finale of 'Fargo' (14:00), and the best films of the century (27:20). Then, Andrew Gruttadaro and Chris Ryan discuss which classically Good Bad Movies, like 'Speed 2' and 'Road House,' would still get made in 2017 (42:00).
Jun 22, 2017
The 25 Best Movies of the Century So Far and Lorde’s 'Melodrama' (Ep. 160)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Andy’s weekend exploits and Lorde’s new album, 'Melodrama' (1:00). Then Chris and Andy discuss the recent New York Times list of the 25 best movies of the century while providing their own, very different best-movies-of-the-century list (24:00).
Jun 19, 2017
The Ringer Recommends Pt. 2 (Ep. 159)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by six of the New York City bureau staff, calling in to recommend a variety of media they have been recently enjoying. Justin Charity recommends the Nintendo Switch as a solution for responsible gaming (2:33), Kate Knibbs plugs her new favorite new Instagram account @nightlotion as well as Netflix’s ‘The Keepers’ (8:20), Andrew Gruttadaro is excited for the shark-infested ‘47 Meters Down’ (14:15), Lindsay Zoladz praises a book she recently read called ‘The Idiot’ (19:02), Donnie Kwak calls ‘Bad Rap’ the one film about Asian American rappers to watch (25:10), and K. Austin Collins endorses English rock band Slowdive’s new self-titled album (30:50).
Jun 15, 2017
Black Panther, Netflix, FX, and the State of Peak TV (Ep. 158)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react and dissect the new teaser trailer for 'Black Panther' and the larger Marvel Universe (3:00). They also discuss Netflix’s recent cancellation of big shows like 'The Get Down,' 'Bloodline,' and 'Sense 8' (12:00), and how FX is managing its own empire with 'Fargo' as its tentpole show (23:00).
Jun 12, 2017
'American Gods,' 'Twin Peaks,' 'The Americans,' and Other Shows You Should Be Watching (Ep. 157)
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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by colleague Allison Herman to talk about 'American Gods' (6:23), 'Twin Peaks' (14:05), and other shows you should be watching (19:00). Later, they are joined by colleague Rob Harvilla to talk about the the current state of 'The Americans' (24:00).
Jun 09, 2017
Wonder Woman' and the Success of Comic Book Movies, 'The Leftovers' series finale, and the Current State of Tom Cruise (Ep. 156)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald check in on the state of Tom Cruise’s career and the trailer for his upcoming film ‘American Made’ (2:00) before discussing 'Wonder Woman,' what makes a comic book movie work, and Gal Gadot’s performance (13:00). Later, they discuss the epic series finale of 'The Leftovers' and what the series meant to television (32:00).
Jun 06, 2017
Big IP Fails at the Box Office and Damon Lindelof Talks 'Twin Peaks' and the End of 'The Leftovers' (Ep. 155)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey to discuss the slew of big IP films, including 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' and 'Baywatch,' that are failing at the box office and what it means for the film industry (3:40). Then, Chris and Andy discuss 'Silicon Valley' and T.J. Miller’s sudden departure from the show (21:30) before fielding a call from showrunner Damon Lindelof to talk 'Twin Peaks' and ending his show 'The Leftovers' (29:40).
Jun 01, 2017
Book Club — 'Annihilation' (Ep. 154)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald present their second installment of the Double Down Book Club as they review and discuss ‘Annihilation’ by Jeff VanderMeer (0:30). Later they are joined by VanderMeer himself to talk about the process of creating the Southern Reach trilogy (19:35).
May 29, 2017
Lizzy Goodman on the Rebirth of Rock ’n’ Roll in New York City From 2001 to 2011 (Ep. 153)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sit down with writer Lizzy Goodman to talk about her new book, ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom,’ which highlights the rebirth of rock ’n’ roll in New York City through bands like the Strokes, the White Stripes, and the Vines.
May 25, 2017
'Twin Peaks,' 'Alien Covenant,' and the Highs and Lows of IP (Ep. 152)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate the return of 'Twin Peaks' by giving it "The Belt" and discussing the arc of the first couple episodes (2:30). Later, writer Adam Nayman joins to discuss director Ridley Scott and his latest film, 'Alien Covenant' (27:24).
May 22, 2017
The Networks Aim to Make TV Great Again, and Previewing 'Twin Peaks' (Ep. 151)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss network television’s recent attempts to eventize television programming (1:00). They also say farewell to Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell (13:20) before discussing the upcoming third season of 'Twin Peaks' (21:20).
May 18, 2017
'Master of None,' 'Catastrophe,' and 'The Leftovers' Are Brought to You by the Pre-pajama Mafia (Ep. 150)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald kick off the pod with a brief discussion about leisurewear (1:00) before diving into the second season of ‘Master of None’ (9:45) and Season 3 of 'Catastrophe,' (22:30) and wondering where the final season of 'The Leftovers' will take us (29:38).
May 15, 2017
David Mandel Talks 'Veep,' 'Curb,' and 'Seinfeld' (Ep. 149)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sit down with 'Veep' showrunner David Mandel to discuss making a political comedy in today’s climate. Then, Mandel shares stories about working on two other comedy mega-hits, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Seinfeld.’
May 11, 2017
Welcome to Dystopia: 'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Handmaid’s Tale,' and 'American Gods' (Ep. 148)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the new trailer for 'Blade Runner 2049' (1:30), as well as 'Billions' (11:20) and 'Handmaid’s Tale' (15:50), before deep-diving into the new Starz series 'American Gods' (34:40).
May 08, 2017
Greg Dulli and the Afghan Whigs Are Back (Ep. 147)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sit down with Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli to discuss his band's new album, ‘In Spades,’ and the story of how he first met Chris and Andy more than 15 years ago.
May 04, 2017
Timothy Simons of 'Veep' on Politics, 'The Leftovers' and Hangin' With McConaughey (Ep. 146)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by Timothy Simons of 'Veep' to discuss how the election impacted both his work life and real life (3:30) as well as his love of 'The Leftovers' (35:50) and what it’s like to hang out with Matthew McConaughey (53:40).
May 01, 2017
‘Fargo’ and the Prestige-TV Debate & Justin Simien of ‘Dear White People’ (Ep. 145)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the third season of Fargo, the series as a whole, and how it fits into the discussion of prestige TV (1:20). Then, Chris sits down with Justin Simien to discuss his new Netflix show, ‘Dear White People’ (20:25).
Apr 27, 2017
Damon Lindelof Discusses ‘The Leftovers’ (144)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by the cocreator and showrunner of HBO’s 'The Leftovers' to discuss the ongoing shift in criticism of the show (2:05), the world-building from season to season (9:00), the Wu-Tang trampoline, and the first two episodes of Season 3 (35:20). Disclosure: HBO is an initial investor in The Ringer.
Apr 24, 2017
'Fargo' and 'Veep' Return (Ep. 143)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the music of their youth (1:00), their early impressions of 'Fargo' Season 3 (6:28), and the season premiere of 'Veep' (22:43). Then, Chris is joined by film critic and writer Adam Nayman to discuss a talented filmmaker and the subject of his new book, ‘Ben Wheatley: Confusion and Carnage’ (27:45).
Apr 20, 2017
'The Last Jedi,' the End of 'Girls,' and the Final Season of 'The Leftovers' (Ep. 142)
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and Kendrick Lamar’s new album, ‘Damn.’ (4:20). Then they break down the final episode of ‘Girls’ and the series as a whole (29:55), as well as the premiere of ‘The Leftovers’ (48:20).