Extra Hot Great

Extra Hot Great

By Tara Ariano, Sarah D. Bunting, David T. Cole

Join David T. Cole, Tara Ariano, Sarah D. Bunting and their valued guests each week for discussion of what's new on TV plus our hall of fame roundtable segment called The Canon, listen as we appoint Winners and Losers Of The Week and of course our ultra competitive TV trivia quiz: Game Time.

Episodes

330: Saying A Final Farewell To Supernatural

After 15 seasons on two networks, Supernatural has finally hunted its last monster, and our French friend Caroline Lefloch is joining us to bury the series finale in an unmarked, shallow grave. Around The Dial takes us through I Hate Suzie, Peacock's sequel to Saved By The Bell, Agatha Christie's Poirot, and new looks at the D.B. Cooper case in both History's Greatest Mysteries and HBO's The Mystery Of D.B. Cooper. Kimberly challenges us to Fleabag-enize a show by adding a hot clergy person to it; then it's on to Guy's submission of the Perfect Strangers episode "Just Desserts" for induction into The Canon. Finally, after crowning the week's Winner and Loser, we end on a Game Time with a little Gallic flair. Load up the vintage Impala and join us!SHOW TOPICSSupernaturalATD: I Hate SuzieATD: Saved By The Bell (2020)ATD: Agatha Christie's PoirotATD: History's Greatest MysteriesATD: The Mystery Of D.B. CooperExtra Credit: Fleabag ReduxThe Canon: Perfect Strangers S03.E16: Just DessertsWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?SHOW NOTES"Supernatural: COVID May Be To Blame for a Lackluster Finale"Again With This on PatreonMark And Sarah Talk About Songs"Nick Offerman's Woodshop Is Crafting Sustainable Solutions To Homelessness In LA"Photo: Robert Falconer / The CWDISCUSSIONTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/11/201h 30m

329: (Baby-)Sitting With Becoming You

It might not be Olivia Colman's highest-profile streaming series this week, but Apple TV+'s Becoming You, which explores how the first 2000 days of our lives shape our futures, is perfectly on-brand: expensive, gorgeously shot, and not quiiiiite essential. Omar returns to the guest chair to talk about the series' limited concept of diversity; whether the show made him miss his kids' first years; and what a visual subtweet of Brooklyn parents looks like. After that, we moved on to Colman's other big gig in Around The Dial as Tara talked about The Crown (plus Candy Land, and alas, there's no crossover event there...yet) before the rest of us made stops at The Animal Rescue Show and SVU's odious season premiere. Suley asked us to script a Jack McCoy rant for Extra Credit, and then Tara Talked To Us about a first-season Joe Pera Talks To You episode about The Who ("second base!"). Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer won; COVID production shutdowns lost; and we curled up with cozy murders (and gardening ghosts) in Game Time. Insert your own "baby bunting" joke here: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSBecoming YouATD: The CrownATD: Candy LandATD: The Animal Rescue ShowATD: Law & Order: SVUExtra Credit: Indignant Jack McCoyThe Canon: Joe Pera Talks With You S01.E06: Joe Pera Reads You The Church AnnouncementsWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Revenge Of The Cozy MysteriesSHOW NOTESOmar Gallaga on TwitterOmar's interviews with Steve Treviño for Pulso and Book & Film GlobeTara's We Are The Champions review on PrimetimerThe Quaid In Full podcastPhoto: Apple TV+DISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/11/201h 39m

328: Celebrating Christmastime In The City With Dash & Lily

Perhaps you feel the 2020 holiday season should start a little earlier than may be strictly traditional? So does Netflix, as it brings us all Dash & Lily, in which a pair of adorable teens who've never met use a red notebook to challenge each other to dares all over New York City. Internet Boyfriend taxonomist Esther Zuckerman jumps over from Thrillist to talk about it! Around The Dial takes us through A Teacher, B Positive, Ted Lasso, The Reagans, and the maddening episode numbering of Disney+. Andrea pitches the Barry episode "ronny/lily" for induction into The Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that you should thank for its service. Make yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate and join us!SHOW TOPICSDash & LilyATD: A TeacherATD: B PositiveATD: Ted LassoATD: The ReagansIs This Worse That Jazz?: Disney+'s episode numberingThe Canon: Barry S02.E05: ronny/lilyWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Support The TV TroopsSHOW NOTESEsther Zuckerman on TwitterEsther's Dash & Lily review at ThrillistTara on Mom at PrimetimerTara on Hugh Laurie at PrimetimerEsther's book, A Field Guide To Internet BoyfriendsKristen Stewart excerpt from Esther's book, at The Daily BeastKeanu Reeves excerpt at ThrillistHarry Styles excerpt at BillboardEsther at ThrillistBest Evidence Book Club"Fields Market: One Of LA's Hottest Filming Locations" in Southern California Life magazinePhoto: NetflixDISCUSSIONTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/11/201h 16m

327: The Extra Hot Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show

EHG's Dave and Game Time veteran Dan Cassino along with host Taylor Cole welcome Tara, Sarah and Mark Blankenship for a special crossover episode with The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show! Tara, Sarah and Mark battle it out in TV trivia modelled after a typical Extra Hot Great episode! We'll open with a new release for the week, go Around the Dial with a game about shows that change networks, and play The Canon where our contestants must separate great works of literature from TV favorites. It all comes down to a contentious lightning round to determine the Winner and Losers of the week!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/11/201h 7m

326: Unpacking The Undoing or Too Many Butterflies

What if Big Little Lies, but in New York City and with no point? That's kind of how Emily and the regulars all felt about The Undoing, the latest Nicole Kidman-David E. Kelley collaboration for HBO; we admired the workmanship, while not really understanding what sets it apart from BLL (besides the quality of the wigs), or buying Kidman and Hugh Grant's chemistry. Will any of us be successfully cliff-hung into watching all six episodes? Later, we investigated Around The Dial with stops at Archer, the new Supermarket Sweep, Revolutionary Girl Utena, The Morning Show, City So Real, and The Queen's Gambit, before location-scouting "Domestic Survivor" for Don's Extra Credit. Emily hoped the signal-to-noise ratio of a fourth-season Halt And Catch Fire episode would be good enough to connect it to the Canon. Stath Lets Flats won, Quibi lost, and Game Time proved a severe insult to the brain (and other things). Quick, look hunted! It's an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSThe UndoingATD: ArcherATD: Supermarket SweepATD: Revolutionary Girl UtenaATD: The Morning ShowATD: City So RealExtra Credit: Domestic SurvivorThe Canon: Halt And Catch Fire S04.E02: Signal To NoiseWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: A Game For HoopleheadsSHOW NOTESEmily Yoshida on TwitterEmily's 2019 Hugh Grant profile for Vanity FairEmily's podcast, Night CallNight Call's Patreon pageTara on the premiere of The Conners for PrimetimerTara on SlashfilmcastSarah's "best of Kartemquin playlist" on Best EvidenceSeason Two of The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show starts next week.Photo: Niko Tavernise / HBODISCUSSIONTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/10/201h 56m

325: Are We Living For Someone Has To Die?

Netflix's new import is a miniseries set in Franco-era Spain and revolving around a just-returned college grad and his Mexican ballerino friend. How does Lázaro's arrival tear the community apart (with lust)? Will Ellis joins us to talk about it! Around The Dial takes us through Social Distance, The Conners, Selling Sunset, Australia's Next Top Model, and HBO's A West Wing Special. Will presents Naomi Campbell's visit to The Tyra Banks Show for induction to The Canon; then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we close things up with a Game Time that has spirit(s). Settle into your favorite wing chair at the Shooting Club and join us! SHOW TOPICSSomeone Has To DieATD: Social DistanceATD: The ConnersATD: Selling SunsetATD: Australia's Next Top ModelATD: A West Wing SpecialThe Canon: The Tyra Banks Show S01.E50: Naomi CampbellWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Bar SomeSHOW NOTESWill Ellis on TwitterKathryn VanArendonk's review of Social Distance at VultureTara on Baroness von Sketch Show at PrimetimerSarah on Unsolved Mysteries at PrimetimerThe Tyra Banks Show S01.E50 on YouTubeSarah Hagi on Naomi Campbell's appearance on The Tyra Banks Show, at ZoraPhoto: NetflixDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/10/201h 28m

324: The Right Stuff May Not Have...Well, You Know

Disney+ and NatGeo decided to remake beloved '80s Mercury-astronauts epic (and earlier Tom Wolfe book) The Right Stuff as a series...and Adam Moussa decided to talk about it with us, a choice he may regret, because the four of us struggled to care. We struggled even to tell various astronauts apart, even, when we weren't wondering why this needed to be made, whether we should recommend For All Mankind instead, and where various actors would be in the Twink Taxonomy. Then we splashed down into Around The Dial with stops at Connecting, The Good Wife, Dark Side Of The Ring, and Rise Of Empires: Ottoman, we ordered some bangers and Smash with a Canon presentation on RuPaul's Drag Race UK. AppleTV+ won, Max Ehrich was a giant loser, and we were absolutely horrified by the wordplay in Game Time. Strap in to the vomit comet: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSThe Right StuffATD: ConnectingATD: The Good WifeATD: Dark Side Of The RingATD: Rise Of Empires: OttomanThe Canon: RuPaul's Drag Race UK S01.E05: Girl GroupsWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: TerrorvisionSHOW NOTESAdam Moussa on TwitterAdam at EaterMore on Eater's Guide To The WorldSarah and Jeb Lund talk the original The Right Stuff on Quaid In FullTara's The Right Stuff review on PrimetimerPhoto: NatGeoDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/10/201h 32m

323: Doing A Tight Five On The Comedy Store

Showtime's latest docuseries is a deep (maybe too deep) dive on L.A. comedy club The Comedy Store, and first-time guest Brandi Brown -- herself a comic -- is joining us to talk about it! Around The Dial takes us through Emily In Paris, Polar Bear's Café, and Paramount's doc I Am Richard Pryor. CoreyAH challenges us to cast the Hallmark Christmas movies of tomorrow, today! Then, after her successful pitch of "Senegal," Françoise goes back to the Parts Unknown well to pitch us the "Houston" episode. We crown the week's Winner and Loser; then it's on to a Game Time that takes place in front of an unadorned brick wall. Join us -- but just so you know, there's a two-drink minimum! SHOW TOPICSThe Comedy StoreATD: Emily In ParisATD: Polar Bear's CaféATD: I Am Richard PryorExtra Credit: Counting Down To The Countdown To Christmas 2035The Canon: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown S08.E05: HoustonWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: My Name Is [Blank] And You've Been GreatSHOW NOTESBrandi Brown on TwitterBrandi's Comedy Recommendations (TBA)Brandi's mentor Tracey Ashley's episode of They ReadyA profile on Ashley at Forbes.comAshley's album on SpotifyMinnesota comic Cy Amundson on SpotifyAstronomy Club on NetflixTara's review of Emily In Paris at PrimetimerBrandi's Twitter thread on Succession as Gritty Family CircusBrandi's Twitter thread on every 2020 Democratic primary candidate and who they'd be on Law & OrderA Very Special 90210 Book, the audiobookDeleted scenes from the book in the Again With This podcast feedThe Shangri-La Plaza pilotA Very Special 90210 Conversation with Tara Ariano and Sarah D. Bunting, presented by ATX FestivalPhoto: Troy Conrad / Courtesy Of ShowtimeDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its <a href="https://www.extrahotgreat.com/323" rel="noopener... 
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07/10/201h 28m

322: Should You Search For Utopia?

We're thrilled Devindra could step over from Engadget and Slashfilm to talk to us about Utopia, Gillian Flynn's reimagining of a belovedly culty UK original. Sarah was less thrilled by the show itself, which she's probably bailing on after only two episodes, but the rest of the panel had good things to say about the story, the acting (especially John Cusack), and how fundamentally weird it is that Amazon chose to release Utopia anyway during All Of This. After a trip Around The Dial with Enola Holmes, Julie And The Phantoms, The Legend Of Korra, 30 For 30's new Oscar Pistorius deep-dive, and Dave's long-awaited Cobra Kai review, we took the correct train to Coney Island for Whitney's Canon presentation on the Mr. Robotpilot. Christine Baranski won, tight pants lost, and Game Time put a song in our hearts. Put down those raisins and cue up an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSUtopiaATD: Enola HolmesATD: Julie And The PhantomsATD: The Legend Of KorraATD: 30 For 30: The Life & Trials Of Oscar PistoriusATD: Cobra KaiThe Canon: Mr. Robot S01.E01: eps1.0_hellofriend.mov [or Hello Friend]Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: The Man From Simon & Garfunkel, Vol. 3SHOW NOTESDevindra Hardawar on TwitterDevindra at EndadgetMore Engadget podcastsThe Slashfilm podcastThe Republic City Dispatch (featuring the Legend Of Korra cast!)The ATX Festival on TwitterAgain With ThisThe Best Evidence newsletterAnd last but not least, that historic moose knucklePhoto: Amazon StudiosDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/09/201h 58m

321: Coming Clean On Filthy Rich

Fox's newest soap opera places Kim Cattrall at the head of a televangelist family that -- and you're never going to believe this -- are not as polished and pious as they appear on TV. First-time guest Meredith Haggerty joins us to discuss whether this is a good use of La Cattrall's many talents! Around The Dial takes us through Sing On!, Just Shoot Me!, and Netflix's videogame docs-series High Score. Lauren presents the "Co-op" episode of Documentary Now! for induction into the Canon; then after naming the week's Winner(s) and Loser(s), it's on to a Game Time that could buy and sell you. We hope you'll find it in your heart and in your spirit to join us!SHOW TOPICSFilthy RichATD: Sing On!ATD: Just Shoot Me!ATD: High ScoreThe Canon: Documentary Now! S02.E03: Original Cast Album: Co-OpWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: More Filthy RichesSHOW NOTESMeredith Haggerty on TwitterMeredith at VoxTara's review of Sing On! at PrimetimerA Very Special 90210 Book in hardcoverA Very Special 90210 Book, the audiobookBeverly Hills, 90210 Virtual Trivia Night with Sarah & TaraThe Again With This podcastAgain With This on PatreonCharting TV theme songs of the '90s at Mark And Sarah Talk About SongsMASTAS ranks songs called "Hold On"MASTAS on "Co-op"Photo: Alan Markfield / FOXDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something....  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/201h 16m

320: Zooming In On Home-Shot Reality TV

Reality-TV vet Andy Dehnart has seen a LOT of unscripted crap in his decades in the field, so we're glad he brought his expertise to our discussion of this unprecedented time in the genre's history: the home-shot, socially-distanced versions/spin-offs of some of our old "favorites," plus some new DIY unscripted stuff tailored to pandemic "set" safety. We talked about the challenges facing reality competitions in the Zoom-show era, then drilled down on a few specific shows like Dr. Pimple Popper: Before The Pop, Ghosted: Love Gone Missing, Design At Your Door, and Amy Schumer Learns To Cook. What works for these shows and what doesn't? What innovations -- or filler-busters -- should they keep when quarantine's over? Later, we went Around The Dial with Challenger: The Final Flight, Get Organized With The Home Edit, 16 And Recovering, and The Great Pottery Throw Down, and Tara shared a Tiny Tessitoriumph. We petitioned a reality-competition court to overthrow legendary injustices in the day's Extra Credit, and Andy argued to OUR jury that the first-season Survivor finale acquitted itself well enough to join the Canon. Sam Elliott won, the English language lost, and every night is Saturday night at Game Time. Set up that ring light: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSHome-Shot Reality ShowsDr. Pimple Popper: Before The PopMy Feet Are Killing Me: First StepsGhosted: Love Gone MissingLove After LockupDesign At Your DoorAmy Schumer Learns To CookTiny Triumph: Holey MoleyATD: Get Organized With The Home EditATD: 16 And RecoveringATD: The Great Pottery Throw DownATD: Challenger: The Final FlightExtra Credit: The People’s Appellate CourtThe Canon: Survivor S01.E13: The Final FourWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Ready For Primetime PlayersSHOW NOTESAndy Dehnart on Twitterreality blurredAndy's newsletterTara's new bestie Joe TessitoreThe Home Edit on InstagramThe McNally Jackson trivia night for A Very Special 90210 BookDefector.comThe Best Evidence newsletterPhoto: Chris MontgomeryDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSupport EHG on PatreonThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/09/202h 15m

319: Should Away Be Tossed Away?

Netflix's latest space drama takes a mother, played by Hilary Swank, to Mars, to try to balance work and family; Inkoo Kang of THR joins us to talk about it! Around The Dial takes us through The Boys, 90 Day Fiancé, and For All Mankind. We ponder whether The X-Files's "Humbug" should burrow into The Canon; then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that reads us all for filth. Put on your space suit and join us!SHOW TOPICSAwayATD: The BoysATD: 90 Day FiancéATD: For All MankindThe Canon: The X-Files S02.E20: HumbugWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Like TV But Silent And BoringSHOW NOTESInkoo Kang on TwitterInkoo's article archive at Muck RackInkoo's review of AwayTara's review of The Boys at PrimetimerTara on Holey Moley at MelMichael Baumann at The Ringer on what makes a good space showThe Quaid In Full PodcastPhoto: Diyah Pera / NetflixDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/09/201h 32m

318: Premium Filler

We're off this week but we've glued together three listener-suggested topics from our Patreon supporter bonus podcast Extra Extra Hot Great.SERIES STARTER KITSNicole tasked us: Each of you pick a show and then give your 5 most essential or favorite episodes from that show and discuss why they are in your top five. From April 10, 2020THE CAN'TNONSeth White figured since this feed is a little looser than EHG Prime, that we should talk about our favourite episodes of a show that, for some reason, would never make it into The Canon and why they have that connection. From May 1, 2020THREE WITH MUSTARDWith theaters temporarily shuttered, diction and pronunciation in television is more important than ever. Make a short list of the greatest word pronunciations in TV history, and which characters felt the need to add that extra "bit of mustard" to their speech. From June 5, 2020SHOW NOTESSupport Extra Hot Great on Patreon and get all past and future Extra Extra Hot Great episodes plus ad free versions of EHG!Photos: SyFy, Netflix, UnsplashDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSupport EHG on PatreonThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/09/2053m 48s

317: Appraising Lifetime's Ruthless Realtor

Podcaster and Lifetime-movie-ologist Brandon is going deep on not just Ruthless Realtor (we would give you a plot summary, but it's...that, with a dash of Bad Ronald) but the evolution of Lifetime movies and the cultural anxieties they reflect; whether we'd ghost a weirdo who brought us a brisket; and why nobody seems to get a second take, or any direction. Then we staged an Around The Dial with stops at Love In The Time Of Corona, vintage Amazing Race, and Below Deck Med before Doug made an animated Canon case for Avatar: The Last Airbender's Empire Strikes Back episode. Dan Mallory won, Drunk History lost, and you won't believe who got re-cast at the pilot stage during Game Time. Don't change those locks: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSRuthless RealtorATD: Love In The Time Of CoronaATD: The Amazing RaceATD: Below Deck MediterraneanThe Canon: Avatar: The Last Airbender S02.E13: City Of Walls And SecretsWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Ch-ch-ch-changesSHOW NOTESFollow Brandon on TwitterBrandon's podcast, The DiscourseTara's Singletown piece on PrimetimerSarah's The Vow review on PrimetimerPhoto: Courtesy Of LifetimeDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/08/201h 44m

316: Booking A Trip To Lovecraft Country

TV Guide senior editor Malcolm Venable is here to talk about Lovecraft Country, HBO's series imagining of Matt Ruff's novel -- and why everything from the show's look and feel to the acting to Jonathan Majors's believable charisma drew us in. Then we drove our woody wagon Around The Dial with stops at Ted Lasso, Little Voice, and The Great Heist before Rebecca's Extra Credit tasked us with casting reality-competition shows with our favorite TV characters. Sarah then filed a Canon motion on behalf of a latter-season Law & Order Mothership episode. The British Empire won, the DC Universe lost, and we mashed up actor names and fictional reboots in Game Time. Grab a wooden bat and an illustrated map: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSLovecraft CountryATD: Ted LassoATD: Little VoiceATD: The Great HeistExtra Credit: Be Our HostThe Canon: Law & Order S15.E13: Ain't No LoveWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Name Above The TitleSHOW NOTESFollow Malcolm Venable on TwitterMalcolm at TV Guide"How Lovecraft Country Reappropriates H.P. Lovecraft's Notoriously Racist Creations," from SlateThe Times on the arrests in Jam Master Jay's murderMark And Sarah Talk About SongsThe Great American Pop Culture Quiz ShowThe book Rap On TrialAlan Sepinwall on cop shows and why they have to change in Rolling StoneAnd Kathryn VanArendonk's on cops as main characters for VulturePhoto: HBODISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/08/201h 23m

315: Taking Aim At Hitmen

Before they were the original co-hosts of The Great British Bake Off, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins were comedy partners, and their new project Hitmen, imported from Sky to Peacock, returns them to their roots. Did it slay us? We'll talk about it! Around The Dial takes us through An American Pickle, Hard Knocks, and Star Trek: Lower Decks. For his Extra Credit, Taylor Cole -- inspired by The Great -- asks us to create our own heightened, quasi-comedic bio-series about a world leader of yesteryear. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's back to school for Game Time. Pop an extra-strong mint and join us!SHOW TOPICSHitmenATD: An American PickleATD: Hard KnocksATD: Star Trek: Lower DecksExtra Credit: World Leader PretendWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: It's All Academic: Second SemesterSHOW NOTESDefectorJoe Reid on Hard Knocks at PrimetimerSarah on Surviving Jeffrey Epstein at PrimetimerSarah on Storm Over Brooklyn at PrimetimerTara's Star Trek: Lower Decks review at PrimetimerThe Great American Pop Culture Quiz ShowPhoto: Sky UK LimitedDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/08/201h 8m

314: Frayed Unraveled

Production Note: Uploaded new version to restore 15 seconds of missing Tara audio at 13:10.Production Note 2: Reports of weirdness limited to certain apps (Pocket Casts being one). Sent out a fresh mp3 to hopefully clear the cobwebs. Sorry if you got some random screeching.The latest British Commonwealth addition to HBOMax's library is the BAFTA-nominated Frayed, and Christina Tucker joins us to discuss whether its riches-to-rags protagonist is as compelling as the world its star-creator, Sarah Kendall, has built around her. Around The Dial takes us through Immigration Nation, Coroner, Desert Hearts (now streaming on Showtime!), the Happy Endings Zoom reunion, and a brief re-plug for Taskmaster now that it's come over to The CW. Francoise uses her Extra Credit to ask us about TV series that revolve around the wrong protagonist, and who would have been the right one. Tara presents the Feudepisode "And The Winner Is... (The Oscars Of 1963)" for induction into the Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we kick off a new Game Time season with a game that takes us deep into the history of various stars' TV careers. Pour yourself a glass of Moet (how you pronounce it is no concern of ours) and listen!SHOW TOPICSFrayedATD: Immigration NationATD: CoronerATD: Desert HeartsATD: The Happy Endings reunionATD: TaskmasterExtra Credit: Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are On TVThe Canon: Feud S01.E05: "And The Winner Is... (The Oscars Of 1963)"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Humble BeginningsSHOW NOTESChristina Tucker on TwitterChristina's podcast, Unfriendly Black HottiesThe Google Images tab for Coroner co-star Éric BruneauTara's review of Frayed at PrimetimerThe Happy Endings reunionMark And Sarah QUIZ About SongsThe Deadline report on Harry Shearer with the VERY bad photo of himPhoto: Lisa TomasettiDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/201h 49m

314: Unraveling Frayed

Production Note: Uploaded new version to restore 15 seconds of missing Tara audio at 13:10.The latest British Commonwealth addition to HBOMax's library is the BAFTA-nominated Frayed, and Christina Tucker joins us to discuss whether its riches-to-rags protagonist is as compelling as the world its star-creator, Sarah Kendall, has built around her. Around The Dial takes us through Immigration Nation, Coroner, Desert Hearts (now streaming on Showtime!), the Happy Endings Zoom reunion, and a brief re-plug for Taskmaster now that it's come over to The CW. Francoise uses her Extra Credit to ask us about TV series that revolve around the wrong protagonist, and who would have been the right one. Tara presents the Feudepisode "And The Winner Is... (The Oscars Of 1963)" for induction into the Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we kick off a new Game Time season with a game that takes us deep into the history of various stars' TV careers. Pour yourself a glass of Moet (how you pronounce it is no concern of ours) and listen!Show TopicsFrayedATD: Immigration NationATD: CoronerATD: Desert HeartsATD: The Happy Endings reunionATD: TaskmasterExtra Credit: Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are On TVThe Canon: Feud S01.E05: "And The Winner Is... (The Oscars Of 1963)"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Humble BeginningsShow NotesChristina Tucker on TwitterChristina's podcast, Unfriendly Black HottiesThe Google Images tab for Coroner co-star Éric BruneauTara's review of Frayed at PrimetimerThe Happy Endings reunionMark And Sarah QUIZ About SongsThe Deadline report on Harry Shearer with the VERY bad photo of himPhoto: Lisa TomasettiDiscussionTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSupport EHG on PatreonThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/201h 49m

313: Finding Ourselves At Lost Resort

Apparently TBS is not just for "very funny" shows anymore, as we learned from the premiere of Lost Resort, a new series with the bones of a reality show and the shredded guts of untreated trauma. The Verge's TV and film critic Joshua Rivera joins us to discuss what entertainment value its producers think the show has, and whether they are right. Around The Dial takes us through Married At First Sight; Hannibal; Twin Peaks: The Return; and Last Chance U. Joshua presents Watchmen's "This Extraordinary Being" for induction into The Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner(s) and Loser, it's on to a Non-Regulation Game Time seething with personal animosity. Limber up all your ecstatic dance muscles and join us!Show TopicsLost ResortATD: Married At First SightATD: HannibalATD: Twin Peaks: The ReturnATD: Last Chance UThe Canon: Watchmen S01.E06: This Extraordinary BeingWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Enemies: A Hate StoryShow NotesJoshua Rivera on TwitterTara's review of Maxxx at PrimetimerJoshua at The VergeThe Best Evidence newsletterCitations Needed Episode 115: How The Pentagon & CIA Sponsor American MythmakingPhoto: Felicia GrahamDiscussionTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSupport EHG on PatreonThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/07/201h 37m

312: A Care Package From Killer Camp

The But Why Tho? podcast's Kate Sánchez is here to help the panel figure out why Killer Camp -- the CW's horror-trope competitive-reality show -- and others like it don't quite work. Is it because horror-movie tropes and American-summer-camp tropes clash (especially as embodied by a bunch of British nationals)? Is it that an organic timeline for solving the mystery isn't possible on a network show? Is it the annoying host? We gathered around our own figurative campfire to go Around The Dial with P-Valley, The Dog House UK, Cursed, Junior Bake Off, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn before Kate schooled us on anime and TV's most melodramatic guitar string in her Given Canon submission. Crime documentaries won, hockey commentary lost, and we went through the ringer with character's who've done the same in a season-defining Game Time. Finish up those lanyards and join us for an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSKiller CampATD: P-ValleyATD: The Dog House UKATD: CursedATD: Junior Bake OffATD: Doom PatrolATD: Harley QuinnThe Canon: Given S01.E09: A Winter StoryWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Adverse ConditionsSHOW NOTESFollow Kate Sánchez on TwitterKate's review of CursedGet even more Kate at ButWhyThoMo Ryan's Peter Lenkov exposé for Vanity FairThe Blotter PresentsMafuyu’s song from GivenPhoto: Tuesday's ChildDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/07/201s

312: A Care Package From Killer Camp

Production Note: We uploaded a new version because the host misrendered the episode this morning -- creating a file with just an ad.The But Why Tho? podcast's Kate Sánchez is here to help the panel figure out why Killer Camp -- the CW's horror-trope competitive-reality show -- and others like it don't quite work. Is it because horror-movie tropes and American-summer-camp tropes clash (especially as embodied by a bunch of British nationals)? Is it that an organic timeline for solving the mystery isn't possible on a network show? Is it the annoying host? We gathered around our own figurative campfire to go Around The Dial with P-Valley, The Dog House UK, Cursed, Junior Bake Off, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn before Kate schooled us on anime and TV's most melodramatic guitar string in her Given Canon submission. Crime documentaries won, hockey commentary lost, and we went through the ringer with character's who've done the same in a season-defining Game Time. Finish up those lanyards and join us for an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSKiller CampATD: P-ValleyATD: The Dog House UKATD: CursedATD: Junior Bake OffATD: Doom PatrolATD: Harley QuinnThe Canon: Given S01.E09: A Winter StoryWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Adverse ConditionsSHOW NOTESFollow Kate Sánchez on TwitterKate's review of CursedGet even more Kate at ButWhyThoMo Ryan's Peter Lenkov exposé for Vanity FairThe Blotter PresentsMafuyu’s song from GivenPhoto: Tuesday's ChildDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/07/201h 43m

311: Having A Dry Discussion About Palm Springs

Production Note: Friday July 17, uploaded new version to (possibly) address a couple of reports of older iOS issues with this episode.When is a movie fair game as a topic on a TV topic? When it premieres on a streaming service, of course! First-time guest Alanna Bennett takes a break from writing Roswell, New Mexico to join us to talk about the latest Lonely Island Classic. Around The Dial takes us through Little Voice, the original 1985 CBC miniseries adaptation of Anne Of Green Gables, Cheers, Close Enough, and the HAHA Awards. Listener Jenni pitches The Good Wife's "Hitting The Fan" for induction into the Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that might earn us tenure. Reapply your sunscreen and join us!SHOW TOPICSPalm SpringsATD: Little VoiceATD: Anne Of Green GablesATD: CheersATD: Close EnoughATD: The HAHA AwardsThe Canon: The Good Wife S05.E05: Hitting The FanWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: It's All AcademicSHOW NOTESAlanna Bennett on TwitterTara's Little Voice review at ColliderPilot Viruet on queer joy at TVGuide.comVogue.com's report on The People's BodegaThe People's Bodega NYC on InstagramThe People's Bodega NYC on PayPalThe CW's Roswell, New MexicoQuaid In FullClose Enough sceneThe Great American Pop Culture Quiz ShowPhoto: Jessica Perez / HuluDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/07/201h 48m

310: The Real Upstart Crowives Of The Outer Banks

Esteemed recent guests Stephanie Green, Dan Cassino, and Richard Lawson each picked out an episode for your three panelists to watch for Episode 310's Forcening. First into the breach was David T. Cole, ordered by Stephanie to watch a fourth-season Real Housewives Of Potomac episode involving purse-smacking, (alleged) sausage-sucking, and how long after the stated start time one should arrive at a party -- and we also discussed the underwhelming interior-design narratives of so-called rich people. Next up was Buntsy's foray into Dan's "what if Shakespeare, but a laugh-tracked sitcom" mission for her, Upstart Crow's episode on the writing of Hamlet and the (convenient?) murder of Christopher Marlowe. Was her admiration for the propmaster's novelty-Tudor-London-keychain work enough to win her over, or is the show for those Columbia professors who always got to the art-house movie late and spent the whole time laughing performatively at the jokes? Lastly, Richard told Tara to dive into Outer Banks and its punchable-face-of-voice-over protagonist. Is a shipwreck mystery the right plot for a teen show? And does that matter if all the "teens" look 28? Grab a butter knife and cut into an all-new Extra Hot Great. SHOW TOPICSThe Real Housewives Of Potomac S04.E06: Sex, Lies, and Butter KnivesUpstart Crow S03.E02: Wild Laughter In The Throat Of DeathOuter Banks S01.E01: PilotSHOW NOTESPhoto: Bravo, BBC, NetflixDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/2045m 24s

309: Holding Up Our Lighters for Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga

Production Note: The intro clip was cut off in the original upload. It has been corrected and replaced.Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell play enthusiastic but perhaps slightly self-deluded aspiring Icelandic pop stars in Netflix's new film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga, so who better than Eurovision devotee Mark Blankenship to join us to talk about it? Around The Dial takes us to Search Party, Hot Mess House, Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels, Unsolved Mysteries, and Outcry. Dave Lost Wages uses his Extra Credit to have us add a family member to a stale TV family. Mark presents the Dinosaurs series finale, "Changing Nature," for induction to The Canon. Then, after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's a Game Time that really Sporcles. Climb into your aerial harness and join us!SHOW TOPICSEurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire SagaATD: Search PartyATD: Hot Mess HouseATD: Penny Dreadful: City Of AngelsATD: Unsolved MysteriesATD: OutcryExtra Credit: Welcome Cousin OliverThe Canon: Dinosaurs S04.E07: "Changing Nature"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Nobody Knows YouSHOW NOTESMark Blankenship on TwitterFrancesco Gabbani, "Occidentali's Karma"Conchita Wurst, "Rise Like A Phoenix"Netta, "Toy"Lordi, "Hard Rock Hallelujah"Cas Aarssen's Clutterbug testStephanie Green's story "Fourteen Meals" in The New Ohio ReviewThe FlashpaperSarah on the Unsolved Mysteries revival at PrimetimerPhoto: John Wilson / NetflixDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/07/201h 55m

308: On The Case With Perry Mason

Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson returns to the pod for the first time since Mark 1 to talk about an equally old-timey take on a beloved character: HBO's dark take on Perry Mason before he became the gold standard of TV defense attorneys. Is this imagining of his life before Raymond Burr canonical? Did we need to see that level of post-violence gore? And does EVERY cell of this show's being hate the LAPD? (Not that we're complaining about that.) Then we went Around The Dial with Sherman's Showcase, Legendary, Taste The Nation, and Lenox Hill, and Richard announced Tara's upcoming Forcening before humming a few bars of "La Vie En Ro" in his Sopranos Canon presentation. Jharrel Jerome won, Chris D'Elia lost, and the players got very animated during a Dan Cassino Game Time. Pass the time during a home marcel wave with this all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSPerry MasonATD: The Sherman's Showcase specialATD: LegendaryATD: Taste The NationATD: Lenox HillThe Canon: The Sopranos S06.E11: Cold StonesWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Simpsons Did ItSHOW NOTESRead Richard Lawson's work on Vanity Fair.comRead Richard's book, All We Can Do Is WaitOr John Buntin's book, LA NoirThe Sherman's Showcase specialTara on Floor Is Lava at PrimetimerThe Quaid In Full podcastPhoto: Merrick Morton / HBODISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/201h 42m

307: Is Don't A Don't-Miss?

Production Note: Dave did a bad copy-paste in his notes and credited the wrong Dave in Game Time. Dave is a bad Dave. Dave LARSON is not a bad Dave, he is a good Dave and the author of Viva Lost Wages!Apparently unsatisfied by dominating the world of scripted film, Ryan Reynolds has branched out into alternative TV programming by creating a new ABC game show called Don't, hosted by Adam Scott. Will "Don't" also be our advice on whether you should watch it? Frequent Game Time writer Dan Cassino joins us to discuss! Around The Dial clicks through Netflix's latest dopey game show, Floor Is Lava; Top Chef All-Stars L.A.; and an I Am Not A Crackpot rant from Sarah regarding plotlines about bad and learning drivers. John Horner uses his Extra Credit to have us imagine TV characters from unusual careers trying to interview for jobs in the straight world. Dan presents the Father Brown episode "The Passing Bell" for induction into The Nonac. We name the week's Winner and Loser, and then we take a gamble on the latest Game Time. DON'T let your attention wander for a second!Show TopicsDon'tATD: Floor Is LavaATD: Top Chef All-Stars L.A.ATD: IANAC: Subplots About Bad/Learning Drivers Are ForbiddenExtra Credit: TV Character Job InterviewsThe Nonac: Father Brown S07.E02: "The Passing Bell"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Viva Lost WagesShow NotesDan Cassino on TwitterTara on Crossing Swords at PrimetimerThe Great American Pop Culture Quiz ShowA Very Special 90210 BookMark And Sarah Talk About Songs 191 with Chris Barron of The Spin DoctorsThe Pawn Stars Slot MachinePhoto: ABCDiscussionTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSupport EHG on PatreonThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/201h 42m

306: Should You Hide From Trackers?

Stephanie Early Green returns to talk about Trackers, the 2019 South African "thriller" that Cinemax has imported. Unfortunately, the only place it led the EHG panel was Dullsville, despite big game, gun battles, and the apparent love child of Christian Bale and Randall Batinkoff...but we did talk about the "COVID programming trough" that's rapidly approaching for all TV fans. Later, we went Around The Dial with Love Life, Married At First Sight Australia, Please Like Me, 13 Reasons Why's final season, and Disney Gallery Colon The Mandalorian; then we wondered what themed episode titles would look like for series that don't already have them in David Ellis Dickerson's Extra Credit. Did Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sing successfully for its Canon supper? Who's smashing the Iron Throne on HBOMax, and what police (shows) got defunded? And who was attuned to Sad Hulk's rewrites of legendary TV theme songs during Game Time? Stare into the middle distance as you listen to an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSTrackersATD: Love LifeATD: Married At First Sight AustraliaATD: Please Like MeATD: 13 Reasons WhyATD: Disney Gallery: The MandalorianExtra Credit: The One Where The Titles Have A ThemeThe Canon: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend S01.E13 Josh And I Go To Los Angeles!Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Songs In The Key Of HulkSHOW NOTESSupport the Minneapolis Sanctuary HotelSupport the Homeless Black Trans Women FundEnter #ProgramEHG on Instagram or TwitterTara on the Homemaking Amys at PrimetimerStephanie Green's story, "Fourteen Meals," for The New Ohio ReviewSupport the Ottawa Food Bank with Raised By Wolves's cookbook, Braised By WolvesThe Blotter PresentsSign up to be a contestant on season 1 of The Great American Pop Culture Quiz ShowPhoto: Nick Strasberg / CinemaxDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/201h 36m

305: Enlisting In The Space Force

The announcement that Donald Trump was creating a new branch of the military called the Space Force was swiftly followed by the announcement that Greg Daniels and Steve Carell, the creator and star of The Office, would re-team on Space Force, a sitcom about said branch. Should that have occurred? Now that the first season has dropped on Netflix, John Ramos has returned to discuss the matter. Around The Dial takes us through AMC's ITV import Quiz, Season 2 of Ramy on Hulu, Netflix's docuseries Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, and the new Starz drama Hightown. Tara wastes no time in pitching the three-week-old What We Do In The Shadows episode "On The Run" to The Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's the sequel to a Game Time that sings. Put on your moon-print fatigues and join us!SHOW TOPICSSpace ForceATD: QuizATD: RamyATD: Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy RichATD: HightownThe Canon: What We Do In The Shadows S02.E06: "On The Run"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: The Man From Simon & Garfunkel 2: The GarfunkelingSHOW NOTESJohn Ramos on TwitterThe Great American Pop Culture Quiz ShowTara's Quiz post on PrimetimerThe Blotter PresentsAgain With Again With This on PatreonMark And Sarah Talk About Songs on Sinéad O'Connor's "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got""Cops Are Always The Main Characters" by Kathryn VanArendonk at VulturePhoto: NetflixDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/06/201h 34m

304: Solving The Mystery Of Homecoming's Second Season

We're welcoming Vanity Fair TV critic Sonia Soraiya to the guest chair to talk about the shorter, neater, Julia-Roberts-less-but-still-better second season of Amazon's Homecoming -- from sensible episode lengths to overacting extras to how TV has conditioned us to react to mystery shows. We went Around The Dial with Mrs. America, Run, Nadiya's Time To Eat, and a rare successful Zoom episode from Mystic Quest, before listener John rolled a 20-sided die on getting Community's D&D episode into the Canon. Vampires won, Skeet Ulrich lost, and one was the winningest number in a Pointless-inspired Game Time. Slap on a fake tattoo before you forget, and join us for an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSHomecomingATD: Mrs. AmericaATD: RunATD: Nadiya's Time To EatATD: Mystic Quest: QuarantineThe Canon: Community S02.E14 Advanced Dungeons & DragonsWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Lowest Of The LowSHOW NOTESSonia Soraiya at Vanity FairSonia's Mrs. America reviewTara on Homecoming S2 at PrimetimerMark And Sarah Talk About SongsPhoto: AmazonDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/201h 43m

Quarantine Helper: Holier And Molier

Trapped at home? Forced to engage with family and loved ones? We are here to help a little bit with temporary Friday releases of some Extra Extra Hot Great episodes from our Patreon support system.EEHG 019: Holier And Molier: Last week, we bade farewell to ABC's Holey Moley. As of this recording, we tragically don't yet know if it will return for a second season -- but whether or not it does, surely we can all agree that what the TV landscape needs is more GIANT and EXTREME versions of silly and/or low-stakes games that are generally played while participants are at least buzzed.Our challenge today is to choose such a game; name your show; describe how you would extreme-ify the game for TV; name your Steph Curry -- the ideal celebrity EP who could actually help you get it made; and cast your host(s) and, if you wish, color commentator(s). From January 24, 2020.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/05/209m 2s

303: Should You Chase Down Ultimate Tag?

Fox is welcoming summer with a very silly American Gladiators take on tag -- yes, the playground game -- so who better than Daniel MacEachern, veteran of our Holey Moley episode last year, to join us to discuss it? Around The Dial clicks through Snowpiercer, Katy Keene, Call The Midwife (CW: there are clips and you will cry), The Last Dance, Killing Eve, and a preview of Holey Moley's Season 2 premiere. Mary uses her Extra Credit to ask us which TV role permanently ruined an actor for us. We consider the induction of Big Mouth's "I Survived Jessi's Bat Mitzvah" into The Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that lives to serve. Race up a wall if you have to, but listen!SHOW TOPICSUltimate TagATD: SnowpiercerATD: Katy KeeneATD: Call The MidwifeATD: The Last DanceATD: Killing EveATD: Holey MoleyExtra Credit: Who Stank Up The Actor?The Canon: Big Mouth S01.E09: "I Survived Jessi's Bat Mitzvah"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Butlerfield EarthSHOW NOTESDaniel MacEachern on TwitterKai Power ToolsTara's Snowpiercer review at PrimetimerTara's Rich Sommer interview, also at PrimetimerCBC.ca's coverage of Newfoundland and LabradorSarah and Joe on the history of soap operas, also at PrimetimerPhoto: FOXDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/201h 37m

Quarantine Helper: Character Archetype Canon: Family Edition

Trapped at home? Forced to engage with family and loved ones? We are here to help a little bit with temporary Friday releases of some Extra Extra Hot Great episodes from our Patreon support system.EEHG 042: Character Archetype Canon: Family Edition: Darla asked us: how about a character archetype canon? Best TV cop, best mom, best best friend, best worst friend, etc. Since this has potential repeatability if we get granular with it, we decided to start out at home. From January 24, 2020.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/2018m 53s

302: I Know This Much Is True Is Misery Porn

We hope Bobby Krut agrees to come BACK to Extra Hot Great after putting him through the unrelenting barrage of anguish that is HBO's latest limited series, I Know This Much Is True. Sure, the acting is good; yeah, it's impressive that Mark Ruffalo plays twins; not one of us is planning to keep watching, because there's never a break or a moment of levity, and even Dave's ice-cream-fixins-bar metaphor made us sad. Our trip Around The Dial made us MAD, mostly -- Tara was disgusted with Regular Heroes, Sarah was disappointed in American Experience's Dubya-sode, and Dave was not a crackpot about The Good Fight's failure to understand electricity -- but at least Bobby brought in the Antenna TV Comfort Blanket roster to cheer us up. Jeff's Extra Credit saw us rewriting well-regarded series finales with How I Met Your Mother-style bungling, before we headed to the polls for Bobby's Canon submission, NewsRadio's "President" episode. Guy Fieri won (for once), Lori Loughlin lost (again), and the competition got feverish during Game Time. Give yourselves a hand for listening to an all-new Extra Hot Great! SHOW TOPICSI Know This Much Is TrueATD: Regular HeroesATD: The Antenna TV Comfort Blanket: Diff'rent Strokes, Facts Of Life, The Hogan Family, and moreATD: American ExperienceIANAC: The Good FightExtra Credit: Defeat From The Jaws Of VictoryThe Canon: NewsRadio S03.E01: "President"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Merry MaladiesSHOW NOTESAgain With ThisBest EvidenceRobert Krut's websitePhoto: Atsushi Nishijima / HBODISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/201h 38m

Quarantine Helper: Important TV Sycophants

Trapped at home? Forced to engage with family and loved ones? We are here to help a little bit with temporary Friday releases of some Extra Extra Hot Great episodes from our Patreon support system.EEHG 001: Important TV Sycophants: Of course, they would never say they're important -- they're just happy to be on the team, serving the boss, boosting their friends' egos, licking boots! Just as humbly as they would, we present you with a list of 15 of TV's most craven, bootlicking suckups. From March 13, 2019.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/2023m 23s

301: Taking A Dream Trip To Hollywood

Hollywood, the latest product of Ryan Murphy's Netflix deal, has hit the streaming service. What did we think about his ahistorical take on marginalized voices in the film industry? Kevin O'Keeffe joins us to discuss! Around The Dial clicks through Betty, Never Have I Ever, The Circle Brasil, and Masterpiece's new procedural Baptiste. Erica uses her Extra Credit to get us to pitch new Big Mouth transfer students and the Hormone Monsters they'll bring with them. Kevin pitches The O.C.'s "The Rainy Day Women" for induction into The Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we kick off a new season of Game Time with a quiz that tests our knowledge of shows' 300th episodes. Jerk yourself a soda and join us!SHOW TOPICSHollywoodATD: BettyATD: Never Have I EverATD: The Circle BrasilATD: BaptisteExtra Credit: Hormone Monsters For Everyone!The Canon: The O.C. S02.E14: "The Rainy Day Women"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: First And 300SHOW NOTESKevin O'Keeffe on TwitterTara on Good GirlsKiki With KevinThe Blotter PresentsPhoto: Saeed Adyani / NetflixDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/201h 43m

Quarantine Helper: Veterans Of The Cola Wars

Trapped at home? Forced to engage with family and loved ones? We are here to help a little bit with temporary Friday releases of some Extra Extra Hot Great episodes from our Patreon support system.EEHG 018: Veterans Of The Cola Wars: Decades ago, when brown sugar water supremacy was still up for grabs, the brutal Cola Wars pitted brother against (gassy) brother. History Channel's new documentary Cola Wars takes us back to the time when the Pepsi Challenge divided a nation, Diet Coke was marketed to men, and new Coke...was, somehow, a two-month news story. We tell you all about it in our latest Patreon-only episode! From August 23, 2019.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/2019m 16s

300: Defending Jacob Isn't Easy

Captain America and Lady Mary did their best, but Allison and the rest of the panel still found legal procedural Defending Jacob guilty of crappy pacing in the second degree; aggravated TV tropes; and felony possession of moody blue gels with intent to distribute. Were the regulars able to get Al into a diversion program before she felt obliged to finish the season? We also went Around The Dial with Vida, Arde Madrid, and The Last Dance, before Dave trotted out a solution to the problems with Devs. Dan Cassino's Extra Credit tasked us with growing some goateed evil twins to spice up our favorite shows, and Elenore brought us back to a '90s kind of world with her Living Single Canon submission. Re-casting ("alleged") felons won, nudity lost (but also kind of won?), and we kicked up our heels with Tara's Tube Tunes 6 Game Time. Got a garage door to scrub? Pass the time with an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSDefending JacobATD: VidaATD: Arde MadridATD: The Last DanceATD: DevsExtra Credit: The Upside Of Evil TwinsThe Canon: Living Single S01.E06: Great ExpectationsWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Tube Tunes VISHOW NOTES"By the Content of Cousin Pam's Character" on Seven ScribesTara's Vanity Fair piece on VidaTara's Vanity Fair kiss-off of the Will & Grace re-finaleAl's Arde Madrid write-up on MHz ChoiceThe Blotter Presents podcast The Diarrhea Song by Michael ScottKCRA goes full frontalPhoto: AppleDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/201h 23m

Quarantine Helper: Doing The Wave For Women's Sports

Trapped at home? Forced to engage with family and loved ones? We are here to help a little bit with temporary Friday releases of some Extra Extra Hot Great episodes from our Patreon support system.EEHG 039: Doing The Wave For Women's Sports: This week has seen the premiere of two new scripted drama series about women's athletics: USA's Dare Me, about elite high school cheerleading; and Netflix's Spinning Out, about figure skating. These join Ali Larter’s recently announced star vehicle The Sidelines, also about cheerleading; and Amazon Prime’s series adaptation of A League Of Their Own.Surely, though, there still remains some whitespace yet to be explored? Pitch (baseball) your concept for the next scripted series about women’s athletics! From Jan 3, 2020.SHOW NOTESDowntown LA Soccer Club article from LA TimesDonate to Downtown LA Soccer Club  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/209m 59s

299: The ABCs Of TV

In an absence of series premieres any of us could manage to get excited about, Dave came up with a new format: the ABCs of TV! With our beloved Joe Reid, we go around the horn, each naming an important TV person, show, feature, or just THING about TV that matches up with each letter of the alphabet. Then, it's on to a Game Time made for cuffing season. Did any of our letter picks line up with yours? Listen and find out!SHOW TOPICSThe ABCs of TVGame Time: The Story Of UsSHOW NOTESJoe Reid on TwitterThe A-Team M-24 Assault Rifle toyThe Wire's "Fuck" sceneTara on the Better Call Saul finalePrimetimer.comThis Had Oscar BuzzMASTAS on Dubious HeroesPhoto: Amador Loureiro / UnsplashDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on PatreonTHE ABCS OF BOSCH BY MARK LISANTIAAngel’s Flight (murder scene)Angels, City OfBBillets, LieutenantBosch, HarryBoo’s Philly Cheesesteaks (S6 locale)Brasher, Officer Julia (Bosch short-term love interest)CChandler, Honey “Money" (frenemy defense attorney)Connelly, Michael (creator)Cooper, Captain (sucks) DDowntown LA (supporting character in show)Daisy Clayton (S6 cold case, solved)Du-Par’s (pie purveyor)EEdgar, JerryEleanor Wish (dead ex-wife/fed/card player)FFeds, always Fing things upGGeorge Irving (murdered Irv son)Gedrick, Jason (Echo Park Bagman)HHieronymus (Harry's given name)Hollywood Homicide - “Our Day Begins When Yours Ends"Heather Strout (S6 would-be Sovereign bomber)IInternal Affairs (S6...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/202h 29m

Quarantine Helper: Tiny Canons

Trapped at home? Forced to engage with family and loved ones? We are here to help a little bit with temporary Friday releases of some Extra Extra Hot Great episodes from our Patreon support system.EEHG 033: Tiny Canons: Listener Kitt Keller suggested that we take a run at inducting a few selections into a Sketch Canon -- like the Extra Hot Great Canon, but for short-form comedy -- so we did! But while we were doing it, we also made some picks for Canons that enshrine TV ads, recurring comedy segments, and other TV miscellany. Have a little listen! From November 29, 2019.SHOW NOTES_Kids In The Hall'_s Drunk Dad SNL's Choppin' Broccoli Mr. Show's Everest Sun Fizz Commercial Sakeru Gummy Commercials (Dave's Commercial pick)Verizon Ad aka How Dare You!Ya Burnt!  A CBS Special Presentation Felicity Haircut  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/2026m 11s

298: Run: Hot And Cold

Production note: Uploaded a new version with different spoiler buzzes that will not signal the apocalypse.Dan Rogge bought a ticket for our latest episode on HBO's Run, a "comedy thriller" about college sweethearts trying to reunite. Does the pleasure of watching Merritt Wever and Archie Punjabi at work outweigh the credibility issues? Do phones in the Run-verse never need charging? And is Rich Sommer TV's worst husband? We super-sized Around The Dial with stops at The Baker And The Beauty, Bosch, The Good Fight, Sesame Street, Money Heist, The Valhalla Murders, Devs, and Picard. And we chased that with a Sean double: first, whether he's a crackpot for thinking streaming services should offer a single-storyline watching option; and then his Canon pitch for the virulently catchy America's Next Top Model episode, "Game." Amy Schumer won, Lori Loughlin lost, and the melody lingered on in a musical Game Time. Grab your show-branded airhorn; it's an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSRunATD: The Good FightATD: The Baker And The BeautyATD: Sesame StreetATD: BoschATD: Valhalla MurdersATD: Money HeistATD: DevsATD: PicardI Am Not A CrackpotThe Canon: America's Next Top Model S17.E08: "Game"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Royalties ROISHOW NOTESAngelica Jade Bastién on The Good Fight's premiereTara's Primetimer piece on The Baker And The BeautyTara's Vanity Fair piece on What We Do In The Shadows S2The Blotter Presents podcastMonica! The PodcastPhoto: Ken Woroner/HBODISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSupport EHG on PatreonThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/201h 50m

Quarantine Helper: That's Just Wrong

Our patron Eric Akawie challenges us to name shows that got Wrong Spinoffs, and to correct history by proposing spinoffs that would have been Right!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/2039m 5s

297: Making A Whole Meal Out Of Quibi

Just a few short weeks after we tested our knowledge of Quibi titles in Game Time, Quibi is taking center stage: the platform has launched, and we have selected a total of eight of its 24 launch titles to discuss with returning guest Adam Sternbergh! For his Extra Credit topic, John C. challenges us to reimagine single-camera comedies as multi-cams. Adam makes the case for our inducting Cheer's series premiere, "God Blessed Texas," into the Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that's a little objectionable. Settle in for the long haul and join us!SHOW TOPICSQuibiMurder House FlipDishmantledI PromiseChrissy's CourtMemory HoleFlippedGayme Show!Most Dangerous GameExtra Credit: Should Have Been Filmed In Front Of A Live Studio AudienceAround The PlugsThe Canon: Cheer S01.E01: "God Blessed Texas"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Objectionable PeopleSHOW NOTESAdam Sternbergh on TwitterTara on Quibi at PrimetimerTara on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (new!), also at PrimetimerSarah on Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project, ALSO at PrimetimerPhoto: QuibiDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/201h 44m

Quarantine Helper: Today's Modern Pierce

Trapped at home? Forced to engage with family and loved ones? We are here to help a little bit with temporary Friday releases of some Extra Extra Hot Great episodes from our Patreon support system.EEHG 010: Today's Modern Pierce: Corey Not A Boy H asked us to revisit the concept of The Pierce. The Pierce is a character -- like Pierce Hawthrone from Community -- that can be removed from the show without changing all that much about the show. Here's 11 nothings for your pleasure. From June 21, 2019.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/04/2024m 59s

296: Will Heidi And Tim's New Fashion Show Be Making The Cut?

One half of the GFY brain trust, Heather Cocks, came back to discuss Amazon's Project Runway with a big-budget twist: Making The Cut. As much as we love Naomi Campbell's sugar-free approach to, well, life, the panel agreed that Making The Cut has some structural problems (too long; dumb Tim 'n' Heidi "friend dates"), and too tight a focus on NOT being a sewing competition. Will any of us keep watching? You'll find out before we decide whether Emily Is Not A Crackpot for wanting period shows to air period commercials. We'll go Around The Dial with Call The Midwife content warning, the return of One Day At A Time, Barry, homemade Lego Masters spinoffs, Top Chef, and a Better Call Saul sound drop; later, we'll feel relieved that the Sherlock episode we all THOUGHT Erica presented as a Canon contender is actually for the Nonac. Kate McKinnon won, celebrity quarantine-busters lost, and Game Time stretched those family ties (sha la la laaaaa). Tick tock: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSMaking The CutI Am Not A CrackpotATD: Call The MidwifeATD: One Day At A TimeATD: BarryATD: Lego MastersATD: Top Chef: All-StarsATD: Better Call SaulThe Nonac: Sherlock S04.E03: The Final ProblemWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Family TiesSHOW NOTESTara's Primetimer piece on One Day At A TimeTara's Primetimer piece on Black Monday's male nudityPre-order Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks's The Heir AffairThe Blotter Presents podcastBuntsy on Tiger King for PrimetimerPhoto: AmazonDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/201h 30m

Quarantine Helper: Recast This

Trapped at home? Forced to engage with family and loved ones? We are here to help a little bit with temporary Friday releases of some Extra Extra Hot Great episodes from our Patreon support system.EEHG 015: Recast This: We're recasting eight TV shows picked from your suggestions including Star Trek, The Cosby Show and an all-new Law & Order.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/2031m 16s

295: First-Time Shows At The Canon Ball

Some shows -- your 30 Rocks, your Simpsonses -- get pitched to the Canon all the time. So for this special all-Canon episode, we reached into our mailbag and chose user submissions for shows that had never been pitched before. Dan Cassino challenged us to battle with Foyle's War; Caroline opened the door for The Haunting Of Hill House; and Jeff put all his eggs in a Baskets. Then, befitting an episode that started in World War II, Dave shocked Sarah and Tara with a Teutonic non-regulation Game Time. Hit up the buffet for some desserts and join us!SHOW TOPICSThe Canon: Foyle's War S04.E04 (UK) or S05.E02 (US): "Casualties Of War"The Canon: The Haunting Of Hill House S01.E06: "Two Storms"The Canon: Baskets S01.E04: "Easter In Bakersfield"Game Time: German To The SituationSHOW NOTESPhotos: ITV, Netflix, FXDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/201h 20m

Quarantine Helper: March Madness

Trapped at home? Forced to engage with family and loved ones? We are here to help a little bit with temporary Friday releases of some Extra Extra Hot Great episodes from our Patreon support system.EEHG 002: March Madness: In this basketball-free episode, we look at some examples of march madness on TV -- from meltdowns to that lousy Smarch weather. From March 29, 2019.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/2029m 34s

294: Warming Up To Little Fires Everywhere

Appointment Television's Margaret H. Willison put a marshmallow on a stick to talk about Hulu's Little Fires Everywhere, and whether THIS is the real "vanity-free performance" on Reese Witherspoon's recent résumé, plus Kerry Washington's interesting choices as Mia; the production's unwavering commitment to 1997-ness; and whether the male Dawson's Creek lead we'd have bought in the Bill role is actually Dawson himself. Tara refused to be labeled a crackpot for thinking Mike Schur's upcoming philosoph...omedy? book is going to join its "humorous"-essay brethren in sucking, and then we went Around The Dial with Black Monday, The Bachelor, Work In Progress, Please Like Me, an Evil Lunch Bunch concept, Project Runway, and an Amazing Stories update. Margaret couldn't help but wonder if a second-season Sex & The City would make it into the Canon, and after Laura Benanti was a winner and most TV productions were quarantined losers, the Game Time question was Quibi Or Not Quibi?. This all-new Extra Hot Great's got dial-up; listen now!SHOW TOPICSLittle Fires EverywhereI Am Not A CrackpotATD: Black MondayATD: The BachelorATD: Work In ProgressATD: EvilATD: Project RunwayATD: Amazing StoriesThe Canon: Sex & The City S02.E07: The Chicken DanceWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Quibi Or Not Quibi?Full List at 1x SpeedSHOW NOTESTara's Primetimer piece on MomPre-order A Very Special 90210 Book! (Still not a bit!) Listen to Again With Again With This on the AWT PatreonThe Appointment Television! podcastMargaret H. Willison on TwitterPhoto: HuluDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up at 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/201h 40m

293: Politely Sitting Through Amazing Stories

Apple TV+ has brought Amazing Stories, the less-nihilistic take on The Twilight Zone, back for all the '80s kids, though confusingly premiered this anthology series with only one episode. Mark Lisanti joins us to talk about the fishiness of this rollout strategy, and whether "The Cellar" was a compelling enough episode to get anyone back to watch more. Around The Dial takes us through For Life; a roundup of the series premieres on FX (and FX on Hulu): Devs, Breeders, and Dave; Jersey Shore: Family Vacation; and Season 3 of Babylon Berlin. Mark presents the "Hamm On Toast" episode of Toast Of London for induction into The Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we all sit a spell for this week's Game Time. Make yourself a bathtub gin and tonic and join us!SHOW TOPICSAmazing StoriesATD: For LifeATD: DevsATD: BreedersATD: DaveATD: Jersey Shore: Family VacationATD: Babylon BerlinThe Canon: Toast Of London S03.E03: "Hamm On Toast"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Letter FlipSHOW NOTESMark Lisanti on TwitterThe Blotter PresentsThe Clem Fandango supercutPhoto: Apple TV+DISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/03/201h 27m

292: Playing Games With Dispatches From Elsewhere

AMC already had a perfectly good Charlie Kaufman-esque property, but the network went with Dispatches From Elsewhere over Lodge 49 -- and while it's kind of Sarah's dream to fall into an alternate-reality scavenger hunt, first-time guest Dave Chen felt like the show would be more fun to "play" than to watch. Is it too twee? Too slow? Too divorced from the reality of non-celebrities? Or do the excellent cast and the In Search Of… graphics make it all worthwhile? Then we went Around The Dial with Love Is Blind, The Outsider, Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant, A French Village, and second-rate American TV in East Africa before Dave Cole declared transparent computer screens NOT the wave of the future. Dave Chen tried to give the Canon a bear hug by submitting the first-season finale of Succession for the Canon. Trebek won, disgracios lost (again), and IMDb throuples tested our wits during Game Time. Don't miss this dispatch from your podcast app; it's an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSDispatches From ElsewhereATD: Love Is BlindATD: The OutsiderATD: Teen Mom: Young & PregnantATD: A French VillageATD: TV in East AfricaI Am Not A Crackpot: Transparent Computer ScreensThe Canon: Succession S01.E10: "Nobody Is Ever Missing"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: They Get AroundSHOW NOTESDave Chen on TwitterCulturally Relevant with David ChenDecoding WestworldTara on Party Of Five at PrimetimerSarah on The Trials Of Gabriel Fernandez at PrimetimerThe Sweet Smell of SuccessionPhoto: Zach Dilgard / AMCDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/03/202h 3m

291: Breaking Confidentiality To Talk About Better Call Saul

As Better Call Saul returns for its fifth and almost final season, superfan Will Leitch joins us to check in on Jimmy, Kim, Nacho, Mike, and of course, good old black-and-white Gene. Dave explains why he is not a crackpot to feel infuriated by the current Chili's TV ad campaign. We ponder David Ellis Dickerson's Extra Credit question about which TV shows should go to an all-nude format. Will presents (heh) Party Down's "Steve Guttenberg's Birthday" for induction into The Canon. Then it's on to a Game Time that really sings. Fire up your complimentary burner phone and listen!SHOW TOPICSBetter Call SaulI Am Not A Crackpot: Chili's ads are maddeningExtra Credit: NCIS Oh Calcutta!The Canon: Party Down S02.E05: "Steve Guttenberg's Birthday"Game Time: The Man From Simon & GarfunkelSHOW NOTESWill Leitch on TwitterWill's newsletterWill's blogPhoto: AMCDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/02/201h 20m

290: February Forcenings

To keep you in content while Dave and Tara go on vacation, we're forcening each other to watch TV episodes! Dave forcens Tara to watch what happens when a zombie virus ravages the Smurf village. Tara forcens Sarah to journey to Satellite Beach, FL as its high school re-mounts Annie Get Your Gun on Encore!. And Sarah forcens Dave to tag along with Josh in the series premiere of Netflix's Daybreak. How did each of us take it? Listen and find out!SHOW TOPICSThe Smurfs S01.E27: The Purple SmurfEncore! S01.E05: Annie Get Your GunDaybreak S01.E01: Josh vs. the Apocalypse: Part 1SHOW NOTESThe Purple SmurfsEncore!'s 'Annie Get Your Gun'The series premiere of DaybreakPhoto: Papercut, Disney, NetflixDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/02/2037m 13s

289: Building Something Real With Lego Masters

Will Arnett has followed his ex-wife Amy Poehler into the field of highly meta reality show hosting with his gig on Fox's Lego Masters, and American dad (and therefore Lego Master) Jim Durr has returned to discuss the season kickoff! Around The Dial takes us through The CW's Katy Keene; Free Solo on Disney+; a roundup of titles on CBS All Access: Picard, Star Trek: The Animated Series, and Interrogation; and Dave's latest favorite local ad. Dave is also in the hot (ejector) seat in presenting The Prisoner's "Many Happy Returns" for induction into The Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a pun safari in this week's Non-Regulation Game Time. Careful where you step as you join us for the latest episode!SHOW TOPICSLego MastersATD: Katy KeeneATD: Free SoloATD: PicardATD: Star Trek: The Animated SeriesATD: InterrogationATD: Dave's latest local ad obsessionThe Canon: The Prisoner S01.E07: "Many Happy Returns"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Kenya Believe These Punny TV Titles?SHOW NOTESJim Durr on TwitterAgain With This on PatreonThe Blotter PresentsPhoto: Carson AriasDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/02/201h 13m

288: Should You Gamble On McMillions?

Even though Eve and Sarah D. spend most weekdays thinking about the true crime that's worth your time for their newsletter, they still didn't know much about the Mobbed-up McDonald's Monopoly-game fraud case that's at the center of HBO's McMillions. Will this docuseries join the scam-umentary pantheon alongside The Dropout and The Imposter? Is Doug Mathews the write-in presidential candidate we need now? And why aren't off-camera docu directors ever mic'd properly? After we considered those questions, we went Around The Dial with BoJack Horseman, The Outsider and other HBO Sunday-night offerings, the end of The Good Place, and Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet. Eve screened an episode of Home Movies for the Canon; then Tim Robinson won and Terry Crews lost, before we filled in the blanks -- in pen! -- in a history-making Game Time. Grab a light meter and go undercover for an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSMcMillionsATD: BoJack HorsemanATD: Curb Your EnthusiasmATD: The OutsiderATD: The Good PlaceATD: Mythic Quest: Raven's BanquetThe Canon: Home Movies S04.E01: Everyone's Entitled To My OpinionWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: TV CrosswordSHOW NOTESThe Daily Beast post on the caseMargaret Lyons's review for the NYTThe documentary about the McDonald's hot-coffee lawsuit, plus Dr. Marcia Chatelain's Franchise: The Golden Arches In Black AmericaEve's dog goes bazoo for McD's friesTara on Citations NeededTara's BoJack review for VFSarah on Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer and I Am A Killer for PrimetimerPhoto: Christian WiedigerDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/02/201h 34m

287: Raising A Nice Glass Of Bordeaux To Picard

Note: Re-uploaded podcast to turn off the "edit point marker" track which Dave left on because he was editing this until 2am and was sleeeeeepy.CBS All Access has chased Star Trek: Discovery with Picard, picking up with everyone's favourite retired Starfleet admiral as he...well, to be honest, he's probably not going to be spending much time tending to his French vineyard. What is he getting up to? Maureen Ryan joins us to talk about it! Around The Dial takes us through The Goop Lab, Shrill, The Expanse, Veronica Mars, and Flack. We discuss whether Doctor Who's "Heaven Sent" should be inducted into The Canon, and then it's on to a Game Time that will leave you starry-eyed. Cozy up with a beloved pit bull and listen!SHOW TOPICSStar Trek: PicardATD: The Goop LabATD: ShrillATD: The ExpanseATD: Veronica MarsATD: FlackThe Canon: Doctor Who S09.E11: "Heaven Sent"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: All StarsSHOW NOTESMaureen Ryan on TwitterMoRyan.comdanilo's Twitter thread on "Measure Of A Man"Tara's Horny Viewer's Guide to Stumptown at PrimetimerThe Blotter PresentsPhoto: CBSDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/01/201h 42m

286: Visiting Little America

Apple TV+'s Little America premiered last week, and Rolling Stone's chief TV critic Alan Sepinwall returned to talk about the heartwarming, but not treacly, anthology series about "the lives of immigrants in the United States." We talked about the casting, our favorite episodes, and why it reminded Sarah of High Maintenance before going Around The Dial with Avenue 5, 9-1-1: Lone Star, Sex Education, and Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens. Alan tried to get a second-season episode of The Americans' passport stamped at the border of the Canon; then Peacock won (CHUNG CHUNG) and a bunch of dead shows lost before we all got sick with a slash-fiction-based Game Time. Admire the sprinkler system on an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSLittle AmericaATD: Avenue 5ATD: 9-1-1 Lone StarATD: Sex EducationATD: Awkwafina Is Nora From QueensThe Canon: The Americans S02.E09: Martial EagleWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Slash FictionSHOW NOTESAlan's review of Little America for Rolling StoneThe Little America creative team talks about there being no politics in Season 2Tara on 9-1-1: Lone Star and Medical Police-esque spoof shows for PrimetimerAlan's review of Awkwafina Is Nora From QueensPhoto: AppleDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/01/201h 26m

285: Making Reservations For Party Of Five

When we decided to cover Freeform's remake of Fox's iconic teen soap Party Of Five, there was one obvious choice of guest: Meredith Smith, recent submitter of a Canon presentation on the original series. After discussing Freeform's devastating take on five new lovable orphans, Around The Dial takes us through Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Grand Designs, and Cheer. Meredith goes back into the Canon fray with the Murder, She Wrote episode "If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly." Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time to sink your teeth into. Gather all your siblings and listen!SHOW TOPICSParty Of FiveATD: Zoey's Extraordinary PlaylistATD: Grand DesignsATD: CheerThe Canon: Murder, She Wrote S04.E07: "If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: TV DinnersSHOW NOTESMeredith Smith on TwitterPrimetimerMark And Sarah Talk About SongsSee episode page for Murder, She Wrote hairstyle posterPhoto: Vu Ong / FreeformDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/01/201h 19m

284: Sinking Our Teeth Into Dracula

The BBC rolled out Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's Dracula on New Year's Day; we Yanks endured it over the weekend, and Nick and the panel agree that this grimly joyless take on a careworn narrative needs SOMETHING. A modern-day setting, maybe? Mini bottle eps on every famous personage the Count has eaten? But it just seems like the creators didn't really want to be there...and as a result, we didn't either. Going Around The Dial is more fun, with looks at Dare Me, You, Magic For Humans, Spinning Out, and Dave's tips for pepping up a Frasier rewatch. Then Nick returns us to the cemetery with his Nonac presentation on Buffy's fifth-season premiere. Killing Eve won, Witcher what-about-ers lost, and Steal Meals were flyin' in a very meta Game Time. Stake your claim to 2020's first all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSDraculaATD: Dare MeATD: YouATD: Magic For HumansATD: Spinning OutATD: FrasierThe Canon: Buffy The Vampire Slayer S05.E01: Buffy vs. DraculaWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Televisual PursuitSHOW NOTESDid British viewers stick around after Night 1 of Dracula?Tara's top 10 eps of the decade on Culturally RelevantSarah on why to watch Surviving R. Kelly Part 2: The ReckoningNick Rheinwald-Jones's Safehouse '82Nick Rheinwald-Jones's The PodPhoto: BBCDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/01/201h 31m

283: Buffy The Timekeeper

Happy New Year! We're off for the holidays so we've released two of our Patreon episodes from Extra Extra Hot Great! See you next week for a new episode.EEHG 023The Post-Buffy The Vampire Slayer Power Rankings: In the years since BtVS seemed to dominate the cultural conversation -- and our TWoP forums -- some of the main cast have gone on to bigger and better things; others have gone on...Dr. Phil, with disastrous results. In today's Extra Extra Hot Great, we're ranking the top ten cast members listed on the IMDb, plus Joss Whedon, to see who's chosen and who's cancelled based on what they've done since the show ended in 2003.EEHG 028Measure Twice, Cut Once: In an era when there is, by any reasonable assessment, rather a lot of TV, we tend always to be grateful when a new show doesn't give us more than we would care to handle -- when episodes aren't too long; when a season doesn't feel like it's been overstuffed. The reason we appreciate that is because there are so many shows that we like, but that do impose themselves excessively on our time. So in this episode, we're cutting shows down to size.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/01/2057m 41s

282: The Way We Were

Merry Christmas! We're off for the holidays so we've released two of our Patreon episodes from Extra Extra Hot Great!EEHG 014We're hopping in our time machines to imagine what an EHG main episode might look like...in 1999. It's all sequels and prequels in scripted content these days and hey, we're no different, so: What's the main topic on the podcast in a 1999 episode? What is everyone talking about for Around The Dial? What would we put up for the Canon, and who's Winning and Losing? And how the hell are we going to watch that new episode of Twin Peaks when our VCR crapped out and Netflix is decades away?EEHG 030Previously, we imagined what an EHG would have looked like in 1999. Today, we're going back even further — to 1969. It was a big year in the news, and we're probably all well sick of retrospectives on Manson and the moon landing...but what was going on in TV-land in these fractured United States? We'll each propose main topics for a 1969 podcast; our Around The Dial, Canon, and Winner/Loser candidates; and possible celebrity guests.DISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on Instagram  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/12/1937m 58s

281: Celebrating The Holidays Amid The Mistletoe & Menorahs

It's the most wonderful time of the year...if your very favourite thing is oppressively jolly holiday programming! We asked you, our listeners, to help us choose which piece of brand-new 2019 holiday content we would cover this year, and you delivered unto us the Lifetime original movie Mistletoe & Menorahs. Joining us to discuss it in a wild departure from their usual gig discussing the films of the Hallmark network are David J. Roth and Jeb Lund! Around The Dial clicks through FX's new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Back To Life, the new season of CNBC's The Profit, The Expanse, and the season (and possibly series) finale of HBO's Watchmen. Lauren uses her Extra Credit to make us all benevolent TV dictators and bestow upon us the power to take a show that's Not For Us and make it meet our specific needs. Tara presents for Nonac induction the Beverly Hills, 90210 episode "It's A Totally Happening Life." Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time with a curious backstory. Take a break from all your a-wassailing and join us!SHOW TOPICSMistletoe & MenorahsATD: A Christmas CarolATD: Back To LifeATD: The ProfitATD: The ExpanseATD: WatchmenExtra Credit: Benevolent TV DictatorThe Nonac: Beverly Hills, 90210 S03.E16: "It's A Totally Happening Life"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Bizarre BackstorySHOW NOTESDavid J. Roth on TwitterJeb Lund on TwitterThe Dave And Aren't Mean podcastDAJAM on PatreonThe Culturally Relevant podcastUnDeadspin on TwitterJames Poniewozik on Dan Spilo at the New York TimesAndy Dehnart on Spilo at VultureThe Blotter PresentsPhoto: LifetimeDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/12/191h 45m

280: Conscientious Objectors In V Wars

How did Netflix think it would get away with a stinker like V Wars in the age of peak TV? We ponder that question with returning guest Monty, and we investigate the ingredients in a C-minus Syfy show (which this basically is) and wonder whether the show has, well, enough vampires (spoiler: nope). We go Around The Dial with Servant, Mad About You 2019, Making It, Ex On The Beach, and Toast Of Londonbefore rebooting dark characters in sunny-genred shows for an Extra Credit. Monty went over the top (as it were) for his Blackadder series finale Canon submission. Non-fiction cheerleaders won, Baby Yoda lost (sort of), and we seconded a motion for Part 2 of a previous Game Time. Keep hacking -- it's a bloody great new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSV WarsATD: ServantATD: Mad About YouATD: Making ItATD: Ex On The BeachATD: Toast Of LondonExtra Credit: Shiny De-bootThe Canon: Blackadder S04.E06: GoodbyeeeWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Second Second Most EpisodesSHOW NOTESIan Somerhalder is kind of a creeper?On Blackadder's final sceneOUR Dave on Dave And Jeb Aren't MeanThe series finale of Beverly Hills, 90210 on Again With ThisThe Blotter PresentsYes, Work Of Art actually existedMonty Ashley on TwitterPhoto: NetflixDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/12/191h 49m

279: All Canons, All The Time

In this episode, we dig in on some of the Canons submitted by you, our beloved listeners! First, we consider Doug Dale's case for Are You The One?'s eighth-season premiere, "Come One, Come All"; Meredith confronts us with the Party Of Fiveepisode "The Intervention"; then Tara pitches Mom's "Spaghetti Sauce And A Dumpster Fire." Which -- if any! -- make it into our TV Hall Of Fame? Join us and find out!SHOW TOPICSThe Canon: Are You The One S08.E01: "Come One, Come All"The Canon: Party Of Five S03.E20: "The Intervention"The Canon: Mom S05.E18: "Spaghetti Sauce And A Dumpster Fire"DiscussionTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/12/191h 10m

278: Would You Rather

At Extra Hot Great, holiday time means non-regulations episodes -- like a supersized round of Would You Rather? with Blankenship Chair creator Mark Blankenship. The four of us confront identity-crisis-causing brainteasers from each other and you listeners, including terrible live musicals, an eternity with Noah Benson, chyron font battles, Friends-giving episodes, Ken Burns's Raisins, secret Scientologists, Alec Baldwin, theme songs at the dentist, early Law & Order face-offs, and who's going to avenge Buntsy's death onscreen. How would YOU choose in these Would You Rathers -- or COULD you choose? Pepsi-Challenge yourself to find out in Extra Hot Great 278.SHOW TOPICSWould You Rather: Panel RoundWould You Rather: EHG Assist Round SHOW NOTESMark And Sarah Talk About SongsDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/11/191h 13m

277: Welcoming New Faces To Season 3 Of The Crown

The Crown has returned for Season 3 with new actors in all the key roles, and who better to talk about it than semi-professional royal watchers Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan of Go Fug Yourself? Around The Dial takes us through Dollface, All Rise, Evil, Harlots, and Get Shorty. Sarah makes the case for American Crime Story S02.E04, titled "House By The Lake," to The Canon. Then it's on to the week's Winner and Loser, and a non-regulation Game Time straight from the blender. Get all your mates from the polo team over to the house and join us!SHOW TOPICSThe CrownATD: DollfaceATD: All RiseATD: EvilATD: HarlotsThe Canon: American Crime Story S02.E04: House By The LakeWinner and Loser of the WeekSHOW NOTESHeather & Jessica on TwitterGo Fug YourselfHeather & Jessica's latest novel, The Royal WePhoto: Sophie Mutevelian / NetflixDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/11/191h 5m

276: Disney+ Blasts Off With The Mandalorian

Disney+ finally launched earlier this week, so we thought we'd talk The Mandalorianwith Adam Grosswirth. How does the show fit into the Star Wars universe -- and should it bother? Is it hiding Pedro Pascal's light under a mask bushel? And was a certain very cute puppet perhaps pandering to longtime franchise fans? Later, we went Around The Dial with High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Encore, Back To Life, a POV on Bill Nye, and two Dark shows, and Adam hoped his and Eleanor's joint Grey's Anatomy presentation for the Canon wouldn't bomb. A League Of Their Own won, Don Cherry (finally) lost, and we trod the boards in a theatrical Game Time (yes, Sarah "actually got some points"). Don't take your masks off: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSThe MandalorianATD: High School Musical: The Musical: The Series ATD: EncoreATD: Back To LifeATD: POV/Bill Nye The Science GuyATD: The Dark CrystalATD: His Dark MaterialsThe Canon: Grey's Anatomy S02.E17: As We Know ItWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Jazz HandsSHOW NOTESYou Must Remember ThisAgain With ThisMark And Sarah Talk About SongsPhoto: François Duhamel / DisneyDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/11/191h 44m

275: Waking Up To The Morning Show

Apple TV+ is first to market in this month's battle of the brand-new streaming services, and Slate's TV critic Willa Paskin is joining us to talk about it -- starting with its fanciest new series, The Morning Show, but also touching on See, For All Mankind, and Dickinson. Sarah stars in an abbreviated Around The Dial to talk about the season finale of The Great British Bake Off. Then it's on to a discussion of whether American Vandal S01.E05, "Premature Theories," should be inducted into The Canon. After naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to the return of a Game Time classic. Grab your coffee and Red Bull and listen! SHOW TOPICSThe Morning ShowSeeFor All MankindDickinsonATD: The Great British Bake OffThe Canon: American Vandal S01.E05: Premature TheoriesWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: The Day After Before And AfterSHOW NOTESWilla Paskin on TwitterWilla on SlateWilla's podcast, Decoder RingThe Season 1 Finale of the Quaid In Full podcastPhotos: AppleDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/11/191h 44m

274: Meet Mrs. Fletcher

Mrs. Fletcher gives Kathryn Hahn a star turn as a divorced empty-nester trying to find herself (sexily!), and we're thrilled that star critic Maureen Ryan could return to discuss it with us -- whether we liked it, where it should have ended, and when we can expect this "limited series" to turn into another past-its-sell-by regular series. We went Around The Dial with BoJack Horseman, Lucifer, Netflix cancellation shenanigans, Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant, and Silicon Valley, and then Tara filed a motion to admit a second-season episode of The Good Fight to the Canon. Lizzo won (some more), the Game Of Thronesshowrunners lost (for once), and there were no points for second place in a very challenging Game Time. Pack up that minivan: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSMrs. FletcherATD: BoJack HorsemanATD: Netflix MoneyballingATD: LuciferATD: Teen Mom: Young & PregnantATD: Silicon ValleyThe Canon: The Good Fight S02.E12: Day 485Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Second-Most EpisodesSHOW NOTESThe Again With This podcastThe Quaid In Full podcastThe Through The Looking Glass podcast and more at Mo Ryan's websiteSubmit your Canons!Verizon's Disney+ Deal notification mailing list (Dave swears this isn't an ad, he just wants you to get free stuff if you're due)Photo: HBODISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comTweet at us @ExtraHotPodcast on TwitterWe are @ExtraHotGreat on InstagramSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy-turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/10/192h 12m

273: Getting On Our High Horse To Talk About HBO's Catherine The Great

HBO has imported Sky Atlantic's miniseries Catherine The Great -- starring seasoned queen portrayer Helen Mirren -- and first-time guest Karen Geier is Russian (sorry) to join us for a discussion all about it! Around The Dial takes us through Living With Yourself, Modern Love, The Politician, Buzz, Survivor, the latest in Ken Burns, and HBO's highly anticipated take on Watchmen! Karen presents the "Interlude" episode of The Righteous Gemstones for induction into The Canon. Then it's on to the week's Winner and Loser, and a non-regulation Game Time that's the mother you never had and the sister everybody would want...or that's just about guest stars playing characters' relatives on TV. Saddle up your sturdiest steed and join us!SHOW TOPICSCatherine The GreatATD: Living With YourselfATD: Modern LoveATD: The PoliticianATD: SurvivorATD: Ken Burns's Country MusicATD: BuzzATD: WatchmenThe Canon: The Righteous Gemstones S01.E05: InterludeWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: It's All RelativeSHOW NOTESKaren Geier on TwitterThe On Belief podcastOn Belief on PatreonThe On Grief podcastOn Grief on PatreonKarenGeier.comMaureen Ryan's Modern Love review at NYTimes.comAgain With This podcastAgain With This on PatreonTickets for MASTAS LiveMASTAS on PatreonJames Poniewozik's Watchmen reviewPhoto: Hal Shinnie / HBODISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/10/191h 42m

272: Flooring It With El Camino

We're so glad our esteemed colleague and Breaking Bad 101 author Alan Sepinwall could join us to talk about El Camino, the Breaking Bad sequel on Netflix that starts just minutes after the finale ended. Did we think it was necessary and/or satisfying? Were the fan-service elements welcome, or distracting? And which other characters should get their own post-BB films? Later, we went Around The Dial with Dynasty, Riverdale's Luke Perry tribute episode, Lodge 49, Private Lives Of The Windsors, and an objection from Dave to breathy cover-song TV themes (and the ending of Press, kind of), before Alan warmed up a second-season Leftovers episode as his Canon submission. Holey Moley won, a FOX affiliate (and racist sports teams) lost, and we sprang into action (verbs) for Game Time with the season hanging in the balance. An all-new Extra Hot Great: that's church, yo.SHOW TOPICSEl Camino: A Breaking Bad MovieATD: DynastyATD: RiverdaleATD: Lodge 49ATD: Private Lives Of The WindsorsATD: Get ShortyATD: Breathy slowed-down cover songs as TV themes, booATD: PressThe Canon: The Leftovers S02.E08: International AssassinWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: The Verb Is The WordSHOW NOTESAlan's spoiler-free El Camino reviewAlan's spoilerFUL recapAlan's interview with Bryan CranstonBreaking Bad 101Sweet Smell Of SuccessionQuaid In FullPhoto: NetflixDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy-turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/10/191h 23m

271: Stopping The Presses For Press On Masterpiece

PBS's Masterpiece has premiered the British miniseries Press, a tale of warring London newspapers, and we've brought a former newspaper reporter, Daniel MacEachern, back to the podcast to talk about it! Around The Dial clicks through Evil, Big Mouth, and Cash Cab, before we each pitch our own Fosse/Verdon-style limited series based on a real person's life (and possibly a specific biography). Danny presents The Grinder's "Grinder v. Grinder" for induction into the Canon. Then we're on to naming the week's Winner and Loser, and finishing up with a Game Time that might sound a little familiar. Put down any newspaper you might be reading and listen to us instead!SHOW TOPICSPressATD: EvilATD: Big MouthATD: Cash CabExtra Credit: Small Screen / Larger Than LifeThe Canon: The Grinder S01.E13: Grinder v. GrinderWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Familiar SituationsSHOW NOTESDaniel MacEachern on TwitterDavid Roth, Laura Wagner, and Kelsey McKinney's Deadspin report on TheMaven's Sports Illustrated takeoverBig Mouth co-creator Andrew Goldberg apologized for the show's description of pansexualityMark And Sarah Talk About Songs ranks Live Through ThisQuaid In Full's episode on Dennis Quaid's Baretta episodeThe Amazonian Expedition That Nearly Killed Theodore RooseveltPhoto: Courtesy of Lookout Point - Photographer: Dean Chalkley/Colin HuttonDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/10/191h 44m

270: The Survivor Stumptown Sunnyside Shot Clock

We couldn't decide which headline show to cover for EHG 270, so we set our shot clocks to eight minutes each for three: Survivor's 39th (!) season, with an idolatrous twist; new sitcom Sunnyside, starring Kal Penn as a disgraced city councilman; and semi-charming, SUPER-piloty PI/PTSD drama Stumptown. Will any of us keep watching any of these? Can we, when a couple of them already pulled basement-ish ratings? Later, we went Around The Dial with Bissinger doc Buzz, Perfect Harmony, The Challenge, and Below Deck Med before Kim brought us back to Survivor and fans vs. favorites with her Canon presentation. Moriarty's a winner, Ray Lewis is a loser, and we explored not-that-secret identities in Game Time. Behold the giant wooden busts of your panel: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSSurvivorStumptownSunnysidePerfect HarmonyBuzzThe ChallengeBelow Deck MediterraneanThe Canon: Survivor S16.E13: If It Smells Like A Rat, Give It Cheese Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Also Known AsSHOW NOTESWe're @extrahotgreat on InstagramSunnyside's low ratingsGQ on Bissinger's shopaholismSweet Smell Of SuccessionKim Reed on TwitterSarah's Primetimer author pageDalton Ross's oral history of Erik's blindsidePhoto: Amazon StudiosDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy-turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/10/191h 18m

269: Polishing The Silver For Downton Abbey: The Movie

Downton Abbey has been adapted from television series to feature film, and professional movie analysts Joe Reid and Chris Feil of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast are joining us to talk about it! Around The Dial clicks through a trio of CBS sitcom pilots, Unbelievable, 30 For 30's "Rodman: For Better Or Worse," and Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance. Sarah and Tara take a look at Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail's just-announced Battlestar Galacticareboot and ask: Will Dave Hate This? We take on Mary's Muppetational Extra Credit question. Chris and Joe make the case for Project Runway S02.E09, "Flower Power," to be inducted into the Canon. Then, after talking Emmy Winners and Losers, it's on to a Game Time that tests our knowledge of our Boomer relatives' favourite shows. Grab your favourite footman and join us!SHOW TOPICSDownton Abbey: The MovieCarol's Second ActBob Hearts AbisholaThe UnicornUnbelievable30 For 30: Rodman: For Better Or WorseDark Crystal: Age Of ResistanceWill Dave Hate This?: Sam Esmail's Battlestar GalacticaExtra Credit: Flesh-Covered MuppetsThe Canon: Project Runway S02.E09: Flower PowerWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Uncle Billy & Aunt JoanSHOW NOTESJoe Reid on TwitterChris Feil on TwitterPrimetimerMASTAS Live!The This Had Oscar Buzz podcastChris at PrimetimerChris at The Film ExperiencePhoto: Focus FeaturesDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/09/192h 10m

268: The Ups And Downs Of Coming Undone

Reviewers love Undone, Amazon's half-hour rotoscoped drama about time travel and mental illness -- did the panel agree? Should the show be animated, or live-action? Does it need a second season? And is this the San Antonio Kevin recognizes from his youth? We went around the dial with prestige fare like Married At First Sight, Are You The One?, and The Challenge, then Brady Renovation-ed other legendary TV exteriors for an Extra Credit before Tara shared a Tiny Triumph. Then Kevin put a legendary reality-show dinner party from the first season of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills up for the Canon. Norman Lear was a winner, Shane Gillis was a loser (and SNL got a conspiracy theory...and another one), and we tried not to count ourselves out of a very numerical Game Time. Reading (minds) is fundamental on an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSUndoneMarried At First SightAre You The OneThe ChallengeTiny TriumphExtra Credit: A Very Blanky RenovationThe Canon: RHOBH S01.E09: The Dinner Party From Hell Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: What's The DifferenceSHOW NOTESAppointment TV podcastKevin's Drag Race Rewind projectQuaid In Full podcastPhoto: Amazon StudiosDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy-turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/09/192h 0m

267: Tearing Down A Very Brady Renovation

It's the show Lance Bass never wanted you to see: A Very Brady Renovation, in which a collection of HGTV stars join forces with the surviving cast of The Brady Bunch to make the real-life Studio City home that served as the Brady house in b-roll look exactly like the Brady Bunch set inside. Who better to join us in discussing all the Who-lebrities involved than Who Weekly? co-host Bobby Finger! Around The Dial takes us through Season 3 of The Deuce, Part 3 of Money Heist, Ken Burns's latest PBS documentary series Country Music, and Joe Pera Talks With You. Bobby presents the Enlightened episode "The Weekend" for induction into the Canon; then we name the week's Winner and Loser and move on to a Game Time about TV frogs getting smooched. Grab your sledgehammer and join us!SHOW TOPICSA Very Brady RenovationThe DeuceMoney HeistKen Burns's Country MusicJoe Pera Talks With YouExtra Credit: Missing TV References And QuotesThe Canon: Enlightened S01.E04: The WeekendWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: In The PondSHOW NOTESBobby Finger on TwitterThe Who Weekly podcastThe I'm Obsessed With This podcastThe video Eva Amurri Martino made announcing her third pregnancyThe Quaid In Full podcastThe Quaid In Full GoFundMe campaignPhoto: HGTVDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/09/192h 4m

266: The Episode That's Two Episodes

We're not able to record this week so we're treating y'all to a sneak peak at Extra Extra Hot Great, our patrons-only bonus podcast.Part 1: The Jimmy Kimmel-spearheaded, ABC-aired restagings of one classic episode each of All In The Family and The Jeffersons, live in front of a studio audience, delivered one of the network’s highest-rated season wraps in years, and you know what that means: copycats are coming. And we want to get ahead of the trend! For today’s Extra Extra Hot Great, we’re each choosing a classic episode of TV to remake, and casting all the roles with actors working today.Part 2: FX announced not long after we recorded a recent EHG main podcast that American Crime Story has finally started moving forward on its third topic: Impeachment, "the story of the Clinton presidency scandal." One of the great things about that franchise is that it provides so much food for thought between seasons, not least (inevitably incorrect) speculation about what it will take on next and with whom in what roles -- so now that that's been taken off the table for the moment, let's talk about what a Union Jack version of the story would look like! SHOW TOPICSMaking More Live Remakes, Live (On Tape)British Crime Story, Series 1SHOW NOTESStoryCast podcast featuring Brink's-Mat Robbery on iTunesDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/09/1940m 52s

265: Is On Becoming A God In Central Florida A Scheme Worth Buying Into?

On Becoming A God In Central Florida premiered on Showtime recently, and Floridian Jeb Lund returned to the podcast to discuss its geographic and period accuracy, whether it celebrates or mocks the poor, and all the process-y parts of a pyramid scheme (fine: "multi-level marketing"). We went Around The Dial with 13 Reasons Why, Why Women Kill and Pennyworth, and then we contemplated converting primetime shows into Saturday-morning cartoons, '70s-style, in an Extra Credit from Dave Snyder. After a hilarious (if fatal to felines) Canon submission on Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, we declared Netflix a winner, ABC a loser, and Dan Cassino an evil genius as we played a Hallmark Of Quality Game Time. Stock up on giant cans of nacho cheese before you listen to an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSOn Becoming A God In Central FloridaAround The DialWhy Women Kill13 Reasons WhyPennyworthExtra Credit: Modern Primetime CartooningThe Canon: Garth Merenghi's Darkplace S01.E01: Once Upon A Beginning Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Hallmark Of QualitySHOW NOTESThe Dream podcastTara and Dave Chen's Succession podcastSarah and John Ramos on MSCLDave And Jeb Aren't MeanPhoto: Patti Perret / ShowtimeDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy-turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/08/191h 25m

264: Praying On The Righteous Gemstones

HBO's new Danny McBride/Jody Hill sitcom, The Righteous Gemstones, takes aim at megachurch evangelists, but will it make you throw up your hands in praise? Adam Sternbergh returns to discuss it. Around The Dial makes stops at Lodge 49, The Boys, Years And Years, and QB1: Beyond The Lights, before we roll into a Canon presentation on the series premiere of Sherlock, "A Study In Pink." After naming the week's Winner and Loser, we all say "¡si!" to a Game Time about TV's non-union Mexican equivalents. Our episode is an awesome episode, and you should listen!SHOW TOPICSThe Righteous GemstonesLodge 49The BoysYears And YearsQB1: Beyond The LightsThe Canon: Sherlock S01.E01: A Study In PinkGame Time: Non-Union Mexican EquivalentSHOW NOTESAdam Sternbergh on TwitterThe 1619 Project at the New York TimesSarah at PrimetimerDecoder Ring's episode on the Johnlock ConspiracyPhoto: Fred Norris / HBODISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/08/191h 34m

263: Pinning Down Season 3 Of GLOW

GLOW returned to Netflix for its third season last weekend, and Adam Grosswirth returned to EHG to discuss the action's move to Vegas, the realism of a long run, whether a more serious tone worked, and where a possible Season 4 can go from here. We went Around The Dial with The Family, Wu Assassins, So You Think You Can Dance, and Last Tango In Halifax before Erica challenged us to create Tony-winning musical episodes from TV shows of yore. We got out the paddles for a Canon submission from Sean on Schitt's Creek, then declared a dead Confederate a winner, and LiLo's antics a loser, before sampling a rollercoaster of a musical Game Time. Hike up those leotards and join us for an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSGLOWThe FamilySo You Think You Can DanceLast Tango In HalifaxWu AssassinsExtra Credit: When The Emmys Meet The TonysThe Canon: Schitt's Creek S01.E06: Wine And Roses Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Would You Care To Try A Sample?SHOW NOTESTara's GLOW recaps at VultureTara and Dave Chen's Succession podcastSarah's Quaid In Full podcast GoFundMePhoto: Ali Goldstein / NetflixDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy-turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/08/191h 42m

262: Burying Four Weddings And A Funeral

Noted romcom fan Mindy Kaling has been tasked by Hulu to bring the world a series adaptation of the 1994 feature film Four Weddings And A Funeral, and noted romcom fan Linda Holmes is joining us to talk about whether this ever should have happened! Around The Dial has us discussing HBO's A Black Lady Sketch Show, the series finale of Jane The Virgin, and the end (we hope) of Big Little Lies. Linda makes the case for the induction of The Good Place's "Dance Dance Resolution" into the Canon; then after naming the week's Winner(s) and Loser, we move on to a Game Time that soars. Get out of the rain (or hadn't you noticed?) and join us!SHOW TOPICSFour Weddings And A FuneralA Black Lady Sketch ShowJane The VirginBig Little LiesThe Canon: The Good Place S02.E02: "Dance Dance Resolution"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Pilot TestSHOW NOTESLinda Holmes on TwitterLinda's review of Four Weddings And A Funeral at NPR.orgVulture's coverage of GLOWThe Sweet Smell Of Succession podcastThe Again With This podcastLinda's book, Evvie Drake Starts OverPop Culture Happy HourLinda on The Maris Review podcastLinda on BullseyeLinda on the Effectively Wild podcastThe Quaid In Full podcast on TwitterThe Quaid In Full's GoFundMe campaignThe Gabrielle Carteris tag on Deadline.comPhoto: Jay Maidment / HuluDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/08/191h 33m

261: The Boys! The Boys! Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?

John couldn't make it last week for our Veronica Mars discussion, but he fired a baby's laser-beam eyes at Amazon's latest original, The Boys, which we all quite liked. Does Jack Quaid look more like his famous parents, or like a Bill Heder/Pacey Witter hybrid? How will the show diverge even further from its graphic-novel parent in Season 2? And does Butcher swear more than Buntsy? We went Around The Dial with Sherman's Showcase and South Side, John's belated take on Veronica Mars S4, Animal Kingdom, and Pennyworth before descending into a boring, disturbing sex fog with Dave's presentation of TNG's "Sub Rosa" for the Nonac. Nickelodeon slime won the space race, Diddy became a Loser, and Dan Cassino merged shows old and new for a Before & After Game Time. Don't get sent to Sandusky for missing this all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSThe BoysSherman's ShowcaseSouth SideVeronica MarsAnimal KingdomPennyworthThe Nonac: Star Trek: The Next Generation S07.E14: Sub Rosa Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Before & AfterSHOW NOTESTara's Primetimer post on OITNBTara and Dave Chen's Succession podcast and the pod's KickstarterSarah's Animal Kingdom power rankings at PrimetimerBridge champion John RamosThis weird and wonderful Star Trek on a theremin videoPhoto: Amazon StudiosDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy-turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/07/191h 18m

260: Discussing An Explosive New Season Of Veronica Mars

Hulu dropped Veronica Mars a week sooner than anyone expected, but Kathryn VanArendonk was ready to leap into action and join us in a VERY SPOILER-FILLED discussion of Season 4! Around The Dial takes us to Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein on Netflix; a spoiler-free farewell to the imminently-ending Jane The Virgin; Last Chance U; and a potpourri of TV-adjacent remarks from Dave (including an update on the original book version of The Rook). Leanna cashes in her Extra Credit to get us to pick TV characters who deserve theme songs. Then Tara makes the case for One Day At A Time's "Strays" to be inducted into the Canon. Then we name the week's Winner and Loser, and kick off a new season of Game Time with Sitcom Keyword Search. Post up on the couch with Pony and listen in!SHOW TOPICSVeronica MarsFrankenstein's Monster's Monster, FrankensteinJane The VirginLast Chance UFMK Correction CornerUpdate on The Rook bookSupport for a Big Little Lies baristaExtra CreditThe Canon: One Day At A Time S01.E05: StraysWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Sitcom Keyword SearchSHOW NOTESKathryn on TwitterKathryn at VultureDavid Chen's new podcast, Culturally RelevantTara's Handmaid's Tale post on BN.comThe Bones Zone podcastDave And Jeb Aren't MeanCheddar Cheese SongClínica De Migrantes on HBOPhoto: Michael Desmond / HuluDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/07/191h 35m

260: Discussing An Explosive New Season Of Veronica Mars

NOTE: A version of 260 was released with a connect-the-dots spoiler in it and it was available for a few hours on July 24. This version edits that out. We are releasing this as a new episode so it gets downloaded even if the first episode was downloaded.Hulu dropped Veronica Mars a week sooner than anyone expected, but Kathryn VanArendonk was ready to leap into action and join us in a VERY SPOILER-FILLED discussion of Season 4! Around The Dial takes us to Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein on Netflix; a spoiler-free farewell to the imminently-ending Jane The Virgin; Last Chance U; and a potpourri of TV-adjacent remarks from Dave (including an update on the original book version of The Rook). Leanna cashes in her Extra Credit to get us to pick TV characters who deserve theme songs. Then Tara makes the case for One Day At A Time's "Strays" to be inducted into the Canon. Then we name the week's Winner and Loser, and kick off a new season of Game Time with Sitcom Keyword Search. Post up on the couch with Pony and listen in!SHOW TOPICSVeronica MarsFrankenstein's Monster's Monster, FrankensteinJane The VirginLast Chance UFMK Correction CornerUpdate on The Rook bookSupport for a Big Little Lies baristaExtra CreditThe Canon: One Day At A Time S01.E05: StraysWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Sitcom Keyword SearchSHOW NOTESKathryn on TwitterKathryn at VultureDavid Chen's new podcast, Culturally RelevantTara's Handmaid's Tale post on BN.comThe Bones Zone podcastDave And Jeb Aren't MeanCheddar Cheese SongClínica De Migrantes on HBOPhoto: Michael Desmond / HuluDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/07/191h 35m

259: Here We Are With Our Rickets Problem On An All New FMK Special

TV-based F*ck, Marry, Kill is back, and so is famous original panelist Joe Reid, as we decide whether to bone, betroth, or bash in the heads of Mad Men items, Handmaid'sdeaths, episode types, trains, fonts, and unkillable robber barons of yesteryear. From Aquarius to Zoo and every Sophie's choice in between -- but this time we've added our own brainteasers for our fellow panelists. Cool off with an extra-hot Extra Hot Great!DISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/07/191h 21m

258: Yelling About The Loudest Voice

Showtime has turned Gabriel Sherman's Roger Ailes book into a seven-part miniseries, and Will Leitch has returned to talk about what it is, whom it's for, and how it compares to recent-history HBO docudramas like Game Change. Around The Dial takes us through Divorce, the triumph of the USWNT, The Handmaid's Tale, and The Rook. Will Leitch presents "Pt. 5" of (the masterpiece) O.J.: Made In America to the Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, an old favourite returns to Non-Regulation Game Time. Put on your shortest skirt, sit down behind a transparent desk, and join us!SHOW TOPICSThe Loudest VoiceDivorceThe US Women's National Soccer TeamThe Handmaid's TaleThe RookThe Canon: O.J.: Made In America: Pt. 5Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Tube Tunes 5SHOW NOTESWill Leitch on TwitterWill on the USWNT, for New YorkWill on Kevin Durant, also for New YorkWill's (free!) TinyLetterThe Will Leitch ShowThe Grierson & Leitch PodcastBen Travers on DivorceTara on Holey MoleyPhoto: JoJo Whilden / ShowtimeDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/07/191h 29m

257: Is Holey Moley A Summertime Viewing Champion?

Try as we might, we couldn't get that "putt down the remote" joke to work, so we'll just say we're happy Daniel MacEachern is back on the pod, and we're even happier to be talking about Holey Moley, the "Wipeout meets mini-golf" summer offering from ABC that finally found a way to use Kenny G's talents properly. From hosts to holes to gimmicky guest get-ups, it's fun for the whole family -- really! Later, we go Around The Dial with Years And Years, Animal Kingdom, Bosch, Lethal Weapon, Collateral, and Dave's non-crackpot theory on TV knockout drugs, before contemplating a universally despised Golden Girls episode that closed out that otherwise-great show's second season. Michael Sheen (not in character from The Good Fight) was a winner, execs trying to step to Buntsy's girl Roma Torre were losers, and someone got a helping hand on this week's Game Time. This is our windmil-lieu: an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSPod BusinessHoley MoleyYears And YearsLethal WeaponAnimal KingdomBoschCollateralI Am Not A Crackpot: ChloroformThe Nonac: The Golden Girls S02.E26: Empty NestsWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Chums And HelpersSHOW NOTESCarl Carmoni and Quebecois putt-puttPoseThe Best Evidence newsletterHow chloroform actually worksMichael Sheen takes up for fan-ficNY1 anchors sue Charter Communications for marginalizing themPhoto: ABC / Eric McCandlessDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/06/191h 30m

256: Exorcising Our Demons With Los Espookys

Comedy writer/performers Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres have brought HBO a new sitcom about a "horror group" that creates practical horror effects for ridiculous reasons (Fred Armisen's hardly in it, we swear!), and Omar Gallaga has returned to discuss it with us! Around The Dial clicks through Younger, Comedy Central's new sketch show Alternatino With Arturo Castro, the upcoming Amazon series Undone, and the third seasons of Claws and Jessica Jones. For her Extra Credit topic, Corey asks us each to choose a title from the AFI's top 100 films and turn it into a TV series. Omar presents the Atlanta episode "Teddy Perkins" for the Canon. Once we've recovered (barely), it's on to the week's Winner and Loser and a Game Time with a lot of cipherin'. Put on your werewolf teeth and join us!SHOW TOPICSLos EspookysYoungerAlternatino With Arturo CastroUndoneClawsJessica JonesExtra Credit: AFI 100 Films To TV ShowsThe Canon: Atlanta S02.E06: Teddy PerkinsWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: I Was Told There Would Be No MathSHOW NOTESOmar Gallaga on TwitterOmar's post on Los Espookys on PrimetimerThe Washington Post's By The Way travel seriesThe Blotter Presents podcastThe AFI 100 Films listBill Cosby's Father's Day tweetPhoto: HBODISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/06/191h 29m

255: Telling Another Season Of Big Little Lies

We're thrilled to welcome Eve back to the guest chair...but were we as thrilled to welcome Big Little Lies back into our primetime lives? We talked about Meryl Streep's flawlessly passive-aggressive performance and loved Laura Dern because it's a day ending in Y. After Tara reported on a Kit-Kat-jingle-related Tiny Triumph, Sarah joined her to capsule-review the ATX Festival before we went around the dial with Pose, RuPaul's Drag Race, and Black Mirror. Dan Cassino tasked us with assembling our own personal A-Teams as an Extra Credit, and everyone from Villanelle to Pam Poovey got in on the act. Then we took a tour of Senegal with Françoise's lovely Canon presentation on behalf of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. Kristen Bell is a winner, Linda Fairstein is a loser, and we all shared a bowl of alphabet soup in Game Time. Don't get stuck in a hallway marching band: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSBig Little LiesTiny Triumph: Tara’s Kit-Kat jingle gets a key RTATX Festival ReportPoseRuPaul’s Drag RaceBlack MirrorExtra Credit: Your Own Personal A-TeamThe Canon: Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown S07.E06: SenegalWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: ABC TV TriviaSHOW NOTESThe Alternatino premiere on YouTubeThe Best Evidence newsletterATX’s TV Campfire podcastPhoto: HBO / Jennifer ClasenDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/06/191h 19m

254: Welcome Back To F---in' Deadwood

Shocking the world, the Deadwood movie no one dared believe would actually happen has actually happened, and our old friend Alan Sepinwall, Chief TV Critic of Rolling Stone, returns to discuss it. Around The Dial clicks through American Princess, The Handmaid's Tale, Netflix's sequel to Tales Of The City, Scott & Bailey, Good Omens, and Epix's Perpetual Grace, LTD. Alan takes a leap by submitting the Quantum Leap episode "The Leap Home, Part 1" to the Canon. Then after we name the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a very animated Game Time. Meet us in the thoroughfare and listen!SHOW TOPICSDeadwood: The MovieAmerican PrincessThe Handmaid's TaleTales Of The CityScott & BaileyGood OmensPerpetual Grace, LTDThe Canon: Quantum Leap S03.E01: "The Leap Home, Part 1"Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Cels From CelluloidSHOW NOTESThe Extra Hot Great submission formAlan Sepinwall on TwitterAlan at Rolling Stone, including all his coverage on Deadwood: The MovieThe ATX FestivalAll Alan's books on AmazonSarah and Tara on Melrose Place at PrimetimerSarah's Animal Kingdom Power Rankings on PrimetimerKathryn VanArendonk's interview with Scott Bakula about the 30th anniversary of Quantum LeapPhoto: James Minchin / HBODISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/06/191h 26m

253: Sweating Out The Hot Zone

Our (lack of?) enthusiasm for National Geographic's account of a late-'80s Ebola outbreak, The Hot Zone, is infectious -- and Kat Angus returns to the podcast to discuss the plague of wigs and clunky dialogue in the docuseries, plus exposition that made us itch and shows we'd rather watch instead. We went around the dial with Dynasty, What/If, Killing Eve, and Lonely Island's Bash Brothers special, and Tara hoped insurance would cover her Canon submission of a second-season GLOWepisode. Chrissy Teigen won (as usual), Adam Levine lost, and a Game Time stuck in the middle of things. Gown up for an all-new Extra Hot (Zone) Great!SHOW TOPICSThe Hot ZoneDynastyWhat/IfKilling EveThe Lonely Island Presents The Unauthorized Bash Brothers ExperienceThe Canon: GLOW S02.E07: Nothing ShatteredWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: TV InfixesSHOW NOTESATX FestivalThe Best Evidence newsletterI Hate It But I Love ItAdam Levine is a big old babyPhoto: National GeographicDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/05/191h 24m

252: Fleabag's Second Season Takes Us To Church

Fleabag is back on Amazon for its second -- and last -- season, and Jeff Drake is back to talk about the big swings the show takes, Olivia Colman's perfect performance, and the show's unique realness about everything from faith to sisterhood to bad haircuts. We go Around The Dial with a My Dad Wrote A Pornoupdate, plus Vida, She-Ra, and a Ron Artest/Metta World Peace documentary on Showtime, and contemplate a short but very sweet Canon submission concerning a Hilda episode about a giant. President Carteris won (we hope), BH90210 lost, and we juggled Steal Meals in a ballsy Game Time. Break the fourth wall with an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSFleabagMy Dad Wrote A Porno updateVidaShe-RaQuiet Storm: The Ron Artest StoryThe Canon: Hilda S01.E02: Chapter 2: The Midnight GiantWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Name That SportSHOW NOTESWho's who on Catch-22MASTAS InstagramI'm SorryPhoto: Steve Schofield / BBCDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/05/191h 18m

251: Living In The Society

Netflix tries to court the teens with The Society, in which a bunch of high schoolers return to their town to find it emptied of everyone who wasn't in their class; Emily Yoshida joins us to discuss whether Christopher "Party Of Five Keyser" still knows how to write for the youth. Around The Dial clicks through the comedy special My Dad Wrote A Porno, Klepper, Terrace House, Sneaky Pete, and The Good Fight (now we're up to Season 3!). Tara presents Season 1, Episode 4 of Rosehaven to The Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we roll up our sleeves for a game about jobs. Take a break from inventorying all the food in town and join us!SHOW TOPICSLead TopicThe SocietyAround The DialMy Dad Wrote A PornoKlepperTerrace HouseSneaky PeteThe Good FightThe CanonRosehaven S01.E04Winner and Loser of the WeekJ.J. Abrams and Jordan PeeleConstance WuGame TimeWhat's My Job?SHOW NOTESEmily Yoshida on TwitterThe Night Call podcastNight Call on PatreonTara's Haley Lu Richardson post at PrimetimerSarah's Bosch post at PrimetimerDISCUSSIONTalk about this episode on its dedicated page on ExtraHotGreat.comSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/191h 34m

250: Melting Down Over Chernobyl

HBO has gone back to the 1980s for a miniseries take on the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster; to discuss whether the show is as big a catastrophe as the event, we've invited Adam Sternbergh to join us! Around The Dial clicks through Tuca & Bertie, Dead To Me, Money Heist, Atlanta, and Hulu's upcoming Catch-22. Sean and Tim use their Extra Credit to challenge us to rank the caregivers of Call The Midwife before Adam presents the first Barry episode to the Canon. After naming the week's Winner and Loser, we each try not to be the last holding the Hot Potato during Game Time. Put on your hazmat suit and listen in!SHOW TOPICSChernobylTuca & BertieDead To MeMoney HeistAtlantaCatch-22Extra Credit: Rank A MidwifeThe Canon: Barry S01.E07: Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast, And Keep GoingWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Hot PotatoSHOW NOTESAdam Sternbergh on TwitterTara on Good Girls for PrimetimerSarah on The Act for PrimetimerPhoto: Liam Daniel / HBOSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/191h 36m

249: Should You Get Behind The Red Line?

It's a good thing today's Canon pitch is for The Other Two, because returning guest John Ramos is a super-fan -- but before we got around to that, we had to punch our tickets for The Red Line, CBS's weighty series on how three Chicago families intersect in the aftermath of a police shooting. Is it trying too hard for significance? Is the writing writing checks some of the acting can't cash? And do we wish Regina Taylor had a more central role? After debate club, we went Around The Dial with I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson, High Maintenance, and MTV's Jersey Shore/Bachelor hybrid Double Shot At Love, then High Castled some alternate-timeline/dystopian show pitches in an Extra Credit from C.G. before hearing that The Other Two Canon submission. Shannen Doherty won, Game Of Thrones took a bunch of losses, and we jammed with the return of One Letter Off Game Time. Throw a tiny needlepoint pillow on a concrete lounger and settle in for an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSThe Red LineI Think You Should Leave With Tim RobinsonHigh MaintenanceDouble Shot At Love With DJ Pauly D and VinnyExtra Credit: The Showrunner In The High CastleThe Canon: The Other Two S01.E03: Chase Gets A GirlfriendWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: One Letter OffSHOW NOTESTara's Barry piece for DeciderMASTASCrime Writers OnSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/191h 26m

248: A Game Time Promise Kept

It's an all-Game Time episode to make up for last week's missing competition. Testing their TV knowledge are Kari Race, Chris Billig and Sarah S. Coward. We played TV themes, they tried to figure out what show they were from. Sounds easy, right?SHOW TOPICSGame Time: Name That ThemeSHOW NOTESPhoto: Spencer ImbrockSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/1937m 52s

247: Getting Seduced By Gentleman Jack

HBO has imported Gentleman Jack, a BBC dramedy based on the journals of 19th-century lesbian landowner Anne Lister, and we've invited Mark Blankenship to join us in getting way up under its skirts! Around The Dial takes us through the débuts of The New Negroes and Ramy; Losers; Fleabag; and The Good Fight. Jacqueline brings us an Extra Credit question about our teen BFFs. Mark presents the Designing Womenepisode "The Beauty Contest" to The Canon then we name the week's Winner and Loser. Loosen your corset and listen in!SHOW TOPICSLead TopicGentleman JackThe New NegroesRamyLosersFleabagThe Good FightExtra CreditThe Canon: Designing Women S01.E02: "The Beauty Contest"Winner and Loser of the WeekSHOW NOTESMark Blankenship on TwitterThe Blankenship ChairTara on the rotten kids of Better Things at DeciderThe Crime Writers On podcastUntitled: A Bad Teen Novel at AmazonPhoto: Matt SquireSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/191h 19m

246: Game Of Thrones Enters Its Final Round

Game Of Thrones is finally back, and so are Kim and Jim, partly because Tara and Sarah have no real idea what's going on on the show but also because we treasure their insights on everything from Lady Mormont, to whether Jon and Dany have chemistry (no), to whether ANYONE in any kingdom is wearing a hat (no, and Jim has questions about that). After discussing important matters like dragon kibble, we went Around The Dial with CBS reality shows, The Magicians, Bosch, and Bless This Mess, and Dave sneak-previewed part of our Patreon-only discussion of incorrect spin-offs. Charles put us in the box with Pembleton with a Homicide: Life On The Street submission for the Canon, and while casting agents for streaming services were winners, Lori Loughlin and Massimo Targetini were losers...aaaaagain. Did Tara's non-regulation Game Time fill our hearts with song? Does Euron look like Pacey Witter? And why is Tyrion's one-liner game (as it were) going downhill? All those answers and more in an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSGame Of ThronesBless This MessSurvivorThe MagiciansBoschJeopardy!The Canon: Homicide: Life On The Street S02.E02: Black And BlueWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Tube Toons IVSHOW NOTESBran memesMore Bran memesTara's Jane The Virgin post on DeciderMark And Sarah Talk About Songs talks about "Rio"Little House On The Podcast on TwitterPhotos: HBOSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/191h 43m

245: Putting On Our Capezios For Fosse/Verdon

FX is returning to the Feud space with Fosse/Verdon, a deep dive on a pair of contentious performing geniuses; Broadway savant Adam Grosswirth joins us to opine on whether it should have opened and closed the same night. Around The Dial spins through the Season 2 premiere of Killing Eve; the series finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; Brit crime drama Unforgotten; and Cinemax's new period immigration/tong drama Warrior. In the absence of a Canon segment (...it's a long story), we speed through the week's Winner and Loser and move on to a special double shot of Game Time. Grab a Seconal and listen!SHOW TOPICSFosse/VerdonKilling EveCrazy Ex-GirlfriendUnforgottenWarriorWinner and Loser of the WeekGame TimeSHOW NOTESAdam Grosswirth on TwitterUpstart CreaturesNational Alliance For Musical TheatrePhoto: Pari Dukovic / FXSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positively Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/191h 42m

244: Twilight Zone-ing Out With Jordan Peele's CBS Reboot

Will Hines joins the panel for the latest imagining of The Twilight Zone from Jordan Peele -- an idea whose time may have come and (thanks to Black Mirror) gone. Will the show find its footing once the proof-of-concept episodes are done? And is this enough to get folks to pay for CBS All Access? Later, we went Around The Dial with HBO's peek comedies Veep and Barry, Aeon Flux-y guilty pleasure Love, Death & Robots, ER, and Deadwind before Dave The Poker Pro challenged us to find the next deep-dive Again With This podcast topic. We considered a precious (geddit?) Steven Universe episode for The Canon before declaring SVU a long-running winner and Tori Spelling an Insta loser...and then Phil Collins sang us into a very friendly Game Time. There's something on the wing! (It's an all-new Extra Hot Great.)SHOW TOPICSThe Twilight ZoneVeepBarryLove, Death & RobotsERDeadwindExtra Credit: Again With Again With ThisThe Canon: Steven Universe S03.E12: Mr. Greg (sometimes S03.E08)Winner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: I’ve Seen Your Face Before My Friend But I Don't Know If You Know Who I AmSHOW NOTESWatch the first ep of Twilight Zone free on YouTubeAgain With ThisMarch MASTASScrew It, We're Just Gonna Talk About SpidermanWill Hines on Comedy Bang BangPhoto: Robert Falconer / CBSSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/191h 36m

243: Having A Bloody Great Time With What We Do In The Shadows

FX has adapted the 2014 vampire mockumentary film What We Do In The Shadows as a TV series: does it have the same bite as the original? Nick Rheinwald-Jones returns to discuss! Around The Dial spins through The Village; Playing House alumni Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's live UCB improv show; Season 3 of The Good Fight; and commonwealth news spoofs This Time With Alan Partridge and Get Krack!n. Tara celebrates a Taskmaster-related Tiny Triumph before pitching the Frasier episode "The Matchmaker" for induction into The Canon. We crown the week's Winner and Loser, and then close up with a Game Time that challenges us all on our spelling ability. Close all your blackout curtains and listen in!SHOW TOPICSWhat We Do In The ShadowsThe VillageLennon Parham & Jessica St. ClairThe Good FightThis Time With Alan PartridgeGet Krack!nTiny TriumphThe Canon: Frasier S02.E03: The MatchmakersWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: If Leaving E Is EasySHOW NOTESNick Rheinwald-Jones on TwitterNick's new immersive show The Pod at the Hollywood Fringe FestivalEpisode photo: John P Johnson / FXSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/191h 30m

242: Project Runway Makes It Work At Bravo (Again)

Project Runway returns to Bravo for its 17th season (the spread-eagle), and Fug Girls Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks return to the podcast to talk about new judges, new mentor Christian Siriano, a new challenge "twist" we all dislike, and the same old reliable show structure. We make some shot-in-the-dark guesses about the season's eventual winner, too, while feeling relieved the show has a proper budget again. Then it's a super-size Around The Dial discussing Shrill, Instant Hotel, the return of Hoarders, Summer House, and Mental Samurai before we tucked into some wine and cheese with Caroline's Extra Credit on our favorite shows to snack in front of. Spring was in the air for Heather's presentation of a first-season Beverly Hills, 90210 for the Canon; Great British Bake Off won, and Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin lost, some more; and we had our Phil of "Easy Lover," Jacqueline's love-triangle Game Time. Where's Andre? He's listening to an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSProject RunwayShrillInstant HotelHoardersSummer HouseMental SamuraiExtra Credit: The Cheese And Wine ShowThe Canon: Beverly Hills, 90210 S01.E21: Spring DanceWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Easy LoverSHOW NOTESGo Fug YourselfReality SteveAgain With ThisSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/191h 49m

241: Surviving After Life

Ricky Gervais has brought us another sitcom and dared us to reject both it and him; Will Leitch has returned to accept the challenge. Around The Dial clicks through Good Girls, Creative Galaxy, and Call The Midwife, before Dave and Tara take on a Taskmaster task for Extra Credit. Will presents Nathan For You's "Finding Frances" for the Canon; we crown the week's Winners and Losers; and then we finish "That's What It's Called?" in Game Time. Take a break from mourning and join us!SHOW TOPICSAfter LifeGood GirlsCreative GalaxyCall The MidwifeExtra Credit: Taking To TaskmasterThe Canon: Nathan For You S04.E08: Finding FrancesWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: That's What It's Called? Part 2SHOW NOTESWill Leitch on TwitterWill's TinyletterThe Will Leitch ShowGrierson & LeitchSarah on Luke Perry at Pop Culture Happy HourSarah on Backdraft at I Hate It But I Love ItExtra Hot Great on PatreonTara on DeciderSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business.Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/03/191h 30m

240: Proposing A Toast To Whiskey Cavalier

Does Whiskey Cavalier seem familiar? And is it because ABC is trying to clone Castle again, some more? That's returning guest Kathryn VanArendonk's theory, and the regulars are inclined to agree -- but we also agree that, although the new spy drama isn't prestige TV and doesn't make sense all the time, it's also pretty good and doesn't take itself too seriously, and once Lauren Cohan learns how to handle a gun (and stop looking like Countess Luann from RHONYC), it's got a bright future. After we downed those shots (fired), we went Around The Dial with Desus & Mero, a High Maintenance complaint, The Magicians, Schitt's Creek, Grace & Frankie, and Taskmaster before personalizing our own The Good Places in an Extra Credit for Erica. Tara accepted a months-old Canon challenge from Dave when she tried to get a King Of Queens episode crowned for the Canon, before a boy-band alliance was declared a Winner, another King (of Pop's estate) tried to make a Loser out of HBO, and sad songs said TOO much about Game Time. Hide a knife in your boot and get ready for an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSWhiskey CavalierDesus & MeroHigh MaintenanceThe MagiciansSchitt's CreekGrace & FrankieTaskmasterExtra CreditThe Canon: The King Of Queens S05.E21: Clothes EncountersWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: That's What It's Called?!SHOW NOTESKathryn's review of Whiskey Cavalier on VultureThe Appointment Television podcastHow to watch Taskmaster "through methods"Mark And Sarah Talk About SongsThe Video for Billy Joel's My LifeCover of Bob James' The GenieSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something.In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/02/191h 30m

239: Telling The Truth About Documentary Now!

IFC's parody series Documentary Now! is back for its third season with six new spoofs of noteworthy docs, starting with Wild Wild Country (here reimagined as Batsh*t Valley). Is it still as note-perfect as its first two seasons have been? Molly Lambert makes her Extra Hot Great début to join us and discuss! Around The Dial clicks through Adam McKay's new Amazon infotainment series This Giant Beast That Is The Global Economy, Naked & Afraid, Sneaky Pete, and Miracle Workers. Erica presents the Series 6 finale of The Great British Bake Off for induction into the Canon, and then after identifying the week's Winner and Loser -- identifying rather closely, in the former case -- we face off in a Game Time that has some harsh words for all of us. Put on your black and yellow finery and listen in!SHOW TOPICSDocumentary Now!This Giant Beast That Is The Global EconomyNaked & AfraidSneaky PeteMiracle WorkersThe Canon: The Great British Bake Off S06.E10: FinalWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: I'm Rubber And You're GlueSHOW NOTESMolly Lambert on TwitterMolly Lambert on InstagramSarah and Tara's latest trip to Dave And Jeb Aren't Mean to discuss The Wedding March 3: Here Comes The BrideNight Call PodcastMolly's Sleazy FriendsMark Blankenship's New Show Fact Sheet for Sneaky PeteBatsh|*t Valley on YouTubeTV Stones ChallengeSarah and Dan's GBBO HalloweenSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/02/191h 25m

238: Should You Chase White Dragon?

Amazon's import from ITV, White Dragon, is about a life and marriage that isn't what it seemed...and unfortunately, that's a meta comment on the show, because it seemed good, but was not. Allison Lowe Huff returns to discuss the show's first dumb, then too-Bond protagonist; the actors we didn't see enough of; and the Lost-ish Hydra of questions and puzzles. Then we moved on to a mini-Wheel of Murder and recommended overseas crime shows we DID like, including a French Agatha Christie, a Japanese Sherlock Holmes, a Spanish Ocean's 11, and the pretenders to Happy Valley's throne. And we STILL had yet to go Around The Dial to discuss One Day At A Time's third season, American Soul, the Studio 54 doc, and the Big MouthValentine's special! After Caroline hit us with an EHG-history game in her Extra Credit, we were...Charmed by a listener's Canon presentation. The Other Two won, NBC lost Bob Costas, and it's all about location in a very stately Game Time. Don't lose your passport: it's time to visit an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSWhite DragonPrivate EyesMiss SherlockAgatha Christie's Criminal GamesNo OffenseHappy ValleyMoney HeistOne Day At A TimeAmerican SoulStudio 54Big MouthThe Canon: Charmed S02.E02: Morality BitesWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Location, Location, LocationSHOW NOTESThe Extra Hot Great Patreon pageAl Lowe Huff on TwitterAl's writing at MHz ChoiceThe Midsomer Murders plot-bot on TwitterMark And Sarah Talk About SongsTara's I Am The Night recaps at DeciderSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/02/192h 2m

237: Is Russian Doll To Die For?

Just in time for Groundhog Day, Netflix has released Russian Doll, in which Natasha Lyonne's Nadia keeps dying and being resurrected into the bathroom at her birthday party. Joining us to discuss is first-time guest/New York Times TV critic James Poniewozik! Around The Dial checks in with Speechless, Corporate, The Challenge(speaking of immortal), and Bud Light's bizarre Game Of Thrones crossover. Lauren tries to make it a Canon submission hat trick with "The Equestranots" episode of Bob's Burgers. Then after a (slightly ambiguous) Winner and Loser pair, Super Nintendo Chalmers returns to Game Time! Pull the trigger on that bathroom door handle and join us!SHOW TOPICSRussian DollSpeechlessCorporateThe ChallengeBud Light's Super Bowl adThe Canon: Bob's Burgers S04.E17: The EquestranotsWinner and Loser of the WeekGame TimeSuper Nintendo Chalmers 2: Steamed HamsSHOW NOTESJames Poniewozik on TwitterJim's Times review of Russian DollThe latest episode of the Appointment Television podcastThe Times list of The 20 Best TV Dramas Since The SopranosAll Jim's work at the TimesSarah on SVU's "Avatar" on the These Are Their Stories podcastSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/02/191h 30m

236: Is The Other Two Number One In Our Hearts?

Comedy Central's new..."sibcom"?, The Other Two, follows the (usually falling) fortunes of Cary and Brooke when their 13-year-old brother becomes an overnight internet sensation, and enduring internet sensation Joe Reid is back to talk about the little things the show gets right, how to talk about Survivor superfans, and why lonely and funny can co-exist. We went Around The Dial with The Good Place, Rent! Live, QB1: Beyond The Lights, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt before Dan Cassino asked us to hand out awards for technical achievement in this week's Extra Credit. Joe Pose-d the question of a season finale for the Canon; cookies were a Winner, and messing with Terry Crews always makes a Loser; and we all crammed for a school-based test of wits in Game Time. Grab some napkins from the limo, it's an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSThe Other TwoThe Good PlaceRent: Live!QB1Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtExtra Credit: Technical AwardsThe Canon: Pose S01.E08: Mother Of The YearWinner and Loser of the WeekGame TimeSchool's InSHOW NOTESExtra Hot Great on PatreonJoe Reid on TwitterThis Had Oscar BuzzMark And Sarah Talk About SongsTara's I Am The Night recaps at DeciderSUPPORT EHG ON PATREONThe EHG gang have been recording this podcast for almost a decade now. In podcasting terms, that makes us positivity Methuselahian. Since the start of EHG, our listeners have asked if we had a tip jar or donation system and we'd look at each other and say surely that is a joke, people don't pay other people to do podcasts. We'd email them back "Ha ha ha, good one, Chet" and go about our business. Now we are told this is a real thing that real nice people do. Value for value? In today's topsy turvy world? It's madness but that good kind of madness, like when you wake up a 3:15am and clean your house. Or something. In all seriousness, we are humbled by your continued prodding to get a Patreon page up for EHG and here it is! Extra Hot Great on Patreon  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/01/191h 53m

235: Getting In A New York State Of Mind-Altering Substances With Black Monday and High Maintenance

Showtime has tried something new with a sitcom project: hired a creator who's actually good at making funny shows! So we're seeing how well this strategy is working with a discussion of David "Happy Endings" Caspe's new '80s Wall Street sitcom Black Monday -- as well as HBO's third season of High Maintenance (now in the Sunday night big leagues) -- with returning guest and tri-state native David J. Roth! The announcement of a Perry Mason remake starring Matthew Rhys has us debating Will Dave Hate This? Around The Dial clicks through The Punisher; Killing Eve; and Hulu and Netflix's dueling Fyre Festival docs, Fyre Fraud and Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. Dave Roth presents Enlightened's Season 1 finale, "Burn It All Down," for induction into the Canon. Then we name the week's Winner and Loser and close up with a Game Time that puts things in order. Roll up your crispest Benjamin and take a big sniff!SHOW TOPICSBlack MondayHigh MaintenancePerry MasonThe PunisherKilling EveTop ChefFyre Fraud and Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never HappenedThe Canon:Enlightened S01.E10: Burn It DownWinner and Loser of the WeekGame TimeSHOW NOTESDavid J. Roth on TwitterRoth on DeadspinDave's Hallmark movie podcast Dave And Jeb Aren't Mean  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/01/191h 47m

234: Probing A Rebooted Roswell, New Mexico

Yet another reboot of a '90s WB "classic" has hit the earth in Roswell, a "reimagining" of Roswell -- and we were very lucky that the TWoP recapper of that "fine" original, Dan Blau Rogge, could join us to wonder who the new version is for, why the consistent element among the two series had to be the crappish acting, and when the show will stop being quite so obvious about the double meaning of the word "alien." Next, we went Around The Dial with Fosters spinoff Good Trouble, Adam Ruins Everything, True D Season 3, and Project Blue Book before John "Pottsy" Potts tasked us with competing against each other on a reality show in an Extra Credit (and two of us...Nailed It!). Dan proposed Getting On with/for The Canon; a Korean Villainess won and an American music journo lost; and Tara Hammed it up in a non-regulation Game Time. Submit to our technicolor hands of healing with an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSRoswell, New MexicoGood TroubleAdam Ruins EverythingTrue DetectiveProject Blue BookExtra CreditThe Canon: Getting On S03.E01: This Is About Vomit, PeopleWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Ha Ha HammsSHOW NOTESDan Rogge on TwitterThe DreamMark And Sarah Talk About Songs, in whose feed you'll also find Money Can't Buy You Podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/01/191h 22m

233: Suiting Up For Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club And The Masked Singer

A new year has dawned, and with it two buzzy new reality shows: MTV's Vanderpump Rules-alike Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club, and Fox's Korean import, The Masked Singer. To join us in discussing any complicated feelings we may have had about them, we've invited Kat Angus and Jocelyn Geddie, co-hosts of the podcast I Hate It But I Love It. Around The Dial takes us through Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, Gary And His Demons, Project Runway All Stars, She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power, and an I Am Not A Crackpot from Dave on how bad Hulu's user interface is. Lauren invites us to describe ourselves in terms of our personal TV Zodiacs. Em makes the case for the induction of Doctor Who's "Midnight" into the Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we face off in a Game Time that Special Guest Stars. Make sure your VIP hostess has you set up with bottle service, and then listen up!SHOW TOPICSLindsay Lohan's Beach ClubThe Masked SingerTidying Up With Marie KondoGary And His DemonsProject Runway All StarsShe-Ra And The Princesses Of PowerBlack MirrorThe Canon: Doctor Who S04.E10: MidnightWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Special Guest StarsSHOW NOTESKat Angus on TwitterJocelyn Geddie on TwitterKat and Jocelyn's podcast, I Hate It But I Love It  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/191h 54m

232: New Year, New Batch Of FMK Matchups

Happy new year! It may comfort you to know that we did not resolve to be less ridiculous in 2019, which is how we have brought you another very special all-FMK episode -- this time, also implicating Nick Rheinwald-Jones. How did your FMK submissions shake out? Find out now!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/01/191h 13m

231: Deck The Halls With The RuPaul's Drag Race And Nailed It! Holiday Specials

'Tis the season to be...janky? Not for us -- we got a top-of-the-line guest, Kevin P. O'Keeffe, to join us -- but janky is Nailed It!'s specialty, and we're here for their melty, slapped-up brand of holiday cheer, including the joy Jacques brings to the world, '80s-movie slow claps, and those hilarious reveals. But we're also discussing the RPDR "Holi-Slay Spectacular," and that hour was not on everyone's nice list despite a festive effort at twerking from Ru and Michelle's stunt doubles. Later, we go Around The Dial with Dr. Pimple Popper, Runaways, Teen Mom: Young And Pregnant, and Little Drummer Girl, and give reality-show side character spin-offs in this week's Extra Credit. Tara lugs her Canon seating chart up to the panel with a One Day At A Timefinale before we declare Steve Sanders a winner, and Carlton and his dance a loser (maybe? ask Dave). And Game Time gifted us a look at the before-and-after roles for the casts of legendary shows. Dog rest ye, merry listeners: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSRuPaul's Drag RaceNailed ItDr. Pimple PopperRunawaysTeen Mom: Young And PregnantThe Little Drummer GirlThe Canon: One Day At A Time S01.E13: QuincesWinner and Loser of the WeekGame TimeSHOW NOTESKevin O'Keeffe's YouTube show, "The Kiki," on Twitter  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/12/181h 51m

230: Grabbing Our Mics For Season 2 Of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Here's hoping you rested your ears over Thanksgiving, because they're getting battered by Season 2 of Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Sherman-Palladino superfan Nick Rheinwald-Jones is returning to discuss whether it killed or bombed. Around The Dial clicks through the Comedy Central sketch special Goatface, Magic For Humans, The Comedy Lineup, and a whole slate of food shows, including Top Chef, The Final Table, and The Great British Bake Off. For her Extra Credit question, Caroline asks us each to identify a show recommended by a trusted source that just didn't take. Nick pitches Community's "App Development And Condiments" for induction into the Canon. Then we name the week's Winner and Loser and close up with a Game Time that's a bit pricey. You don't need to pay a cover charge to hear our whole set!SHOW TOPICSThe Marvelous Mrs. MaiselGoatfaceMagic For HumansThe Comedy LineupCooking Show Round-up: The Final Table, Top Chef, and The Great British Bake OffExtra Credit from CarolineThe Canon: Community S05.E08: App Development And CondimentsWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: The Price Is CorrectSHOW NOTESNick Rheinwald-Jones on TwitterNick's 1977-themed Airbnb  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/12/181h 40m

229: The Christmas-Creep TV Forcening

It's just the three of us for our EHG "holiday episode" -- a meditation on the theme of Christmas creep. And yeah, they DO start playing carols in the mall on, like, November 2 these days...but that's not exactly the definition "creep" that became central to our discussion as we contemplated a Hill Street Blues that contained literally all the acting, plus plenty of judgment of singletons; an All In The Family double episode in which a hate crime led to a lengthy crisis of faith for Edith, who was not that crime's victim; and a Pickle & Peanut segment that abandoned us all in the Uncanny Valley. So when we say "Christmas creep," get ready to shudder as you deck the halls with a very special Extra Hot Great.SHOW TOPICSSarah Forcens Tara: Hill Street Blues S03.E12: SantaclaustrophobiaTara Forces Dave: All In The Family S08.E13 & E14: Edith's Crisis Of FaithDave Forcens SarahPickle & Peanut S02.E17: Merry Mo-CapSHOW NOTESWatch Pickle & Peanut's Merry Mo-Cap  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/12/1842m 16s

228: Making A Break For It With Escape At Dannemora

Resident upstate...er, resident Kim Reed is back to talk about Ben Stiller-directed drama/thriller/Shawshank aspirant Escape At Dannemora. We discuss everything from accents to wardrobe to pacing to whether trying to recreate '70s thrillers is a worthwhile goal. Should Sarah keep watching past Episode 4? Keep listening and find out. After that, we debate whether Dave would Hate This Jekyll-and-Hyde thing on The CW, and go Around The Dial with two comedy specials, Catastrophe, The Final Table, Wellington Paranormal, 30 For 30, and a Very Special Again With This announcement; we also saved five TV characters each in today's lifeboat Extra Credit; declared Ice T's breakfast a winner and NBC a loser, and tried to recognize patterns in Game Time. Tunnel on over to an all-new Extra Hot Great!SHOW TOPICSEscape At DannemoraJim Gaffigan: Noble ApeAdam Sandler: 100% FreshCatastropheThe Final TableWellington Paranormal30 For 30: Nature BoyExtra CreditThe Canon: Game Of Thrones S06.E10: The Winds Of WinterWinner and Loser of the WeekGame Time: Test PatternsSHOW NOTESLittle House On The Podcast on TwitterLittle House On The Podcast on FacebookIce T eats a bagel at last  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/11/182h 1m

227: Getting High On Narcos: Mexico

Netflix's Narcos has moved to a new time period and a new location with the spinoff Narcos: Mexico, and Maggie Serota has joined us to talk about what's changed as our attention turns from Colombian cartels to ones closer to a certain famous border. Around The Dial clicks through Showtime's Shut Up And Dribble, A&E's The Clinton Affair, and perennial segment star Patriot. Tara makes the case for inducting The Larry Sanders Show's "Where Is The Love?" to the Canon. Then it's on to the week's Winner and Loser and -- just in time for Thanksgiving -- a Game Time to gorge on. Light up a joint or a field of weed visible from space (we don't judge) and join us!Show TopicsNarcos: MexicoShut Up And DribbleThe Clinton AffairPatriotThe Canon: The Larry Sanders Show S05.E03: Where Is The Love?Winner And Loser Of The WeekGame Time: Order UpShow NotesMaggie Serota on TwitterMaggie at Spin.comMaggie's deep dive on So I Married An Axe Murderer  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/181h 26m

226: Talking Through Our Memories Of Homecoming

As Amazon brings the scripted podcast Homecoming to TV in an adaptation starring Julia Roberts -- apparently she's done some films? -- we welcome Mark Lisanti to talk about its music, its colour scheme, and how engrossing we found its conspiracy thriller storyline. Around The Dial takes us to two comedies by and for fortysomething women (Baroness Von Sketch Show and Sally4Ever), two other Amazon series (The Romanoffs and Patriot), the ninth season of The Real Housewives Of New Jersey, and Dave's latest forcening: Teen Titans Go!. We consider a very regal Extra Credit query from Corey before Mark pitches 30 Rock's "Succession" for The Canon. We name the week's Winner and Loser, and then kick off a new season of Game Time with an outing that requires us to dig deep into our facility with the alphabet. Grab a giant helping of gnocchi and listen! Show Topics Lead Topic Homecoming Around The Dial Baroness Von Sketch Show Sally4Ever The Romanoffs Patriot The Real Housewives Of New Jersey Teen Titans Go! The Canon _ 30 Rock_ S02.E13: Succession Winner and Loser of the Week Jesse Pinkman Ice-T Game Time Letters From Philo Show Notes Mark Lisanti on Twitter Special Guest: Mark Lisanti.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/181h 50m

225: House Of Cards Season 6 Faces The Nation

Netflix's political potboiler returned last weekend -- without its former linchpin in the Frank Underwood role. WE returned with first-time guest Kathryn VanArendonk to talk about whether this is the one Netflix-original season that actually felt too short; which is more egregious, Doug's beard or Claire's pregnancy pad; and what the franchise might have gained by just coming back in five years' time with all-new characters and no Spacey baggage. We went Around The Dial with Will & Grace, Superstore, The Shivering Truth, the original Rake, and Bodyguard before exclaiming, "Great Scott!" at the lives, loves, and butts of a first-season Outlander. Julianne Hough won, Alec Baldwin and Kevin James lost, Tara ad-ded value to the episode with her non-regulation Game Time. Fili-bust out your earbuds; it's an all-new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic House Of Cards Around The Dial Will & Grace Superstore The Shivering Truth Rake Bodyguard The Canon Outlander S01.E07: The Wedding Winner and Loser of the Week Julianne Hough Kevin James (and Alec Baldwin) Game Time Promotional Considerations Show Notes Kathryn VanArendonk on Twitter Diane Lane biffs the Bechdel test Tara on Homecoming (warning: spoilish) Kathryn on that Bodyguard twist The Appointment TV podcast Special Guest: Kathryn VanArendonk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/181h 38m

224: Getting Spellbound By Charmed And Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina

With Hallowe'en upon us, we decided to take a look at this season's two witch remakes: The CW's Charmed, and Netflix's Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina. Eve Batey joins us to discuss whether they put a spell on us, or if we wished we could burn them at the stake. Around The Dial stops at The House On Haunted Hill, Iron Fist's second (and final) season, and Counterpart. Find out whether the climax for Seinfeld's "The Contest" is its induction into The Canon. And then, after you learn the week's Winner or Loser, you can play along with a Game Time full of memorable First Impressions. It's no toil and only good trouble in our latest Extra Hot Great podcast! Show Topics Lead Topic Charmed The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Around The Dial The Haunting Of Hill House Iron Fist Counterpart The Canon Seinfeld S04.E11: The Contest Winner and Loser of the Week Sofia Vergara Megyn Kelly Game Time First Impressions Show Notes Eve Batey on Twitter Tara's Twitter thread on Runaway Heart Eve's Inside Media newsletter Special Guest: Eve Batey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/181h 20m

223: Life After Roseanne On The Conners

The Conners debuted last week, sans its controversial founder -- and Sarah Baker made HER EHG debut to talk about everything from how the show handled "Roseanne"'s death to the healing properties of Goodman and Metcalf to whether we'll keep watching without a possible train-wreck as motivation. We went Around The Dial with The Cool Kids, Get A Room With Carson And Thom, a Camping/Splitting Up Together comparison, and a German Flying Circus before Dylan Garsee hoped an RPDR All Stars episode would get to sashay-you-stay into the Canon. A Midwife won, Marvel lost, and a monstrous game time had us all screaming -- on an all-new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic The Conners Around The Dial Camping and Splitting Up Together The Cool Kids Get A Room With Carson And Thom Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus The Canon RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars S02.E05: Revenge Of The Queens Winner and Loser of the Week Emerald Fennell Iron Fist and Luke Cage Game Time Monster Mash Show Notes The Conners's ratings The official Kominsky Method trailer Emerald Fennell and Khloe Kardashian, sekret twins Special Guest: Sarah Baker.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/10/181h 26m

222: Going Through Changes With Big Mouth

Big Mouth has returned to Netflix for a second season of monstrous puberty (and puberty monsters), and Joe Reid is joining us to talk about the various sweaty humiliations that come with it! Around The Dial takes us to America To Me, Maniac, Chuck, and Dave's forcened sampling of Dreamland. Joe proposes the induction of the Friends episode "The One Where Rosita Dies" into the Nonac. Then after we name the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a golden Game Time. Get a textbook to hide your boner and listen! Show Topics Lead Topic Big Mouth Around The Dial America To Me Maniac Chuck Dreamland The Nonac Friends S07.E13: The One Where Rosita Dies Winner and Loser of the Week Lance Bass James Franco Game Time Slumming It For An Emmy Show Notes Joe Reid on Twitter Joe on Decider This Had Oscar Buzz Special Guest: Joe Reid.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/181h 48m

221: A Million Little Things: This Is (-n't For) Us

When the most exciting thing about a new show is the moment David T. Cole rechristens it Men Of A Certain Beige, you know you've got problems...but returning guest Jeb Lund soldiered bravely through our grumpy discussion of ABC's attempt to throw This Is Us, Desperate Housewives, and thirtysomething in a blender. We went around the dial with the new Murphy Brown, HBO's Jane Fonda docu, Ken Burns's Prohibition, a plea to reboot Behind The Music, and Dave's French stand-up TV forcening. Jeb hoped we wouldn't declare his House Canon submission dead on arrival before we named Kareem Abdul Jabbar a winner and Weiner a loser, and tossed around a pay-cable pomme frite with an all-HBO Hot Potato. Come for the tasteless puns on "Rutledge"; stay for Sarah saying the phrase "stunt penis" too many times in an all-new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic A Million Little Things Around The Dial Murphy Brown Jane Fonda In Five Acts Ken Burns's Prohibition Behind The Music Gad Elmaleh: American Dream The Canon House S04.E15: House's Head Winner and Loser of the Week Kareem Abdul Jabbar Matthew Weiner Game Time HBO-t Potato Show Notes Tara on Bristol Palin's Teen Mom-mery The Blotter Presents on Prohibition Behind The Music on YouTube Dave and Jeb Aren't Mean Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs and sometimes are mean Special Guest: Jeb Lund.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/10/181h 30m

220: Saying Aloha To A New Magnum, P.I.

After the successes of its Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver remakes, CBS has turned west -- way west -- to bring Thomas Magnum to a new generation. Did it work? We invited Stephen J. Skelton and Todd Robert Anderson, co-hosts of the Film Pigs podcast and die-hard fans of the original, to dissect 2018's Magnum P.I. (KEEP YOUR COMMA, GRANDPA). Around The Dial takes us through New Amsterdam (no relation to the one from ten years ago), Netflix's Maniac, The Good Place, and Family Ties. We then go back in time to consider the original Magnum, P.I. with a Canon submission for the two-part Season 3 premiere, "Did You See The Sunrise?" Then we name the week's Winner and Loser and move on to another installment of Backdoor Pilots from our old friend Dan Cassino. Put Zeus and Apollo in their crates and join us! Show Topics Lead Topic Magnum P.I. (2018) Around The Dial New Amsterdam (2018) Maniac The Good Place Family Ties The Canon Magnum, P.I S03.E01 & S01.E02: Did You See The Sunrise? Winner and Loser of the Week Marshmallows (a.k.a. Veronica Mars fans) Colin Jost and Michael Che Game Time Back Door Pilots Show Notes Stephen J. Skelton on Twitter Todd Robert Anderson on Twitter The Film Pigs podcast You're The Worst on Hulu Special Guests: Stephen J. Skelton and Todd Anderson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/09/182h 4m

219: Saddle Up A New Season Of BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman dropped another season last weekend -- along with practically every other streaming show, but this simultaneously hilarious, dirty, and dark animated dramedy is the one we chose to discuss, along with the correct amount of Todd; background hilarity; and spot-on guest casting. We went Around The Dial with Forever, The First, Deutschland 83 and 86, the newest American Horror Story, and a years-in-the-making verdict on whether Dave hated Troy: Fall Of A City, and Adam hoped to declare mission accomplished on his submission of the Alias two-part second-season finale for the Canon. Aaron "Todd" Paul won, the Downey/Burnett household lost, and we went through the stages of TV relationships in a quotable Game Time from Caroline. Don't be a neigh-sayer: give Episode 219 a listen! Show Topics Lead Topic BoJack Horseman Around The Dial Forever The First Deutschland 83 and 86 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Troy: Fall Of A City The Canon Alias S02.E21 & S02.E22: Second Double and The Telling Winner and Loser of the Week Aaron Paul Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, and Tom Arnold Game Time Love, Relationships, And All That Crap Show Notes Tara's Sean Penn ranking for Mel Magazine McElhone tries not to scratch Salmon Penn's eyes out Two Spotted Dicks on The Great British Bake Off Special Guest: Adam Grosswirth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/181h 32m

219: Saddle Up A New Season Of BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman dropped another season last weekend -- along with practically every other streaming show, but this simultaneously hilarious, dirty, and dark animated dramedy is the one we chose to discuss, along with the correct amount of Todd; background hilarity; and spot-on guest casting. We went Around The Dial with Forever, The First, Deutschland 83 and 86, the newest American Horror Story, and a years-in-the-making verdict on whether Dave hated Troy: Fall Of A City, and Adam hoped to declare mission accomplished on his submission of the Alias two-part second-season finale for the Canon. Aaron "Todd" Paul won, the Downey/Burnett household lost, and we went through the stages of TV relationships in a quotable Game Time from Caroline. Don't be a neigh-sayer: give Episode 219 a listen!Show TopicsBoJack HorsemanAround The DialForeverThe FirstDeutschland 83 and 86American Horror Story: ApocalypseTroy: Fall Of A CityThe Canon: Alias S02.E21-22, Second Double and The TellingWinner and Loser of the WeekAaron PaulRoma Downey, Mark Burnett, and Tom ArnoldGame Time: Love, Relationships, And All That CrapShow NotesTara's Sean Penn ranking for Mel MagazineMcElhone tries not to scratch Salmon Penn's eyes outTwo Spotted Dicks on The Great British Bake OffLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/09/181h 37m

218: Getting Into A Pickle With Kidding

Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry have re-teamed, for the first time since Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, on Kidding, the story of a children's TV host dealing with grief; Rolling Stone's Chief TV critic Alan Sepinwall returns to talk about it (and not as if he's talking to a bunch of four-year-olds). Around The Dial brings us to Lifetime's stalker thriller You; Season 2 of American Vandal; and The Forger's Masterclass. Alan presents the ER episode "Exodus" for submission into the Canon. Then after identifying the week's Winner and Loser(s), we start a new season of Game Time with Before & After III. Grab your favourite puppet friend and join us! Show Topics Lead Topic Kidding Around The Dial You American Vandal The Forger's Masterclass The Canon ER S04.E15: Exodus Winner and Loser of the Week John Legend Les Moonves Game Time Before & After III Show Notes Alan Sepinwall on Twitter Alan's books on Amazon Episode 1 of The Forger's Masterclass on YouTube Visit SimpleContacts.com/EXTRA and enter promo code EXTRA at checkout Visit SuperChewer.com/EXTRA and enter promo code EXTRA at checkout Special Guest: Alan Sepinwall.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/09/181h 14m

217: You Don't Know Jack Ryan

Tom Clancy's foxy CIA nerd is back in John Krasinski form for Amazon's new series, and first-time guests and ATX Festival poohbahs Cait and Emily joined us to talk about its problematic politics, whether the TV-scape needs another Homeland, why Krasinski chose THIS project, and Timothy Hutton's new corporate-douche casting lane. We went Around The Dial with Ozark, Anne With An E, The Big Family Cooking Showdown, Halt & Catch Fire, The Purge, and Paradise PD before taking a ferry to Gay Head for Cory's exasperated submission of a Season 6 Gilmore Girls to the Nonac. New Bachelor Colton won, NBC News lost, and Tara's non-regulation Game Time was music to (some of) our ears. Will Buntsy lose her mind at the Nonac music again? Has Jack Ryan crowned a new William Fichtner? Find out in an explosive new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic Jack Ryan Around The Dial The Purge Anne With An E Ozark The Big Family Cooking Showdown Halt And Catch Fire Paradise PD The Nonac Gilmore Girls S06.E15: A Vineyard Valentine Winner and Loser of the Week Colton of The Bachelor NBC News Game Time Tube Tunes III Show Notes The ATX Festival The TV Campfire podcast: "What's Your Pitch" and "Complex, Not Complicated" The Two Spotted Dicks podcast The Blotter The Guardian rips a strip off Cooking Showdown Austin Anarchy Men's Roller Derby presents Drag Queens Of The Rink Special Guests: Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/09/181h 48m

216: Will You Be Enchanted By Disenchantment?

Matt Groening and a passel of ex-Futurama writers have brought Netflix a new animated sitcom set in a fantastical world with elves and personal demons and the like, but did we find Disenchantment_enchanting? Omar Gallaga returns to join our discussion! Around The Dial clicks on Netflix's new teen romcom feature film _To All The Boys I've Loved Before; Jerry Seinfeld's automotive chat show Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, and Bravo's Below Deck-iverse. Omar makes the case for Detroiters's "Hark Motors" to be inducted into the Nonac, and then we're Hailing various Chiefs in the presidential Game Time America, The World, And Beyond. Get an Onion Julius and listen in! Show Topics Lead Topic Disenchantment Around The Dial To All The Boys I've Loved Before Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee The Below Deck-iverse The Nonac Detroiters S02.E08: Hark Motors Winner and Loser of the Week Crafters Roseanne Game Time America, The World, And Beyond Show Notes TechMinuteTexas.com Money Can't Buy You Podcast Special Guest: Omar Gallaga.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/08/181h 14m

215: Regarding Better Call Saul's Fourth Season

Better Call Saul came back for its fourth season a few weeks ago, and Will Leitch came back to discuss what's transpired so far: the deliberate pace, the subplots we don't care as much about (sorry, Nacho), the forecast for Mesa Verde's plans for market domination, and what we think becomes of Kim...and of course the provenance of That Letter. We went Around The Dial with Marching Orders, Sharp Objects, Conan's transition away from music and the death throes (?) of late-night, and Babylon Berlin before Will had just one more thing on his Canon presentation for the first real Columbo episode. Who won the numbers game in a high-volume Game Time? Bag up that cast and hop into an all-new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic Better Call Saul Around The Dial Marching Orders Conan Sharp Objects Babylon Berlin The Canon Columbo S01.E01: Murder By The Book` Winner and Loser of the Week Niecy Nash Ian Ziering Game Time Which Aired More, Vol. II Show Notes The Will Leitch Show Will's Tinyletter Tara on Sharp Objects at Decider Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs "Murder By The Book" on YouTube Special Guest: Will Leitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/08/181h 39m

214: Should You Get Initiated Into Lodge 49?

AMC's newest drama is Lodge 49, the story of a dirtbag ex-surfer mysteriously drawn to a Long Beach fraternal order; does it deserve its Better Call Saul lead-in? Surf fiction fan Adam Sternbergh returns to talk about it! Around The Dial takes us through Insecure, Babylon Berlin, and HBO's Ben Bradlee doc Newspaperman. Adam makes the case for us to induct Killing Eve's series premiere into the Canon, and then it's up, up and away to a comic book-themed Game Time. Put on your signet ring and join us! Show Topics Lead Topic Lodge 49 Around The Dial Insecure Babylon Berlin Newspaperman: The Life And Times Of Ben Bradlee Dave gets a 4K TV The Canon Killing Eve S01.E01: Nice Face Winner and Loser of the Week Cord-cutters Talking Dead Game Time Pros & Comic-Cons Show Notes Adam Sternbergh on Twitter The official website for Adam's latest novel, The Blinds Tara on I Hate It But I Love It talking Bring It On Vulture's interview with Killing Eve's costume designers, Phoebe de Gaye Special Guest: Adam Sternbergh.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/08/181h 57m

213: Does Making It Work?

What's not to love about a crafting competition show hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman? Wellll, Linda Holmes and the regulars could think of a few things, but our nitpicks stem almost entirely from liking the show and wanting it to be its best, punniest self. We talk host bits, judging inconsistencies, the comparison of apples to macrame, and there's even Sarah's obligatory semi-annual reference to Work Of Art. We go Around The Dial with Queer Eye, Kids Baking Championship, The Bletchley Circle: Mission Burrito (...okay, it's actually "San Francisco," but we like Dave's name better), and Trial & Error before Linda serves a warrant for inducting Brooklyn Nine-Nine into The Canon. Deadwood won (maybe; we'll see), networks' lip service to survivors and equal pay lost, and we entered the valley of the shadow of unbelievable/y crappy shows with Dan Cassino's Trough TV Game Time. Glue-gun those earbuds in: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.  Show Topics Lead Topic Making It Around The Dial Queer Eye Kids Baking Championship The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco Trial & Error The Canon Brooklyn Nine-Nine S05.E12: Safe House Winner and Loser of the Week Hoopleheads AMC, CBS, and Netflix Game Time Trough TV Show Notes Lucy Mangan on TBC: SF Linda Holmes on Twitter Special Guest: Linda Holmes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/08/181h 51m

212: Scaling The Walls Of Castle Rock

Hulu's latest original series, Castle Rock, is inspired by the works of Stephen King -- but is the resulting series Stephen Kingdom Hearts? Deadspin editor, Dave And Jeb Aren't Mean co-host, and spouse of a Maine native David Roth makes his début to talk about it! Around The Dial spins to Seven Year Switch, Bosch, Last Chance U, and a vintage ad from Stephen King's past. David makes a pitch for us to induct the Law & Order: SVU episode "Wildlife" into The Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we continue talking names in a Game Time all about TV characters' monikers. Grab some Wonder Bread and join us! Show Topics Lead Topic Castle Rock Around The Dial Seven Year Switch Bosch Last Chance U The Canon Law & Order: Special Victims Unit S10.E07: Wildlife Winner and Loser of the Week Supergirl Fans of The Brady Bunch Game Time A Rose By Any Other Name Show Notes Orange Is The New Black at Vulture David Roth on Twitter David Roth at Deadspin The Deadcast Dave And Jeb Aren't Mean The Blotter Tara discussing "Wildlife" on These Are Their Stories Pacific Standard's oral history of "Wildlife" Special Guest: David Roth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/07/181h 42m

211: Looking For Signs Of Life On In Search Of

Rebooting a show hosted by original Spock with the new Spock may have seemed...logical, but the summer-weight EHG panel didn't think much of the new In Search Of, which is perhaps a casualty of the internet, and definitely suffers from not committing to its crackpot premises. At least we got to make an American Movie reference about the premiere? Later, we went Around The Dial with Dr. Pimple Popper, an HBO doc on Robin Williams, and Ancient Aliens before Liz presented a fourth-season Frasier farce for the Canon. Jesus won, UnREAL lost (we think?), and Dan Cassino gave new meaning to the term "sibling rivalry" in a family-friendly Game Time.  So loosen up those polygraph straps and get comfy with an all-new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic In Search Of (2018) Around The Dial Dr. Pimple Popper Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Ancient Aliens The Canon Frasier S04.E18, "Ham Radio" Winner and Loser of the Week John Legend UnREAL on Hulu Game Time All In The Family Show Notes Sarah's ISO... Marathon Diary starts right here  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/07/181h 24m

210: Journeying To The Outpost

Even in 2018, the summer TV season isn't all prestigious limited series and Emmy contenders: there's still misbegotten syndication-quality sci-fantasy stuff like The CW's overseas-Syfy import The Outpost! We stretched the bounds of Monty Ashley's patience by inviting him to join us and discuss it. Around The Dial clicks through the second seasons of Nailed It! and GLOW, as well as Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Animal Kingdom. Monty presents Batman: The Animated Series's "Heart Of Ice" for induction into The Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we belly up to the bar for a Game Time about TV's watering holes. Lend us your pointy ears and enjoy! Show Topics Lead Topic The Outpost Around The Dial Nailed It! Glow Penn & Teller: Fool Us Animal Kingdom The Canon Batman: The Animated Series S01.E03, "Heart Of Ice" Winner and Loser of the Week Elaine Benes HBO Game Time Where Everybody Knows Your Name Show Notes Tara's first Sharp Objects recap at Decider Tara on Paid Off With Michael Torpey for Slate The Villain Edit podcast Special Guest: Monty Ashley.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/07/181h 23m

209: Does Detroiters S2 Get A Yes In The Room?

The second season of Detroiters started last week, and new guest Josh Gondelman joins us to talk about why it's so great, and why it should be better known: the crack timing, the considered use of Tim Meadows in his lower "gear," and the things it gets right about longtime friendships. We're going Around The Dial with Pose, Nanette, Barry, Jersey Shore: Family Reunion (again), Luke Cage, and Handmaid's Tale before Detroiters's Tim Robinson makes another appearance in Josh's Canon pitch for Robinson's eponymous episode of The Characters. Roseanne-less Roseanne won, Prime subscribers lost (and didn't even know it), and Game Time became snacktime in a quiz about food/show mash-ups.  Put us on for your commute (after you check your gas tank for sardines): it's an all-new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic Detroiters Around The Dial Nanette Pose Jersey Shore: Family Reunion Luke Cage The Handmaid's Tale The Canon The Characters S01.E07, "Tim Robinson" Winner and Loser of the Week The Conners Amazon Prime Game Time Foodie TV Show Notes Josh Gondelman's website Or follow him on Twitter Or enjoy his album, "Physical Whisper" Tara's recaps of Dietland at Vulture Special Guest: Josh Gondelman.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/06/181h 42m

208: Going Off-Script To Talk About Summer Reality Premieres

While some prestigious shows do find berths on summer schedules, it's also still a dumping ground for C-list reality shows -- and for you, we welcomed back Jeff Drake...and made him join us in suffering through five premieres from the past week. In what ways does Travel Channel's Caribbean Pirate Treasure fail to live up to its title? Whose trust is being broken in Investigation Discovery's Broken Trust, other than the viewer's that her hour will pass enjoyably? Was 24 To Hell & Back too little time to spend with Gordon Ramsay in his latest Fox restaurant makeover show? How little effort could Howie Mandel expend on NatGeo Wild's Howie Mandel's Animals Doing Things, and could it possibly be less than went into naming the show? And did The Proposal have us down on our knees praying for ABC to cancel it swiftly? Find out in our rapid-fire roundup! We also ponder the induction of Fleabag's series premiere to The Canon, name the week's Winner and Loser, and go around the world for a World Cup-inspired Game Time. Confirm that your surroundings are free of pirates and join us! Show Topics Summer Reality Roundup Caribbean Pirate Treasure Broken Trust Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours To Hell & Back Howie Mandel's Animals Doing Things The Proposal The Canon Fleabag S01.E01 Winner and Loser of the Week Comic-Con attendees  Chris Hardwick Game Time The World Cup Of Television Show Notes World Cup 2018 countries Argentina Australia Belgium Brazil Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Denmark Egypt England France Germany Iceland Iran Japan Mexico Morocco Nigeria Panama Peru Poland Portugal Russia Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland Tunisia Uruguay Special Guest: Jeff Drake.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/06/181h 19m

207: Getting Our Claws Into Season 2

Season 2 of Claws is underway on TNT, and Jeb Lund returns to talk about everything from yummy visuals to tonal whiplash to Franka Potente's Rrrrrrussian accent. We're also going Around The Dial with an ATX Festival round-up, David Cassidy: The Last Session, and Sharp Objects; and into The Box with Jeb's Homicide: Life On The Street submission from the first season. Teresa of RHONJ is a winner, the other People Of Earth were losers, and Tara lit it up with a bad-behavior-based non-regulation Game Time. Hope you've got five ones for a five: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic Claws Around The Dial ATX Festival David Cassidy: The Last Session The Canon Homicide: Life On The Streets S01.E05: Three Men And Adena Winner and Loser of the Week Teresa Giudice People Of Earth Game Time Dumpsters, Fired Show Notes The ATX Festival Vulture's Jen Chaney on Claws David Cassidy: The Last Session on A&E Special Guest: Jeb Lund.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/06/181h 14m

206: Stopping To Smell The Roses On The Bachelorette

It's time already for another Bachelor washout to take her turn as a chooser of men on a new season of The Bachelorette, and Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who also happens to be a citizen of Bachelor Nation, is joining us to discuss the start of the season. Around The Dial flips through AMC's new dramedy Dietland, Jersey Shore: Family Reunion, The Tale, and Succession, before we move on to debate the induction of GLOW's "Live Studio Audience" into The Canon. We name a new Winner and Loser of the Week, and close out with a Game Time that tk. Put on your most ludicrous sequined gown and join us! Show Topics Lead Topic The Bachelorette Around The Dial Dietland Jersey Shore The Tale Succession The Canon Glow S01.E07: Live Studio Audience Winner and Loser of the Week Dolly Parton Jesse Williams Game Time Pit Of Ultimate Darkness Show Notes Jagged Little Pill at the American Repertory Theater Tully Special Guest: Diablo Cody.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/06/181h 33m

205: On The Record With The Fourth Estate

Our esteemed colleague and Star Trek fantasy-draft star Mo Ryan returns to the podcast to talk about Liz Garbus's four-part New York Times documentary, The Fourth Estate, and the various frustrations we all had with both the documentary itself; its sometimes navel-gazey and tone-deaf subject; and all the things we wished the series had covered (or skipped)...though the intensity of our feelings probably means it's worth a watch. Also worth a watch in our Around The Dial section: Killjoys, Wynonna Earp, and Jane The Virgin, with another Showtime doc project, Love Means Zero, rating a skip from Buntsy. We mourned Tara's DVR, took Mo's Canon pitch for a season finale One Day At A Time, and declared a couple of vintage sitcoms Winners AND Losers before playing a super(hero)-charged Game Time from Dan Cassino. Let's hope we didn't bury the lede for an all-new Extra Hot Great! Show Topics Lead Topic The Fourth Estate Tara's DVR: A Eulogy Around The Dial Jane The Virgin Wynonna Earp Killjoys Love Means Zero The Canon One Day At A Time S02.E13: Not Yet Winner and Loser of the Week The Golden Girls Roseanne Game Time Not Quite Superheroes Show Notes Maureen Ryan's review of The Fourth Estate Deadpool 2 Golden Girls Ad Special Guest: Mo Ryan.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/05/181h 48m

204: Counting Down 13 Reasons Why

As Netflix gives us another installment of 13 Reasons Why (and we get why they wouldn't call it 13 More Reasons Why, but...come on), our dear friend Joe Reid returns to dig into the sophomore season that has dramatically divided TV critics. Around The Dial rolls through The Middle, Dancing With The Stars, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Champions, The Mick, and Below Deck Mediterranean, with a couple of cameos from Willie Survive. Joe presents Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's "Kimmy Does A Puzzle!" for submission to The Canon, and after naming -- and, in the latter case, really shaming -- the week's Winner and Loser, we put another dime in the TV Jukebox for a musical Game Time. Brace yourself for shocking revelations and join us! Show Topics Lead Topic 13 Reasons Why Around The Dial The Middle Dancing With The Stars Brooklyn Nine-Nine Champions The Mick Below Deck Mediterranean The Canon Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S03.E08: Kimmy Does A Puzzle! Winner and Loser of the Week Progressive Netflix subscribers Nev Schulman Game Time TV Jukebox Special Guest: Joe Reid.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/05/181h 22m

203: Patrick Melrose Is Best In Small Doses

We hope Nick Rheinwald-Jones won't hold it against us that we invited him back to discuss Patrick Melrose, the Cinnamon Toastencrunch vanity proje-- er, "Benedict Cumberbatch-starring miniseries based on the St. Aubyn novel series." Because y'all, we haaaaated it, and we've got the extended remix of fart noises to prove it. It won't take a Sherlock to deduce that we moved smartly along to our Around The Dial section, with stops at the newest Little Women adaptation, Claws, and some Netflix comedy specials of note before Nick tried to prank the Canon with a third-season Happy Endings episode. Adopted series won, former headliners lost, and we made crossover events out of actors in a character-conflating Game Time. No need to go through Extra Hot Great withdrawal: an all-new episode is right here. Show Topics Lead Topic Patrick Melrose Around The Dial Little Women Netflix stand-up specials Claws The Canon Happy Endings S03.E12: The Marry Prankster Winner and Loser of the Week Orphaned/Rehomed Shows Former Headliners Game Time Concise Character Conflation Show Notes The ATX Festival lineup as of this writing The Ian Parker's St. Aubyn profile from The New Yorker Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/05/181h 1m

202: Having A Bunch Of Different Kinds Of Balls With Dancing With The Stars: Athletes

Will Leitch is a renowned sports journalist, so did we have him on to talk about 30 For 30 or something similarly thoughtful and incisive about the world of athletics? No, he's joining us to talk about the very special all-athletes season of Dancing With The Stars! Around The Dial rolls through Good Girls, Gotham, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dear White People, and Myths And Monsters. Will presents Better Call Saul's "Chicanery" for submission to The Canon, and after identifying the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that's got a lot of stamps on its passport. Trade your Under Armor for Danskins and join us! Show Topics Lead Topic Dancing With The Stars: Athletes Around The Dial Good Girls Gotham Brooklyn Nine-Nine Dear White People Myths And Monsters The Canon Better Call Saul S03.E05: Chicanery Winner and Loser of the Week Criminal Justice Joe Piscopo Game Time Lost In Translation Show Notes The Will Leitch Show on SI.com The Grierson & Leitch podcast Will Leitch's Tinyletter Special Guest: Will Leitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/05/181h 52m

201: Now Re-Entering Westworld

As HBO's obsession-inducing dystopia returns for a second season, Eve Batey also returns to discuss reflections on capitalism; college-dorm philosophizing; why wigs are still shite in the future; and whether Ed Harris is using a stunt double. Eve claimed not to be a crackpot for calling for a Simpsons_cancellation -- with a surprising hatchet man -- and the _Bosch theme may have been deemed Worse Than Jazz before we went Around The Dial with The Handmaid's Tale, Splitting Up Together, and Unforgotten on Masterpiece Mystery. Then we were Flipping Out over Eve's Canon submission. Frankenstein's author won, Rectify's antagonist lost, and it all added up on a very mathy Game Time, in an all-new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic Westworld I Am Not A Crackpot Is This Worse Than Jazz? Around The Dial The Handmaid's Tale Splitting Up Together Unforgotten The Canon Flipping Out S03.E07: Irreconcilable Differences Winner and Loser of the Week Mary Shelley Lethal Weapon Game Time I Was Told There Would Be No Math Show Notes The Inside SF newsletter Help The Ruth Bowler Ginsbergs and the Gateway Women's Access Fund Special Guest: Eve Batey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/04/181h 20m

200: Finding Our Way Through Lost In Space

Netflix having successfully adapted House Of Cards (*********) and remade One Day At A Time, it's reached back into the archives of classic TV to bring us an all-new take on Lost In Space -- and new guest Jeb Lund is here to talk about all the Robinsons' extraterrestrial meanderings. Around The Dial stops at that bad episode of The Simpsons, Patriot, and Season 4 of Bosch. Jeb presents the Connections episode "Death In The Morning" for induction into the Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we mark our 200th episode with a special 200th episode-themed Game Time. Grab your interstellar GPS and listen! Show Topics Lead Topic Lost In Space Around The Dial The Simpsons Patriot Bosch The Canon Connections S01.E02: Death In The Morning Winner and Loser of the Week Bravo John Mulaney Game Time The Self-Indulgent 200th Episode Spectacular Show Notes Jeb's podcast, This Week In Atrocity This Week In Atrocity's Patreon The History Of English Podcast Special Guest: Jeb Lund.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/04/181h 42m

199: Does The Howards End Justify The Means?

Buzzfeed's Doree Shafrir joins the panel this week for the latest filmed take on E.M. Forster's Howards End, and while we liked some things -- the casting; the memories of Witches Of East End occasioned by Julia Ormond -- not everything about the new iteration worked for us. We went Around The Dial with New Girl, Billions, Paterno, and Killing Eve before sinking our teeth into Big Little Lies S01.E05, "Once Bitten." Renewed shows won, cretins lost, and Tara put a song in our hearts with the next chapter of Tube Tunes for Game Time. Hail a carriage with wifi; it's an all-new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic Howards End Around The Dial New Girl Billions Paterno Killing Eve The Canon Big Little Lies S01.E05: Once Bitten Winner and Loser of the Week Three new shows renewed for S2 before S1 premieres Lifetime fires Weinstein Co., TJ Miller's bomb threat Game Time Tube Tunes Two Show Notes Doree's Forever 35 podcast Doree's novel, STARTUP An eminently reasonable response to the TJ Miller news Special Guest: Doree Shafrir.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/04/181h 22m

198: Gathering The Comrades For The Americans

The Americans is wrapping up its spy mission in the U.S., and You're The Worst creator Stephen Falk has crammed his viewing of the previous two seasons to prepare for our discussion of the Season 6 premiere! Around The Dial takes us through Alex, Inc.; an update on Here And Now; HBO's latest doc The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling; and the fourth season of the Swedish/Danish crime drama Bron/Broen. Stephen makes the case for us to induct Archer's "Skytanic" into The Canon, before we name the week's Winner and Loser and then roll into a Game Time that Could! Change! EVERYTHING!!! Put on your headphones in the Secret Basement Of Spycraft and see if you can crack our code! (JK, we don't have the patience to make you a code.) Show Topics Lead Topic The Americans Tiny Triumph Around The Dial Alex, Inc. Here And Now The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling Bron/Broen The Canon Archer S01.E07: Skytanic Winner and Loser of the Week Wendy Williams Jon Kricfalusi Game Time Hot Potato Show Notes Margo Martindale's appreciative response to Tara's tweet Sarah and Adam's Cop Rock Rewatch Special Guest: Stephen Falk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/04/181h 33m

197: Should Silicon Valley Get Another Round Of Funding?

Silicon Valley returns for its fifth season on HBO, and a Who Weekly podcast host returns to the panel -- this time, Jezebel's Bobby Finger, and we're all wondering how much battery the show has left. How many times can it repeat the same cycles? How much longer can it really expect to keep Kumail Nanjiani? And seriously, what's with all the barfing? After Sarah celebrated a Real Housewife Tiny Triumph, we went Around The Dial with Roseanne, Splitting Up Together, the new Queer Eye, grandpa show American Experience, Barry, and a Will Dave Hate This? update on The Terror, before our guest pitched a first-season Leftovers episode, "Guest," for the Canon. Dirty John was a winner, another gross man was our loser, and Dan Cassino's Italianate pronunciation vincit omnia in a Latin-geek-nip Game Time. Grab a mug of your favored office coffee and have a listen to an all-new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic Silicon Valley Tiny Triumph Around The Dial Roseanne Splitting Up Together Queer Eye American Experience Barry The Terror The Canon The Leftovers S01.E06: Guest Winner and Loser of the Week Dirty John Nickelodeon Game Time Will Dave Say This? Show Notes The Who? Weekly podcast Special Guest: Bobby Finger.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/03/181h 48m

196: Raising Our Voices On Rise

NBC having lined up the showrunner from Friday Night Lights, a producer of Hamilton, and the former Ted Mosby for a weekly drama series about a high school putting on a musical, it was made very clear to us that we had better not think of having any guest on to talk about it other than Adam Grosswirth -- and since we can take a hint, we were happy to have him on to discuss whether the show hits all the right notes. Around The Dial takes us through The Arrangement, Slings & Arrows and Nailed It!_before we ponder the induction of _The West Wing's "In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen" to the Canon. Then it's on to the week's Winner and Loser, and a Game Time that's a real banger. Warm up your instrument and join us! Show Topics Lead Topic Rise Around The Dial The Arrangement Slings & Arrows Nailed It The Canon The West Wing S01.E01 & S01.E02: In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen Winner and Loser of the Week Sarah Drew and Michelle Hurd Streaming services' PR departments Game Time Tube Tunes Show Notes Slings And Arrows on YouTube Americans For The Arts Joe Reid's post on "In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen" at his blog Special Guest: Adam Grosswirth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/03/181h 27m

195: Hitting The High Points Of Jessica Jones Season 2

S2 of Netflix Marvel anti-heroine joint Jessica Jones was a long time coming -- and unfortunately it took a long time to get going. Kotaku's Kirk Hamilton joins the panel to discuss the absence of Kilgrave malice, whether thirteen episodes is five too many, and the evident female gaze of the season's directorial corps. Around The Dial recommended Champions, Altered Carbon, and the second season of The Good Fight, and Dave wondered if the Is This Worse Than Jazz theme is worse than jazz. This week's Canon submission is -- surprise! -- the second in a row from submitter Lauren, as she aims for a two-fer with BoJack Horseman S02.E04, "After The Party." And Dan Cassino hopes we get lucky with another mash-up Game Time, Before & After II. Don't punch a hole in your car; an all-new Extra Hot Great to the rescue! Show Topics Lead Topic Jessica Jones Around The Dial Champions Altered Carbon The Good Fight Is This Worse Than Joel Kinnaman Jazz? The Canon BoJack Horseman S02.E04: After The Party Winner and Loser of the Week Kim Kardashian Two actors on, and Deadline's coverage of, Grey's Anatomy Game Time Before & After Yet Again Show Notes The Splitscreen podcast Our first go-round with JJ in Episode 96 Special Guest: Kirk Hamilton.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/03/181h 42m

194: Filling Our Plates With MasterChef Junior

It's time once again for Gordon Ramsay to take a break from screaming at adults and spend a few weeks gently critiquing kids: that's right, MasterChef Junior is back for Season 6. To talk about the premiere, we welcome first-time guest Lindsey Weber of the Who Weekly podcast to talk about the half-sized hash slingers. Around The Dial takes us to Atlanta, Vanderpump Rules, Drunk History, and NightMan, before we ponder whether the series premiere of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, "Josh Just Happens To Live Here!," should be inducted into The Canon. From there, it's on to the week's Winner and Loser, and to a Game Time built on Sound Foundations. Fill some ramekins with snacks and join us! Show Topics Lead Topic MasterChef Junior Around The Dial Atlanta Vanderpump Rules Drunk History NightMan The Canon Crazy Ex-Girlfriend S01.E01: Josh Just Happens To Live Here! Winner and Loser of the Week Gina Rodriguez The Oscars The Walking Dead Game Time Sound Foundations Show Notes The Who Weekly podcast Lindsey's UnReal recaps on Vulture Special Guest: Lindsey Weber.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/181h 12m

193: UnREAL Season 3 Tries To Make A Connection

After a literal car wreck of a second season, UnREAL is finally pulling back the curtain again on fictional dating show The Suitor -- and grown-ish writer Kara Brown pulled up a guesting chair for the first time to help us unpack the show's issues, starting with its, well, need to address capital-I Issues. Also Jeremy, who is not a fetch we're willing to see happen. Does UnREAL try to do too many things, or the wrong ones? Who on the panel is cautiously optimistic about it leaving S2 behind a la Friday Night Lights? And seriously, why is Jeremy? Later, we went Around The Dial with Nashville, Anna Deavere Smith's latest for HBO, Lovesick, and the return of NightMan, and Kara made the "wrecked" theme official with a Canon submission from Season 8 of RHONYC. The White House Correspondents' Dinner won, an entire southern state lost, and we got stuck in the middle (names) with a Game Time from David Dickerson. Please accept this rose, in the form of an all-new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic UnREAL Around The Dial Nashville Lovesick Notes From The Field NightMan The Canon Real Housewives Of New York City S08.E09: December: Berkshires County Winner and Loser of the Week Michelle Wolf The state of Georgia Game Time The Middle Show Notes Grown-ish on Freeform The Keep It! podcast Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs (with Joe Reid) Special Guest: Kara Brown.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/02/181h 34m

192: Booting Up Our Powerbooks For The '90s Dramedy Everything Sucks

Netflix has a new period drama, set in the '90s, called Everything Sucks. Where does it fall on the spectrum of Stranger Things to Freaks And Geeks? We've asked true '90s kid Stephanie Green to join us and break it down. Around The Dial takes us to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Bachelor, and Chris Rock's new Netflix special, Tambourine. We ponder whether _The New Adventures Of Old Christine_S03.E06, confusingly also called "The New Adventures Of Old Christine," should be inducted into The Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that's been around the world. Check on your Tamagotchi and then join us! Show Topics Lead Topic Everything Sucks Around The Dial Crazy Ex-Girlfriend The Bachelor Chris Rock's new Netflix special, Tambourine The Canon The New Adventures Of Old Christine S03.E06: The New Adventures Of Old Christine Winner And Loser Of The Week The CW Arrested Development alumni Game Time Where In The World Is This Show? Show Notes Stephanie's blog Special Guest: Stephanie Green.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/02/181h 16m

191: A Meditation On Here & Now At Exactly 11:11

It's an EHG reunion! Too bad it's for Here & Now, Alan Ball's new HBO show, and while Tara and Sarah couldn't make it past the pilot, Joe had some additional insights on the existential crises (and Jim Carrey-an supernatural twists) of a Portland blended family that even the show itself doesn't seem to like. We went around the dial with the new Queer Eye, American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace, Schitt's Creek, and Homeland, then tripled up on guessing the heart of our producer with a three-fer of Will Dave Hate These? before Joe pitched "the Martin Short episode" of Arrested Development for the Nonac. Netflix talk shows won, Omarosa lost, and Dan Cassino brought us a delightfully bookish Game Time. Park your Prius by the side of the road and sob (with laughter): it's an all-new, yet comfortingly familiar, Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic Here & Now Around The Dial Queer Eye American Crime Story Schitt's Creek Homeland Will Dave Hate This? Magnum PI Hanna The Caesars The Nonac Arrested Development S02.E10: Ready, Aim, Marry Me Winner and Loser of the Week Michelle Wolf Omarosa Manigault Game Time Novel Ideas Special Guest: Joe Reid.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/181h 42m

190: Taking Notes On A.P. Bio

As NBC leads us into the Olympics with a sneak peek of its new sitcom A.P. Bio, we call on Monty Ashley (get it) to discuss whether it should have been held back. Around The Dial takes us to 2 Dope Queens, Dragula, Intervention, Altered Carbon, and The Cloverfield Paradox. Monty makes the bold case for Episode #1839 of Sesame Street to be inducted into the Canon, and then after we name the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to the season's first Regulation Game Time. Sharpen your #2 pencil and join us! Show Topic Lead Topic: A.P. Bio Around The Dial 2 Dope Queens Dragula Intervention Altered Carbon The Cloverfield Paradox The Canon Sesame Street #1839 Winner and Loser of the Week Bekah Martinez Bill Belichick Game Time Cliffhangers Show Notes Dragula on Amazon Prime The Villain Edit podcast "The Monty Ashley Show" episode of Incomparable Radio Theatre Special Guest: Monty Ashley.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/181h 30m

189: Taking It One Day At A Time

Season 2 of the updated One Day At A Time dropped last weekend, and we talked with Kim Reed about the fine balance between sitcommy and touching; how the two finales stacked up; and whether we'd keep watching if Rita Moreno leaves the show. We went around the dial with I Love Dick, The End Of The F**cking World, Black Lightning, and Big Mouth, and then Tara tried to deliver a Canon win with the first-series finale of Call The Midwife. Charmed won, ESPN lost (some more), and Tara led us in a remake/revival Game Time. How long will Dave stay drunk on power? Find out in an all-new Extra Hot Great. Production Note: Kim's Around The Dial segment about The End Of The F**king World was cut due to technical issues. She said she does not approve of swears and will pray for you. Show Topics Lead Topic One Day At A Time Around The Dial  I Love Dick Black Lightning Big Mouth The Canon Call The Midwife S01.E06 Winner and Loser of the Week Charmed Jemele Hill Game Time Don't Call It A Reboot Special Guest: Kim Reed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/02/181h 27m

188: Does High Maintenance's Second Season Deliver A High?

High Maintenance is back on HBO, and John Ramos is also back to talk about the adventures of The Guy in marijuana-delivery-land; whether the show's too New York-y to be relatable, or warm-hearted enough to have broad appeal; and what exactly happened to that one lady's cat. We also went around the dial with new Soderbergh joint Mosaic, new-to-John show Insecure, and the same old comforting Top Chef before considering a listener submission for Star Trek: Voyager changed the way we think about amphibians forever. Party Of Five won, casting agents looking for Trumps lost, and speaking of losing, boy did someone screw the pooch in a David T. Cole-authored Game Time. Pass around the edibles: it's time for an all-new Extra Hot Great. Show Topics Lead Topic High Maintenance Around The Dial Mosaic Insecure Top Chef The Nonac Star Trek: Voyager S02.E15: Threshold Winner and Loser of the Week Party Of Five Fire And Fury Game Time 12 Questions Game Time Play-A-Long Answers Ben Stone Don Draper Rainbow Johnson B.A. Baracus Keith Mars Jon Snow Bad Janet Laura Roslin Diane Chambers Walter White Tony Soprano Jessica Jones Special Guest: John Ramos.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/01/181h 21m

187: Doubling Our Fun With Counterpart

As we count down to the official premiere of Starz's previously sneak-peeked new J.K. Simmons vehicle Counterpart, Eve Batey and Tim Ehhalt join us to discuss all the twists, turns, and...twins? Around The Dial takes us to new series Alone Together and Dr. Pimple Popper; limited series Wormwood; and returning fan favorites The Magicians and The Fosters. We debate the induction of the _Justified_episode "Brother's Keeper" to the Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a non-regulation Game Time (RIP Sarah) (just kidding, she'll probably live). Grab a nostalgic funnel cake and join us! Show Topics Lead Topic Counterpart Around The Dial Alone Together The Fosters The Magicians Dr. Pimple Popper Wormwood The Canon Justified S02.E09: Brother's Keeper Winner and Loser of the Week Norsemen The Terror Game Time The Return Of The Steep Incline Climber Special Guests: Eve Batey and Tim Ehhalt.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/01/181h 28m

186: Now Boarding L.A. To Vegas

A new year means new sitcoms, and Spotted Dick/seasoned business traveler Adam Grosswirth is joining us to discuss one in particular: Fox's budget-airline-com L.A. To Vegas! We debate whether Dave Will Hate Ridley Scott's new TV project The Terror, before Around The Dial takes us to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, 9-1-1, The X-Files, and The Leftovers. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episode "Kimmy Goes To A Play!" is submitted for induction into the EHG Nonac, and then after naming the new year's first Winner and Loser, it's we finish our televisual tour of these United States in Game Time. Put your chair and tray table into the upright position and listen! Show Topics Lead Topic LA To Vegas Will Dave Hate This? The Terror Around The Dial The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Alone Together The X-Files The Leftovers The Nonac Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt S02.E03: Kimmy Goes To A Play! Winner And Loser Of The Week Game Time The United States of Television Part 2 Special Guest: Adam Grosswirth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/01/181h 12m

185: Reflecting On A New Season Of Black Mirror

Happy new year! And...unhappy near-future narratives, as Nick returns to discuss the fourth season of Black Mirror. We all ranked the episodes from our least to most favorite, and discussed what worked (Star Trek neckbeard vengeance; "San Junipero" with a twist) and what didn't (chases; barely altered procedurals). After we went Around The Dial with The Profit, Black-ish spin-off Grown-ish, and Runaways, Nick wined and dined us for our Canon votes with the "First Date" episode of Master Of None. Who were our Winners and Losers of all of 2017? Where in these United States (of TV) were the answers to this week's Game Time? And why might Monica Potter's agent be cringing? Auld lang syne up to download the first Extra Hot Great of 2018!Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/01/181h 35m

184: O Canon-baum, O Canon-baum

What's under the Extra Hot Great tree today in this winter-holiday all-Canon episode? First up is Supernatural's fifth-season "Changing Channels," a TV trope send-up with a couple of Buntnip elements the submitter hopes will guarantee a vote from Sarah, followed by a very courageous anime submission in the form of Gurren Lagann S01.E08. And once we've dispensed with Jeffrey Dean Morgan in-jokes and AT-AT tiki walkers, it's time to contemplate the $165 budget of the pilot of NightMan, a show that couldn't even afford a fan and seems like it's maybe actually a pest-control porno. O Little Town Of *****, N*, there's a message for one of your residents in this very merry episode of Extra Hot Great. Show Notes The NightMan credits sequence you can't live without  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/12/1759m 6s

183: The Extra Hot Great Besties

Heading into Christmas, we decided to do our most positive episode ever: offering up our "Best"s in categories selected by listeners like you! What's the best show to watch when you're sick? What's the best fake website from a TV show? What's the best thing about living in The Good Place? We answer these questions and many more in our first Besties-sode!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/1741m 46s

182: Curtsying To The Crown

We couldn't decide which was the week's most important TV premiere -- the second season of Netflix's QEII drama The Crown, or Syfy's dark Chris Meloni comedy Happy! -- so we decided to cover both! Joining us from Go Fug Yourself are our official purveyors of Epic Old School Recaps of The Crown, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan! Around The Dial takes us to quick mentions of Married At First Sight: Jamie & Doug Plus One, Encore!, The Mindy Project, Vanderpump Rules, American Vandal, and Norsemen. We consider inducting into The Canon Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's fourth episode, "I'm Going On A Date With Josh's Friend!" Then after discussing the week's Winner and Loser, we close things up with 2017's star-crossed final Game Time. Gather your corgis and listen!Special Guests: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/171h 56m

181: The Quest To Care About Knightfall

Jim Durr joined us for the first time (on this pod, anyway) to talk about Knightfall, the new medieval drama on History, and while all its trebuchets, extreme helmet cams, and campy popes can't quite_make us care whether they ever track down that crusty old Grail. We went Around The Dial with _GBBO, Netflix's weird but compelling Stranger Things: Deutschland offering Dark, and the best (and family-friendliest) of recent stand-up specials before Jim sent us back to the late '90s with a Futurama Canon submission. Dave treated us to a very little The Littlest Hobo audio recap, Tara faced off against the Pickle & Peanut theme song (...for the last time???), and Dr. Phil won while just about every other man in television lost. And finally, Game Time got meta as the panel tried to guess the TV-show-based videogames. There is no Benson videogame. Go write your reps about that, and on your way to the mailbox, have a listen to the latest all-new regulation Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Jim Durr.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/12/171h 36m

180: Bundle Up For A Wintry Round Of TV Forcenings

Daniel MacEachern visits from the Two Spotted Dicks podcast to join Dave and Tara for a special winter-themed all-TV forcening episode of the Extra Hot Great podcast! Whose picks are cool and who would have preferred being left on an ice floe? Listen and find out!Special Guest: Daniel MacEachern.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/11/1747m 38s

179: Give Thanks For Another All-FMK Episode Of Extra Hot Great

Kevin O'Keeffe and Kim Reed join us as we head into America's favourite eating holiday by gorging on more than two dozen FMK matchups! It's gonna rock you!Special Guests: Kevin O'Keeffe and Kim Reed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/11/171h 44m

178: Wigging Out With The Trixie & Katya Show

Two ex-contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race see their web series graduate to a half-hour weekly comedy show on Viceland, so Mark Blankenship is here to help us spill the tea on The Trixie & Katya Show! Around The Dial spins to the series finale of The Mindy Project, Season 2 of The Girlfriend Experience, ABC's new high school musical special Encore, and Rolling Stones: Stories From The Edge, before Tara gets another chance to master the Pickle And Peanut theme song. Mark presents Insecure's "Hella LA" for The Canon, and then after calling out the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that'll have you whipping off your bra and/or breathing fire. Tease up your wig and join us!Special Guest: Mark Blankenship.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/11/171h 32m

177: Is SMILF A Problem Child?

Frankie Shaw's new Showtime sitcom about a single mom in South Boston shows some promise, but did it make most of the panel -- including guest Stephanie Early Green -- too uncomfortable too continue? We discussed that, cute TV toddlers, and protagonists who don't learn before going around the dial with Rosehaven, 90 Day Fiance, a Netflix doc on Joan Didion, and The Pickle & Peanut Challenge. Tara took us to Detroiters with her Canon presentation, and Jordan Peele was this week's Winner, while our banned-men Loser list got rull long. Who was the odd man out in this week's Game Time? Listen to an all-new Extra Hot Great (while doing your Kegels?) and find out.Special Guest: Stephanie Green.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/11/171h 38m

176: Getting Locked Up With Alias Grace

As yet another Margaret Atwood novel gets a TV adaptation, Allison Lowe Huff and Extra Hot Game Time impresario Rob Hartmann join us to talk about Alias Grace, Netflix/CBC's period prison drama. Tara and Allison discuss whether Mike Rinder has become The Pierce of Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath, or if Remini and her nails are already an unstoppable team without him. Around The Dial takes us to At Home With Amy Sedaris, Shetland, Stranger Things, and Pickle And Peanut(and to a mea culpa regarding recent episodes of Little House On The Podcast). We ponder whether "Missing Time" is a Nonac-worthy episode of Miami Vice, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that knows its worth. Curl up in your coziest cell and join us!Special Guest: Allison Lowe Huff.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/171h 24m

175: Does Too Funny To Fail Succeed?

Our esteemed colleague Jeff Drake is back -- and so is our esteemedest producer, David T. Cole -- to discuss Too Funny To Fail, Hulu's documentary on the much-anticipated The Dana Carvey Show and its ignominious end. After a Robin Williams-ectomy was proposed, Dave got the blues in his I Am Not A Crackpot segment, and then we went around the dial with Mom, American Vandal, Chance, and The Deuce. Tara hoped an episode of Better Things would be better enough for the Canon, Kardashians and Benson fans were winners and losers, and there was once a man from Nantucket...who wrote Game Time. Sort of. Alphabetize those network notes: it's time for an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Jeff Drake.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/10/171h 30m

174: Vote-A-Rama: It's Another All-Canon/Nonac Episode Of Extra Hot Great!

With Dave still in the field, we've invited Monty Ashley back for a very special episode. Will the "Michael's Gambit" episode of The Good Place and "Parker Gail's Location Is Everything" from Documentary Now! make it into The Canon? And will My So-Called Life's "The Substitute" be inducted into The Nonac, The Canon's evil twin? Listen in and find out!Special Guest: Monty Ashley.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/10/1752m 7s

173: Soft-Soaping Dynasty's 2017 Reboot

In our first-ever EHG without David T. Cole, Tara and Sarah recruited Fug Girls Heather and Jessica to help them dissect the Dynasty reboot. Do the kids today care about these iconic characters? Should the show have gone to a streaming or premium-cable network? And should any show be trying to make big business interesting? We went Around The Dial with Law & Order: SVU, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team, Undercover High, and Grey's Anatomy before settling in for the snark of an MST3K Canon submission. We declared a winner and a loser...and everybody and nobody won in a non-regulation Game Time that forced the panel to make some tough choices. Before you bite the head off a cake-topper, take a listen to an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guests: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/10/171h 4m

172: Getting A Forking Forkful Of The Good Place

As The Good Place's second season jumps off from its game-changing freshman finale, Kristen Bell expert John Ramos of the Go Pirates podcast on Veronica Mars returns to talk about how Good it actually is! Around The Dial stops at Broad City, Broad City, Halt And Catch Fire, American Beauty Star, and Star Trek Discovery. John pitches Veep's 'Mother' for induction into The Canon, and then it's on to a very organized Game Time. Load up your frozen yogurt and join us! Show Notes Emma Kenney, aka Darlene Conner's cloneSpecial Guest: John Ramos.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/09/171h 46m

171: The Orville Crashes And Burns

We're glad Omar Gallaga returned to Extra Hot Great; we just wish we hadn't inflicted Seth MacFarlane's limp and self-indulgent The Orville on him (and ourselves). Fortunately, things perked up a bit when we went around the dial with Outlander, The Good Place, Ken Burns's latest opus on PBS, and vintage ads by Star Trek. Tara was Insecure about her Canon submission, The Bachelor and Zelda Fitzgerald were our Winners and Losers, and Game Time has a lot more mass appeal than we predict our main topic is going to. Set phasers to kill for an all-new EHG! Show Notes Commercials featuring ST: TOS cast membersSpecial Guest: Omar Gallaga.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/09/171h 16m

170: Staying Hooked On Narcos

Narcos reboots for a third season (minus Murphy, not that anyone's complaining), and first-time guest Melissa Locker joins us to discuss all the addictive action! We ask Will Dave Hate This? about ITV's new gladiator-cosplay competition Bromans. Around The Dial stops at American Horror Story, Will Vs. The Future, The Tick, Project Runway, Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath, and the imminent fourth season of BoJack Horseman. Melissa pitches the Designing Women episode 'Killing All The Right People' for The Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that really stinks. Supply yourself with the intoxicant of your choice and join us!Special Guest: Melissa Locker.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/171h 22m

169: TGIFF: Thank Goodness It's Friday Forcenings

Monty returns during the deadest week on the TV schedule, and Tara proposed a TV forcening that had us all pick episodes from the week's deadest night -- Friday -- for each other to watch. We caught up with House Hunters, searched for Bering Sea Gold, survived A Murder In The Family, and tasted Epic Sweets. Then we assessed whether the Animal Kingdom theme is worse than jazz before going around the dial with Ripper Street, Scientology, and the Face Off spin-off. Will Dave hate an upcoming Orlando Bloom project about faerie expats? Did Monty's MASH submission enter the Nonac? And what the helle is going on with the theme songs in Game Time? Stop searching the guide and settle in for an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Monty Ashley.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/08/171h 41m

168: Getting Our Hands On The Defenders

Netflix's long-awaited Marvel team-up The Defenders arrives...but given how long it was awaited, why isn't it better? Our Two Spotted Dicks pal Adam Grosswirth joins us to discuss. Around The Dial stops at the Claws finale, Episodes, So You Think You Can Dance, and Project Runway, ahead of Dave's musical question: are Netflix's trailer preview screens Worse Than Jazz? Adam boldly makes the case for inducting Smash's pilot into the Canon, and after we name the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time to die for. Put on your most bulletproof hoodie and join us!Special Guest: Adam Grosswirth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/08/171h 20m

167: We Say 'Good Night, Snuggles' On Our Epic All-FMK Episode

Tara and Dave returned from a brief vacay to the carnage of a Fuck/Marry/Kill round of Wagnerian length and scope. Robot cars, starship captains, streaming (ew) services, Debra Messing characters, Golden Girls, Dean Norris, Briscoe vs. Frisco...people, it was terrifying. And exhilarating! And we can't unknow any of it, and if you listen, neither will you. How many times did Crying Dawson get killed? Only one way to find out, in an all-new, extra-large Extra Hot great.Special Guest: Jeff Drake.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/08/171h 55m

166: Drinking Bug Juice With Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

Netflix drops a sequel to its Wet Hot American Summer TV series, and Adam Sternbergh makes his long-awaited return to discuss whether it's as refreshing as an Otter Pop or disappointing as a melted S'More. Around The Dial brings us to USA's new limited whydunit The Sinner, Ozark, and Intervention. Adam boldly proposes the Three's Company episode 'Up In The Air' for induction into The Canon, and after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to another sequel in Game Time. Put on some sunscreen and join us!Special Guest: Adam Sternbergh.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/08/171h 36m

165: The Lowdown On The Lowe Files

It's a double-date episode (aw) (barf) as Sarah D. Bunting's husband, Dan Brady, joins the panel to discuss the Lowe family's foray into the supernatural.Special Guest: Dan Patrick Brady.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/08/171h 6m

164: A Quartet Of Summer TV Forcenings

Stephanie Green returns, and immediately regrets it when she finds out what Dave is going to make her watch.Special Guest: Stephanie Green.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/07/171h 42m

163: Shooting The Shit On The Game Of Thrones Poomiere

TV: The Book co-author and Law & Order Fantasy Draft winner Alan Sepinwall is back to talk about Season 7 of Game Of Thrones. Should the show be moving faster, plotwise? Who's going to end up "winning" when all is said and done? Which characters are human memes? And is Ed Sheeran a big baby for deleting his Twitter? After considering these questions, we went Around The Dial with The Challenge, Friends From College, and Ozark before picking off another Canon submission with Justified's "Decoy." Talented (future) parents were our winners, The Biggest Loser was...well, that, and we played with perceptions of opening-credits fame in a hotly contested Game Time. Make sure you pick a rubber mask with holes for your earbuds: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Alan Sepinwall.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/07/171h 17m

162: Plowing Through Snowfall

FX fills Fargo's time slot with Snowfall, John Singleton's drama series about the birth of crack, and Nick Rheinwald-Jones joins us to talk about it because he lives in Los Angeles and definitely NOT because he is a crackhead. Sarah explains why she's not a crackpot for thinking cable networks should just leave swear words in movies. Around The Dial takes us through Lifetime's movie Tiny House Of Terror, Younger, GLOW, and Prime Suspect - Tennison. Hannah makes her case for our inducting the series premiere of Catastrophe into The Canon, and after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a poetic Game Time. Light it up!Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/07/171h 11m

161: Settling Down With Playing House

Kim Reed joins us for a look at the new season, plus a Cheers Canon and a Dave-hate double dip!Special Guest: Kim Reed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/06/171h 29m

160: Scoring The Gong Show

ABC adds The Gong Show to its lineup of rebooted game and variety shows, and Jeff Drake joins us as we get out our scorecards to rate the results. Around The Dial clicks to Better Call Saul, Fargo, and 30 For 30, and includes an update on The Previouslies, our upcoming TV awards. Jeff makes the case for the induction of the Barney Miller episode "Hash" to The Canon, and after a creepier-than-usual Loser (and Winner), it's on to a savage Game Time. Peel a banana and listen in!Special Guest: Jeff Drake.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/06/171h 42m

159: Does Claws Scratch An Itch?

Eve returns to the guest chair to discuss whether TNT can finally Claws its way into the prestige-TV discussion with a dramedy about a nail salon's dirty bidness. We went around the dial with OITNB, The Handmaid's Tale, stupid Bravo tricks, and iZombie before muttering "the horror, the horror" at a Simpsons Canon presentation. Alison Brie won, Bachelor In Paradise lost (big-time, probably forever), and Game Time proved monotony can be fun. You'll be gellin' like a felon with an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Eve Batey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/06/171h 49m

158: Standing Up With I'm Dying Up Here

As I'm Dying Up Here, the series adaptation of a non-fiction book, premieres on Showtime, Omar Gallaga returns to talk about its portrayal of the L.A. comedy scene in the '70s (and precisely how awful its opening credits sequence actually is). Around the dial stops at The Leftovers, Fear The Walking Dead, Amazon's documentary Long Strange Trip, and a retro surprise from Dave. Omar makes the case for us to induct the Ren & Stimpy episode "Space Madness"/"The Boy Who Cried Rat" into the Canon; and then after a discussion of the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that might really make you sick. Get ready to shell out for the two-drink minimum and listen!Special Guest: Omar Gallaga.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/06/171h 29m

157: Should House Of Cards Fold Or Double Down?

First-time guest Roger Cormier joins the panel to talk about House Of Cards's fifth season, and whether real-life crazer news cycles have made the Underwoods' nutty machinations suffer by comparison. We discussed whether Dave will hate History's upcoming UFO drama Blue Book, then went around the dial with Drag Race, The Americans, Animal Kingdom, and American Gods, and considered The X-Files's "The Field Where I Died" (...of boredom) for The Nonac. The Big Bang Theory won, a very big human lost, and we put on our best announcer voices to pair off presenters in this week's Game Time. Filibuster your commute with an all-new Extra Hot Great!Special Guest: Roger Cormier.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/05/171h 40m

156: Washing Ashore With Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

John Ramos joins us to talk about the third season!Special Guest: John Ramos.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/171h 21m

155: Is Anne With An E The Red-Headed Stepchild Of Reboots?

New guest and certified Canadian Alex Collins sits with the panel for a discussion of Netflix's "gritty" take on Canadian kiddie-lit classic Anne Of Green Gables, and how it fares compared with the Megan Follows classic of yesteryear. We went around the dial with The Mick, a documentary about anxiety, a daytime courtroom show (spoiler: Dave WILL hate this), and Downward Dog's fleas before we came to bury Nate, not to praise him during Alex's Six Feet Under Canon submission. Jessica St. Clair won, the Deadwood movie lost (some more), and Game Time made a (series) run for it as we tried to guess which shows had more episodes. Put a doily on your head and enjoy a brand-new episode of Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Alex Collins.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/171h 34m

154: Raising Consciousness With Dear White People

With Netflix launching the series sequel to the 2014 film Dear White People, we welcome back Kim Reed to talk about how well the adaptation works. Around The Dial stops at the latest Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Pop's reruns of ER, and Season 3 of Bosch. Kim makes the case for Felicity's "Final Answer" to be inducted into The Canon; then after we name the week's Winner and Losers, we arrive at a deadly Game Time. Dear All People: join us!Special Guest: Kim Reed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/171h 21m

153: The Handmaid's Tale Has Us Seeing Red

Tammy Everts joins us to discuss Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's all-too-relevant dystopian story, plus Oprah and a Nonac!Special Guest: Tammy Everts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/171h 13m

152: If It Please The Court: Better Call Saul

As Better Call Saul returns for its third season, Jeff Drake joins us to discuss the slow-burning premiere (with a few peeks ahead at its showier second episode, shhhh). Around The Dial clicks through the series finale of Switched At Birth, Amazon's under-the-radar spy show Patriot, and American Experience's three-part series, "The Great War." Jeff presents his case for the induction of Monty Python's Flying Circus's series premiere, "Whither Canada?," to the Canon. And after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we all learn that some demented maniac (you know you are, Rob Hartmann) has gamified F/M/K. All rise!Special Guest: Jeff Drake.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/171h 29m

151: Spring Forward With Our Midseason Roundup!

Our esteemed colleague John returns for an overview of spring TV: the shows we can't wait to see or be reunited with; the shows we SHOULD be psyched about, but aren't; and the shows noooooobody should go anywhere near. We went around the dial with 13 Reasons Why, Tara's favorite show Legion, teen clam enthusiasts, and the end of Review before John Potts went the extra light-year with his Deep Space Nine Canon submission. Senior citizens both won and lost, before a Game Time had us all trying to guess the hearts of IMDb searchers. We're watering the seeds of chang...ing the channel in an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: John Ramos.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/04/171h 45m

150: Turning It Out For RuPaul's Drag Race

RuPaul's Drag Race has packed up all its wigs to move from LogoTV to VH1, and we welcome back our resident expert, Mark Blankenship, to talk about the Season 9 premiere! Around The Dial spins to HBO's documentary Rock And A Hard Place; the 29th season of The Amazing Race; Campus PD'_s and _ER's triumphant returns to syndication; and another TV ad from the internet's deepest bowels. Sarah pitches the Law & Order episode "Performance" for the Canon, and after naming the week's Winner and Loser, an old un-favourite rages back into Game Time. Beat your face and join us, honey!Special Guest: Mark Blankenship.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/171h 14m

149: Getting Punchy With Iron Fist

Our esteemed colleague Chris is back to talk about Iron Fist, a show only he among the panel managed to get more than a couple episodes into -- and what exactly the show's problem is, from bad fights to worse accents. We went around the dial with Catfish, Love, Happy Endings, and a violent vintage cologne ad before Caroline tried to "extract" a Canon victory from us for a Golden Girls episode. RuPaul won, Rita Ora lost, and Rob Hartmann took a letter in this week's Game Time. Kick your shoes off, put on some grimy pajamas, and settle in for an all-new Extra Hot Great.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/03/1758m 16s

148: Lining Up For Hip Hop Squares

As VH1 and Ice Cube breathe new life into an old game show format with Hip Hop Squares, Allison Lowe Huff returns to discuss whether circle got the square this time around. Around The Dial stops at Feud, Amazon's Ronja The Robber's Daughter, Samurai Jack, and another classic TV promo Dave unearthed from the depths of the internet. Dave then makes his case for The Venture Bros. episode "The Doctor Is Sin" to the Canon, and after identifying the week's Winner and Loser, we toy with a thrilling new Game Time. Top up your cocktail and join us!Special Guest: Allison Lowe Huff.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/171h 20m

147: We're Digging The Americans

But maybe not Paige? Nick Rheinwald-Jones returns to talk tradecraft, Mad Men, and comedy on TV.Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/171h 15m

146: Big Little Lies Our Mothers Told Us

Eve is back to talk about Big Little Lies, from Kidman's wig to good child actors to what we're hoping happens in the finale. Then Eve shared a Tiny Jane The Virgin triumph before we went around the dial with Homeland, The Good Fight, and First Time Flippers. We trundled "Into The Woods" with a Nonac submission from Buffy, and American Crime Story won...but CBS All Access may have lost us (and everyone else). Did Tara take home the season crown in a rhyme-y Game Time? Stare out the floor-to-ceiling windows of your eight gazillion-dollar Monterey house as you listen to an all-new EHG!Special Guest: Eve Batey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/02/171h 38m

145: Joining The Fight With The Walking Dead

AMC's return to the zombie apocalypse after a midseason hiatus has us bringing Omar back to talk Negan, King Ezekiel, and zombie dismemberment! The Blotter Presents a look at two Texas true crime stories before stops Around The Dial at Humans, Legion, Imposters, and a vintage ad that might choke you up. Omar makes a case for the induction of the Imposters series finale, "Beyond Life And Death," to The Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, names are ALSO the game for Game Time. Wrap a bat in barbed wire and join us!Special Guest: Omar Gallaga.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/02/171h 38m

144: Rising To The Challenge's 372nd Season

jk, it's 'only' Season 29 -- but will this round of innovations breathe new life into MTV's old warhorse? Kim Reed has thoughts!Special Guest: Kim Reed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/02/171h 12m

143: Gingerly Broaching The Topic Of Riverdale

Leah Kwan joins us to talk about The CW's new Archie Comics adaptation!Special Guest: Leah Kwan.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/02/171h 16m

142: Does Hunted's Good Idea Make For Bad TV?

Monty Ashley on The Amazing Fugitive, home movies, podcasts, and more!Special Guest: Monty Ashley.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/01/171h 20m

141: Making Deductions About Sherlock

Nick Rheinwald-Jones returns to talk about what may be 'The Final Problem' for real.Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/01/171h 35m

140: Getting Our Nick-ers In A Twist Over The Bachelor

It's a new year for EHG, and a new journey for The Bachelor. Jeff Drake returns to talk about the special madness of Corinne, plus we pick our winners and wonder whether watching UnREAL has enhanced our experience of the original. The Blotter Presents caught us up with the Menendezes and OJ, and we debated whether Dave would hate Canadian outlaw period drama Frontier before going around the dial with One Day At A Time's reboot, The Young Pope, Sleepy Hollow, and games we play with Siri on Apple TV. Caroline tried to Psych us out in the Canon; the CW lost and NBC News won; and Game Time put us all to work on the chain gang. Can we steal you for a second -- for an all-new Extra Hot Great?Special Guest: Jeff Drake.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/01/171h 51m

139: Who's The King Of The Man In The High Castle?

Chris Huff returns for a discussion of The Man In The High Castle -- what works (set design; Smith); what doesn't (Juliana; Joe); and whether we'll finish out the season. The Blotter Presents tipped us to Unsolved Mysteries streaming online, plus the '16 crime shows to marathon over the holidays, before we went around the dial with Rectify, The OA, Fuller House, and Intervention. Chris hoped we'd Just Say Yes to a drugs-are-bad ep of Family Ties for the Canon, and we declared a winner (TV queens) and loser (the County of Kings) before getting on a first-name basis with another Rob Hartmann Game Time. It's the last all-new full-size Extra Hot Great of the year, so dig in!Special Guest: Chris Huff.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/161h 33m

138: Filling Our Plates With Top Chef

TV's most famous cooking competition returns for a new season set in Charleston, South Carolina, so we've brought back our official Top Chef correspondent to talk about the rookies vs. veterans format; the problematic setting; and also, oh right, the food. Dave explains why he is not a crackpot for thinking that TV home buying shows should always end with people actually buying homes. Around The Dial takes us to Divorce, Fleabag, and Pitch, before we consider the submission of the Sopranos episode "Funhouse" to the Canon. After naming the week's Winner and Loser, we kick off a new Game Time season with a game that may prove...popular. Choose the right wine pairing and listen!Special Guest: Jeff Drake.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/161h 46m

137: Going All In On The Family With This Is Us

Allison Lowe Huff is back to talk about This Is Us, the lovably imperfect tearjerker that's occupying the Friday Night Lights lane in our hearts. We bid farewell to The Killing Season, wondered how Noel Crane fit into a true-crime classic, and celebrated a Tiny Twitter Triumph involving poo before going around the dial with Gilmore Girls, Below Deck, Search Party, and Westworld. Listener Matthew submitted a rageful Nonac candidate, the HIMYM finale, and we declared satire a winner and sex a loser (for Showtime) before juggling a hilarious Hot Potato Game Time. This is EHG -- an all-new one. Listen now!Special Guest: Allison Lowe Huff.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/12/161h 45m

136: Stuffing Thanksgiving TV Episodes Into The Canon

In anticipation of America's favourite bird-based holiday, we're serving up an all-Canon edition of the podcast, with the focus on episodes taking place around Thanksgiving! Dave presents "Homecoming" (The Incredible Hulk); Sarah presents "The Wheel" (Mad Men); and for the Nonac, Tara offers "Freefall" (ER). Then there's a quick stop to name the week's Winner and Loser before a non-regulation Game Time that's murrrrrrrrrrrder (among other crimes). Load up your plate and listen!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/11/161h 9m

135: The EHG Crime Omnibus: It's Killer

Eve Batey returns for a comprehensive look at crime TV past and present: Brooklyn 99, The Jinx, foreign-language series, trashy ID shows and even COPS. We went Around The Dial with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rectify, American Horror Story, and an apology for covering a certain business-reality program. Rosie was the winner, SVU was the loser, Tara tried to smoke out our votes with a High Maintenance Canon pitch, and we all played poet in an IMDb-keyword-haiku Game Time on an all-new Extra Hot Great.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/11/161h 37m

134: Going Long With Saturday Night Live

On the eve of the election, Omar Gallaga returns to talk about Saturday Night Live's political comedy, Benedict Cumberbatch's hosting début, and each panelist's personal SNL superlatives! The Blotter Presents a brief (and dismissive) look at Lifetime's scripted movie Who Killed JonBenét?. Around The Dial stops at Ancient Aliens, Planet Earth II, The Crown, and People Of Earth! Omar presents the BoJack Horseman episode "Fish Out Of Water" for submission to The Canon, and then after we address the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that's in a family way. Set aside 90 minutes (and then...some more time after that) and join us!Special Guest: Omar Gallaga.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/11/162h 11m

133: Looking Into The Black Mirror

Our esteemed colleague Danny MacEachern is back on Extra Hot Great for a dystopian good time with the newest season of Black Mirror, from obsessive "like"-checking to robot bees and everything in between. Buntsy updated us on future true-crime programming before we went Around The Dial with Jane The Virgin, Halloween on TV, Bull, superheroes, startups, and Negan. Everybody wants something, and Danny wouldn't give up on his Degrassi Junior High Canon submission, plus Nev Schulman actually picked out a half-decent kid name and Sarah's sure NBC's going to lace its Sneakers up wrong. What's the best use of a drone on TV? Why didn't Dave cry at "San Junipero"? And what kind of greasy kid stuff did we get up to in Game Time? Enter the Extra Hot Greatrix with an all-new episode and find out!Special Guest: Daniel MacEachern.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/10/161h 54m

132: The Listener Game Time Finals

Get ready for the knock-down, drag-out, final face-off of all our Season 1 Listener Game Time champions, as they battle to be the ultimate champion!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/10/1657m 28s

131: Is Luke Cage Bulletproof?

Our esteemed colleague Nick Rheinwald-Jones returns to talk Luke Cage, from the acting to the soundtrack to whether the 13-episode season felt like (or should have been) two shorter seasons. After a debate about whether David T. Cole will hate the distaff Magnum, PI and a Blotter review of Netflicumentary Amanda Knox, we went Around The Dial with Pitch, Timeless, Westworld (heard of it), and a Rachael Ray-meets-Look Around You web series from Australia before Nick hummed a few bars of Garfunkel & Oates for the Canon. A bunch of fall series won, Dr. Phil and Steven Avery lost, and Game Time tried to get between us and our Calvins.Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/10/161h 25m

130: The Extra Hot Great Fall 2016 Preview

It's the pumpkin-spice latte of autumnal programming overviews! ...Unless you hate those. Eve Batey's back to look at the best, worst, and meh-est of new and returning shows.Special Guest: Eve Batey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/09/161h 54m

129: Snatching Wigs With RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars

With the best of RuPaul's girls returning for another chance at the crown on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, Mark Blankenship returns to the podcast to talk about the twists, turns, and tucks! The Blotter Presents a true crime twofer: Sarah's assessment of the latest in JonBenét Ramsey investigations, and a survey of coverage on East Tennessee catfisher Jenelle Potter! Around The Dial stops at Son Of Zorn, the Creative Arts Emmys, an update on how Sarah liked Better Things, and Narcos. Mark makes the case for The Real World's Season 1 episode "Julie In A Homeless Shelter?" to be inducted into the Canon, and then, after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we get into a Game Time that's double trouble. Zip up your ball gown and listen in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/09/161h 35m

128: Voting Early And Often On The West Wing

TWW Marathon Diarist Sarah Hope comes to Extra Hot Great for a West Wing floor fight: our favorite characters and relationships from Aaron Sorkin's turn-of-the-millennium political drama, the Sorkiniest moments, and the stuff that hasn't aged well (paging, um, all those pagers in the premiere). The Blotter Presents watched Marg Helgenberger chow the scenery in a vintage JonBenét TV movie, and we went around the dial with new FX sitcoms, Lethal Weapon, The Night Of, and British teen coming-of-age story My Mad Fat Diary before Sarah H. held her nose and submitted Friday Night Lights's second-season premiere for the Nonac. Empire won, Dr. Drew lost, and tag we were all it for a very close Game Time. How does a bill become an "aw, man"? Find out on an all-new Extra Hot Great.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/08/161h 49m

127: Committing Mutiny With Halt And Catch Fire

As Halt And Catch Fire boots up for its third season, Philip Michaels joins us to talk about all the best bits (and bytes) of the first two episodes. The Blotter Presents Sarah's review of MTV's new true crime docuseries Unlocking The Truth, and then we go Around The Dial with stops at Key & Peele, British Premier League soccer on NBC, Ripper Street, and an appropriate vintage Vic-20 ad. Phil presents the Simpsons episode "Last Exit To Springfield" for the Canon, and then after calling out the week's Winner and Loser, we hold our noses through a..."delightful" Game Time. Log in and join us!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/08/161h 33m

126: Big Draw: Animated Shows For Grown-Ups

Our esteemed colleague Monty Ashley is back to talk about our favorite cartoons for adults in all sorts of categories -- cartoons no kid should ever see (hey, Ren), series that work just as well for adults as for kids (lookin' at you, SpongeBob), the most beautifully drawn (and scored) shows, and much more. The Blotter managed to dig up a crime cartoon, and then we went around the dial with human cartoons on Catfish, Seeso's Take My Wife, the finale of The Great British Baking Show (get the PBS app, y'all!), and Occupied. Did Monty get whammied in his Press Your Luck Canon submission? Did a Criminal Minds star lose(r) the plot? And who's at the top of the podium after Game Time? We've got the line on an all-new Extra Hot Great, so check it out.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/08/161h 43m

125: The Question Is Zoot

For a very special all-'Is This Worse Than Jazz?' installment of the podcast, Dave, Sarah, and Tara invite discussion of their own possibly worse than jazz TV phenomena, and dig into questions submitted by listeners like you, grading them on an appropriately jazzy scale: 1. Rusty Gate2. The Question Is Zoot3. Smooth Poison4. Atonal Omens Of Pain5. Scat Man Down6. Barrelhouse Of Horror7. Boogie Woogie Influenza8. Slaughterhouse Jive9. Hateful Freeform Jazz10. Infernal Tootling The results may...really distress you. (Trigger alert: jazz.) Sarah and The Blotter's apprentice investigator Olivia bring us a City Confidential episode about a murdered jazz musician to determine whether it is worse than jazz. Then Around The Dial stops at Married At First Sight, Netflix's Last Chance U, and another topic-appropriate vintage ad unearthed by Dave. We debate whether Everwood's Season 1 finale 'Home' deserves a spot in the Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's a non-regulation Game Time that smells a bit...rank. Limber up your trumpeting lips and join us!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/08/161h 26m

124: Where No EHG Has Gone Before: The Star Trek Fantasy Draft

Trek Week continues on Previously.TV with an all-new Extra Hot Great featuring Maureen "Mo" Ryan and the Star Trek Fantasy Draft! David Snyder kindly shepherded this EHG enterprise (geddit?!) through the lesser science officers, 90210 Borg Queens, and Count Bakula picks the draft entailed. Who will emerge victorious with the very best Trek team*? Stay tuned! But first, go Around The Dial with us for Full Frontal, UnREAL, the Looking movie, Superstore, and a Stranger Squirrel Girl, then see if Mo's Deep Space 9 pick entered the Canon wormhole. Rita Ora won, bloodsuckers lost, and nobody contested a winner-take-all political Game Time. Make some SPAAAAAAAACE!! on your iPod, then listen long and prosper!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/07/161h 58m

123: Rebooting Mr. Robot

As Elliot and the rest of the gang gear up for another season of hacking shenanigans on Mr. Robot, John Ramos returns to the podcast to talk about what went right, and what went otherwise. Around The Dial spins to the series premiere of HBO's Vice Principals, TNT's Animal Kingdom, last week's Emmy nominations, the pleasingly scaled-back Intervention, and Netflix's throwback suspense series Stranger Things. Tara offers up the Gravity Falls episode "The Time Traveler's Pig" for induction into the Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we move on to a Game Time about humble beginnings. Log on and join us!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/07/161h 56m

122: The Night Of At The EHG Round Table

Criminal Justice remake The Night Of bowed on HBO this week, and Al Lowe Huff is back to discuss the show, the original, and the importance of casting. The History Channel wondered if DB Cooper's case is Closed? before Tara Flipped Out, Allison joined the Odd Squad, Joe was Shown A Hero, and Sarah went on The Hunt while Dave got tired of being Preached to. Ron pitched Deadwood's second season premiere for the fucking Canon; Carrie Coon won and Roger Ailes lost; and Rob Hartmann bent our minds with another timely Game Time. It's time to open a file on an all-new Extra Hot Great!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/07/161h 39m

121: Loading In With Roadies

Remember how much you loved Cameron Crowe circa Almost Famous? Showtime must hope you do, because it's airing his new dramedy series about roadies on a rock tour; designated Rock Cop Jeff Drake joins us to talk about where it went right, and wrong. Around The Dial stops at The Jim Gaffigan Show, Game Of Thrones's Season 6 finale, ABC's rebooted Match Game, and Below Deck Mediterranean. Listener Laura submits the Parenthood episode "Just Go Home" for induction into the Canon. Then we name the week's Winner and Loser and wrap things up with a very animated Game Time. Grab your laminate and listen!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/06/161h 24m

120: Paying The Piper With Orange Is The New Black

Orange Is The New Black Season 4 dropped over the weekend, and Monty joined the panel to talk pacing, mental illness, casting churn, and dark turns. We went around the dial with The Girlfriend Experience, a Skin Wars spinoff ("skin-off"?), Samantha Bee, OJ, and series that should know when to end before they start. After we got juiced with a Bob's Burgers Canon submission, Younger won, a Game Of Thrones bastard (and viewers) lost, and hilariously passionate user reviews dictated Game Time. Get on the corrections bus for an all-new episode of Extra Hot Great!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/06/161h 42m

119: Tackling O.J.: Made In America

Just when you thought you were O.J.ed out after American Crime Story, ESPN presents O.J.: Made In America, and we bring true crime aficionada Stephanie Green back to talk about the first episode! Around The Dial spins through Veep, The Real Housewives Of Orange County, the Tony Awards, Cop Rock, and another very culturally sensitive ad of yesteryear. Stephanie makes her case for the Happy Endings episode "The Shershow Redemption" to be inducted into The Canon, and then after crowning the week's Winner and Loser, Game Time takes us somewhere no one can year you scream. Get your podcast ready for the run of its life!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/06/161h 15m

118: UnREAL-ity Television

UnREAL is back for Season 2, and so is our esteemed colleague John Ramos, who joins the panel for a discussion of Hollywood truisms, miscasting, and whether the show is using Craig Bierko correctly. We went around the dial with Angie Tribeca, The Challenge, RHONYC, comics we had TV hopes for (now dashed), and the "high"lights of 1991 TV, before John brought an episode of Humans (heard of 'em?) to the Canon and we played a Nick Rheinwald-Jones Hot Potato Game Time. Who's more of a winner: The Bachelorette's Chad or Prison Break's Dominic? Is Niska our spirit animal? And will non-carnal wifeys Tara and Sarah be getting matching wristtoos? Buy into the fairy tale on an all-new episode of Extra Hot Great.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/06/161h 25m

117: Saying A Little Prayer For Preacher

Eve Batey returns, but will it be to worship AMC's new drama Preacher, or to condemn it to Hell?   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/161h 29m

116: The Heat Is On: Summer TV Preview

As the "regular season" wraps up -- is that even a thing anymore? -- the gang plus Kim looks ahead to the new crop of shows, old favorites, and what we can't wait to watch...or boot off the season-pass list. Catfish, The Americans, Survivor, Scandal, and the now-weekly plug for Happy Valley took us Around The Dial before we got Lost in Kim's bold Canon submission, and declared the colonies and America our winner and loser. But who won Joe Reid's yodelicious Game Time? Where are we, really? You'll have to listen to find out, Freckles: it's an all-new SPF 50 Extra Hot Great.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/162h 26m

115: Sissying That Walk With RuPaul's Drag Race

Mark Blankenship brings his charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to a discussion of Ru's latest girls.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/05/161h 39m

114: Blindly Watching Game Of Thrones

As Game Of Thrones returns from hiatus, and moves beyond the books, the gang plus Jeff and Nick talked about Jon Snow, Crone Castle, and what's next for the Starks. We went around the dial with Better Call Saul, Valleys Silicon and Happy, Houdini & Doyle, Project Runway All-Stars, and the National Enquirer before putting Angie's 30 Rock Canon submission under a "Black Light." Humans? Heard of 'em (they're winners), whoever has to retitle Live With Someone and Maybe Kelly is a loser, and Rib Hurtmann changed a few things in this week's Game Time. Don't lose us in the tall grass; it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guests: Jeff Drake and Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/161h 33m

113: Crawling Into The Bunker With Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Please note the audio quality is not great this week. Sorry! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back for Season 2, but did she get more breakable during her hiatus? John Ramos joins us to talk about it! Liv delivers her final Season 10 Face Off report, and The Blotter Presents a very special Sarah-authored Game Time...TO DIE! Around The Dial flips among HBO's Confirmation; iZombie; the web series The Outs; A&E's 60 Days In; and yet another Dave Cole ear worm of a vintage TV ad. John makes his case for the Brothers And Sisters episode "Something Ida This Way Comes" to be inducted into the Canon, and then after the week's Winner and Loser are announced, it's on to an ass-backwards Game Time. Turn off your favourite R. Kelly Cassingle and listen to us instead!Special Guest: John Ramos.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/04/161h 34m

112: THIS...Was American Idol (And Some Other Stuff)

Sarah D. Bunting is back from baseballing, and Stephanie Cangro is back to discuss the final season of American Idol, the Idol farewell, and what it all meant to us as a culture. Liv and a sugar high told us about Face Off and My Little Pony, and we went around the dial with Togetherness, true crime, dance shows, try-hards, and a creepy deodorant ad. Was Stephanie's I Love Lucy Canon TOO classic? Should Martin Sheen consider shutting up? And why did Sarah get Rickie Vasquez and a Nats catcher mixed up? Don't wait until after an ad break to find out with an all-new, unpitchy Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Stephanie Cangro.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/161h 26m

111: Delivering A Suspenseful Beating To The Walking Dead

New guest Daniel MacEachern and returning champion Omar Gallaga join us to talk about an apocalyptic cliffhanger!Special Guests: Nick Rheinwald-Jones and Omar Gallaga.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/04/161h 31m

110: Daredevil: The Blind Leading The Bored

After David T. Cole died, then came back to life as befitting the Easter weekend, Jeff Alexander sat down with the gang to discuss the second season of Daredevil, Joe's issues with Jon Bernthal, why a character based IN NEW YORK CITY can't just be Irish already, and whether any of us will be back for S3. After Liv's candy high took us through Face Off and Buntsy thumbs-upped the original Helter Skelter TV movie, we checked in with Married At First Sight: The First Year, Untucked, the Flash/Supergirl crossover, and The Real O'Neals. The Tick was a winner, the world's first supermodel was a loser, and Tom & Dick & Harry & Jane & Kate & Mary inspired a hotly-contested Game Time -- or, as Sarah's cold would have it, "Gabe Tibe." (Sorry about that, guys.) Did Jeff's mid-Office submission "win" admission to the Nonac? Does Foggy need a haircut? The answers to all these questions, plus something about a bear attack, in an all-new extra-crunchy Extra Hot Great.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/161h 29m

109: Pledging Allegiance To The Americans

Tradecraft enthusiast Nick Rheinwald-Jones creeps back onto the podcast under cover of night to talk about the Season 4 premiere of The Americans. We break with tradition to let Dave interview Liv about the latest episode of Face Off, and ponder whether the jazz at the jazz club in House Of Cards is worse than jazz. Around The Dial stops at Royal Pains, Not Safe With Nikki Glaser, the pre-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend YouTube clips of Rachel Bloom, Bosch, and another racist TV ad from the '80s. Nick makes the case for the induction of the "4 Days Out" episode of Breaking Bad to the Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a starchy Game Time. Go dark (to the rest of the world) and enjoy!Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/161h 30m

108: Is House Of Cards A Good Play?

House Of Cards dropped its fourth filibuster last Friday, and our esteemed colleague Kim Reed joined the gang to discuss how Frank Underwood and Scandal's Fitz stack up, plus constitutional procedure, hateful heroes, and a listener's possibly crackpot theory that all sitcoms should end after three seasons. We went around the dial with the end of Downton, new Broad City, Intervention, and Late Night With Seth Meyers, and Joe Reid pitched us an all-star Survivor for the Canon. Nancy Drew won, wigs lost, and a cliffhanger-based Game Time had a shocking outcome! ...Probably! Before you shove your TV in front of a train, have a listen to an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Kim Reed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/161h 51m

107: Speaking Truth To Catfish

Max defender and periodically ashamed Michigander Stephanie Green returns to talk about the ménage à trois that was the Season 5 premiere of Catfish and whether there's even a point to it anymore (...if ever). Liv takes us through the stages of the latest Gauntlet challenge in her Face Off report; Sarah takes us through American Tragedy, ABC's 2000 miniseries on the O.J. Simpson trial, for The Blotter Presents. Tara and Sarah consider the forthcoming Biblical miniseries Of Kings And Prophets and ask: Will Dave Hate This? Around The Dial stops at Togetherness, Fit To Fat To Fit, Married By Mom And Dad, Love, The Biggest Loser, and The X-Files before Dave In Chicago makes his pitch for That '70s Show's "That '70s Musical" to be inducted into the Nonac. Tara and Joe identify the week's Winner and Loser, and then it's on to a Game Time set in Sarah's very favourite place. Turn off the ringer on your burner phone and join us!Special Guest: Stephanie Green.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/161h 45m

106: It's Time For Rhyme

The first round of the Extra Hot Great Listener Game Time concludes with the Son Of The Game That Rhymes from Rob Hartmann. Who's the last one to advance to the Hallowed Hall Of Champions round? Find out!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/02/1636m 31s

105: Ringing In A New Season Of Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul returns for its second season, and Jeff Drake is back to talk about that, plus how much he hates Vinyl and which S2 Fargo should go into the Canon. Liv learned about parasites on Face Off, Sarah talked about American Crime Story's foundation book, and we went around the dial with SNL, The Good Wife, Alyssa Milano's wardrobe issues, and Teresa Giudice's parole tour before Bill Cosby "won" and Michael Skupin lost. Was Game Time Anything? How many times did someone yell "SPAAAAAACE!!"? Only one way to find out: listen to this mint-condition no-creases Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Jeff Drake.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/02/161h 53m

104: A Little Taste

Game experts and EHG contributors Trip Payne, David Ellis Dickerson and Rob Hartmann join Dave and Tara for a TV show theme quiz. Oh, the clips are only one and three seconds long. So there's that.Special Guest: Trip Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/02/1654m 27s

103: The People Vs. The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

The old TWoP bullpen is reunited as Pop Culture Happy Hour's own Linda Holmes joins us for a discussion of American Crime Story, Ryan Murphy's dramatization of (this season) the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Where will your panelists fall on the matter of John Travolta and his Robert Shapiro eyebrows?! After Liv's latest report on Face Off, Around The Dial stops at Jane The Virgin, Rehab Addict, Hollywood Game Night, Drunk History, Ken Burns's Prohibition, and an ad from the '80s that maybe should have stayed there. Linda makes her (couch-)explosive case for the induction of the "Honeymoon In Metropolis" episode of Lois And Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman into the Canon. Finally, after naming the week's Winner and Loser, Game Time revisits the age-old question Is This Anything? Pull on your gloves and your Bruno Magli shoes and listen up!Special Guest: Linda Holmes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/02/162h 5m

102: The X-Files Returns, And We Want To Believe

As The X-Files gets back on the case, so does our esteemed colleague Eve Batey -- does the show improve after the premiere? What's with the cast not aging? And who greenlighted those super-gross SFX? After Liv (and Ellie) took us through Face Off, The Blotter recommended American Experience's crimey new season, and we went around the dial with Blackish, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Pablo Escobar, enraging insurance ads, and Andre Braugher -- who popped up again in Eve's Canon nom, Homicide: LOTS's "Subway" ep. UNReal won, Second Chance lost, and the Game Time season hung in the balance as the panel Venn-diagrammed actors. Give us a listen while you're hitchhiking to meet your Deep Throat; it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Eve Batey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/01/161h 53m

101: Legends Of Tomorrow...Today!

Our designated Legends Of Tomorrow correspondent John Ramos joins us to bend the very laws of time itself and discuss the series premiere of The CW's Legends Of Tomorrow DAYS before it actually premieres! Also returning? Liv Kwan, our seven-year-old Face Off reporter, with a report on the season premiere. Around The Dial stops at Mercy Street, The Laramie Project, the mytharc episodes of The X-Files, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Second Chance (...but really Almost Human). Erin presents the Mad Men episode "Shut The Door. Have A Seat." to the Canon, and after pausing to identify the week's Winner and Loser, Rob Hartman challenges us with a Game Time straight from the barnyard. If you don't listen now, you'll have regrets in the future! TIME TRAVEL!!!Special Guest: John Ramos.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/01/162h 11m

100: The Final Count-Downton

Downton Abbey is back for one last spin around the foxhunting course...or something, and Nick's back to discuss the wedding, ageless Daisy, and what will become of Thomas and Lady f'ing Edith. We celebrated a Tiny Triumph, welcomed Smooth Joey Apollo to talk Golden Globes, joined The Hunt For John Wilkes Booth, and went around the dial with Angie Tribeca, Sherlock, American Crime (NOT American Crime Story or, um, Crime Story), Hoarders, and Pickle & Peanut before declaring an unlikely winner and a tardy loser. Will Game Time coin a new phrase? Did Flight Of The Conchords come in for a smooth Canon landing? How many times did we scream "SPAAAACE"? Don't make us blackmail you into listening to an all-new EHG.Special Guests: Joe Reid and Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/01/161h 34m

99: The Bachelor Turns Things Over To Gentle Ben

It's a new year, which means it's time for a new Bachelor, and we've brought our Bachelor correspondent Stephanie Green back to the podcast to discuss the Season 20 premiere (AND TWINNNNNNNS!). We also update you on the most popular team of the Law & Order draft, and return to the topic of Netflix's Making A Murderer to discuss whether it's worse than jazz (uh, in the sense, this time, of more infuriating and upsetting, of course). Around The Dial makes stops at Call The Midwife, Last Tango In Halifax, The Art Of More, and the forthcoming Lucifer. Joe dials in to present his case for inducting Enlightened's "Consider Helen" into the Canon. Finally, after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we dig into a Game Time everyone's dying to play. Grab a glass or twelve of champagne and join us!Special Guest: Stephanie Green.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/01/161h 59m

98: That Championship Season: The Law & Order Fantasy Draft

Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall kindly subjected himself to our very first Extra Hot Great franchise draft as we all picked from our favorite detectives, ADAs, MEs, and baddies to form Law & Order-verse superteams. Who emerged victorious? That's up to you, and you'll have to listen to know what we mean! After Sarah recommended Netflix's inconveniently timed but still solid Making A Murderer, we went Around The Dial with the Fargo finale, iZombie, 30 For 30, the Globe noms, and a vintage Star Wars ad. Someone's agent won, Eli Gold lost, and we were family for the last Game Time of 2015. Thanks for making it a great year, listeners! Insert your own "should auld acquaintance be my first ex-wife" joke here, and enjoy backseat general-managing another episode of Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Alan Sepinwall.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/12/152h 1m

97: Heading Into The Lyons' Den For Empire

Empire has taken its final bow (before coming back in like a Lyon next March), so we've invited Empire correspondents Eve Batey and Mark Blankenship back to tell us what they thought of the season to date. For The Blotter Presents..., Sarah tells us about Investigation Discovery's Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals. Joe shares a recent Tiny Triumph. Around The Dial stops at American Horror Story, The Wiz Live!, The Great Pottery Throw Down, Transparent, Homeland, the Dolly Parton TV movie Coat Of Many Colors, and Fargo, and then Mark presents the series finale of Six Feet Under, "Everyone's Waiting," for submission into The Canon. We crown the week's Winner and Loser, and then Rob Hartmann tests us with his latest Game Time! Hop on your hoverboard and listen!Special Guests: Eve Batey and Mark Blankenship.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/12/151h 59m

96: The Marvel-ous Jessica Jones

Let's get this Joe on the road: with Reid off for the week, we asked esteemed colleagues John and Nick to join us for a discussion of Netflix's Jessica Jones, whether it works as a Veronica McNulty PI show of its own, and who Wil Traval reminds us of. The Blotter Presents scratched your Panettiere itch with an Amanda Knox movie before we went around the dial with bullshit dream-sequisodes, Britcoms, How To Get Away With Murder, nutty Thanksgiving Day programming, and Dave's suggestion for the next TV/comics adaptation. Nick and John tag-teamed a heisty half hour of Brooklyn Nine-Nine for their Canon presentation, and we deemed a couple of farewells Winner and Loser before Tara rolled out a very learned non-regulation Game Time. From all of us Agents Of E.H.G., we're thankful you're listening to an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guests: John Ramos and Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/11/151h 24m

95: Dressing Down With Project Runway: Junior

Tim Gunn gets another chance at shoring up his fan base with Project Runway: Junior, the shrunk-down version of the fashion competition, and Stephanie Cangro returns to talk about it! Around The Dial stops at Peep Show, London Spy, The Man In The High Castle, How To Get Away With Murder, MasterChef Junior, Into The Badlands, and W/ Bob & David. Stephanie makes her case for the induction to The Canon of the West Wing episode "The Indians In The Lobby." Then after a quick consideration of the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a sequel to one of our most math-intensive Game Times ever. Put away your pinking shears and listen!Special Guest: Stephanie Cangro.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/11/151h 44m

94: Less Kissing, More Superpowers

Our esteemed colleague Monty Ashley covers most of the comic-book shows on Previously.TV, and he's back to talk about superhero TV from Arrow to, er, Zagents of SHIELD. We wrapped Project Project Greenlight, recommended Maura Murray materials in The Blotter Presents, and went around the dial with ballet, buried treasure, Survivor's eternal allure, Aussie TV recs, and Cheese of Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends. Monty made his pitch to put an It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia episode in the Nonac; Jones won and Trump lost; and the rule of threes ruled Game Time in another Rob Hartmann creation. Who saved the day and who got stuck in the phone booth? Listen to an all-new Extra Hot Great and find out!Special Guest: Monty Ashley.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/11/151h 53m

93: TV That Battles Ghouls Between Giggles

With Ash Vs. Evil Dead premiering on Starz and iZombie well into a strong second season on The CW, we felt it was time to bring back horror/comedy/horror-comedy fan (and iZombie correspondent) Eve Batey for a discussion of both. Liv delivers her final Face Off report on Season 9, and all of us share our thoughts on the season finale of Project Greenlight...until next week when we talk about The Leisure Class, the movie it spawned. Around The Dial stops at Nashville, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Scream Queens, Project Runway, and CBS's just-announced new Star Trek series. Patrick presents the 30 Rock episode "Cleveland" for induction into The Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that takes us on a whirlwind trip around the world! Make sure your hand's screwed on tight, and then make sure your headphones are!Special Guest: Eve Batey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/11/151h 54m

92: Supergirl Takes Her First Flight

Does CBS's new Supergirl soar or splat? Jeff Alexander, who'll be covering the show for Previously.TV all season, returns to the podcast to join us in a discussion about the pilot. Liv gives us her thoughts on the season's penultimate Face Off before the rest of us chew over the season's penultimate Project Greenlight. (TOO SOON!) The Blotter Presents takes us through the high points of The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case before Around The Dial stops at Arranged and Married At First Sight: The First Year; The Librarians; You're The Worst; and Residue. Jeff makes an intoxicating case for the induction of Drunk History's "Montgomery, AL" into The Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time that risks going tit...ulars up. Make sure all your green kryptonite's safely locked up and listen!Special Guest: Jeff Alexander.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/10/151h 45m

91: Raiding The Mini Bar With American Horror Story: Hotel

That's right, listeners: Joe "Awardsy" Reid is back in the permanent Extra Hot Great rotation, as the gang (of four!) checks into American Horror Story: Hotel. When will the show lose most of us this season? What's with that kid looking like Noah Syndergaard? And are we gaga for Gaga? Then we ordered up some room service with the Face Off report, bitched about Jason Mann in our Project Project Greenlight segment, and went around the dial with Jane The Virgin, The Walking Dead, Casual, and Sleepy Hollow. Joe made a list! Abby Lee Miller got indicted! David took us on an Adventure Time with his Canon submission! But just how happy is Joe's reunion with Game Time? He says he's just honored to be nominated; we're very glad he's back, on an all-new Extra Hot Great.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/10/152h 12m

90: The Good Wife: Still Good?

As The Good Wife returns for its seventh season, we welcome Adam Grosswirth to talk about how well the season premiere washes away the bad taste left by Season 6. Liv gives us her report on a freak show-focused episode of Face Off, and The Blotter Presents tells you about Showtime's Warren Jeffs documentary Prophet's Prey (and some other highlights from the annals of Mormon true crime). Around The Dial stops at The Daily Show, Once Upon A Time, the just-announced TV series adaptation of the podcast Serial, and Manhattan, and then Adam makes the case for Star Trek's "Mirror Mirror" to be inducted into The Canon. We very briefly discuss the week's Winner and Loser before barreling ahead to a Game Time that will decide the season's victor! Make sure your wig's on straight and then listen!Special Guest: Adam Grosswirth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/10/151h 45m

89: It's The Most TV-ful Time Of The Year!

Fall premiere season is upon us, and since we know you rely on us to advise you as to what to watch and what you can skip (you do, right?), we've invited Jeff Drake to join us for a discussion of the season: what we're into; what we probably should be into but aren't, or have given up on; and what no one should be into. We move from there into Liv's report on the latest apocalyptic Face Off, and then into Sarah's look at the specials marking the 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson murder trial verdict in The Blotter Presents. We take a moment to speculate in a special Will Dave Hate These? segment covering both Troy: Fall Of A City and a just-announced reboot of The A Team. Then Jeff makes his case for "The Germans" episode of Fawlty Towers to be inducted into The Canon, from which point we name the week's Winner and Loser, and then wind up with a thrilling installment of Game Time. Put on your gloves and earmuffs and then take off your earmuffs and listen!Special Guest: Jeff Drake.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/09/151h 59m

88: They Win Some, We Lose Some

Now that we've put our champagne flutes in the dishwasher and peeled off our Spanx, we're ready to look back on the 2015 Emmy awards telecast, from how much funnier Andy Samberg was than the stiffs in the room to the feelings we experienced watching Jon Hamm literally climb on stage to accept his statuette -- and thank God Joe Reid was able to return to the podcast and join us. After Liv gives us her report on the latest Face Off, Sarah debuts a new segment, The Blotter Presents, covering all manner of true crime TV, starting with the 1986 Ted Bundy miniseries The Deliberate Stranger. Around The Dial makes stops at Best Time Ever, So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway, and Fargo. Mark makes a brief cameo to update us on a past Tiny Triumph and -- spoiler alert! -- it's quite a bit less Tiny than it used to be. Joe makes the case for the induction of the Best Friends Forever episode "Butt Dial" into the Canon, and then after a more overstuffed Winners and Losers segment than usual, it's on to a Game Time that has us pondering wheels within wheels. Grab some sliders and crab puffs and listen in!Special Guest: Joe Reid.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/151h 45m

87: Giving Project Greenlight The, Well, Green Light

The Good Wife Marathon Diarist Kim is back to discuss the un-Moored return of Project Greenlight, and whether a fourth season a decade in the making is off to a first-rate start. Tara shared a You're The Worst Tiny Triumph that is kind of the best before Liv weighed in on two weeks of Face Off and we all bid Under The Dome its overdue (but still dumb) farewell. We went around the dial with Playing House, Colbert's first week, a true-crime show that's actually decent, a pilot that isn't, another Star Wars ad, and the lameness of Good Wife S06 before Tara oppo-researched the hell out of Buntsy's sitcom preferences as she tried to get a Veep episode into the Canon. Ugly cars won, Johnny Depp lost, and Game Time fell into a K-hole. Don't put this episode of Extra Hot Great in turnaround: listen now!Special Guest: Kim Reed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/09/151h 46m

86: Do You EHG Listeners Know What Time It is?

Has PICCI been kind to Kim, Lea, Ian, and Michele? Listen to our latest special all-listener Game Time and find out!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/09/1531m 12s

85: Coming Home To Playing House

Now that Playing House's second season is well underway, we've invited Nick Rheinwald-Jones, one of its staunchest fans, to join us for a discussion of how things are going so far. Tara shares a Playing House-based Tiny Triumph, after which it's time for Liv to report on the latest Face Off, and for Tara to share the latest insanity from Under The Dome. Around The Dial stops at Regular Show, Show Me A Hero, Drunk History, Project Greenlight, Hannibal, and the apparently infinite galaxy of Star Wars toy ads from the '80s. Nick makes a case for the induction of the Veronica Mars episode "Spit And Eggs" into the Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we dive into Rob Hartmann's latest diabolical Game Time. Load up some gingi and new-news and enjoy!Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/09/151h 34m

84: More Like Bear The Walking Dead, Are We Right?

Omar's back to talk about AMC's Walking Dead prequel, Fear The Walking Dead. Does it need more process and less teen angst? What's with the stupid driving? And will we keep watching? Dave explained a few EHG facts before Liv learned subtlety on the Face Off report and Tara made us Domer, and we went around the dial with documentary spoofs, vintage reality shows, dysfunctional comedy joints, and crappy Star Wars gifts. Will Dave un-Pierce Gene of Bob's Burgers? Is Sarah's X-Files Canon submission out of this world? Did Sorkin win or lose this week? And who used his or her brain best -- i.e., not eating them -- in Game Time? It's an apocalyptically good time on this week's all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Omar Gallaga.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/08/151h 58m

83: Humans: Heard Of 'Em?

As Humans (heard of 'em) wraps its first season, John Ramos joins us to talk about the titular humans and their synth friends...and foes! Liv tells us all about a wedding-themed episode of Face Off, and Tara takes us through the latest idiocy making us all Domer on Under The Dome. Around The Dial stops at Last Week Tonight, Show Me A Hero, Rectify, Mr. Robot, and another confounding Star Wars toy ad. Dave makes a singular case for the submission to The Canon of the G.I. Joe episode "The Viper Is Coming," and no, that is not a very long typo. Then, after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we close up with a Game Time that takes us through all of life's biggest events! Top up your synth fluid and join us!Special Guest: John Ramos.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/08/151h 51m

82: Project Runway Makes The Cut...Barely.

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan joined the gang this week to take a closer look at Project Runway as it returns for a fourteenth season. Liv trolled us in her Face Off report, Tara recharged the amethysts Under The Dome with rage, and we went around the dial with Jon Stewart, Cait Jenner, Becoming Us, Nic Pizzicato Five, the resurgence of Big Brother, and the lies Saturday-morning ads tell -- before Heather wigged us out with a Melrose Place Canon submission. We declared a winner and loser, then scaled a traditional Egyptian burial structure for 25 Dave points in this week's Game Time. Work wives, dead wives, crying and cutting: we've got it all (plus a ton of TV Republicans for some reason?) on an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guests: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/08/151h 59m

81: Let's Give Summer TV A Hand!

Since summer TV is no longer dumber TV, we've invited Mark Blankenship back to the Blankenship Chair to join us for a discussion of our most winning series picks! Niece Liv -- now seven years old -- returns to bring us the scoop on Face Off's Season 9 premiere, and then Tara tells us the latest ways Under The Dome has made us Domer. Mark makes a case for the induction of Downton Abbey's S05E03 to the Nonac -- the reverse Canon -- and then after identifying the Winner and Loser of the week, we finish up with a very critical Game Time. Turn up the AC and enjoy!Special Guest: Mark Blankenship.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/08/151h 59m

80: A Fine Kettle Of Catfish

Our esteemed colleague Kim helped the gang poke holes in Catfish this week, as we wondered whether Max has gotten better...or everything else around him on the show has gotten worse. We got psyched about the revivals of Wet Hot American Summer and America's Best Dance Crew, took a buggy down memory lane with Little House, and got on board with Humans ("...heard of 'em") before bringing Zoo Under The Dome and trying to bring a Friday Night Lights episode to the Canon championship. Caitlyn Jenner won another event, Jon Stewart's imitation game is a loser, and we passed the Hot Potato in a brand-new Game Time. Should you arrange to meet an all-new Extra Hot Great in a park? Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.Special Guest: Kim Reed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/07/151h 48m

79: Strained Explanations

The vampire zombies of The Strain are back on FX, and Omar Gallaga, our resident expert, is back to tell us all about the early days of the second season. From there, we go on to check on the latest events making us Domer, and flip Around The Dial with stops at In Search Of..., The Astronaut Wives Club, the Netflix documentary Tig, and the Spike miniseries Tut. Omar makes a case for the induction of The Walking Dead episode "The Grove" into The Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we finish up with a Game Time that's the OPPOSITE of boring and tedious! Grab a cup of worms and enjoy!Special Guest: Omar Gallaga.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/07/151h 27m

78: Scream-ing Meanies

Eve Batey makes it a threequel when she returns to discuss -- and diagnose -- Scream with the rest of the gang. We met the newest EHG-themed shirts, despaired of Under The Dome, and recommended Bosch, UnREAL, and British reality-show sleep aids, and Dave was hopeful about Daredevil's second season. Tara and Melanie explained (at normal volumes) why they are NOT Crackpots before we congratulated Lester Holt and shunned Jared Fogle. And I don't want to alarm you guys but Game Time is COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE. (Unless it was only the cat.)Special Guest: Eve Batey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/07/151h 19m

77: I Am Not A Crackpot, And Neither Are You

Dear Mr. President, There are too many ways TV can confuse us or let us down. Please eliminate three. We are NOT crackpots! Dave, Sarah, Tara, and special guest Nick Rheinwald-Jones share their own crackpot TV theories or opinions, and discuss submissions from listeners just like you. Join us for a completely sane, non-fruitcakey outing!Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/07/151h 38m

76: Under The Dome And Dumber

Our esteemed colleague Nick willingly trapped himself Under The Dome as CBS's summer "hit" returns for another season of crappy acting, bad CGI, and inexplicable character beats. After Sarah ripped off a rant about jeans and we compared jazz unfavorable with a certain True Detective's anti-bullying regime, we went around the dial with Key & Peele, A History of Radness, European shows of Dave enjoyment, and the excellent wardrobe in a bad ad. The Panel considered The Alias for The Inclusion in The Canon and we cringed at Messrs. Trump and Lecter before a Game Time on finales. If you can jump the chasm of killer butterflies, join us at the Zenith of fun on an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/06/151h 21m

75: Ew Detective

Point your GPS to Central California and meet your EHG regulars and frequent guest Jeff Drake for a discussion of True Detective's divisive Season 2 premiere! From there, we zoom on to an Around The Dial that stops at A Deadly Adoption, Poldark, The Crimson Field, Catastrophe, which HBO documentaries you should smarten up your summer with, and another dip into classic TV ads of yore. Jeff makes a case for the induction of The Mary Tyler Moore Show pilot into the Canon, and then after identifying the week's Winner and Loser, we wind up with a Game Time you might consider a little too informal. Swirl it all a little before you gulp it down!Special Guest: Jeff Drake.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/06/151h 25m

74: Hannibal: Food, Sex, And Death

Our esteemed colleague Joe K. Reid (note: not his middle initial) returned to discuss Hannibal's third season and whether the show's serving cannibalistic realness so far. Then we cleansed our palates with a quintessentially inessential TNT summer drama, an Orphan Black clone ranking, and early returns on Orange Is The New Black, and Joe made his pitches for acting-Emmy long shots. A Canon submission made our gorges rise yet again as we reviewed a notorious episode of Review before Degrassi got a stay of execution and Stamos got pulled over. Who did the best job explaining our TV culture to aliens in this week's Game Time? Which Hannibal characters do we hold most deer? Save room for dessert, Clarice: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Joe Reid.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/06/151h 33m

73: Brain, Fried

With iZombie's season finale bearing down on us like a cannibalistic gym rat, we invited our iZombie correspondent Eve Batey to join us to talk about the season. Around The Dial takes us through Hoarders Live!, Serial Thriller, Tara's report on the ATX Festival, and some more outstanding local ads. After Tara shares a recent Tiny Triumph, Eve proposes the "Christmas" episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine for submission to The Canon. After briefly touching on the week's Winner and Loser, we proceed to a Game Time that just might be fatal. Grab your Cholula and listen up!Special Guest: Eve Batey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/151h 34m

72: The Bachelorette's Rose-Colored Asses

Our esteemed colleague Stephanie Green is back to help us mull the current season of The Bachelorette, including the "shocking" twist that began the season, the "explosive" "revelations" we can expect in coming weeks, and why Kaitlyn can't stop sucking her teeth. We also pondered Lifetime's new behind-the-scenes scripted/fictional Bachelor series, UnREAL, before going Around The Dial with That '60s Duchovny Show, Scott & Bailey, all about an HBO documentary from April, and Mr. Robot, and Stephanie hoped Freaks & Geeks could sit at the Canon table. Which Girl is our Winner of the week, and which one's our Loser? How many guest-star Emmy nominations does it take for Sarah to get screwed by Sorkin in Game Time? Can we steal you for a second -- to listen to the latest EHG?Special Guest: Stephanie Green.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/06/151h 20m

71: Drag Race To The Finish

Now that the field of RuPaul's Drag Race contestants has been whittled down to just about the size of Violet Chachki's waist, it's time for us to bring back our resident Drag Race expert Mark Blankenship for a discussion of the season to date, and the outcome we want and/or predict will occur. Around The Dial stops at The Bachelorette, Nurse Jackie, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and some more adorable local TV ads, and then a mini-Game Time just for Mark regarding a recent Tiny Triumph. Listener Patrick Felton submits the "Wacky Delly" episode of Rocko's Modern Life for submission to the Canon, and then after the Winner and Loser, it's on to Name Ti-- excuse us, "Game Time." Tuck in and enjoy!Special Guest: Mark Blankenship.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/05/151h 34m

70: Don't Go Away Mad

Have a/some Coke and a smile as our esteemed colleague John Ramos returns to discuss whether Mad Men and Don Draper got a proper sendoff -- and Buntsy finally stops torturing Dave with the DB Cooper thing. (Probably.) We discuss Nashville, vintage ads, crappy Washingtons, and Under The Dome trolling Tara before Sarah proposes another Weiner-related finale, The Sopranos's "Made In America," for its Canon button. Mindy won, Gossip Girl lost, and the panel put on ears for a Game Time about signature sounds. Pack your "The Suitcase" and take a hobo trip with these friends of ours on an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: John Ramos.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/151h 16m

Don't Go Away Mad

Have a/some Coke and a smile as our esteemed colleague John Ramos returns to discuss whether Mad Men and Don Draper got a proper sendoff -- and Buntsy finally stops torturing Dave with the DB Cooper thing. (Probably.) We discuss Nashville, vintage ads, crappy Washingtons, and Under The Dome trolling Tara before Sarah proposes another Weiner-related finale, The Sopranos's "Made In America," for its Canon button. Mindy won, Gossip Girl lost, and the panel put on ears for a Game Time about signature sounds. Pack your "The Suitcase" and take a hobo trip with these friends of ours on an all-new Extra Hot Great.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/05/151h 17m

69: In For A Penny

It's officially summer, and you know what that means: time to start a fire in the hearth, brew a pot of tea, and snuggle under a fur blanket for Showtime's Victorian supernatural drama, Penny Dreadful! Naturally, we were thrilled to welcome Matt Debenham, our resident Penny Dreadful correspondent, to join in the discussion. From there, we check in on the evolution of Mad Men's Don Draper into D.B. Cooper on the eve of the series finale. Around The Dial takes us through stops at Finding Carter, The Following, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, and a very brief peek back at 30 Rock. Matt makes the case for the induction of The Comeback's Season 2 finale, "Valerie Gets What She Really Wants," into The Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a very descriptive Game Time. Grab all your werewolf buddies and join us!Special Guest: Matt Debenham.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/151h 35m

68: Do They Know What Time It Is?

Lauren, Andrew, and Shannon join us for our first listeners-only Game Time event!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/1555m 7s

67: Orphan Black Marks

Our Orphan Black and Daredevil correspondent, Jeff Alexander, returns to talk boy clones, beatings, and Buntsy's boneheaded D.B. Cooper theory. Liv submitted her final Face Off report of the season, and we all learned something about corporate synergy. Then we went Around The Dial with the Justified finale (approved), the Daredevil renewal (approved), Catfish's obviously imminent end (should be approved), and some TV Canadiana ("Meat!") before bending an elbow for Jeff's Canon submission, Cheers's "Simon Says." Galaxy Quest goes to TV, Baffleck's foot goes in his mouth, and Game Time gets a see-plus in an Extra Hot Great worth waiting for.Special Guest: Jeff Alexander.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/04/151h 11m

66: Game Recognize Game

As Game Of Thrones launches its fifth season, both Particleer Nick Rheinwald-Jones and Ravens correspondent Jeff Drake join us to talk about the premiere. Sarah then launches her new Mad Men D.B. Cooper-watch segment, and Liv checks in with her comments on Face Off's penultimate episode of the season. Sarah explains why she is NOT a crackpot for believing there need to be more dance-school teen dramas on TV, and then Around The Dial makes stops at Daredevil, Slate's podcast on The Americans, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah problem, a worthy webseries replacement for Kroll Show, and the revamped Turn. Nick presents Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's "Kimmy's In A Love Triangle!" for submission to the Canon, and then after we name the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a clip-riffic Game Time. Put your direwolves outside and listen in!Special Guests: Jeff Drake and Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/04/152h 1m

65: The Beginning Of The End Of Mad Men

With Sarah back from baseball nerd camp at last, esteemed contributor John Ramos returned to EHG to talk Mad Men, shapeless narrative, and Roger Sterling's savvy borrowing of Sam Elliott's mustache. After a Face Off report on creepy dollies from Liv, we iced The Slap, bowed before Game Of Thrones, hummed along with the recent crop of awesome music documentaries, and reproached reboots before the Canon parole board considered the case of a first-season Oz episode. Lip-sync battles and communicable diseases were our Winners and Losers, and it took a global village to play Dan Blau Rogge's fantastic Game Time. Dolls, diners, the death penalty, Devon Gummersall and more, in an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: John Ramos.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/04/151h 44m

64: Dead And Loving It

As The Walking Dead wraps up its fifth season, regular Dead correspondent and designated pinch-hitter Jeff Alexander join us for a talk that ranges through the show, the comics, the spinoff, and which characters we could stand to see axed in Season 6! Liv gives the kid perspective on a kid-centered Face Off challenge. We go Around The Dial with stops at Going Clear, The Daily Show, Orphan Black, and Scandal, and The Good Wife. Dave presents the Magnum, P.I. episode "Paper War" for the Canon. After identifying the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a very special, maybe never-to-be-repeated Game Time event! Shamble on in and join us!Special Guests: Jeff Alexander and Omar Gallaga.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/03/151h 49m

63: Dancing With The Gladiators

Our esteemed colleague and ABC aficionado Kim Reed joins the gang for a discussion of Scandal, Dancing With The Stars's 20th season, and the extraneous bits of both. We premiered a new Phrase That Doesn't Pay, learned about Liv's superpower in the Face Off report, Catfished Nev Schulman's podcast, sank one at the buzzer with ESPN's Christian Laettner doc, and got public-service announcements about poison and bad plotting. Kim proposed a Parks & Recreation episode for the Canon before RuPaul and James Caan helped us out with Winners and Losers, and Game Time got aughty by nature. We're the white hats -- and we'd like you to stop pooping on this week's Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Kim Reed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/03/152h 5m

62: Facing The Seven Hours Of Music (or You're Talented)

American Idol and The Voice correspondent Stephanie Cangro joins us to compare and contrast TV's current big two singing competition shows, and confirm for all of us that Harry Connick Jr. is, in fact, the best. Liv walks us through an intergalactic beauty pageant challenge on Face Off, before we go Around The Dial with stops at The Jinx, The Royals, The Last Man On Earth, and Syfy's forthcoming Olympus. Stephanie makes her case for the submission of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode "Hush" to The Canon, and then after we name the week's Winner and Loser, a mega-sized Game Time may decide the standings for the season!Special Guest: Stephanie Cangro.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/03/151h 48m

61: Burning Down The House Of Cards

Thanks for your patience, friends! We're back, and we're joined by our esteemed colleague Alex Zeidel for a discussion of House Of Cards's third season. Sarah's not a crackpot for thinking TV kids need to have a seat at the dinner table, Liv's talking scary makeup with Dave, and we're circling the dial with Togetherness, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, obscure Nimoy, and CSI: Dawson. After considering whether Alex's RuPaul's Drag Race Canon submission was sickening in the right ways, we crowned a winner and a loser, and Game Time really stretched the term "working title." Over the Underwoods? Either way, there's something fishy about this week's episode of Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Alex Zeidel.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/03/151h 37m

60: Tough Cookies

Dean of the Blankenship Chair Mark Blankenship joins us to talk about the newest show he's covering for Previously.TV -- Fox's runaway hit hip-hop soap opera Empire! Liv returns to tell us all about the "Troll Bridge" episode of Face Off, and then we go around the dial to discuss The Americans, the new Emmy eligibility rules, another weird old TV ad, and the imminent return of Intervention. Mark presents the "Don't Make Me Over" episode of Roseanne to The Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we all dig into a Game Time (from our beloved Joe Reid) that requires us to bust out our calculators. Take a dose of your experimental medicine and enjoy!Special Guest: Mark Blankenship.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/02/151h 36m

59: Here For The Right Seasonings

Our esteemed colleague Jeff Drake helped the gang dish on the Boston season of Top Chef, before seeing if we felt a connection with the current Bachelor and his crop o' lipstick-sharing crazies. Then Tara backhanded The Slap (for its own good, of course!), Jeff visited Broad City and Transparent, and Sarah pitched PBS's endangered documentary programs before Dave taught us all a very important lesson about admitting it when you break a crotchety neighbor's window. A Canon nomination for Fringe may have frozen us in amber; terrorists won, TV journalism lost; and FOEHG Alan Sepinwall submitted a great Game Time about lesser partners. Listeners, will you accept this rose...water aioli?Special Guest: Jeff Drake.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/02/151h 15m

58: Riddle Of The Jinx

If HBO's going to bring us a true crime docuseries about notorious non-convicted alleged murderer Robert Durst, we're going to talk about it -- and we're going to get true crime expert Eve Batey to pause her Marathon Diary of The Wire and join us. A playing card-based Face Off challenges our six-year-old correspondent Liv. Around The Dial takes us through one of Dave's favourite old Canadian ads, Netflix's Daredevil, the sudden improvement on SVU, and the sweet Jane The Virgin. Eve presents the "Never Again" episode of The X-Files for admission to The Canon, and then after we identify the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time Ripped From The Headlines! Put down your hoagie and listen.Special Guest: Eve Batey.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/02/151h 43m

57: Holmes Sweet Holmes

Our esteemed colleague Allison Lowe Huff joined us to discuss a recent major arc on Elementary, and why the Sherlock Holmes-verse is so durable. After Liv reported on Face Off and the dietary preferences of lion sunflower creatures, we considered whether Dave would hate Syfy Greek-myth drama Olympus, mourned the once-great Sleepy Hollow, compared The Americans and Allegiance, and set sail with Vikings, before a (final?) round of Bunting vs. Bunting. David Dickerson endured a Star Trek: TNG episode to submit it for the Nonac before we declared a winner, a loser, and another loser. Who won the elaborate and awesome 25,000 Dave Point Pyramid-esque Game Time? Which Bunting prevailed? Will Dave follow Matt Frewer anywhere? Get a clue with an all-new Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Allison Lowe Huff.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/02/151h 57m

56: Boyds On The Side

Nick Rheinwald-Jones is our guest for a discussion of the just-kicked-off final season of Justified, just in time for Sarah to get on board. Niece Liv returns to cover Part 2 of the Face Off season premiere, before we move on to the most explosive Bunting vs. Bunting segment of Downton Abbey Series 5 to date. Around The Dial makes stops at The Nightly Show, Togetherness, Wolf Hall, Better Call Saul, and Restaurant Startup, before Nick makes the case for inducting the Gilmore Girls episode "Twenty-One Is The Loneliest Number" to The Canon. Once we crown the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Game Time we...got through, eventually, after some misadventure. Put on your cowboy hat and set a spell!Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/01/151h 38m

55: Gleeking Out

Our esteemed colleague Adam Grosswirth returned to EHG to talk about Glee's final season, the two Ryan Murphys, and how the polarizing show will end. After we laughed at Kroll Show and failed to fall for The Fall, Dave showed off his Night Moves, and we wondered which live musical would hit the nets next. Liv took inspiration from Face Off, one Sarah Bunting cleared a manor house of Russians, and Adam produced a third-season Muppet Show for the Canon before we played a dy-no-miiiiiiiite theme-song Game Time. Find out why we got kicked out of Fuddrucker's and why Buntsy's doing the robot on all-new old-school super-size Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Adam Grosswirth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/01/152h 2m

54: The 72nd Oscars Jr. Awards

The 2015 televised entertainment award season kicks off with the People's Choice Awards, and...just kidding, we're talking Golden Globes with Joe Reid. We then revive "Will Dave Hate This?" in response to Amazon's announcement of its TV adaptation of Philip K. Dick's The Man In The High Castle, and examine the latest Downton Abbey through the lens of Sarah Bunting vs. Sarah D. Bunting. Around The Dial stops at Parenthood, the American Heroes Channel, The Celebrity Apprentice, and My Husband's Not Gay, before Joe presents "The One Where Ross Got High" episode of Friends to The Canon.Special Guest: Joe Reid.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/01/151h 20m

53: Downton For The Count

Our esteemed colleague John Ramos is back to assess the stateside season premiere of Downton Abbey -- with all the Sarah Buntings that entails. We also sicced Wardrobe Cop on Rags To Riches, admired FXX's movie-advertising game, ran through the pleasures of The Flash, and worked up an appetite for The Great British Bake Off. John then gestated a Playing House Canon submission before Game Time forced us to wonder Who In The What Now. How much do the two S. Buntings have in common? What does the newest Spike reality competition have on Common? Are times changing? The latest full-strength ep of EHG has more info than a clever schoolteacher.Special Guest: John Ramos.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/01/151h 30m

52: 2014 In Review

The EHG team breaks its long silence for a quick look back at the TV year that was, with some highly partial superlatives including Best New Show, Most Tragic Renewal, and Pierce Of The Year. Join us for all the triumphant laurels and rotten tomatoes!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/12/141h 0m

51: Nonacs-travaganza!

It's time once again to consider nominees for the Nonac -- the opposite of the EHG Canon, where the worst-ever episodes of otherwise-good shows reside. After Dave clarified a point of Nonac law, we turned our attention to the "disgusting clothing" and ridiculous challenge in a ninth-season Project Runway; remembered how much we hated stupid Nick, Kalinda's stupid husband, on The Good Wife; failed to take Joey Potter's mugging plight seriously on Dawson's Creek; and said nice things about James Van Der Beek, Michael Kors, and soft-serve ice cream. Did this trio of terror make it into the Nonac, thus closing the books on their respective shows...FOREVAAAAAH? Quick, listen to Extra Hot Great and find out before you get hit by a car or something.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/11/1448m 51s

50: The A&E Afternoon-Programming Canon

Once upon a time, long ago (read: "the early aughts"), before the tyranny of Duck Dynasty, A&E really was about art and entertainment -- viz. their weekday-afternoon "rock block" of enjoyable classics. NewsRadio, Northern Exposure, and Law & Order: Mothership helped the gang while away many a dull PM at their desks. Today, we nominate favorites from each show for Canon consideration, and fondly remember Phil Hartman, Joel Fleischman's mullet, and that halcyon time before Michael Moriarty went bonkers and started running for king of countries he isn't a citizen of. Do you agree with our decisions? Hop in Extra Hot Great's daytime-TV time machine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/11/141h 0m

49: The Extra Hot Great Program Parole Board Special

Our very special all-Program Parole Board special looks around the TV landscape and makes recommendations on which currently-barely-available series deserve to be put online for streaming, put back into the syndication rotation, or straight-up rebooted.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/11/1436m 38s

48: The Extra Hot Great TV Cop Special

For our very special TV Cop special, we hear from specially trained officers working cases involving special effects overreach, sexual ethics, booze, and much more!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/10/1426m 37s

47: The Trip Has Spoken

Our esteemed colleague Trip Payne takes a break from hunting for the hidden immunity idol to join us for discussions of Survivor, TV's krappiest kids, a notable casting change, and a South Korean reality show. The hills were alive with the sound of a Will & Grace nomination for the Canon, and we also heard from Liv on Face Off and crowned our Winner and Loser before Game Time blindsided everyone! (Well, almost.) Drop your buffs: it's time to merge with Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Trip Payne.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/10/141h 19m

46: Dead And Circuses

Joe Reid joins us to discuss the week in TV as Ryan Murphy premieres the fourth season of American Horror Story, murderous clown and all. Around The Dial takes us through Extreme Cheapskates, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., HBO's announcement of a standalone streaming service, and Sarah and Joe engaging in a postseason baseball commentator fantasy draft (and if you're friends with Joe Buck, don't let him listen). The unwelcome return of the We Are All Domer segment carries us into a much more enjoyable topic: Joe's submission of The Good Wife's "Red Team, Blue Team" to The Canon. An overstuffed listing of the week's Winner and Loser is our last stop before a seasonally appropriate spoooooky Game Time, with a very special host. Snuggle up on your picnic blanket without a single care in the world and enjoy!Special Guest: Joe Reid.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/10/141h 27m

45: Homeland Wants Its Spy Mommy

Our esteemed colleague Jeff Drake came not to praise Homeland's season premiere, but to bury it -- but he and the gang found a lot to like. We went around the dial with animated shows, British-history-based streaming sleep aids, and a great ending to a great Bob's Burgers, before Liv accidentally NSFWed the Face Off report and Sarah reviewed Lena Dunham's new book. The Giudices got jail time, Tara got (pea)cocky for Game Time, and we tried not to drone on in a radical Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Jeff Drake.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/10/141h 19m

44: Wayney Days

Fox gets into the comic book adaptation game with Gotham, and Previously.TV's resident Gotham watcher Nick Rheinwald-Jones is here to talk about it with us! Around The Dial rolls through The Flash, Chicago PD, The Good Wife, and How To Get Away With Murder. True professional Olivia Kwan updates us on the latest Face Off even though its "childhood fears" theme was so scary that her mom only let her watch a little bit of it. Tara busts out the last "We Are All Domer" of the season (or maybe forever...?). Nick offers up the Season 3 finale of Episodes for submission into The Canon, and then after we call out the week's Winner and Loser, it's a game that's so vain, it probably thinks this Game Time's about it. Quit morbidly fixating on local street crime and listen!Special Guest: Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/09/141h 13m

43: Madam Secretary's Diplomatic Immunity Is Revoked

Our esteemed colleague and EHG first-timer Allison Lowe Huff headed up the Madam Secretary discussion committee this week before Liv and Dave filed reports on Face Off and Billy Eichner, respectively. We also put a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode to a vote (...at Tenagra), tried to solve The Mysteries Of Laura, and fell for Gravity Falls before taking a trip through fictional small-town America during Game Time. Is Space Louis a real place? What does "Shaka" mean? And is Tea Leoni really our most underrated actress? Join us for state dinner and a movie on Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Allison Lowe Huff.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/141h 26m

42: The Fall Guys

Our long, long three-week hiatus comes to an end with the return of John Ramos, and a discussion of new fall series -- the ones each of us are into; the ones we should be into but aren't; and the ones we feel no one should be into. After Olivia's latest Face Off report (warning: contains Beauty And The Beast and Frozen spoilers), we go around the dial to touch on Couples Therapy, The Chair, Iyanla, Fix My Life, and an insane rant from Dave about marketing The Blacklist. The episode also features Tiny Triumphs, the Domest thing about the latest Under The Dome, John's submission of the Enlisted series finale to the Canon, and finally the week's Winner and Loser and a Game Time that is fought...navally.Special Guest: John Ramos.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/09/141h 34m

41: Making It Work (Yum!)

One half of the Fug Girls, Jessica Morgan, returns to the guest chair as we consider Project Runway and whether it's showing its age. We also talked about Utopia's not-that-crazy ideas, Rectify's Emmy chances in 2015, corporate fan-fic, and televised LARPing before assessing a five-makeover Clone High ep for the canon. Could the gang guess which portmanteaux names went with which couples in Game Time? Will Nicollette Sheridan have her day in court? Find out on a one-day-challenge episode of Extra Hot Great. ...STAMOS!Special Guest: Jessica Morgan.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/08/141h 22m

40: Getting Knicked

Alan Sepinwall joins us for his first-ever full episode of the podcast for a discussion of The Knick! After Face Off correspondent Olivia Kwan updates us on Episode 3, we go around the dial with Outlander, Dirk Gently, Amy Pascale's new Joss Whedon biography, and Extreme Guide To Parenting. Sarah shares a couple of recent Tiny Triumphs, Tara tells us why We Are All Domer for knowing anything at all about Under The Dome, Alan presents the Cheers episode "Endless Slumper" for submission into The Canon. Then it's on to the week's Winner and Loser and a musical Game Time. Dip your beard in some water and scrub in!Special Guest: Alan Sepinwall.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/08/141h 28m

39: Hear For The Right Reasons

Previously's Bachelor/ette expert, Stephanie Green, joins us -- even Sarah, with Time Warner Cable's capricious blessing! -- to discuss the latest Bachelorette finale, slut-shaming, and whether anyone's still watching it (or going on the show) unironically. After we went around the dial with Stephen 'DGAF' Colbert, Dave's take on Tara's Fringe rewatch, and The Leftovers book club, Olivia Kwan reported on Face Off, and we wrote Felicity's first-season sex episode in our day planners. Did Game Time accept this rose? Was Janeane Garofalo drunk when she recorded those 'Dear Felicity' spots? The gang tells all in this week's Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Stephanie Green.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/141h 23m

38: Making Up Is Hard To Do

The return of SyFy's Face Off brings series expert/first-time guest Monty Ashley (plus six-year-old fan Olivia Kwan) to the podcast to talk locked molds, co-operation, and why taking one class with your son might not be adequate preparation for a prospective contestant on the show. Then Sarah's network craps out and we're forced to carry on without her to talk Ancient Aliens, the original Batman TV series, and Married At First Sight. Tara inaugurates a new Under The Dome segment and Dave shares a Batman Day Tiny Triumph, and then it's on to Monty's Canon submission: the "Scott Tenorman Must Die" episode of South Park. Tara names the week's Winner and Loser, and then it's on to a very educational Game Time. Without giving anything away...trust when we say this episode is more suspenseful than most.Special Guest: Monty Ashley.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/07/141h 4m

37: The Most Bad-Ass Podcast You're Going To Hear All Week!

If we were going to be talking about the greatest TV bad-asses in a variety of sub-categories, it seemed obvious that we would need to bring bad-ass Omar Gallaga into the mix to join us and share his picks. We then move on to an Around The Dial segment that takes us through Restaurant Start-Up, Under The Dome, the World Cup, and The Strain. The pre-cancellation of Hieroglyph and Dave's timely discovery of a pilot script online inspired a very special Is This Worse Than Jazz?. Omar presents the "Rick Potion #9" episode of Rick And Morty for submission into The Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we all place our bids in a Price Is Right-y Game Time. Put on your toughest leather jacket and enjoy!Special Guest: Omar Gallaga.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/141h 39m

36: Mentally Challenged

Our esteemed colleague and Challenge poobah Lilit Marcus joined the regulars this week for a spirited discussion of the artist formerly known as The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: is it money? fame? Bolivian marching powder? We went Around The Dial with Canadian foodvertising, British crime shows, and Drunk History before considering the show's first Doctor Who ep for the Canon. After declaring our Winner and Loser, we looked to the silver screen for this week's Game Time. Don't blink or you'll miss this week's Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Lilit Marcus.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/07/141h 5m

35: Such Super Ladies

Learned correspondent Jeff Alexander returns to discuss what worked and what didn't in the season finales of Fargo and Orphan Black. Around The Dial takes us through The Haunting Of..., Doctor Who, Big Brother, Enlisted, Tyrant, and Dominion. Jeff makes the case for The Walking Dead's "Seed" to be inducted into The Canon, and then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we dig into a thrilling new Game Time from Trip Payne. Grab your sisters, bundle up, and enjoy!Special Guest: Jeff Alexander.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/141h 28m

34: Never Poop In Westeros

Our esteemed colleagues Jeff Drake and Nick Rheinwald-Jones join the gang to talk Game Of Thrones, including the fate of The Hound, why Stannis sucks, whether we can compare the show to The Sopranos, and the wisdom of locking the door before visiting, er, the throne. We went around the dial with Playing House, Orange Is The New Black, and Last Week Tonight; Dave recommended the wonderfully bad Unsealed: Conspiracy Files, and VP of the Nobody Cares Department S. Douglas Bunting reviewed Those Who Kill. After assessing an X-Files classic for The Canon, we crowned a Winner and Loser, then celebrated a 'read wedding' during a password-based Game Time. It's a magical episode that gets pretty Ser-ious!Special Guests: Jeff Drake and Nick Rheinwald-Jones.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/141h 46m

33: Summer TV Weather Report

The great Joe Reid returns to his old stomping grounds for a roundup of the shows we'll be watching this summer, as we each pick one respectable series and one piece of beloved garbage. A super-sized Around The Dial features talk of game nights, possible movie news, and the shows that have disappointed Sarah and Tara most this week. Joe presents the "Valerie Relaxes In Palm Springs" episode of The Comeback for submission into The Canon, and then after identifying the Winner and Loser of the week, we round things off with an exciting, suspenseful Game Time about shows that noooooooobody remembers. Get into a kiddie pool and enjoy!Special Guest: Joe Reid.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/141h 54m

32: Gone Catfish-ing

It's about finding love on this week's EHG, as we're joined by @midnight writer and Frasier superfan Matt Mira to try to answer burning questions about Catfish: how much of it is fake? what exactly did Carmen do to make her cousin fall in love with her 'Tony' over the phone? why...is Max? We went around the dial with 'pitiless tear-extraction machine' Call The Midwife, the revamped American Idol, and Dave's nomination for the Pierce of Bob's Burgers; considered a fifth-season Star Trek: TNG episode for the Canon, declared a Winner and Loser, and went to the bitter end of Game Time. Remove your personal information from Spokeo and join us!Special Guest: Matt Mira.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/141h 26m

31: BOOP BEEP! BOOP BEEP!

Official 24 correspondent Jeff Alexander joins us all the way from Minneapolis to discuss the first two episodes of the new mini-series. Around The Dial brings discussion of The Good Wife, NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby miniseries, and the cancelled shows we’ll miss the most, including the one about an undead entrepreneur. We consider the induction of Parks & Recreation’s "Sister City" to The Canon, and then it’s on to the week’s Winner and Loser and a Game Time that’s all about One-Season Wonders (except for the ones where it’s no wonder they got canned).Special Guest: Jeff Alexander.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/141h 20m

30: Back To Louie

Sports On Earth's Will Leitch takes another run at what we like to call 'The Leitch' -- successfully pitching a Canon entry AND winning a Game Time in a single guest shot -- as we discuss the return of Louie. We went around the dial, singing 'Sunrise, Sunset' to some shows (Sirens, Almost Human) and saying 'Hello, Charlie!' to another (Charlie's Angels), and Sarah celebrated Project Tiny Triumph before we considered a recent Eastbound & Down episode for the Canon. In a sportsy Game Time, could our honored guest pull off a Leitch-peat...or will he have to wait 'til next year? Join us as we swing for the fences on this week's Extra Hot Great.Special Guest: Will Leitch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/141h 10m

29: Clone Club Colloquy

The great Jesse Murray returns for the first time in this podcast run to talk about the first season of Orphan Black, and what we’ve seen thus far of Season 2. Then he joins us to go Around The Dial with discussion of Playing House, Season 1 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Penny Dreadful, and RuPaul's Drag Race. Tara addresses the Tiny Triumph (or is it?!) of Late Night With Seth Meyers getting a bigger guest chair (or did they?!); Sarah and Tara consider the matter of Black Box and whether it's worse than jazz. Jesse submits the "Cherie Lifesaver" episode of Punky Brewster to The Canon, and then after the week's Winner and Loser, it's back to regulation Game Time! Unless you're on the run from religious wackos, you have no excuse not to listen.Special Guest: Jesse Murray.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/141h 25m