Welcome to Punch Drunk TV where best frenemies Aaron Pruner and Jack Conway discuss everything they love and hate about TV. From the latest news to their picks for Winner and Loser of the week, these industry insiders offer an offbeat and hysterical perspective on all things television. Follow Aaron and Jack on Twitter at @aaronflux and @flatlinejack, and check out the podcast’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/PunchDrunkTV
Punch Drunk TV 127: Quarantine Madness
1:39:51Surprise. Punch Drunk TV is back with episode 127 and, obviously, this is not your average show. Since we're all stuck at home, Jack and I decided to try one thing we've never done in our seven-year history doing this show: Record remotely. It worked, albeit my (Aaron) mic was not at great as his. No winners or losers in this episode. It's more like, we're just checking in, ya know? Although we do talk about television a bit. Tiger King, The Office, Sesame Street and more are mentioned in this episode. What have you been watching to keep yourself sane? Thanks for listening and hey, maybe we'll do another one of these soon enough. #ClinkTheDrink
Punch Drunk TV 126: Oh Holy ... Crap!
3:50:30Well would ya look at that, we're back ... kind of. It's episode 126 of Punch Drunk TV and, well, it's been a while. When Jack proposed this "terrible idea" of doing a one-off episode where we talk about the year's best TV shows, I couldn't help but say yes. I mean, I have a baby and no social life now, so just getting the opportunity to sit in someone else's living room was incentive enough. But, it was quite nice getting the band back together, so to speak. Yes, this is a long episode. Longer than The Irishman, in fact. We talk about all sorts of big tentpole things like Disney+, The Mandalorian and Watchmen. But we also dig into lesser-known TV shows you should be watching like Primal, Sherman's Showcase, David Makes Man and something called Cannon Busters. We have no guarantee we'll be back to do this again. But who knows, there may be another episode of Punch Drunk TV for your earholes by the time Comic-Con is over. Anything's possible. But don't quote me on this. There are no losers in this podcast episode ... aside from Haim Saban. But you'll need to listen to really figure out what I mean.
Punch Drunk TV 125: The Punch Stops Here
2:26:57Clinkers, we know it's been a while but we are finally back for one more -- and one final -- episode. Yes, it's true, after almost 7 years, we have decided it is now time to bring Punch Drunk TV to an end. This is Aaron typing, in case you didn't know. I started this show, back when it was first called Best Frienemies, and then revamped to the GeekNation show Pass the Effin Remote, for the simple reason that I wanted to hang out with Jack. I knew we had good chemistry, I was always entertained when we hung out, and a light bulb went off that we should do some type of show. Now, here we are. Doing this show helped us make new friends, brought our voices into households across the world, opened up doors to new job opportunities, and solidified my friendship with this dude I first met at a goth club over 20 years ago. This may be the end to Punch Drunk TV, but we are not going anywhere. Jack and I are currently working out an idea for a new show, so please keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter. We will announce something in the coming months. In the meantime, please clink the drink with us one final time. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: The "Game of Thrones" finale set a record for HBO with 19.3 million viewers tuning in. The final season of "Orange is the New Black" will premiere on Friday, July 26. "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" will premiere Friday, Aug. 30. Hulu has announced a new kids cartoon called "The Bravest Knight" which will feature same-sex parents. To celebrate the third season of "Stranger Things," Coca Cola will be bringing back a limited number of New Coke cans as a tie-in. There's a rumor many outlets are reporting on that says "The Muppets" will be coming getting a new series on Disney+. The episodes will be a collection of variety show-style shorts that sound like a throwback to the original "Muppet Show" from the '70s, as well as "Muppets Tonight" from the late '90s. AARON'S LOSERS:"Bonding" (Netflix), "Arrested Development" (Netflix) and "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" (Netflix) JACK'S LOSERS:"Game of Thrones" (HBO) and "Arrested Development" (Netflix) AARON'S FENCERS:"The Twilight Zone" (CBS All Access) and "Game of Thrones" JACK'S FENCERS: "I Think You Should Leave" (Netflix) AARON'S WINNERS"Tuca & Bertie" (Netflix), "The Act" (Hulu), "I Think You Should Leave," "What We Do in the Shadows" (FX), "Barry" (HBO) and "Chernobyl" (HBO)JACK'S WINNERS: "Barry," "Happy!" (SYFY), "The Other Two" (Comedy Central), "Rilakkuma" (Netflix), "The Act" and "The Kids Are Alright" (ABC) Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 125. Thanks for sticking with us all these years. We love you.
Punch Drunk TV 124: Revenge of The Virgin Bachelor
2:00:55It's our final episode before a self-assigned mini-hiatus and we're coming at you strong with some exciting news, hot takes, and more drunken idiocy. And clinker Serena sent us candy, so please excuse us because we got real hype throughout the recording of this episode. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: Taika Waititi is developing a "Time Bandits" TV series for Apple. AMC is developing an "Orphan Black" spinoff series. Showtime canceled "SMILF" due to misconduct allegations against show creator and star, Frankie Shaw. Netflix has ordered a new Greek mythology-inspired anime series called "Gods & Heroes" from Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind "Castlevania." Netflix has signed deals with Japanese anime studios Anima, Sublimation, and David Production. Anima will produce "Altered Carbon: Resleeved," Sublimation will create "Dragon's Dogma" -- a series based on the Capcom role-playing video game -- and David Production will create "Spriggan" for Netflix, based on the popular sci-fi battle manga of the same name. Slashfilm has reported that Disney is developing a new Marvel show for Disney+ based on the "What If" comic series. AARON'S LOSERS: "Saturday Night Live," "The Toe Bro" / "Dr. Pimple Popper" and "The Passage" JACK'S LOSERS: "Now Apocalypse" and "Videos After Dark" AARON'S FENCERS: "The Order" and "AP Bio"JACK'S FENCERS: "The Order," "American Gods" and "Costume Quest" AARON'S WINNERS: "Crashing," "Leaving Neverland," "The Bachelor" and "What We Do in the Shadows"JACK'S WINNERS: "After Life" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 124.
Punch Drunk TV 123: Luke Perry & Michael Jackson
1:56:51A whole bunch of celebrity deaths and a disturbing documentary lead us into a more somber episode. We try to keep things as entertaining as possible, though. Welcome to Episode 123. #ClinktheDrink NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: Luke Perry died from a stroke at the age of 52. WWE wrestling legend, 450 lb King Kong Bundy, died at the age of 61. "Arrow" will end after a shortened 8th season which will only consist of 10 episodes. Hulu's "Vampire Chronicles" series will begin production in Budapest in September with Dee Johnson ("ER," "Southland") taking up showrunner duties. "Mad About You" is being rebooted with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt returning as their characters Paul and Jamie Buchman. It'll air on … Spectrum Originals? Brie Larson will star in and executive produce the upcoming Apple series based on "Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA," the upcoming memoir penned by Amaryllis Fox, the 37-year-old CIA operative who is married to Robert F. Kennedy III. JACK'S LOSERS: "The Widow" AARON'S FENCERS: "American Gods" and "Leaving Neverland"JACK'S FENCERS: "Better Things" and "Sherwood" AARON'S WINNERS: "State of the Union," "Losers," "Good Girls," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Saturday Night Live"JACK'S WINNERS: "Hot Ones" (The Desus & Mero episode), "Leaving Neverland," "Losers," "Deadly Class" and Wayne" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 123.
Punch Drunk TV 122: Whiskey Cavalier, On the Rocks
2:32:17Jack's work schedule is still nuts, and fatherhood is exhausting. But, we're back, delirious and drunk, and ready to pick apart the TV of the week. And we may even talk about Kim Kardashian for a hot minute. And we may be a little sorry about it. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: A Disney villains series is in the works for Disney's upcoming streaming service, titled, "Book of Enchantment." Nathan Lane and Natalie Dormer have been added to the cast of "Penny Dreadful: City of Angels." WarnerMedia is developing an animated "Gremlins" prequel series. Ryan Murphy is moving forward with his first original series produced by Netflix, simply titled "Hollywood." Not much info is available about the program, which will go into production this summer, aside from Murphy describing the series as "a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown." Fox has greenlit a 6-episode "event series" reboot of "Beverly Hills, 90210." Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling will play "heightened versions" of themselves. AARON'S LOSERS: "The Walking Dead," "Dating Around" and "Vice Live"JACK'S LOSERS: "Flack" and "The Enemy Within" AARON'S FENCERS: "Lethal Weapon" and "Whiskey Cavalier"JACK'S FENCERS: "Whiskey Cavalier" and "Knight Fight" AARON'S WINNERS: "Masterchef Jr.," "Lorena," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Desus & Mero" and "Documentary Now!"JACK'S WINNERS: "The Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy," "Last Week Tonight," Refinery 29's YouTube Channel, "Wayne" and "Deadly Class" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 122.
Punch Drunk TV 121: From Weird City, With Love
2:15:49We're back after a week hiatus and, while Jack and I are both exhausted, we've still found time to drink and yell about TV -- for your aural pleasure, of course. It's also the end of this year's Winter Television Critics Association press tour and I may have hung out with the "American Gods" cast ... and I may have told Emily Browning that Jack requested I throw her in a sack. And it may have made things a bit awkward. You'll just have to listen to find out! NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: Hulu has ordered four new Marvel adult animated series and a standalone special. "Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.," "Marvel’s Hit-Monkey," "Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show" and "Marvel’s Howard the Duck". The special is "Marvel’s The Offenders." The "Breaking Bad" movie will premiere on Netflix before airing on AMC. Benedict Cumberbatch will play Satan in Amazon's "Good Omens." The 6-episode series will premiere on May 31. Aldus Huxley's "Brave New World" has been ordered as a 10-episode series at USA. The working title for SYFY's Child's Play series is "Chucky" and Brad Dourif will return to voice the doll. "Desus & Mero" premieres on Showtime on February 21. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez will be the first guest. And for some reason, Comedy Central is bringing back "Crank Yankers." AARON'S LOSER: "SNL" and "The Punisher"JACK'S LOSERS: "3 Below" AARON'S FENCERS: "PEN15," "Miracle Workers" and "Abducted in Plain Sight"JACK'S FENCERS: "Russian Doll," "Carmen Sandiego," "Miracle Workers" and "The Umbrella Academy" AARON'S WINNERS: "Wayne," "Weird City," "The Kids Are Alright," "Russian Doll" and "Friends From College" JACK'S WINNERS: "PEN15," "Wayne," "Deadly Class," "Documentary Now," Seth Meyers, in general and "Girlfriend Reviews" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 121.
Punch Drunk TV 120: Ted Bundy, Carmen Sandiego and The Black Dahlia ... Oh My!
2:16:22This week, we're faced with a bunch of horror reboots for the small-screen which could be good or bad news, depending on how you look at it. We also touch on those big TV winners from this past weekend's SAG Awards -- and you'll never guess who won Best Stunt Ensemble. Jack's wife, JoEllen, wants to know ... have you accomplished any of your New Year's Resolutions? Or are you like Aaron and prefer to make goals, instead? NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: A "Resident Evil" TV series, from the same people behind the movies, is in the works at Netflix. Nick Antosca is developing a "Child's Play" TV series with original movie creator Don Mancini at SYFY. And according to Antosca, "Chucky can say 'fuck' on SYFY." CBS All Access has ordered a 10-episode mini-series remake of "The Stand." Season 2 of "Killing Eve" will air on both BBC America and AMC to broaden its reach. "Rent Live" was Fox's lowest-rated musical. Only 3.42 million people tuned in during the three-hour long event -- which definitely wasn't "live." AARON'S LOSERS: "The Punisher" and "Rent: Live"AARON'S FENCERS: "Black Monday," "Future Man," "Friends From College" and "The Ted Bundy Tapes"JACK'S FENCERS: "Conan" and "The Umbrella Academy" AARON'S WINNERS: "Carmen Sandiego," "The Passage" and "I Am the Night"JACK'S WINNERS: "The Good Place," "Deadly Class," "Broad City," "The Other Two," "Carmen Sandiego" and "Hot Ones" (w/ guest Gordon Ramsay) Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 120.
Punch Drunk TV 119: The CW ... Where Disney Teens are DTF
2:37:26Aaron here -- after taking a week off my wife, her mother, my baby and I all got hit with the flu, we have returned for Episode 119 of Punch Drunk TV. There's a lot we go over in this episode, including the multiple Fyre Festival docs that hit streaming last week. Before we kick things off, Jack's wife JoEllen poses a question to us and you Clinkers: How would you describe The CW? Because they definitely have their own very specific brand going on. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: The CW has ordered a musical dramedy spinoff of "Riverdale" titled "Katy Keene." The CW also ordered a "Lost Boys" TV series which will no longer be an anthology series but, as THR says, will be "set in Santa Carla and explores the secret underworld of vampires. After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla's eternally beautiful and youthful undead." "Queer Eye" will go to Tokyo for four episodes in its next season. The special four-episode installment, titled "Queer Eye: We're in Japan!," will premiere on Netflix after Season 3 of the series drops later this year. Netflix is rebooting "Unsolved Mysteries" from the show's original producers. According to THR, "the new series will follow a similar format to its predecessor, which first aired on NBC in the late 1980s. Each of the 12 episodes will focus on a single mystery — the broadcast version had multiple cases per episode — and like the original, will enlist viewers' help in solving each case." Showtime has bought the rights to a four-part docuseries titled, "Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men." The first two episodes will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and then the series will air on the network in the spring. A Fyre Festival-inspired GoFundMe campaign for Bahamian restaurant owner Maryann Rolle has raised more than $100,000 to help her with the debt she went into during the disastrous music event. AARON'S LOSER: "Roswell, New Mexico"JACK'S LOSERS: "Roswell, New Mexico," "True Detective," "Valley of the Boom," "Fam" and "Schooled" AARON'S FENCERS: "Trigger Warning With Killer Mike," "SNL" and "Fyre"JACK'S FENCERS: "Future Man" and "Sally4Ever" AARON'S WINNERS: "Sex Education," "The Punisher," "The Passage" and "Fyre Fraud"JACK'S WINNERS: "Sex Education," "The Passage," "Fyre," "Fyre Fraud," "Tigtone" and "Bad Chad Customs" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 119.
Punch Drunk TV 118: The Masked Singer Is Dumb ... and Amazing
2:57:45It's been a long three weeks but we have returned just in time for "The Masked Singer" to capture our full attention and for "The Sopranos" to turn 20. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: The Academy Awards will go without a host for the first time since 1989. "Vikings" will end after Season 6. The CW has ordered a pilot for Ruby Rose's "Batwoman" standalone series. The Season 3 premiere date of "Stranger Things" is July 4, 2019. Netflix has canceled Buzzfeed's news series, "Follow This." Hulu has canceled Sarah Silverman's "I Love You, America." A LEGO competition series is in the works from Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment production company. NatGeo has shelved Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Star Talk" amid the sexual harassment investigation. Deadpool director Tim Miller and David Fincher have teamed up to bring an animated anthology series titled, "Love, Death & Robots" to Netflix. Before digging into our winners and losers, Jack and I look at the shows who won at the Golden Globes this past Sunday and discuss how "The Sopranos" changed the game for TV. And if the show never hit HBO, it's possible our podcast wouldn't exist. Aaron's Losers: "Stand Up and Away with Brian Regan," "Bird Box," "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" and "Superstore"Jack's Losers: "Project Blue Book" and "Gotham" Aaron's Fencers: "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" and "Surviving R. Kelly"Jack's Fencers: "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch," "Forever," "Big Mouth," "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" and "Good Trouble" Aaron's Winners: "Titan Games," "Dirty John," "The Masked Singer," "Project Blue Book," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and Deadly Class"Jack's Winners: "Pinky Malinky," "Aggretsuko Christmas Special," "Anne With an E," "Runaways," "Atlanta," "The Titan Games," "Happy!," "The Masked Singer" and "Deadly Class" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 118.