Join Tara Ariano, Sarah D. Bunting, David T. Cole 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.
448: Celebrating The Return Of Party Down
1:23:37If you've been waiting since Party Down's S02 finale in 2010 for your pink-bowtied friends to come back into your life: good news! S03 premiered on Starz last week, and Mark Lisanti has come back to discuss it with us. Around The Dial takes us through The Consultant, Harrison Ford's new TV career, a selection of highlights from Peacock, Yellowjackets, and a horrifying ad for the home repair app Thumbtack. We answer Suley's challenge to create a Downton Abbey spinoff concept in which Lord Grantham loses the family estate on a poor investment. Tara pitches the Wellington Paranormal episode "The Coolening" for submission into The Canon. Then we name the week's Winner and Loser and move on to the male half of last week's Re-Role Playing Game. Grab a snack from a passing tray and join us: we ARE having fun yet! GUESTS 👤 Mark Lisanti TOPICS Lead Topic: 🍾 Party Down Around The Dial: 🤝 The Consultant Around The Dial: 😠 Harrison Fording Around The Dial: 🐝 Yellowjackets Around The Dial: 📌 Thumbtack Ad Extra Credit: 👵🏻 Dowager Dynasty The Canon: 🥝 Wellington Paranormal S04.E03: The Cooling Winner & Loser: 👍 It Winner & Loser: 👎 Brian Austin Green Game Time: 🎭 Re-Role Playing Game: Actor Edition NOTES 🗒 Full episode notes can be found on the episode 448 page on ExtraHotGreat.com 🤝 Tara's review of The Consultant at VanityFair.com 📚 The Exhibit B. Books Older Stock Sale 📌 Thumbtack's "Broken Shades" spot ☘️ "Derry Girls fans swamp post announcing prequel series to the It horror movies" on IrishPost.com 📷 Photo: Starz
447: Getting Comfortable With The Company You Keep
1:29:02The Two Cents Plus Tax podcast's Krystal Farmer is back, and we picked her a good one this time -- to everyone's surprise! ABC's new Soderberghian con-fam rom-com isn't perfect, but it's cast really well, has good romantic andfamilial chemistry, and seems to think it's on premium cable, and for whatever reason, it works for us. (And so, for a change, does Sarah Callies!) After a list of mostly favorable comparisons to other heist shows, we went Around The Dial with Canadian hotel TV, Hunters, The 12th Victim, and Picard before Mlle. Caroline checked the Canon's motion sensors with the pilot episode of Leverage. Poker Face won, FX and On Hulu lost, and Pottsy is fine -- at writing games around actresses' IMDb entries. Finish RSVPing for the Aldis Hodge Appreciation Society banquet later; it's time for an all-new Extra Hot Great. GUESTS 👤 Krystal Farmer TOPICS Lead Topic: 🕵️ The Company You Keep Around The Dial: 🦫 Canadian Hotel TV Around The Dial: 👀 Hunters Around The Dial: 🔪 The 12th Victim Around The Dial: 🪐 Star Trek: Picard The Canon: 😩 Leverage S01.E01: The Nigerian Job Winner & Loser: 👍 Poker Face Winner & Loser: 👎 B.J. Novak Game Time: 🎭 Re-Role Playing Game NOTES 🗒 Full episode notes can be found on the episode 447 page on ExtraHotGreat.com 🐦 Krystal Farmer on Twitter 🪙 The Two Cents Plus Tax podcast 🤬 A list of confidence schemes to second-screen during The Company You Keep 💄 The Listen To Sassy Club 🔦 The Best Evidence newsletter 🏆 Submit those Canons 'n' Nonacs! 📷 Photo: ABC / Eric McCandless
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446: Pairing Up For Perfect Match
1:26:48Just because some stars of Love Is Blind, Too Hot To Handle, and Sexy Beasts (among others) failed to find love on their shows, does that mean they should give up entirely? Netflix said NO, and put a bunch of them together in Perfect Match; Christina Tucker bravely returns to discuss it with us. Around The Dial takes us through Season 4 of You; The Real Housewives Of Potomac; The Good Fight S05; and a viscerally memorable moment from The Inbetweeners. Tara shares a Tiny Triumph that, if we're being honest, really belongs more to George Saunders. Laura pitches It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia's Season 15 premiere for induction into The Canon. Then, after naming the week's winner and loser, it's on to a Game Time that's written in the stars. Grab a large drink in an opaque metal glass and join us! GUESTS 👤 Christina Tucker TOPICS Lead Topic: 💘 Perfect Match Around The Dial: You Around The Dial: 🍷 The Real Housewives Of Potomac Around The Dial: 🥊 The Good Fight Around The Dial: 🤮 The Inbetweeners Vomit Warning Tiny Triumph: 🏆 The Semplica Girl Diaries The Canon: 🔔 It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia S15.E01: 2020: A Year In Review Winner & Loser: 👍 Ripley Winner & Loser: 👎 Adrianne Curry Game Time: 🦀 Heavens Above NOTES 🗒 Full episode notes can be found on the episode 446 page on ExtraHotGreat.com 🐦 Christina Tucker on Twitter 💘 Tara's Perfect Match review at VanityFair.com 🏡 Tara on Arrested Development's removal from Netflix, also at VanityFair.com 😳 Christina's podcast, Wait, Is This A Date? 📚 Exhibit B. Books ✍️ Deadline.com report on Richard Ayoade's adaptation of The Semplica Girl Diaries
445: Should You Mark Dear Edward Return To Sender?
1:21:44Primetimer's Mark Blankenship returns to his eponymous chair to talk about Dear Edward, an adaptation of a 2020 book that most of the panel found manipulative and stilted -- but others thought was moving and sweet. Does the show's success depend on what mood you're in when you sit down to watch? Why can't writers' rooms get middle-grade children's dialogue right? And how's Connie Britton's hair? After addressing these critical questions, we went Around The Dial with Not Dead Yet, Ghosts, and Buntsy's Cheers and Frasierrewatches. We took a quick break from the extended Crane-verse to hear Tomke out on why Bake Off hosts have lost their authority; then Sarah hoped to send the eighth season of Cheers out on a high note with her Canon presentation of the finale. Triplets won, TV news lost, and a Non-Regulation Game Time. Return your eye tables to the up-rolled position: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great! GUESTS 👤 Mark Blankenship TOPICS Lead Topic: ✈️ Dear Edward Around The Dial: 🪦 Not Dead Yet Around The Dial: 👻 Ghosts (2021) Around The Dial: 🍻 Cheers Around The Dial: 🛋️ Frasier I Am Not A Crackpot: 🥮 GBBO Judges The Canon: 🍻 Cheers S08.E26 + E27: Cry Hard + Cry Harder Winner & Loser: 👍 Three Identical Strangers Winner & Loser: 👎 Network News Creeps Game Time: 🎶 Tube Tunes XII NOTES 🗒 Full episode notes can be found on the episode 445 page on ExtraHotGreat.com 🐦 Mark Blankenship on Twitter 🎵 Mark at The Lost Songs Project 🛩️ Linda Holmes's review of Dear Edward at NPR 🍆 Tara's Pamela Ribon interview at GQ.com 🎶 Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs on Patreon 📷 Photo: Apple TV+
444: Telling The Truth About Poker Face
1:48:10Peacock's latest original series is a Rian Johnson-created Columbo-esque "case of the week" procedural starring a fugitive cocktail waitress/human lie detector played by Natasha Lyonne; Rolling Stone Chief TV Critic Alan Sepinwall returns to discuss it (and bring with him all his coverage from the magazine)! Around The Dial takes us through the start of a new season of Married At First Sight (yes, already), plus Shrinking, Russian Doll, Lockwood & Co., and a new season of 9-1-1: Lone Star. Jeff argues that he is NOT a crackpot for thinking so-called "bottle episodes" are wildly overpraised. Laura presents the Better Call Saul episode "Something Stupid" for induction into The Canon. Then, after naming the week's Winner and Loser, we've got a lot of questions in Game Time. Sync the Bluetooth in your classic Barracuda and listen! GUESTS 👤 Alan Sepinwall TOPICS Lead Topic: 🃏 Poker Face Around The Dial: 👰♀️ Married At First Sight Around The Dial: 🧠 Shrinking Around The Dial: 🪆 Russian Doll Around The Dial: 👻 Lockwood & Co. Around The Dial: 👨🚒 9-1-1: Lone Star I Am Not A Crackpot: 🍾 Bottle episodes The Canon: ⚖️ Better Call Saul S04.E07: Something Stupid Winner & Loser: 👍 Carol Burnett Winner & Loser: 👎 Judy Greer Game Time: 🤷♀️ 19 Questions NOTES 🗒 Full episode notes can be found on the episode 444 page on ExtraHotGreat.com 🐦 Alan Sepinwall on Twitter 🪨 Alan's Poker Face feature at RollingStone.com 🔪 Alan's Rian Johnson Q&A 🕶️ Alan's Natasha Lyonne Q&A ⭐️ Alan's Poker Face review 🛋️ Tara on pop culture therapists at VanityFair.com 🐘 Alan on Mastodon ✍️ Alan's author page at RollingStone.com 📰 Alan's free newsletter 🛣️ Elizabeth Ashley's Actress: Postcards From The Road on GoodReads.com 🎶 The Record Of The Year showdown at Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs 🍾 "It's Time For A Departure From 'Bottle Episode'" by Kathryn VanArendonk at Vulture 📷 Photo: Peacock
443: Revenge Of The Listener Game Time Tournament
1:29:48Nine Extra Hot Great listeners who do know how to tell time, unlike some people, compete in a special all-Game Time episode! We test their knowledge of TV MacGuffins, TV vampires, and TV weddings; then the winner of each game progresses on to the finals, in which they show off how much they know about shows that changed their theme songs. Find out which Valued Guest is the most Valued in this very special episode! TOPICS Game Time: 🏺 MacGuffins Game Time: 🧛🏻♂️ Blah! Game Time: 💍 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Don't Game Time: 🎶 Change That Tune NOTES 🗒 Full episode notes can be found on the episode 443 page on ExtraHotGreat.com
442: Making Mushroom For The Last Of Us
1:20:48Chernobyl's Craig Mazin has teamed with Neil Druckman, creator of the video game The Last Of Us, to adapt said game as a post-apocalyptic drama series; Omar Gallaga is here to discuss the series premiere! Around The Dial takes us through MILF Manor (a real show, not a 30 Rock gag); Alice In Borderland, a whole pile of Nordic crime dramas, and the British true crime period piece Stonehouse. Omar pitches South Side's S01.E03: Turner Buys A Building, for induction into the Canon. Then after naming the week's Winner and Loser, it's on to a Non-Regulation Game Time that stays too long at the party. Put your car battery somewhere safe and join us! GUESTS 👤 Omar Gallaga TOPICS Lead Topic: 🧟♂️ The Last Of Us Around The Dial: 👩 MILF Manor Around The Dial: 🎩 Alice In Borderland Around The Dial: ❄️ Nordic Noirs Around The Dial: 💷 Stonehouse The Canon: 💨 South Side S01.E03: Turner Buys A Building Winner & Loser: 👍 Morgan Freeman Winner & Loser: 👎 Chelsea Handler Game Time: 👋 The Last Of Them NOTES 🗒 Full episode notes can be found on the episode 442 page on ExtraHotGreat.com 🐦 Omar Gallaga on Twitter 🧟♂️ Omar's The Last Of Us premiere review at BookAndFilmGlobe.com 🌹 Tara's spring 2023 TV preview at GQ.com 📷 Photo: Liane Hentscher / HBO
441: Did Mayfair Witches Cast A Spell On Us?
1:28:31Anne Rice source material is back on TV, and Best Evidence's Eve Batey is back to talk about Mayfair Witches, the latest Rice IP to hit the small screen. Listen and find out whether anyone on the panel is going to keep watching, how realistic an Alexandra D'Addario neurosurgeon is, why Interview With The Vampire works better than this one, and when to stop reading Rice. We also went Around The Dial with Harry & Meghan, Slow Horses, The Circle, and "randomized" show Kaleidoscope, before Mlle. Caroline urged us to bet on Supernatural for the Nonac. Abbott Elementary won, various Housewives lost, and Rob Hartmann scrambled our brains with Game Time. Grab your thickest blue gel: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great. GUESTS 👤 Eve Batey TOPICS Lead Topic: 🧹 Mayfair Witches Around The Dial: 👑 Harry & Meghan Around The Dial: 🐴 Slow Horses Around The Dial: ⭕️ The Circle Around The Dial: 🌈 Kaleidoscope The Nonac: 🎱 Supernatural S15.E11: The Gamblers Winner & Loser: 👍 Abbott Elementary Winner & Loser: 👎 Buncha Housewives Game Time: 🐣 Chicken Or Egg? NOTES 🗒 Full episode notes can be found on the episode 441 page on ExtraHotGreat.com 👕 The EHG store is at ThroughMethods.com 🏢 Stay with Eve Batey in Indianapolis 🛍️ Visit Eve's store, Avenues Dry Goods 📚 Salon digs into Anne Rice's journals 📉 Prince Harry's crap ratings on 60 Minutes 🤣 Tara's list of 2022's funniest shows at Cracked 👴🏻 Gary Oldman's "dark past" 🔀 “What’s The Best Way To Watch Randomized Heist Series Kaleidoscope?” at Vulture 🌈 Eve on Kaleidoscope's "true story" clickbait strat 🎶 Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs 👩🏫 The Abbott Elementary / Donors Choose crossover event 📷 Photo: AMC
440: Let's Play Mullendash
1:29:33It's a mini Television Without Pity reunion as the gang and former recappers Dan Rogge (DJB), John Ramos (Couch Baron), Kim Reed (Kim), and Joe Reid (Joe R) play Mullendash -- a game invented and played at the TWoP annual summits of yore. Take the game Balderdash and replace the cards with items from Jim Mullen's Hot Sheet from the pages of Entertainment Weekly. The set up to a Hot Sheet "joke" is read and players must create their own punchline in that particularly confounding Mullen style in an attempt to fool the others that they are The Mullen. It's a game full of WTF, shame and pretzeltine mental gymnastics!