Kate and Allison are both editors and TV fans. TV. Watch. Repeat. is a new podcast brought to you by the subscription entertainment news site, The Dipp. Each week, they'll rewatch pilot episodes from classic tv shows and dive deep into their backstories: What was the origin of the show? Who almost played the classic character that you know and love? How did it impact tv history? And, of course, how does it compare to the O.C.?
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53:08Today, the flawed antihero is basically a requirement for any series in the post-"peak TV" era. But, in 2004, when Fox introduced us to the Vicodin-addicted, droll but brilliant Dr. House, he was an exception to the rule: a central character that was, at times, entirely unlikable. It was a novel concept for network TV (HBO had already wrestled with the concept via The Sopranos, of course), and one that allowed the series to last for a stunning eight seasons — at one time in 2008, becoming the most-watched series in the world. Was it the concept that gave it its popularity, though? Or was it its leading man, Hugh Laurie, an utterly likable British comedian in the tennis shoes of a brilliant curmudgeon? In our latest episode, Allison and Kate inspect it all: the inspiration to the novel series, its unexpected casting, and a star so beloved, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote an entire rap for him. Grab your Nikes and enjoy our latest episode!
52:06There was perhaps no greater spin on American politics than the 'The West Wing.' And there was perhaps no more accurate portrayal of American politics than 'Veep.' Aaron Sorkin's series was an idealistic drama, a practice in wish fulfillment in which the person sitting at the Oval Office is as obsessed with ethics as he is with metaphor-filled monologues. Armando Iannucci's comedy, meanwhile, featured politicians who spewed lines like "Jolly Green Jizzface." Yet, inside Washington, one reigned supreme: 'Veep,' a series so on-point, that Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia would meet weekly to discuss it. And that's just one incredible fun fact to come out of the Julia Louis-Dreyfus series that would last eight seasons, just long enough to predict the 2020 election. So, for this episode, Allison and Kate dive deep into 'Veep,' and find out who else almost starred in the series, the real reason why Iannucci created a woman vice-president, and just how many "f-cks" made their way into the first eight episodes of the series. Plus, the incredible amount of actors who almost played Jonah. So grab your leather man-bag, and enjoy!
1:16:34When the glee club in 'Glee' sang "Don't Stop Believin'" in the pilot episode, was it a triumphant moment of the underdog, or a plea from the series that would soon fall so far from grace? One could argue either, but everyone can agree the series premiere that launched a million wedding playlists is a classic, and not just because of the Journey hat-tip. Satire, songs, and Sue Sylvester — 'Glee' appeared to have it all, prior to a sophomore slump for the ages. So, for our latest episode, Allison and Kate digest and examine the history of 'Glee' and its pilot, which turned Lea Michele from Broadway darling to Hollywood diva in just 40 minutes. What happened behind-the-scenes at 'Glee' to turn it into a phenomenon, and what happened behind-the-scenes at 'Glee' to turn it into a disaster? We get into it all. Grab your slushie and enjoy our latest episode!
1:11:01The best trips down memory lane are the ones that take you past Luke's Diner, Miss Patty's School of Ballet, and, of course, the Dragonfly Inn. So it's no surprise that Stars Hollow — the fictional 'Gilmore Girls' town that inspires autumnal wanderlust every year — was born out of a memory of a trip. En route to New York at the turn of the millennium, Amy Sherman-Palladino drove through Washington, Connecticut, and realized she was in a town so idyllic, it might as well have been fantasy. So Sherman-Palladino put the fantasy on television and gave us 'Gilmore Girls,' one of the most well-crafted series to ever hit The WB, and one of the most well-crafted series to never get the acclaim it deserved because it was on The WB. But, thanks to subsequent DVD rewatches, and, of course, Team Jess, Gilmore Girls secured its place in nostalgic TV history, even locking in the 2016 Netflix follow-up, 'Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.'But what was life like in the years 'Gilmore Girls was' on the air? That's the topic of our latest episode, featuring special guest Sam Bush (aka @bravohistorian and 'Gilmore Girls' superfan). Wherever 'Gilmore Girls' leads, we will follow — and come armed with plenty of fun facts.
41:43"Save the cheerleader, save the world." It was the rallying cry that led 2006's 'Heroes' to run faster than a speeding bullet to the top of the ratings, albeit, unexpectedly. But while it might have attracted over 14 million viewers with its promising premise, superhero lore, and, of course, Milo Ventimiglia, the series needed its own savior — from itself. In the latest episode of our TV origin stories podcast, Allison and Kaate explore the history of Heroes, and its unceremonious downfall. Was it the untimely writers' strike that proved to be its demise? Meddling network executives? Or simply a plot that would be served much better in shorter installments than a network would allow? Grab your horn-rimmed glasses and enjoy our latest episode!
1:02:43Kelly Wiglesworth might be the first person in reality TV history to utter the phrase, "I'm not here to make friends," but the person who truly embodied it most was Richard Hatch, the arrogant-yet-brilliant winner of the first historic season of 'Survivor.' Without Richard, we wouldn't have reality TV friction, we wouldn't have reality TV alliances, and we might not even have 40 seasons of the CBS series that exploded on the small screen in 2000. (Although, we must give Sue Hawk and her "rats and snakes" speech its due too.)Sure, Richard's winning run on 'Survivor' led not only to nationwide fame, but also to a 51-month stint in jail, but he's a historical reality TV figure nonetheless. Which is why my Allison and Kate are as excited as Jeff Probst calling a player by their last name to research the history of 'Survivor' for this latest episode.
1:08:16In 2008, two comedies inspired by the backstage machinations of 'Saturday Night Live' were poised to air on NBC. One appeared to have a great advantage: Aaron Sorkin, the writer behind 'Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip' who had just finished a successful stint bringing the White House to life on 'The West Wing.' The dark horse, that seemed unlikely to get past the starting block, was '30 Rock,' a quirky comedy series starring and penned by Tina Fey, the former 'SNL' head writer who had never before written a pilot script. 'Studio 60,' however, missed one key trait: actual humor. So while Sorkin scored all of the pre-season headlines, the drama was canned after one season, and '30 Rock' went on to live for eight seasons, its quotes living in infamy. And, in our latest episode, Allison and Kate explore the history behind the NBC series, how it almost looked completely different, and why it won. So grab your night cheese and enjoy our latest episode!
BONUS: 'Not You Guillermo,' A 'What We Do In The Shadows' Podcast
36:34Do you like human drambuie or genuine Arizonan nacho chips? Or maybe you’re just a human podcast fan who likes vampires that live in Staten Island? Either way, we've got a show for you! While you await a new episode of 'TV Watch Repeat,' enjoy 'Not You, Guillermo,' a new 'What We Do In The Shadows' podcast from The Dipp, hosted by comedians Patrick Monahan & Nicole Conlan. They'll be doing episode recaps of Season 3 of 'What We Do In The Shadows' and talking to people who were there behind the scenes, making 'What We Do In The Shadows' possible. Join us to get more familiar with Nandor, Nadja, Laszlo, and Colin Robinson.BAT!
1:10:41Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof once said, "We did 121 hours of Lost. Arguably only 15 to 20 of them were subpar, bordering on turds." While that might be true when it comes to some episodes (Jack's tattoos, anyone?), 'Lost's pilot? It's as damn near as perfect as any two hours of television could be. And it's the subject of our latest episode. 'Lost' had an origin story rivaling the Island itself. An idea born from a network executive — and executed last-minute by J.J. Abrams, without any notion of what the Island, smoke monster, and polar bears would even mean for the show — the series should have crashed and burned harder than Oceanic Flight 815. Yet, it's a rare TV masterpiece that could be described as cinematic, and, no matter how you feel about the ending, a screenwriting feat that should be celebrated. Grab your Dharma beers and listen in!
47:16Anyone who has ever seen an Amy Sherman-Palladino project knows she's got rhythm. So it should have been inevitable that she would venture into the world of ballet. Years after quitting the sport herself for a career as a writer on 'Rosanne,' the 'Gilmore Girls' creator found herself craving a return to ballet basics, roping in a Broadway star, Sutton Foster, to help her realize the dream. And hence, in 2012, we got the gone-but-not-forgotten 'Bunheads.' During this episode, Allison and Kate discuss the history of 'Bunheads,' Sherman-Palladino's obsession with ballet accuracy, and the stunning fact that Alan Ruck and Kelly Bishop played mother and son, despite being only 12 years apart. Hollywood!