Sunday, March 22, 2009

TV on the Internet, Episode 1: Brain Cancer Ghost Sex

Just in case anyone still checks this blog ...

About a year ago, I started to realize that keeping a TV blog was becoming an increasingly ridiculous task. There are SO MANY TV blogs now, and they're all saying pretty much the same things. This is not to mention that none of us can compete with Alan Sepinwall or The AV Club or what-have-you, and we all pretty much end up saying the same things. Around the time of the writers strike's end, I began to realize that I just was having trouble working up the initiative to write six-to-seven paragraphs on The Office. It didn't help that I was shifted out of my position in my workplace as a TV writer over to a job that had nothing to do with TV, kinda killing my enthusiasm.

At first I thought maybe I was done with TV criticism. Maybe I was ready to move over to writing TV scripts (something I'm still plugging away at) full time. But I couldn't stop WATCHING TV and thinking about it. Gradually, I reimmersed myself in TV blogging over at The House Next Door, and I started to think about ways to revive SDD. Which is where the new SDD podcast, TV on the Internet, comes in.

Podcasting, of course, was first big in 2005 or so, but it all ties in to the start of this blog, which came a good three years after the first big excitement over blogging. When I started this blog, there were very few TV blogs, so even though it was started as a general pop culture catch-all, it quickly became a TV blog to fill that void. Similarly, there are a LOT of very specific TV podcasts -- focusing on one show or another -- but there isn't a terrific one, updated regularly, that takes a more general view of the medium and its history. That's where we come in.

Every week, Libby Hill and I will be talking about the week that was in TV, classic television and some of the big questions in television, past and present. We'll be doing the show Saturday nights and ideally getting it up sometime early Sunday morning. As we slowly work out the technical aspects, more of your SDD favorites, including Myles McNutt, Carrie Raisler and the brothers Sims, will be joining us. You can visit our LibSyn library here and subscribe to our RSS feed here. We'll be available on iTunes sometime in the middle of this week, and we'll also be up at Podcast Alley and Podcast Pickle around that time as well. If you have another place we should be listed, let us know.

Here's the info for the first episode. If we got something wrong, let us know in comments or via e-mail, and we'll get the correction posted here.

Episode 1: Brain Cancer Ghost Sex

This week's topic, obviously, is Battlestar Galactica's finale, which we discuss in some detail. We also argue about the greatest series finales of all time and offer up our picks for THE BEST and talk at length about shows as diverse as The Office, Dollhouse and Big Love.

A couple of notes: I've discovered JUST HOW WELL my voice picks up on the microphone. I tried to minimize the hard P sounds, but there are still a few hanging around. We'll be better in the future. In addition, most of the clips we've included come out of NOWHERE. We'll introduce them better in episodes to come. We also cranked the audio quality down by about half to minimize the file size (it's a long episode). Let us know if the quality sucks so much that you can't deal with it. Also let us know any other technical problems you spot with the production. We're both new at this.

Here's a direct link to the episode. (Warning: MP3 file.)

Time codes follow. There are MAJOR SPOILERS for a variety of shows, so you may want to skip over a segment if you haven't watched the shows discussed therein.


00:00.00-00:01.39: Introductions and music from The Airborne Toxic Event
00:01.40-00:11.53: The week's headlines.
00:11.54-00:24.07: A discussion of the BSG finale. (Major BSG spoilers throughout.)
00:24.08-00:46.55: Our picks for the best series finales of all time.
00:46.56-01:11.48: Discussing the week in television. (Includes spoilers for Lost, The Office, 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, How I Met Your Mother, American Idol, Big Love, Kings and Dollhouse. If you guys want more detailed time breakdowns for this segment in the weeks to come, just ask.)
01:11.49-01:19.14: Preview of the week to come and show wrap-up.

Headline links:

Monday and Tuesday ratings (PI Feedback)
Ted Haggard and Wife to Appear on Divorce Court (Beliefnet)
Exclusive: Bones Plots Family Guy Crossover (Entertainment Weekly)
Craig Ferguson Tops Jimmy Fallon (Broadcasting and Cable)
The Tonight Show Is Friendly Turf for President Barack Obama (
Loud TV Ads? Not if One Politician Has Her Way (Ad Age)

The song is "Gasoline" by SoCal's own The Airborne Toxic Event. It's readily available on iTunes, as is their self-titled album. Give 'em your hard-earned cash if you like what you hear because it's a great listen.


--You'd think I'd know this by now, but I call him Commander William Adama, when he's been the Admiral for a long time. Doi.

A Podcast Recommendation:

Check out the guys at Battleship Pretension, who aren't quite as scattershot as us but take the same conversational approach to the world of film.

See you next week!


jeffk said...

Next week I expect a show done entirely in Christian gangsta rap.

Carrie said...

I LOVE the Angel finale. It was completely in tone with the series.

You know what finale was a lot better than the series around it? Dawson's Creek. Yes, it's cliche (they kill a main character!) but the performances and writing are as good or better than it ever got on that show.

I can't wait until it's my turn to join in. Just don't let me listen to it later, lest I kill myself after hearing the screech of my own voice. I sound bad, y'all.

John said...

I enjoyed the content of your first podcast - especially your thoughts on Battlestar Galactica.
But on the technical side - your levels are all over the place. Some segments were quiet and others overmodulated. And either install a pop filter or don't speak directly into the mic.
But, again, I really enjoyed the content and look forward to another episode.

Todd said...

John, I agree. This first episode was kind of, "Hey, kids, let's clean out the old barn and put on a podcast!" which was not helped by us never testing how well our mic would pick up our voices. Hopefully, we'll get better.

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