Sunday, April 05, 2009

TV on the Internet, Episode 3: Pilotpalooza! Part 1

Here's our third episode, and I think we're finally getting the hang of this podcasting thing. This is the first one that is neither too loud nor too quiet throughout. As always, we appreciate your critiques and comments in the comments, so let us know what you think, and be honest. If you're liking what you're hearing and have the time, please review us at iTunes, so we can start climbing the ranks.

We're available on iTunes, or you can check us out at Podcast Alley, Podcast Pickle or the TV on the Internet libsyn page.

This week, we review Southland, and I have some thoughts on some pilot scripts I read. Also, we mourn Guiding Light. Look after the jump for complete details.

TV on the Internet, Episode 3: Pilotpalooza! Part 1

Here's a direct link to the episode.

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.


00:00.00-00:01.40: Introductions and music from Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps
00:01.41-00:11.42: The week's headlines.
00:11.43-00:19.54: A review of Southland. Small spoilers for the pilot, but nothing earth-shattering. (Also, more Caroline Smith!)
00:19.55-00:42.12: Script reviews for upcoming pilots. Very minor spoilers for Inside the Box, Eastwick, Flash Forward, Absolutely Fabulous, Happy Town, Big D., V, 10 Things I Hate About You (series), A Marriage, Back, Empire State, House Rules and Limelight.
00:42.13-01:05.38: Discussing the week in television. (Includes spoilers for How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Chuck, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Lost, Breaking Bad, The Amazing Race, American Idol and Life on Mars. If you guys want more detailed time breakdowns for this segment in the weeks to come, just ask.)
01:05.39-01:13.43: The classic TV on DVD pick of the week, a preview of the week to come and the wrap-up

Headline Links:

Could My Name Is Earl Jump to Fox? (TV Squad)
CBS Turns Out Guiding Light (The New York Times)
Runway is Cleared for Summer Flight (Washington Post)
Breaking Bad Gets a Good Break: Renewal (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
NBC Gives Boston Station an Ultimatum on Jay Leno (Los Angeles Times)

The songs this week are "Closing the Doors" and "Tying My Shoes" by Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps. Again, the full album is worth a download on iTunes or Amazon MP3.

Clips are from My Name Is Earl (episode: "Pilot," script by Greg Garcia), Southland (episode: "Pilot," script by Ann Biederman), How I Met Your Mother (episode: "Murtaugh," script by Joe Kelly), Life on Mars (episode: "Life Is a Rock," script by Scott Rosenberg), and Boomtown (episode: "Fearless," script by Graham Yost from a story by Graham Yost and Mykelti Williamson).


--Libby says ER drew 25% of Friends' finale's audience and 16% of Cheers' finale's audience. In reality, it was 24% of the former and 14% of the latter.

--Todd says that John Wells said there were no cop shows set in LA recently in a recent interview. In reality, it was series star Ben McKenzie.

(We'll post more as you make 'em.)

A Podcast Recommendation:

Right now, the Forgotten Classics podcast is going through Uncle Tom's Cabin, which isn't exactly forgotten, but most of the time, they bring back some awesome older books that have unjustly slipped out of time and memory and into the public domain.