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    Louie Season 5: Louis CK returns with fresh cringes

    Louie returns Thursday for a fifth season of life lessons and awkward experiences. The loosely structured yet acclaimed FX comedy, given free reign by the network, comes back true to form while still finding the ability to surprise its audience anew. After a Season Four filled with some mini-arcs that missed the mark Season Five returns to the episode model of earlier years, deploying episodes and through lines in a seemingly random order that still finds a way to make perfect sense. The show doesn’t go as far as completely abandoning the abbreviated story arcs CK has come to rely on, but after a stretch of almost looking like a more traditional half hour cringe comedy Louie is back to its old ways.
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    The Televerse #188- Seinfeld with Jennifer Armstrong

    Aprilgeddon ramps up this week, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the podcast. We kick things of with the comedies, including previews of The Comedians and season five of Louie and a look at the Archer finale. Next up are the genre offerings, including the eventful midseason premiere of Outlander and the penultimate […] More

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    The Televerse #188- Seinfeld with Jennifer Armstrong

    Aprilgeddon ramps up this week, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the podcast. We kick things of with the comedies, including previews of The Comedians and season five of Louie and a look at the Archer finale. Next up are the genre offerings, including the eventful midseason premiere of Outlander and the penultimate […] More

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    Best of the Week: Tv and Film

    ‘It Follows’ is fun and gorgeously moody Is David Robert Mitchell’s atmospheric horror film It Follows parody? Its ambiguous decade could be the heyday of ‘80s American horror, replete with tube TVs, a very retro-looking aboveground pool, and costuming that’s very Blue Velvet. But then there’s a reading device that looks like a rather chic […] More

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    How Louie Embraces its Medium Through Episodic and Elliptical Narrative

    The contemporary culture around TV viewership is one that favors binge-watching over moderate consumption. Whether you’re catching up on an older show or checking out the latest series from a streaming service, binge viewership has become thought of by many as the default mode (when possible) for enjoying TV. The verb form of the phrase (i.e. “to binge-watch”) was shortlisted for the 2013 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. More

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    The Televerse #174- 2014 Best Of Smorgasborgy

    The podcast’s year-ending Best Of extravaganza concludes this week with Simon and Kate’s picks for just about everything other than their Top 20 TV Series. Categories range from Best Performance, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score to more niche categories like Best Shipping Moment, the Life Vest Award (performance/element singlehandedly buoying an otherwise terrible show), […] More

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    The Televerse #174- 2014 Best Of Smorgasborgy

    The podcast’s year-ending Best Of extravaganza concludes this week with Simon and Kate’s picks for just about everything other than their Top 20 TV Series. Categories range from Best Performance, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score to more niche categories like Best Shipping Moment, the Life Vest Award (performance/element singlehandedly buoying an otherwise terrible show), […] More

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    The Televerse #173- Top 20 TV Series of 2014

    The podcast’s year-ending Best Of extravaganza begins this week with Simon and Kate’s picks for the Best TV Series of 2014, focusing on their Top 10 shows, but expanding to cover 22 different highlights of the year in television. Simon and Kate go show by show, talking about what prompted them to include, or exclude, […] More

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    The Televerse #173- Top 20 TV Series of 2014

    The podcast’s year-ending Best Of extravaganza begins this week with Simon and Kate’s picks for the Best TV Series of 2014, focusing on their Top 10 shows, but expanding to cover 22 different highlights of the year in television. Simon and Kate go show by show, talking about what prompted them to include, or exclude, […] More

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    Robin Williams’ most under appreciated performances

    With the news of Robin Williams’ shocking death Monday, the world lost a wonderful performer with a rich and diverse career. He made his name on his zany comedies and bananas stand-up and won an Oscar for his dramatic departure, but with over 100 acting credits to his name in nearly 40 years, some of […] More

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