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    Louie, Ep. 4.13-14, “Pamela Part 2” and “Pamela Part 3” cap a season-long look at communication

    Season four of Louie has been an unusual one, even compared to the other seasons of this unique show. After seasons of standalone shorts and only a couple multiple-episode arcs, Louis C.K. dove in head first with three large-scale stories, “Elevator” (parts one-six), “In The Woods”, and “Pamela” (parts one-three). While each is distinct, these three pieces all explore connection and communication, both verbal and nonverbal. “Elevator” sees Louie pursuing and enjoying a relationship with Amia, with whom he is unable to verbally communicate, but it also shows him becoming involved in the lives of his neighbors and confronting the lingering damage of his divorce, to himself as well as his ex-wife Janet and their daughters. Throughout “Elevator”, Louie assumes. He’s so wrapped up in his experience and his fears that he projects all of his onto the women in his life, reading his insecurities in their silence. He attempts to overcome communication barriers by speaking louder and more emphatically and in the process, doesn’t listen to what those around him are trying to say. More

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    The Televerse #146- Gilmore Girls with Whitney McIntosh

    It’s Summer Premiere Time, giving us a lot of television to cover this week on the podcast. First we talk the week’s comedy and reality offerings, including a preview of BBCA’s new comedy Almost Royal and the finale of Louie. Then we take a look at ABC’s offerings from this past year, in another installment […] More

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    The Televerse #146- Gilmore Girls with Whitney McIntosh

    It’s Summer Premiere Time, giving us a lot of television to cover this week on the podcast. First we talk the week’s comedy and reality offerings, including a preview of BBCA’s new comedy Almost Royal and the finale of Louie. Then we take a look at ABC’s offerings from this past year, in another installment […] More

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    The Televerse #145- The Goode Family with Deepayan Sengupta

    It’s another transitional week for television, and television podcasting, with winter shows continuing to finish up while the summer series wait a few more weeks to begin. First we take a look at the week’s comedies, including the season finales of Inside Amy Schumer and Veep, then Sean gives FOX their report card, and afterward […] More

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    Louie Ep. 4.11-12 “Into the Woods (Parts 1 & 2)” is Louie’s most ambitious hour yet

    Louie isn’t really a “comedy” any more, is it? Sure, it’s still peppered with hilarious moments (like in tonight’s episode, where a simple camera pan gives us the hilarious image of a teenager taking a pot-addled nap), but this fourth season of Louie has aspirations far beyond the show’s first three, where the lines between comedy, indie film, and surrealist drama were already greatly blurred. In many ways, “Into the Woods” is the culmination of that new direction in season four – and although it only retains the slightest of connections to most of the season’s overall themes, stands as a climatic moment for the season, and the series as a whole.
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    The Televerse #145- The Goode Family with Deepayan Sengupta

    It’s another transitional week for television, and television podcasting, with winter shows continuing to finish up while the summer series wait a few more weeks to begin. First we take a look at the week’s comedies, including the season finales of Inside Amy Schumer and Veep, then Sean gives FOX their report card, and afterward […] More

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    The Televerse #144- Invader Zim with Zack Handlen

    We finally have a bit of a lull this week, with spring series starting to wind down and summer series yet to begin. So rather than take it easy (what is easy?), we introduce a new recurring segment this week on the podcast, Sean’s Network Report Card. First we kick things off with a little […] More

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    The Televerse #144- Invader Zim with Zack Handlen

    We finally have a bit of a lull this week, with spring series starting to wind down and summer series yet to begin. So rather than take it easy (what is easy?), we introduce a new recurring segment this week on the podcast, Sean’s Network Report Card. First we kick things off with a little […] More

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    Louie Ep. 4.09-10 “Elevator (Part 6)”/”Pamela (Part 1)” are equal parts beautiful and unsettling

    The end of one multi-part story and the beginning of another airing back-to-back unsurprisingly makes for a slightly jarring viewing experience in this week’s Louie episodes, one that pauses to reflect on a relationship ending, and another attempting to fill its place. And although its some of Louie’s messiest writing and film-making of the season, there’s a lot of fascinating material to contemplate in both episodes, from love and heartbreak, to Heaven and unwanted sexual advances.
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    The Televerse #143- Mad Men Season 7.0 with Libby Hill

    Last week gave us one of the best stretches of television in recent memory so unsurprisingly, there is plenty to discuss on the podcast. First we dive in with the comedies, including a preview of Undateable, then we jump to the genre series, including a preview of pirate drama Crossbones, and we wrap up our […] More

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    Louie, Ep. 4.07-08, “Elevator Part 4” and “Elevator Part 5” examine isolation and perception

    “Elevator” continues its dreamlike examination of Louie’s psyche this week, with our increasingly insecure lead pushing his relationship with Amia to the next level and losing it in the process. Louie spends quite a bit of these two episodes validating his romance with Amia to other people in his life and as they voice their doubts, Louie grows more and more self-conscious. At the start of “Elevator Part 4”, Louie and Amia are out at a hockey game, having a great time; Louie practically glows when Janet asks about his new leading lady. It’s sweet and just like Janet, viewers will be happy to see our sad-sack protagonist in a positive place, emotionally. More

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    The Televerse #143- Mad Men Season 7.0 with Libby Hill

    Last week gave us one of the best stretches of television in recent memory so unsurprisingly, there is plenty to discuss on the podcast. First we dive in with the comedies, including a preview of Undateable, then we jump to the genre series, including a preview of pirate drama Crossbones, and we wrap up our […] More

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