Appointment Television is a podcast about the TV you want to make time for. Every Thursday Margaret, Kathryn, and Andrew will revisit old shows, discover new ones, and debate everything from highbrow dramas to episodes of The Bachelor.
Episode 266: Some quick bites and digging in the mailbag
This week's episode begins with a funeral, but like, the kind of funeral where no one is surprised or sad? Then we talk about this year's off-feeling season of Bake-Off, Kathryn's latest weird dick show, and a bushel of listener questions.
RIP in peace Quibi: https://www.theverge.com/2020/10/21/21527197/quibi-streaming-service-mobile-shutting-down-end-katzenberg
GBBO on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80063224
John Explains Everything: https://www.hbo.com/how-to-with-john-wilson
Episode 265: Never Have I Ever TV Book Club, Pt. 2
In this lightly frankensteined episode, we discuss both a piece critical of Never Have I Ever (in a segment recorded last week), episodes 2, 3, and 4 of Never Have I Ever, and the myriad glories contained in what shall from here on out be known as The Lost Tapes (recorded just last night). And, as a bonus, we have a snippet of a song from a band to which Andrew so kindly introduced us last night.
ATV Re-run: Revisiting 80% Television and an Exceptionally Dumb Procedural
Thanks to a change in our recording setup last week, the episode we intended to release today (our next TV Book Club installment on episodes 2, 3, and 4 of Never Have I Ever) does not exist. INSTEAD, we are bringing you a rerun of a Golden Oldie: the team recommends their favorite shows for watching with only 80% attention and then, then. Then we dedicate ourselves to dunking on a terrible procedural you probably forgot existed: Deception, where the world's top magician uses his sophisticated understanding of SLEIGHT OF HAND to solve major crimes that inexplicably demand said expertise. We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane and will be back with our regularly scheduled episodes next week.
Sports Night: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165961/
New Girl: https://www.fox.com/new-girl/
Episode 264: The Pandemmys
The quarantine Emmys were ... good?? We are as shocked as the next person, but we spend most of this episode discussing what made the socially distanced pandemic awards version of the Emmys so much more compelling than the regular version. Afterwards, we turn to a brief conversation about the role of seasonality in TV plotting, which is mostly an excuse for Margaret to mourn about the cancellation of Stumptown. Stumptown! Why were you taken from us!
Episode 263: Objectivity in criticism doesn’t exist, and Never Have I Ever TV Book Club
We answer some questions from our vaunted Tumblr ask box, which Margaret swears she won’t get upset about but then she totally does. It leads to a discussion of how important objectivity is to reviews and whether it exists at all (hint: it isn’t and it doesn’t). Then, we talk about the first episode of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever, a teen comedy that is definitely narrated by tennis legend John McEnroe.
Ask Us Questions On Tumblr, You Cowards: https://atvpodcast.com/ask
Never Have I Ever: https://www.netflix.com/title/80179190
John McEnroe Gets Mad, This Is Just One Of The Times When This Happens, Also When Are We Getting A Movie Where Matthew Rhys Plays John McEnroe, I’m Just Saying, No That Shia LeBeouf Movie Doesn’t Count: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ransFQVzf6c&t=4s
Episode 262: Bad One..... Good One??????, Fall 2020
This week we have: sad dirgeses about two recently announced cancellations, bad one picks from the fall TV lineup in which we have the deepest confidence, good one picks about which we're.... like..... IDK.... maybe!!!??!?! about, more uncertain squeaky uptalk than you can shake a stick at, and a full minute of Margaret explaining a driving game called cows that anyone other than Margaret would surely have trimmed out of the episode, but it's too late for you hos as neither responsible host was here to intervene. Links of pertinence:
Venture Bros. cancellation High Fidelity's cancellation, Alison Herman's thoughtful observations on the shortening lifespans of streaming TV shows, and the creators' interview about where they intended to take Season 2. Kathryn's Bad One Margaret's Bad One Andrew's Bad One Margaret's Good One Andrew's ... goood one??????? and Kathryn's Good.... one? And!! Our new TV Book Club: Netflix's Never Have I Ever, watch the pilot for next week! And, last but never least, please enjoy John Brown's portrait from the National Portrait Gallery, one of Margaret's very favorite works of art.
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A natural progression after completing all of Overdue in less than 3 months! Funny, charming, informative, and such a warm comforting feeling I get from listening to these guys. Always have me in stitches, be it from Kathryn’s dry wit, Margaret’s catchy giggles, or Andrew’s fast comebacks, there’s not been an episode where I haven’t belly laughed. Keep up the good work guys!
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It took me a foolishly long time to actually start listening to Appointment Television, but as soon as I did, I started pencilling them in for each week. Andrew, Kathryn and Margaret are the well-viewed friends we all aspire to have and to be, who cover everything from The Bachelor to "prestige" television with the same witty, critical eye (and dick jokes). They are a joy to listen to and well worth a break from your latest binge-watching.