Millions of Screens, IndieWire’s brand new TV podcast, provides an inside look at the TV industry, sharing conversations based in IndieWire’s original reporting, breaking down that ever-elusive Hollywood buzz about town, and highlighting thoughtful analysis of the best and most impactful series you’re watching right now. Hosted by TV Awards Editor Libby Hill, TV Deputy Editor Ben Travers, and Creative Producer Leo Garcia.
Are All Those 'Hamilton' Emmy Nominations Actually Bad For TV?
On this week’s episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss the category fraud that is Disney+’s “Hamilton” occupying seven acting slots and a directing spot in Limited Series or TV Movie categories, when it is, in fact, neither. Just how can a stage show filmed in 2016 earn so many nominations for television in 2021? Additionally, Ben and Leo argue about whether Jonathan Majors cameo was enough to make the “Loki” finale good, while Libby gives a run down of the TCA nominations, which — surprise, surprise! — seem like they wereselected by a group of people who watch television.
Emmy Nomination Announcement Snubs & Surprises
Final Emmy Nomination Predictions
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben and Libby break down what they see as the locks for potential nominations in the Emmy races for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Drama Series, and Outstanding Limited Series. Additionally, the hosts all dive into the teaser trailer for Season 3 of HBO's "Succession."
Why Has The MCU Done Away With Showrunners?
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss how Marvel has eschewed the typical moniker of showrunner for its first three series in favor of head writer for Jac Schaeffer ("WandaVision"), Malcolm Spellman ("The Falcon and the Winter Soldier"), and Michael Waldron ("Loki"). How has this change affected these first MCU series out of the gate? Additionally, the group discusses "The Many Saints of Newark" trailer and the news that "Succession" will be returning this fall.
William Jackson Harper Is the Best!
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo are joined by William Jackson Harper of Amazon's "The Underground Railroad" to discuss hopping from the set of "The Good Place" to Barry Jenkins' epic series, improvising in Shakespearean vernacular, and acting opposite the revelatory Thuso Mbedu. Additionally, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about series and performers they hope the Emmy voters don't forget about with voting closing soon, including Showtime's "The Good Lord Bird," HBO's "We Are Who We Are," and Starz's "P-Valley."
Rob McElhenney Slides Into Our DMs
On this bonus episode of Millions of Screens, Rob McElhenney, the star/co-creator of Apple TV+'s "Mythic Quest," stops by to chat about comedy vs. drama, his unique relationship with fellow showrunner Megan Ganz, and the feedback he’d get from the writers’ rooms of "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" about "It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia." Also, Rob turns the tables on Ben and Libby to ask about their dissenting opinions of “Backstory!,” this season's standalone episode of "Mythic Quest." It may also be worth noting that this entire interview came about after Libby tweeted about Rob’s appearance on Seth Meyers a couple of weeks ago, which you’ll hear us talking about in the intro.
Show producers should listen to this podcast!
Funny, insightful discussion of television. Always a good listen!
(No low ratings here!! I accidentally swiped left to right on the star, and it registered as 1-2 stars, instead of 5. Sorry!)
Fantastic episode! Excellent discussion of Mrs. America. Interesting, oppositional views with emotion and reason on both sides.
Fun interview with Pamela Adlon!
Watch Better Things and listen to/watch Millions of Screens !
Timely, thoughtful podcast. Thank you for pausing.
Respect great episode! You actually have me excited about the Emmys!
Can I give 6 stars? Or 7? Loved this episode with Damon, Mike and Cord!
The Meaning of Life episode with Damon, Mike and Cord is the best yet!! Their answers fit perfectly with their shows.
Listen to this and watch The Watchmen and The Good Place.
I miss Liz
I was a weekly listener of Very Good TV back in the day and I’m a huge fan of Ben, but this podcast isn’t nearly as enjoyable for me, mostly because of how sour and over it Libby always is. The third host is fine, but apparently Liz Shannon Miller was the Indiewire TV podcast’s secret sauce. I prefer listening to tv podcasts from people who actually seem to enjoy tv.
Finally, some critical commentary
Read Ben’s article and was glad to see someone acknowledge what’s missing from WandaVision. I watch the show. It’s fine. But this WestWorld season 3, a far from cry from season 1.
A Podcast note — Chewing doing the show (sounded like it was ice) does more than just hurt your listeners’ ears, similar to the MCU critique, it demonstrates a lack of care and understanding in the transition to a different medium. This is not a phone call or Zoom chat. This audience is actually choosing to listen. The odd sneeze in the background is forgivable but constant chewing is a middle finger to ears.
Otherwise a great show. Still a 5 Star ⭐️