Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Big Brother All-Stars: Season Retrospective - Introduction


It's been a decade since it aired, and forever since we talked about it, but Big Brother: All Stars still stands tall as one of the greatest seasons of any competitive reality show. This marks the beginning of a season-long retrospective covering the twists and turns of the game from the moment the cast entered the house to the moment the winner was crowned.

...but first, we have to choose a cast! The gimmick of Big Brother has always been allowing audience control over the houseguests but this season took that to the next level by letting the fans and cats at home decide who they would get to judge all summer; and, of course, any all-star season only starts after a frenzy of pre-game paranoia and scheming. In the first episode of this series, we follow the campaigning in public, the plotting in private, and the growing hype for what promised to be an incredible season of televisoin.

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As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

We Have a Robcast 2 with Rob Cesternino


Five years after his first podcast with us, Rob Cesternino returns for a deep dive on life at the helm of RHAP, the future of TV podcasting, and his place in the Survivor media.  Find out how a web show became a community and where it's headed next when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Big Brother 19: Lowder and Lowder -- Weeks 1/2 Recap/Analysis


(image credit: Reddit)

The first official eviction hasn't even happened yet and two have already fallen with others trying their best to get medevaced. We wanted to talk about the show while there are still people left to talk about so today we bring you an in-depth look at the first two weeks, from a serious discussion of 'pandas' and PTSD to a curious discussion of Paul and his powers. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.



Friday, June 30, 2017

Big Brother 19 Premiere Week with Liana Boraas


We were somehow tempted to watch Big Brother again this season and, before that wears off, we wanted to break it down. Since somebody on the podcast should know what they're talking about, we enlisted Liana Boraas to give us the lowdown on who these people are, whom we should like/hate, and what to expect from this season of silliness. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Snake/apple competition breakdown


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Remembering The Genius: ID Exchange with Mike Bloom


Two years ago, we waited impatiently for the premiere of what promised to be the greatest ever season of reality TV. Esteemed sunbae Mike Bloom joins us today to look back with hindsight on an episode that set the bar very high and easily cleared it. How well does the premiere frame the rest of the season? Does any of the craziness make more sense in retrospect? And are any of us over the loss of our idol and his lurid pink sweaters yet? All this and more on the first of hopefully many more Genius podcasts, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Survivor 34: Season in Review


Survivor: Game Changers is officially in the books and today we're back to evaluate Sarah's win, offer our parting thoughts on the cast, and debate how history will remember the season as a whole. Plus, what other tweaks could be made to Final Tribal Council? What will be the lasting impact of Advantage-geddon? And who's coming back for another shot?  All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

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(music: Michael Jackson)

UK Snap Election with Michael Botta


Put the kettle on and settle in for a leisurely edited podcast about a hastily convened election. Michael Botta joins me as I figure out what just happened and explain it to you as if I knew the whole time.

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