Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Romance Is Dada: Deconstructing The Bachelor and RTV Representation with Lita Brillman



This week Dom atones for sins in his past lives by talking about The Bachelor for an hour while sounding like he's dying from the plague. Luckily he's in good company, as Lita Brillman takes a break from dragging Jessica/Cody fans to school him and you on The Bachelor's complicated relationship with race and gender as well as the wider issue of representation on reality TV. Listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

For more material, see Lita's piece on Jerri Manthey and some of her other writing. If you're interested in reading more about these topics in the context of The Bachelor, a recent Longreads reading list can be found here.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Big Brother All-Stars: Week 2


After a hectic start to the game in Week 1, we're back to break down Kaysar's reign as HoH, Will's efforts to torture him, and the early stages of BB5 and BB6's respective implosions. Plus, a closer look at how floaters once got by without life-vests, and the full backstory on how Richard Spencer became head of casting for CBS when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Game of Thrones: Season 7 Episodes 1-3 Small Council


There was some interest in (yet another) Game of Thrones podcast so we decided to try our king's hands at it. We enlisted the lords of Houses Mazzaro and Bloom to discuss the show's increasing divergence from the books, the tension between politics and fantasy, and who is destined to meet a gruesome end. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Big Brother All-Stars: Week 1


After an extensive look at the pre-game dynamics in Part 1, today it's time to tear off the mask and dive deep into the circuitry and wires of the opening round.  With the power to strike first, what was the Season 6 alliance looking for in an initial target, and did they make the right decision?  As the two tightest and least reliable players in the game, what really went into Chilltown staying off the block? And which classic Big Brother tropes need to make an immediate comeback? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

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.

If you like what you hear - or just the idea of an audience being in control - consider supporting us via our new Patreon page! This Big Brother series is free but Patrons will get to choose which shows we give this treatment to and have exclusive access to those episodes in the future, among many other things.

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.

(Take the survey here)

(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.

If you're reading this, take a moment (or several) to answer our listener survey! Then come back and start listening below, here, or on iTunes here.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Listener Survey

We always love hearing from you but haven't made any formal attempts to solicit feedback. As we think about how to improve the show moving ahead, it seemed like a good time to fix that. I set up a listener survey that you can give as much or as little attention to as you like; feel free to skip questions that don't seem relevant, but as far as we're concerned there's no such thing as too much detail. All answers appreciated!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Survivor 34: Finale Recap/Analysis with Antonio Mazzaro

With Dom off on another mission for MI6, Post Show Recaps' Antonio Mazzaro fills in to offer early thoughts on the finale and speculate about the long-term legacy advantage of Game Changers. Where does Sarah's win stack up historically and how will her success impact future seasons? What are the pros and cons of the new jury format and might it actually affect strategy going forward? And how will the producers adjust the twist ratio after Advantage-geddon took out the possible GOAT? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Sturgill Simpson)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Survivor 34: The Fine Print -- Episode 13 Recap/Analysis



As always we have no idea what's going on, and for once we're not alone. In an episode that flummoxed players, Probsts, and fans alike, what sense can we make of what happened? Will the much-hyped Twist-a-geddon be even worse? And who - Sarah or Brad, Dom or Colin, vanity or charity - will emerge triumphant? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Bonobo)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Survivor 34: Sierra Missed -- Episode 12 Recap/Analysis

It's family week in Fiji and today we're back to declare our eternal love for the true game changers of the season: the editors. With only two weeks to go and several winner candidates still in play, which of Sarah or Brad has the inside track, and might one of them fall before Day 39? How realistic are Cirie's chances of making it to Final Tribal Council, and could she still lose if she gets there?  And how many times in a row can we pick Andrea to be the next one out? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Travis)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Survivor 34: An Officer and a Gentle Lineman -- Episode 11 Recap/Analysis


It's Derby weekend in Kentucky and as the castaways approach the home stretch, we're back to handicap the latest odds. Is it still just a two-horse race, and if so, who's the front-runner? Having blindsided yet another Brooklynite, might Andrea have jumped to the front of the pack too early? And even if she's next out, has she already put up Hall of Fame numbers? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Dandy Warhols)

Friday, May 5, 2017

13 Reasons Why: An Extended Tape


We don't know much about teenagers nowadays but we do know that many of them are talking about 13 Reasons Why. The Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher's popular novel warmed the hearts of many but also caused a social media firestorm with scorching hot takes and hastily written thinkpieces everywhere. Cody (@codyhateswheels) fills in for Colin to run through the criticism and counter-criticism of the show's handling of important topics ranging from suicide to sexual assault.

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

Survivor 34: New Sheriff in Town -- Episode 10 Recap/Analysis with Kos


It was President Sheriff Sarah's time to shine Wednesday night and today we're back to break it all down with our old friend Kos. Was this the right time for her to flip, and if so, how is she hoping to proceed from here? What are the odds she plays her new advantage correctly? Setting guest appearances on The Jeff Probst Talk Show aside, how is Cirie looking now that she's back in the numbers? And is Brad Culpepper the new Ken? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Gnarls Barkley / Daniela Andrade)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Survivor 34: Ozzymandias -- Episodes 8/9 Recap/Analysis



It's back to business this week with one two episodes, a merge, and a disturbing amount of partial nudity. As Cirie makes her tribal council debut in striking fashion, was her effort worth it? Who stands to win the civil war within Nuku? And just what does Zeke have in mind? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


   

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Survivor 34: Inside Outing -- Episode 7 Recap/Analysis with Seth



This week's episode of Survivor launched the show into the public consciousness for the first time in years. Jeff Varner's decision to out Zeke Smith horrified their castmates and sparked a heated discussion that reached beyond the typical Survivor fanbase into major news outlets across the world.

Missing from much of that discussion was any detailed insight from members of the community that Zeke represents; this special episode is a partial attempt to rectify that. Seth wrote in as a Survivor fan who has had to confront these issues during his own transition. We spoke to him about his thoughts on Wednesday's events, the appropriate response from all parties, and wider misconceptions about transgender people. He sticks around when normal business resumes at 1:28:32 for a brief preview of next week's merge.

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

Links:
GLAAD
National Center for Transgender Equality
Zeke's Hollywood Reporter column



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Survivor 34: Adios -- Episode 6 Recap/Analysis

After a contextually remarkable run to the late pre-merge, Queen Sandra's torch has finally been snuffed. But how does the loss impact her overall legacy, and could she have done anything to survive yet another vote? More importantly, does the queen stay queen? Plus, what in the WORLD is going on with hiding idols? How beneficial were each of Debbie's advantage options? And might this be merely the beginning of Cochran as an NPC on Survivor? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: The Smiths)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Survivor 34: Sugar is for Closers Only -- Episode 5 Recap/Analysis

After springing forward with #SurvivorDST, we're back to break down all the latest drama between JT, Michaela B, SD-T and more. How did things go so wrong for Juicy Thicc and what made him think they were going so right? After another epic swing-and-miss, do we have to reevaluate his win in Tocantins? Might Sandra and Varner quietly be the closest pair in the game? And is there any chance next week's visitor is someone besides Rupert? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Alabama Shakes)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Survivor 34: The Red Wedding -- Episode 3 Recap/Analysis

It was a particularly uneventful episode of Survivor this week but we somehow managed to concoct a few talking points. Among them: Was there anything Malcolm could have done differently, and how soon will he be back? What the hell's going on with idols this season? Should there be a rule against private meetings at Tribal Council? And in a world where Culpepper is a legit winner candidate, could JT be his goat? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Muse)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Survivor March Madness Winner Bracket Deliberations


Coming to you live from mid-February, we're back in conjunction with the RHAP March Madness winner tournament to unseal the evidence and debate every match-up as we cast our first official Survivor Supreme Court votes. Listen as we marginalize millionaires and help determine the champion of champions below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: One Shining Moment)

Survivor 34: Bust Mode Cowboy -- Episode 2 Recap/Analysis

It's March Madness in Fiji and today we're back to mercilessly break down the latest Survivor swap, unless it has a baby nearby, in which case we'll take it easy. Is Brad actually in there with a chance to win or might he just be the latest Culpepper to lose in the finals? How much damage can a fully-armed Troyzan do to America's favorite players and will the guillotine land on Zeke or Cirie? And what are Dom's blazing vegetarian takes about GoatGate and how can the rest of us improve ourselves to become so noble? All that and more on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Beastie Boys)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Survivor 34: The Royal Rumble -- Premiere Recap/Analysis


After a year of hype the wait is over, two votes are in the books, and we're back to break down the exhilarating premiere of Survivor: Game Changers et al. Where did things go wrong for Tony and Ciera, or were their fates sealed years ago? Which underdogs got off to the hottest start in WentworthWatch 2017? And after one of the most impressive episodes of her career, how long can the queen actually stay the queen? Find out on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Lorde / Postmodern Jukebox)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Survivor 34: Twist Preview with Josh Wigler


After spending far too much time previewing the entire Game Changers cast here and here, we're back today to take a closer look at the newly-announced twists with THRHAParade's Josh Wigler and offer first thoughts about how the changes might impact both the game and the TV show. As always you can listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Jason Derulo)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Survivor 34: Season Preview -- Nuku Tribe

image via insidesurvivor.com

Having already forecasted the Mana tribe here, we're back today to break down the mish-mash group of fan favorites and "fan favorites" that make up Nuku as we conclude our Game Changers preseason coverage.  Use the provided time chart to skip around and see if we said anything incendiary about your favorites! As always you can listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

Andrea - 3:30
Tai - 19:30
Debbie - 30:15
Sarah - 44:25
Cirie - 52:20
Zeke - 1:03:35
Ozzy - 1:16:30
Sierra - 1:27:15
Brad - 1:41:30
JT - 1:52:30
General thoughts - 2:19:30

(music: Josh Rouse)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Survivor 34: Season Preview -- Mana Tribe

image via insidesurvivor.com

After inadvertently turning our cast preview into a double album, we're back today to draw more names from the hat plastic basin as we talk through the formidable Mana tribe. The particularly variance-averse can skip around to their favorites using the time chart below. Listen on the embedded player, here, or on iTunes here.

Game Changers as a theme - 7:30
Tony - 25:00
Caleb - 40:45
Troyzan - 49:15
Varner - 56:45
Michaela - 1:08:15
Ciera - 1:21:20
Aubry - 1:33:45
Malcolm - 1:44:45
Hali - 1:59:15
Sandra - 2:06:20

(music: David Bowie)


LINKS
Find our S34 auction draft here
Josh Wigler here
Dalton Ross here
Gordon Holmes here
Inside Survivor here

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Genius: Season Three in Review (Part 4)


After (gradually) working our way from Fruit Stand through Chain Auction here, here, and here, we're back to close the book for good on our seasonal Genius coverage as we break down the final two rounds of Genius 3 and offer parting thoughts on the cast and season as a whole. Listen to our our takes and doubt them aggressively on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Zomboy)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Genius: Season Three in Review (Part 3)


After discussing the first seven episodes of The Genius: Black Garnet here and here, we're back to break down Investment and Donation, Middle Race 2, and Chain Auction, all while vying to be the most miserly. Truncate the decimals to make a perfect 10 when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

SPOILER ALERTEvents from the beginning of TG1 through the end of TG3 are talked about openly. Nothing from TG4 other than the cast.

Watch the Monorail bonus match here.
music: Idiotape

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Survivor 33: Season in Review



Our New Year's resolution was to release episodes in a more timely manner and we've given that our usual level of commitment; all the Millennials may be senior citizens by now but the takes are still fresh out of the oven. This is one of our longest episodes of all time, which is saying a lot, so see the breakdown below for individual segments. As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

05:13 Start of finale discussion through F4
1:02:00 Final Tribal Council
1:36:10 Race/gender patterns in casting/voting
1:46:43 Thoughts on the cast in order
2:46:30 David and the psychology of returning players
3:08:45 Adam as a winner (see our interview with him here)
3:19:07 Thoughts on the season as a whole
3:30:00 Portraying mental health on Survivor
3:33:28 Brief S34 thoughts and 10-dimensional RHAP chess

(music: if you don't know by now, be ashamed!)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Adam Klein Examines Millennials vs. Gen X


Fresh off his million-dollar win, Survivor champ Adam Klein joins us to revisit Millennials vs. Gen X and discuss all the critical decisions along his incredible path to victory.  What really went on during the early days at Millennial beach and how did he turn things around after a rocky start? Did casting so many superfans change the dynamic within the game and how might it impact the show going forward? What's the best way to handle Jeff Probst? And how does he feel about getting such an unconventional #WinnerEdit? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: The Black Keys)