“Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan” talks Steve Carell leaving “The Office” plus listener questions

Mo Ryan and I are back, with a nearly 90-minute installment once again. We spend the first portion talking about Steve Carell’s imminent departure from “The Office,” then delve into nearly a full hour of reader questions. Everything from “The Chicago Code,” the state of televised animation, “Community,” “The Killing,” and why we’re not doing a weekly “Game of Thrones” podcast is in this week’s edition.

Time stamps:

Intro: 0:00 – 1:03

“The Office”: 1:03 – 17:00

Listener Questions: 17:00 – End

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  1. Posted April 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    I listened to your podcaste, and it was very interesting.

    I understand what you mean about the lack of an actual “cannon” of quality TV, but you might overstate it.

    There has to a be a limit. If you do not like *any* of the following shows: Mad Men, Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Lost, or Breaking Bad…. then can we say that, yeah, you don’t like quality TV?


    J. Maggio

  2. Mike
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    To your point about the ‘you like Spartacus’ as a pejorative term, I agree with you that it’s unfair to say that because you liked one show which some might deem trashy or exploitative that your opinion overall as a critic is suspect.. that’s absurd.
    But at the same time, I do think your opinions on other shows do color how people are going to feel about your reviews, and how much faith they will put in them as impacting their viewing choices, and I would argue that that’s eminently reasonable.
    For example, on a personal level, if you, Mo, or Dan Fienberg(one of the other critics I tend to pay attention to) write a positive or negative review about a show, it might impact whether or not I check a show out, but if Sepinwall reviews a show and likes it, it’s a snap decision that I will watching that show and giving it a chance, because for the most part I’ve shared his sentiments on more shows versus any other critic over multiple years of reading you all.