“Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan” suggest some summer viewing

Mo Ryan and I are back, with an hour-long edition. Again. I know, we’re thrilled this didn’t turn out longer than “Lord of the Rings” as well. In this edition, we each offer up three shows you should catch up on this summer when programming isn’t as overwhelming as it is throughout the rest of the year. Mid-podcast, we also learned about the fate of some of your favorite FOX shows, which we added to the final portion of this week’s installment.

Time stamps:

“Parks and Recreation”: 0:00 – 8:40

“Louie”: 8:40 – 15:05

“Sons of Anarchy”: 15:05 – 23:33

“Deadwood”: 23:33 – 32:50

“Alias”: 32:50 – 40:39

“Battlestar: Galactica”: 40:39 -53:29

Breaking FOX News:  53:29 РEnd

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  1. me
    Posted May 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I highly recommend Stargate: Universe as a show to catch up on during the summer. Unfortunately, this show was cancelled in December of 2010, and just finished its run on SyFy channel. I really enjoyed this series. To me this is one of those shows that had great talent not only in front of the camera, but behind it too. I know Mo Ryan didn’t like this series, but I think she was highly mistaken on this one. Stargate: Universe is great TV.

  2. Jess D
    Posted May 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Ryan, so excited to hear you’ll be covering the first two seasons of Alias this summer! I re-watched those two last spring and they were every bit as addictive and emotional as I remembered from when they originally aired. Alias really is the master of the episode-ending cliffhanger. It’s very challenging to not just roll right into the next episode.

    It’s such a shame that Seasons 3 through 5 couldn’t deliver at anywhere near the same level as those first two. I probably won’t re-watch again so soon, but I’m looking forward to your reviews!

  3. Posted May 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I did an Alias rewatch LAST summer – all 5 seasons and I really really enjoyed it! Like you and Mo, I remember absolutely loving the first two seasons, while 3, 4 and 5 had diminishing levels of enjoyment for me. However, seeing them all in a block on dvd made following the convoluted mythology much easier. The main problems as the seasons went on was managing to keep the characters together – Sloane for instance – after they had committed murders, treason and more! To me Jennifer Garner will always be Sydney Bristow, a wonderful female action character. Super tough and talented, but never quite getting the happy family(dad, boyfriend, sister, mother relationships were always fraught.)
    The attempt to cover for Garner’s pregnancy by bringing in Baltazar Getty and Rachel Nicholls in season 5 (I think!) were not at all successful, neither character or actor having the charisma and acting talent of Syd, Jack, Sloane, Marcus, Marshall, Irina etc. As well as this outstanding core cast, guest stars like David Anders as Sark (although slightly over used at times), Gina Torres as Anna, Any Irving as Emily were all great. We even got the ‘joy’ of Quentin Tarentino trying to act!
    Hope you enjoy the Alis rewatch, I join you and go again!

  4. Posted May 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    I second the recommendation for Louie and Parks and Rec. Those are both fantastic shows and I hope that many other people will join.

    Boy I wish that Alias was on Netflix watch instantly so I could watch it along with you, Ryan. Unfortunately my Netflix queue is otherwise occupied at the moment.

    Personally for my summer plans I’m going to be doing a lot of catchup on a lot of different shows. For my site, I’m probably going to end up covering season 1 of FNL, season 1 of Veronica Mars, and another show TBD (I don’t formally announce these till Monday, so you heard it here folks!) And in my spare time I have Buffy S7, 24 S8, Downton Abbey, and I may take your suggestion to watch Sons of Anarchy.

    If I had one recommendation for others in their summer catchup it would be Community. I feel like this show would play very well in a marathon because you’d get a sense of everything the show does very well and get many different senses of the show.

    (I hope it’s ok that I plugged my own stuff, if it isn’t please feel free to tell me.)

  5. Posted May 23, 2011 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    I think you’ve given me the motivation I need to finally unwrap and watch that Rimbaldi Cube box set that’s been gathering dust on my shelf for years! I seem to remember the latter seasons of Alias just being a rehash of the same plots of the first 2 seasons–and possibly more inside moles than CTU. I also remember some huge red ball chasing people–a la The Prisoner.
    As for the other shows:
    Totally agree about skipping season 1 of Parks and Rec–it was awful and almost made me not come back for more. So glad I did though, because seasons 2 and 3 have been excellent!
    I have tried a couple times to watch Louie and Deadwood and found both shows completely unwatchable. There was nothing funny about Louie even after watching 5 or so episodes, and the dialog on Deadwood was awful–after 3 attempts, I still have never finished the pilot.
    Season 3 of Sons of Anarchy was so boring and quite the let-down, but the first two seasons were excellent. Will definitely be watching season 4, where I hope they can renew the magic of the earlier seasons.
    As for BSG, while I enjoyed the show, I thought it was way over-hyped and over-rated. The initial miniseries dragged on, and the whole thing with Baltar and Six almost made me turn off the show at times. That said, I may try to re-watch the entire series again at some point now that I know the end.