Category Archives: Louie

Getting to “yes”: Redefining “big” stakes in modern television

The best and worst thing about having years of thoughts about television easily searchable online is that anyone can point to two statements that seemingly contradict one another and exclaim, “Aha! Hypocrite! Turn in your critic’s badge at the door and henceforth be gone from Al Gore’s interwebs!” Which is, of course, silly. There’s no […]

Live together, or meth alone: On “Lost,” “Breaking Bad,” and lingering anger in fandom

There’s something constantly curious about intense fandom, no matter what the medium. I won’t pretend to know if TV fans are different in kind or quality when it comes to this type of intensity versus fans of film, music, or other genres I’m not equipped to analyze critically. But I can take as a base […]

Taking TV criticism to the next level (Part 2)

A few days ago, I posited that the critical coverage of shows that attempt long-form narrative “mythology”-based stories created a unique environment for networks and writers to cater to those critical voices. This would be a great thing, if 90% of those attempts didn’t fundamentally suck. That’s not to say that every “Lost” knockoff was […]

“Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan”: Our Most Anticipated Returning Shows

Mo Ryan and I have a crazy huge show this week. 90+ minutes this time around, all about the shows we can’t wait to have back on our televisions. But these shows don’t come without reservations, either. We look at 10 returning favorites, plus a short look at FX’s “Louie” as it approaches the end […]

“Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan”: Mo’ Myles, No Problems Edition

Mo Ryan is on vacation for a few weeks. But never fear: podcast favorite Myles McNutt stopped by to talk with me about several of the summer’s hottest TV topics, including one that may surprise some of you. The schedule goes as follows: Intro/”Louie”: 0:00 – 11:56 “Weeds”/”Entourage”: 11:56 – 27:58 The current state of […]

“Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan” come atcha with a double dose of audio awesome

Mo Ryan and I are back, with not one but TWO podcasts. In the first, we talk the season finales “The Killing” and “Game of Thrones”with Tom Fitzgerald of one of our favorite websites, IN the second, Mo and I discuss two upcoming FX comedies, “Louie” and “Wilfred.” Time stamps… Podcast #1 “The Killing”: […]

“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 Top 10 Television Shows of 2010: Part 2

Yesterday, I started listing my Top 10 of 2010. Only, the thing is, I never actually got to the Top 10 itself. That’s the blogging equivalent of “Lost” calling its penultimate episode “What They Died For” without actually explaining what they died for in that hour. But hey, I love me some “Lost,” and if […]

Summer TV Catch Up: What I’ve Been Watching

It’s been a lot of “Mad Men” these past few weeks here on the blog, but I’ve been watching plenty of other shows. Some have been part of the great “Catch Up Now That ‘Lost’ Ended and I Actually Have the Time to Watch Them” project: shows such as “The Wire,” “Deadwood,” “Party Down,” “Spartacus: […]