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#43: The Two-Episode Test

May 2nd, 2023 · 46 minutes

Jason's former co-host from another TV podcast, Tim Goodman, drops by to discuss his decision to be a TV writer at the very end of the Peak TV era, the challenges of TV criticism, and his return to writing about TV on his own terms via Substack.

#42: The Sitcom-Industrial Complex

April 18th, 2023 · 55 minutes

Sitcoms are one of the most popular genres of television, yet streaming services tend to do better repurposing someone else's catalog rather than creating their own. What's behind this trend, and what will the future hold?

#41: I've Never Heard of This Movie

April 3rd, 2023 · 62 minutes

Marvel hits the brakes, Apple embraces theatrical releases, Netflix can make anything a hit, two combat sports combine forces, and Major League Baseball keeps fans confused about when you're allowed to watch a ballgame.

#40: The Reckoning

March 21st, 2023 · 65 minutes

HBO has another hit, Jason Kilar has some advice for Bob Iger about the future of Hulu, and Sports Corner returns to discuss the ongoing saga of regional sports networks bankruptcies and the future of streaming sports.

#39: Renancelled

March 7th, 2023 · 69 minutes

Jason returns from New Zealand as a better wizard, just in time for Zaz to announce new "Lord of the Rings" films. Has it been done, or can you not keep a good Hobbit down? Also, Netflix explores lower prices, and there's Sports Corner, too.

#38: Aggressively Fine

February 21st, 2023 · 60 minutes

Susan Wojcicki steps down as YouTube CEO, what will her legacy be? Ant-Man performs well at the box office, but do reviews indicate 'Marvel Fatigue'? And guest-host Myke Hurley quizzes Julia on why he has to wait for shows to premiere in the UK.

#37: ESPN Minus

February 9th, 2023 · 72 minutes

Disney's first financial results of the Iger II era make us consider the future of Hulu and ESPN. Discovery+ pulls a fast one, Showtime can't dodge its fate, Peacock looks surprisingly robust, and Netflix's password crackdown is stuff you already knew!

#36: Commercial Inception

January 25th, 2023 · 61 minutes

Netflix shows Disney how CEO transitions happen, as Reed Hastings is elevated to chairmanship and Greg Peters becomes co-CEO. Julia has analysis of Netflix's earnings report, we discuss streaming Oscar nominees, and we answer your amazing letters!

#35: Streaming Scrooge

January 10th, 2023 · 68 minutes

It's a new year, so it's time to consider the lessons of 2022 and make some predictions for streaming trends in 2023. Plus: was "Glass Onion" a success for Netflix? Is your next workout coming from Netflix? And to Julia's delight, Sports Corner is back!

#34: Rating The Pluses

December 27th, 2022 · 27 minutes

In a very special (and silly) end-of-year episode, Julia and Jason create tier lists for everything with a plus. Happy new year!