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The Tonys rock (and not just because of Neil Patrick Harris)

Thanks to my budding thespian daughter, I wound up watching the entire Tony Awards last night. Given that I can’t recall the last time I watched an entire anything, this is a big achievement. And when it ended I was left thinking that every awards show should do it exactly like this, even if it means having Broadway actors come in and play the movie actors during the Oscars ceremony. (Except for Jennifer Lawrence, so the world wouldn’t have to be denied her adorable-ness.) Five observations in support of that theory: 1) It’s almost shocking to see presenters and recipients who can actually, you know, speak, unlike some others I could mention. They’re all natural and funny, as if they’re used to being up in front of an audience or something. The only one who had any trouble was Clint Eastwood, who has an excuse because he’s old and he’s Clint Eastwood. Plus when we saw there wasn’t an empty chair next to him the entire country breathed a collective sigh of relief. 2) They …

If anyone knows talent, it's this bunch.

We come in praise of ‘America’s Got Talent’

I’ll say right off that I am not a fan of talent competition shows, with their rosy-cheeked overachieving would-be Mariahs and dysfunctional judges panels. But that’s not to say there haven’t been exceptions — one would be “The Sing Off,” because I’m a sucker for cheesy a capella groups covering classic pop hits, and I like hearing Ben Folds talk about music — it sounds like another language to me, but a soothing one, like Norwegian. And the other would be “America’s Got Talent,” because it gives the weirdos somewhere to go, other than armed into America’s shopping malls. In just the first two episodes of this latest season, I’ve already come across: 1) A small child who turns playing cards into deadly weapons, like Bullseye in the old Daredevil comics; 2) Two nerdy white guys pretending to do martial arts, one wearing what looks like a Mexican wrestler’s mask; 3) A 90-plus-year-old man who could pull a car — filled with his elderly friends! — with his teeth; 4) Motorcycles that I’m convinced must …

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Comrades Podcast: Episode 4, “The Walk In”

Welcome back to Comrades, a weekly podcast/discussion/ramblefest about the FX series, The Americans. This week’s stellar episode of the show was entitled “The Walk In.” It featured a distracted Elizabeth, Paige taking a road trip, and Stan getting a big reward. Okay, he slept with Nina again, but he’s also getting a medal! Do Jeff and Scott live up to the greatness of the episode. That’s for you to decide. In this week’s podcast we also discuss Peter Gabriel’s “Here Comes the Flood.”  The version used in “The Walk In” is from Gabriel’s 1977 self-titled solo album, often referred to as Peter Gabriel 1 or Car. Gabriel rerecorded the song twice, including this version that appears on Robert Fripp’s 1979 album, Exposure. Comrades is produced by Southgate Media Group, a website dedicated to podcasts. They’ve recently expanded beyond TV to include podcasts about comic books and sports. You can listen to Comrades three ways: through the SMG website, by subscribing to it on iTunes, or with the link below. However you choose to listen to …

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Comrades Podcast: Episode 3, “Cardinal”

Dinner plans and busy work schedules. These are the reasons for the delay in the latest podcast! Welcome back to Comrades, a weekly podcast devoted to the FX drama, The Americans. In this week’s edition, Jeff and Scott spend a late night discussing the many wonders of Bo Derek’s Playboy issue, look back on their hometown second-run movie theater, recall the highs and lows of working with model glue, and find time to talk about the most recent episode of The Americans, “Cardinal.” This episode was so tense with paranoia, Scott said that the only think missing was the era appropriate Kinks song, “Destroyer.” We included it here for your enjoyment. Thanks for listening to the podcast, and be sure to check out the Comrades Facebook page and all of the other TV centric podcasts at Southgate Media Group.  And remember, you can subscribe to Comrades on iTunes. Have a great week! Comrades Episode 3, “Cardinal”

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“Comrades” Podcast: Episode 2, “Comrades”

Welcome back for another episode of Comrades, a weekly podcast dedicated to FX’s The Americans. This week, Jeff and Scott discuss the season two premiere of The Americans, coincidentally entitled “Comrades.” Elizabeth is back with the family and discovering that her loyalties are shifting from the Motherland to her children. We learn that Phillip and Elizabeth have KGB friends, Emmet and Leigh Anne, who have children of their own. Paige’s suspicions of her parents grow, leading her to one of the most scarring moments in her life. Stan’s hunt for the KGB couple has gone cold, while his passion for Nina continues to gain heat (ugh, Malchus, did you really just write that?). And we learn that Claudia hasn’t returned to Moscow after all. Episode 2 of Comrades has all of this, plus Jeff’s history lesson on stealth aircrafts, Scott’s love for Doctor Johnny Fever and his favorite episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati, and tangent about key parties. You can listen to the podcast through this link for Southgate Media Group, by downloading it on iTunes, or by clicking below. See you …

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Comrades Podcast: Episode 1: Season One Rewind and Season Two Preview

Welcome to “Comrades,” a weekly podcast devoted to the FX series, The Americans. Our first episode takes a look back at The Americans first season (now on Blu-ray), previews the upcoming season (which premieres on February 26th) and features the usual tangents that Scott goes off on, such as the great use of Pete Townshend’s “Rough Boys” and how film editors accomplish the timing of image to music.


Popdose Interview: Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields of “The Americans”

If you’re yearning for espionage intrigue and Cold War thrills, you can’t go wrong with The Americans, FX’s dramatic series about KGB agents living deep undercover in the United States. Set in the early 80s, when Ronald Reagan ratcheted up the tension between the U.S. and the USSR, The Americans stars Keri Russell (ah, Felicity) and Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) as Nadezhda and Mischa, two KGB agents posing as an American married couple in the Washington suburbs. Recruited as young adults, the two were smuggled into the U.S. and they assumed the identities of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings. Elizabeth and Phil have been “married” for 15 years, and in that time they’ve had two children, daughter Paige (Holly Taylor), and son Henry (Keidrich Sellati). They’re your typical American family, although Paige and Henry have no idea that their parents are the enemy of the United States. At the outset of the series, Elizabeth and Phil get new neighbors, the Beeman’s. Husband Stan (Noah Emmerich) is an FBI agent recently assigned to counterintelligence and helping …


TV on DVD: “Newhart: The Complete Second Season”

The Bob Newhart Show is the Newhart sitcom that most people seem to remember most fondly, but for me, it’s his second long-running series, Newhart, that really hits the spot. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the 1982-’90 CBS hit has been comparatively neglected over the years, never quite latching on in syndication the way its predecessor has and only seeing its first season released to DVD. Given that Season One of Newhart arrived on DVD way back in 2008, it’s seemed reasonable to assume that subsequent sets were doomed to remain in limbo. But thanks to the folks at Shout! Factory, Newhart: The Complete Second Season is now here and ready to take its spot of honor in your home video library. Watching these 22 episodes, it’s hard not to think about how differently TV shows tend to be handled now. While Newhart was certainly a known commodity in the early ’80s and Newhart was already an Emmy-nominated hit as it entered its second season, it’s easy to see the showrunners tinkering with the formula here …


The Popdose Interview: Antonio Fargas

You may know him as Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch, as so many people who grew up in the ’70 did, or you may remember him from any number of other TV and film roles he’s done over the years (and we do mean “many,” because the guy’s only a few credits shy of having appeared in 60 films and 60 different TV series), but Popdose got their opportunity to chat with Antonio Fargas in conjunction with his role in the new movie Silver Bells, which makes its UP Network debut on Sunday evening. We talked to him about that project, of course, but we certainly couldn’t resist quizzing him about as many other aspects of his career as time would allow. Not that we came even remotely close to touching on them all, but if nothing else, we’re confident that we’ve painted a picture of a fellow who’s way more than just “the guy who played Huggy Bear.” Popdose: The obligatory first question, I guess, is to ask how you found your way …