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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 …

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Family Guy: Death of Brian

“I have a message. Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake’s plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan. It spun in. There were no survivors.” So said Radar O’Reilly in one of the most shocking moments in TV history. The brain trust behind M*A*S*H always wanted their show to be more than a goofy little war comedy, and McLean Stevenson’s departure gave them the opportunity. They kept Henry’s death a secret, not even telling the cast until after the rest of the episode had been filmed. No foreshadowing — just a shock that kept up the Korean War show’s allegorical commentary on the ongoing horror in Vietnam, which ended six weeks later. Family Guy already did a shoutout to Henry Blake’s death, substituting Meg Griffin for the departed commanding officer. The character that delivered the line: Brian Griffin. Now Family Guy has gone several steps farther. Brian Griffin is dead. Well, probably. In the elastic world of cartoon comedies, anything is possible. The Simpsons has brought back Maude Flanders as a ghost and a few other …


The Popdose Interview: Jerry Van Dyke

If you came of age in the ’60s or ’70s, it’s possible that you may think of Jerry Van Dyke simply in terms of being Dick Van Dyke’s younger brother, and…well, it’s not untrue, and most people did first see him on The Dick Van Dyke Show, so fair enough. (Besides, there are a lot worse people to have in your bloodline, y’know?) If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, however, you’re more likely to know Jerry Van Dyke as Luther Van Dam, defensive coordinator of the Minnesota State football team on ABC’s Coach, which is a pretty decent thing to be known for, too. In truth, the man’s career features numerous TV series, a handful of films, and even a bit of stage work. Our time was limited, so we certainly couldn’t cover everything he’s done, but we took a shot at it, anyway. First and foremost, though, we had to talk about his appearance on this week’s episode of ABC’s The Middle, where – as Frankie Heck’s dad, Tag – he …

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Eastbound & Down’s Shockingly Awesome Final Season

Take a bow Kenny Powers, you have earned it yet baby. On Sunday night, the HBO series Eastbound & Down takes a final bow for the second time after a surprise renewal for a 4th season. Eastbound was a show I loved in the first season, lost interest in during the second, gave up on during the third and watched the first episode of fourth simply because it was on. Little did I see coming what Danny McBride and co-creators Jody Hill and Ben Best had in store. If Season #4 was a standalone series, Eastbound would go down as one of the best shows in the history of the medium. The reason Seasons #1 and #4 clicked was the setting: suburban North Carolina. Only here does Powers’ bull in a china shop schtick work. Seasons #2 and #3 sent Kenny’s bull out to pasture (a road trip that wound up in Mexico). No china to break. No conflict. No series. Season #4 brings us full circle — a few years later. After faking his …