AFT #160: ‘Homeland’, Ferguson and Colbert Exits, 2014 In Review and More


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Happy New Year! We’re back from our Christmas break and we didn’t watch The Interview, but we did watch (or write about) other things in the world of TV:

  • We start by talking about our Christmas activities, including all the movies Joel watched. We then discussed the finale of Homeland and whether positioning the show to have Carrie chase Quinn to Iraq next year is a good idea (00:00 – 33:00),
  • Then, as we begin to discuss the best and worst in TV in 2014, Joel raves once again about Jane The Virgin, and how it hasn’t gotten ridiculous as yet. He also reserves a lot of praise for Gina Rodriguez (33:00 – 41:35),
  • Then we start talking about the end of The Colbert Report as well as Craig Ferguson’s exit from The Late Late Show (41:35 – 1:01:00),
  • Then we continue to discuss TV’s year in 2014, which shows reached the level of ‘great’ (Transparent, Getting On, HTGAWM, one or two others), which came damn close (Good Wife, OITNB, The Americans, The Bridge, and many others), which were hobbled by their networks (Mad Men), and why it seems that the top half of everyone’s Top Ten list is the same (1:01:00 – 1:34:00),
  • Finally, we talk about the attempts the broadcast networks made to step outside of their traditional way of doing things in 2014, and why those efforts mostly failed (1:34:00 – 1:50:01).

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