Yellowjackets was fun and made for a nice doubleheader with the Dexter miniseries. I'm a little nostalgic for Cecily and A.Ron coverage because they would have been great on it. However, that show turns into straight pulp. The fact that Yellowjackets is being mentioned in a prestige thread is kind of indicative of the point I made -- things have been down. There may be tons of "stuff" being scripted, but I can't really blame the guys for the lack of prestige coverage. The big water cooler dramas just aren't out there at the moment.
chrisk said: also
Succession has pros and cons in terms of a podcast. I find myself frustrated with how often the show goes really nowhere, and I can see that being a challenge. Not sure how other shows do it but for similar reasons I haven’t been that interested in coverage of it. One episode was mostly 2 characters convincing Adrien Brody to do something. Later it was Alexander Sarsgaard. It’s a show that’s about characters and their rhythms more than anything. And it’s really a comedy, which they typically don’t cover.
Honestly, as someone who watches A LOT of the UK crime dramas that Mare of Winningham was clearly cribbing from, it was not great. It was just fine. [...] but would anyone give a shit if it was the exact same show, only British and with Nicola Walker, Anne Reid and Darren Boyd?
Has The Offer been discussed anywhere? It's the miniseries about the making of The Godfather. It may ultimately be pulp, but there's some big names attached to it. A show about The Godfather should pass the "interest" checkbox, but does it make $ense to cover it?
Teresa from Concord said:
I think this conversation got off the rails a little bit. The original question was why aren’t they covering new shows in general. There are so many there has to be some that they would cover. They’re covering a lot of old stuff and talking about gaming etc. They’ve always covered gaming but what about the new shows? There’s got to be some up there alley.
melaniemignosa said:But maybe give the Gilded Age a shot so we can resume basking in the glow of Carrie Coon lol
It's definitely a bummer the guys aren't covering the best shows on TV anymore. Remember the Mad Men, Breaking Bad, GoT, Leftovers and Fargo days? I couldn't get enough of the pod back then.
Teresa from Concord said:
Just based on the fact that Yellowjackets is on Showtime and has much lower subscription numbers than HBO I’m surprised they’d cover it. I hear it’s a good show But most of the people I know haven’t seen it because they just don’t have showtime. Perhaps it should remain off the clock.
But it's not just that what they've covered has changed but also how they cover it is my impression. Like, back in the days it was very narrative driven ("Jim, what do you think Walt was thinking when he did this"). In recent years it's more analysis of the screenwriting itself ("I understand what they're trying to do here, by stringing together these scenes, but it's just not working for me"). They also seem to get bored way more quickly than they used to. I guess it's the curse of the saturated critic, A.Ron always said he worried this may happen to him one day. So by all means, let's please only have them cover shows they actually like. It sounded on OTC like they might get ready to cover Yellowjackets season 2 and that would be AWESOME, that was such a fun show!