2014 TV PILOT PREVIEW

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Pilot season is upon us and we take a look at which pilots are intriguing and which should have never made it this far. ABC, CBS and NBC are still relying on the old model of TV pilots – ordering dozens of expensive ideas only to order a handful to series. But FOX has plans to upset the old model and a very promising slate of shows to go with it. There is a new drama set in Egypt, a story about illegal arms dealing through the lens of a woman and comedies from Tina Fey. (And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the great work compiling all of the information from the networks by The Hollywood Reporter. That’s where our information came from.)

But before the fellas get into that, they spend a few minutes looking at CBS’s decision to hand the reigns of The Late Show to Stephen Colbert. How will Colbert adjust to network television? And what will Comedy Central fill in the coveted post-Daily Show time slot?

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FALL TV ROUNDUP AND BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES

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The fellas of the Double A Podcast are filled with Christmas joy, but even their sunniest of dispositions cannot brighten up the sad offerings from TV this fall. Few new shows failed to gain any sort of traction and most risk being cancelled before a second season. Networks banking on stars like Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams returning to glory haven’t seen the sort of results they had hoped for. And surefire hits, like ABC’s (and Marvel’s) Agents of Shield have failed to deliver the same sort of quality Marvel fans had come to expect. Episode 72 breaks down why certain shows inevitably failed (really NBC? Ironside seemed like a good idea at some point in the pilot process?) and why others may have some hope for a certain audience, like the physically-uncomfortable-to-watch HBO comedy Hello, Ladies. The fellas also look at a few bright spots (and by a few, we mean Brooklyn Nine Nine) and what the future may hold for them.

The guys wrap it up by proposing a controversial question: has A Christmas Story run its course as the go-to marathon movie on Christmas Day? Perhaps it is time for a new movie to take over, so the guys throw a few recommendations out.

Then they discuss some Christmas music and things get weird.

Christmas Cheer from one DMX

Happy Holidays from Run DMC

Deck the Halls with the Ying Yang Twins

Merry Christmas everyone.

2013 FALL TV PREVIEW: DRAMAS

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The fall television season is upon us and Adam and Anthony are taking a look at the major dramas that are premiering in the coming weeks. There seems to be a few guaranteed hits (lookin’ at you, Phil Coulson) but the majority are a bit less stable. There are, regrettably, a few new vampire shows, cops going rogue, cops fighting the man, cops involved with blacklists, and a bunch of shows on the CW. The fellas discuss the various cops shows, what the hell the real story of Ichabod Crane is, why $5 million isn’t that much money and more.

But before they get into the previews, they take a quick look at Emmy surprises and pilots from the previous week.

And if you’re looking for a few more TV resources, the guys highly recommend these:

 

2013 FALL TV PREVIEW: COMEDIES (PLUS AN EMMYS PREVIEW!)

 

 

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The leaves are turning, the temperatures dropping and shows are premiering. This week marks the beginning of a new TV season and the fellas of the Double A Podcast are here to break down all of the new offerings from the networks and cable channels. First up: the comedies.

There are hardly any comedies being released in the cable world, so race for comedy ratings seems to be a battle between the big four networks: ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. Adam and Anthony break down each day of the fall schedule and give their DVR rankings – which shows will win the coveted spots on the DVR schedule. Will Andy Samberg be able to raise Brooklyn Nine Nine, even though it goes up against the looming behemoth that is Marvel’s Agents of Shield? The fellas take a look at which shows the newbies will be competing against to help determine whether or not they’ll survive.

Then the guys take a look at the betting odds for the 2013 Emmy Awards while predicting which shows and actors/actresses will take home the most hardware.

For a list of betting odds on the Emmy Awards, click here.

And for a complete list of all the new shows coming out this fall and daily schedules, make sure to check out TVGuide.com

 

THE BEST FROM TV UPFRONTS AND THE FUTURE OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

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The networks have all announced their new shows and schedules at the Upfronts in New York. Adam and Anthony take stock of the latest offerings from ABC, CBS, FOX and even NBC. The fellas take a look at the most promising, puzzling and putrid new tv shows. Robin Williams, James Spader, Andy Samberg and Greg Kinnear highlight some of the stronger pilots picked up while Seth MacFarlane and even Blair Underwood can’t seem to save some of the more confusing shows. Check out all of the trailers at the Daily Beast.
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