Because neither Jason or Joel watched all that much of the Olympics, they decided to bring on someone who watched a lot of it: Jason’s wife, Kelly Hughes. She did a good job giving us an idea of what NBC did well and what they screwed up, and she even listened as we prattled on. What did we talk about?
- Was NBC’s primetime Olympics show as annoying as the press it got would indicate? It seems like it was, but it seems like NBC doesn’t care,
- Also, we talk about NBC’s jingoism, and if it was bad for those who watched,
- Then we talked about the closing ceremonies, and how basically NBC ruined them by a) using Ryan Seacrest and b) cutting it off — even though it was on tape delay — to show Animal Practice,
- Speaking of which, we then talk about two of the comedies that NBC introduced during the Olympics, Go On — Matthew Perry in a lighter version of Community — and Animal Practice — a show that needs to tamp down the silliness,
- Then we talk with Kelly about her fandom of USA shows, and why they’re so watchable despite being pretty standard-grade procedural dramas (the upshot: good looking stars and slick visuals),
- Speaking of procedurals, Joel lambasts CBS’s fall pilot Vegas for laying on a thick procedural layer on top of what could be a good show,
- Then we talk about the last two episodes of the first season of A&E’s Longmire, a procedural that at least has a pretty decent backstory and high stakes,
- Finally, talk about the “train robbery” in last Sunday’s episode of Breaking Bad, and why it was good despite the fact that a lot of leaps of faith had to be made to get there.
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By the way, the bumper music is “Trevor Trailer Trash” from the late, great band Cropduster.