AFT #53: The X Factor, Glee, Revolution, The New Normal and stereotypes, Emmys preview, why shows are on forever and more

Joel installed a new toy: a pop filter. You probably won’t hear the difference, but he opened the podcast all excited about it, while Jason feigned interest. Other than that, they talked about the goings-on in the last week before the fall season starts in earnest:

  • We talk about the premieres of The X Factor and Glee. Jason thinks Glee pulled off its two-location season premiere (02:00 – 24:00),
  • Then we talked the premiere of Revolution, why it’s promising, why it’s problematic, and why the premiere’s high ratings may not mean much (24:00 – 37:00),
  • We then go back to the topic of singing shows, discussing the new judges for The Voice and American Idol, and the backstage reality show going on during The X Factor auditions. Plus, we talk about Britney Spears and her refreshing, straightforward judging (37:00 – 57:00),
  • Then we talk about the ratings for the second episodes of Go On (good!) and The New Normal (not so good), and how much less annoying The New Normal would be if the show didn’t have such grating stereotypes. Joel talks about the third episode, which tries to ease those stereotypes some (57:00 – 1:10:00),
  • We then talk about how the eighth season of How I Met Your Mother might be its last. In that talk, we go off on a tangent about why it seems hit shows run longer than they used to (1:10:00 – 1:24:30),
  • In another tangent, we talk about the early part of September being a no-man’s land, TV-wise, and talk about why we don’t see movies anymore (1:24:30 – 1:36:30),
  • Finally, we give a “quick” Emmy preview, with some loose predictions and if we think there will be any surprises (1:36:30 – 1:51:10).

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By the way, the bumper music is “Trevor Trailer Trash” from the late, great band Cropduster.

Joel Keller is one of the co-founders of Antenna Free TV and co-hosts the weekly AFT Podcast. A long time ago, he left a career rebooting servers to write about TV and other fun stuff (though his ulterior motive was to write off his cable on his income taxes). At the time, he was writing for the late, great site TV Squad, where he eventually became editor-in-chief. Since those heady days, he's written about TV and other topics for The New York Times, The A.V. Club,, Fast Company's Co.Create, Vulture, Zap2It and elsewhere.


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