AFT #56: Louis C.K. takes a break, NBC holds Community back, Homeland and Glee shockers, TBS’s shoddy baseball coverage, the CW’s decline and more

So much stuff was going on this week that we jumped from topic to topic pretty quickly. And Joel mentioned that the podcast wasn’t coming back for two weeks, but since we’ve recorded, plans have changed a bit… Anyway, on to the news:

  • We start the podcast by talking about TBS’s coverage of the baseball playoffs and how they can’t seem to get it right even though they’ve been doing it for five years now (00:00 – 22:15),
  • Then we talked NBC holding Community and Whitney’s premieres off indefinitely, and we theorize that the Friday night thing was nothing but a mirage. We also think this could be very good news for Community. We also talk about the interviews Community’s new showrunners have been doing and how the show might be different with Dan Harmon out of the picture (22:15 – 33:00),
  • We then discuss how Partners is still struggling to find an audience and laughs, and how The Neighbors is still making us laugh hard, despite how silly it is (33:00 – 36:40),
  • Louis C.K. announced that Louie isn’t coming back until 2014, and we discuss how remarkable it is that he can put the show on hold in order to recharge his creative batteries. We also wonder if the broadcast networks can at all adopt that model (36:40 – 49:50),
  • Then we quickly give a preview of The Walking Dead, which premieres on Sunday (49:50 – 50:45),
  • The Voice is in the battle rounds, and the ratings have actually gone up. We talk about whether the new “steal” feature is what’s keeping people interested (50:45 – 57:00),
  • FOX picked up full seasons of Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project, despite “meh” ratings, and we talk about how both shows are going and where we hope they go now that they have a full season to work things out (57:00 – 1:03:45),
  • We talk briefly about Lena Dunham’s mega book deal, wonder why so many people are complaining, and discuss why we think she deserves every penny (certainly more than Snooki did, right?) (1:03:45 – 1:07:45),
  • We then go into the miniscule ratings the CW is getting in the new season, speculate why the network still exists, and discuss how they can become the first broadcast network that’s as daring and experimental as cable is (1:07:45 – 1:20:20),
  • Glee had a bunch of relationship shockers this week, and Jason tries to persuade Joel to return to watching, even if it’s just this one episode (1:20:20 – 1:23:15),
  • We go insidery for a little bit and talk about Variety being purchased by the company that owns Deadline, and talk about what it means when a venerable trade pub like Variety gets bought by an online company (1:23:15 – 1:36:00),
  • Finally, we talk about the shocking twist at the end of this week’s Homeland, what it might mean, and how critics need to relax a bit when it comes to the show’s plausibility issues (1:36:00 – 1:55:41).

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