AFT #59: Election coverage, Sandy coverage, Walking Dead, Shows we’ve dropped or are dropping, and a ton of other TV news

Hurricane Sandy knocked out Joel’s internet for a week (but, thankfully, not his power), so there’s lots of TV goings on that he and Jason needed to go over. But since we recorded the show in the middle of an NY-area Nor’easter, Joel might have been a little tired and stressed, so please forgive any mistakes or irritability:

  • We start by talking about how the storm affected Joel, and how he considers himself extremely lucky (00:00 – 08:30),
  • Then we talked about the coverage of the hurricane on local and national news, if Jason, who’s in Missouri, thought the story got more play because it affected New York, why so much of the networks’ week got postponed, and other storm-related fun (08:30 – 25:00),
  • We then briefly discuss the Louis C.K. episode of SNL, how funny the opening sketch was, and how little they dealt with the election (25:00 – 29:30),
  • We then discussed the election coverage, how the networks were relatively subdued this year, why they made very good use of their technology, and why they did a good job of explaining why they projected states when they did (29:30 – 41:00),
  • Then we talk quickly about Disney buying Lucasfilm and why this may mean the next Star Wars movie might actually be good (41:00 – 43:30),
  • Up All Night is going to multi-cam format, and we talk about whether this is a brilliant move or one more last-ditch effort to save a failing show (43:30 – 50:00),
  • NBC hasn’t been showing faith in a lot of new shows, and we talk about why they decided to not go forward with The Office spin-off The Farm and why its pilot now joins the long legacy of shows that air a failed spin-off pilot as a regular episode. Then we discuss why NBC cancelled Dane Cook’s midseason show Next Caller before any of the episodes even aired (50:00 – 59:00),
  • We discuss what we thought of Mockingbird Lane, which Joel thought should have been campy or scary, and it wasn’t enough of either (59:00 – 1:05:30),
  • We talk about Community finally getting a premiere date… we think (1:05:00 – 1:11:30),
  • Anderson Cooper’s daytime show got canned, and we talk a little about the new daytime shows (1:11:30 – 1:15:00),
  • We talk about The Voice’s exhausting knockout round and how young and pretty most of the remaining contestants are (1:15:00 – 1:21:30),
  • We discuss the shift in direction of Homeland, and the acting clinic Claire Danes and Damian Lewis gave two weeks ago (1:21:30 – 1:23:00),
  • We go over the shocking turns on The Walking Dead over the last two weeks, and where the show can go from here — and if people will hang in there as the show takes a very grim turn (1:23:00 – 1:40:00),
  • Finally, we talk about which new and returning shows we’ve dropped from our viewing rotations and which are hanging by a thread. Elementary and Mindy Project, you’re on notice (1:40:00 – 2:03:25).

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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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