AFT #66: Doctor Who, AMC’s showrunner revolving door, X Factor, TV in 2012 and more

We thought we didn’t have much to talk about, but we end up going for almost two hours because we just can’t shut up:

  • We talked about the Doctor Who Christmas special, the new companion, and why the Brits air Xmas specials while we in the States have to put up with repeats on Dec. 25 (03:50 – 13:15),
  • Then we talk about The Walking Dead’s fourth season renewal, Glen Mazzara’s departure, and whether AMC just doesn’t want to deal with the “visionary” showrunner anymore (13:15 – 36:30),
  • We then talk about How I Met Your Mother getting a ninth (and hopefully final) season (36:30 – 42:30),
  • Then we talk about who won The X Factor, why Britney Spears is about to be fired, and why FOX wants to hold on to the show, despite all its problems (42:30 – 53:45),
  • Then we talk about ABC airing Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B— on Sundays and Tuesdays and whether either show has a chance in hell of coming back next season (53:45 – 1:06:00),
  • We then talk briefly about the passing of two great actors, Charles Durning and Jack Klugman. We pay special tribute to Klugman, who made both Oscar Madison and Quincy, ME into iconic roles (1:06:00 – 1:14:00),
  • Finally, we talk about the fallacy of the year-end “best of” lists, because it’s hard to make a “best of” list when you haven’t seen everything. We did, however, talk about what we thought were the biggest TV-related stories of 2012, from the rise of hate-watching to the shows that ended long runs to the hype of Girls and other stories (1:14:00 – 1:53:37).

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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, TheAtlantic.com, Fast Company's Co.Create, Vulture, Zap2It and elsewhere.