#32 – Fleishman Is in Trouble, But At Least He Isn’t Bob Chapek

We review Fleishman Is in Trouble (FX/Hulu) and unpack the hot goss over Disney’s surprise shakeup.

Disney’s board is bringing Bob Iger out of the Disney Vault and we’re stockpiling the hot corporate goss like limited edition Beauty & The Beast DVDs in 2002. It’s like if Succession had a PG rating… and we’re loving every minute of it!

But don’t worry, because we’re still thankful for Peacock’s latest shenanigans (somebody pardon this bird, STAT!) and our beloved Hulu. Yes, little Hulu. The stepchild of the Great Big Bob Breakup. What will happen to poor Hulu??

… We might not have the answer to that question, but we do have a glowing review of Hulu’s latest FX joint: Fleishman Is in Trouble.

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📺 Review: Fleishman Is in Trouble

🚨 Spoiler Alert: First 2 Episodes (starting at 28:14) 🚨

  • Where to Watch: Hulu
  • Releases: Thursdays through Dec 29
  • Based on: The novel Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

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#31 – The White Lotus (Season 2)

The one with extra CBS flavor!

Ciao! And welcome back to another season of sexy potential murder victims (and Jennifer Coolidge victims) on HBO’s breakout hit The White Lotus (now with extra Sicily!). We’re sharing our thoughts on the season premier, discussing why expectations for the show might be unrealistically high, and making our predictions for this new installment of Mike White’s excellent anthology series.

But first we’re unpacking three strange news stories you might’ve missed:

  1. The holidays are almost here which means we’ve got a roundup of all the exclusive merch Disney is dying to sell you… if you subscribe to Disney+ (Bob Chapek would hate to see this limited edition Lightsaber fall into the wrong hands…).
  2. Is Disney merch not your style? Well then Netflix would like to invite you to your local Wal-Mart for some good old fashioned corporate synergy (and popcorn!).
  3. And just in case you forgot that the holiday are almost here (terrifying, we know) Peacock is continuing its grand pivot from NBC-style comedies to… Hallmark original movies? Sure, why not?!

Plus a startling Simpsons confession from Dianne, our favorite anthologies of all time, and we accidentally introduce a brand new segment: TV TAROT!

So join us, won’t you? It’s in the cards…

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📺 Review: The White Lotus (Season 2)

🚨 Spoiler Alert: Season 2, Episode 1 (starting at 37:19) 🚨

  • Number of Seasons Overall: 2 (Season In Progress)
  • Where to Watch: HBO and HBO Max

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#30 – Rewind: The Patient (Season 1)

The one with Bob Chapek's panopticon of Disney magic.

Death pays us a visit as we go on a spoiler spree with a full season review of Hulu’s killer Steve Carell/Domhnall Gleeson drama FX’s The Patient (…on Hulu).

But don’t worry! We promise not to sneak up on you with any spoilers, because there’s plenty to talk about first:

  • Did HBO retake the iron throne of prestige fantasy drama (which is definitely still a thing) with its HotD?
  • Disney CEO Bob Chapek dreams of using your Disney+ viewing data to create a panopticon of magic on your next visit to one of his many all-seeing, all-knowing theme parks. What’s not to love about that?
  • Netflix prepares us for the pending password crackdown by ending some of its home-sharing pilots in Latin America…
  • … but don’t you want to pony up for a new season of Girs5Eva? Peacock punts the third season of the comedy to Netflix and leaves us wondering if Peacock still Peacocks comedy.

Plus: Join Dianne as she plays the hot new game that proves Peacock still has wings: It’s Peacock or NOT?!

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📺 Review: The Patient (Rewind Review)

🚨 Spoiler Alert for All 10 Episodes (starting at 29:36) 🚨

  • Where to Watch: Hulu

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#29 – Interview with the Vampire

The one with all the Netflix news.

We’re taking a bite out of spooky season by doing the scariest thing imaginable: Trying a new streaming service! 😱

Join us as we explore the haunted halls of AMC+ with a truly terrifying game designed to test your undead knowledge (because like half the shows on AMC+ are Walking Dead spin-offs). If you dare survive this hair-raising trial you’ll be treated to our surprisingly enthusiastic review of Interview with the Vampire, which is so good it just might lure you into subscribing…

BUT FIRST:

  • A boatload of Netflix news!
  • No, really! The password crackdown is nigh!
  • Some Trevor Noah news!
  • Some Trevor Noah NETFLIX news!
  • And, yes, even MORE Netflix news!

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📺 Review: Interview with the Vampire

🚨 Spoiler Alert: First 2 Episodes (starting at 32:24) 🚨

  • Renewal Status: To Be Announced
  • Releases: Weekly, Sundays through November 13
  • Where to Watch: AMC and AMC+

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#28 – Rewind: She-Hulk (Season 1)

The one with Clark Griswold.

We’re smashing our way through season 1 of She-Hulk: Attorney-at-Law in this spoiler-packed Rewind Review!

BUT FIRST:

  • Troy and Abed: Reunited?!
  • Trevor Noah’s last day: REVEALED!
  • Are these the end times for Showtime?
  • An Andor mid-season vibe check!
  • And Netflix finally adds a tier for the most underserved streaming community of them all: The BASICS among us.*

(*Seriously, we have everything you need to know about Netflix’s new “Basic with Ads” option that you will undoubtedly be forced to sign up for when they crack down on that password you’ve been sharing with your roommate who moved out in 2016.)

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📺 Rewind Review: She-Hulk (Season 1)

🚨 Spoiler Alert: All 9 Episodes (starting at 30:30) 🚨

  • Renewal Status: To Be Announced
  • Where to Watch: Disney+
  • Spinoffs: Uh… how many MCU properties did they tease?

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#27 – Reboot

The one with bundle envy.

Generational comedy works best when the writers understand the generations involved, but does Hulu’s new Hollywood satire Reboot deliver on the pilot’s surprising twist? You’ll have to listen to our review of the first there episodes to find out!

Plus all the news you didn’t know you needed to know:

  • SNL’s Charmin Bears deny any undue Charmin influence
  • Peacock is thrilled to announce that they finally convinced some people to watch Peacock (just don’t ask them about their Bundle Envy)
  • Comedy Central’s identity crisis comes Ito focus
  • Paramount’s late night dominance is in doubt
  • HBO Max’s disco daddy Warner Bros. Discovery continues its animation purge (Anime Edition!)

And we play everyone’s favorite game: Renewed or Canceled?!

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📺 Review: Reboot

🚨 Spoiler Alert: First 3 Episodes (starting at 30:13) 🚨

  • Renewal Status: To Be Announced
  • Releases: Weekly, Tuesdays through October 25
  • Where to Watch: Hulu

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#26 – SNL (Season 48 Premier)

The one with bisexual Grimace.

After months of speculation the new season of Saturday Night Live is here and we’re ready to share our unsolicited thoughts and feelings like a certain purple McDonald’s mascot. Yes, those nine absences in the opening credits were a shock (don’t worry, Cecily Strong will be back!), but… guess what? They kind of owned it! And one of the new guys got the Pete Davidson slot on Weekend Update! And then, there were the sponsored sketches…

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, because this special edition of Streamageddon kicks off with BREAKING-ish NEWS in the late night comedy world: The Daily Show is beginning its search for host #4 after Trevor Noah stunned his audience (and reportedly his bosses at Paramount) by announcing his retirement after 7 years on the job.

We’re breaking down all the news about the fake news (the good kind) this week, and if that sounds intimidating just relax, because Dianne already made Chris cut his 30-minute rant about the clashing serifs in the new SNL fonts so you have nothing to fear!

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📺 Review: SNL (Season 48 Premier)

  • Featuring: Miles Teller and Kendrick Lamar
  • Where to Watch: NBC
  • Where to Stream: Peacock!

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#25 – Andor

The one with four eyeballs, but not exactly in the order you would think.

This week we’re chasing the cure for Star Wars ennui (like regular ennui, but backwards you say it)… and thankfully it’s easily accessible on the streaming app that's steadily consuming the galaxy as we know it: Disney+

Yes, we’re completely obsessed with the 3-episode premier of Andor and everything it does right in a cinematic universe that has done so much wrong (say some!) as of late. Where else can you find a show brave enough to combine Star Wars with Blade Runner with… the thrilling reality of statistics-based policing and the corrosive effect it has on society at large? (Really!)

Plus, in the news: What to expect in Season 48 of SNL, the Peacockalypse comes for your favorite comedies, and all the Tudum news that’s fit to print (but not on Tudum, because they fired all those people).

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📺 Review: Andor

  • 🚨 Spoiler Alert: First 3 Episodes (starting at 28:06)
  • Renewal Status: Picked up for 2 seasons, 12 episodes each
  • Releases: Weekly, Wednesdays through November 23
  • Where to Watch: Disney+
  • Spinoffs: Uh, he kinda dies in the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, doesn’t he? (And before you say something about spoilers let us remind you that this movie came out when Barack Obama was President.)

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#24 – Los Espookys

The one with the hard bundle.

We don’t want to alarm you, but this week we find ourselves trapped inside a cursed mirror… and loving every minute of it!

That’s because we’re talking about the one-of-a-kind comedy Los Espookys, which just returned to HBO and HBO Max for its second season after a terrifying 3 year hiatus.

Plus we’ll explain why rumors of Warner Bros. Discovery’s demise are nothing to worry about, then discuss why we’re worried that Warner Bros. Discovery is doomed anyway (at the hands of Comcast?! The horror!). And speaking of horror: We’re going to unpack Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s “hard bundle” even if it means risking “organ rejection” (his words!). Tune in… if you dare!

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📺 Review: Los Espookys

  • 🚨 Spoilers for Season 1 (All Episodes) starting at 24:01
  • 🚨 Spoilers for Season 2, Episode 1 starting at 49:29
  • Number of Seasons Overall: 2 (In Progress)
  • Releases: Weekly, Fridays at 11 PM ET
  • Where to Watch: HBO and HBO Max

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#23 – Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

We don’t know our hobbits from our harfoots (really!), but that won’t stop us from reviewing THE MOST EXPENSIVE TV SHOW EVER.

Yes, we’re journeying to middle-earth to discuss the first three episodes of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. It’s a show that promises an epic story, sumptuous visuals, and even more rings than the movies!

Does this big budget prequel deliver? How is anyone supposed to remember all these character names? And can we stop ourselves from comparing it to House of the Dragon?

But before we answer those burning questions we’ll ask some disturbing new ones posed by this week’s news. Questions like “who resurrected the Teletubbies and why is Titus Burgess hiding behind them?”

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📺 Review: Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

🚨 Spoiler Alert: First 3 Episodes (starting at 15:49) 🚨

  • Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video
  • Seasons: 1 (in progress)
  • Releases: Weekly, through October 14

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