#67 – New Year, New Marvel: Echo (Plus Amazon, Paramount, and Other Kingpins)

The one where we pour one out for the crew of the Revenge.

Whoops, we accidentally predicted the future too well in our last episode! So we’re back to catch up on the doom and gloom at Paramount+, the mass hysteria surrounding Amazon Prime Video’s turn to ads, and more news from the past month.

Then we’ll make the case for why Marvel’s new “Spotlight” series Echo breathes new life into their struggling TV formula… if you can make it through the first 25 minutes of franchise-mandated flashbacks.

Plus it’s a new year, so it’s time to get your streaming house in order. We’ll help you budget with the return of our awards-pending advice segment Add/Keep/Cancel.

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📺 Review: Echo

🚨 Light Spoilers: First 3 Episodes (starting at 42:35) 🚨

  • Total Episodes: 1 Season, 5 Episodes (all released)
  • Where to Watch: Disney+ and Hulu
  • Spinoffs: Hawkeye (Disney+)

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#66 – 2023 Streaming Superlative Spectacular!

The one where we hand out the participation awards.

It’s our Second Annual Streaming Superlatives Spectacular! Featuring your favorite yearbook-inspired awards plus a host of new categories generated by the true star of 2023: ChatGPT.

Plus we predict which streaming service won’t survive the new year (spoiler alert: the headlines already indicate we might be right!).

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🏆 The Categories:

🥇 Round 1: The Extremely High School Superlatives

  • Life of the Party
  • Class Sweetheart
  • Class Clown
  • Best Couple (Platonic or Romantic)
  • Best Glow-Up (aka Most Improved)
  • Best Hair and/or Best Dressed
  • Most Likely to Succeed
  • Returning Champion (Best Returning Series or Character)
  • “Miss Congeniality” (The Best Show We Didn’t Review)

🥈 Round 2: The Best Ofs (and Worst Ofs)

  • Throwback of the Year (Best Reboot, Revival, etc.)
  • Franchise of the Year
  • Biggest Surprise of the Year
  • Biggest Disappointment of the Year
  • Villain of the Year (Real Life or Fictional)
  • Best Finale (Season or Series)
  • Best Thing You Watched This Year (In Any Medium/Genre)

🥉 Round 3: The Streaming Service Showdown

  • The Most Overrated Streaming Service of 2023
  • The Most Underrated Streaming Service of 2023
  • The Streaming Service You Couldn’t Live Without in 2023

🔮 And Finally… Predictions!

  • The Streaming Service Least Likely to Survive 2024 (we swear we recorded this before the headlines told us that we’re probably right!)

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#65 – The Curse, Deja Vu, and Showtime’s Demise!

The one with even more bundles.

The holidays are here but we’re cursed with more streaming news for you!

  • Find out the exciting new bundle of the week!
  • Experience deja vu with the news of Showtime’s confusing rebranding!
  • And you’ll never guess where Disney’s synergy is headed next!

Plus we review the first two episodes of Nathan Fielder’s The Curse. (You might not want to listen to that part with the kids…)

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📺 Review: The Curse

🚨 Spoiler Alert: First 2 Episodes (starting at 11:52) 🚨

  • Number of Seasons Overall: 1 (Season in Progress)
  • Where to Watch: Sundays on Paramount+ with Showtime
  • Content Warning: Descriptions of sex acts!

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#64 – Fargo, Hulu, and Disney’s Wheel of Synergy

The one where we’d like to buy a vowel, Pat.

The holidays are here and Bob Iger is celebrating by stuffing Hulu into the Disney+ stocking (some exceptions may apply). We’ll prepare you to answer your relatives’ streaming questions with everything you need to know about the historic level of Disney synergy sweeping the nation:

  • Dianne walks us through the new Hulu Hub on Disney+
  • Chris confesses his love for (Disney’s) Doctor Who and (Disney’s) Wheel of Fortune
  • And we’ve got your one-stop guide to all five seasons of FX’s Fargo (streaming now on Disney’s Hulu Hub!)

Plus, updates from every corner of the Disney universe: From ABC to Pixar to Star Wars to Marvel. Even NatGeo makes an appearance! That’s right, Disney owns National Geographic, too!

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📺 Review: Fargo (Season 5)

🚨 Spoiler Alert: The First 4 Episodes of Season 5 (starting at 1:08:51) 🚨

  • Number of Seasons Overall: 5 (Season In Progress)
  • Where to Watch: Tuesdays on FX (Next Day on Hulu)
  • Where to Stream Past Seasons: Hulu
  • Spinoffs: Yes, it is!

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#63 – Bundles, Bachelors, and Marvels, Oh My!

The one where we get our bundles on!

Streaming bundles are all the rage these days! From Verizon’s new Netflix/Max deal to Instacart’s groceries and Peacock combo (a real thing, we swear!). Join us as we navigate the murky waters of the great big Bundle-verse and who knows? Maybe you’ll find a bundle of joy along the way.

Plus we’re revisiting this fall’s strike-fueled hit: The Golden Bachelor. And stick around at the end for our discussion of everything that went wrong (and right!) with The Marvels.

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📺 Review: The Golden Bachelor (Season Finale)

🚨 Spoiler Alert: All Episodes (starting at 36:16) 🚨

  • Renewal Status: Almost definitely renewed for season 2
  • Where to Watch: ABC and Hulu
  • Spinoffs: It’s Bachelor Nation, Baby. Everything has spinoffs.

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🎬 Bonus Review: The Marvels

🚨 Spoiler Alert for the full movie (starting at 1:03:32) 🚨

  • Where to Watch: It might still be in a few theaters, but you’ll have to hurry!

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#62 – All Killer, No Filler… But Also THE Killer (On Netflix)

The one where we’re thankful that David Zaslav has never called us his best friends.

We’ve got sizzling Thanksgiving episode stuffed full of news, gossip, and… America’s favorite game show?!

  • First: Will lackluster AI protections sink the SAG-AFTRA deal?
  • Then we raise a glass to the latest victim of the streaming wars: Showtime Anytime.
  • Speaking of Paramount-related news: IT’S DAILY SHOW HOST WATCH! (Second timers edition!)
  • But wait, there’s more! Because after that we feast on an irresistible helping of David Zaslav news.
  • And finally: We head the big (enough) screen and stream the new Netflix movie The Killer featuring Michael Fassbender as the titular assassin, framed by David Fincher’s direction.

All that, plus: Can you out-score Dianne on a post-strike edition of Renewed or Canceled?! We’ve got 12 shows across TV and streaming that have been hanging in the balance for months now. (Spoilers in the links below!)

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📺 Review: The Killer (Movie)

🚨 Light spoilers only! (starting at 51:10) 🚨

  • Where to Watch: Netflix

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#61 – Did Loki Stick the Landing?

The one with all the spoilers.

Our long national nightmare is finally over!

(Are we referring to the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike or the Loki finale? You’ll have to listen to find out!)

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📺 Review: Loki Finale

🚨 Spoiler Alert: All Episodes of Loki, also the last Ant Man movie, also probably some other Marvel stuff (starting at 20:49) 🚨

  • Number of Seasons Overall: 2 (All Episodes Available)
  • Where to Watch: Disney+
  • Spinoffs: If a Spinoff is a Spinoff of a Spinoff is it actually called a Spinsoff?

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#60 – The Highs and Lows of Loki

The one where we try to escape to a better timeline.

It’s a big week for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (but please don’t make us call it that), and we’re celebrating with a deep dive into Loki ahead of this Thursday’s finale that seems destined to set up the next phase of Avengers mayhem (whether we like it or not).

We’ll be back in your feeds next week with our thoughts on the season finale, but that’s not the only Marvel-ing in the news: After months of reshoots and delays The Marvels hits theaters this weekend and promises to reunite us with some of our favorite characters from the Disney+ series WandaVision and Ms. Marvel (if only we can remember those long-ago shows).

We’ll dive deep into the interconnected Marvel mess and discuss whether the company’s new “Spotlight” branding for more standalone series will chart a new path forward.

But first! We’re asking the hard questions that the streaming universe refuses to answer:

  • Just how much is a Hulu worth these days? (Disney is about to find out!)
  • What’s going on with the forbidden episode of Bluey?
  • Who has the better strategy to jam ads in our eyes: Netflix or Amazon?
  • Why is YouTube willing to lose over a billion dollars a year just to carry NFL Sunday ticket?
  • And should Marvel arch-villain Kang be replaced?? (Spoiler alert: Yes!)

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📺 Review: Loki (Season 2)

🚨 Spoiler Alert: All Episodes through Season 2, Episode 5 (starting at 46:45) 🚨

  • Number of Seasons Overall: 2 (Season In Progress)
  • Renewal Status: Doomed to set up another movie
  • Where to Watch: Disney+
  • Season Finale Premiers: Thursday, November 9
  • Spinoffs: It’s more like an ouroboros at this point (get it?)

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#59 – Marvel's Frasier Invasion

The one where everyone raises their prices.

1990s Pacific Northwest radio icon Dr. Frasier Crane is back, but is the new Boston-set reboot of Frasier really listening to what viewers want? We’ll share some of our favorite classic Frasiers and compare them to the new Paramount+ reboot (which, like the sherry at a Bean Town bar, we found… questionable).

But first!

  • Chris shares his love of CNN Max (he’s aware this makes him a middle aged man now, thanks for asking!)
  • The Daily Show announces more guest hosts (including some returning favorites!)
  • Dianne learns the difference between Space Whales and Earth Whales (it’s a sci-fi thing!)
  • Price hikes at both Netflix and Disney+ leave Chris and Dianne wondering how much spaceships and comic books are really worth these days…
  • …and it turns out Marvel is asking itself the same thing?? We’ll explain!

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🥗 Review: Frasier (2023)

🚨 Spoiler Alert: First 3 Episodes 🚨

  • Where to Watch: Paramount+
  • New Episodes Release: Weekly, on Thursdays
  • Spinoffs: Yes, it is.

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🍳 Bonus Review: Frasier (1993)

🚨 Spoiler Alert for… oh come on, it’s Frasier! 🚨

  • Number of Seasons Overall: 11
  • Where to Watch: Paramount+, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu!
  • Spinoffs: Yes, it is.

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#58 – We LOVE The Golden Bachelor (But We Don't Want To Know How He Votes!)

The one where the AMPTP finally offers a rose.

We’re celebrating the end of the WGA strike with a tribute to some of the most emotionally manipulative creative fiction on TV: The Golden Bachelor.

But first we’re wrapping up the big strike settlement, catching up on the return of late night TV, and sharing our streaming advice for YOU in an autumn edition of Add? Keep? Cancel?!

Join us as we bravely enter the Bachelor-verse, even though we’re generally Bachelor-averse!

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📺 Review: The Golden Bachelor

🚨 Spoiler Alert: First 2 Episodes 🚨

  • Where to Watch Live: ABC (Thursdays at 8 PM Eastern)
  • Where to Stream: Next Day on Hulu

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