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Welcome to Punch Drunk TV where best frenemies Aaron Pruner and Jack Conway meet each week as they discuss everything they love and hate about TV. From the latest news to their picks for Winner and Loser of the week, these industry insiders offer an offbeat and hysterical perspective on all things television. Follow Aaron and Jack on Twitter at @aaronflux and @flatlinejack, and check out the podcast’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/PunchDrunkTV
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Punch Drunk TV 121: From Weird City, With Love
We're back after a week hiatus and, while Jack and I are both exhausted, we've still found time to drink and yell about TV -- for your aural pleasure, of course. It's also the end of this year's Winter Television Critics Association press tour and I may have hung out with the "American Gods" cast ... and I may have told Emily Browning that Jack requested I throw her in a sack. And it may have made things a bit awkward. You'll just have to listen to find out! NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: Hulu has ordered four new Marvel adult animated series and a standalone special. "Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.," "Marvel’s Hit-Monkey," "Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show" and "Marvel’s Howard the Duck". The special is "Marvel’s The Offenders."  The "Breaking Bad" movie will premiere on Netflix before airing on AMC. Benedict Cumberbatch will play Satan in Amazon's "Good Omens." The 6-episode series will premiere on May 31. Aldus Huxley's "Brave New World" has been ordered as a 10-episode series at USA. The working title for SYFY's Child's Play series is "Chucky" and Brad Dourif will return to voice the doll. "Desus & Mero" premieres on Showtime on February 21. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez will be the first guest. And for some reason, Comedy Central is bringing back "Crank Yankers." AARON'S LOSER: "SNL" and "The Punisher"JACK'S LOSERS: "3 Below" AARON'S FENCERS: "PEN15," "Miracle Workers" and "Abducted in Plain Sight"JACK'S FENCERS: "Russian Doll," "Carmen Sandiego," "Miracle Workers" and "The Umbrella Academy" AARON'S WINNERS: "Wayne," "Weird City," "The Kids Are Alright," "Russian Doll" and "Friends From College" JACK'S WINNERS: "PEN15," "Wayne," "Deadly Class," "Documentary Now," Seth Meyers, in general and "Girlfriend Reviews" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux  Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 121.
Punch Drunk TV 120: Ted Bundy, Carmen Sandiego and The Black Dahlia ... Oh My!
This week, we're faced with a bunch of horror reboots for the small-screen which could be good or bad news, depending on how you look at it. We also touch on those big TV winners from this past weekend's SAG Awards -- and you'll never guess who won Best Stunt Ensemble. Jack's wife, JoEllen, wants to know ... have you accomplished any of your New Year's Resolutions? Or are you like Aaron and prefer to make goals, instead? NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: A "Resident Evil" TV series, from the same people behind the movies, is in the works at Netflix.  Nick Antosca is developing a "Child's Play" TV series with original movie creator Don Mancini at SYFY. And according to Antosca, "Chucky can say 'fuck' on SYFY." CBS All Access has ordered a 10-episode mini-series remake of "The Stand."  Season 2 of "Killing Eve" will air on both BBC America and AMC to broaden its reach. "Rent Live" was Fox's lowest-rated musical. Only 3.42 million people tuned in during the three-hour long event -- which definitely wasn't "live." AARON'S LOSERS: "The Punisher" and "Rent: Live"AARON'S FENCERS: "Black Monday," "Future Man," "Friends From College" and "The Ted Bundy Tapes"JACK'S FENCERS: "Conan" and "The Umbrella Academy" AARON'S WINNERS: "Carmen Sandiego," "The Passage" and "I Am the Night"JACK'S WINNERS: "The Good Place," "Deadly Class," "Broad City," "The Other Two," "Carmen Sandiego" and "Hot Ones" (w/ guest Gordon Ramsay)     Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux  Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 120.
Punch Drunk TV 119: The CW ... Where Disney Teens are DTF
Aaron here -- after taking a week off my wife, her mother, my baby and I all got hit with the flu, we have returned for Episode 119 of Punch Drunk TV. There's a lot we go over in this episode, including the multiple Fyre Festival docs that hit streaming last week. Before we kick things off, Jack's wife JoEllen poses a question to us and you Clinkers: How would you describe The CW? Because they definitely have their own very specific brand going on. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: The CW has ordered a musical dramedy spinoff of "Riverdale" titled "Katy Keene." The CW also ordered a "Lost Boys" TV series which will no longer be an anthology series but, as THR says, will be "set in Santa Carla and explores the secret underworld of vampires. After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla's eternally beautiful and youthful undead." "Queer Eye" will go to Tokyo for four episodes in its next season. The special four-episode installment, titled "Queer Eye: We're in Japan!," will premiere on Netflix after Season 3 of the series drops later this year. Netflix is rebooting "Unsolved Mysteries" from the show's original producers. According to THR, "the new series will follow a similar format to its predecessor, which first aired on NBC in the late 1980s. Each of the 12 episodes will focus on a single mystery — the broadcast version had multiple cases per episode — and like the original, will enlist viewers' help in solving each case." Showtime has bought the rights to a four-part docuseries titled, "Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men." The first two episodes will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and then the series will air on the network in the spring. A Fyre Festival-inspired GoFundMe campaign for Bahamian restaurant owner Maryann Rolle has raised more than $100,000 to help her with the debt she went into during the disastrous music event. AARON'S LOSER: "Roswell, New Mexico"JACK'S LOSERS: "Roswell, New Mexico," "True Detective," "Valley of the Boom," "Fam" and "Schooled" AARON'S FENCERS: "Trigger Warning With Killer Mike," "SNL" and "Fyre"JACK'S FENCERS: "Future Man" and "Sally4Ever" AARON'S WINNERS: "Sex Education," "The Punisher," "The Passage" and "Fyre Fraud"JACK'S WINNERS: "Sex Education," "The Passage," "Fyre," "Fyre Fraud," "Tigtone" and "Bad Chad Customs" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux  Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 119.
Punch Drunk TV 118: The Masked Singer Is Dumb ... and Amazing
It's been a long three weeks but we have returned just in time for "The Masked Singer" to capture our full attention and for "The Sopranos" to turn 20. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: The Academy Awards will go without a host for the first time since 1989. "Vikings" will end after Season 6. The CW has ordered a pilot for Ruby Rose's "Batwoman" standalone series. The Season 3 premiere date of "Stranger Things" is July 4, 2019. Netflix has canceled Buzzfeed's news series, "Follow This." Hulu has canceled Sarah Silverman's "I Love You, America." A LEGO competition series is in the works from Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment production company.  NatGeo has shelved Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Star Talk" amid the sexual harassment investigation. Deadpool director Tim Miller and David Fincher have teamed up to bring an animated anthology series titled, "Love, Death & Robots" to Netflix.  Before digging into our winners and losers, Jack and I look at the shows who won at the Golden Globes this past Sunday and discuss how "The Sopranos" changed the game for TV. And if the show never hit HBO, it's possible our podcast wouldn't exist. Aaron's Losers: "Stand Up and Away with Brian Regan," "Bird Box," "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" and "Superstore"Jack's Losers: "Project Blue Book" and "Gotham" Aaron's Fencers: "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" and "Surviving R. Kelly"Jack's Fencers: "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch," "Forever," "Big Mouth," "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" and "Good Trouble" Aaron's Winners: "Titan Games," "Dirty John," "The Masked Singer," "Project Blue Book," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and Deadly Class"Jack's Winners: "Pinky Malinky," "Aggretsuko Christmas Special," "Anne With an E," "Runaways," "Atlanta," "The Titan Games," "Happy!," "The Masked Singer" and "Deadly Class"   Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux  Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 118.
Punch Drunk TV 117: SAG Awards So White
It's our final episode of the year. And through Aaron's deliriously tired state and Jack's inebriation, we'd like to apologize for all the loud typing and random banging on the table (seriously, we didn't even realize it was happening until it was too late.) This week, we not only document our winners and losers of the week -- we go through the past year's programming and sift through the best and worst. And we also discuss the SAG Awards TV Nominations ... which, with just a few exceptions, is seriously all about the white people. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: A new rumor puts Ken Jeong as the frontrunner to host The Oscars. Ian Ziering has joined the cast of DC's "Swamp Thing" as the hero, Blue Devil.  Netflix is getting ready to premiere a four-part true crime series about Ted Bundy on January 24th, called "Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes." The release date is the 30th anniversary of Bundy's execution. "Get Shorty" has been renewed at Epix. "Goliath" has been renewed at Amazon. "Detroiters" has been canceled at Comedy Central. Japan's anime industry is now worth roughly $19 billion dollars, thanks to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, and overseas sales. While it seems like Netflix has a bunch of debt to deal with, Amazon's Prime Video channels helped the streaming service grow with revenues gaining $700 million over 2017 averages. Most importantly, Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon will return to Amazon Prime as hosts of the upcoming Rose Parade. AARON'S LOSERS: "Into the Dark: Pooka" and "SNL"JACK'S LOSERS: "SNL" AARON'S FENCERS: "Dirty John" and "Escape at Dannemora"JACK'S FENCERS: "Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox" and "Border Live" AARON'S WINNERS: "Christiane Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World," "Nailed It! Holiday!" and "The Good Place"JACK'S WINNERS: "The Good Place," "Daredevil," "The Kids Are Alright" CW's "Elseworlds" Crossover Event AARON'S TV LOSERS OF THE YEAR: "Succession," "Here and Now," "Making a Murderer Pt. 2," "Disjointed" and "Camping" JACK'S TV LOSERS OF THE YEAR: "House of Cards," "Alex, Inc," "Take Two" and "Living Biblically" AARON'S TV WINNERS OF THE YEAR: "Killing Eve," "Barry," "The Haunting of Hill House," "Better Call Saul" and "Somebody Feed Phil"JACK'S TV WINNERS OF THE YEAR: "Barry," "Queer Eye," "The Good Place," "BoJack Horseman," "The Haunting of Hill House," "Detroiters," "The Kids Are Alright," "Aggretsuku" and "Somebody Feed Phil" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux  Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 117.
Punch Drunk TV 116: Kevin Hart-less
It's a weird week here at Punch Drunk TV. Jack just got back from a sad trip with the wife and Aaron learned his deceased father used to do biker porn in the '70s. So get ready, things go a bit off-the-rails for a bit. There's also some Oscars drama to discuss and the Golden Globe nominations were announced, so we sort through the most important TV nods. Who do you think should win?  NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: Netflix canceled "Daredevil" but spent $100 million to keep "Friends" for another year. Hulu solidified a deal with Sony's Funimation Ink, which will give Hulu exclusive U.S. streaming rights to international anime hits like "My Hero Academia," "Attack on Titan" and "Tokyo Ghoul." Hulu described the pact as its "largest agreement for anime programming to date." According to THR, "The deal also grants Hulu a first look at on-demand U.S. streaming rights to future anime series released by Funimation beginning in 2019. These future titles will premiere day-and-date on Hulu and Funimation with the worldwide premieres in Japan." NBC has renewed "The Good Place" for a 4th season SYFY is rebooting Rod Serling's other anthology series, "Night Gallery" MTV is rebooting "Celebrity Death Match" with Ice Cube serving as executive producer Kevin Hart has been tapped to host the Oscars. Not a day later, the Internet dug up old tweets featuring homophobic slurs. The Academy asked Hart to make a public apology. Hart refused. Then two hours later, he stepped down. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will co-host the 2019 Golden Globes AARON'S LOSER: "Sick Note" JACK’S FENCER: "The Final Table" AARON'S WINNERS: "Room 104," "Vikings," "Bumping Mics" and "South Park"JACK'S WINNERS: "The Kids Are Alright" and "Sally4Ever" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux  Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 116.
Punch Drunk TV 115: The Kurt Russell Santa We Never Knew We Needed
NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: Netflix has invested $1Billion dollars in a Roald Dahl deal that will bring 16 of the author's books to life -- including, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, The BFG, The Twits, George's Marvellous Medicine and The Enormous Crocodile -- in multiple animated shows. Netflix is developing a 10-episode, live-action "Cowboy Bebop" series. "Ugly Delicious" has been renewed for a second season. The planned spinoff to "The Middle" has been scrapped by ABC "Take Two" has been canceled at ABC CBS will end the "Murphy Brown" sequel after this season. Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of "Spongebob Squarepants," has died at the age of 57. Youtube is going to shift back its strategy with originally scripted content from being a premium pay service back to an ad-based platform in 2020. Jerry Springer will launch his own courtroom reality show called, "Judge Jerry" in the fall of 2019 at NBCUniversal. Legendary TV is developing Blake J. Harris’ "Console Wars" novel, which documents the "behind-the-scenes drama that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry," as a limited series. JACK'S LOSERS: "Dirty John" and "Paradise PD" AARON'S FENCERS: "Room 104," "The Purge" and "The Walking Dead"JACK'S FENCERS: "Queen America" AARON'S WINNERS: "The Good Place," "The Final Table," "The Nightflyers," "The Christmas Chronicles" and "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"JACK'S WINNERS: Matt Baume's Culture Cruise, LegalEagle and NHK WORLD-JAPAN all on YouTube, "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and "Hilda" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux  Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 115.  
Punch Drunk TV 114: Crack Pie in the Sky
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!  It's turkey week and, while you're stuffing your face while arguing with that crazy uncle of yours, enjoy sneaking an earbud into your ear to take a listen to our wild and crazy show. Oh, and we ate some Crack Pie, courtesy of Momofuku Milkbar. And it was fuuuuckin' tasty.  NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: "Big Mouth" has been renewed for a third season. Jon Cryer has been cast as Lex Luthor on "Supergirl." Benedict Cumberbatch was almost cast as Vampire Bill in HBO's "True Blood." A "Jack Reacher" TV series is in the works at Paramount Television. According to TV Line, the books' author, Lee Child, said, “for all his talent, [Tom Cruise] didn’t have that physicality.” So, for the TV series, they’re looking for someone who more closely matches the books’ description of Reacher. Basically, to sum up, Tom Cruise is too short. SYFY announced its first original late-night animated series, "Alien News Desk." Set to debut early 2019, the series is a weekly, half-hour topical animated series set in an extraterrestrial newsroom. Voiced by Will Forte (as alien news anchor “Drexx Drudlarr”) and “Saturday Night Live’s” Heidi Gardner (alien co-anchor “Tuva Van Void”), the 12-episode series will cover up-to-the-minute news and commentary about the universe’s most baffling species - the inscrutable Humans of Planet Earth. AARON'S LOSERS: "American Horror Story: Apocalypse"JACK'S LOSERS: "Super Drags" AARON'S FENCERS: "Saturday Night Live," "The Kominsky Method" and "Dirty John"JACK'S FENCERS: "The Kominsky Method" and Origin" AARON'S WINNERS: "Salt Fat Acid Heat," "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," "Supernatural," "Dogs" and "Sally4Ever"JACK'S WINNERS: "Dogs," "Daredevil," "Haunting of Hill House," "Sally4Ever," "Follow This," "The Other Side of the Wind Documentary" and "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux  Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 114.
Punch Drunk TV 113: American Horror Story: Kathy Bates Robocop
In this week's episode of Punch Drunk TV, we stuff our faces with rolled-up meats while asking the important questions, like: Which John Leguizamo is the best John Leguizamo? Is it the clown from "Spawn" or Benny Blanco From the Bronx? Choose wisely... NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: "Game of Thrones'" final season will premiere in April of 2019. Stan Lee died on November 12 at the age of 95. "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" will release a special holiday episode to Netflix, titled, "A Midwinter's Tale," on Friday, December 14.  "Westworld" filming location, the Paramount Ranch, burned down due to the Woolsey fire in the Santa Monica Mountains "Temptation Island" is getting rebooted at USA Network and will premiere January 15th at 10 pm Amazon has renewed "Bosch" for a sixth season, making it the longest-running original series on the platform. Hulu is teaming with George R.R. Martin for a new small-screen cinematic universe based on the book series, "Wild Cards."  AARON'S LOSERS: "SNL," "Making a Murderer," "Haunted" and "American Horror Story: Apocalypse"JACK'S LOSERS: "House of Cards" (Season 6, Episode 1) and "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" AARON'S FENCERS: "The Conners," "The Purge," "Supernatural" and "The Walking Dead"JACK'S FENCERS: "Iron Fist" (Season 2) and "Angels of Death" AARON'S WINNERS "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons," "South Park," "Room 104" and "Daredevil"JACK'S WINNERS: "Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san," "The Kids Are Alright," "Detroiters," "Haunting of Hill House," "Daredevil" and "Sally4Ever" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux  Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 113.
Punch Drunk TV 112: Die Rick Grimes Die!
Has it been two weeks or three weeks since we last recorded? Jack and Aaron disagree on these numbers (it's been two weeks, but whatever). Still, it doesn't really matter because we are back! Jack is back from Japan, Aaron has left his couch, there's a bunch of interesting TV news worth discussing, Rick Grimes didn't die, and somehow witches are once again all the rage! NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: After Sunday's episode aired, AMC released the news that three "Walking Dead" TV movies are in development aimed at continuing Rick Grimes' story.  Vince Gilligan is developing a "Breaking Bad" movie that will allegedly follow the present story of Jesse Pinkman According to SlashFilm, the highly anticipated "Deadwood" movie has begun production with the majority of the original cast returning. HBO is hoping for a spring, 2019 premiere. John Logan, the creator of "Penny Dreadful," is bringing a new installment of the series to Showtime. "Penny Dreadful: City of Angels" will take place in 1938 Los Angeles. THR says it'll be "rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the devil, City of Angels will explore a mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of that period, creating new occult myths and moral dilemmas within a historical backdrop. The series will feature all new characters and storylines." Andy Bean and Derek Mears will play both sides of the antihero in DC Universe's "Swamp Thing" series. James Wan is executive producing the series which will debut sometime in 2019. AARON'S LOSERS: "The Good Cop" and "American Horror Story: Apocalypse"JACK'S LOSERS: "Legacies" AARON'S FENCERS: "The Walking Dead" and "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"JACK'S FENCERS: "Midnight, Texas," "Homecoming" and "Busy Tonight" AARON'S WINNERS: "Hip-Hop: Evolution," "Channel Zero: The Dream Door," "The Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," "Homecoming," "Daredevil" and "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown"JACK'S WINNERS: "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Dream Corp LLC," "LadyGang," "Channel Zero - The Dream Door," "Eli Roth's History of Horror," "The Haunting of Hill House" and "Castlevania" Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and comment! Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux  Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 112.  
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Charmaine Williams

No Canada complaints today. We aren't getting Dirty John up here yet but it sounds like it's as sympathetic to this foolish woman as the podcast was. Do how come the foolish based on real life woman in Escape from Dannemora doesn't get the same treatment? I think it's a class issue, sympathy for the rich, disdain for working class women. What do you think?

Dec 16th
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Charmaine Williams

Every week Jack reveals more of his thesis on what makes television Canadian. Can we do Mexico next? Or the UK; so much to work with there..

Oct 28th
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Charmaine Williams

Aaron Pruner It's all good. At this point I'm just teasing you guys. And getting castbox some free advertising? I look forward to the show every week.

Dec 1st
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Aaron Pruner

Charmaine Williams Ooof, Charmaine we mean no offense. But also, we completely are offending. Our apologies. We get so used to certain story tropes or low production values that, stereotypically, have been seen in certain shows shot in Canada that we have fallen into this trap of calling something bad "Canadaian." Alas, Vikings shoots in Canada, as does Supernatural and the CW shows, as did Orphan Black. So, I will whip Jack into shape. I promise.

Nov 16th
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Charmaine Williams

I really like this podcast, but do you guys realize that you basically use the word Canadian like it's a synonym for shitty? Not mad, just noticing, from Canada.

Jan 28th
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Charmaine Williams

Aaron Pruner Just heard your good news Aaron P. Congratulations.

Mar 3rd
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Charmaine Williams

Aaron Pruner I'm laughing hearing your on-air apology. Thanks. I'm sure Bellevue sucks - because, Anna Paquin often sucks. Keep clinking!

Feb 11th
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Nadine Nbaby

black face? really?

Dec 11th
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Aaron Pruner

Nadine Nbaby What's the context of your question? Is this regarding our Simpsons story? Or is this a reference to The Big Bang Theory?

Dec 15th
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Tipping Point

Great to get it back

Nov 3rd
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Aaron Pruner

Tipping Point Good to know people are listening.

Nov 5th
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Aaron Pruner

Hey clinkers, apologies -- our RSS feed got messed up. Just to be clear, this is the real Punch Drunk TV page. Please re-subscribe.

Nov 3rd
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