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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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Clinkers, we know it's been a while but we are finally back for one more -- and one final -- episode. Yes, it's true, after almost 7 years, we have decided it is now time to bring Punch Drunk TV to an end. This is Aaron typing, in case you didn't know. I started this show, back when it was first called Best Frienemies, and then revamped to the GeekNation show Pass the Effin Remote, for the simple reason that I wanted to hang out with Jack. I knew we had good chemistry, I was always entertained when we hung out, and a light bulb went off that we should do some type of show. Now, here we are. Doing this show helped us make new friends, brought our voices into households across the world, opened up doors to new job opportunities, and solidified my friendship with this dude I first met at a goth club over 20 years ago. This may be the end to Punch Drunk TV, but we are not going anywhere. Jack and I are currently working out an idea for a new show, so please keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter. We will announce something in the coming months. In the meantime, please clink the drink with us one final time. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: The "Game of Thrones" finale set a record for HBO with 19.3 million viewers tuning in. The final season of "Orange is the New Black" will premiere on Friday, July 26. "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" will premiere Friday, Aug. 30. Hulu has announced a new kids cartoon called "The Bravest Knight" which will feature same-sex parents. To celebrate the third season of "Stranger Things," Coca Cola will be bringing back a limited number of New Coke cans as a tie-in. There's a rumor many outlets are reporting on that says "The Muppets" will be coming getting a new series on Disney+. The episodes will be a collection of variety show-style shorts that sound like a throwback to the original "Muppet Show" from the '70s, as well as "Muppets Tonight" from the late '90s. AARON'S LOSERS:"Bonding" (Netflix), "Arrested Development" (Netflix) and "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" (Netflix) JACK'S LOSERS:"Game of Thrones" (HBO) and "Arrested Development" (Netflix) AARON'S FENCERS:"The Twilight Zone" (CBS All Access) and "Game of Thrones" JACK'S FENCERS: "I Think You Should Leave" (Netflix) AARON'S WINNERS"Tuca & Bertie" (Netflix), "The Act" (Hulu), "I Think You Should Leave," "What We Do in the Shadows" (FX), "Barry" (HBO) and "Chernobyl" (HBO)JACK'S WINNERS: "Barry," "Happy!" (SYFY), "The Other Two" (Comedy Central), "Rilakkuma" (Netflix), "The Act" and "The Kids Are Alright" (ABC) Find us on Twitter: @PunchDrunk_TV, @flatlinejack and @aaronflux  Join the conversation on Facebook. Welcome to Episode 125. Thanks for sticking with us all these years. We love you.
It's our final episode before a self-assigned mini-hiatus and we're coming at you strong with some exciting news, hot takes, and more drunken idiocy. And clinker Serena sent us candy, so please excuse us because we got real hype throughout the recording of this episode. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: Taika Waititi is developing a "Time Bandits" TV series for Apple. AMC is developing an "Orphan Black" spinoff series. Showtime canceled "SMILF" due to misconduct allegations against show creator and star, Frankie Shaw. Netflix has ordered a new Greek mythology-inspired anime series called "Gods & Heroes" from Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind "Castlevania." Netflix has signed deals with Japanese anime studios Anima, Sublimation, and David Production. Anima will produce "Altered Carbon: Resleeved," Sublimation will create "Dragon's Dogma" -- a series based on the Capcom role-playing video game -- and David Production will create "Spriggan" for Netflix, based on the popular sci-fi battle manga of the same name. Slashfilm has reported that Disney is developing a new Marvel show for Disney+ based on the "What If" comic series.  AARON'S LOSERS: "Saturday Night Live,"  "The Toe Bro" / "Dr. Pimple Popper" and "The Passage" JACK'S LOSERS: "Now Apocalypse" and "Videos After Dark" AARON'S FENCERS: "The Order" and "AP Bio"JACK'S FENCERS: "The Order," "American Gods" and "Costume Quest" AARON'S WINNERS: "Crashing," "Leaving Neverland," "The Bachelor" and "What We Do in the Shadows"JACK'S WINNERS: "After Life" 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 124.    
A whole bunch of celebrity deaths and a disturbing documentary lead us into a more somber episode. We try to keep things as entertaining as possible, though. Welcome to Episode 123. #ClinktheDrink NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: Luke Perry died from a stroke at the age of 52. WWE wrestling legend, 450 lb King Kong Bundy, died at the age of 61. "Arrow" will end after a shortened 8th season which will only consist of 10 episodes. Hulu's "Vampire Chronicles" series will begin production in Budapest in September with Dee Johnson ("ER," "Southland") taking up showrunner duties. "Mad About You" is being rebooted with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt returning as their characters Paul and Jamie Buchman. It'll air on … Spectrum Originals? Brie Larson will star in and executive produce the upcoming Apple series based on "Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA," the upcoming memoir penned by Amaryllis Fox, the 37-year-old CIA operative who is married to Robert F. Kennedy III. JACK'S LOSERS: "The Widow" AARON'S FENCERS: "American Gods" and "Leaving Neverland"JACK'S FENCERS: "Better Things" and "Sherwood" AARON'S WINNERS: "State of the Union," "Losers," "Good Girls," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Saturday Night Live"JACK'S WINNERS: "Hot Ones" (The Desus & Mero episode), "Leaving Neverland," "Losers," "Deadly Class" and Wayne" 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 123.
Jack's work schedule is still nuts, and fatherhood is exhausting. But, we're back, delirious and drunk, and ready to pick apart the TV of the week. And we may even talk about Kim Kardashian for a hot minute. And we may be a little sorry about it. NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK: A Disney villains series is in the works for Disney's upcoming streaming service, titled, "Book of Enchantment."  Nathan Lane and Natalie Dormer have been added to the cast of "Penny Dreadful: City of Angels." WarnerMedia is developing an animated "Gremlins" prequel series.  Ryan Murphy is moving forward with his first original series produced by Netflix, simply titled "Hollywood." Not much info is available about the program, which will go into production this summer, aside from Murphy describing the series as "a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown." Fox has greenlit a 6-episode "event series" reboot of "Beverly Hills, 90210." Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling will play "heightened versions" of themselves.  AARON'S LOSERS: "The Walking Dead," "Dating Around" and "Vice Live"JACK'S LOSERS: "Flack" and "The Enemy Within" AARON'S FENCERS: "Lethal Weapon" and "Whiskey Cavalier"JACK'S FENCERS: "Whiskey Cavalier" and "Knight Fight" AARON'S WINNERS: "Masterchef Jr.," "Lorena," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Desus & Mero" and "Documentary Now!"JACK'S WINNERS: "The Giant Beast That Is the Global Economy," "Last Week Tonight," Refinery 29's YouTube Channel, "Wayne" 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 122.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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