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Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.

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Chris makes the case for the new David E. Kelley show ‘Presumed Innocent,’ the pulpy courtroom drama the summer needs (1:10). Then he is joined by Mina Kimes to bid goodbye to ‘Tokyo Vice’ after it was canceled this week after two seasons. They talk about whether or not the show ended in a good place (11:06) and how it really came into its own in the second season (29:14). They end by talking about the comforting middleness of Apple TV+ shows and some of their favorites on the streamer (46:38). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Mina Kimes Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the success of the new Richard Linklater movie, ‘Hit Man,’ on Netflix over the weekend and how its streaming success compares to that of ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’ at the box office (1:00). Then they talk about the strange new HBO comedy ‘Fantasmas,’ from comedian Julio Torres (38:05), before discussing the latest episode of ‘Top Chef’ (54:19). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the news that ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ director Shawn Levy is potentially being tapped to direct the next ‘Avengers’ movie (1:00). Then they talk about the first two episodes of ‘The Acolyte’ and how director Leslye Headland is doing her best to walk a tightrope between making a show that is appealing to a general audience and also hard-core ‘Star Wars’ fans (12:21). Finally, they talk about the season finale of ‘Hacks’ and how they felt about Season 3 as a whole (46:50) before playing an extra snippet of their conversation with Rembert Browne about ‘Clipped’ (1:10:53). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the underperformance of movies like ‘Furiousa’ and ‘The Fall Guy’ at the box office, and whether or not a lack of Marvel movies in theaters could be to blame (1:00). Then they talk about some types of shows they feel are missing from their screens right now—like an hour-long drama that could go for multiple seasons, or a splashy adaptation (33:47). Finally they talk about the new HBO docuseries ‘Ren Faire,’ which is like ‘Succession’ set in the world of Renaissance fairs (1:02:38). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the full trailer for ‘The Bear’ Season 3 that was released this week (1:00) and the first few episodes of ‘Tires,’ the new series from comedian Shane Gillis (14:44). Then they are joined by ‘Clipped’ staff writer Rembert Browne to talk about how his 2014 article in Grantland about the scandal involving Clippers owner Donald Sterling led him to work on the show (27:37) and why this story is still worth telling (44:38). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Rembert Browne Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about ‘3 Body Problem’ creators Benioff and Weiss promising that there will be more seasons of the show, and why Netflix is being so vague about its plans for officially renewing the sci-fi drama (10:31). Then they talk about the news that a live-action ‘X-Men’ movie officially has a screenwriter (18:13), before talking about Apple Music’s 100 best albums list (35:37), and why these last few episodes of ‘Top Chef’ just haven’t had the juice (56:22). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the news that ‘Yellowstone’ has started production on the last episodes of it’s final season (1:00), and news that ‘Shogun’ will actually be coming back for two more seasons (9:54). Then they are joined by ‘Ripley’ creator Steven Zaillian to talk about what drew him to make another adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel (21:08), and working with actors like Andrew Scott, Kenneth Lonergan, and John Malkovich on the show (38:14). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy discuss standing ovation culture at the Cannes Film Festival (01:29), and Bob Iger’s admission that he tried to tell too many stories at the start of streaming (05:47). They talk about the many prequels being announced, starting with ‘Dune: Prophecy’ (12:31), as well as the companies’ commitment to getting a return on investment for their IP. They then get into the trailer for Season 2 of ‘The Rings of Power’ and ‘House of Dragon’ (17:25), and the renewal of ‘3 Body Problem’ (29:53) and ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ (45:26),. They also express their excitement over new stories being told that aren’t ancillary projects. Later, they note their disappointment in the safe choices made in ‘Big Cigar’ (49:26). Finally, they interview Adrien Brody on his roles in ‘Winning Time’ and ‘Succession’ (58:57). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Adrien Brody Producers: Kaya McMullen and Olivia Crerie Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the just-OK box office performance of ‘The Fall Guy’ and what that says about the state of the movie industry right now (11:09). Then they talk about some more casting news for ‘Fantastic Four’ (19:07) before discussing the first four episodes of ‘Hacks’ Season 3 and the crossroads where the show finds itself right now (27:19). Finally, they talk about the final three episodes of ‘Ripley’ and why it is their favorite show of the year so far (37:43). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy remember the legendary engineer and producer Steve Albini, who passed away this week (1:00). They then talk of news that the third season of ‘The Bear’ will be out this June (13:25) and that ‘Shogun’ will be getting a second season (18:30). Next, they talk about Disney and Warner Bros. reaching a deal to offer a Disney+, Hulu, and Max bundle (28:44), before diving into their new favorite delight on Netflix: John Mulaney’s quasi-late-night show, ‘Everybody’s in L.A.’ (36:33). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy are joined by screenwriter Scott Frank to talk about making 'Monsieur Spade' and what pulled him toward that adaptation (1:00), how he shifted from being primarily a script doctor to running his own shows (21:39), and how he feels about the shifting ways in which people consume TV and movies (41:49). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Scott Frank Producers: Kaya McMullen and Eduardo Ocampo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Andy is joined by Joanna Robinson to discuss a New York Times article published last week declaring that we’re in the midst of an era of “mid TV” with shows like ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ and ‘Hijack’ (11:42). Then, they talk about the new Netflix hit ‘Baby Reindeer’ in relation to that article (39:36), before discussing episodes 2-5 of ‘Sugar’ and why it should have worked when unfortunately it doesn't (50:44). Read the New York Times piece here. Host: Andy Greenwald Guest: Joanna Robinson Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy discuss the success of ‘Shogun,’ then dig into the latest news, including Tina Fey and Steve Carell teaming up for a new Netflix comedy series, as well as the latest casting news for the new ‘Office’ spinoff (04:45). Then, they discuss Episode 2 of ‘The Sympathizer’ and whether the show's flair is both a benefit and detriment (27:47). They end with a recap of ‘Top Chef’ Episode 6 and decide if the show is delivering an undercooked product (50:13). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producers: Eduardo Ocampo and Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy do a quick culture catch-up, featuring Sunday’s surprise ‘Bluey’ episode, "Surprise!," and Taylor Swift’s new double album, before getting into their unfiltered thoughts on the ‘Shogun’ finale (9:30). Then, they speak with ‘Shogun’ creators Rachel Kondo and Justin Marks about how they approached writing the show, casting Cosmo Jarvis, the finale, and more (25:40). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Rachel Kondo and Justin Marks Producers: Sasha Ashall and Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the news that Apple TV will be making a ‘For All Mankind’ spinoff called ‘Star City,’ and adapting another one of Mick Herron’s novels (author of ‘Slow Horses’) for a show starring Emma Thompson (1:00). Then, they talk about an article in Harper’s that looks at the role private equity firms have played in the TV industry over the past decade (13:38), before discussing the penultimate episode of ‘Shogun’ (29:07) and episodes 4 and 5 of ‘Ripley’ (59:09). Read the Harper’s piece here. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about some of the things they watched over the weekend, including a supersized episode of ‘Bluey’ (1:00) and 'Saturday Night Live' hosted by Ryan Gosling (15:51). Then, they talk about the first episode of ‘The Sympathizer’ and whether shows are helped or hurt by having a famous director like Park Chan-wook direct the first few episodes (22:16). Finally, they discuss ‘Fallout’ and where it ranks among other video game adaptations, such as ‘The Last of Us’ (42:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about some news from the week, including the trailer for ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’ and the announcement that the John le Carré adaptation ‘The Night Manager’ will be returning for two more seasons (1:00). Then they talk about the latest episode of ‘Shogun’ (16:49) and Episode 3 of ‘Ripley’ (41:14) before discussing how they are liking this season of ‘Top Chef’ so far (53:04). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the series finale of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and how the show has evolved over its 12-season run (1:00). Then, they talk about the first two episodes of ‘Ripley’ and how it may be the best thing on Netflix since ‘Mindhunter’ (15:06). Finally, they get into the first two episodes of the Colin Farrell show ‘Sugar’ and how it’s hard to judge the show when they know an extreme twist is coming (41:53). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris and Andy talk about the news that Julia Garner was cast as a version of Silver Surfer in the upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ movie (1:00) and give some love to the second season of ‘Tokyo Vice’ (10:46). Then they break down the seventh episode of ‘Shogun’ and talk about how the show’s long production road helped deepen the characters (17:18). Finally, they talk about Episodes 6-8 of ‘3 Body Problem’ and whether there will be a second season of the show (36:18). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chris is joined by Ringer-Verse host Charles Holmes to talk about the new animated series ‘X-Men ’97’ and how it’s the latest installment in what has become the genre of “nostalgia” television (1:00). Then, they talk about the first few episodes of the ‘Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show,’ how much “reality” there is in this reality TV show (37:14), and where this show fits in with the evolving idea of what a standup comic does (54:50). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Charles Holmes Producer: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (26)

Adrienne Janney

regarding True Detective: Night Country, this is one of the most factually inaccurate podcasts and getting worse every week. they're barely watching the show and making all kinds of assumptions about facts that could be looked up. wild what people let two white dudes pass for intellect.

Feb 13th
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Kevin Murray

Do all podcasts have to contain all this slap happy BS and commentary associated with the podcasters themselves... I'm not tuning in to hear about the podcasters background...childhood... favorite colors...etc

Feb 2nd
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Chris Cutlip

it fucking sucked. bloated action scenes with an incomprehensible 'plot'. everything was written about what would look cool on camera from set to insanely dumb comedic action scenes. a complete snore

Jul 17th
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Vasilis Tsompanidis

oh, it's obvious they didn't stick the ending!!probably because of the exhaustion you mention.. plus the giraffe cfi was bad too, and that was one of the famous story bits of the game.. The same ending in the game was supposedly hit way harder

Mar 14th
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No Name

best show

Jul 19th
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E-G

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Jan 12th
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Jackie O'Shea

I think it's important to not talk about the buy out like it's final. they can get to an agreement, but they need to get the board on board, regulators, etc. there are a lot of ways the kids could screw with this deal

Dec 13th
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Sean Smith

Sam is another example of an entitled, worthless POS leftist that is the problem. Please never leave your house. Be entombed in it so we never have to hear your useless voice ever again.

Dec 17th
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Dragan Vidacic

mmmmmm j

Jul 31st
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Aimz

Love the Rhea interview am a big fan of her work and love how she explains how much thought and work goes into playing Kim. Her ideas for lockdown are great regarding creating she is bang on can tell she is an artist. Thanks for asking great questions and not the usual 'oh tell us what happens' idiots ask, why do they ask as the actors wont tell and no one will publish a spoiler so is a waste of precious time.

Apr 6th
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Keith Winits

Long time subscriber. I love the pod. I just hate the fact that you both are so deep in your own bubbles and can't see past it. Your political ideology is killing any enjoyment I get from the show. I'm not alone. Clean it up.

Mar 31st
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Ralph England

If Carrie Fisher's inclusion was the only issue it wouldnt have been an issue.

Dec 24th
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Occasio Gee

There are times you guys use some huge words and I love it. Every episode that I have to look up the vocab, I am better for it.

Dec 4th
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Elvis Kalicharan

oh hell no

Nov 23rd
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Ishmael

What a bunch of sarcastic idiots reviewing bullshit propaganda shows.

Nov 5th
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Brian Berry

l

Aug 16th
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Will X

great podcast.

May 21st
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Sonny Iyasere

Really like the Jesse James Jaime Lannister take, I personally think it's all there if you look closely enough. And Daenerys' turn is all her face. I believe once you've done 7 years of work all it takes is a look. We got it from Cersei in her shame walk now Daenerys seeing the red keep for the first time.

May 13th
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David Allen

So nothing about sharp objects? are you kidding me??

Aug 7th
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iTunes User

Love tuning into Chris and Andy discuss the latest tv shows along with some movies and music. Keeps me informed and laughing. Great podcast!

Aug 30th
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