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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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It was a ‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweep at the Emmys on Sunday. Does that speak to the power of the Netflix bump (8:52)? Plus, the ‘WandaVision’ trailer shows that Disney+ holds the power (28:00), breaking down the latest episode of ‘The Boys’ (37:44), and Andy interviews Dave Chang about his new memoir, ‘Eat a Peach’ (44:43). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Dave Chang
The trailer for the second season of ‘The Mandalorian’ dropped this week and it featured lots of Baby Yoda and expensive-looking CGI (1:41). ‘The Third Day’ on HBO is an immersive and weird experience (11:05). Plus, we break down the first episode of ‘We Are Who We Are’ (29:53) and interview Chloë Sevigny, who leads the show (40:40). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Chloë Sevigny
After a slight executive shakeup at Netflix, we take a temperature check of how each of the major streaming services are faring right now (6:22). Then, we preview the HBO shows ‘Third Day’ and ‘We Are Who We Are’ (28:43) and break down the news that Jonathan Majors will have a leading role in the next ‘Ant Man’ movie (34:40). Plus, a conversation with Aya Cash about her role on ‘The Boys’ Season 2 (45:13). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Aya Cash
The trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ was released this week, and the movie looks expensive and like a new model for sci-fi movies (1:23). Meanwhile, the Star Wars franchise is flagging (11:56). Plus, ‘The Walking Dead’ is ending, but not without 30 more episodes and a couple spinoffs (34:43), and we break down the first three episodes of ‘The Boys’ Season 2 (40:56). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Chris and Andy open up the mailbag and cover topics like whether or not they want to see COVID-19 story lines in upcoming TV shows (12:37), what showrunners they would like to see tackle a new genre (30:15), some of their favorite music from 2020 so far (36:47), and what shows they’re most anticipating this year (43:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
News that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going to adapt the sci-fi series ‘The Three Body Problem’ for Netflix was met with trepidation online (10:32). Production of ‘The Batman’ has hit a snag after Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19 (26:47). Plus: a tale of two different types of soccer shows in ‘Ted Lasso’ and ‘All or Nothing’ (37:10), and previewing Season 2 of ‘The Boys’ (57:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Chris and Andy are joined by New York Times culture reporter Reggie Ugwu to talk about the life and career of Chadwick Boseman, who passed away on Friday following a private battle with colon cancer (1:32). Plus, Chris and Andy break down the finale and phenomenal season of ‘I May Destroy You’ (25:36), and Andy is joined by the Killers' lead singer Brandon Flowers to talk about their new album, ‘Imploding the Mirage’ (53:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guests: Reggie Ugwu and Brandon Flowers
In a special mega-pod, Chris and Andy are joined by Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins for a two-part conversation about the way that movies seems to be aping the modes and styles of TV, and vice versa. (For Part 1, check out 'The Big Picture' on The Ringer Podcast Network.) Hosts: Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan Guests: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
Welcome to the Summer of Dove. All four segments of Chris and Andy talking about the book and miniseries 'Lonesome Dove.' Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
The teaser trailer for ‘The Batman’ was released over the weekend, along with some other DC Universe news (1:57). It leaves us wondering what we want from the latest Batman property (16:55). After a strong pilot episode, ‘Lovecraft Country’ hit some snags in the second (29:30). Plus, Andy talks with George Pelecanos about his new anthology series, ‘DC Noir’ (39:57). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: George Pelecanos
Following announcements about upcoming Spider-Woman, Kraven the Hunter, and Batman projects, Chris and Andy weigh in on the news and the stars who could be behind each project (8:15). Then, in preparation for the finale of 'I May Destroy You,' they break down the latest episode and discuss the success Michaela Coel has had in her first season (27:50). Plus, the last installment of the 'Lonesome Dove' series (38:40). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
‘Lovecraft Country’ is a big, chewy show in a similar vein to other HBO shows, such as ‘The Outsider’ and ‘Watchmen’ (10:37). Creator Misha Green joins to help break down the first episode (29:26). Plus, the third installment of our ‘Lonesome Dove’ series (49:38). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Chris and Andy talk about HBO Max’s troubles, including its distribution struggles (02:39). Then actor Jake Johnson joins to introduce his Netflix show ‘Hoops,’ about a foul-mouthed basketball coach (12:07). And they continue their discussion about ‘Lonesome Dove,’ focusing on the miniseries’ second episode and the second chunk of the acclaimed book (46:45). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jake Johnson
Chris and Andy discuss the recent executive shake-up at HBO Max, HBO’s confusing transition of their streaming platform, the HBO Max original film ‘American Pickle,’ the end of a well-executed season of HBO’s ‘Perry Mason,’ and more (0:06). Next, Chris is joined by The Ringer’s Micah Peters and Justin Charity to discuss the relaunch of their podcast ‘Sound Only,’ the evolution of art criticism, their entertainment consumption during the pandemic, and more (43:48). Finally, Chris and Andy embark on Part 1 of their ‘Lonesome Dove’ discussion, in which they dive into the iconic novel as well as Episode 1 of the limited TV series (1:08:45).
Hulu announced this week that it's canceling the critically loved show ‘High Fidelity’ starring Zoë Kravitz. It begs the question: What type of TV show can survive in the current television landscape (12:06)? Plus, we break down the most recent episode of ‘I May Destroy You’ (26:18) and an interview with Timothy Simons about ‘Yes, God, Yes’ and being a working actor during a pandemic (32:02). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Timothy Simons
Chris and Andy reminisce about the comfort of after-school television and the cartoons they used to watch (5:51). Then, they are joined by Jason Concepcion to talk about how they were introduced to X-Men comic books (16:39), when they were most obsessed with the franchise (34:13), and what they want from future X-Men properties (59:02). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Jason Concepcion
We break down the 2020 Emmy nominations, including some very obvious snubs (8:01) and what they tell us about our current TV landscape (18:14). ‘I May Destroy You’ gives us a type of intimacy rarely seen on TV (33:11), and it’s clear that HBO spent a lot of money on ‘Perry Mason’ (45:00). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Some thoughts on Taylor Swift’s surprise album ‘Folklore’ and the art of a quarantine album release (9:01). ‘Tenet’ perfectly encapsulates the dilemma much of pop culture is currently facing (24:31). Plus, rediscovering the simple pleasure of sitcoms (34:21) and discussing how ‘Palm Springs’ is a high-quality hangout movie (52:49). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
Chris and Andy explore the phenomenon that is ‘Yellowstone’ (6:28) before having a broader conversation about the state of cable television (15:27). Then, they talk about the final episodes of ‘Dark’ Season 3 and reflect on the season as a whole (25:20). Finally, they are joined by Mark Duplass to talk about ‘Room 104’ and the current state of the TV industry (47:16). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald Guest: Mark Duplass
Andy shares a bit of news about ‘Briarpatch’ (7:27). Then, the guys talk about the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel news and the never-ending search for hit TV IP (18:58). Plus, ‘Perry Mason’ is actually good (36:29) and breaking down episodes 3 to 5 of ‘Dark’ Season 3 (43:17). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
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Comments (17)

Dragan Vidacic

mmmmmm j

Jul 31st
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Aimee Russell

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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iTunes User

I have been a big fan of Chris and Andy since their Hollywood Prospectus days. With so much to watch on TV, they have helped help me find some great new shows to watch (Mr. Robot; People vs. O.J.) while helping me steer clear of bad shows. Their commentary is insightful, and their deep-dive Game of Thrones analysis is second-to-none. They hold the Championship Belt of entertainment podcasts.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

Ok, I'm not THAT pathetic, but if you love tv, movies, pop culture, laughter, and/or our lord Yeezus, this is the podcast for you. Chris and Andy are uniquely insightful, funny, interesting, and relatable. It feels like a conversation with smarter, more interesting friends than you probably have. Check this podcast out so you can regurgitate it to your friends and impress them with your social commentary.

Aug 30th
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