Millions of Screens, IndieWire’s brand new TV podcast, provides an inside look at the TV industry, sharing conversations based in IndieWire’s original reporting, breaking down that ever-elusive Hollywood buzz about town, and highlighting thoughtful analysis of the best and most impactful series you’re watching right now. Hosted by TV Awards Editor Libby Hill, TV Deputy Editor Ben Travers, and Creative Producer Leo Garcia.
On this week’s Millions of Screens, Libby, Ben, and Leo talk through the results of this past weekend’s DGA Awards and where that leaves the various races for the fall’s Emmy ceremony. Additionally, Ben regales Leo and Libby with just what HBO Max’s “The Nevers” is, which is to say not a Victorian superhero team. And finally, Ben and Libby, each from a small town, talk about the HBO documentary “Our Towns” and how accurately it captures life in rural America.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben and Libby discuss the current craze of shows deliberately starting in medias res sometimes to the detriment of the narrative itself. Additionally, Libby walks us through the results from the SAG Awards, Ben and Leo somehow agree on Disney+'s 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,' and Executive Editor Ann Donahue joins for a special 'Bridgerton' edition of Corgi Corner.
On this week’s episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo go long on the release of ‘Godzilla vs. Kong,’ the latest movie in Warner Bros. MonsterVerse, and ponder how TV contributes to the burgeoning trend of cinematic universes — some of which even extend to TV (like ‘WandaVision’ and ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’). Additionally, Libby previews Sunday’s SAG awards and Ben gets excited about the cast sheet for Disney+’s forthcoming ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo break down the current state of HBO Max roughly 10 months after its rocky launch. With the streamer three months into its cinematic day-and-date experiment and having just released The Snyder Cut, it seems like positive buzz is on the upswing. Additionally, Ben walks us through his feelings on 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' and Disney+'s assertion that the premiere was watched in more homes than either 'WandaVision' or 'The Mandalorian.' And finally, Libby wonders aloud if anything can stop ‘The Crown’ or ‘Ted Lasso’ after the pair’s continued dominance at Sunday’s WGA Awards.
On this week’s episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about the spate of news seeing filmmakers signing on for limited series on streaming platforms, most notably Barry Jenkins’ ‘The Underground Railroad’ on Amazon Prime Video and Rian Johnson’s ‘Poker Face’ on Peacock. What does this recent development mean for the already blurred line between film and television? In addition, Ben and Libby talk about what it means that five out of eight movies nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars debuted on streamers, and Ben walks us through the virtual edition of SXSW with three shows he’s excited about: HBO Max’s ‘Made For Love,’ STARZ’s ‘The Girlfriend Experience,’ and Amazon Prime Video’s ‘THEM.’
On this week’s podcast, Ben, Libby, and Leo come to the stark realization that they’ve been working from home for an entire year. What lessons can be gleaned from this pandemic television year? Streaming is thriving now, but will it continue? Are awards shows irrelevant? Is the era of Peak TV over? Answers to all those questions, plus Ben and Libby give their parting shots after a bombastic finale to Disney+’s ‘WandaVision,’ Libby reads the awards circuit tea leaves for Apple TV+’s ‘Ted Lasso’ and Netflix’s ‘The Crown,’ and Executive Editor Ann Donahue breaks down Oprah’s monarchy-toppling interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in a very special edition of Corgi Corner.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about the televised disaster that was the 78th Annual Golden Globes. From winners being left on mute to awkward forced Zoom hangouts, the Globes seemed like they were aiming to make themselves irrelevant in the wake of recent allegations of racism and financial impropriety. (That irrelevance was backed up when ratings feel from 18.1m in 2020 to 6.9m this past Sunday.) Additionally, Ben and Libby talk about 'Allen v Farrow' at it's season midpoint, and Ben recommends a few new shows for the spring.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Libby, Ben, and Leo dig into some predictions for this Sunday's Golden Globes, but not before discussing the L.A. Times' reporting about just how corrupt (not to mention white) the 87-member H.F.P.A. happens to be. From paid trips to France to visit the set of multiple nominee 'Emily in Paris' to shocking rates for writing for the H.F.P.A. website, there was plenty in the expose which points to just how screwed up the Golden Globes voting body is. Additionally, Ben regales Libby and Leo with tales of 'The Mosquito Coast,' Apple TV+'s new prestige drama starring Justin Theroux, of 'The Leftovers' fame.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo go long on what is holding 'WandaVision' back as a television series. From the lack of natural in-episode arcs to mid-episode abandonment of the various sitcom tropes, why is it that a show so intrinsically linked to the history of television still feels like a movie chopped up at the most convenient points? Additionally, Ben and Libby trade excitement about the casting announcement for Lenny Abrahamson's next adaptation of a Sally Rooney novel, 'Conversations With Friends,' and Amazon's announcement of an adaptation of 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' starring Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
On this week’s Super Bowl super clicker episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss this past weekend’s Super Bowl ratings, which were the lowest since 2007 (when Ben & Libby’s Chicago Bears lost to the Indianapolis Colts). Additionally, the group discusses CBS’ onslaught of ads for Paramount+ before delving into a spoiler-free (though not opinion-free) conversation of the latest case of WhyP, ‘Clarice,’ a crime procedural focused on Clarice Starling in the wake of the Buffalo Bill case which concludes ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo work through the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's nominations for this year's Golden Globes, a list of nominees that has been lambasted within the industry for the glaring omission of shows like HBO's 'I May Destroy You.' Why do we still care about the Golden Globes when their track record, particularly in the television space, is so egregious? Could a bold Emmys change steal some of the H.F.P.A.'s thunder? Additionally, Ben and Libby walk Leo through their thoughts on the WGA nominations, and Ben celebrates Ann Dowd after a weekend that saw her Zoom birthday go viral and her new film premiere at Sundance.
On this week’s episode, Libby, Leo, and Ben dissect the nominations announced by Film Independent for the 36th Independent Spirit Awards, the first to celebrate television. Among the nominees: HBO’s ‘I May Destory You,’ Apple TV+’s ‘Little America,’ and Amazon’s collection of five films ‘Small Axe.’ Additionally, Ben and Libby tell Leo about the most recent virtual edition of TCAs.
On this week’s episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk through their thoughts on the first several episodes of “WandaVision”, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first foray on Disney+. Should the limited series have been dropped all at once, as was originally intended? Will it continue to give Wanda’s trauma short shrift? Additionally, Ben and Libby talk through The Critics Choice Awards nominations, which saw Netflix’s “The Crown” earn noms for its five primary actors. And finally, the group discuss the impending addition of Paramount+ to the streaming landscape, a streamer whose greatest strength at this point seems to be the library of Viacom content at its disposal.
On this week’s episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo dissect the events of the past week, including the attempted coup by a brigade of MAGA terrorists at The Capitol, Fox News dipping below CNN and MSNBC in the ratings for the first time since September 2000, and the continued rise of OANN and Newsmax. Does the end of the Trump presidency mirror the end of the 24-hour cable news network? Will a “boring” Biden presidency see ratings for all news networks plummet? Additionally, Ben and Libby discuss Nielsen’s reporting on the top streaming titles of 2020 where (surprise, surprise) Netflix dominated. And lastly, Ben explains the success of Viacom’s simulcast of this weekends NFL Playoff matchup between the Bears and the Saints on Nickelodeon, replete with slime whenever a team entered the endzone.
On this week’s episode of Millions of Screens, Ben regales Libby and Leo on the glory of Ted Danson portraying a character high on pot in NBC’s “Mr. Mayor,” the latest comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. This leads to brief discussion of the best portrayals of being high in television history, and whether we’ll soon be entering the Golden Age of Pot on TV. Also, the gang talk about the reportedly huge debut of “Bridgerton” on Netflix, and the decision by “The Crown” to run Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin as Lead Actors as opposed to Supporting Actors at The Golden Globes.
On this week's Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk through their favorite TV of 2020, as well as what they're excited for in 2021. They also go way long, but stay spoiler-free on conversations surrounding Disney+'s 'The Mandalorian' and HBO's 'The Flight Attendant.' And finally, Ben regales Libby and Leo with the latest Stephen King novel to make its way to television, CBS All Access' "The Stand."
On this week's episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo look into the curious case of Letterboxd, a site built by and for cinephiles to catalog the films they love and share reviews with like-minded peers, where television is increasingly dominating the highest rated spots on its charts. Among the best films of 2020 are HBO's "I May Destroy You," Netflix's "The Queen's Gambit," and Hulu's "Normal People," joined by other miscellany such as SBNation's "The History of The Seattle Mariners" or Disney+'s Taylor Swift special, "Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions." Before that, Libby and Ben discuss Denis Villeneuve's scathing open letter to Warner Bros. in light of the decision to port over all of its 2021 film slate to HBO Max. Additionally, Libby talks about the dangerous precedent Apple TV+ set in kowtowing to CEO Tim Cook's whims in cancelling the Gawker-inspired show from Watchmen scribe Cord Jefferson, and Ben bemoans the next 4 years of Marvel and Star Wars content Disney promised would be coming to Disney+ at last week's Investor Day.
In the wake of Warner Brothers’ bombshell announcement that all of its films will follow a day and date release strategy premiering on HBO Max concurrent with their theatrical runs, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about the kerfuffle kicked up by film Twitter, apoplectic cinephiles, and angry auteurs about the future of movies and what it means for HBO Max. Additionally, Libby backs Netflix’s decision to forego a disclaimer noting “The Crown” a work of fiction, and Ben warns that December 31, 2020 is the last day fans of “The Office” will be able to binge on Netflix before it moves to Peacock.
"Tales From The Loop."
On this week’s episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo dive into Apple TV+‘s “Ted Lasso,” a show they’ve mentioned on seven of the past eight podcasts, to discuss why the show made IndieWire’s Best New Shows of 2020 list and why Libby was reticent to watch, despite the constant prodding by both Ben and Leo. Additionally, Libby and Ben discuss Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” and Amazon Prime’s “Tales From The Loop,” two of the other top shows to debut in 2020. And finally, in Spoiler Corner, Ben laments the finale of HBO’s “The Undoing,” but regales Libby and Leo with the highlights of his interview with the limited series’ star, Hugh Grant.
On this week's Thanksgiving-themed episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo invite a few special guests on to discuss the 2020 shows they're most thankful for, including but not limited to, Apple TV+'s "Ted Lasso," HBO's "My Brilliant Friend," and Netflix's "Dark." Additionally, Ben walks us through his Best Shows of 2020 list and Libby considers whether chess is cool again in the wake Netflix releasing numbers for "The Queen's Gambit."
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo check in with Disney+ a year into their grand streaming experiment. What were the House of Mouse's biggest hits? Just how much did the pandemic throw a wrench in their plans? And can 'WandaVision' have the same breakthrough at the Emmys that 'The Mandalorian' did? Additionally, Ben talks about Conan's move from TBS to HBO Max and Libby bemoans the narrative construction of the beloved holiday specials from Charles Schultz's Peanuts gang.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo check in with Apple TV+ a year into their grand streaming experiment. What were the tech giant's biggest hits? What were its biggest misses? And how many more weeks can Ben and Leo reference 'Ted Lasso' at least once? Plus, Ben laments the fact that HBO will not be the broadcast home of Season 2 of 'The Outsider.'
On this week's 'Millions of Screens,' Ben, Libby, and Leo invite IndieWire TV Associate Editor Steve Greene (aka "The Recommendation Machine") back onto the podcast to talk through some potential election day counter-programming for those looking for an alternative to rage-viewing the returns. Amongst the shows suggested: Amazon's 'What The Constitution Means To Me,' Showtime's 'The Good Lord Bird,' and Hulu's 'City So Real.' Additionally, Executive Editor Ann Donahue returns for another edition of 'Corgi Corner' in the wake of Netflix's release of the full trailer for the upcoming season of 'The Crown,' while Leo and Ben celebrate the news that Apple TV+ has renewed 'Ted Lasso' for a third season (and try, somewhat successfully, to convince Libby to watch).
Halloween is a few days away, so Libby, Ben, and Leo decided to chat about some potential "spooky season" binge viewing while sheltering-in-place. Libby remains fervent in her defense and choice of 'Hannibal,' but adds 'Fortitude' and the first season of 'The Terror' to her potential list. Ben's additions: 'Twin Peaks: The Return' and random episodes of 'The X-Files.' Leo, ever the rube, chimes in with campy horror show ('True Blood'), a show that's not really scary ('True Detective' Season 1), and the most frightening show he's ever watched (early '90s episodes of '20/20'). Additionally, Libby questions whether the recent news of Jon Stewart's "current affairs" show on Apple TV+ should be welcomed with open arms, and Ben gives a glimpse into his reviews of 'The Undoing' and 'The Queen's Gambit.'
We are gathered here today to eulogize Quibi, the short-lived short-form streamer, that's quick bites have officially bitten the dust. What went wrong? In a word: Everything. Ben, Libby, and Leo look back at their original projections and lament the $1.75 billion that was spent on the failed endeavor. Additionally, Libby reacts to a recent spate of cancellations at Netflix which seemingly targeted shows with underrepresented leads, and discusses whether or not this points to the death of Peak TV or if this is just a temporary setback due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In the wake of Netflix's 'The Haunting of Bly Manor' and in anticipation of HBO's 'Lovecraft Country' finale, Libby, Ben, and Leo decide to talk about some of their favorite horror shows of all time, beginning with perennial podcast favorite ' Hannibal.' Additionally, Ben stumps for HBO's 'We Are Who We Are' and Executive Editor Ann Donahue returns for another edition of 'Corgi Corner' after Netflix released the trailer for ‘The Crown’ Season 4.
On this week's episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss the much-ballyhoo'd return of 'Saturday Night Live' (replete with Jim Carrey's stunt casting as Joe Biden) and what the show's responsibility is to its audience during an election season. Additionally, Ben talks about the insane 12-hour 'The Third Day' live episode from this past weekend, while both Libby and Ben lament the cancellation of 'GLOW' in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Libby talks about a dangerous trend she's noticed in the true crime docuseries genre: bloated episodes. Based on a viewing of Netflix's 'The Keepers' and revisiting HBO's 'The Jinx,' Libby notes what's been missing in the most current crop of true crime documentaries, including Netflix's 'Tiger King,' HBO's 'The Vow' and Showtime's 'Love Fraud.' Additionally, Ben and Libby talk about Film Independent's decision to add five television categories to this upcoming year's Indie Spirit Awards, and as a bonus, Executive Editor Ann Donahue (IndieWire's Corgi Correspondent) stops by to give us her thoughts on the first images released from season four of Netflix's 'The Crown.'
From the actual garbage fire that kicked off the proceedings to Zendaya's "upset" for Outstanding Actress in a Drama for her work on 'Euphoria,' Ben, Libby, and Leo look back on the biggest surprises from Sunday's Emmy telecast. Which is to say nothing of 'Schitt's Creek' historic sweep of the comedy categories at the Primetime Emmy Awards that paves the way for a cavalcade of new winners next year. Additionally, in light of recent rumblings (and two Emmy wins), Libby asks Ben and Leo her favorite question about Quibi.
That's right, on this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben frightens Libby and Leo by informing them just how Disney+'s 'The Mandalorian' can oust HBO's 'Succession' for the biggest prize at Sunday's Emmys: Outstanding Drama Series. Additionally, the hosts discuss other competitive Drama Series races: Will Jennifer Aniston's SAG win for Apple TV+'s 'The Morning Show' carry over? Has the acting branch come around on 'Succession' enough to finally award some of its actors? Is anyone still excited about Netflix's 'The Crown?' Plus, Ben and Libby review the first night of the virtual edition of the Creative Arts Emmys and Leo admits he'll likely be signing up for a paid Peacock account to watch some "fútbol."
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo dive into the two-horse Emmy race in almost every Comedy Series category between Amazon's 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' and Pop TV's 'Schitt's Creek' and ask which third show, if any, can play spoiler? Can Yvonne Orji earn 'Insecure' an award in Best Supporting Actress? Will Michael Schur get 'The Good Place' a win in Outstanding Writing for penning the finale? Could 'What We Do In The Shadows' sneak up and win Best Series? Additionally, Ben talks about the second season premiere of Amazon's 'The Boys,' and Libby wonders aloud about why the new gritty take on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' landed at Peacock as opposed to HBO Max (which owns the rights to the original show).
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo dive into the Emmy categories for Limited Series/TV Movie and try and pin down just how many awards HBO's 'Watchmen' will take home. Which of the 'Watchmen' trio of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jovan Adepo, or Louis Gossett Jr could defeat Jim Parsons of 'Hollywood' in the Best Supporting Actor race? Can Paul Mescal ('Normal People') continue the Academy's tradition of celebrating young upstarts in the Best Actor race (Riz Ahmed in 2017, Darren Criss in 2018, and Jharrel Jerome last year)? Is there any reason to think Regina King won't take home Best Actress, other than perhaps Cate Blanchett's immaculate turn as as Phyllis Schlafly in 'Mrs. America?' Additionally, Ben tries to explain HBO Max's 'Raised By Wolves' to Libby and Leo, and Libby wonders aloud what changes the Academy should make to the ceremony in the face of the pandemic.
On this bonus episode of Millions of Screens, we present our complete interview with Michael Schur, the creator and showrunner of NBC's 'The Good Place,’ Damon Lindelof, the creator and showrunner of HBO's 'Watchmen,' and Cord Jefferson, staff writer for both, in the wake of their Emmy nominations. In this extended interview, we dive into how the three met, the meaning of life, and chat about some intense irrational fears.
The Good Place.
On this week's Millions of Screens, Leo, Libby, and Ben are joined for the first time by three Emmy-nominated guests: Michael Schur, creator and showrunner of NBC's 'The Good Place;' Damon Lindelof, creator and showrunner of HBO's 'Watchmen;' and Cord Jefferson, staff writer for both. Jefferson, who has recently run a room of his own, reflects on what he learned working under both Schur and Lindelof, while later in the episode Lindelof praises Schur on 'The Good Place' finale. Additionally, Libby discusses why two scripted 'Tiger King' shows might not be a bad thing and Ben explains why he's excited about 'The West Wing' reunion set to air on HBO Max.
On this bonus episode of Millions of Screens, we present our complete interview with Sterling K. Brown and Mahershala Ali in the wake of their Emmy nominations. The two actors were keen to regale us with tales of their college days, how they felt about breaking into comedy, and how fatherhood has changed their work.
Sterling K. Brown.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo had the distinct pleasure of moderating a conversation between longtime friends Sterling K. Brown and Mahershala Ali, who are each up for two Emmys at next month's ceremony (and are competing head-to-head in Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series). Additionally, Ben talks about his interview with 'Ozark' star Jason Bateman and Libby admits that 'The Crown' casting Elizabeth Debecki as Princess Diana has piqued her interest. Plus, in the wake of Netflix canceling ‘Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj,’ Ben and Libby posit what the streamer can do to break through in the late night/variety space.
HBO's 'Perry Mason' finale.
Maya Rudolph on Kamala Harris' VP nomination.
Apple TV+'s 'Ted Lasso.'
On this week's episode of 'Millions of Screens,' Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about a spate of nostalgia-drenched reboots brought about by the news of a potential dramatic take on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.' Meanwhile, Ben explains the art of side-stepping expectations as exemplified by HBO's 'Perry Mason' finale, and Leo wonders aloud why Apple TV+'s 'Ted Lasso' isn't called 'Major League: Futbol.' Additionally, Libby talks about about her interview with Maya Rudolph in the wake of Kamala Harris' nomination as Joe Biden's vice presidential running mate and Ben walks us through Peacock's announcement of 'The Amber Ruffin Show' and an as-of-yet-untitled Larry Wilmore show.
On this week's podcast, Libby, Ben, and Leo are joined by Steve Greene to discuss the news that after a long delayed theatrical run, 'Mulan' will be made available on Disney+. Additionally, Libby, Ben, and Steve each talk about the advantages of the current digital iteration of the CTAM Press Tour currently occurring. And finally, everyone takes a turn in Steve Greene's Recommendation Machine, resulting in some odd suggestions.
Emmy nominations are in! And on this week's episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk through the Television Academy's selections that surprised them, shocked them, and just made them scratch their heads. Additionally, they dive into Quibi's 10 nominations!
'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.'
'Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet.'
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben & Leo try and keep the podcast on the rails in Libby's absence, talking about the most likely nominees for Best Comedy Series at the upcoming Emmys. Additionally, Ben picks out a few shows he'd like to see recognized, while Leo goes way out on a limb and guarantees that the quarantine episode of Apple TV+'s 'Mythic Quest' will be nominated in both the comedy writing and comedy directing categories. Plus, Associate Editor Steve Greene stops by to recommend a show.
On this week's episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk through the potential Emmy nominees in the Comedy Acting categories, where 'Schitt's Creek' and 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' seem destined to dominate. Additionally, with several past winners ineligible (notably 'Fleabag' and 'Barry'), what shows can sneak in? Plus, Ben breaks down Peacock's opening salvo and Libby questions the decision to use a '30 Rock' reunion as a vehicle for synergistic cheerleading.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss the Emmy Drama series race, which is stacked with over a dozen worthy shows vying for eight nomination slots. Will voters remember series like 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Westworld,' and 'Stranger Things' which all spent a year away from contention? Can 'Big Little Lies' make the jump from Limited Series? Can new series like 'The Morning Show,' 'The Mandalorian,' and 'Hunters' break in? Additionally, Ben and Libby talk about the debut of 'Hamilton' on Disney+ (and its eventual Emmy category) and the news that John Mulaney will produce two more 'Sack Lunch Bunch' specials for Comedy Central.
On this, our very first Millions of Screens bonus episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo welcome Elisabeth Moss to the podcast. The topics were varied and wide-ranging, touching on a plethora of projects, from 'The Handmaid’s Tale' to her turn as Shirley Jackson in Josephine Decker’s ‘Shirley’ to her upcoming role in Wes Anderson’s 'The French Dispatch,' and finally, and most importantly to one of our hosts, the Chicago Cubs.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss the Emmy Drama acting races, where the big questions are: Will enough of the acting arm of the Academy vote for 'Succession,' and how will a complete lack of an FYC season affect those shows that aired almost a year ago? Plus, Elisabeth Moss stops by to chat about all things 'The Handmaid's Tale,' including what it's like to share scenes with the inimitable Ann Dowd.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo take a look at Best Limited Series and Best TV Movie. What besides 'Watchmen' and 'Mrs. America' could break into Limited Series nominations? And in the TV Movie race, does 'El Camino' have any real competition? Additionally, Libby discusses the Television Academy doing away with the longstanding 2 percent rule for nominations last week, while Ben excitedly revels in 'Perry Mason' eclipsing both the debuts of 'The Outsider' and 'Watchmen' with 1.7 million views for its series premiere.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens (the first of six focusing on the 2020 Emmy nominations), Ben, Libby, and Leo take a look at the acting categories for Limited Series/TV Movie where HBO's 'Watchmen,' FX on Hulu's 'Mrs. America,' and Netflix's 'Unbelievable' and 'Hollywood' all stand to rack up several nominations. In addition, Libby discusses just what it means that The Academy and ABC have chosen a host, while the group discusses the latest setbacks for streaming pariah Quibi.
Back in November, following the rollouts of Apple TV+ and Disney+, Libby, Ben, and Leo took a moment to figure out just which streaming services they would keep when given a strict budget. Now, with HBO Max launched, the trio decided to revisit their picks, poll the IndieWire staff, and invite Special Projects Editor Steve Greene to weigh in on his choices.
On this week's episode, recorded on #BlackOutTuesday and in the wake of the senseless killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss shows like 'When They See Us,' 'The Carmichael Show,' and others they'll be turning to after #TheShowMustBePaused. Additionally, the group discusses Color of Change's "Normalizing Injustice: The Dangerous Misrepresentations that Define Television’s Scripted Crime Genre" study which profiled 26 different scripted crime dramas including “NCIS," “Blue Bloods,” and “FBI: Most Wanted” about the biases being perpetuated by procedurals, as well as the movement, spearheaded by Griffin Newman, of actors across Hollywood donating money to #BlackLivesMatter causes based on their portrayals of law enforcement in the past.
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This week, Ben, Libby, and Leo bask in the inevitability of Pamela Adlon, the star/showrunner/creator of FX's "Better Things." Topics ranged from her unique and amazing casting choices on "Better Things," what she's been watching while sheltering-in-place, and her early film roles in "Plump Fiction" and "Sgt. Bilko." Additionally, Ben and Libby each share which show they're most excited to see coming back, after a week that featured plenty of renewals and cancellations.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo focus on FX on Hulu's divisive drama 'Mrs. America' and whether it's entertaining to watch the character at its center, conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, actively pursue an agenda that runs counter to the views of most of its audience. Additionally, Ben regales Leo and Libby with his experience at TNT's 'Snowpiercer' virtual premiere, and Libby shares her closing thoughts on the final two episodes of ESPN's 'The Last Dance'.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben finally fills Leo and Libby in on all that TNT's 'Snowpiercer' has to offer now that the press embargo has lifted, Libby waxes poetic about the premiere iteration of IndieWire's Emmy Awards Spotlight (which launched Monday), and in the wake of Jeffrey Katzenberg's scapegoating of the coronavirus as the reason for Quibi's early failures, Leo unsubscribes from the app.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss what can be gleaned from Netflix's Top 10 feature, which Ben and Leo obsessively cataloged for the entire month of April. Additionally, they discuss the on-the-nose casting news that Nicolas Cage will lead the scripted 'Tiger King' series and Ben looks back wearily on the finale of 'Westworld.'
On this week's episode, Ben walks Libby and Leo through just a few of the television series he's watched and reviewed, such as Netflix's "The Eddy" and "Hollywood," Hulu's "Normal People," and the final season of Showtime's "Homeland." Additionally, the group talks about Disney+ hiring "Russian Doll" co-creator Leslye Headland to helm a new Star Wars spin-off, why people are watching ESPN's "The Last Dance," and why some industry insiders are bearish on the launch of HBO Max.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Libby, Ben, and Leo discuss Netflix's massive Q1 fiscal report, which saw the streamer add nearly 16 million subscribers, as well as the Television Academy’s decision to ignore a rule requiring a minimum runtime in the TV Movie category so the “Black Mirror” episode “Smithereens” can compete. Additionally, Ben and Libby discuss what HBO Max has to offer when it launches on May 27.
On this week’s episode of “Millions of Screens,” Libby, Leo, and Ben discuss the television they’ve been watching — not for work, but for pleasure. The three hosts also break down Quibi’s attempts to pivot from post-launch criticism (including how the mobile-only streaming service is fast-tracking a way to watch shows on TVs). Additionally, Ben gets some good news about “Snowpiercer,” that may not actually be good news at all.
On this week's episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo delve into Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's nearly $2 billion streaming platform: What, if anything, does it get right? Where does it go wrong? And how, in the era of second and third screens, does it have the audacity to hijack your phone, even if only for 8 minutes at a time? Additionally, Ben talks about ATX TV festival's decision to go virtual and Libby asks Ben why he's so fascinated by TNT's 'Snowpiercer.'
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about the Television Academy's decision to adjust their awards season schedule, truncating the nomination and final voting phases, while keeping the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast on September 20 as previously scheduled. Additionally, Ben walks us through his thoughts on Ozark Season 3, and Ben and Libby talk about the cultural sensation that is Netflix's "Tiger King."
On this week's episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about how various shows are dealing with the production stoppages due to the coronavirus pandemic, from broadcast stalwarts like "This Is Us" which was able to wrap up its season on its own terms, to new cable entities like "Snowpiercer," which was likely looking for a boost from March Madness to help raise awareness. Additionally, Ben talks about HBO Now releasing streaming numbers in the wake of the country's self-quarantine and Libby discusses just what might become of Emmy season.
On this week's podcast, Ben, Libby, and Leo jump on a Skype call to discuss the industry sea change in the wake of the coronavirus. With so many productions shutting down, what exactly do the next several months of television look like? Additionally, Libby talks us through Fargo missing out on contention for this year's Emmy's due to its own production stoppage and Ben tells us what the Season 3 premiere numbers for "Westworld" mean for the HBO juggernaut.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo dissect what serves as the unofficial kickoff of Emmy awards season: the arrival of the FYCs. Additionally, Libby examines how the current spread of COVID-19 may affect the rules the TV Academy institutes for FYC events moving forward, perhaps ushering in changes that have been a long time coming.
(Note: Minor spoilers for "The Outsider" begin at 18:03)
On this week's episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss the unlikely hit that is HBO's "The Outsider," a show that shares some DNA with another of the network's former hits, "True Detective." Additionally, we discuss Netflix's recent addition of a Top 10 row of films and shows to its user interface, the streamer's announcement of their inaugural Netflix Is A Joke Fest, a comedy festival featuring David Letterman, Dave Chappelle, and Hannah Gadsby (amongst many, many others), and America Ferrara's impending departure from "Superstore."
On this week's episode, Ben, Leo, and Libby discuss the ever-expanding episode lengths of most prestige dramas, especially when it comes to those who make their homes on streaming platforms where commercial break considerations don't have to be taken into account. Additionally, Ben and Libby discuss how some potential Emmy contenders are handling their rollouts in hopes to be top of mind when voting opens.
On this week’s podcast, Ben T. Travers grills his co-hosts, Leo and Libby, about their viewing choices, specifically why they each chose to watch several hours of “Love Is Blind” and “The Circle,” Netflix’s first forays into the trashier corners of reality television, when there’s so much prestige TV out there. Additionally, Ben walks us through his “Hunters” review and the group discusses their excitement for future pod favorite, “Run.”
On this week's episode, Leo, Libby, and Ben bask in the glow of "Parasite" and Director Bong's impressive night, but can't help but wonder if the historic victory was tarnished by an incredibly bloated and at times confusing Oscars telecast. With ratings down from last year's host-less enterprise (in the wake of Kevin Hart debacle), the Academy is sorely in need of suggestions to help bring relevancy (or at the very least streamlining) back into the program, especially when you consider all the alternatives viewers have at their disposal across both the television landscape and the various streaming platforms. Additionally, Ben and Libby argue about the success of Quibi's first foray into the commercial space, and Libby defends CBS' decision to revive CSI as an event-series.
On this week's podcast, Ben, Libby, and Leo sit down with Raphael Bob-Waksberg, creator of 'BoJack Horseman,' in the wake of the show's final episodes becoming available for fans over the weekend. Topics covered over the course of the interview include characters returning for the last season, mental health, the state of the anithero, and what he learned from his old sketch troupe, Olde English. Additionally, the group chats about Super Bowl ratings and the WGA awards, which saw some podcast favorites win.
On this week's episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about Sundance (where Leo was in attendance heading up IndieWire's Sundance Studio, where 87 interviews were recorded over the course of four days) and what potential value it can bring to projects included in its Indie Episodic program. Additionally, Libby discusses her trip to the DGAs, Ben delves into what this week's Nic Pizzolatto/HBO split means for the future of 'True Detective,' and everyone makes their Super Bowl picks.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about the second half of the Television Critics Association's Press Tour, where Ben and Libby have spent what likely seems like the last month, focusing on Apple TV+'s inaugural session and HBO Max's somewhat confusing presentation on what exactly will be included when the streamer launches. Additional topics on this week's episode include which shows are currently in the Emmy driver's seat after reviewing what the guilds have chosen to celebrate, with Libby reporting back from her time at the ACE Eddies, the PGA Awards, and the SAG Awards. Also, Ben's befuddlement returns, as he was able to sit down with showrunner Richard Price and ask why and how anyone would turn Stephen King's 'The Outsider' into a show.
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about the Television Critics Association's Press Tour, otherwise known as the TCAs, where Ben and Libby have spent that last week. Additional topics on this week's episode include the somewhat sloppy rollout of the Directors Guild television nominations, Ben's befuddlement about why anyone would turn Stephen King's 'The Outsider' into a show, and the news of Bong Joon Ho partnering with Adam McKay for an HBO limited series based on 'Parasite.'
On this week's post Golden Globes episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss the various highs (Ramy Youssef, 'Succession') and lows (Ricky Gervais, Russell Crowe's win for 'The Loudest Voice') of this year's ceremony. Ben and Libby also discuss their various post-Globes party stops, and why Quibi (which has yet to give Libby a show) isn't at TCAs.
On this week's episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about Netflix’s most popular movies and shows (well, one popular show that’s also Leo’s favorite show of all time), the truncated television press schedule dictated by an early Oscars, and share their picks for Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony.
On this week's podcast, Libby, Ben, and Leo sat down with Damon Lindelof, creator, executive producer, and showrunner of HBO's 'Watchmen' in advance of the show's finale. Over the course of the conversation, Damon discussed audience expectations, the fate of Lube Man (and his unseen sidekick), the impetus behind American Hero Story, if there was ever a plan for PeteyPedia to include video assets, how he built the 'Watchmen' writers' room, Liza Richardson's work as music supervisor and how she worked in concert with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, how other shows in the current television landscape like 'Atlanta,' 'Legion,' and 'Mr. Robot' impacted the story he and the writers wanted to tell, as well as a slight tangent into Paul's Boutique's place in the Beastie Boys' discography. We also do our due diligence, and ask the obligatory "Will There Be A Season 2 of 'Watchmen?'
On this week's episode, Libby, Ben, and Leo take a closer look at Monday's Golden Globe nominations, focusing on those selections that surprised or disheartened them. They also take a look at HBO's 'Watchmen' ratings and talk about 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay' getting a series commitment at Showtime.
On this week's episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk through Ben's Best TV of 2019 list, where "Fleabag" claimed the number 1 spot, and delve into why we either enjoy/dread putting lists together, and what exactly we're seeking when we click on someone else's lists. Plus, we prognosticate about what insane nominations the HFPA may unleash unto the world Monday, and what the SAG Awards are likely to do two days later.
On this week's Thanksgiving-themed episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss the elements of the 2019 television industry that they're thankful for, including but not limited to, living in the era of "too much tv," great second seasons, and Werner Herzog's continued presence on Disney+'s 'The Mandalorian.' We also coin the phrase, "The Reginaissance." And speaking of Regina King, we dig a bit more into this past Sunday's episode of 'Watchmen,' aptly titled, "This Extraordinary Being." Also, Libby regales us with tales from The Paley Honors: A Special Tribute to Television’s Comedy Legends, which featured speeches from noted comedy luminaries Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, Carl Reiner, Carol Burnett, and Norman Lear.
On this week's episode, Libby, Ben, and Leo invite the star and directors of Netflix's 'Living With Yourself' Paul Rudd, Jonathan Dayton, and Valerie Faris onto the pod as their inaugural guests. During their conversation, which took place over various sparkling waters, Rudd revealed using 'Celery Man' as an inspiration for his take on playing multiple versions of the same person, Dayton and Faris outlined some of the technical issues they encountered in trying to capture two Paul Rudds in a single frame, and everyone agreed that the stark contrast of comedy and tragedy within the original scripts is what attracted them to the project. Additionally, we chat about Netflix's upcoming David Fincher-helmed 'Chinatown' prequel, ask why Damon Lindelof hates dogs, and issue our first correction (kinda).
Disney+ has officially arrived, complete with a headlining Star Wars property, an animated spork explaining concepts like currency in two-minute bursts, and reams of nostalgia porn to stream endlessly. It's with this in mind, that Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss what exactly the arrival of Disney+ means for the rest of the entertainment landscape, including Disney's decision to air four FX originals exclusively on Hulu. Additionally, Libby regales us with tales from Apple TV+'s official awards season kickoff and both Ben and Libby posit theories as to why Netflix is launching the latest season of "The Crown" on Sunday, as opposed to their typical Friday rollout strategy.
With last week’s rollout of Apple TV+, next week’s Disney+ launch, and the news of HBO Max’s forthcoming streaming offering, Libby, Ben, and Leo take a moment to figure out just which streaming services they would keep when given a strict budget. Additionally, Libby talks about the premiere of His Dark Materials on HBO and with the release of Netflix’s The Irishman in theaters, everyone picks a miniseries (and/or limited series) they’d be willing to sit through in a theater.
With the launch of Apple TV+ just two days away, and the review embargo officially lifted, Ben, Libby, and Leo dive into Apple's initial launch titles 'The Morning Show,' 'Dickinson,' and 'For All Mankind' while discussing if Apple has done enough to educate potential customers on how exactly they can view these shows. Also, just in time for Halloween we discuss some of the scariest shows currently streaming, a list which includes 'Hannibal,' a show which Libby argues is due for comeback that would allow its titular villain to tap into the zeitgeist and literally "eat the rich." And we check back in with last week's top story regarding HBO's decision to release 'Watchmen' ratings last week, while diving into the Nielsen numbers for its second episode.
Who Watches 'Watchmen?' On this week’s episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss HBO’s decision to release the pilot’s streaming numbers, Kirsten Dunst’s award hopes with the end of ‘On Becoming A God In Central Florida,’ as well as the upcoming premieres of ‘Mrs. Fletcher’ and the first half of the sixth season of ‘BoJack Horseman.’
In the pilot episode of IndieWire’s new TV podcast, Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss, amongst other things, their reactions to the season finale of ‘Succession’ (aka “the only good show on television”), the red carpet premieres of ‘Watchmen’ and ‘For All Mankind,’ and argue about the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the two new entrants into the forthcoming streaming war: Apple TV+ and Disney+.