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.
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'El Camino:' Is The Emmy For Best TV Movie Its To Lose?
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+.