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Network Special is a podcast about the lost art of appointment television. Utilizing the power of VHS recordings and DVD cash-ins, hosts Zachariah Durr and Nathan Scherer discuss television specials that were mostly meant to be aired once. Tune in to relive your childhood (or the childhood of your parents) and see what TV executives thought would be great television for the whole family.
 
Join David T. Cole, Tara Ariano, Sarah D. Bunting and their valued guests each week for discussion of what's new on TV plus our hall of fame roundtable segment called The Canon, listen as we appoint Winners and Losers Of The Week and of course our ultra competitive TV trivia quiz: Game Time. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy childen’s books: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.
 
Sunday's at 9 PM CST Call-in Number: (914) 205-5698 Join Ericka Boussarhane, International Psychic Medium, weekly for “Whispers from the Heart Radio” as she speaks with some of today’s best psychics, mediums, holistic experts, authors, teachers, and visionaries of our time. Awaken your senses and explore your world. Call in for messages of hope, love, and empowerment. At whispers from the heart radio, we bridge your heart with the spirit world. "Radio for your Heart, Mind, and Spirit" Ericka ...
 
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August Wilson wrote a whole bunch of plays, all of which contain dialogue and take place at certain points in history. He's most notable for his Pittsburgh aka Century Cycle, so we decided to talk about one of the standouts: Fences. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Advertise on Overdue See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informati…
 
This week on Network Special, Nathan digs deep into his memory to find a troll under a bridge! Zachariah has no memory of this troll but he enjoys the ride nonetheless. The Boy Who Loved Trolls was a part of the WonderWorks series we love so much on this show. Follow along with us as we search every bridge in the country for a great episode! WATCH …
 
We're joined on the bridge this week by ATV Podcast's Andrew Cunningham, to talk about the latest addition to the Star Trek family, Paramount+'s Strange New Worlds: the benefits of procedural narrative, the Shatnerian properties of Anson Mount, and horny Spock. Then we transported ourselves Around The Dial with I Love That For You, Our Flag Means D…
 
The first of four books in the Circle of Magic series, Sandry's Book feels a bit less self-contained than first-books-in-a-series normally do. You'll meet likable and well-drawn characters, but be prepared to finish the series if you want a more satisfying story. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Advertise on Overdue See omnystudio.com…
 
Dangit! We were on a nice little run there of stuff we enjoyed watching and then in comes (ex-Beatle) Ringo to spoil the bunch. This week we talk about an NBC special that was aired to promote Ringo's seventh(!) album and it finished 53rd of 65 programs for the week. That's all you really need to know. Oh, except that you also need to know that it …
 
Did you miss us? Whether you did or not, we’re back again with our spring 2022 edition of Good One/Bad One, along with some notes about what we’ve been watching while we’ve been gone. GOOD ONES: Our Flag Means Death: https://play.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GYf3LzwJV98JifQEAAAAO Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: https://www.paramountplus.com/show…
 
Mother's Day 2022 is nearly upon us, and if you haven't made a brunch reservation by this point, you're probably screwed. However, we have made something for you that you can pass on to Mom that's much better than an omelet and a macaroni collage: it's the TV Mom Thunderdome! We have selected 27 TV mothers to face off in a series of three-combatant…
 
The inspiration for the hit trilogy of DreamWorks films is rather different than you might expect. It's still about a boy named Hiccup and his dragon Toothless, but the original has more burping, farting, and Dragonese than the films dared to show -- which is odd because those are the guys what made Shrek. Our theme music was composed by Nick Leran…
 
Kirk Cameron kidnaps a couple of kids, tells them they are dead and have gone to heaven, and is rewarded for it in this week's episode of Network Special. This is not an episode of Black Mirror (there's not enough technology in it, though there are plenty of pigs), this is a family movie that aired on NBC in 1991. Pretty much every main character i…
 
The fact-based cop drama We Own This City brings co-creator David Simon back to Baltimore and to HBO; it also brings Santiago Melli-Huber back to the podcast to discuss this take on Baltimore's Gun Trace Task Force scandal. Around The Dial takes us through even more true crime with WeCrashed, Captive Audience, and Gaslit, plus The Baby and RuPaul's…
 
The thrilling conclusion to the Millennium trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest continues most of the plot threads introduced in the previous book. If you thought that The Girl Who Played With Fire was lacking in secondary and tertiary characters, boy have we got good news for you! Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Advertise …
 
This week the Special boys try to become better people by watching a PBS special near and dear to Nathan's heart. Follow along with us and Milo Crimpley to find out how to be a perfect person in just three days (or in less than an hour). We lucked out with this one - we loved it - and you know how much more fun an episode is for us when we like som…
 
Our longtime Better Call Saul correspondent Will Leitch returns along with BCS to discuss the first episodes of the show's final season. Which moments made us think, "Ah yes, our show is back"? How have we revised our predictions on what happens to Kim Wexler? When and where will we see Walter White and Jesse Pinkman as the story comes to a close? …
 
This award-winning novel by a real writer's writer has elicited a broad range of responses, with some folks praising the prose and structure and others bouncing off its characters and style. But maybe that range of reactions was inevitable given the way Trust Exercise explores the slipperiness of memory and narrative. Our theme music was composed b…
 
This week on a very walnutty episode of Network Special, the gang gets to talk about something they sincerely liked which is always a breath of fresh air. We take a trip down to the bright lights of the Vegas strip where people of the night are being picked off by a stalker who happens to kill his victims in the same way that vampires might (if the…
 
Sometimes American remakes of British comedies are big hits, like The Office! And sometimes they're not, like Taskmaster. Where does The CW's take on Would I Lie To You? land? Panel show aficionado Dan Cassino returns to discuss it. Around The Dial takes us through Minx, The Ultimatum, Beforeigners, Julia, and Atlanta. Dave S. uses his Extra Credit…
 
Is The Winter's Tale a tragicomedy? A dramedy? A romance? A problem play? Who knows! But we can say for certain it's a play about a king who gets jealous and makes bad decisions. Also a bear eats someone. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Advertise on Overdue See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
This week on the show we tackle another Saturday Morning preview! Dick Clark hosts this party to talk about the upcoming ABC lineup for the 1982 season. We get the Fonz. We get Scooby-Doo. But, most importantly, we get the cure for our nation's Pac-Man fever! Tune in for some cartoon fun! WATCH Recorded & Published by Golden Ox Studios - https://go…
 
Roxana Hadadi is back to talk about the latest minor Marvel superhero, Moon Knight, and whether an inconsistent premiere outweighs the charisma of Oscar Isaac in the lead role. Will TV's usual difficulty portraying gods apply to this series? Should Ethan Hawke's cult-leader subplot have gotten cut entirely? And is Dave a crackpot for thinking it's …
 
Truly great butlers are work-focused automata, occupied only on maintaining and increasing the reputation of their employer. But what if there were more to life than that? This week, we follow one butler as he comes to exactly that realization. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Advertise on Overdue See omnystudio.com/listener for priva…
 
This week on Network Special: a first! We have in studio with us one of the actual writers on the special we are talking about! Emmy award-winning writer and producer Dan O'Shannon (Cheers, Frasier, Modern Family) joins us to talk about an environmentally conscious TV special imploring us to stop being a-holes and clean up the place. He helped writ…
 
Enjoy the FINAL EPISODE of our latest show-within-a-show! We read Edith Grossman's translation of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes a few chapters at a time. Some Patreon supporters got these episodes monthly, but every two months we combined them for general consumption. These episodes cover Chapters 48-74 of Part Two aka The End of the Story. In…
 
Hulu apparently felt that the Michelle Carter "texting suicide" case hadn't been sufficiently covered by a Lifetime movie and a multi-hour documentary, so now its latest scripted true crime series, The Girl From Plainville, is taking its turn; Stephanie Early Green returns to discuss it. Around The Dial takes us through Music Box: Listening To Kenn…
 
It's time to go back to school, where professional scientists Melody and Erin from the Heaving Bosoms podcast can help us talk about Ali Hazelwood's The Love Hypothesis. This STEAMy romantic comedy is one heck of a romp, and we have a heck of a time recounting it. Caveat lictor: This episode is marked explicit because this book includes adult mater…
 
We've struck gold!! On the 50TH episode of Network Special, we go DEEP into the Chicago underground with our pal Geraldo Rivera to see what's inside Al Capone's vaults (we think). This is one of the big one folks. The most-watched television special in its day. This special gave Geraldo a new direction in life and put his yacht on a course for worl…
 
Do you know what time it is? It's Game Time -- except THIS time, all our Valued Guests were drawn from among our Patreon supporters, and they're playing in a mini-tournament with your co-hosts as their lifelines. Listen to find out who defeats all their opponents and emerges victorious! Show Topics Game Time: Order Up Game Time: Tube Tunes IX Game …
 
This week, Glory Edim of Well-Read Black Girl fame joins us to talk about Deesha Philyaw's inaugural short story collection. We also chat with Glory about her work with WRBG and some of her favorite interviews. You can find more from Glory and Well-Read Black Girl at their website or on their podcast. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. …
 
This week, we're opening the dome and letting the LISTENERS come in! Come inside the Toronto SkyDome and watch as Alan Thicke counts down the celebration to the first opening of a domed arena in the world! Enjoy the sounds of famous Canadian musicians. Laugh with your favorite Canadian comedians. Dance it up with your favorite Canadian immigrants. …
 
Brittany Luse took a break from co-hosting FCN and HBO Docs Club to talk about FOX's newest silly-competition reality show, Domino Masters -- and we all found lots of reasons you should probably just watch "topples" on YouTube instead, including weak chemistry, weaker jokes, frustrating lack of camera coverage, and drama that doesn't come from the …
 
My podcast is a fish. Faulkner's 1930 modernist "tour de force" (his words) takes one family's journey to bury its matriarch and splinters it into over a dozen increasingly-disjointed perspectives. The book's structure and characters are memorable but boy howdy are they difficult. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Advertise on Overdue …
 
This week on Network Special we go back to our childhood basements to bring you our memories and experiences with a Star Wars outcast! We take you deep into the C-canon of the SW Universe where magic and furries rule the land. All thanks go to George Lucas and his nanny for this fun, child-focused TV special. WATCH Recorded & Published by Golden Ox…
 
With Sarah unexpectedly out for the week, it's a slimmed-down installment of the podcast (no Canon or Game Time) -- but fortunately Eve Batey is here to bring her expertise in both San Francisco and true crime to join our discussion on The Dropout! Around The Dial takes us through Our Flag Means Death, The Courtship, the Late Night With Seth Meyers…
 
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