Episodes
Deep in the bowels of CPN Studios, there lies a chamber only the greatest TV characters can enter – the funniest, the grumpiest, the maddest visages the television medium has to offer. There, we honor the breakout comic relief, the magnetically flawed protagonist, the one-time guest character that defines an entire series. This is where we hoard TV’s most valuable visages. This… is the Hall of Faces.This week, Allison and Clint are joined by their pals and confidantes Kris Vire (theater...
Published 07/23/18
Published 07/23/18
It's been a whirlwind week in TV, but the hosts of TV Party have you covered! Kate Kulzick joins Allison and Clint once again, this time to talk about the bold, controversial finale to the second season of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale. What do the events of the finale mean for the future of Gilead? Have we lost some characters for good? And why didn't June get in the truck?! From underground Martha railroads to Bradley Whitford's love of Annie Lennox, we cover it all for you. We also dig into...
Published 07/16/18
It's recurring guest Kate Kulzick's birthday, which means it's a perfect time for another installment of our regular segment Just Do This For Me!, in which one of our hosts or guests forces the others to watch a show of their choosing, and we talk about it on air.This time, we take a look at Cartoon Network's bubbly, infectious animated series Steven Universe, just in time for the show's big StevenBomb event! Kate (and her Gem of a sister Maggie) join Allison and Clint to talk about the...
Published 07/09/18
We've hit the halfway mark of 2018, so it's time to sit down and take stock of the damn good year in TV we've had thus far. Clint and Allison are joined by regular contributors Dominick Suzanne-Mayer and Kate Kulzick this week to break down some of the best TV shows and performances of the past month - with a special shoutout to Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals' incredible work on FX's POSE. (We also do our best to process that humdinger of a Drag Race finale.) If that's not enough...
Published 07/02/18
Freeze all motor functions - it's another episode of TV Party! Allison's consciousness is trapped in robot heaven this week, so Clint pulls single-host duty with Caroline Siede and Jacob Oller to talk about Westworld's beautiful, dense season two finale "The Passenger," and the season as a whole.The finale left us with a lot to discuss: Where does Westworld go from here? Did we need all those twisty timeline shifts? Has the show fully abandoned its Western premise, and is that a good thing?...
Published 06/25/18
With the end of the second season of FX's kaleidoscopic, surrealist superhero show Legion, Allison and Clint bring on Alex McLevy from The AV Club to discuss its highs and lows - from Aubrey Plaza's beautifully cagey performance to the season's slow pace. Plus, we break down some of our favorite images of the formally ambitious show, and some of the more interesting side characters we hope get more focus in season 3.Sandwiched in between our discussion like so many of Noah Hawley's nested...
Published 06/19/18
Over dozens of seasons of television, from Nip/Tuck to Glee to American Stories both Horror and Crime, super-producer Ryan Murphy has created his own cottage industry of ambitious, theatrical, cards-on-the-table melodramas featuring some of the best actors and actresses in TV. This week on the pod, Allison and Clint go it alone to count down fifteen of Murphy's greatest collaborators, from established character actresses to lantern-jawed hunks, to Oscar winners of all persuasions. Along the...
Published 06/12/18
Deep in the bowels of CPN Studios, there lies a chamber only the greatest TV characters can enter – the funniest, the grumpiest, the maddest visages the television medium has to offer. There, we honor the breakout comic relief, the magnetically flawed protagonist, the one-time guest character that defines an entire series. This is where we hoard TV’s most valuable visages. This… is the Hall of Faces.For our fourth entry in the Hall of Faces, Allison and Clint (with Kate Kulzick in tow)...
Published 06/04/18
The sun's out, the temperature's rising, and yet another month of TV has come and gone - and the hosts of TV Party are ready to send it off in style! Film editor Dominick Suzanne-Mayer joins us once again to weigh on everything we saw (and some we didn't see) in May. (The short version: if you haven't watched Killing Eve, get on that s**t what's wrong with you.)Along with our effusive praise for BBC America's spy-thriller smash hit, we dig deep into the news of the week (including some...
Published 05/28/18
Some weeks, you just want to dispense with the usual grind and try something new. In our case, that meant doing a live, loose After Party at Hotel Moxy in downtown Chicago as part of the opening week of the Moxy SoundOff Podcast Series!For this special episode, Allison and Clint go it alone in a two-person podcast booth, entertaining a lobby full of fans and passersby with a speed round of back-and-forth on the best Xs in TV history. What's the best season finale? Series finale? Pilot (first...
Published 05/25/18
Clint's been temporarily displaced from time, so this week Allison is joined by co-pilot Kate Kulzick (and special guest Carly Lane, contributing editor for Syfy Wire) to talk about the stellar season 2 of Timeless! NBC's time-travel adventure show just finished a rip-roaring, entertaining sophomore season after being barely rescued from cancellation, with all the history jokes and fetching period costumes you can shake a stick at. In the wake of Timeless' jaw-droppingly delicious season...
Published 05/21/18
In this world of Peak TV, summer isn't the boring slog it used to be - there's a veritable smorgasbord of highly-anticipated debuts, returning favorites, and critical darlings showing up on our screens the next few months to keep us all on the couch and away from the beach. This week on TV Party, Allison and Clint (along with Dominick Suzanne-Mayer) break down some of the shows they're looking forward to the most this summer, in conjunction from our gargantuan rundown of the 30 shows we're...
Published 05/14/18
This week, Allison and Clint (along with Kate Kulzick) are joined by New York drag queen extraordinaire Sutton Lee Seymour to discuss that most hallowed of RuPaul's Drag Race holidays - Snatch Game! Together, we discuss the tops, bottoms and everything in between for season 10's iteration of the classic Drag Race challenge, and also hearken back to Snatch Games of yesteryear. Along the way, we find new ways to gush about BBC America's Killing Eve, gab about the remixed fourth season of...
Published 05/07/18
Even with our breathless TV coverage every week, a few great things are bound to slip through the cracks. To that end, Allison and Clint (along with Dominick Suzanne-Mayer and Jacob Oller) halt and catch up to everything we missed over the month of April!Along the way, we also point out some of the month's greatest hits - from Atlanta's superb "Teddy Perkins" to the one-two punch of beautiful performances from Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry and The Handmaid's Tale's Elisabeth Moss....
Published 04/30/18
For the latest After Party, Allison and Clint serve up their full, uncut interview with Kirsten Nelson, who played young Mrs. Landingham in The West Wing's seminal episode (and You Get Hoynes! namesake) "Two Cathedrals." Together, they talk about what it was like filming the episode, meeting writer/producer/pinch-hitting actor Lawrence O'Donnell on set, and the impact of the episode on The West Wing and our contemporary cultural landscape in general. Take a listen!
Published 04/27/18
This week on TV Party, Allison and Clint are joined by two of TV Party's finest Cabinet members (Kate Kulzick and Caroline Siede) to kick off our new recurring segment on perfect, ambitious episodes of television, You Get Hoynes!We couldn't very well do this segment without celebrating the episode it was named after - The West Wing's spellbinding season two finale, "Two Cathedrals." From Martin Sheen's bravura speech to God in the National Cathedral, to the flashbacks of young Jed Bartlett's...
Published 04/23/18
If there's one thing you can count on here at TV Party, it's that we take every single opportunity to dump effusive praise on our favorite piece of superhero schlock on the airwaves right now - The CW's deeply wacky time-travel smorgasbord DC's Legends of Tomorrow. If you're not watching it, you're missing out on something special: Vikings worshipping a Tickle Me Elmo-like fuzzy toy. Neal McDonough in a silly Javier Bardem wig. A young Barack Obama chased by a murderous psychic gorilla. It's...
Published 04/19/18
Deep in the bowels of CPN Studios, there lies a chamber only the greatest TV characters can enter – the funniest, the grumpiest, the maddest visages the television medium has to offer. There, we honor the breakout comic relief, the magnetically flawed protagonist, the one-time guest character that defines an entire series. This is where we hoard TV’s most valuable visages. This… is the Hall of Faces.With The Handmaid's Tale premiering its second season on Hulu on April 26th, Allison and Clint...
Published 04/16/18
In this bonus After Party, Allison and Clint sit down for a minute to talk about the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend live show!Along the way, they both have a pleasant chat with Josh Chan himself, Vincent "Vinny" Rodriguez III; Clint lives through the live show vicariously through Allison; and Allison speaks to Donna Lynne Champlin (Paula on Crazy Ex) about the show's highlights, the rehearsal process, choreography, and more. Timestamps:5:37 - Interview with Vincent Rodriguez III39:46 - Allison's...
Published 04/13/18
For our inaugural installment of our recurring segment Just Do This For Me!, first-timers Allison and Clint step into the ring with seasoned WWE veterans LaToya Ferguson and Dominick Suzanne-Mayer for their very first WrestleMania! Together, they discuss all the bone-crushing mayhem, surprise upsets, and camptastic outfits of WWE WrestleMania 34. Suffice to say, we're all #TeamNicholas over here.Along with that, the panel gushes about Brooklyn Nine-Nine's beautiful bottle episode "The Box,"...
Published 04/11/18
For this bonus episode, we asked Time Out Chicago theater critic Kris Vire to tell us what was a-happenin' with NBC's excellent addition to the live televised musical canon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert. Kris and Allison get into what worked (hint: a lot!), what didn't, and how well Ben Daniels' Pontius Pilate would do on RuPaul's Drag Race. We also wax rhapsodic about Brandon Victor Dixon, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, John Legend's cheekbones, and the rest of this (mostly)...
Published 04/03/18
For this spook-tacular episode of TV Party, Allison and Clint venture deep into the bowels of the Consequence Podcast Network studio! There, The Loser's Club hosts Randall Colburn and Michael Roffman lie in wait to help them discuss our picks of the most frightening moments in television history.Whether it's the existential horror of Twin Peaks: The Return's Woodsman, or the simple tension of Walter and Skyler White's scuffle over a kitchen knife in Breaking Bad, television's greatest shocks...
Published 04/02/18
For this bonus episode, we follow up on last week's Rank and File on the 25 Greatest Teens in TV History with Allison's full interview with Isabella Gomez, who made our list as Elena Alvarez on the recently-renewed Netflix sitcom One Day at a Time! Together, they talk about what makes a great TV teen, working with Rita Moreno, and more. 
Published 03/30/18
It's a TV party of two this week, as Allison and Clint go it alone to walk the latter through his very first episode of RuPaul's Drag Race. What did he think of the show? Will Shantay he stay, or sashay away from it altogether? After that, the host talk about some exciting TV news, the blurring lines between streaming films and television (in wake of the Cannes ban on Netflix flicks), the finale of American Crime Story, and more. Slap on your wig, put on your face, and let the podcast...
Published 03/26/18