By KCRW, Josef Adalian, Michael Schneider
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Hosted by TV journalists Michael Schneider and Joe Adalian, KCRW's The Spin-off is the podcast that takes you inside the television industry. Twice a month we feature in-depth conversations with people who are changing what and how we watch. You'll...
||CleanThe Spin-off says so long (for now!)||We're wrapping up four fabulous years of podcasting, but not before one final episode. The Spin-off crew reflects on the upfronts, Cannes vs Netflix, and the future of television.||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'The Walking Dead' panel discussion||WEB BONUS: Just in time for the Season 7 finale, we bring you a conversation about The Walking Dead, recorded at the annual gathering of the National Association of Television Program Executives. Michael Schneider sat down with Josh Sapan, the...||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNetflix domination, Emmys overload, and another writers' strike?||People in the industry always joke about Netflix taking over. With Netflix adding more and more kinds of shows, plus movies, have those jokes officially turned to real fear? Plus, it's Emmy season! Oh wait, the Emmys aren't until September? With the...||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStephen Colbert on a hot streak; pilot season by the numbers||For the third week in a row, Stephen Colbert has bested Jimmy Fallon in the ratings. The current president is no doubt part of the reason. And, in this year's pilot season, overall series orders are down this year, but networks are still dealing...||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTV in the age of Trump and media trends of 2017||Long-time TV reporters are finding their beats now apply to politics as the new POTUS continues to be obsessed with ratings. And looking to the year ahead, will broadcast streaming services like CBS All Access be able to break through?||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSterling K. Brown & Brian Tyree Henry on their breakout year||Actors and long-time friends Brian Tyree Henry and Sterling K. Brown tell us how they first met (there were drag queens involved!), their evolving careers and why 2016 was a year that stood out and changed both of their lives. They both played...||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe year in TV and debating the usefulness of TCA press tour||In our final episode of 2016, The Spin-off crew reflects on the year that was in television, and discusses the decision of ABC, NBC and CBS to skip out on the executive panels in the upcoming Television Critics Association press tour. They also talk...||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrew Carey, Wayne Brady and the legacy of game shows||In this bonus edition of The Spin-off, we share a panel discussion from the Paley Center, celebrating CBS' number one spot in daytime television for 30 years. This conversation was all about daytime game shows, specifically those CBS stalwarts The...||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElection, escapism and 'Gilmore Girls'||In the first episode since the election, The Spin-off crew contemplates the role TV news had in this year's presidential contest, and what TV might look like going forward. Plus, what's up with NFL ratings this year, and Dan's take on the newest...||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'The Walking Dead' returns, and another shakeup at MTV||AMC's zombie drama The Walking Dead returned to huge ratings with its Season 7 premiere, but some fans are not crazy about the extreme violence that's now becoming commonplace in the show. And, after just a year on the job, Sean Atkins is out at...||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarried Showrunners Tara Butters & Marc Guggenheim||Married couple Marc Guggenheim and Tara Butters have separately written, produced and overseen multiple TV shows. Guggenheim produces Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, and Butters was one of the showrunners of Marvel's Agent Carter on...||10/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreativity abounds in fall TV & analyzing debate ratings||The Spin-off crew evaluates new fall TV, which in spite of a few stinkers, shows much more overall creative promise than in years past. Then, a look at the ratings from the first presidential debate, which were indeed very high, but need to be put...||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSophomore slumps & niche streaming services||The Spin-off crew sums up the summer. They talk about Olympics ratings, discuss why two hot cable shows are struggling in their second seasons and contemplate whether the myriad niche streaming services can ever offer them the TV line-up of their...||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShowrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg on 'The Americans'||After years of being adored by critics but ignored by the TV Academy, the FX series The Americans is finally having its Emmy moment. Executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields tell us how their partnership is a match made in show-runner...||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmotional Moments at Comic-Con and Always Be Marketing||In the brief window between Comic-Con and TCA press tour this year, this Spin-Off crew gathers to talk about the most interesting moments at this year's Comic-Con and why marketing for cable shows has turned into a year-round event.||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteve Mosko on His Sudden Departure from Sony Pictures Television||“In life, if you're not 100 percent in on something, you need to take a deep breath and figure it out.” That’s what Steve Mosko told Michael Schneider during a conversation at the Paley Center, just two days after Mosko announced he would be...||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrama Problems at HBO, Which New Shows Will Score Emmy Noms?||There won’t be any more Vinyl on HBO, even though there had been an earlier announcement of a second season. With that show gone and Game of Thrones wrapping up its season, there’s a lot of pressure on the forthcoming ‘Westworld. Plus, we’re...||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriter-Producer Noah Hawley on 'Fargo' and 'Legion'||How does Noah Hawley get so much writing done? He tells us he's discovered a “rift in the space-time continuum.” The novelist, screenwriter and TV writer-producer talks about his career arc and what he knows so far about the upcoming Legion and...||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJerrod Carmichael Brings Heart Back to the Multi-Cam Sitcom||Jerrod Carmichael grew up loving multi-camera sitcoms, especially the ones on NBC. Now he’s created and stars in one of his own. Carmichael tells us why he opted to go the retro, multi-cam route to tell personal stories and tackle tough topics.||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2016 Upfronts & the Economics of a TV Boom||The Spin-off crew reports back from this year's network upfront presentations and Joe Adalian shares his biggest takeaways after spending four months investigating the current state of television. Plus, a shake-up at HBO.||5/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMatt Walsh & Timothy Simons on 'Veep' and Pronouncing "Nevada"||Matt Walsh and Timothy Simons play Mike McLintock and Jonah Ryan, respectively, on HBO's Veep. They tell us about the experience of starring in a show about a dysfunctional government in the middle of a crazy election year, and working in a new...||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBen Winston, EP of 'The Late, Late Show with James Corden'||Ben Winston never planned to pursue a career in American late night television, but when his good friend James Corden got the call and invited Winston along, he took the leap and moved across the ocean. He tells us how he first met Corden, how...||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShowrunners Ilene Chaiken & Michelle Ashford||Michelle Ashford, creator of Masters of Sex and Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken sit down with Michael Schneider to talk about their process of becoming TV writers and executive producers, and why they don’t typically call themselves "showrunners."||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Shows Losing Viewers Faster & the Media and Trump||Why are viewers flirting with new shows but failing to commit? Then, we talk about the media's role, or not, in Donald Trump's rise from reality star to presidential front-runner.||3/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFox's Dana Walden & Gary Newman Are 'Frenemies' with SVOD||In this special edition of the Spin-Off, we bring you a conversation between Michael Schneider and Fox chiefs Dana Walden and Gary Newman, recorded as a part of Paley Dialogues LA, hosted by the Paley Media Council.||3/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great insights for those too busy to read the rags
Sadly the final episode was only 6 minutes, cutting off mid sentence - hopefully a full version will be released
When TV news goes political
Nothing like enjoying one of your favorite podcasts only to run into a 20 minute political rant where guests insult and bulldoze everyone who is not a Clinton fan.
I like the focus on the television industry specifically. It is such an exciting time with the new technology and the incredible programming all over the "dial". This team does a great job taking on one topic at a time. Great interviews with show-runners.