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Yahoo Screen: Community – 601 – “Ladders” Review

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When Yahoo picked up Community, it seemed fitting that this weird little show would land in the most unlikely and random place. I hadn’t heard of Yahoo’s free video service, but I thought it was a smart marketing decision to pick up Community and boost Yahoo Screen’s numbers with one of sitcom television’s most outspoken and loyal fan bases.

Now the show’s 6th season (a milestone I honestly never thought the show would reach) is here. The first two episodes premiered today with new episodes made available each Tuesday. All of which are available on a free app from a site that gave me my first email address almost two decades ago. Continue reading

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 39 – TV and Tangents with Tank, OV Archives

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Here’s the latest episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast! I’m fighting either the flu of food poisoning to get this to you guys. Mike and Tiny couldn’t record this week, so I had a nice solo chat with Tank, the cohost of one of my favorite movie podcasts, about TV and the entertainment industry.

Then I grabbed some never-before-released clips from the OV Archives to

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 31 – Christmas on the Screen Part I – TV Edition (Fall 2013 Finale)

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Here’s a special Wednesday edition of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast! This is the first part of our two-part Fall 2013 finale. It’s Christmas-time, so we decided to dedicate these episodes to Christmas themed movies and TV episodes/specials. Releasing today is the TV edition. Look for our movie episode on Friday.

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode and I hope you check out PodcastLand.com for a very comprehensive collection of podcasts you can listen to. While you’re there, vote for us for Podcast of the Month! It would mean a lot to us.

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Mike’s Trailer Tuesday: Community – Season 5 (2014)

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Air Date: Thursday, January 2, 2014

Yesterday NBC released a trailer for Season 5 of Community

It’s no secret that Community has had its fair share of struggles and controversy in the past. It’s never had impressive ratings (or average ratings for that matter,) there have been issues with cast members (notably Chevy Chase,) it lost its showrunner and creator at the end of the third season, and all of these issues culminated in a disappointing season 4. In fact, disappointing doesn’t really describe it well enough. So one can’t really be blamed for looking forward to Season five of Community with more than a bit of apprehension. Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 5 – FIRST CONTEST, Memorable Theater Experiences & Why We Love Movies

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Here’s the latest episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast with Matt & Tiny! We recorded this in Tiny’s basement after I had worked all night and he had gotten an hour or two of sleep. So we were both tired and it didn’t help that it took us an hour to set up our new, cheap microphones.

But it was all worth it because I honestly think this is our best episode yet. It’s all about why we love movies as an art form and what it is about the movie theater that we love so much. As the title suggests, this episode also features the announcement for our FIRST EVER CONTEST! I’ve set up a page here, (up at the top) where you can submit your memorable movie theater stories to us. We’ll read the best ones, plug your site/podcast/project/general shout out.

Don’t forget, you can always send us questions, comments, topic suggestions, death threats etc. If there’s a movie or TV show you’d like to hear our take on, we’ll read your message on the podcast and let you know our thoughts.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the episode. Here are links to the two blogs I reference in the episode: Film Hipster & The Cinema Monster

Episode 5 – FIRST CONTEST, Memorable Theater Experiences & Why We Love Movies

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“Tiny and Matt discuss the best and worst of movie theater experiences and breakdown why they love movies. They also announce the FIRST EVER OBSESSIVE VIEWER CONTEST, pay tribute to Indianapolis legend Sammy Terry, lament the latest Community news and discuss the non-adaptation of World War Z! Memorable Theater Experiences: 11:13 Why We Love Movies: (Tiny) – 45:06 & (Matt) – 51:25

Enjoy. Feedback is very welcome and highly encouraged. You can reach me and Tiny on Twitter @ObsessiveViewer and @ObsessiveTiny. You can also find us on Facebook at The Obsessive Viewer. Contact us in the comments here or send us an email using the form below. Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer’s Favorite Pilot Episodes

Pilots are interesting beasts in the television world. They’re used to convince a studio to shell out more money for more episodes. In order to do that, a pilot needs to succeed on several more fronts of storytelling than any other single episode. A pilot needs to introduce the major characters of a series in an engaging, often standalone, story that will leave the audience clamoring for more.

Furthermore, a good pilot needs to rely on a strong cast to build a rapport in a short period of time. Writers working on pilots also have to gauge possible long-term onscreen relationships completely blind of actors’ chemistry. Because of these factors, I live by one steadfast television-viewing rule:

Never judge a show by its pilot.

But some series have such strong pilot episodes that you can and should judge them on the pilots. And so, here I have compiled a list of some of my favorite pilot episodes. They aren’t necessarily my favorite shows ever, and they aren’t exactly the best episodes of said shows. These episodes are just the most engaging series-starters that I’ve seen. They also introduce the characters and story arcs in a highly satisfying way.

You can click the episode titles in the list to buy them digitally on Amazon.

So enjoy and be sure to let me know what you think of my choices in the comment section. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @ObsessiveViewer and like the blog on Facebook.
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