The Prestige TV Podcast

The Ringer

  • 58 minutes 32 seconds
    ‘Ren Faire’ Review: Medieval Times Meets ‘Succession’

    Justin Sayles and Jodi Walker struggle for power to recap ‘Ren Faire,’ a three-part HBO docuseries. They start by discussing their personal experiences with renaissance fairs, the complicated trio of main characters at the heart of this absurd Texas Renaissance Festival conflict, and what makes the Safdie brothers–produced documentary so refreshing (1:23). Along the way, they talk about how ‘Ren Faire’ illustrates themes indicative of our time regarding older people in positions of power (17:55). Later, they debate who ended up being the most tragic figure in the story and whether the blend of traditional documentary filmmaking with highly stylized techniques fully landed (29:13).


    Hosts: Justin Sayles and Jodi Walker

    Producer: Kai Grady

    Additional Production Support: Justin Sayles

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    13 June 2024, 7:40 pm
  • 56 minutes 50 seconds
    ‘Presumed Innocent’ Series Premiere: Does the Famous Courtroom Drama Deserve Another Adaptation?

    Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney reunite in the courtroom to recap the two-episode premiere of ‘Presumed Innocent,’ the Apple TV+ limited series starring Jake Gyllenhaal. They start by discussing the benefits of translating this well-known courtroom drama into a serialized iteration, the strong ensemble of actors led by a showstopping Ruth Negga performance, and the violent nature of the story (1:05). Along the way, they unpack how swapping out Harrison Ford for Gyllenhaal significantly alters the chemistry of the Rusty Sabich character (28:00). Later, they talk through David E. Kelley’s lasting imprint on legal television and whether a single case is enough to sustain an eight-episode arc (37:31).


    Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Rob Mahoney

    Producer: Kai Grady

    Additional Production Support: Justin Sayles

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    12 June 2024, 9:00 pm
  • 59 minutes 26 seconds
    ‘Eric’ Review: Benedict Cumberbatch, Imaginary Puppets, and a WTF Ending

    Charles Holmes and Jodi Walker fight with the monster under the bed to recap ‘Eric,’ the six-episode limited Netflix series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. They start by discussing their complicated reactions to the pilot, why the subplots are much more interesting than the main story line, and how the narrative becomes increasingly convoluted as the show progresses (2:06). Along the way, they unpack its attempts to tackle an overwhelming number of heavy themes throughout the bizarre crime drama (18:01). Later, they talk through the tonal whiplash and surprising twists in the finale (23:49).


    Hosts: Charles Holmes and Jodi Walker

    Producer: Kai Grady

    Additional Production Support: Justin Sayles

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    6 June 2024, 10:00 am
  • 46 minutes 19 seconds
    ‘Clipped’ Series Premiere: Welcome to the Donald Sterling Soap Opera

    Rob Mahoney and Wosny Lambre lace up and hit the hardwood to recap the ‘Clipped’ two-episode series premiere. They start by sharing their initial feelings on the first two episodes, what makes the essence of V. Stiviano so difficult to capture on-screen, and the over-the-top nature of the performances (Laurence Fishburne’s Doc voice is certainly a choice) (1:38). Along the way, they discuss how the actual basketball sequences take away from the show (23:27). Later, they point out some of their favorite NBA superstar portrayals from the FX sports drama before handing out their own awards for Player of the Game and Most Uncanny Valley Moment (26:01).


    Hosts: Rob Mahoney and Wosny Lambre

    Producer: Kai Grady

    Additional Production Support: Justin Sayles

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    5 June 2024, 10:00 am
  • 56 minutes 16 seconds
    ‘Hacks’ Season 3 Finale and the Vicious Deborah-Ava Cycle With Cocreator Jen Statsky

    Joanna Robinson and Mallory Rubin face off head-to-head and recap the ‘Hacks’ Season 3 finale. They start by discussing their favorite episodes from the back half of the season, the stacked guest appearances throughout, and the intoxicating dynamic between Deborah and Ava (1:28). Next, they unpack the final moments of “Bulletproof” and the major twist at the end of the episode (12:07). Later, Joanna is joined by ‘Hacks’ cocreator Jen Statsky to talk about the rhythm of Deborah and Ava’s relationship, why it was important to heighten the stakes for this season, toying with romantic tropes with various characters, and much more (28:27).


    Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Mallory Rubin

    Guest: Jen Statsky

    Producer: Kai Grady

    Additional Production Support: Justin Sayles

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    3 June 2024, 8:10 pm
  • 59 minutes 28 seconds
    ‘The Jinx: Part Two’ Finale and the Life and Deaths of Prestige True Crime

    Justin Sayles and Jodi Walker go back to the courtroom and recap ‘The Jinx: Part Two’ finale. They start by discussing how Season 1 concluded with one of the most shocking endings ever, how true crime has progressed as a genre and since exploded into mainstream popularity between seasons, and why the opening scene is the most powerful moment in ‘Part Two’ (1:43). Next, they unpack how the return of the HBO docuseries differs from the initial run of episodes and what worked (and didn’t) across this unexpected follow-up season nearly 10 years after the fact (9:01). Later, they break down why some of the stuff left on the cutting-room floor had the potential to improve the final product of the second season (44:41).


    Hosts: Justin Sayles and Jodi Walker

    Producer: Kai Grady

    Additional Production Support: Justin Sayles

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    28 May 2024, 10:00 pm
  • 1 hour 14 minutes
    Prestige TV Hall of Fame: The ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Season 4 Finale, “Mr. Walsh Goes to Washington,” With Bill Simmons and Juliet Litman

    Bill and Juliet get together to analyze and celebrate the two-part conclusion to Season 4 of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ on its 30th anniversary. They begin by sharing their insights into the most pivotal episodes throughout Brenda and Brandon’s season-long MVP run before breaking down the tumultuous Mardi Gras finale in full.

    Hosts: Bill Simmons and Juliet Litman

    Producer: Chris Sutton

    Additional Production Supervision: Justin Sayles

    Video: Stefano Sanchez

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    24 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 55 minutes 17 seconds
    ‘Abbott Elementary’ Season 3 Finale: It Finally Happened!

    Charles Holmes and Logan Murdock go back to school and recap ‘Abbott Elementary’ Season 3. They start by debating whether or not the ABC sitcom should be considered “prestige,” before outlining a broad overview of Season 3 as a whole and its familiar—yet effective—storytelling structure (1:47). Along the way, they discuss the impact of a condensed season and why the love triangle between Janine, Gregory, and Manny suffered because of it (10:05). Later, they break down why the finale was such a satisfying conclusion, MVPs of the season, and potential concerns about Season 4 and beyond (15:53).


    Hosts: Charles Holmes and Logan Murdock

    Producer: Kai Grady

    Additional Production Support: Justin Sayles

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    23 May 2024, 9:00 pm
  • 57 minutes 39 seconds
    ‘Bridgerton’ Season 3, Part 1 and What’s Next After THAT Cliff-Hanger Ending

    Nora Princiotti and Kate Halliwell put on their best ballgowns and recap the first four episodes of ‘Bridgerton’ Season 3. They start by unpacking what is (and isn’t) working with the Netflix show’s new central couple, why Colin is a bit lacking as a leading man, and the complicated friends-turned-lovers dynamic between him and Penelope (4:02). Along the way, they discuss how the side plots are much more fleshed out this time around and highlight a few of the fun needle drops (Pitbull?!) so far (17:32). Later, they break down that spicy carriage scene before sharing some predictions and hopes for Part 2 (34:20).


    Hosts: Nora Princiotti and Kate Halliwell

    Producer: Kai Grady

    Additional Production Support: Justin Sayles

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    21 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 46 minutes 59 seconds
    ‘The Sopranos’ Hall of Fame: “Long Term Parking” and the Most Shocking Character Deaths

    Van and Wos come together to revisit the iconic ‘Sopranos’ episode, “Long Term Parking.” They discuss the legacy of the episode, the impact ‘The Sopranos’ had on TV, and the most shocking character deaths in the series.

    Hosts: Wosny Lambre and Van Lathan

    Associate Producer: Carlos Chiriboga

    Additional Production Supervision: Justin Sayles

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    17 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 46 minutes 7 seconds
    ‘Hacks’ Season 3 and Why It’s the Best Comedy on TV

    Joanna Robinson and Craig Horlbeck take center stage to roast each other and recap the first four episodes of ‘Hacks’ Season 3. They open by sharing their personal relationships with the Max comedy and discussing why it’s such a smart concept, before likening it to another iconic HBO show (4:18). Along the way, they reveal their favorite episode of the entire series (so far), and talk about what makes stand-up so difficult to capture on screen (11:14). Later, they compare and contrast “The Roast of Deborah Vance” to Netflix’s Tom Brady roast and look ahead at the remaining episodes of the season (30:36).


    Hosts: Joanna Robinson and Craig Horlbeck

    Producer: Kai Grady

    Additional Production Support: Justin Sayles

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    14 May 2024, 1:00 am
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