Channel 33

Channel 33

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Channel 33 is the first podcast from The Bill Simmons Podcast Network. It's the exclusive home for the glorious reunion of co-hosts and best friends Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan, as well as excessive thoughts on 'The Bachelor' and every other unapologetically ridiculous reality show from Juliet Litman. Channel 33 will cover mostly pop culture, with various surprise guests and occasional appearances from Bill.

Episodes

Ep. 219: 'Achievement Oriented' on 'The Last Guardian' and 'Westworld'  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion react to recent announcements of new installments in a few of their favorite game franchises, then call New York Times contributing game critic Chris Suellentrop (8:30) to talk about 'The Last Guardian,' the genius of Fumito Ueda (13:00), and the legacy of 'Ico' and 'Shadow of the Colossus' (19:00). Lastly, Ben, Jason, and Chris talk to novelist and 'Westworld' writer-editor Charles Yu (29:15) about the video game roots of the show's first season.

Ep. 218: Premier League Contenders, Pretenders, and Surprises With Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon  

The Ringer's resident soccer heads, Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon, return to discuss Premier League title contenders (6:00), Chelsea's talent (10:00), Mesut Ozil vs. Alexis Sanchez (17:00), Tottenham's key injuries (20:00), Manchester United's Europa League nightmare (24:00), Stoke's middle-of-the-pack life (29:00), and the most impressive players so far this season (35:00).

Ep. 217: 'The Masked Man Show' With Peter Rosenberg and LaToya Ferguson  

The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by his former tag-team partner, Peter Rosenberg, to discuss Rosenberg’s appearance on ‘WWE TLC Kickoff’ (1:05), his beef with Booker T. (2:34), working with Daniel Bryan (7:12), and Lance Storm's tweet about him (12:31). Then, LaToya Ferguson joins to talk about ‘TLC’ (18:24), relationships in wrestling (28:23), and the impressive “work rate” from the week (32:45).

Ep. 216: 'The Masked Man Show' With Dave Schilling  

The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by Dave Schilling of The Guardian to discuss the Attitude Era moments on 'Raw' (7:30), the shock of the ‘Survivor Series’ (14:30), the legitimacy of Sasha-Charlotte among all-time classic feuds (23:10), and the Mount Rushmore of wrestling (41:25). They wrap up with a preview of this Sunday's 'TLC' card (46:12).

Ep. 215: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins  

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss and dissect the return of 'Gilmore Girls' (5:00), examine the latest British gossip with Prince Harry (37:00), and wrap up with One Direction talk (43:00).

Ep. 214: 'Achievement Oriented' on 'Final Fantasy XV' and VR's Past, Present, and Future  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to their colleague Justin Charity about Square Enix's newly released role-playing game, 'Final Fantasy XV' (1:34). Then, they bring on Blake J. Harris, author of 'Console Wars' and the forthcoming 'The History of the Future,' to discuss the current state and mystifying future of virtual-reality hardware and software (19:50).

Ep. 213: Vampire Weekend's Chris Tomson on Dams of the West, Basketball, and the Future  

The Ringer's Juliet Litman sits down with Chris Tomson to talk about his new solo project, Dams of the West (2:10), recording in Nashville with Patrick Carney of the Black Keys (9:04), being an artist in today's social media spectrum (13:12), and his new video, "Death Wish" (19:12). Then, Tomson opens up about his Nets fandom (24:39) and the future of Vampire Weekend without Rostam Batmanglij (33:44).

Ep. 212: 'Achievement Oriented' on 'Batman,' the Telltale Model, and the Storytelling of 'Firewatch'  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk about how Telltale Games created a successful assembly line for licensed, episodic adventure games and report their impressions of 'Batman: The Telltale Series.' Then, they bring on Telltale alum and Campo Santo cofounder Sean Vanaman to discuss how he wrote 'The Walking Dead' and 'Firewatch' and what he has in mind for the 'Firewatch' film adaptation.

Ep. 211: 'Dishonored 2,' 'Watch Dogs 2,' and How Not to Screw Up Stealth  

The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion share their thoughts on stealth games and discuss their impressions of recent high-profile releases ‘Dishonored 2’ (3:25) and ‘Watch Dogs 2’ (16:40). Then, they bring on ‘Firewatch’ and ‘Mark of the Ninja’ designer Nels Anderson to explain ‘Dishonored’ from a developer’s perspective and reveal how his games avoid the potential pitfalls of stealth and narrative exploration games (21:33).

Ep. 210: ‘The Masked Man Show’ Live 'Survivor Series' Special  

‘The Masked Man Show’ went live for the WWE ‘Survivor Series’! David Shoemaker welcomed Steve Kazee, Dan St. Germain, and Dave Schilling to discuss the big matches and what the results mean going forward in a post-show wrap.

Ep. 209: Explaining the Strike and a Facelift for E-sports  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to prolific video game voice actress Jennifer Hale about the ongoing voice actors strike (2:24), the unique challenges of voicing video games (8:07), and infiltrating a formerly male-oriented field (21:54). Then, they bring on Nate Nanzer, Blizzard Entertainment's global director of Overwatch e-sports, to discuss how the company is trying to fuse its popular e-sport with the infrastructure of traditional sports in the forthcoming Overwatch League (25:45).

Ep. 208: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins  

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Prince Harry's new flame, Meghan Markle (6:00), Bruno Mars's new record (16:00), and Mandy Moore's recent run of success (24:00).

Ep. 207: 'The Masked Man Show' With Kevin Owens  

The Ringer's David Shoemaker is joined by WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens to discuss how his life has changed since winning the title (2:45), traveling the indie circuit (7:48), connecting with the fans (22:45), his dream 'WrestleMania' opponents (39:30), and more.

Ep. 206: 'Overwatch,' E-sports, and the NES Classic  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to former pro gamer and coach and current 'Call of Duty' and 'Overwatch' caster Matt "Mr X" Morello about the appeal and future of 'Overwatch' and E-sports (1:31). Then, they bring on Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier to discuss Nintendo's NES Classic, the risks of going retro, and gaming nostalgia (32:12).

Ep. 205: 'The Masked Man Show' With Dave Schilling  

The Ringer's David Shoemaker and The Guardian's Dave Schilling discuss another inconsequential episode of 'Raw' (2:44), the future of the Cruiserweight division (7:35) and the upcoming 'Survivor Series' card (26:16), and then give their commentary on the Goldberg-Lesnar match from 'WrestleMania 20' (35:05).

Ep. 204: New-Console Anxiety and Mark Ingram on 'Call of Duty' and Clowns  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to their colleague Victor Luckerson about mid-generation console updates and the PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch optimism, and Nintendo's mobile strategy. Then they bring on New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram to discuss his 'Call of Duty' love affair, gaming culture in the NFL, and his thoughts on creepy clowns.

Ep. 203: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins  

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Prince Harry's new boo (5:00), Meghan Markle's star status (8:00), Drake–Taylor Swift dating rumors (16:00), Lindsay Lohan's accent (24:00), and nostalgia for mid-2000s reality TV stars (27:00).

Ep. 202: 'The Masked Man Show' With Steve Kazee  

David Shoemaker and Steve Kazee discuss 'Hell in a Cell' (5:02), Sasha and Charlotte's performance (16:44), and the NXT house show experience (23:30), then preview the 'Survivor Series' (36:50).

Ep. 201: 'Battlefield 1,' 'Titanfall 2,' and the FPS Evolution  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion introduce Channel 33's new gaming podcast and discuss their impressions of newly released big-budget shooters ‘Battlefield 1’ and ‘Titanfall 2.’ Then they bring on Vince Zampella, the creator of ‘Call of Duty’ and CEO of ‘Titanfall’ developer Respawn Entertainment, to discuss his design choices and the past, present, and future of first-person shooters.

Ep. 200: Seven Burning Premier League Questions  

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon discuss José Mourinho's Manchester hotel, the extinction of the striker, and the continued dominance of Chelsea's N'Golo Kanté.

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