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. 266: 'Achievement Oriented' on Becoming a Meme and Setting Speedrunning Records  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion briefly consider the future of TV video game adaptations, reacting to comments by 'Castlevania' producer Adi Shankar and 'The Expanse' co-author Ty Franck (3:30). Then they bring on longtime Giant Bomb video producer Drew Scanlon to discuss having a GIF of his face go viral and how long his fleeting internet notoriety will last (9:30). Lastly, they talk to Kotaku staff writer Heather Alexandra about glitching, speedrunning, and the creative ways in which players navigate games (25:00).

Ep. 265: 'The Masked Man Show' Remembers George "The Animal" Steele and Ivan Koloff  

The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling team up to honor Ivan Koloff (3:30) and George "The Animal" Steele (8:30), and discuss Max Landis's video on Kevin Owens (16:50), the art of projecting during a promo (21:10), the Rock calling out CM Punk (26:00), and the downsides to attending 'Raw' (30:35).

Ep. 264: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins  

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Harrison Ford's flying skills (5:00), Malia Obama's sabbatical (10:00), the Clooney twins (18:00), Kirsten Dunst's Soho apartment (23:00), Miles Teller's birthday party (32:00), and Eileen Fisher's morning routine (37:00).

Ep. 263: 'Bachelor Party' With Bill Simmons and Mallory Rubin  

The Ringer's Juliet Litman sits down with Bill Simmons and Mallory Rubin to discuss a day in the life of Vanessa (2:00), being in on Corinne (6:50), Rachel's level of interest in Nick (25:25), and a trip to Arkansas with Raven (43:30).

Ep. 262: 'Achievement Oriented' on Google Doodle Games and Ubisoft's Sword-Fighting Experiment  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to Jordan Thompson, lead software engineer for the latest Google Doodle game, about building games for a massive search-engine audience with unique control constraints and compatibility concerns (0:15). Then they bring on Ubisoft creative director Jason VandenBerghe to discuss the innovative combat system at the center of newly released fighting game 'For Honor,' why sword-fighting is so tough to translate to video games, and how he created the concept of Vikings versus Samurai (19:30).

Ep 261: Interview With ‘A Cure for Wellness’ Director Gore Verbinski  

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with Academy Award winning director Gore Verbinski to discuss his new film 'A Cure For Wellness' (0:40)as well as his career arc of going from directing music videos and television commercials to big budget features like the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Rango' (11:00).

Ep. 260: Arsenal, Barcelona, and Club Identity With Jordan Morris  

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Ryan O'Hanlon discuss Arsenal–Bayern Munich (5:00), Barcelona-PSG (13:00), and the concept of club identity in the sport (20:00). Then, USMNT member and Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris joins (30:00) to give thoughts on the role of college development on the pitch (34:00), break down what a manager actually does during a game (38:00), and discuss how he watches soccer as a fan (42:00).

Ep. 259: ‘The Masked Man Show’ on the 'Festival of Friendship' and Bray Wyatt’s Reign  

The Ringer’s David Shoemaker teams up with Bleacher Report’s Dave Schilling to break down the main event from 'Elimination Chamber' (01:30), Bray Wyatt’s future as champion (03:05), Emmalina and the most meta moment in professional wrestling (23:35), Bailey ending Charlotte’s reign (29:00), Kevin Owens betraying Chris Jericho at the 'Festival of Friendship' (36:10), and the upcoming Andre the Giant documentary (41:55).

Ep. 258: ‘Bachelor Party’ With The Bachelor Nick Viall  

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman sits down with the Bachelor, Nick Viall, to talk about being on the show four times (1:30), kissing in front of the other contestants (7:14), and his biggest surprise thus far(11:20).

Ep. 257: 'Achievement Oriented' on Rockstar's Golden Goose and the Consolidation of Sports Games  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion discuss PS4 Pro envy and 'Resident Evil 7' (0:40) and talk to The Guardian's games editor Keith Stuart about the continued sales success of 'Grand Theft Auto V,' the perpetual repackaging of old titles, and the worst US presidents in video games (6:08). Lastly, they talk to Polygon's Owen Good about the latest bad news for NBA Live, why so many sports games are going extinct, and the NBA's plans to partner with Take-Two to launch an official 'NBA 2K' esports league (26:05).

Ep. 256: Interview With 'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins  

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with writer and director Barry Jenkins to discuss his film ‘Moonlight’ and its eight Oscar nominations, what it’s like working with his old friends (6:30), casting nonactors (12:52), and whether or not he plans to speak out politically onstage if he wins at the Academy Awards (28:13).

Ep. 255: 'The Masked Man Show' Previews 'Elimination Chamber'  

The Ringer's David Shoemaker, Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling, and "Hollywood" Dan St. Germain team up to preview the "Elimination Chamber" (00:30) and discuss Bray Wyatt and babyface Luke Harper (02:20), booking Samoa Joe (16:45), Jeff Jarrett's control of TNA (23:00), Hulk Hogan's rumored return (27:30), and the Hall of Fame induction of the Rock 'n' Roll Express (32:00).

Ep. 254: ‘Jam Session’ With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins  

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins discuss Beyoncé’s big Instagram announcement and her pop star supremacy (1:30), Lady Gaga’s personae and Super Bowl performance (13:05), Chris Evans and Jenny Slate’s breakup (20:15), and Ed Sheeran and Russell Crowe’s unlikely friendship (25:50).

Ep. 253: MTV's 'Challenge: Invasion of the Champions' Special With Johnny Bananas  

The Ringer's Juliet Litman sits down with Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio to discuss 'The Challenge: Invasion of the Champions' (00:30), staying competitive (06:30), the 'Are You The One?' kids (7:15), the best 'Challenge' competitor of all time (10:35), and what comes next (25:40).

Ep. 252: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Trey Kerby  

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by NBA TV’s Trey Kerby to discuss the Bachelor’s trip to St. Thomas (4:55), Jasmine’s departure (11:10), Danielle’s cluelessness (23:50), and, of course, Corinne (32:00).

Ep. 250: Interview With ‘O.J.: Made in America’ Director Ezra Edelman  

Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Ezra Edelman to discuss the making of 'O.J.: Made in America,' his epic eight-hour Oscar-nominated documentary examining O.J. Simpson’s rise and fall through the lens of race, place, celebrity, and time.

Ep. 249: 'Achievement Oriented' on Preserving Video Games  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion talk to Frank Cifaldi, founder of The Video Game History Foundation, about his desire to salvage old video games (6:10), the difference between porting and emulating (9:35), whether online communities can be recreated (14:00), his greatest discoveries (38:05), his efforts to finish unfinished games (42:15), and eight-bit NES porn (50:05).

Ep. 248: 'The Masked Man Show' on Rebooting 'WrestleMania'  

The Ringer's David Shoemaker and Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling team up to discuss the injury Seth Rollins suffered at the hands of Samoa Joe (01:00), the role of Triple H in the WWE Universe (07:15), how they would improve 'WrestleMania' (22:00), Randy Orton's 'Royal Rumble' win (33:15), and the rumored matches for 'FastLane' (37:10).

Ep. 247: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Ashley Iaconetti  

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by former 'Bachelor' contestant Ashley Iaconetti to discuss last night's episode (5:15), what to do during group dates (14:15), being sick of Corrine (30:35), and how being the Bachelor can lead to real love (33:15).

Ep. 246: 'The Masked Man Show' Royal Rumble Live Review!  

The Ringer's David Shoemaker, Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling, and "The King of Sad Style" Dan St. Germain react to the 'Royal Rumble' results and answer viewer questions about the pay-per-view and the road to 'WrestleMania.'

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