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.


Ep. 235: ‘Achievement Oriented’ on Test-Driving the Switch and Exploring the Sandbox  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion share their hands-on impressions of the Nintendo Switch and 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' and discuss some big questions surrounding the forthcoming console. Then they bring on the creator of the YouTube channel 'How Big Is the Map?' to explain his incredible, quixotic quest to traverse the map of every open-world game.

Ep. 234: Interview With 'Hidden Figures' Director Ted Melfi  

The Ringer's Sean Fennessey sits down with Ted Melfi to discuss the success of his latest film, 'Hidden Figures' (1:10), and how it came about (3:19), as well as the difficulties of making an entertaining movie about math (8:00). Melfi also shares what it's like working with Taraji P. Henson (18:27) and Kevin Costner (21:15), getting Pharrell to score his movie (29:20), and how he feels about the 'Hidden Fences' mishap (38:45).

Ep. 233: 'The Masked Man Show' on the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels  

The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Bleacher Report's Dave Schilling to discuss Peter Thiel's Trump-Hogan quote (01:30), the return of the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels on 'Raw' (06:01), Chris Jericho defeating Roman Reigns (17:04), the golden age of Monday-night main events (21:38), the Bullet Club (30:11), and their "SmackDown Stock Watch" (41:14).

Ep. 232: The Sports Movie Hall of Fame: 'Any Given Sunday'  

In their third SMHOF episode, The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan induct ‘Any Given Sunday’ and break down Oliver Stone's bizarre editing (02:25), Cameron Diaz's underrated ownership chops (08:15), Al Pacino's last great performance (11:16), the Tao of James Woods (15:15), the eye-opening concussion/painkiller subplots (16:44), Jamie Foxx's breakout role as Willie Beamon (21:17), the craziest cameos (34:27), and where the "Inches" monologue ranks in the pantheon of great sports movie speeches (45:04).

Ep. 231: ‘Bachelor Party’ With Jade Roper and Peter Scalettar  

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by former ‘Bachelor’ producer Pete Scalettar and former contestant Jade Roper to discuss their feelings about Nick (1:20), Corinne’s villain status (3:40), Liz’s epic departure (25:40), her TV wedding to Tanner (33:35), and Danielle’s tragic confession (43:50).

Ep. 229: 'Achievement Oriented' on 2017 Trends and the Man Behind Marcus Holloway  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion recap their holiday gaming and talk to New Yorker contributing writer Simon Parkin about his book, 'Death by Video Game'; VR and psychology; end-of-year lists; and recent (and future) industry developments. Then Ben, Jason, and their colleague Justin Charity talk to actor Ruffin Prentiss about playing the protagonist of 'Watch Dogs 2.'

Ep. 228: 'The Masked Man Show' With Dave Schilling  

The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Dave Schilling to discuss "CarmEllsworth" (04:12), Dean Ambrose's IC title win on 'SmackDown' (6:32), Shoemaker coming to grips with Paige's engagement to Alberto Del Rio (10:54), 'Raw' gearing up for the 'Royal Rumble' (25:24), and a familiar face on 'Bring It to the Table' (39:47).

Ep. 227: ‘Bachelor Party' With the Sports Gal  

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman is joined by the Sports Gal to recap the first episode of ‘The Bachelor’ and to ask the big questions, such as “Is Nick a good bachelor?” (1:15), “Why did so many women wear red?” (8:05), “What was up with the dolphin/shark suit?” (21:05), and “Why didn’t Liz give Nick her number?” (32:05).

Ep. 226: Sports Movie Hall of Fame: 'Moneyball'  

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss 'Moneyball,' the second inductee into the Sports Movie Hall of Fame. They cover everything from the state of Brad Pitt's career (0:45), the past 20 years of sports movies (2:34), the making of 'Moneyball' (9:25), their favorite moments from the film (14:20), and the future of sports movies (51:54).

Ep. 225: The Best and Worst of Tech in 2016  

The Ringer's team of tech writers — Molly McHugh, Victor Luckerson, Alyssa Bereznak, and Kate Knibbs — discuss their best and worst of the year in tech. Listen as they reveal their best app of the year, their least favorite acquisitions and memes, and what we as consumers have to look forward to.

Ep. 224: 'Achievement Oriented' on 'Assassin's Creed,' Video-Game Movies, and the Year of the FPS  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion discuss the newly released movie 'Assassin's Creed,' then bring on their colleagues Jon Lovett and Kam Collins for a wider discussion about why video-game adaptations historically haven't worked well as films. Lastly, they talk to Chris Plante of The Verge about how and why first-person shooters broke out of their slump and whether 2016 was the best FPS year ever.

Ep. 224: Inaugural Sports Movie Hall of Fame: 'Jerry Maguire'  

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman for the inaugural Sports Movie Hall of Fame induction ceremony to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of 'Jerry Maguire.' Topics include: Rod Tidwell spin-offs (6:00), Cruise Oscar snubs (12:00), the opening montage (16:00), Jonathan Lipnicki's pinnacle (22:00), "show me the money" (28:00), the best Cruise movies (35:00), the birth of the modern sports movie (40:00), and Cruise's romantic-lead chops (45:00).

Ep. 223: 'The Masked Man Show' — 2016's Best and Worst of WWE With Dan St. Germain and Steve Kazee  

The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Dan St. Germain and Steve Kazee to discuss 'Roadblock' (1:43) and provide their 2016 WWE highlights and lowlights, including ‘WrestleMania 32,’ AJ Styles, Brock Lesnar, and Sasha-Charlotte (31:00).

Ep. 222: 'Achievement Oriented' on the Past and Future of 'Star Wars' Games  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Jason Concepcion name-check their favorite 'Star Wars' games and talk to Jack Sorensen, the former president of LucasArts, about how he helped oversee several classic titles during the heyday of in-house 'Star Wars' development (5:24). Then they welcome Douglas Reilly from Lucasfilm and Justin McCully from Electronic Arts to discuss the upcoming slate of 'Star Wars' games (34:10) and the challenge of telling original stories within the larger 'Star Wars' universe (38:10).

Ep. 221: 'The Masked Man Show' With Clark Duke  

The Ringer's David Shoemaker welcomes Clark Duke to discuss his Doink sighting (1:12), politics in wrestling (9:05), the New Day passing Demolition (14:20), and 'Roadblock: End of the Line' (33:01).

Ep. 220: 'Jam Session' With Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins  

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Amanda Dobbins determine who is the biggest star in the 'Star Wars' canon (6:00), discuss the onscreen charisma of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in 'La La Land' (10:00), weight Meghan Markle's royal stardom (24:00), and examine John Mayer subtweeting Taylor Swift (30:00).

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).

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