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The Watch

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Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.

Episodes

'Twin Peaks,' 'Alien Covenant,' and the Highs and Lows of IP (Ep. 152)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald celebrate the return of 'Twin Peaks' by giving it "The Belt" and discussing the arc of the first couple episodes (2:30). Later, writer Adam Nayman joins to discuss director Ridley Scott and his latest film, 'Alien Covenant' (27:24).

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The Networks Aim to Make TV Great Again, and Previewing 'Twin Peaks' (Ep. 151)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss network television’s recent attempts to eventize television programming (1:00). They also say farewell to Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell (13:20) before discussing the upcoming third season of 'Twin Peaks' (21:20).

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'Master of None,' 'Catastrophe,' and 'The Leftovers' Are Brought to You by the Pre-pajama Mafia (Ep. 150)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald kick off the pod with a brief discussion about leisurewear (1:00) before diving into the second season of ‘Master of None’ (9:45) and Season 3 of 'Catastrophe,' (22:30) and wondering where the final season of 'The Leftovers' will take us (29:38).

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David Mandel Talks 'Veep,' 'Curb,' and 'Seinfeld' (Ep. 149)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sit down with 'Veep' showrunner David Mandel to discuss making a political comedy in today’s climate. Then, Mandel shares stories about working on two other comedy mega-hits, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Seinfeld.’

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Welcome to Dystopia: 'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Handmaid’s Tale,' and 'American Gods' (Ep. 148)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the new trailer for 'Blade Runner 2049' (1:30), as well as 'Billions' (11:20) and 'Handmaid’s Tale' (15:50), before deep-diving into the new Starz series 'American Gods' (34:40).

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Greg Dulli and the Afghan Whigs Are Back (Ep. 147)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald sit down with Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli to discuss his band's new album, ‘In Spades,’ and the story of how he first met Chris and Andy more than 15 years ago.

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Timothy Simons of 'Veep' on Politics, 'The Leftovers' and Hangin' With McConaughey (Ep. 146)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by Timothy Simons of 'Veep' to discuss how the election impacted both his work life and real life (3:30) as well as his love of 'The Leftovers' (35:50) and what it’s like to hang out with Matthew McConaughey (53:40).

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‘Fargo’ and the Prestige-TV Debate & Justin Simien of ‘Dear White People’ (Ep. 145)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the third season of Fargo, the series as a whole, and how it fits into the discussion of prestige TV (1:20). Then, Chris sits down with Justin Simien to discuss his new Netflix show, ‘Dear White People’ (20:25).

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Damon Lindelof Discusses ‘The Leftovers’ (144)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by the cocreator and showrunner of HBO’s 'The Leftovers' to discuss the ongoing shift in criticism of the show (2:05), the world-building from season to season (9:00), the Wu-Tang trampoline, and the first two episodes of Season 3 (35:20). Disclosure: HBO is an initial investor in The Ringer.

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'Fargo' and 'Veep' Return (Ep. 143)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the music of their youth (1:00), their early impressions of 'Fargo' Season 3 (6:28), and the season premiere of 'Veep' (22:43). Then, Chris is joined by film critic and writer Adam Nayman to discuss a talented filmmaker and the subject of his new book, ‘Ben Wheatley: Confusion and Carnage’ (27:45).

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'The Last Jedi,' the End of 'Girls,' and the Final Season of 'The Leftovers' (Ep. 142)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and Kendrick Lamar’s new album, ‘Damn.’ (4:20). Then they break down the final episode of ‘Girls’ and the series as a whole (29:55), as well as the premiere of ‘The Leftovers’ (48:20).

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The Ringer Recommends (Ep. 141)  

Chris Ryan is joined by a carousel of Ringer staffers, who stop by to recommend a piece of content that other people should be watching, reading, or listening to.

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Thor: Ragnarok' Starring "Cake" Blanchett (Ep. 140)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Marvel’s 'Thor: Ragnarok' (2:20), Season 3 of 'Better Call Saul' (9:45), the new Netflix film ‘Win It All’ (18:40), and the season finale of ‘Crashing’ (39:15).

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Mailbag 2.0 (Ep. 139)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald answer your questions on topics including pleas to review shows like 'The Expanse' and 'The Missing' (1:00), insider questions about the industry and the state of television (27:00), and Chris’s love of magic (37:25).

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'Big Little Lies' Finale and a Conversation With TV Writer Mike Levin (Ep. 138)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Andy Greenwald, and Alison Herman discuss the finale of ‘Big Little Lies’ (0:45) and what its run means for the future of television (16:10). Then they are joined by Mike Levin of NBC’s ‘Trial & Error’ to discuss his experience writing for TV in Hollywood and what shows he’s watching (27:55).

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Jason Mantzoukas Loves 'Legion,' David Milch, and 'True Detective' (Ep. 137)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald are joined by comedian Jason Mantzoukas to discuss his love of comic books, the show 'Legion' (1:10), the series finale (20:20), and how excited he is about David Milch’s rumored involvement with a third season of 'True Detective' (28:55). Jason also talks about a few of his experiences working in Hollywood (49:40).

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What Does 'Justice League' Have in Common With Radiohead’s 'OK Computer'? (Ep. 136)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss the new trailer for DC’s 'Justice League' (2:00) before revisiting the cultural significance of Radiohead’s 'OK Computer' 20 years after its release (13:16). Then Andy recommends a new TV show (42:40).

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The Return of Dave Chappelle (Ep. 135)  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss Cinemax’s breaking news about ‘The Knick’ (0:44), Netflix’s power plays in the stand-up comedy world (11:15)—including Dave Chappelle’s new two-part special (14:30)—and their feelings about the final season of 'Girls' (28:30).

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Ep. 134: Drake’s ‘More Life’, Amazon Pilot Season, and Other Upcoming TV and Film Projects  

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald discuss whether they're in or out on a rumored 'Matrix' reboot (11:30), the Rock’s new film about skyscrapers (16:00), and a possible 'Cloverfield' sequel. Then they discuss Drake’s new project, ‘More Life,’ (21:20) and rank all of his records, mixtapes, albums, and playlists from best to worst (32:30).

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Ep. 133: Interview With Noah Hawley of 'Legion' and 'Fargo'  

The RInger's Andy Greenwald sits down with Noah Hawley, the showrunner and creator of FX's 'Legion' and 'Fargo,' to talk about last night's episode of 'Legion' (6:00) as well as the creative process of the show (11:30) and his upcoming projects (43:45).

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