How To Become a CPU! PODCAST Panelist


Thanks for visiting Couch Potatoes Unite, a combination blog and podcast dedicated to TV! You can also subscribe to it on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or YouTube!  We’re very hip to the technology here!

We’re not advocating sedentary lifestyles, but we do enjoy the long-form storytelling of the small screen.  Each podcast episode features a panel of 3-7 participants, including a moderator (usually me), “around the water cooler” and talking about our favorite TV shows.  It’s not about extensive recapping and hyper analysis.  It’s about our reactions as fans of a hardcore to casual type (or, perhaps, not-so-fans) of any show that catches our fancy, and we watch many types of TV shows.  It’s about where the story is now versus where it has been and where it might be going.  It’s fans reacting as fans would.  The discussions are intelligent, but, unless the TV show is Lost, it’s less about the events of an individual episode and more about the progress of the story and characters as a whole. We expect our podcast to appeal across a broad spectrum of TV fans, from those who love certain shows to those who love ALL THE TV! (Like me!)  After all, we’re just like you – TV fans from the Great Lakes State just looking to add our voices to the conversation.

Our Ongoing Podcast Panel List and How We Recruit Panelists

We have several podcast panels that have sprung up since our inception in March 2015. Some of the panels have convened one time, to discuss one show once, and some have gathered multiple times and will continue to convene until a show ends (or until nostalgia no longer serves us).

What typically happens is that CPU! will branch out to social media to recruit new panelists.  If you’re not already doing so, like our Facebook page or  on Twitter!  That way, you can keep track of shows for which we are recruiting panelists!

Since our podcast is new, many panelists are local to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where we are based, but we’ve branched out far and wide and typically have people call in or Skype/FaceTime into the podcast from other places.  There is no boundary on who we can have join us!  Though you may be talking to strangers, you’ll conceivably be talking about a TV show, a topic you might potentially know quite a bit about, just as if you struck up small talk in a waiting room at the doctor’s office that led to one of those magical discussions about what happened last night on TV.

These are the shows we have ongoing panels for so far and whether or not we have openings:

Doctor Who: FULL 

Orange is the New Black: FULL

Game of Thrones: FULL

The X-Files: 1 opening

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3 openings

How to Get Away with Murder: Jumped the Shark!  We need at least 3 panelists, one of whom wants to moderate, to revive the panel.

Gotham: 1 opening

Marvel’s Daredevil/Marvel’s Jessica Jones/Marvel’s Luke Cage/Marvel’s Iron Fist/Marvel’s The Defenders/Marvel’s The Punisher (Marvel’s Defenders): FULL

DC Television Universe (Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow/Supergirl): FULL

Supernatural: FULL

American Horror Story (Series): FULL

Full/er House (Series): 1 opening

The 100: Jumped the Shark!  We need at least 2 panelists to revive the panel.

Stranger Things: FULL

Sherlock: FULL

13 Reasons Why: FULL

The Good Place: FULL

Grace and Frankie: 1 opening

iZombie: 2 openings

Schitt$ Creek: FULL

Will & Grace: 2 openings

The Crown: 1 opening

Arrested Development: FULL

Star Trek 50+ Series: FULL

Westworld: FULL

New shows are being added to the list all the time, and we do have wait lists, in case a panelist drops out, for some of the full panels.  Thus, though a panel may be full, if you have interest in joining the discussion, contact us to be put on the waiting list.

If you would like to be part of these or any future panels, send a private message via the Facebook page, comment on the blog, or email us at, and you’ll be added to a group Facebook chat dedicated to scheduling and topical fodder about the show(s) of your choice. Please provide your email address and telephone number in your message. Each episode records for 1 – 1.5 hours, unless an exception is made for special episode(s) and is posted, post-editing, to iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and Google Play via feed from the Internet Archive as well as the blog and YouTube.  New episodes, when recorded, are published weekly, typically on Wednesday or Thursday.

The hope is that this community will continue to expand, as it has been doing, into a tubular TV talking treat. So far, the panelists (and I) have had lots of fun, and we think the fun can only grow.  So, if this sounds like something you might be interested in, send a message via any of the means listed above.  We’d love to have you!

Thanks for reading.  Keep watching, keep listening, and stay tuned! Buh-bye!

Kylie (The Chief Couch Potato)