The Crown, Season 1: Part One of the “Catching Up on The Crown” Miniseries (MAJOR SPOILERS)





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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at our website: couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com.  In this episode, recorded in December 2018, our panel of regal CPU! faithful – moderator Krista, Spencer, Samantha, Kristin (T), and Chief CP Kylie – convenes for the first time around the CPU! Water Cooler to discuss the first season of lush Netflix biopic The Crown, in this, Part One of our two-part “Catching Up on The Crown” Miniseries.  As always, if you have not watched any of The Crown, be aware that there are, most definitely, MAJOR SPOILERS (history be darned)! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite).  Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

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PODCAST! – Pilots, Premieres, and First Looks and Streaming Originals: “The Crown” – The Recap and Review of Season 1; Part One of CPU!’s “Catching Up on The Crown” Miniseries (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “The Crown” is a historical drama and web/streaming series available to Netflix subscribers exclusively, as it is Netflix produced original content.

What:  “The Crown,” created and principally written by Peter Morgan, is
a biographical story about the reign of Her Royal Majesty (HRM) Queen Elizabeth II.

When: Season 1 was released to the Netflix streaming library on November 4, 2016, with a total of ten episodes.

Where: The action is set primarily in the United Kingdom, England, and in London, where the Queen and the Royal Family by and large reside.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below!

How – as in How Was It?

The pilot/premiere rating scale:

***** – I HAVE TO WATCH EVERYTHING. HOLY SMOKES!

**** – Well, it certainly seems intriguing. I’m going to keep watching, but I see possible pitfalls in the premise.

*** – I will give it six episodes and see what happens. There are things I like, and things I don’t. We’ll see which “things” are allowed to flourish.

** – I will give it three episodes. Chances are, I’m mainly bored, but there is some intrigue or fascination that could hold it together. No matter how unlikely.

* – Pass on this one, guys. It’s a snoozer/not funny/not interesting/not my cup of tea… there are too many options to waste time on this one.

The Crown = 4.2, by average of the podcast panel.

SYNOPSIS

The Crown traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy, in Seasons 1 and 2) from her wedding in 1947 to Prince Philip (Matt Smith, in Seasons 1 and 2) through to the present day.

THOUGHTS

By popular request, though notably by established CPU! panelists and viewers, The Crown has, as of this publication, become a new show panel at the CPU! Water Cooler!  Requesting CPU! panelists include moderator Krista, best known for her appearances on the Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Grace and Frankie panels as well as the erstwhile panels for British TV shows Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, and the recently published “The Tudors Vs. Wolf Hall;” Spencer, who hangs out most on our comic book adaptation panels; his wife Kristin T, who joined Spencer for Downton Abbey and Sherlock; Samantha, who joins Krista on the Grace and Frankie panel and who Looked Back at Gilmore Girls and Marvel’s Agent Carter, and me, your Chief CP, kicking back as a royally in-tune panelistWe gathered “Around the Water Cooler” to take a “First Look” at this lush biopic, and in so doing, ruminate in-depth upon the production values, performances, and general historical accuracy of this show about a living monarch, with some modestly mixed reactions and unevenly engaged suspensions of disbelief.

Tonight’s episode is the first part of a two-part miniseries in which CPU! gets caught up on this show, which premiered on Netflix in 2016.  In this episode, our panel reflects on and recaps Season 1 of The Crown, covering the period from the Queen’s marriage to Prince Philip to the disintegration of her sister, Princess Margaret’s (Vanessa Kirby), engagement to Group Captain Peter Townsend (Ben Miles) in 1955.

This episode was recorded in December 2018, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of the first season. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Next Wednesday, schedule permitting, our Supernatural panel returns to the Water Cooler with a mid-season check-in, ready to respond and react to the first half of the fourteenth season of the long-running fantasy/horror drama.  Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

The Crown is recommended by our CPU! panel to so-called Anglophiles; to fans of British/English history; to general history buffs; and to followers of the Royals.  The panelists mostly agree that the production values are notably expensive but predominantly worth the money, given the painstakingly remarkable recreations employed in costumes, art direction, and cinematography. The panelists also proffer that the performances are primarily good, particularly that of Foy, and that the first season (or series if you’re British) starts off slow but becomes more engaging as one continues watching. Chief CP Kylie found Season 1 to be almost laboriously slow for most of its run, even with an Anglophile predilection and disposition toward the history of the Commonwealth, and cautions that without love of something about the country, its history, or its monarchy, it might be difficult for such a viewer to stick with the series. 

The panelists additionally, by and large, struggle with Matt Smith’s depiction of Prince Philip, whether by virtue of performance, direction, and/or writing. They further wrestle with the overall historical accuracy – and inaccuracy – of depicted events and with some of the salacious overtones of the piece, as if the producers wanted to present this series as the definitive, if unofficial, authority on all things House of Windsor while, in the meantime, HRM the Queen has contradicted some of the filmed sequences in the press.  In any event, the panelists, particularly in lieu of the lush production values and of Foy’s performance, were universally enticed to continue watching the second season and will do so for future seasons to come as well, despite the cast changes, which we will discuss in Part Two of our miniseries.

THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW

Netflix renewed The Crown for third and fourth seasons, with the third season expected to release in 2019, though no tentative premiere date has yet been announced. CPU! will next visit The Crown for Part Two of this “Catch-Up Miniseries” this winter.  Our next The Crown episode will focus upon the second season of the show and will bring our humble podcast to current times, appreciations, and readiness for The Crown coverage going forward.  Like, follow, and/or subscribe to the website, iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or our social media accounts to stay abreast of new episodes regarding The Crown as well as new episodes for all of our podcast panels!  And, if you feel so inclined, please leave us a review. Thank you!

The Will & Grace Revives Series, Episode Two: Will & Grace, Season Nine/Revival Season One (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in July 2018, one of our sassiest panels – including moderator Kylie, Andrew, Jeremy, and Emily D –  gathered Around the Water Cooler to recap and review the first revival season, otherwise known as Season Nine, of NBC’s totally fabulous classic sitcom Will & Grace.  This is the second part of a CPU! podcast miniseries in which we look back to look forward at this revival of one of our favorite television programs, which will, in turn, connect to “Water Cooler” coverage of further revival seasons of the show as long as they are made.  If you have not watched any of Will & Grace, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS. Tell us what you think in the comments below, and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

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Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Schitt’s (Schitt$) Creek, Seasons 1-2: Part One of the “Catching Up on Schitt’s (Schitt$) Creek” Miniseries (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com.  In this episode, recorded in June 2018, our panel of established CPU! faithful – moderator Kylie, Nick, Sarah, Andrew, and Amy – convenes for the first time around the CPU! Water Cooler to discuss the first two seasons of a quirky Canadian comedy depicting a riches to rags family with hearts of gold, i.e. Schitt’s/Schitt$ Creek, in this, Part One of our two-part “Catching Up on Schitt’s (Schitt$) Creek” Miniseries.  As always, if you have not watched any of Schitt’s/Schitt$ Creek, be aware that there are, most definitely, MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

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Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

PODCAST! – Pilots, Premieres, and First Looks: “Schitt’s (Schitt$) Creek” – Recapping Seasons 1 and 2; Part One of CPU!’s “Catching Up on Schitt’s (Schitt$) Creek” Miniseries (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Schitt’s (Schitt$) Creek” is a Canadian sitcom, which airs on cable network POP in the United States, though it is currently on hiatus.

What:  “Schitt’s Creek,” created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, is based on a series of situations contrasting a once-rich family and their worldly big-city attitudes with sudden small-town living and the honest, down-to-earth, hard-working residents of fictional town Schitt’s Creek.

When: The first season aired from February 11, 2015, to May 6, 2015, and the second season aired from January 19, 2016, to March 29, 2016, on cable network POP in the United States (after first airing on the CBC in Canada), each with a total of thirteen episodes.

Where: The action is set primarily in the fictional town of Schitt’s Creek, which we can only guess is somewhere in Ontario, Canada, since that is where the show is filmed.

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below!

How – as in How Was It?

The pilot/premiere rating scale:

***** – I HAVE TO WATCH EVERYTHING. HOLY SMOKES!

**** – Well, it certainly seems intriguing. I’m going to keep watching, but I see possible pitfalls in the premise.

*** – I will give it six episodes and see what happens. There are things I like, and things I don’t. We’ll see which “things” are allowed to flourish.

** – I will give it three episodes. Chances are, I’m mainly bored, but there is some intrigue or fascination that could hold it together. No matter how unlikely.

* – Pass on this one, guys. It’s a snoozer/not funny/not interesting/not my cup of tea… there are too many options to waste time on this one.

Schitt’s (Schitt$) Creek = 4.8, by average of the podcast panel.

SYNOPSIS

The series stars Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, a wealthy video store magnate, and Catherine O’Hara as his wife Moira, a formerly successful soap star. The family loses their fortune when their business manager fails to pay their taxes. They are forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining asset: a small town named Schitt’s Creek which they had bought their son as a joke birthday gift years before. The story revolves around the family’s life living in two adjacent rooms of a rundown motel with their pampered twenty-something adult children, David and Alexis, played by Dan Levy and Annie Murphy, respectively.  The cast also features Chris Elliott, Jennifer Robertson, and Emily Hampshire as series regulars.

THOUGHTS

By popular request, though notably by established CPU! panelists and viewers, Schitt$ Creek has, as of this publication, become a new show panel at the CPU! Water Cooler!  Requesting CPU! panelists include Nick, our panel silver medalist who likes to meditate in CPU!’s “nerdy” and “funny” realms; his wife Sarah, who joins him for talks about lots of shows as long as they are not comic book adaptations; Netflix and “Looking Back” aficionado Andrew; and Amy, who appeared once before around the Water Cooler to Look Back at Ally McBeal. These four and the Chief CP as moderator gathered “Around the Water Cooler” to take a “First Look” at the first two seasons of this quirky comedy. In so doing, the panelists examine the Rose family dynamics and contributing personalities, laugh along with the folks the Roses meet in the town, and generally praise this show effusively. The panel generally finds the series to be as smart as it is subtly funny and unlike anything on typical American TV nowadays, despite the show’s clear influences (as the panel sees it) of Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Riches, and Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara’s prior projects, with a particular flavor of Waiting for Guffman contributing to the proceedings. Of course, in Schitt$ Creek, these influences mix together to form a special sauce – or, perhaps, chicken enchiladas – entirely of the show’s, and its creators’, own making.

Tonight’s episode is the first part of a two-part miniseries in which CPU! gets caught up on this show, which premiered on United States cable network POP in 2015.  In this episode, our panel reflects on and recaps the first two seasons of Schitt$ Creek, reacting to the various quirky characters and notably hilarious situations in which they find themselves.

This episode was recorded in June 2018, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of the first two seasons. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , and/or find us on Google Play to keep track of brand new episodes.  In the meantime, let us know what you think!  Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback!

Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly!  Next Thursday, schedule permitting, our Series of Unfortunate Events panel returns to the Water Cooler to react to Season Two of Netflix’s adaptation of the Lemony Snicket novels.  Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

Schitt$ Creek is universally recommended by our CPU! panel to fans of the actors in the cast, particularly of Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, and to fans of comparable and/or influential fare like Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Riches, and director/actor Christopher Guest’s feature films, in which Levy and O’Hara made many joint appearances.  The panelists agreed that anyone who watches this comedy “can get something out of it,” particularly whatever the viewer wants to get out of it, because the show is an easy, low-risk binge and, therefore, low commitment overall.  The humor is distinctly the show’s own and may not appeal to everyone; however, it is subtle and satirical all at the same time.  The characters have some caricature-like qualities but embody those qualities so completely, they become fully fleshed out personae for the viewer and accessible to anyone, regardless of background.  One panelist described the series as “surprising,” stating that he did not expect to like it as much as he did.  Additionally, the panel generally praises the comedic performances of the four main actors and the writing and generally characterizes the show as “better and better” the more one watches.   In any event, the panelists find the show “fun” and believe those who connect to it will have as much fun as we have had watching and discussing it so far!

THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW

The CBC and, therefore, POP renewed Schitt$ Creek for a fifth season, which is expected to premiere in January 2019, though no tentative premiere date has yet been announced. CPU! will next visit Schitt$ Creek for Part Two of this “Catch-Up Miniseries” following the release of Season 4 to Netflix, which currently has the streaming rights to the series and which has, in the past, released seasons of this show to its service in the fall.  Our next Schitt$ Creek episode will focus upon the third and fourth seasons of the show and will bring our humble podcast to current times, appreciations, and readiness for Schitt$ Creek coverage going forward.  Like, follow, and/or subscribe to the website, iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or our social media accounts to stay abreast of new episodes regarding Schitt$ Creek as well as new episodes for all of our podcast panels!  And, if you feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  Thank you! 🙂

RERUN! – Marvel’s Defenders Series, Episode Two, Jessica Jones (Season One, MAJOR SPOILERS)

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This week, a SCHEDULE CHANGE!: Due to the holiday – something about Independence and star spangled somethings – we interrupt our binge watching long enough to rerun this episode, originally published in 2016, to refresh your memories regarding Season One of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, CPU!’s second ever Marvel’s Defenders Series episode.  In the meantime, next Wednesday, we will resume regularly scheduled episodes by publishing our thoughts about the second season of Jessica Jones, released in March 2018.  Did you watch?  Stay tuned!

—Original Synopsis—

A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in May 2016, our enthusiastic panel of comic book and superhero enthusiasts – including moderator Kylie, Kristen, Nick, Hilary, Kyle, and Spencer – is Around the Water Cooler, now as the Marvel’s Defenders Series panel, and is discussing Season 1 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. If you have not watched Jessica Jones, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace

iZombie, Seasons 1-3: Part One of the “Catching Up on iZombie” Miniseries (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in June 2018, our panel of CPU! veterans and all-around brainy chicks – moderator Kylie, Kristen, Jen S., and Jenn K. – convenes for the first time around the CPU! Water Cooler to discuss the first three seasons of a quirky comedy-drama adding to the extensive annals of zombie fiction, i.e. iZombie, in this, Part One of our two-part “Catching Up on iZombie” Miniseries.  As always, if you have not watched any of iZombie, be aware that there are, most definitely, MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think in the comments below and check out the blog and YouTube for other TV related discussions, in both podcast and blog format. Also, if there are other shows you’re interested in the blog covering, sound off below! Tell us what you like or don’t like. Keep the discussion going!

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington