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Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 7:14PM EDT
NBC to launch a podcast network featuring The Good Place -- Seth Meyers will do special Friday shows this summer
NBC's podcast network will roll out with podcasts devoted to The Good Place and American Ninja Warrior. Marc Evan Jackson will host The Good Place podcast. Meanwhile, Late Night with Seth Meyers will add a fifth show each week, dubbed "Summer Fridays."
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 12:18PM EDT
Serial's Adnan Syed will be the subject of an HBO documentary
The Case Against Adnan Syed will, over the course of four hours, explore the 1999 disappearance and murder of Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, a case that became famous in 2014 thanks to the Serial podcast. Oscar nominee Amy Berg is directing the documentary, which has been in the works since 2015.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 5:28PM EDT
Joel McHale recently learned he was dyslexic after his son's diagnosis
The Netflix host said on Dax Shepard's podcast that he made the discovery after one of his sons was diagnosed with dyslexia. As the doctor described all the symptoms, McHale recalls saying, "That's what I have." As a child, McHale recalls, "they literally diagnosed me (as a) slow-starter."
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 1:30PM EDT
FX orders The Weekly, a series based on The New York Times' The Daily podcast
FX boss John Landgraf calls the partnership "the first entry for both organizations into the weekly TV news business." On The Weekly, which has received a 30-episode order, Times writers will take viewers behind the scenes of their reporting, looking closely at particularly stories covered by The Daily podcast, which is hosted by Michael Barbaro.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
Influential tech podcast interviews Silicon Valley's Russ Hanneman
Host Kara Swisher, who has appeared on the HBO comedy, interviewed Chris Diamantopoulos in character for her Recode/Decode podcast.
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
John Oliver and James Van Der Beek spoof podcasts with "Talkin' Tehran"
"If you didn't think that James Van Der Beek was an expert in Iranian history, you need to expand your expectations of what people are capable of," said the Last Week Tonight host in a segment devoted to diplomacy with Iran.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Alan Alda is launching a podcast
"Really excited," tweeted the 82-year-old former M*A*S*H and West Wing star. "My podcast starts July 10. I’ll be talking with fascinating people about relating and communicating. Some are famous fascinating people, but all have insight into making ourselves understood by those who are most important to us - in every area of life. Tune in."
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Scandal's Katie Lowes is getting one of two new Shondaland podcasts
Lowes will talk about motherhood in her weekly podcast Katie's Crib. Shondaland executive producer Betsy Beers is also getting a podcast, Geri & Milli, about the generational gap between her (self-described geriatrics) and her guests (millennials).
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 10:28PM EST
Why did McDonald's release a podcast devoted to its Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce debacle?
The three-part The Sauce podcast was released to coincide with McDonald's re-release of its Szechuan sauce. But why would McDonald's be interested in looking back at the debacle? "Good is fulfilling the promise we made to our guests," says Jano Cabrera, senior vice president of corporate relations at McDonald’s. "Better is doing so by acknowledging and apologizing for our mistake in an open, honest and transparent way. Best? To do all of that in a creative way and hence, podcast."
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Marc Maron is getting ready to move out of his famous WTF garage
The garage in the Highland Park section of Los Angeles is where Maron considered ending his life, where he revived his career with his hit podcast, and where he's interviewed such big names as President Obama and, most recently, Jennifer Lawrence. It's the garage that led to Maron becoming a TV star, on shows like Maron and G.L.O.W., but over time it's also become too small and crowded. So he's moving to a new house with a new garage 10 miles away.
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 6:30PM EST
Ex-Obama staffers’ are bringing their Pod Save America podcast to HBO
Former Obama administration officials Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor will adapt their popular left-leaning podcast into a series of hour-long specials focused on the midterm elections this fall. The news follows this week's premiere of another HBO project based on a podcast, 2 Dope Queens.
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
HBO’s 2 Dope Queens makes a convincing case for the two-person talk show
Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s four-episode TV adaptation of their popular podcast, directed by Tig Notaro, works especially well because there are two of them, says Jen Chaney. “Anyone who listens to podcasts — or, for that matter, anyone who used to watch old ’70s variety shows like Sonny and Cher — knows there’s something special about watching a program co-hosted by two people who really know how to catch each other’s passes,” says Chaney. “Yet most late-night shows are solo acts with the occasional sidekick or bandleader who acts as a sounding board for jokes. We rarely see hosting partnerships that are true partnerships. The late-night talk format could use some shaking up, and the best way to shake it up on a more regular basis might be to send in the Queens.” ALSO: How do Williams and Robinson keep their show spontaneous when they spend so much time together? And when was the first time they struck comedy gold together?
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Podcast-inspired TV shows are all the rage
There are currently more than a dozen podcast-inspired TV projects in the works, including one based on Sarah Koenig's Serial. In fact, some companies are now producing podcasts with an eye toward future TV adaptation. “We knew that listening to a four- or five-hour podcast would paint a more accurate picture of what a story could look like as a TV or movie than a script would," says Hernan Lopez, CEO of the Los Angeles-based podcast network Wondery.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 5:55AM EST
Dirty John true-crime podcast to become a Bravo anthology series and an Oxygen unscripted series
Bravo has given a two-season order to the anthology series based on “Dirty” John Meehan, whose story was explored in a series of Los Angeles Times articles and a companion podcast. Sister cable network Oxygen, which has rebranded with a true-crime focus, will tackle Dirty John with an unscripted series.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s 2 Dope Queens HBO comedy series will be like their podcast, but “with makeup and wig budget”
Former Daily Show correspondent Williams says HBO was “like, ‘We just want you guys to do the podcast.’ They honored our voice and gave us freedom.”