Ep 182: James Talia, Ashes to Ashes, Eurovision

James Talia comes in to talk to us about the world of network news and the changes therein. Also, we review the second season of season 2 of Ashes To Ashes and discuss this week’s Eurovision song contest.

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10 Comments

  1. Hey Josh, Were you going to post that C-SPAN clip for us?

  2. Hmmmm… did we scare off all the listeners with our Eurovision talk, do you think?

    *sound of crickets*

  3. Darren Boxcutter says:

    John. As I was already thinking of putting a post up I will do so just so you guys don't feel like no one is watching your Podcast…

    This idea of putting more news on TV is a lot of rubbish. Firstly the brave executive who takes away my episodes of the Simpsons will get a stern talking to from me (in a ACMA kind of way).
    Secondly how much news can a network “make up”. There is only so much “ligimiate” news. Then the rest is how many pimples ______ (insert name of dumb blonde bimbo here) currently has.

    Thanks for letting me get on my soap box.

  4. David Boxcutter says:

    I think it was John who said he loves Jane Lynch a couple of weeks ago.

    If you haven't already watched it – she plays a hilarious cheerleading coach in the pilot of Glee.

  5. Yes, Jane Lynch was a scream in Glee. I'm just pissed off that we now have to wait 4 months for the next episode to air in the Fall season.

    Also, I love that your tags list Norway and Spoilers in that order. Priceless.

    On the topic of Eurovision, I thought the Julia/Sam show was great. It was so refreshing to hear commentary from people who actually wanted to be there.

  6. John Richards says:

    Totally agree, DanBo. The fact that Julia & Sam wanted to be there and were embracing what Eurovision is – big stupid campy pop – rather than feeling it was beneath them and taking the voting thing way too seriously. Really, who cares who wins? It's the performances I caome for, and not the tedious “worthy” ballads, but the songs that are patently mad.

    I do love the Jane Lynch. I haven't watched Glee yet because I'm thinking it might be frustrating to have to wait so long for ep 2.

  7. John I'll be kind as you did say on the show that you are new to Eurovision, but of course the voting counts. I've been furious all week that Norway won with that piece of crap – it was such an obvious choice. One of the few times I have literally been on the edge of my seat was the year Dana International won and the voting came down to the points from the final country. We still talk about that night!
    Eurovision is such an interesting programme as it has so many levels it can be enjoyed on – we are super selective about who gets an invite to our party as we don't want people here who enjoy it only on a camp level. Sure, we still do shots when there is a key change, a a feature on the night is a cheeses of Europe board, but there is also a strong emotional investment in the outcome. You should get actor/comedian Geoff Wallis on to talk about it as he is Melbourne's foremost Euro fanatic. He even got a letter from Terry Wogan's brother!
    x
    Lyndal

  8. At our impromptu Eurovision party, we cheered a lot for Ukraine, and spent a few minutes working out where, in the plot of the musical which the Andrew Lloyd Webber song came from, that song went. We think maybe half way through the third act, just before the heroine goes to save the day.

    Some folks from my Livejournal list are getting very excited about Glee, but then a lot of these folks get very excited about the most delightful trash, on the basis that the more craptastic something is, the more hilariously entertaining it will surely be.

    By the way, thanks to Josh putting the link up, I've just bought True Blood from I Do Buy It, so I'm doing my best to keep you all supplied with filthy lucre.

  9. Gang
    Sorry to get away from Eurovision (but still on SBS), just so's you know, SBS currently shows the Tour de France live once it starts showing it at about 10 or 11pm each night, but this is after each stage begins, so the telecast always misses the first 100 km or so of each stage. I expect/hope that SBS 2 will start showing each stage earlier, so we get the entirety of each stage live.
    I know at least two people who are excited about this…and, yes, I'm one of them…
    PS Josh: got your shout-out a few weeks ago. I am sitting patiently…
    PPS Brett: Love “arse-hat”.
    PPPS Hi John!

  10. Gang
    Sorry to get away from Eurovision (but still on SBS), just so's you know, SBS currently shows the Tour de France live once it starts showing it at about 10 or 11pm each night, but this is after each stage begins, so the telecast always misses the first 100 km or so of each stage. I expect/hope that SBS 2 will start showing each stage earlier, so we get the entirety of each stage live.
    I know at least two people who are excited about this…and, yes, I'm one of them…
    PS Josh: got your shout-out a few weeks ago. I am sitting patiently…
    PPS Brett: Love “arse-hat”.
    PPPS Hi John!

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