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Live: When TV Goes Wrong

Originally titled “When TV Goes Mad”, this is a live show at ACMI as part of their excellent “Live In the Studio” sessions.

John and Josh will present a trip through television that tried to correct itself by taking the most extreme measures possible.

It’s going to be a lot of fun and you just might learn a thing or two before we’re done.

We promise a lot of discussion about Chances and maybe something else.

Date: 7pm, Thursday 30 August
Location: Studio 1 at ACMI
Cost: Full $15, Concession $12, ACMI Members $11 CHEAP

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Ep 286: The Muppet Show LIVE!

Earlier in the year John and Josh presented a night at ACMI all about the Muppet Show and how it changed the world of television.

It sold out very quickly and chances are you missed it. Never fear, though. Through the magic of modern technology we’re able to bring you an edited audio version of night that most people have already forgotten.

It becomes episode 286 of our little show and you can listen along and pretend like you were actually there.

In the show notes we’ll include a bunch of clips that we played so you can listen and watch at the same time. Enjoy.

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It’s The Muppet Show!

John and Josh will investigate the ins and outs of the Muppet Show live at ACMI on 28 July.

Remember how good the Press Gang and Degrassi show was back in February? Oh, you wanted to get tickets but couldn’t because it sold out? Well, don’t make that same mistake this time.

There will be surprises. There will be laughs. There will be intellectual discussions about pop culture that may change the way you think FOREVER!

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel justified in buying this t-shirt.

7pm 28 July
Studio 1 at ACMI
Full $14, Concession $11, ACMI Members $10
Get your tickets now

Everybody sing:
It’s time to something something, it’s time to something la. It’s time to start the music and la la la la la.


Pat Mastroianni played the celebrated Joey Jeremiah on the classic late-80s / early-90s Canadian teen drama, Degrassi Junior High (and its subsequent series). He joined us live via Skype to discuss his involvement in the series.

For the rest of the show, John and Josh (heretofore as ‘We’ or ‘Us’) talk through the intricacies and complexities of both Degrassi and the excellent UK teen drama, Press Gang.

This show was recorded live at ACMI in Studio 1 as part of their monthly Live in the Studio sessions. Every month, ACMI uses their own television studio to host a discussion of all things television and that’s an idea we can all get behind. It’s fun and informative.

Meanwhile, enjoy this display of in-depth discussion and frivolity. It goes for a little over 90 minutes, so strap in. Also, there’s a list of videos and links to those videos after the jump.

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Press Gang Memories

Last week John and Josh hosted the sell-out session at ACMI all about Press Gang and Degrassi.

For those of you who missed out, we’ll be bringing you bits and pieces, leading up to playing the audio version in late March. The first of those is this video that we created out of the testimonials people sent in about their Press Gang influences.

Boxcutters, Degrassi, Press Gang and You

Picture from Press GangAs you’ve probably heard by now, Boxcutters is presenting a night at ACMI where we’ll be discussing Press Gang and the Degrassi series as well as some other after school early 90s faves.

We want to hear from you. If you were a fan of these shows, if you were influenced by Lynda Day, Spike Thomson, Joey Jeremiah or Caitlin Ryan, then please send us a quick video of yourself telling us how these shows affected your life.

All we want is you talking to your computer. Quality is nowhere near as important as content. We’re putting together a web-sourced vox pop for the show at ACMI and we really want you to be a part of it.

If you have any questions you can contact us any time.

Don’t know what to say? Just answer some of these questions:

  • Who was the character you most identified with?
  • Did you want to be or actually believe you were this character?
  • Did these programs change the way you behaved in real life? How?
  • What did you think of the way romance and sex were portrayed in these shows?

Some quick answers to these questions and you’ll be helping us out a lot.

Thanks so much.

You can send us your file using free services DropSend or YouSendIt or you can just post it up on YouTube or our Facebook page and send us a link.

Ep 251: Twin Peaks, Survivor

denisedenis.jpg It’s so good to have Nelly Thomas back in the Nelly chair. We’ve all missed her but now she’s back and full of fight. She brings us a hilarious summary of the current season of Survivor. For the uninitiated, Nelly’s Survivor summaries are probably better than watching the show and it’s pretty damn good show.

Josh (me or I, depending on the context) went to the ACMI Twin Peaks special Live in the Studio. He (I) spoke to members of the audience about what makes Twin Peaks so special. You can read all the tweets from the day as well.

Brett doesn’t buy some bad screen ratio business and Toby Halligan has some very poignant Trotters.

This week’s question: Do you love Twin Peaks? Let us know by email.

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Ep 230: Rajendra Roy, The Doctor

hawkeye-pola.jpgRajendra Roy is the head film curator for MoMA in New York and we have a little discussion with him about what Television actually means.

John talks about The Doctor as one of the Greatest TV Characters of All Time.

Brett and John have an argument about politics that gets really boring but ends in a hilarious bit that makes it really worth listening all the way through for.

Don’t forget to let us know about your list of the greatest TV characters of all time.

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