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52 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Seth Meyers Is Gonna Miss Not Having an Audience
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo are joined by Seth Meyers of NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" to discuss what he's going to miss most about not having an audience, producing Peacock's "A.P. Bio," and, most importantly, what his favorite Billy Joel song is. Additionally, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about series and performers they hope the Emmy voters don't forget about with voting opening, including Apple TV+'s "Mythic Quest," Hulu's "Pen15," and FX's "Breeders."
41 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Talking ‘Ted Lasso’ with Hannah Waddingham & Juno Temple
On this week’s episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo are thrilled to be joined by Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple of ‘Ted Lasso’ fame to talk about Rebecca and Keeley’s relationship, breaking on set, and how thrilled they are to be at the employ of real feminists Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Joe Kelly, and Brendan Hunt. Additionally, the trio tackle the premiere of Disney+’s “Loki,” the MCU’s latest foray into the television space, and wonder aloud where it ranks alongside “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”
50 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
'Mare of Easttown' Finale: Spoiler Chat
"Mare of Easttown""Philly D.A."IndieWire Awards SpotlightOn this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo go way long on the finale of HBO's "Mare of Easttown" in a spolier-laden chat about the limited series' finale. Additionally, Ben takes a trek to another part of Delaware County and walks Libby and Leo through "Philly D.A.," the new docuseries from PBS, which is being referred to as a non-fiction version of "The Wire." And finally, Libby previews the upcoming Emmy edition of "IndieWire Awards Spotlight."
51 minutes | May 27, 2021
’In Treatment,’’Master of None,' and ‘Friends’ Are Back!
"Friends""In Treatment""Master of None""Mare of Easttown"On this week’s episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss the return of three shows long off the air (or assumed never to return) in the long-delayed “Friends” reunion from HBO Max (00:40), the soft reboot/fourth season of HBO’s “In Treatment,” (09:12) and the Bergman-inspired third season of Netflix’s “Master of None." (23:34) Additionally, the gang dives into Leo’s Final Murder Power Rankings ahead of the “Mare of Easttown” finale (39:44), while contemplating its existence as a spiritual successor (on account of the massive amounts of grief and trauma on display) to HBO’s “The Outsider.”
51 minutes | May 20, 2021
Amber Ruffin On Hosting Her Own Show, Writing For Awards Shows, and Making John Lutz Pat His Weave
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Libby and Leo are joined by Amber Ruffin, host of Peacock's "The Amber Ruffin Show," as well as writer/performer on "Late Night With Seth Meyers." Among the topics discussed: transitioning from improv to late night, writing on "Detroiters" with Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson, and making margaritas with the rest of writing staff for "Late Night With Seth Meyers." Additionally, Libby discussed all the news that came out of Warner Media's upfronts, including the "Friends" reunion, the ad-supported iteration of HBO Max, and the Discovery+ elephant in the room. And finally, Leo counts down his top five "Mare of Easttown" murder suspects in the wake of Episode 5, "Illusions."
54 minutes | May 13, 2021
Cancel Culture Comes For the Golden Globes (Finally!)
On this week's episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about the state of comedy, what with the debut of HBO Max's "Hacks," the return of Apple TV+'s "Mythic Quest," and the upcoming finale of FX on Hulu's "Breeders." Do any of these shows have a chance to topple Apple TV+'s "Ted Lasso?" And just what is it about second seasons that makes that the sweet spot for most comedies? Additionally, Ben and Libby regale one another with the news that NBC has cancelled the 2022 Golden Globes in the wake of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's bungling of just about everything since the incendiary L.A. Times' expose in February. And finally, the group discusses the fictitious "cancel culture" that social media lumped unto Donald Glover after a series of tweets from the accomplished multi-hyphenate referenced studios reluctance to take chances.
41 minutes | May 6, 2021
‘The Handmaid’s Tale:’ How, How, How Is June Still Alive?
On this week’s episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about the return of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and how the streamer plans to balance ending June’s story in a satisfying way, while still keeping viewers enticed for Margaret Atwood’s follow-up series, “The Testaments.” Additionally, Leo updates his weekly Murder Power Rankings for the rogues gallery of Easttown following the third episode of HBO’s “Mare of Easttown.” And finally, Ben and Libby react to some trade news with the casting of Alexander Skarsgård in the third of HBO’s “Succession” and HBO Max’s green light of “Love and Death” from David E. Kelley, starring Elizabeth Olsen as an ax-wielding Texan.
54 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Good TV Is Hard: The Oscars, 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,' and 'Mare of Easttown'
On this week’s episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo go long on three topics: Sunday’s Oscars, the finale of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” and the second episode of “Mare of Easttown.” First, Ben discusses his C+ review of Sunday’s Academy Awards and how successful producers Steven Soderbergh, Jesse Collins, and Stacey Sher were at re-inventing the awards show as a “movie.” Then the gang discusses the frustrating finale (and really season) of Disney+’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” proving that Marvel is still in the early stages of mastering the learning curve of television. (Tip: They should quit referring to their shows as six-hour movies.) And finally, the debut of a new weekly feature around HBO’s “Mare of Easttown:” Leo’s Murder Power Rankings, based on the actions and revelations of the previous weekend’s episode, so if you’re not caught up yet, beware of spoilers.
34 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
'Mare of Easttown:' There's Something in the 'Wudder'
On this week’s episode of Millions of Screens, Ben leads a spoiler-free discussion about HBO’s newest limited series, “Mare of Easttown,” which stars Kate Winslet as a hardscrabble detective in a small Pennsylvania town investigating a local murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart. Amongst the topics discussed: Ben talks about his issues with the critiques of the Western Pennsylvania English on display in the series, then Libby hints at what separates “Mare” from other “dead girl” crime procedurals, and all the while Leo gets thirsty for some Yuengling and Rolling Rock. Additionally, the gang talks about the news Ben broke about Disney+’s decision to run “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” in Drama at this year’s Emmys as opposed to the crowded Limited Series field, and all parties involved get excited for the upcoming second season of Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso,” in the wake of the teaser trailer featuring new AFC Richmond kits, more homemade biscuits, and, for one host, a reminder that The New York Football Jets are still the most reliable punchline in comedy.
36 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
'The Queen's Gambit' Marches Onward To the Emmys
On this week’s Millions of Screens, Libby, Ben, and Leo talk through the results of this past weekend’s DGA Awards and where that leaves the various races for the fall’s Emmy ceremony. Additionally, Ben regales Leo and Libby with just what HBO Max’s “The Nevers” is, which is to say not a Victorian superhero team. And finally, Ben and Libby, each from a small town, talk about the HBO documentary “Our Towns” and how accurately it captures life in rural America.
42 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
HBO's 'Made For Love:' When and Where Should a Show Start?
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben and Libby discuss the current craze of shows deliberately starting in medias res sometimes to the detriment of the narrative itself. Additionally, Libby walks us through the results from the SAG Awards, Ben and Leo somehow agree on Disney+'s 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,' and Executive Editor Ann Donahue joins for a special 'Bridgerton' edition of Corgi Corner.
61 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Godzilla vs. Kong vs. The SnyderVerse
On this week’s episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo go long on the release of ‘Godzilla vs. Kong,’ the latest movie in Warner Bros. MonsterVerse, and ponder how TV contributes to the burgeoning trend of cinematic universes — some of which even extend to TV (like ‘WandaVision’ and ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’). Additionally, Libby previews Sunday’s SAG awards and Ben gets excited about the cast sheet for Disney+’s forthcoming ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ series.
32 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Did 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' Save HBO Max?
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo break down the current state of HBO Max roughly 10 months after its rocky launch. With the streamer three months into its cinematic day-and-date experiment and having just released The Snyder Cut, it seems like positive buzz is on the upswing. Additionally, Ben walks us through his feelings on 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' and Disney+'s assertion that the premiere was watched in more homes than either 'WandaVision' or 'The Mandalorian.' And finally, Libby wonders aloud if anything can stop ‘The Crown’ or ‘Ted Lasso’ after the pair’s continued dominance at Sunday’s WGA Awards.
31 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
The Future of Filmmaking Is...Streaming?
On this week’s episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about the spate of news seeing filmmakers signing on for limited series on streaming platforms, most notably Barry Jenkins’ ‘The Underground Railroad’ on Amazon Prime Video and Rian Johnson’s ‘Poker Face’ on Peacock. What does this recent development mean for the already blurred line between film and television? In addition, Ben and Libby talk about what it means that five out of eight movies nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars debuted on streamers, and Ben walks us through the virtual edition of SXSW with three shows he’s excited about: HBO Max’s ‘Made For Love,’ STARZ’s ‘The Girlfriend Experience,’ and Amazon Prime Video’s ‘THEM.’
44 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
'WandaVision' Is Over (If You Want It)
On this week’s podcast, Ben, Libby, and Leo come to the stark realization that they’ve been working from home for an entire year. What lessons can be gleaned from this pandemic television year? Streaming is thriving now, but will it continue? Are awards shows irrelevant? Is the era of Peak TV over? Answers to all those questions, plus Ben and Libby give their parting shots after a bombastic finale to Disney+’s ‘WandaVision,’ Libby reads the awards circuit tea leaves for Apple TV+’s ‘Ted Lasso’ and Netflix’s ‘The Crown,’ and Executive Editor Ann Donahue breaks down Oprah’s monarchy-toppling interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in a very special edition of Corgi Corner.
33 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
The Golden Globes Were the Car Wreck Everyone Expected
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo talk about the televised disaster that was the 78th Annual Golden Globes. From winners being left on mute to awkward forced Zoom hangouts, the Globes seemed like they were aiming to make themselves irrelevant in the wake of recent allegations of racism and financial impropriety. (That irrelevance was backed up when ratings feel from 18.1m in 2020 to 6.9m this past Sunday.) Additionally, Ben and Libby talk about 'Allen v Farrow' at it's season midpoint, and Ben recommends a few new shows for the spring.
30 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Golden Globes Preview: 'Ted Lasso' v. 'Schitt's Creek' (v. 'The Great')
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Libby, Ben, and Leo dig into some predictions for this Sunday's Golden Globes, but not before discussing the L.A. Times' reporting about just how corrupt (not to mention white) the 87-member H.F.P.A. happens to be. From paid trips to France to visit the set of multiple nominee 'Emily in Paris' to shocking rates for writing for the H.F.P.A. website, there was plenty in the expose which points to just how screwed up the Golden Globes voting body is. Additionally, Ben regales Libby and Leo with tales of 'The Mosquito Coast,' Apple TV+'s new prestige drama starring Justin Theroux, of 'The Leftovers' fame.
55 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
‘WandaVision:’ Is It Television?
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo go long on what is holding 'WandaVision' back as a television series. From the lack of natural in-episode arcs to mid-episode abandonment of the various sitcom tropes, why is it that a show so intrinsically linked to the history of television still feels like a movie chopped up at the most convenient points? Additionally, Ben and Libby trade excitement about the casting announcement for Lenny Abrahamson's next adaptation of a Sally Rooney novel, 'Conversations With Friends,' and Amazon's announcement of an adaptation of 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' starring Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
41 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Can the Super Bowl Survive the Era of Instant Gratification?
On this week’s Super Bowl super clicker episode, Ben, Libby, and Leo discuss this past weekend’s Super Bowl ratings, which were the lowest since 2007 (when Ben & Libby’s Chicago Bears lost to the Indianapolis Colts). Additionally, the group discusses CBS’ onslaught of ads for Paramount+ before delving into a spoiler-free (though not opinion-free) conversation of the latest case of WhyP, ‘Clarice,’ a crime procedural focused on Clarice Starling in the wake of the Buffalo Bill case which concludes ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’
40 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Why Do We Still Give the Golden Globes Oxygen?
On this week's episode of Millions of Screens, Ben, Libby, and Leo work through the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's nominations for this year's Golden Globes, a list of nominees that has been lambasted within the industry for the glaring omission of shows like HBO's 'I May Destroy You.' Why do we still care about the Golden Globes when their track record, particularly in the television space, is so egregious? Could a bold Emmys change steal some of the H.F.P.A.'s thunder? Additionally, Ben and Libby walk Leo through their thoughts on the WGA nominations, and Ben celebrates Ann Dowd after a weekend that saw her Zoom birthday go viral and her new film premiere at Sundance.
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