On today's Hollywood Prospectus podcast (our first bicoastal production!), Andy Greenwald and I talk about the victory of Omar Little in Grantland's Smacketology tournament of characters from The Wire. We discuss our favorite lesser-known characters and the strange genius of The Wire auteur David Simon. Speaking of strange genius, we also hit the return of Community and the larger phenomenon of how audiences can be possessive of a television show. And an HP podcast wouldn't be complete without a walk by Herschel's farm, so Andy and I take stock of The Walking Dead as the show violently heads toward its Season 2 finale.
Heads up: We throw some Season 1 Game of Thrones spoilers around like a bunch of dwarves drunk on wine. And our discussion of The Walking Dead is recommended only if you've seen Sunday's episode. Don't say we didn't warn you!
With Chris Ryan in the air somewhere over Oklahoma, special guest Chuck Klosterman was kind enough to sub in for him on this week’s podcast, bringing his strong opinions and even stronger facial hair to the studio. Our discussion of Grantland’s ongoing The Wire character bracket (vote now on Facebook!) turned into a far-ranging (and 40-minute) discussion of probable winners, prominent snubs, and the nature of the show itself. After that, Chuck brought up some recent goings-on in Eastbound & Down and we ended by tackling a subject near and recently not-so-dear to our hearts, the state of music criticism. (Unsurprisingly, Chuck had some strong feelings about the second Boston album.) Chris will be back next week, presumably clean-shaven. Enjoy!