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Network Special is a podcast about the lost art of appointment television. Utilizing the power of VHS recordings and DVD cash-ins, hosts Zachariah Durr and Nathan Scherer discuss television specials that were mostly meant to be aired once. Tune in to relive your childhood (or the childhood of your parents) and see what TV executives thought would be great television for the whole family.
 
Join David T. Cole, Tara Ariano, Sarah D. Bunting and their valued guests each week for discussion of what's new on TV plus our hall of fame roundtable segment called The Canon, listen as we appoint Winners and Losers Of The Week and of course our ultra competitive TV trivia quiz: Game Time. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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On today's episode, we examine the last of our Fall 2021 Good One-Bad One pairs: Foundation, on Apple TV+, which is a perfectly acceptable good one, and La Brea, on NBC, which proved much more fun to chat about than it was to watch (please don't watch it). Join us as we answer the big questions: WHO at NBC is in the pocket of big tar pits? If you'd…
 
004: That's Just Wrong Our patron Eric Akawie challenges us to name shows that got Wrong Spinoffs, and to correct history by proposing spinoffs that would have been Right! 081: The Lowest Of Decks Sarah asked: What about creating Star Trek: Lower Decks-style shows for other series? Which low-powered employees from an existing TV show would make for…
 
It's Christmastime... no wait, it's Easter... no, that's not right! It's Halloween! Join us, the Network Specialers, as we take a trip to Gloomsbury Manor to visit our witchy relatives along with our good friend Paul Lynde! Things get downright SCARY as celebrities like Donnie & Marie, Florence Henderson, and Billy Barty show up to help us get thro…
 
We knew Cyd, like Tara and Dave, had just done a rewatch of the original-flavor CSI, so we were really glad she could join us to break down CBS's new reboot of its network-changing old favorite (which...only went off the air like six years ago?). We talked about whether we'll keep watching for "The New Class" after l'affaire Hodges gets resolved, w…
 
This week things are gettin' spooky around the mansion as we take a trip to the Magic Castle with our friend and chaperone Marc Summers. He introduces us to famous magician Lance Burton and his kooky friends who put on a show worthy of a world-class haunting! Also, we get a short glimpse of what Jonathan Brandis was doing before he became insanely …
 
It's the second installment of 2021's fall Good One / Bad One, this time discussing the new FOX drama The Big Leap, and Apple TV+'s news/comedy/journalism/the fact that we don't know what to call it is part of the problem here/discussion show, The Problem With Jon Stewart. In this episode, Margaret has many problems with Stewart, Kathryn and Andrew…
 
The SCU (Sopranos Cinematic Universe) expands with the release, in theaters and on HBO Max, of the prequel film The Many Saints Of Newark, and Rolling StoneSenior TV Critic/certified Sopranologist Alan Sepinwall is here to discuss it with us! Around The Dial takes us through The Problem With Jon Stewart, Our Kind Of People, Maid, and the Working Gi…
 
This week we invite you to get high on us as we watch the famed Robert Evans court-ordered PSA special that aired on NBC in 1981. With a smashing theme song sung by stars from the 70s and 80s, this anti-drug message worked so well that drugs have been virtually eradicated from America! WATCH Recorded & Published by Golden Ox Studios - https://golde…
 
In today's late-because-of-water-heater-chaos episode, we discuss three key things: The origin of the name Peaky Blinders (in which Margaret and Andrew each invent new terms) The pilot of Hulu's new adaptation of Y: The Last Man (which Margaret likens to this extremely timely and relevant cultural property) And then the gonzo excellence of Peacock'…
 
We're so grateful Nick Rheinwald-Jones jumped through a green Jurassic vagina with us to watch La Brea, NBC's latest attempt at a sci-fi dystopia -- but this one involves a sinkhole in "Los Angeles," were-dogs, and Jon Seda. Should you watch the pilot just for the dumb crappy fun of it all? Or is it too stuck in that 2006 "we can be the next Lost" …
 
This week is a real doozy as we talk about Steven Speilberg's first big picture! We talk about how we finally have a show that is fun to watch and how somedays when you're recording these episodes about bad television and how much of a drag it can be and how sometimes you really just question the point of it all and how what happened in your life t…
 
This year's crop of fall shows is small but potent. Look forward to watching each of these good and/or bad shows with us over the next few weeks. This is an episode that MOST of us came prepared for. SHOW NOTES: Y: The Last Man on Hulu: https://www.hulu.com/series/y-the-last-man-9fb2d79b-1280-48be-b185-f989b9c9519a Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol on Pe…
 
Nearly two years after its first-season premiere, The Morning Show is back on AppleTV+, and its #1 fan Christina Tucker has returned to talk about all the delightful madness! Around The Dial takes us through The Premise, Doogie Kamealoha, M.D., and the new seasons of Sex Education and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Amelia asks us to poach good …
 
This week on a very lonely and piss-ridden episode of the Special, Nathan and Zachariah talk about Michael Landon's The Loneliest Runner and semi-autobiographical tale of when he wet the bed and it led to him becoming a gold medalist in the Olympics. Also, Nathan talks about how he used to wet the bed and all the gold medals he won (for pissing the…
 
Although Margaret could not be with us for this episode, when it was time to check in with season two of Ted Lasso we knew that we'd be in capable hands with our friends Christina Tucker and Sophie Brookover. They join us this week for a conversation about the ups and downs of both Ted Lasso and Ted Lasso discourse, and they have a couple recommend…
 
FX on Hulu's take on comics series Y: The Last Man has finally made it to air -- and Taylor Cole has finally made it over from The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show to talk about it with us! How is the show different from the comics? Can Diane Lane's hair still be a national treasure if her roots are a plot point? And does a certain Hero need to…
 
This week on Network Special, the dawgs take you to Hollywood, the land of movie stars, rock musicians, and talking animated dogs! Hank Azaria plays the titular character in this failed pilot aired as a TV special on Fox. We try to explain the plot to you but fail miserably as there's not enough happening to constitute much of a story (or a reason …
 
Since the third season of American Crime Story revolves around Bill Clinton's late-'90s impeachment scandal, we could think of no better guest to join us in discussing it than Dan Rogge, noted co-writer of the mid-'00s theatrical production Monica! The Musical. And we got him! Around The Dial takes us through A.P. Bio, Money Heist, Black Monday, an…
 
Live from Remulak, it's Network Special! This week on the show Nathan and Zachariah take you deep into the Rankin/Bass vaults to bring you a very special animated version of the famous Dan Aykroyd/Jane Curtin/Laraine Newman sketch from Saturday Night Live. This was a failed pilot that aired as a TV special on NBC. Fortunately, the network was kind …
 
There is also a second segment to this episode, in which Andrew, Margaret and Kathryn all pitch imaginary TV shows about good journalism, and as per usual Margaret has an eerie number of truly fantastic TV ideas. But the main event here is that a patron forced Andrew to watch a truly awful TV show called Do No Harm aka Dr Facehands, and it was magn…
 
EEHG 102: Sarah Forces Everyone To Watch Alfred Hitchcock Presents S03.E01: The Glass Eye Join us for the third-season premiere of Sarah's go-to mid-century anthology series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, featuring Captain Kirk, Jessica Tandy, ventriloquism Deadheads, spinster-ist propaganda, and a hall-of-fame crappy TV kid. EEHG 122: Dave Forces Eve…
 
This week on Network Special we go deep into the Branch Davidian compound of David Koresh in Waco, TX. This movie was made in 1993 WHILE the standoff was happening which gives it a very one-sided take (mostly from the cops' point of view). We go deep into the event and all the hysteria surrounding the madness. WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v…
 
Andrew and Margaret return to the skeptical and often controversial Kathrynth Circuit Court for a TV versus TV debate: what duo has the most TV chemistry? Kathryn makes a decision sure to infuriate truly everyone; please know that your hate mail will be received calmly and disregarded quickly. They then turn to a discussion of how chemistry works o…
 
University of California (NOT California University...you'll see) faculty member Bobby Krut returns to talk about Sandra Oh's new English-department half-hour dramedy on Netflix, The Chair. We discussed the almost-perfect pacing and casting, underrating Amanda Peet at your peril, whether Holland Taylor should get a spinoff, and more. Then we went A…
 
It's the 20th episode of Network Special and we are celebrating by going back to our roots! This week we are taking a ride down south to Hazard County to check out a new dance club owned and operated by 80s heartthrob Scott Baio. In 1983, CBS was excited to announce it's all new cartoon block dedicated to video games and Baio was all too happy to t…
 
With five weeks of Ted Lasso remaining and no new Schmigadoon to watch, we suspect many of you might be looking for some new way to make the most of your Apple TV+ subscription. So, for our first Summer Hiatus Rerun, we're sharing the interview we did with Dickinson creator Alena Smith in January, 2020. Consider this our pitch for letting a little …
 
With your co-host panel still smarting over the death of Netflix's wrestling dramedy GLOW, Starz has dared to bring its own scripted wrestling project to the screen in the form of Michael Waldron's Heels; Joe Reid -- a fan of both wrestling AND TV -- joins us to talk about it! Around The Dial takes us through Reservation Dogs, The White Lotus (brie…
 
This week the clowns of Network Special are taking you into the big tent of Circus of the Stars - an annual show featuring the most(ly) famous stars of stage and screen performing spectacular acts that you would find in some of the biggest circuses of the world. We watch an episode from 1988 and 1990 and rate each act in an effort to find out which…
 
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