Pilot Party Ep 05 | Cheers

Hey TV freaks! We are BACK! 

Just a reminder, since it's been quite some time since we last graced you with our presence (almost 4 weeks eeeeek), Pilot Party is a podcast hosted by myself and my hub-bot 2000, Daniel O'Shoney. In each episode, we discuss a different pilot episode of a television series -- the good, the bad, and the what-in-the-hell-is-this.

And in this week's episode, we have really gone and set ourselves up for failure, folks!

We're talking about Cheers, widely regarded as one of the greatest shows in television history, with a pilot episode that is arguably one of the best of all time.

And here we are, just a couple of nobodys, sitting around talking about it as though we have the authority to do so.

Still, I'm not going to lie, we had a hell of a time recording this episode. It may be my favorite one yet, and while we certainly aren't television scholars or anything -- I don't know -- I like to believe that we can hang.

So for those uninitiated, Cheers is a sitcom set in a Boston bar ("Cheers") that follows the relationships that form between the staff and colorful regular customers. The show premiered on NBC in 1982 (on the podcast, we accidentally said it started in 1987, so don't throw garbage at us when you spot us on the street) and ran for ELEVEN SEASONS after that until 1993. So you know, obviously people really dug it. 

And for the record, I am one of those people. This is one of my life's favorite shows, and in this episode of Pilot Party, Daniel and I are diving deep into what makes this pilot, this cast, and the writing of this show in general so particularly special. From Ted Danson's unbelievable hair, to Shelley Long's incredible comedic timing, to Norm's veiled alcoholism -- there is just so much to take in. 

Before you listen to the episode, just a heads up, there are DEFINITELY spoilers ahead. We couldn't contain our opinions to just this one episode. I mean, could you?

If you need a quick refresher on what goes down in this pilot, here's a short synopsis you can read real quick. And if you just want to go ahead and watch the episode before diving in, feel free to do so on Netflix, baby!

Alright, are you ready to go to a place where everybody knows your name? And they're always glad you came?

Well, I'm not sure we can help you with that first part, but we are sure as hell glad you came to the podcast today! Here's your episode, friend:

By the way, this is likely going to be the last time we share show notes on my personal blog, so if you want to stay connected to what's happening on the podcast, here's a couple of things you can do:

1) Subscribe on iTunes! (You'll have episodes delivered straight to your phone. It's a miracle.)
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3) Follow us on Soundcloud (because why not?)
4) Follow us on Twitter! We just got a Twitter account for the show! (@pilotpartypod)
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And if you're really digging what you're hearing from us, here's some other stuff you can do:

1) Review us on iTunes! It helps people find the podcast and learn more about our show and it makes our hearts grow three times their size!
2) Spread the word! Don't hide this podcast under a bushel! Let it shine!
3) Shoot us an email and let us know what pilots you'd love to listen to us cover!

Alright, folks, that's all I have for you. Until next time! (which will be much sooner than this last time, promise!)

Christy

Pilot Party Ep 03 | Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Hey muh frands! Today I'm handing over the reigns of this whole show notes thing to my podcasting partner in crime, Daniel, because A) I'm busy and B) I don't know, I guess I thought it might be fun to hear from a different voice on this blog every once in a while. Anyway, without further adieu, here's your man of the hour, Daniel, to tell you all about our most recent episode of the podcast. 

What's up, y'all! It's me, Daniel (Christy's husband and podcast co-host), crashing in to tell you about the newest episode of Pilot Party!

In this episode, Christy and I discuss the pilot of a show we both dearly love, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The show centers on the story of a girl (Ellie Kemper) who was abducted by a cult leader at a young age and is rescued after living fifteen years as a captive in an underground bunker. While the premise is admittedly dark, the show is actually a hilarious comedy about the joys and challenges of building a new life in New York City. 

In this episode of Pilot Party, we discuss the influence of movies and television shows that are set in New York City. On that theme, we also discuss our own personal New York highs and lows, including that one time where we met a member of the Kimmy Schmidt cast. Also, Christy shares not one, but two of her favorite TV theme songs, in addition to the theme song for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (which she claims is the best theme song OF ALL TIME).

Spoiler Alert: We have seen the entirety of both seasons of this show, so there are some mild spoilers for future episodes, but nothing that should wreck your enjoyment. Plus, it's a comedy, so we're really all just here for the jokes, right?

If you need a quick recap of what goes on in the pilot, you can watch it on Netflix (it's just 24 minutes), or you can check out a quick synopsis a la Wikipedia. 

Also, in this episode, Christy talks about and sings along with both the That Girl theme song and The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song, so we thought it would be a good idea to share those videos with you guys here as well. Check it:

If you dig what we're doing, make sure to subscribe on iTunes, and if you REALLY dig what we're doing, we'd love for you to leave us an iTunes review so that we can skyrocket through the podcast charts!

Pilot Party Ep 02 | Pretty Little Liars

They're pretty! They're little! They're liars, I guess!

That's right, friends, today on Pilot Party, we're discussing the premiere episode of the hit CW show, Pretty Little Liars

Just a reminder (you know, because this is still new to all of us): Pilot Party is the new podcast that my husband, Daniel, and I recently started in which we talk about the delightful, ridiculous, and often awkward world of TV pilots. You can read more about it here!

Pretty Little Liars (or PLL, as I assume it is referred to on Tumblr) is a show all about frenemies and the secrets that bind them. In this pilot episode, four high school students, Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily, are stunned when they begin receiving antagonizing text messages from someone who signs off as simply A. They believe this person might be Alison, their long lost friend who has been missing for a year and, up until this point, was presumed dead. It's chilling, guys.

However, given the fact that I had never watched this show, I had initially assumed it was about witches. My bad. It's not about witches. Though that would be cool.

In this episode of Pilot Party, you can look forward to Daniel and I diving into a lengthy discourse about why men's swimsuits are so terrible and later speculating wildly about whether or not Alison is actually dead. We still have no idea. Also, Daniel tells a story about seeing Bill Nye The Science Guy on the streets of New York City. You won't want to miss it!

Full disclosure: we recorded this episode a long ass time ago. In fact, near the end, I give an RIP-shoutout to legendary author, Harper Lee, who had died that day (February 19). I assure you we will soon have episodes that feature more current versions of ourselves as well as shows from more diverse genres. 

Need a reminder of the plot of what the hell is going on in this first episode of PLL? Here's a quick summary you can read to give your brain a little refresher. 

If you dig what you're hearing, we'd love for you to subscribe to Pilot Party on iTunes. And if you REALLY dig what you're hearing, you can leave us a review there too. 

Obviously, you know where to find me because you're already here, but if you want to learn more about my tall drink of water cohost, Daniel O'Shoney, you can find him as @danieloshoney on Twitter and Instagram

Got a show you'd love to hear us review? Leave it in the comments below or shoot us an email

Pilot Party Podcast is LAUNCHED (Episode 01 | Grey's Anatomy)

Do you like TV? If not, what's wrong with you? Or wait, I'm sorry, were you raised on a boat or something? I imagine children raised on boats probably don't watch a lot of television because there's all of that work to do -- the swabbing the deck and the anchoring the sails or whatever. Plus, I imagine salt water damage is something parents worry about when considering whether or not to have a TV aboard.

But anyway, unless you were raised on a boat (or in the Amish country or a cave dwelling of some kind), you essentially have no excuse not to love TV. To know TV is to love TV. 

And since you love TV, you'll likely agree with me that something that is especially compelling about it is its capacity for development. Many other storytelling platforms -- books, films, theater -- are all kind of digested in one big gulp. Yes, there are story arcs that advance characters along, but there is something truly unparalleled about the episodic nature of television. Not only does the story change, but so do the storytellers. New writers come in. New wardrobe, new producers, new light techs. Hell, Darrin on Bewitched and Aunt Viv on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air literally end up being played by different actors AND SOMEHOW WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO NOTICE THIS! 

My husband, Daniel, and I were talking about this recently over pizza -- about how a show's beginning is sometimes a terrible indicator of what it will eventually become. Specifically, we were talking about TV pilots: that first episode of a series used to pitch a show to a network. Even some of my favorite shows -- 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls -- have pilot episodes that feel like totally watered down versions of the show. 

But even so, a good pilot, even if it's awkward and the lighting is weirdly low and the lead character's hair looks like it was styled at SuperCuts -- even then, it often provides glimmers of what the series could become. It's a bit like life that way (for example, even though I had a massively oily forehead throughout most of my adolescence, I like to think that you could still tell I was going to become a functional adult). In our pizza-fueled conversation, that's what Daniel and I became fixated on: what a pilot, however bad it may be, has to tell us about the future of a TV series.

And that's when Daniel uttered the dangerous words: "THIS SHOULD BE A PODCAST!"

Friends...Daniel and I have started a podcast! 

It's called Pilot Party and it's about -- you guessed it -- TV pilots! Every episode, we'll select a new pilot to review (preferably one that you can access via streaming on Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo, etc.) Sometimes we will have in-depth knowledge about the entire series. Sometimes we will be going in blind. Also, sometimes we will *think* we have in-depth knowledge, but in actuality, we'll just end up talking out of our butts. Hope that's cool with you. 

In this first episode (OUR PILOT EPISODE), we are talking about the pilot of Grey's Anatomy, the massively popular medical TV drama created by the incomparable Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Private Practice, How To Get Away With Murder). This pilot follows Meredith Grey (played by Ellen Pompeo) on her first day on the job as a resident surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital. Naturally, in our discussion of this episode, Daniel and I are sharing our "first day of work" stories and endlessly debating the likability of the litany of characters to whom we are introduced.

Just a heads up, this is a series Daniel has watched a considerable amount of and that I've seen only on-occasion. Not only do we share plot points from future seasons (soooo SPOILER ALERT), but we also get some stuff wrong. We want to be upfront about that because we don't want people to throw rotted garbage at us as we pass them on the street.

Here are a few things we got wrong in this first episode:

1. I accuse George O'Malley, played by T.R. Knight, of being a giant baby (because he spends much of the pilot episode drinking out of a juice box and toddling around the hospital). I've since learned that he is basically everyone's favorite character on the show, so in order to avoid alienating our entire audience before we even begin, I retract my statements (sort of).

2. We got the name of hospital where the entire series takes place wrong. Whoops. 

3. We mention that a character later dies, but actually, they just get injured (by an icicle). Oopsy doopsy.

If you want to follow along with this pilot episode of Grey's Anatomy, you can find it on Netflix, or you can use this episode summary as a little refresher. 

So without further adieu, here's our first episode of Pilot Party:

We actually recorded this way back in January and have since recorded two subsequent episodes (you can look forward to our discussions on Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl soon! Not sure why we started out with such intense lady dramas, but trust me, we'll be diversifying eventually). If you have a TV series you are dying to see us cover, feel free to leave it in the comments or shoot us an email at pilotpartypodcast@gmail.com. 

Thanks a million for joining us on this goofy journey! I know it's a bit of a side step from my usual christyoshoney.com business, but whatever, we're just having fun and we hope we help you have some too. 

P.S. If you like TV and what we're doing here, you can subscribe to Pilot Party on iTunes (or your preferred podcatcher). A quick note about this particular episode: the one that is up on our iTunes feed is an older version that has a small glitch in it (basically we accidentally cut out our introduction to Katherine Heigl's character...uh oh...she'd hate that). We have since fixed it, but it won't update until tomorrow. Apologies for this, however, if you listen via this page or on our Soundcloud, the correct version is up. We're learning! We're scrappy! Forgive us!

P.P.S. You already know how to find me, but if you want to learn more about my cohost, Daniel, you can follow him on Twitter or Instagram

P.P.P.S. I love you.