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The Mid-Season Replacements Podcast Episode 8: “Bourne in the USA”

On this week’s show, Randy and Sean take a long look at the past, present, and future of USA Network.



The modern era of television has led to a lot of networks scrambling for an identity – none more than USA, whose heralded Blue Skies era eventually gave way to a convoluted sense of self, torn between prestige imitators like Mr. Robot and underperforming experiments like Benched and Falling Water. So what is USA Network now? That’s the question Randy and Sean try to answer on this week’s episode of The Mid-Season Replacements, examining their lineup in the post-Christian Slater, post-Suits era, in a conversation that focuses on Briarpatch and Dare Me as test cases for the network, as it learns to exist without Eliot Anderson by its side (spoilers: one gets compared to Sons of Anarchy, and one to… Hannibal?).

Shows discussed: Briarpatch, Mr. Robot, Dare Me, Hannibal

Opening Track: “Curtains” by Ryan Elliott (of Ancient Fear)

The Mid-Season Replacements Podcast is a weekly show hosted by Goomba Stomp and TV Never Sleeps’ Randy Dankievitch and Sean Colletti, with new episodes debuting every Tuesday evening.

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A TV critic since the pre-Peak TV days of 2011, Randy is a critic and editor formerly of Sound on Sight, Processed Media, TVOvermind, Pop Optiq, and many, many others.