Everyone’s got a lot of feelings this week, as The Mid-Season Replacements return, opening on the news of Dare Me‘s cancellation at USA. Then, Randy’s got Hot Takes about the Parks and Recreation reunion, which leads to an interesting dissection of Parks and Recreation‘s sociopolitical legacy, the nature of reunions, and why they’re so much more excited for the recently announced Happy Endings episode. Then, after discussing of the opening hours of Upload and Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, Randy and Sean delve into Hulu’s phenomenal Normal People adaptation, from the nature of adaptations and critical theory, to the mesmerizing harmony of creative collaboration that has created one of the most touching, beautiful portraits of love and intimacy on television.
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.
Opening Track: “Curtains” by Ryan Elliott (of Ancient Fears)