Pop Life

WAER's Joe Lee along with Bob Thompson, Director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture at Syracuse University's New House School, discuss television and streaming content as well as significant events and milestones in the television industry.

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Remember when AMC was the place to go for black and white classic movies? Long gone are those days and AMC has emerged as a growing source of content creation. This week on Pop Life, Joe Lee and Bob Thompson look at the transformation of AMC and the creation of hits like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead.

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This week on Pop Life, with Summer officially upon us Joe Lee and Bob Thompson discuss the evolution of Summer TV. Where is the best content being produced?  And what are the can't miss shows this summer?

Also, to our astonishment Joe doesn't watch House of Cards. Bob does his best to change that with this week's Invitation to Binge. 

This week on Pop Life, Joe Lee and Bob Thompson explore what happens when good actors make bad choices. From Bill Maher to Kathy Griffin to Bill Cosby, the guys discuss the severity of their actions and what it will take for them to recover.

On this weeks Invitation to Binge you'll be introduced to the USA thriller Mr Robot and NBC's The Carmichael Show.

***Due to the nature of this week's conversation, be advised this episode contains language that some listeners may find offensive.***

This week on Pop Life, Joe Lee and Bob Thompson discuss the art form that is late night television. Highlighting all the big names from the classic Johnny Carson to the emerging talents of Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon.  They’ll also examine how politics is dominating the agenda of so many shows including SNL.

And Finally, you’ll get your weekly dose of binge worthy television with this week’s invitation to binge.

If your favorite show has ever been canceled perhaps you long for the day when it will get a reboot.  Well long no more Twin Peaks fans, after more than 25 years the David Lynch crime drama has returned.

This week Joe Lee and Bob Thompson recall the first two seasons of Twin Peaks as well as look forward to more of the reboot. That along with your weekly invitation to binge, introducing you to binge worthy television. 

This week on Pop Life Joe Lee and Bob Thompson look at the show that paved the way for reality television as we know it today. In May of 1992 MTV's The Real World essentially launched the modern reality TV genre. and this week our hosts look at how.

Joe and Bob will also offer their invitation to binge and tell us about shows we should consider binge watching.