The Toy Department – Episode 63

In Episode 63, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky show up for class without completing their homework yet again, but nevertheless provide insightful commentary on:

  • Last week’s homework assignments (or the ones they got to, anyway): the Netflix-available show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2:30)… Amazon’s Pilot Season (6:30) and the five new shows available to watch and vote on… and Derek’s take on the new Drake album (26:20)…
  • The hot new thing in American soccer (31:20), specifically youngster Christian Pulisic and what he means for US Soccer’s future…
  • The NCAA Tournament so far (39:45) and the highly entertaining games we’ve gotten to see…
  • A quick check-in on the NBA (49:15), especially on the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers and the Eastern Conference playoff picture…
  • Homework for next week (56:40): Derek will watch the beginning of the show Jane the Virgin, as he was supposed to last week, and the remainder of the Amazon Pilots… Kolsky will watch the film Mistaken for Strangers, about the band The National, as he was supposed to last week…

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The Toy Department – Episode 61

In Episode 61, Derek Madden is watching Matt Kolsky on video but hiding his face behind a camera-less computer as they discuss:

  • Last week’s homework assignment: the debut album (Yesterday’s Gone) of British hip-hop artist Loyle Carner (2:10)…
  • The return of the delightful Netflix show Love (12:20) and the excellence of lead actress Gillian Jacobs…
  • A check-in on Kolsky’s supposed binge-watch catch-up of FX’s The Americans (20:25) and how it’s going well but not very quickly
  • The greatness of FX in general (25:05) and how it has elevated itself over other stations with its original TV programming…
  • Another FX gem, the new Ryan Murphy drama Feud (32:35), as well as What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (the movie whose filming the show focuses on) and its tremendous star Susan Sarandon…
  • The NCAA Tournament (47:50) and all the associated accoutrements… From NBA prospects to upset picks, it’s the best in college hoops analysis from one guy who knows nothing and one guy who knows a little…
  • Homework for next week (1:09:35): Kolsky assigns the new Spoon album Hot Thoughts, which comes out on Friday; Madden tells Kolsky to watch the new season of American Crime on ABC…

By the way, if you like this podcast, TELL A FRIEND!! And if you want to subscribe via iTunes you can just click on the link below the player… Some other links down there as well… And if you want to contact the Toy Department, it’s easy — find us at ToyDepartmentPod (at) gmail.com… or tweet us: @MaddenOnAir & @thekolsky.