‘Serial’ asks listeners for money for Season 2 

Thursday’s new episode of “Serial,” the super-successful true-crime podcast associated with NPR’s “This American Life,” began differently from all the others- with a plea for pledges for Season 2. Rather than start with that familiar Mailchimp ad- which has become something of a phenomenon itself- Episode 9, which went online at 5:30 this morning, began more »

Podcast: Stephen Silver and Jordan Rockwell on “Gone Girl” 

I appeared earlier this week on the Sensitive Nice Guy Show, the podcast hosted by TechnologyTell contributor Jordan Rockwell, to discuss the film “Gone Girl.” On the podcast, we discussed the film, its filmmaking and acting, whether it’s an accurate representation of modern marriage,  whether the film is feminist, misogynistic or both, how believable it more »

Fear not, Friends of Tom: The Best Show is officially returning

Nearly a year after Tom Scharpling first announced that he would be ending his long-running, widely loved WFMU radio show “the Best Show on WFMU,” Scharpling took to Twitter to announce that the late, lamented radio show would return to the airwaves this November (or thereabouts.) In a three part announcement that took place just more »

Fin: Dumb Ditka, dueling SNL weeks and what’s so R-rated about being gay?

On the Mike Ditka “Redskins” comment, I ask of you: Have you ever once heard Ditka say something out loud, whether in his coaching or broadcasting careers, that didn’t make you think to yourself, “this man is a blithering idiot?” I’m just glad he never followed through on his threats to run for political office. more »

Mike Myers on WTF: “Wayne’s World,” SNL and “Putting Your Penis on the Table”

Comedy podcasts, enjoyable as they are, often end up featuring the same guests over and over again. So I was glad to see the name of Mike Myers pop up as a podacst guest on Marc Maron’s “WTF” show on Monday. Myers didn’t touch on some of the less fortunate aspects of his life and more »

Fin: Predicting ‘Parenthood,’ Weird Al strikes again and defending Erin Andrews  

An attempt to guess the promised  “one big storyline” on the final season of NBC’s Parenthood. I vote for a rupture in the universe, “Another Earth”-style, which brings the Bravermans into contact with the characters from the original 1989 “” movie. Hopefully Steve Martin, Rick Moranis and Keanu Reeves are available (Defamer) Are you excited more »

Gilbert Gottfried’s new podcast is number one on iTunes

Nerd alert: comic legend Gilbert Gottfried is interviewing other comic legends in his apartment as they sip wine and presenting it to you in the form of a podcast. Also record setting alert: the podcast debuted at number one on iTunes, trailed by NPR, Grantland, and Empire podcasts respectively. As of this writing it was more »


The Dino Costa controversy: Come for the innovative format, stay for the gay-bashing and plagiarism

I was interested to hear a few months ago that Dino Costa, a relatively well-known sports radio host who formerly worked for Sirius XM, was launching a new, completely independent show with a first-of-its-kind business model: Completely subscription-based, for a low monthly fee that amounts to $72 per year. Costa’s style- described in a recent more »


A baseball podcast crackdown? Dozens of shows disappear from iTunes (UPDATED)

When blogging first started to explode in popularity in the early 2000s, one of the first subjects that gained a foothold in the medium was baseball, as specialized sites soon emerged for just about every Major League Baseball team. When the podcast boom began about a decade later, a similar phenomenon took place there, too.  more »


Listen to Stephen Silver and Jordan Rockwell on the Sensitive Nice Guy Show: HIMYM and #CancelColbert

EntertainmentTell editor-in-chief Stephen Silver (that’s me) appeared Monday night on the Sensitive Nice Guy Show, the weekly podcast hosted by EntertainmentTell contributor Jordan Rockwell. On the show, we discussed two topics covered at length here on the site in recent weeks: The final season and series finale of How I Met Your Mother, and the more »


Tom Scharpling trying to bring back “the Best Show”

Tom Scharpling took to Twitter on April 3 with the hashtag #BringBacktheBestShow in order to bolster online support for his attempt to resurrect his late, lamented WFMU radio program, “the Best Show.” We want to bring back The Best Show. We’re hitting some walls. If you want it back, tweet #BringBackTheBestShow and let everyone know. more »

Help Kickstart a Stephen Tobolowsky movie

There are those who love Stephen Tobolowsky’s podcast, “The Tobolowsky Files,” and those who haven’t discovered it yet. Tobolowsky, a ubiquitous “that guy” actor who has appeared in over 200 films and TV shows over a 30-year career, is also a prodigious, often-heartbreaking storyteller, first demonstrated in a documentary called “,” and later in the more »