The inside story of Bates Motel, a podcast that’ll help you get in shape in every way, the legendary Michael McKean, and a lot more: That’s what we had at the Nerdist Podcast Network this week. Let’s get to it:
We had a last-second production change that brought us the surprise of co-creator Kerry Ehrin and co-star Freddie Highmore talking about Bates Motel on Nerdist Writers Panel. Kerry and Freddie have also co-written a comedy pilot for NBC, Freddie’s first script, and they talk about that, but there’s a ton about Bates Motel, including how Kerry sees Norman and Norma, how Freddie approaches playing the young Norman, writing in L.A but shooting in Vancouver, and plenty more from the set and writers’ room.
Trainer to the Stars Tom J. Deters — he’s the guru who’s been getting Matt Mira in shape and has worked with Chris Hardwick for years — and John Moretti debuted their brand-new fitness podcast Pro You, and the goal is to motivate and inform you so you can be the best you that you can be. You. Really, it’s inspirational and you should be subscribing to it, because you deserve to be healthy. And being healthy might just make everything else in your life better.
Today, production schedule willing, we’ll bring you Michael McKean on the Nerdist Podcast, and the comedy legend does not disappoint, talking about his career (which started in radio as part of L.A.’s The Credibility Gap, and that makes me as an old radio guy proud), the Lenny and Squiggy years, This Is Spinal Tap, comedy as an art form, HBO in the early years, The Brady Bunch Movie, Clue (!), and, of course, Better Call Saul. If it’s not posted by the time this recap posts, have patience, it will. (If it DID post, never mind, just go listen.)
Director Ted Melfi visited the Nerdist Podcast to talk about making St. Vincent and the unique elements of hiring, and working with, Bill Murray. Yes, he dialed The Phone Number. And favorite ’80s movies, casting kids, remakes of bad movies, and whether you can really “fix it in post.”
The Nerdist Podcast did a hostful this week, too, and the guys talked a lot about the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary, remembered the late, great Harris Wittels, discussed “Wiener” vs. “Weiner,” the difference between short pants and shorts (and shants, with apologies to Arj Barker), and a not-all-that-pleasant surprise that Chris got the other day that was years and years and years in the making.
Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve this week was Workaholics‘ Kyle Newacheck, who talked about directing the show, how he got into editing video, self-censorship on basic cable, the pain of waiting, and side deals like directing an episode of Community, his band, and his upcoming movie project.
We arrived at the end of the season for Sleepy Hollow, and with it we had the final episode of the season for the SleepyCast. And Sleepy Hollow co-star Lyndie Greenwood and showrunner Mark Goffman joined Clarke to answer your questions. If you’re a Sleepyhead and you haven’t listened yet, what are you waiting for?
More: Our own Todd Glass talked about his fears on Terrified. On Todd’s regular show, Paul F. Tompkins made a return visit to the showroom. Scott Adsit — Baymax! Pete Hornberger! — enlivened the pop culture review that is Pop My Culture. This month’s Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher brought physicist Dr. Sean Carroll to the panel to face non-physicists Pete Holmes and Joe DeRosa. Molly Quinn (Castle) reminisced about her youth (which isn’t all that long ago, is it?) on The JV Club. On You Made it Weird, comedian Kyle Dunnigan made it weird with Pete Holmes.
Kate Leth and Jeremy Lambert joined Bowser for another bunch of spooky stories on Bizarre States. Comic Chris Thayer was the victim… er, guest for a “Get Lost” adventure on The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler. Ryan Garcia (Fallen) joined Pete LePage doing a solo hosting turn on Comic Book Club. Voice actor Roger Craig Smith provided insight on his career and video games on The Indoor Kids. And Adrian Martinez (Focus, Gotham, Louie) slung facts with Dan and special guest host Clarke Wolfe (hey, where’d Razzle go?) on Today We Learned.
But that’s far from all. Sex Nerd Sandra answered another round of listener questions on her second “Love Lab” episode. Cash and T.J. returned for a post-Oscars-shout episode of Cashing In with T.J. Miller. Sparks Nevada rode again on a new Thrilling Adventure Hour. And a fourth round of video game elevator music provided relaxation on The Legacy Music Hour.
Contributors: Chris Bower, Kyle Clark
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