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'Serial' finale: Sarah Koenig rests her case

“I don’t think you’ll ever have 100 percent or any type of certainty about it. The only person in the world who can have that is me… and, for what it’s worth, whoever did it.” —Adnan Syed

Your honor, the podcast rests.

After a year of investigative research masterfully molded into 12 riveting podcasts, Sarah Koenig and her Serial colleagues signed off with some new hope for imprisoned murderer Adnan Syed—but also troubling suspicions that he had murdered his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999. Though facts that determine beyond reasonable doubt whether Syed is guilty or innocent still prove elusive, many listeners tuned in merely to hear whether Koenig would volunteer her own personal verdict, especially since her warm long-distance relationship with Adnan over the phone was the spine of the series. In the finale, she admitted to having the same conflicted feelings as so many obsessed listeners, and shared feelings of futility about rushing the last episode together when so much remained unresolved.


Truth, answers, and other things 'Serial' never promised you


“You want answers?”
“I think I’m entitled!”
“You. Want. ANSWERS?!”
“I want the TRUTH!”
“You can’t handle the truth!”
—A Few Good Men

Since the first week of October, millions of listeners have tuned into a weekly podcast that reinvestigated the 1999 murder of a Baltimore high school student. Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for strangling his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, but the Serial podcast, narrated by Sarah Koenig, has tantalized an obsessive audience with the possibility that an innocent man has been in prison for 15 years. If you haven’t become an obsessed listener, there’s a good chance you’ve been annoyed by an obsessed listener. READ FULL STORY

'Serial' news: Adnan Syed will get an appeal hearing in January


Adnan Syed, the Baltimore man whose 2000 murder conviction is the subject of the popular Serial podcast from This American Life, might get another day in court. His attorney, C. Justin Brown, tells the Associated Press that an appeal hearing has been scheduled for January to see if Syed qualifies and deserves post-conviction relief. The appeal depends not on reconsidering Syed’s guilt or innocence, but on whether his trial attorney, the late Cristina Gutierrez, provided an ineffective defense when she failed to question an alibi witness—classmate Asia McClain—who claimed she spoke with Syed in the local library at the time when the prosecution argued he was murdering his ex-girlfriend, 18-year-old Hae Min Lee. Brown calls the court date Syed’s “last best chance” for release. READ FULL STORY

Pardcast-A-Thon 2014 preview: Jimmy Pardo on Smile Train goals and celebrity surprises


Why battle the maddening hordes at your local mall when you could be spending Black Friday laughing for a good cause?

That’s the pitch of Pardcast-a-Thon, the annual post-Thanksgiving extension of the Never Not Funny podcast hosted, as usual, by Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, and Pat Francis. Once again, the team will welcome in a cavalcade of special guests over the course of the 12-hour show, which can be streamed via the official Pardcast website as well as watched via the YouTube channel JASH. READ FULL STORY

Behind the scenes of 'Serial': An interview with co-creator Julie Snyder

It’s already fairly obvious that today’s best TV shows aren’t actually on television: You’ll find them on Netflix, or Amazon, or some dark corner of the Internet. But is it also possible that fall’s most addictive drama isn’t a TV show at all?

You might find yourself thinking about that question if you, like so many of us at EW, are suddenly obsessed with iTunes’ No. 1 podcast, Serial—a nonfiction series that plays like a prestige cable show, from the makers of This American Life. Rather than reverting to the inverted-triangle structure of most nonfiction reporting, the first season is narrated by Serial‘s main character, executive producer Sarah Koenig, who’s investigating the 1999 murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee—allegedly committed by Hae’s ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed. There are star-crossed lovers from different immigrant backgrounds. There’s a good cop/bad cop duo. There are cliff-hanger endings that hinge on Adnan’s apparent guilt or innocence. At one point, Adnan challenges Koenig to re-create the prosecution’s timeline because, he says, “I’ve seen it before on Dateline or Nightline, where someone tries to reenact the crime, and it’s like, The crime could not have been committed.” Even Adnan views this story as if it’s happening to someone on television.

We caught up with Serial co-creator and executive producer Julie Snyder after finishing episode 8, “The Deal With Jay.” READ FULL STORY

What to expect from the L.A. Podcast Festival (and how you can watch at home)

The summer music festival season is over, but there’s still at least one can’t-miss festival on the horizon. This weekend marks the third annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival, which features live recordings of dozens of comedy podcasts, as well as panels, stand-up shows, and parties. The lineup of all-star microphone fiends features Marc Maron (WTF With Marc Maron), Aisha Tyler (Girl on Guy), Dana Gould (The Dana Gould Hour), Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny), Todd Glass (The Todd Glass Show), April Richardson (Go Bayside!), Larry Miller (This Week With Larry Miller), Janet Varney (The JV Club), and an eclectic bunch of others. Announced guests on various shows include Whitney Cummings, Horatio Sanz, and Hal Sparks, with plenty of others coming.  READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly podcast: Fall Movie Preview and 'Big Brother'


On the latest episode of the Entertainment Geekly podcast, me and co-conspirator Jeff Jensen look ahead at the geekiest movies of the fall and rate our excitement, using a system based around the X-Men movie franchise. Said rating system is brilliant, highly accurate, and utterly confusing. (Put it this way: The Hobbit isn’t quite X2 but it also isn’t X3, which makes it just about The Wolverine. See? Accurate!) We also dig into the current season of Big Brother and try to parse out the good (Helen!) from the bad (Andy!) and the ugly (Aryan Aaryn!)

The man who invented podcasts: Patent troll or American dream?

Perhaps you listen to Adam Carolla’s popular comedy podcast while you’re working out at the gym. Or maybe you download the NBC Nightly News video podcast each morning before you jump on the commuter train. There are podcasts for every possible interest and endeavor, and they are one of the best bargains in entertainment — most are free. Some are a digital component of huge media companies, like NBC or ESPN. Others are the brainchild and passion of a single person operating out of his garage.

Earlier this year, many of the most popular podcasters received formal legal notices in the mail, informing them they were violating a patent with their podcast. See, a Texas company called Personal Audio claims that they invented podcasts way back in 1996; and they have a U.S. patent to back them up. If this sounds surprising to you, a podcast listener, imagine how the podcasters themselves felt — confused, frightened, and maybe a little angry. “We’re terrified we might have to stop podcasting,” Marc Maron, who hosts the popular WTF comedy podcast, told NPR’s Planet Money podcast last week. “We might have to go broke trying to protect ourselves from this [extortion racket].” READ FULL STORY

Norm Macdonald talks new video podcast, shares excellent advice: 'The best defense is an insane offense' - EXCLUSIVE

Comedy junkies, you may have just received your greatest gift. On Monday night, Norm Macdonald launched Norm Macdonald Live, a video podcast delivered via the Video Podcast Network that will run live every Monday night. The show will feature MacDonald, sidekick Adam Eget, and will revolve around a new guest each week.

The show’s premiere welcomed actor Bob Einstein (better known as Super Dave Osborne and Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Marty Funkhouser), and was a ridiculously great hour that set a fine template for the program moving forward. “My wishlist is not anyone else’s wishlist,” Macdonald tells EW shortly after the first show premiered. “I’m damn near 50. So the guys I like, they’re mostly dead. Everybody wants young people, which I think is a mistake. The best guys to talk to in these situations are old guys, because they ain’t working, and they’ve got nothing to lose. They’ll tell you stories, you know? Everybody else, you ask a question and they don’t know if they should talk about it. So my wishlist are the old guys, the old failures. Just having some old guy saying Cary Grant was a d— would be great. Plus, a lot of these younger people have been podcasted to death, and I also don’t know any of them. I wouldn’t know what questions to ask. I wouldn’t know what to ask the fourth lead on The Mindy Project.

Macdonald says that he hopes to book an eclectic variety of future guests, including Mike Tyson, Billy Bob Thornton, Russell Brand, and Bob Saget. Einstein’s storytelling drove the first episode, which featured a great tale about working with Redd Foxx and some thoughts on Curb. Check it out below.


Entertainment Geekly: 'Lost' and the serialized drama


This week marked exactly two years since ABC’s serialized cult-pop drama Lost went off the air with a series finale that featured a heady mix of philosophy, spiritualism, ambiguous metaphors, and amnesia-curing smooches. The two-year anniversary of anything is not typically a time for celebration. But Lost dominated internet culture in its heyday, and the anniversary offered fans a moment to once again talk about a show that dominated the cultural conversation of the late ’00s. In our new podcast, me and Lost mega-guru Jeff Jensen talk about the show. We also offer a list of our respective top three non-Lost serialized shows. Some of our choices might surprise you! (Fair warning: Some of our choices will just not surprise you at all.)

Listen to the complete podcast below, or check us out in the iTunes store. READ FULL STORY

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