HoopleCast: An Introcast for HBO's Deadwood

HoopleCast is an introcast-style podcast for HBO's Deadwood. The format is similar to PotentialCast, FisherCast, Intro To X, Down Below, IdjitCast, Investigating Mars... and other great podcasts. (For a full list of introcasts click here.)

The premise: The host (Matt) has seen Deadwood previously. His cohosts have not. Each installment we discuss characters, plot, themes, and the true history of the infamous 19th century mining camp. We will encourage feedback for each episode (in written or audio form) and offer opportunities for our listeners (both new and veteran watchers) to guest host. Recurring segments include character of the week, notable quotations, and episode ratings.

If you have never seen Deadwood before this podcast will be your opportunity to take the journey with other new viewers. If you are a veteran viewer then this podcast is your excuse to rewatch one of television's finest programs--but, please, NO SPOILERS!

Joining Matt on the podcast are Carol from McKinley Cast: a Freaks and Geeks Introcast, and Matt H. & Mel from The Twin Peaks Podcast, CarnyCast and Intro to Brisco.

Add the following URL to your favorite podcatcher app: http://feedpress.me/hooplecast or subscribe via iTunes. To view our recording schedule and guest list click here.

A word of caution: Deadwood is known for its liberal use of profanity, so expect this podcast to be Explicit.



The HoopleCast HBO Project
November 20, 2016


  • The HoopleCast HBO Project will cover the programs on this spreadsheet.
  • Dramas only. Sorry, comedy fans.
  • Series and mini-series only. No TV movies. (I am qualifying a mini-series as anything over two installments.) (Possible exception: We may cover IRON JAWED ANGELS, because the glorious Molly Parker co-stars.)
  • First episodes/installments only. For the purposes of the podcast, we're watching the pilot/premiere, and that's all. (Exception: If the first episode is only 30 minutes, we will watch a second.)
  • Each podcast will cover *two* series. This will allow us to move through the project faster. For our initial podcast we'll be discussing Philip Marlow (1983) *and* Maximum Security (1984). Our second podcast will cover two episodes of Tales from the Crypt (1989) *and* two episodes of Lifestories: Families in Crisis (1992). And so on.
  • Spoiler policy: If anyone on the podcast has seen beyond the first episode, we'll expect that person to refrain from mentioning major plot/character developments (like, character deaths) but vague statements on how a series changes over its lifetime is acceptable. In general, we'll be more forgiving of spoilers than when we covered Deadwood.
  • Schedule policy: We have no set schedule for this project. We'll be recording when we feel like it, and when our personal lives permit.
  • Guest policy: We'll announce our recording dates as far in advance as possible *ON THE FACEBOOK GROUP* and the first person(s) who want to join us can sign up then. We won't be rescheduling our recordings to accommodate guests. We're also following SpartaCast Rules: No guesting on back-to-back recordings. (The intention is to prevent a person or persons from monopolizing all the guest spots.)
  • Same feed, same Facebook group, same e-mail address for feedback: hooplecast@gmail.com.