In The Cold Open Podcast #12, Matt Reynolds and Robert Sickels commence with a discussion of the implications of Andy Greenwald’s essay, “The Year TV Got Small.” We then move on to Mob City, TNT’s “epic television event,” which is loosely based on John Buntin’s fantastic book, L.A. Noir. This ultimately leads to a far ranging discussion of Los Angeles as represented in movies, literature, music, and architecture. Lastly, we conclude with something old and something new, in which Robert gushes over Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key and Matt discovers the utilitarian beauty of Chromecast. Our outro this week is the Minutemen’s “History Lesson Part 2,” from Double Nickels on the Dime, their landmark 1984 double LP. You can find The Cold Open on iTunes as well!