The filming for the second season of Literary Gladiators took four sessions, but out of these sessions came twenty-two episodes that, while in need of some editing, are going to begin seeing release come September 1st for the sneak preview and September 15th for consistent, weekly release. There is an additional episode that will be taped to make the episode count twenty-three. During these episodes, four (though in some cases two) English majors, literature enthusiasts, book lovers, or those that fit all three categories discuss and debate different works and areas of literature in a laid back, but in a format that puts them on the spot as each question is presented.
Jim, Charlie, and I will be back for most of the episodes as members of the panel, but we will now have a friend of mine named Laney as our moderator in twelve of the episodes. Other episodes will include substitute moderators, along with an alternate format where the members of the panel ask each other questions to embrace a more discussion-based format, though all of the episodes reach the intensity of how we view a specific work or topic. Along with the three of us, we are joined by Courtney, Brianna, Dan, Larry, Bree, Jackie, Dr. David, and Prof. Hannah, who will serve as rotating guests that will be making their debut during this particular season.
Episodes will be released on a weekly format on most Mondays from September 15th until the season finale, which should occur sometime in March, unless a delay occurs in the uploading.
Here are the twenty-three episodes in store:
1. "The Peacock" by W.B. Yeats
2. Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger
3. "Bartleby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville
4. "Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
5. Maus by Art Spiegelman
6. The Nobel Prize in Literature
7. "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold
8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
9. Halloween: The Work That Sparks a Fearful Reaction
10. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
11. "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath
12. The Work of Ralph Waldo Emerson
13. "Oranges" by Gary Soto
14. The Work of Walt Whitman
15. Christmas: The Work That Brings a Christmas (or Holiday) Feeling
16. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
17. "The Lottery Ticket" by Ventura Garcia Calderon
18. "The Mark on the Wall" by Virginia Woolf
19. Valentine's Day: The Work That Brings a Romantic Feeling
20. "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner
21. "In Celebration of my Uterus" by Anne Sexton
22. "Twenty-One Love Poems" by Adrienne Rich
23. Works From Childhood
This upcoming season will bring a wide range of discussions about different ideas that will make for some entertaining episodes. As I have always said, working with Jim and Charlie is always a delight. The chemistry between Jim's exotic genius, Charlie's goofy humor, and my reserved, straight man personality creates an ongoing flow that meets variables in the way of rotating guests and different topics, which is what makes each episode magnificent in its own little way.
I hope you enjoy these episodes, in addition to the six episodes from the first season, as much as we have enjoyed taping them. If everything works out, we will begin work on a third season that will be taped in January and released sometime in late May or early June. Our goal will be, however, to get season two off the ground and hope we garner some more subscribers and viewers. If new information comes about between now and the release of the show, I will be sure to inform you.