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March Madness is an annual NCAA style bracket tournament. Starting in 2018, the tournament has determined a fan-selected director #TheTwoFriends would cover. In 2020, a supplemental bracket was added on the Blank Check: Special Features Patreon to determine a franchise for special features commentaries.

Sample bracket from 2018 (click to enlarge)


March Madness is an annually recurring event for the show, in which listeners get to vote on a subject for the show to cover in an upcoming miniseries.

Subjects of Blank Check miniseries' have long been a popular topic of speculation by fans of the show. Over the course of the podcast's history many potential blank check directors, film franchises, and even star actors have been bandied about. Mailbag episodes have often featured a number of questions about them, the Blankies subreddit often has message threads about them, and on the podcast itself #TheTwoFriends will themselves sometimes entertain various notions of who or what would be fun to discuss. March Madness is one way for listeners to make their voices heard in a collective action.

The March Madness event pits 32 different miniseries options against each other in head to head matchups until just one winner remains. Over a period of weeks during the month of March, each individual matchup is voted on by fans to determine the winners. Griffin and David also emphasize that every one of the 32 contenders is one that they would enjoy doing a miniseries on -- there are no Whammies in this bunch, no patsies, no fall guys, so vote freely wherever your own conscience leads you!

The winning miniseries is then slotted into the upcoming schedule.

March Madness Rules[]

  • Polls post on Twitter @blankcheckpod at or around the same time each day.
  • Polls are open for 24 hours, new poll daily from 3/1 through 3/31
  • Winner = covered at the next available opportunity!
  • Loser β‰  they never cover them

Tournament History[]

March Madness 2018[]

See as Nancy Meyers emerges triumphant

March Madness 2019[]

Follow Jonathan Demme's route to victory

March Madness 2020[]

It's the Oscars vs. the Razzies!

Special Features March Madness 2020[]

See Mission: Impossible take the franchise crown.

March Madness 2021[]


Special Features March Madness 2021[]

It's absolute chaos.

March Madness Episodes[]

Recaps of the tournament have been appeared on the main feed and the patreon.

# Title Audio Guest(s) Length Date
152 March Madness 2018 Recap - Round 1 πŸ”Š 0:26 3/15/2018
155 March Madness 2018 Recap - Round 3 πŸ”Š 0:17 3/29/2018
Special Features
SF009 March Madness 2019 Recap - Round 1 πŸ”Š 0:26 3/10/2019
SF011 March Madness 2019 Recap - Round 2 πŸ”Š Unlisted:
Chip Smith
0:18 3/19/2019
SF014 March Madness 2019 Recap - Round 3 πŸ”Š Alex Ross Perry 0:32 3/29/2019
SF050 March Madness 2020 Recap - Round 1 πŸ”Š 0:34 3/9/2020
SF052 March Madness 2020 Recap - Round 2 πŸ”Š 0:58 3/18/2020
SF054 March Madness 2020 Recap - Round 3 πŸ”Š 0:49 3/26/2020
SF056 March Madness 2020 Recap - Round 4 πŸ”Š Chip Smith 0:38 4/2/2020
SF090 March Madness 2021 Recap - Round 1 πŸ”Š Unlisted:
Chip Smith
Ben Hosley
Marie Bardi
1:23 3/10/2021
SF092 March Madness 2021 Recap - Round 2 πŸ”Š Unlisted:
Ben Hosley
Marie Bardi
54:36 3/17/2021
SF094 March Madness 2021 Recap - Round 3 πŸ”Š Unlisted:
Ben Hosley
Marie Bardi
0:50 3/29/2021