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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Todd VanDerWerff (The AV Club, Los Angeles Times)

On the debut episode of Critic Proof, Alyssa and Todd recount their experience at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles. They preview the upcoming TV season, listing the best and worst new shows. Why is it so hard to make a good sitcom? Or a good network drama, for that matter? The two compare the business models of Hulu and Netflix as they compete to bring movies and TV to the Internet. Finally, they discuss why Breaking Bad fans are so critical of Skyler White, while her meth-dealing husband gets a pass (includes spoilers).

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Recorded:Aug 17    Posted:Aug 19, 2012
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Critic Proof | Aug 19, 2012 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Todd VanDerWerff

Foreign Entanglements

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Ankit Panda on whether South Korea’s new president will pursue friendlier relations with Kim Jong-un. Plus: Kim Jong-un’s new missile: Better, stronger, faster?

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Making new friends through common enemies

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The DMZ

Those gun-loving Democrats

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Bill Scher on whether liberal politicians will soften their Second Amendment stance to win votes.

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Levi McLaughlin explains how Japan’s largest “new religion” influences legislation. Plus: The “nation-state” religion.

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The Brazilian scandals that won’t go away

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Historian Colin Snider on new information that could bring down President Michel Temer.

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The Wright Show

Why China won’t stop Kim Jong-un

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Arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis on China’s strategy for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program. Plus: How do you solve a problem like North Korea?

MeaningofLife.tv

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Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci uses Stoicism to counsel people on letting things go. Plus: Stoicism—the Swiss Army knife of philosophies!

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The Glenn Show

How to make the justice system more just for black Americans

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How liberal litigation bred Trumpism

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