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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

Culturally Determined

Television as a social good

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Daniel Kaufman argues that television unified the country in ways that online media can’t.

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Foreign Entanglements

Olympic-sized woes

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Historian Colin Snider discusses the dreary national mood in Brazil before the upcoming Summer Games.

The nitty gritty of being president

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David Frum argues that sound policy alone does not make for a com-petent leader. Plus: Is Trump confused about power?

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Don’t count on Cruz 2020

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Bill Scher on why Ted Cruz likely won’t unite the party should Trump lose in November.

The Glenn Show

The police are shooting unarmed white men, too

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter on the seldom-discussed list of white men wrongfully killed by cops.

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Why bad cops aren’t the real problem

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What would Spinoza say about modern-day USA?

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Spinoza scholar Steven Nadler argues that American politics is infected by religion. Plus: Spinoza and Buddhism.

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