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Alyssa Rosenberg (ThinkProgress) and Emily Nussbaum (The New Yorker)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Emily compare two TV shows about Washington, House of Cards and Scandal. They explain how they came around to Scandal. They discuss the show’s sex scenes and handling of race, which seem edgy by network television standards, and ponder whether it will go off the rails. Turning to House of Cards, Alyssa explains why she’s been underwhelmed by the much-hyped Netflix drama. Does either show capture DC journalism accurately? And why is it so hard to write a compelling show about politics? (Spoilers throughout.)

Recorded:Feb 20    Posted:Feb 27, 2013
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Critic Proof | Feb 27, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Emily Nussbaum

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