Alyssa Rosenberg hosts conversations on movies, TV shows and other pop culture phenomena.
Alyssa and June tackle LGBT representation on television this fall. They debate the portrayal of lesbians on the new sitcom The New Normal. Alyssa wonders why gay people only hang out with straight people on TV. June explains why Lost Girl is the only fantasy show she likes, and Alyssa announces her favorite new character on TV. How great is The L.A. Complex? Finally, June and Alyssa review the progress LGBT characters have made so far.
On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Willa dive into the new television season, where women are rising and men are falling. They agree that Guys With Kids is lame and lazy, but are cautiously optimistic about Matthew Perry’s Go On. Why can’t NBC get its act together? Willa can’t believe that Revolution manages to make the post-apocalypse boring. They analyze Homeland, where Claire Danes portrays possibly the greatest female character of our era. Do fans of shows like Breaking Bad get overly obsessed with “plausibility”? Plus: A spoiler-filled discussion of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl.
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).