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The Televerse #98- Rubicon with Les Chappell

Promo poster for Rubicon

It’s summer TV turnover time, with plenty of premieres to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at the comedies, including the premiere of The Jeselnik Offensive and Drunk History, then we talk some reality, and finally we break down the dramas, including The Bridge, The Newsroom, and Orange is the New Black premieres as well. Then we head over to the DVD Shelf, with Les Chappell from This Was Television and the AV Club joining us to discuss the one season AMC wonder, Rubicon.

Our Week in Comedy (15:12-30:19): The Jeselnik Offensive premiere, Drunk History pilot, The Venture Bros.
Our Week in Reality (31:25-39:07): The American Baking Competition finale, SYTYCD
Our Week in Drama (40:17-1:13:30): Nine for IX “Pat XO”, The Bridge pilot, The Newsroom premiere, True Blood, Orange is the New Black s1
DVD Shelf (1:15:38-end): Rubicon with Les Chappell

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About Kate Kulzick

Kate is a violinist by day, TV-aholic by night, and film geek by somewhere around dawn. While attending UIUC, she earned a Masters Degree in Violin Performance and a Schrute Buck in a Pop Culture Trivia Contest; of the two, so far only the latter has hung on her wall. Her favorite movies are The Princess Bride, Casablanca, and The Third Man and her favorite TV shows are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Wire, and Arrested Development.


  1. I agree with you George – just as Rubicon found its feet, boom! AMC disappointed me here (even though they’re a great network), but the powers that be, should’ve kept it going.

  2. Rubicon cancellation was the turning point for AMC brand quality. They were on point to become the heir to quality TV. Seeing how HBO had set bar so high to top with the Wire. With the exception of HBO I believe AMC had composed some of the most authentic and complex adult characters to grace TV. Cable networks Showtime and FX have great adult drama but the characters on their shows seemed a bit juvenile too me.

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