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The Televerse #98- Rubicon with Les Chappell

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 the pilot of Drunk History, then we talk some reality, and finally we break down the dramas, including the premieres of The Bridge, The Newsroom, and Orange is the New Black. Then we head over to the DVD Shelf, with Les Chappell from This Was Television and The A.V. Club joining us to discuss the one season AMC wonder, Rubicon.

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DVD Shelf (1:15:38): Rubicon with Les Chappell

Our Week in Comedy
The Jeselnick Offensive premiere (15:12)
Drunk History pilot (21:27)
The Venture Bros. (25:36)

Our Week in Reality
The American Baking Competition finale (31:25)
SYTYCD (33:19)

Our Week in Drama
Nine for IX: “Pat XO” (40:17)
The Bridge pilot (42:09)
The Newsroom premiere (52:13)
True Blood (59:55)
Orange is the New Black Season 1 (1:05:20)

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  1. Jazzy says

    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. George says

    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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