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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss Getting On, a new HBO comedy set on an extended care hospital wing. Do the show’s representation of the elderly pose a departure from the bumbling, slapstick seniors of network TV? Next, the gabbers discuss one’s right to privacy in the Twitter age. Inspired by the faux Twitter feud between Elan Gale, a producer of The Bachelor, and “Diane,” an anonymous—and perhaps apocryphal—passenger on Gale’s Thanksgiving flight, the critics wonder: Should all our public experiences be open to Twitter-criticism? And finally, the Gabfest welcomes Will Shortz, editor of the New York Times crossword, to celebrate the puzzle’s 100-year history. Guard your ulnae and hide your etui. The critics get Shortz’s take on crosswordese.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Getting On (US) on HBO
- Getting On (UK)
- Willa Paskin’s Slate review of Getting On
- Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review of Getting On
- The Office (UK)
- Roseanne, co-starring Laurie Metcalf
- Elan Gale’s now-infamous Twitter account
- BuzzFeed’s promotion and later debunking of the Elan/Diane saga.
- The spectacular 1996 New York Times “Bob Dole/Clinton” crossword
- Wordplay, the New York Times’ crossword blog
John: The New York Times acrostic puzzle, constructed by Henry Rathvon and Emily Cox every other Sunday
Julia: “Let Me Roll It” by Paul McCartney & Wings
Outro: “Let Me Roll It” by Paul McCartney & Wings
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