Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Spy, UnReal, and the writers’ room at Clickhole.

The Dark, Satiric Brilliance of Lifetime’s Newest Drama

The Dark, Satiric Brilliance of Lifetime’s Newest Drama

Slate's weekly roundtable.
June 10 2015 10:39 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Spy. Unreal. Wow.” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Spy, Unreal, and the writers’ room at ClickHole.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers discuss Spy, a new film by Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig. Is it their best collaboration since Bridesmaids? Next up, Unreal is a new scripted drama on Lifetime that takes a dark look at the world of reality television. Is it a satisfying takedown of the genre? Finally, guest Dan Kois joins to talk about his recent visit to the ClickHole writers’ room and why he thinks the Onion spinoff is the best thing on the Internet.

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