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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss FX network head John Landgraf’s recent comment that a glut of TV programming is overwhelming viewers. Have we really reached #peakTV and does it matter if we have? Next up, Documentary Now is a new mockmentary series on IFC created by and starring Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers. Does it work as a full-length TV show, or would it work better as an SNL sketch? Finally, Google recently ditched its famous logo causing a stir in the tech world last week. Will Oremus joins to discuss what the new font signifies about the company.
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- “The Mad Men Economic Miracle” by Adam Davidson in the New York Times Magazine
- Mr. Robot
- “Your TV Small-Talk Is Ruining Dinner Parties” by Daniel Engber
- The Good Wife
- Mad Men
- The Wire
- The Americans
- How To Get Away With Murder
- Orange Is the New Black
- Documentary Now!
- Nanook of the North
- Grey Gardens
- VICE the TV show
- The Thin Blue Line
- The Skeleton Twins
- Mad Hot Ballroom
- Grizzly Man
- Hands on a Hardbody
- The New York Times Now app
- Will Oremus’ piece on the Google redesign in Slate: “Google’s New Logo Looks Simple. It Isn’t.”
- “Google Is Now Alphabet. Here’s Why It’s Hard to Evolve.” by Will Oremus in Slate
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Seth: The reality TV show Kid Nation on YouTube
Dana: The Art of Hermann Zapf on Vimeo
Outro: “Little Edie’s Military Flag Dance” from Grey Gardens
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