ThinkProgress culture writer Alyssa Rosenberg graciously invited me on her Bloggingheads show this week to talk TV—namely, three of the most politically inclined shows this season: the spy thriller Homeland, the Tom Clancy-meets-Gilligan's Island Last Resort, and the political mystery/romance Scandal:
My review of Homeland is here; Rosenberg reviewed Homeland and Last Resort together here. As for Scandal, which is a ridiculous show that I very much enjoy, here are my favorite fantasy Washington things about the series:
- You only need a bare majority to pass legislation in the Senate, because apparently the filibuster either doesn't exist, or no one ever uses it.
- The president is a moderate (liberal?) non-interventionist Republican who supports the DREAM Act.
- Women wear stiletto heels to go to the Black Cat.
- It's really cheap to live in DC, as evidenced by a "cub reporter" for a "dying newspaper" living in a really, really, nice one-person condo.