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America's least-favorite city is television's favorite backdrop.
Homeland's plot may have jumped the shark this season. But its portrayal of Washington jumped the shark a long time ago.
The show gets the twisted, paranoid spirit of Washington right, even if it exaggerates the details.
In the our upcoming cover story, writer T.A. Frank takes a look at the new epidemic of television shows set in our nation's capital—"Homeland," "House of Cards," "Scandal," "The Americans," and "Veep"—to see what they say about power in today's Washington. Read the story online next week. Photo illustration by Gluekit.
Colbert and Stewart have had a week-long field day with Rob Ford drug humor, running segments called “Cracked” (“intrepid intoxicant aficionado Rob Ford”), “Canadian Enablers” (“I heard that Mayor Ford’s approval ratings went up after he said he smoked crack. You know what that makes you as a city?
He already has a show: the daily news.
Seeking laughs with a surprisingly conservative sitcom
It’s as hard to keep a longform television narrative going as it is to raise a child. Sometimes shorter forms are tempting, with old-hat conventions like climax and closure. But these longform series now have a pressing ambition to be as good as the best modern novels. That raises an awkward question: Are we watching the predicament of the characters, or the cornered rat antics of the writers?