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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on #peakTV, Documentary Now, and the new Google logo.

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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.

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Willa: Carly Rae Jepson’s album Emotion

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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