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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Veep' Talk And Spoilery 'Cabin In The Woods' Chatter

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This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, the old gang is back together to tackle a new comedy, just like the guest panel did last week: Last week, it was Girls; this week, it's the less fussed over Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. We'll talk about how we responded to her performance, the writing (from the guys behind the great In The Loop), and the depiction of politics.

Our second topic is the not-so-new Drew Goddard/Joss Whedon film Cabin In The Woods. The great thing about this film is that we all had a lot to say about it. The problem is that you can't really say anything about it without spoiling, at the very least, the underlying premise, which otherwise reveals itself to you as you watch the film. We did refrain from giving away more than we felt like we had to (like the ending), but the truth of the matter is that, having given those of you who were most eager a couple of weeks to see it with absolutely no chance we'd spoil you, we didn't see a good way around it without avoiding a talk we really wanted to have. So we did go ahead and have a fairly spoilery discussion about it. There's lots of warning that it's time to skip ahead if you like — you'll want to jump to about the 31:10 mark in the show, where we head into the final segment, What's Making Us Happy This Week.

In that segment, we'll get into a movie that surprised me by being less silly than I was afraid it would be (and one that had a depressingly not-so-diverse audience at the screening I attended), as well as Stephen's most beloved football weekend (after any one where the Packers win), and lots more.

Follow us all on Twitter — me, Trey, Stephen, Glen and Mike — or find us on Facebook and hang out with the other PCHH listeners, who always make us happy.

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Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for NPR and the host of Pop Culture Happy Hour. She began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture, and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living room space to DVD sets of The Wire, and never looked back.

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