AMC's new political drama 'Rubicon': Why we need another 'West Wing'

First came Mad Men, then came Breaking Bad, and now AMC has its third drama in the works: Rubicon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show "revolves around a secret society that pulls the strings on the world political stage. It centers on Will Travers, a brilliant analyst at a national think tank who discovers that his employers are not who they seem to be."

Count me in times a million for this. Beyond hoping that this is a good show, though, I'm hoping Rubicon can usher in a new era of politics shows because I am the biggest sucker ever for entertainment related to government: West Wing, Spin City, but also The State Within, even Parks and Recreation. My favorite parts of 24 are the parts about subverting entrenched governmental structures and untangling the messy web of politics, not the parts where everything gets blown up. I watched Jack & Bobby, Commander in Chief, I own a VHS version of Dave, and I've probably seen The American President 25 times. Growing up, I read and reread The President's Daughter and its sequels. (So good, yet weirdly underappreciated.)

So…yeah. Please, the more politics shows, the merrier on my end. Who's with me, PopWatchers? Do you crave political entertainment, too? Here's an awesome face-off from Dave to convince you:

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  • ary

    i *love* “The President’s Daughter”! I thought my sister and I were the only ones who knew of its existence…

  • Dee

    I’m not one for politics- but here’s some more love for Ellen Emerson White. I was just re-reading Life Without Friends last night. SUCH good books- so nice to see them mentioned…

  • Garrett

    I loved Commander In Chief! I wish it was still on!!

  • Carey

    I MISS Jack & Bobby. I am definitely in!

  • Jenks

    While they are not my cup of TV, AMC’s other dramas have the kind of critical acclaim that gives me hope for this new series. If it’s even half the show “West Wing” was, I’ll be there. Now I’m off to Amazon to look for “The President’s Daughter.”

  • Binky

    Another great political show is “Yes, Minister,” and its continuation, “Yes, Prime Minister.”

  • ack

    I also love the President’s Daughter series – by Ellen Emerson White. You should re-read as an adult – all have been reissued and there’s a new one that came out a few years ago called Long May She Reign.

  • J from VA

    I’m on board. I still miss West Wing & Commander in Chief.

  • Jimmy

    Was The West Wing about “a secret society that pulls the strings on the world political stage”?

  • Al Fredo

    definitely in

  • Beth

    I was hopelessly devoted to those Ellen Emerson White books as a teenager! Read and re-read. Which characterizes my relationship with The West Wing, too: Tivo and re-tivo (my kids want to know why it is ALWAYS on).

  • ChicagoPorter

    I love these types of shows/movies as well, looking forward to watching, however it seems terribly close to a Robert Ludlum novel – THE BANCROFT STRATEGY –

  • Rebecca Jill

    Ah! You missed one of my other faves from when I was 8. “Hail to the Chief” with Patty Duke. Yeah, it was goofy, but it had a woman president, and she was Patty Duke! Good stuff and good times!

  • avery

    I noticed “THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN” & “HEAD OF STATE” were missing from your repertoire?

  • Danno

    If Rubicon is of the same caliber as Mad Men and Breaking Bad, then I simply can’t wait! Mad Men and Breaking Bad are shows that are gripping, gritty, mesmerizing, and have excellent acting. They have ‘adult’ themes, and unlike network TV, caters less to entertaining the family and teaching a lesson. I think most of the AMC Originals are over the heads of the average network TV viewer, and that’s great, please don’t change! This years episodes of Breaking Bad have been outstanding. And now Rubicon from AMC involving POLITICS and exploitation, the American way! How COOL. Since the caveman society evolved into civilization, politics IS the game that replaced hunting and scavenging for food. We ALL do it, it is part of our inborn instincts, even though many are unwilling to admit it!

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