Why movie stars make the transition to TV

I was recently asked to weigh in on why I felt movie stars were making their way to the small screen. After all, there are several instances when TV pokes fun of the divide between the two.

My short answer (although this is a topic that could be debated in novel form), is that right now, TV is better than movies. Long form television shows are pulling in large audiences, captivating viewers with intricate plot lines and in-depth characters.

When people become invested in a TV show, the three hours of entertainment they’d gain from sitting in a movie theater becomes 12-22 hours of time invested in one season of a series. With so many choices–both drama and comedy–TV is slowly making its shift into a new Golden Age. Not to mention the tremendous influence of Netflix.

So, who wouldn’t want to be a part of it? Although some stars transitions are easier than others, making the switch from the big screen to TV seems, for the most part, like a safe career choice.

Note: This is not to say movies aren’t good. There are some really great movies  I would absolutely recommend you spend time watching. My love for the film industry indeed runs deep. If only this blog focused on all screens…

House of Cards Season 2 will be available in February

You guys, this is big! I can’t think of a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than curled up, binging season 2 of House of Cards on Netflix. Today, the Netflix Original Series’ second season was finally given a premiere date. This simple trailer reveals little, other than Claire Underwood’s ability to make smoking cigarettes look cool. Who else is ready? 

What’s the best show to watch on Netflix?

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I have a lot of opinions on TV, obviously. This week, I reached out using social media to find out what others felt was the best TV show to watch on Netflix.

I wasn’t incredibly shocked to learn  many chose Breaking Bad as the best show, (I have smart friends). It was interesting how closely my friends and acquaintances choices mirrored many of the lists of suggestions you can find online.

I  took a screenshot of some of the feedback I received from Facebook, as well as information from a less than successful poll I publicized on both Facebook and Twitter.

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In case you hadn’t queued up anything recently on Netflix, these suggestions are an excellent place to start.

So, do you agree? Or do you see something that didn’t make the list? What do YOU think is the best show to watch on Netflix?

Bringing Netflix to cable

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Let’s face it, Netflix is the best. Not only does the service allow you to binge watch a plethora of shows with ease, but it also provides groundbreaking, addicting, original series. Without Netflix, our lives would lack series like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and of course, the overdue fourth season of my beloved Arrested Development. (I refuse to acknowledge Hemlock Grove happened.)

There are several ways to stream Netflix, my preferred method being via blu-ray, but soon we may be faced with even more options. Currently, the company is discussing plans to make themselves accessible through your cable provider. This would diminish the time spent searching and logging in, making switching your TV to Netflix as easy as clicking a button.

I don’t know about you, but I’d type in my password, reset my wi-fi and refresh my browser a thousand times  just to see a new episode of House of Cards. If they want to make things easier for me, I’m OK with that, too.

Goodbye, NBC Thursdays

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Gone are the days when Thursday nights on NBC means the best comedy line up on television. With the loss of 30 Rock & The Office, and another “prove yourself” season of Community being held until Spring, NBC Thursdays aren’t what they used to be. 

It’s unfortunate, but even in the middle of the “glory days” I knew the sweetness of a 2 hour block of pure comedy wouldn’t last forever.

While us NBC faithfuls were mourning the comedies ending last spring, Fox was grooming its newer shows  to come back with sophomore seasons to replace what NBC lost. Now, it’s apparent that comedy in television didn’t disappear, it’s just happening on a different network. 

With both The Mindy Project and New Girl doing well on Fox, Fox Tuesdays have the potential to create what NBC has lost. Not to mention the ratings boosts they’ve received from their newest pilots (I’ll pass.) You can put Andy Samberg, Mindy Kaling and James Franco all on the same network, but I won’t be completely satisfied until Tina Fey is back on TV.

What’s next?

Stressed about what to watch now that Breaking Bad’s over? Here’s a list of shows that may be able to fill the new crater-size void in your life. If you’re tired of the nail biting anxiety that accompanies a serious drama, have no fear. Netflix updated its library on October 1st, adding the final seasons of 30 Rock & The Office, both NBC treasures. I’d recommend binge watching either of these series (30 Rock first), for a pick-me-up that just may help remedy the Breaking Bad blues.

Here’s a clip from 30 Rock’s final season, available now on Netflix, featuring Bryan Cranston in a much lighter role.