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…

An app to avoid spoilers

originalWhen you’re not caught up on a good TV show, it seems like spoilers are everywhere. When I was in the middle of a Mad Men binge a few years ago, I had to unfollow and unlike their social media accounts just to avoid them.

With internet and television going hand and hand these days, it’s getting more difficult to avoid spoilers, especially with the most recent trend of live-tweeting. 

Live-tweeting is not only common, but it’s encouraged by many networks, especially with the Nielsen boosts that accompany high volumes of internet traffic about specific shows.

For those of us living in fear of the spoiler, there’s a handy app called Spoiler Shield, which allows you to keep your newsfeed and Twitter timeline spoiler-free. This app has built-in shields designed to specifically prevent you from reading unwanted spoilers of shows you’re watching. Technology is the best.

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?

Game of Thrones adds 21 new characters

 

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Winter is coming. Eventually.

Eventually, we’ll get our fourth season of Game of Thrones, but as with everything, we want it now! The time between two seasons of a great show always comes with a period of rewatching old episodes and finding the best articles about what’s to come. 

Unless you’ve been reading the books, (yes, there are books), you’ll be surprised to learn the fourth season of Game of Thrones comes with not one, not two, but 21 new characters.   As this long, dark story expands, so does its cast, encouraging viewers to pay attention, and try to remember everyones name.

Unfortunately, if  you’re looking for a GOT fix to fill your void this winter, the DVDs for season 3 won’t be available until February, but they.look.awesome.  If you want to be ahead of the pack on season 4 spoilers, again, there are books. 

Congratulations, Ted Mosby!

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Finally something has happened on the latest season of How I Met Your Mother.

After almost eight and a half seasons of waiting, we’ve finally witnessed a meaningful scene featuring Ted Mosby and his future wife, ‘the mother.’

And it was great. Though we have yet to see the two actually meet, HIMYM  finally revealed another significant moment in this drawn out love story–Ted’s proposal.

The scene was cute (I love a good proposal), but it seemed to me their on screen chemistry was a little off. Maybe my critique comes from high expectations after years and years of waiting for Ted’s perfect woman.

Although this was an awesome moment in the show (with a beautiful Otis Redding touch), I doubt I’ll tune in to the second half of the season, simply because of how much the first half has been dragging.

I do look forward to learning how the series ends, but fear some internet theories I’ve read may be right about the ultimate fate of Ted’s future wife.

If it ends up being true I’ll probably read about it first, then put off watching the finale for quite some time. Let’s hope not.

Nielsen TV Twitter ratings

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I’m pretty excited about this. Last year, Nielsen announced plans to take Twitter feedback on television shows into consideration when measuring ratings. Yesterday, the results of the first measurements were published.

This can only mean good things for shows typically categorized as underdogs, as many fans decide to tune in later (and tweet about it). If only they had decided to do this earlier, perhaps other popular programs that ended too soon could’ve been saved.