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…

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Join Amazon Preview to test original pilots early

If you’re exceedingly passionate about television like me, not only are you watching what’s on the air, but you’re probably also constantly looking for the next “it” show.

For us special kind of TV nerds, Amazon Preview was born. This secretive focus group-esque society grants fans and critics early access to Amazon original pilots, provided the viewers give substantive, critical feedback on the shows they watch.

Early invites for Amazon Preview were sent to a select group of frequent customers recently, but if you’re interested in participating, you can join the waiting list. As someone who picks apart television for fun, you know I’m already in line.

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?

The Real World reaches an all time low

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After 28 seasons of ugly crying, drunken fights and overall trashiness, the Real World is changing its premise in a big way.

The 29th season of the Real World will start as it always has, with seven strangers living together in a gigantic house,  thrown into crazy social situations as chaos unfolds. And then, there’s a major twist.

After one month, the cast will leave their San Francisco home for a vacation,  to a house full of new roommates–all former lovers of each cast member. The second half of the season focuses on the cast living among their exes, with all the drama of the original Real World. The show is being renamed to “EXplosion.” (Ugh)

I had to check multiple sources to make sure this wasn’t something created by the Onion, because WTF. Reality shows have officially reached the bottom.

Finally: An Arrested Development soundtrack

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It’s hard for me to maintain a blog and not write four posts a week about Arrested Development. Seriously.

Bias aside, there’s no denying it’s one of the most innovative comedies to ever grace the small screen. (Sorry, can’t tame that bias.)

As many know, Arrested Development has a rocky timeline, from being canceled in its third season, to being beautifully resurrected on Netflix in 2013. Finally, we’re in an age where Arrested Development fans are heard, as creator Mitch Hurwitz and the wonderful people at Netflix are already planning a fifth season, and a movie. 

If you’re a super fan like me, you’ll be happy to know that the complete Arrested Development soundtrack will be released on Tuesday, November 19th. 

The show is full of subtleties, including a soundtrack of recurring background music and jingles. These tracks often add the perfect amount of emphasis and drama to this extremely dry comedy, and I’m sure it will be excellent. Besides, I’ve been dying for a ringtone version of “Getaway”, the faux-pop hit that played subtly throughout each episode of the newest season.

Not owning this gift of an album would be a huge mistake.

Damon Wayans Jr. comes back to New Girl

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Who could forget how awkward it was when Damon Wayans jr’s character sort of just disappeared (and was then replaced)  after the series premiere of New Girl?

Although it seemed weird at first, it’s hard to imagine the series without his replacement, Winston, who was neatly added to the show just one episode later.

Now that Damon Wayans Jr’s schedule has freed up, the actor has made his return to New Girl, appearing in the most recent episode as Coach, the same character we were introduced to in the pilot.

After the episode premiered it was confirmed Wayans’ will continue his role on New Girl for the rest of the season.

The shows ratings doubled during last night’s episode, implying the return of Coach  only means more good things are to come for New Girl.

So, what did you think of Coach’s return? Are you happy to see him back?

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.