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…
With the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination approaching tomorrow, several networks will be premiering documentaries, specials and discussions on the untimely death of our 35th President.
This poignant topic is a difficult one to capture in a fictional setting, but one show was able to do it in an incredibly appropriate and moving way. In the third season of AMC’s Mad Men, the writers wove the JFK assassination into the storyline so beautifully, and demonstrated how the tragedy affected each character.
In this video, Matt Weiner, creator of Mad Men, discusses his thoughts while creating this perfectly crafted episode, an excellent piece of historical fiction.
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.
When 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.
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.
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.