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…


A brief rewind: Looking into Mad Men’s JFK episode

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.

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.

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



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. 

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.