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…

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. 

Tina Fey gets series order at NBC

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My faith in NBC has been restored today, after it was announced that the network has ordered a new Tina Fey series. This single-camera comedy will focus on the life of a woman starting a new life in New York city after she leaves a doomsday cult. Tina will produce alongside 30 Rock executive producer Robert Carlock, which reassures me that this show is going to be amazing. In the words of Liz Lemon, I’m high-fiving a million angels. 

Cosmos airs first promo

During the World Series on Saturday, FOX debuted the first promo for Cosmos, the highly anticipated 13 episode reboot of the Carl Sagan classic.

Thankfully, Neil deGrasse Tyson also tweeted about this promo, because there’s no way I’d ever be tuned into baseball. Thank you, internet.

Although not nearly as awesome as the sneak peek that debuted at Comic Con earlier this year, it still looks…wonderful. Enjoy.

 

Modern Family’s still a hit

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I used to worry about Modern Family. The first three seasons were almost too perfect, and despite my feelings on their fourth season, they have swept the Emmys every year, winning the award for Best Comedy Series four times in a row.

Modern Family is a feel good show. It speaks to a wide audience and has a consistency that’s hard to find on TV. It’s also not afraid to test the waters and tackle relevant social issues, even those that may be considered taboo.

I worried the show was getting old; that its run was over. Despite my fears, I caught up with the latest season on Hulu recently, and realized I had nothing to worry about.

The most recent episode had the internet buzzing, as fans took to Twitter, calling out Modern Family writers for pulling a storyline straight from an episode of Seinfeld. As a fan of both shows and someone who considers themselves well versed in Seinlanguage, I’d say the similarities between the shows are more of a coincidence than blatant copying.

For the people getting worked up over the ordeal, don’t. Both shows revolve around characters with average lives, running into hilarious problems. If their intention was to mimic Seinfeld, awesome. The storyline worked in both shows and made for an entertaining 22-minutes of television.

Both are great examples of near-perfect comedies in TV history. Enjoy them and let the stories play out.

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.