Category Archives: TV Features
“By reviving shows with their original casts, networks face no pressure to make them reflect today’s vastly different demographic realities. And that might be the point,” writes Jeff Yang.
Between his fatherly roles on Frasier and in Say Anything…, the beloved character actor was a true heavyweight even though he never played one himself, writes Neil Turitz.
“It’s almost subversive, the way that the Akils and fellow EP Greg Berlanti have so deftly disguised such a hard-hitting and political series as a mere superhero piece, utilizing the conventions of the genre to progress a much more powerful message,” writes Neil Turitz.
“At the time, Dawson’s Creek was a vehicle for change as it developed progressive teen storylines, and without it, shows like Gossip Girl, Riverdale, or even Pretty Little Liars wouldn’t have been possible,” writes Sabrina Cognata.
“Life would be just a wee bit better if these shows found a home at a streaming service that isn’t too enamored with the future of content to forget about the classics of the past,” writes Neil Turitz.
“I’m sure if I had done it in an origin story, you know what people would say? ‘Eh, it’s another fucking origin story,'” Salim Akil tells Tracking Board about his new CW superhero series.
From Black Lightning to Maniac to the Coens’ first foray into television, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2018. Here’s a list of 10 to get you started.
Who’s in the grave? Well, a lot of people. 2017 saw some major deaths that shook up, began or ended shows. Here are some of the biggest TV character deaths that we’re still trying to get over.
Jeff Sneider offers 18 things to look forward to on Netflix in 2018, including comedy specials from Chris Rock and Ali Wong, a new sci-fi movie from Duncan Jones, and an anthology series from the Coen brothers.
Sweet/Vicious, The Handmaid’s Tale, American Gods – which shows came out on top in 2017 with TV Editor Linda Ge?
Blumhouse’s slasher movie Happy Death Day joins awards favorites such as Steven Spielberg’s The Post, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and the “beautiful” Call Me by Your Name.
“The simple truth of it is that network president John Landgraf is perhaps the finest, smartest, and most talented TV executive working right now. No matter how hard other networks try, it’s almost impossible to match FX/FXX’s recent record of success,” writes Neil Turitz.
Halfway through the season, Riverdale has seemingly solved its big mystery: Who is the Black Hood? Spoilers abound, so please do not read on until you have watched the episode.
If Freeform’s upcoming Marvel series Cloak & Dagger hews closer to the superhero shows on Netflix and the CW, rather than sister network ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or The Inhumans, then it should be a winner when it debuts in 2018.
“In a lot of ways, [Godless] took some huge leaps forward in terms of female characters and character development, even if it wasn’t everything I needed it to be they were still necessary and wonderful steps forward,” writes Sabrina Cognata.
Despite being in fewer homes than the year before, MSNBC has seen its fortunes rise at least partially due to the election of Donald Trump. Seen by many as the network of the opposition, MSNBC has enjoyed record ratings thanks to shows led by Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes and Lawrence O’Donnell.
“Friends isn’t just the quintessential 90’s sitcom, it also defines the annoying nice-guy/bad-guy archetype through Ross Geller,” writes Sabrina Cognata.
The Riverdale fandom is abuzz with speculation about who the new killer in town is, so we take a deep dive into some popular fan theories as well as offer up a few of our own.
“The fact that I’m representing girls my age, the struggles we all go though daily, the way she changes over the season, it’s just beyond surreal and beyond amazing,” the Hulu and Marvel star tells Tracking Board.
Spike will soon relaunch as the Paramount Network, which will introduce a plethora of new shows, including Taylor Sheridan’s ranching drama Yellowstone, adaptations of the movies Heathers and The First Wives Club, the comedy American Woman from legendary creator John Wells, and the star-studded limited series Waco.
Perhaps more than any other year, this crossover event between Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow left some major ramifications, questions and foreshadowing for the future. Here’s a few of the biggest.
The German-language series has a chance to rival Stranger Things, The OA and Black Mirror for sci-fi supremacy on the streaming site, but audiences have to be willing to give it a chance first.
The thriving network has several interesting projects on the horizon, including an adaptation of Howard’s End from Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan and starring Hayley Atwell, and the sci-fi series Counterpart starring Oscar winner J.K. Simmons.
“I just wanted to spend the first episode just with Frank, getting under the skin of this guy,” Steve Lightfoot told Tracking Board.
“Podcasts are sort of perfect for TV adaptations, since they have set story structures, they’re often serialized, and they come with a built-in audience, which is exactly what IP-hungry networks are looking for,” writes Neil Turitz.
With the exciting announcement of a Deadwood revival inching towards production, Sabrina Cognata highlights successes and failures of female characters in the original series.
“In some ways I feel like the minute we put a label on a relationship, it loses some of its magic,” Steve Lightfoot tells Tracking Board.
It’s unclear how much money the network spent on its Twin Peaks sequel, but whatever the figure was, it doesn’t appear to have been a great investment. The 18-part series was hardly watched at all, averaging less than 300,000 viewers per episode.
The percentage of television episodes directed by women and minorities rose to record highs in the 2016-17 season, but certain studios still lag behind others, according to a new report released by the Directors Guild of America.
Warner Bros. TV is most certainly searching for top-notch talent to run a brand new take on Lord of the Rings and we have a few suggestions.