Category Archives: TV Features
The Oscars might be the apex of hosting gigs for personalities, because it’s the biggest audience and the most publicity and the greatest prestige, and so everyone wants to do it, but almost every time, they are doomed to fail, because that’s how all this works. Neil Turitz examines past hosts to address his predictions for Jimmy Kimmel this Sunday.
Great writing begins with getting your vulnerabilities out on the page — the parts of you that you don’t normally express, the truths that you don’t normally look at, the characters that exist inside you: both the beautiful ones that you want to share with the world, and also the ones that scare or disgust you, who often represent parts of you that you don’t want to believe are possible, or that you’d never express in the outside world.
Season 5, Episode 13 – On this week’s Arrow, after a mass shooting Oliver realizes he might have better luck saving the city this time as mayor, not the Green Arrow. Meanwhile, Dinah finally moves into a proper apartment.
Season 4, Episode 3 – “The Four Horseman” brings King Roan to Octavia’s doorstep with a mission, while Jaha, Bellamy and Clarke seek out a possible salvation. It’s more difficult moral choices on The 100 this week.
The success of television series grows from the same place, by growing their unique structure organically from their characters, and from the voice of their writers, rather than imposing an external structure upon them.
In the last few years, television has set a high bar for relationships whether it’s a traditional married couple, best friends, or arch rivals. In honor of the day of love, we’re highlighting fourteen of our favorite couples on television.
It’s Valentine’s Day so here’s a heartfelt letter to the best TV couple of all time: Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation. From the little town of Pawnee, Indiana to hearts across the world, this is how and why they’re the best when it comes to TV love.
Season 1, Episode 3 – The clock ticks on in the third hour of 24: Legacy as Eric must find the USB of sleeper cells Ben has hidden before it falls into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, Rebecca confornts Nilaa abou the leak and hack, but does she have the right person?
The NBA Celebrity Game announced its rosters and the pressure is now on, though it’s nothing an Avenger can’t handle.
Season 1, Episode 7 – Beyond brings its best episode yet with an hour of TV that brings both crucial and exciting plot developments as well as explorations of characters and relationships.
The television landscape is not as pie in the sky as you might think. This bubble of peak TV is going to burst. It’s not a question of if, it’s a matter of when, and how we’re going to adapt to the new reality when it does.
Mary Tyler Moore personified two eras of television. She paved the way for women in comedy. An Academy Award nominee and multiple Emmy award winner, Mary Tyler Moore left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry and she will be missed.
If the networks are going to insist on rebooting or creating sequels to long dormant programs, here are some suggestions that, in fact, could be sort of interesting for network execs to consider pursuing as we head full bore into the 2017 TV season and beyond.
We’ve picked a few of the best and brightest categories that will be honored this Sunday, January 8 at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards to give our take on who we think is going to win… and who we think should win in the world of film and television.
Season 1, Episodes 1-4 – Either Prairie Johnson on The OA is one of the greatest storytellers in the world, and her life is full of magic, mystery, and suspense, or she’s completely delusional. How does a blind woman disappear for seven years and return with the power of her sight restored? And why won’t she tell anyone but a select group of misfits what happened to her?
2016 has been a year that’s been all over the place but one thing we can agree on is that it’s also been a year of some pretty spectacular media and pop culture. That’s why this year, we’re listing our favorite things in movies, music, television, books, podcasts, and more. Plus, find out what made our Overall Favorite Thing of 2016!
With the final entry in our Network Series, Neil Turitz is here to talk about the Walt Disney Company owned network and how they fall into the everchanging landscape of television.
All this week we’re going to be looking at our best and works picks of the year in entertainment. Today we’re starting with our five best and five worst television shows from 2016, ranging from HBO’s Insecure to Netflix’s Stranger Things.
Season 7, Episode 8 – The Walking Dead heads into winter break with a devastating episode where Daryl attempts to escape sanctuary, Rick and Aaron row across Walker Lake to a floating stash, and Rosita takes a courageous shot at Negan.
Even small victories for cable networks come amidst turmoil, frustration, and shedding of viewership. Today let’s take a deep dive into FX and FXX, Time Warner’s TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim and TruTV, and AMC Networks’ AMC, IFC, BBC-America, WeTV and SundanceTV.
Netflix decided to allow users to download some of its programming for offline viewing. This is good for those on the go, stuck without wifi, or just plain bored, but how will it affect how we consume media and interact with others?
Only one of NBCUniversal’s 15 cable properties gained viewership from 2014-2015. The networks saw a boost in ratings from NBCUniversal’s monopolistic coverage of the Rio Olympics, but now that the games are gone the question remains: will people stay to watch?
It’s tough to target just how Viacom can turn things around, but even if there was a concrete method to do so, it’s not going to be easy, simply because of the nature of the cable business. It has to hope that Shari Redstone and her new board of directors can make changes that will help matters, and that both MTV and Nickelodeon can once again draw the viewership numbers it used to.
Does late night television matter anymore? There is now the fact that nothing on late night is “must-see.” If something is must-see, it can be caught online the next day. There’s nothing that sets it apart from anything else we can find and in that regard, it is almost always lost in the morass of all the other stuff being pushed at us.
As we discussed last week, it’s tough for anyone to compete with Netflix at the moment, but it becomes even tougher when the operation interested in doing so, Hulu, can’t really decide what it wants to be or how it wants to become it. However, Hulu’s upcoming fare sounds like it’s all smarter, more upscale forms of entertainment, which could be a good thing.
So far, Netflix remains the dominating streaming service for original content in the television sphere, but Amazon isn’t far behind them. With Amazon’s endless well of resources and how many projects they’re developing, they could soon be a much bigger player.
With hundreds and hundreds of hours of original content produced each year, Netlix has grown into a giant of the television industry and it isn’t even on television. Is the bubble going to burst on Netflix or will their unprecedented growth continue?
Starz is now the second most subscribed pay cable network but still has yet to find it’s buzzy award winning show. With interesting new projects, current sleeper hits, and a partnership with Lionsgate can the network make the jump into the pantheon of prestige television?
The 40 year old Showtime is one of the oldest pay cable network there is, but a lack of buzz worthy shows has caused the formerly second most popular network to decline in viewership. Can an interesting array of new projects help bolster viewership and bring Showtime back into the upper echelon of cable television?
You all know the slogan, as it’s one of the best known of any in the world of television. “It’s not TV, it’s HBO.” Home Box Office started out as a second-run movie network, and slowly became the most respected broadcaster of original content on television. While it has some challenges, it’s hard to argue that it doesn’t continue to hold that spot.