Saturday 25th March 2017,
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Emerging on the Side Stage: A New Era for Women on HBO

Emerging on the Side Stage: A New Era for Women on HBO

by Heidi Khaled and Brett Bumgarner Two shows, both held together by the common plotline of poop. Valerie Cherish sits down in her trailer with a producer for the HBO series in which she plays a fictionalized version of herself to learn about changes to the script. Valerie’s hairdresser Mickey, however, is loudly defecating in [...]

December 23, 2014 Heidi Khaled Culture, Television and Film 0

‘The Interview’ & The Power of Entertainment in International Affairs

‘The Interview’ & The Power of Entertainment in International Affairs

‘Dumb and Dumber,’ ‘Ace Ventura,’ ‘The Naked Gun’ … America certainly loves its slapstick comedies. And given the success of 2004’s ‘Team America: World Police,’ it seems audiences are also pretty comfortable with films that denigrate political figures and national leaders – especially when those figures are known to brutally tyrannize their people. Even with [...]

December 16, 2014 Heidi Khaled Culture, Features, Television and Film 0

The Diverse World of Web Drama

The Diverse World of Web Drama

The first season of Hulu’s “East Los High” brought revelations of cheating, pregnancy, rape, HIV diagnosis, sexting, deceit, molestation, bullying, theft and murder, gracefully anchored by an intergenerational cast of Latinas in Los Angeles. The second season, which premiered in full on Hulu this month, adds domestic violence and queer sexuality to the popular high [...]

August 12, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 0

The Black TV Crisis And The Next Generation

The Black TV Crisis And The Next Generation

In 2011 New York’s Diana Scholl asked Issa Rae if she was planning to turn her hit web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, into a full-length TV show. At the time her first season was coming to a close and Rae, in a pioneering move, had raised over $50,000 on Kickstarter to finish [...]

September 11, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 1

Online, “Girls” Have More Stories

Online, “Girls” Have More Stories

Soon after the Kickstarter campaign for Veronica Mars sparked a ton of conversations and debates, another woman-led project took the crowdfunding site by storm, raising over $60,000 soon after it launched. The team behind The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a YouTube-based adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, have already raised over $400,000 with three days to go by selling a DVD of the complete series. Funds from [...]

April 19, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 1

List of Asian American Web Series Is Up!

List of Asian American Web Series Is Up!

I love having resources for web series fans and creators on Televisual, and now there’s a new one! In addition to our continually updated lists of black, Latin@, and GLBTQ web series, Televisual has just published a list of Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander web series. I have to thank Lori Kido Lopez, assistant professor of Media and Cultural Studies in [...]

January 23, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 0

Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘F to 7th’ and ‘Chutes’

Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘F to 7th’ and ‘Chutes’

In today’s “Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch” we have two shows heading into the home stretch in need of some cash! First up is F to 7th, a series from one of the creators of the The Slope, Ingrid Jungermann. The Slope was a sardonic tale of a lesbian couple living in Park Slope that ran for two seasons. [...]

October 30, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 0

‘Hunting Season’: Logo’s Surprising New Comedy

‘Hunting Season’: Logo’s Surprising New Comedy

Gay media fans were shocked this year when news broke that Logo, Viacom’s gay and lesbian channel, was moving away from LGBT programming to compete with broader lifestyle channels like Bravo for advertising. Pilots for promising gay shows had stalled. Soon after the network canceled its “gay housewives” franchise, leaving only RuPaul’s Drag Race as the net’s last [...]

October 17, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 0

Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘Awesome Asian Bad Guys’

Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘Awesome Asian Bad Guys’

Just when you think there are no more good ideas, the Internet drops one in your news feed. Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino are up-and-coming independent filmmakers currently raising money on Kickstarter for their brilliantly conceived web series, Awesome Asian Bad Guys. UPDATE: The campaign reached its goal. Awesome Asian Bad Guys, like most good ideas, is [...]

October 5, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 0

The Hipster Mind, Broadcast via the Web

The Hipster Mind, Broadcast via the Web

The hipster is a reliable punching bag for indie web show producers. Since most web series creators (at least the ones that get traction) are young and urban, it makes a lot of sense. Hipsterdom is well-represented among early web series hits — The Burg chief among them — and has persisted with shows like We Are [...]

October 3, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Culture 0