Saturday 20th January 2018,
Televisual

Spotlight

‘House of Cards’: Has Netflix Created A New Anti-Hero?

‘House of Cards’: Has Netflix Created A New Anti-Hero?

Spoilers ahead. There’s a tradition for launching a new network with a original programming. The idea is to give audiences something they can’t get elsewhere. On cable creating new original shows often leads to casting, or making shows about, minorities. It’s a remarkable trend. Look at the early scripted dramas and comedies for cable networks, [...]

February 5, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 5

Web TV Catch-Up: Learning Town, Famous Farrah, Coogan Auto, Chloe and Zoe

Web TV Catch-Up: Learning Town, Famous Farrah, Coogan Auto, Chloe and Zoe

I’m always getting pitched web series. Being just one person, I never have the time to write about all of them. In the past I’ve tried to spotlight interesting shows and cover crowdfunding campaigns. I’ll still do that, but I’m looking for more ways to cover what’s coming out. So I’d like to introduce another [...]

January 17, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight Comments Off on Web TV Catch-Up: Learning Town, Famous Farrah, Coogan Auto, Chloe and Zoe

Crowdfunding Campaigns To Watch: Kam Kardashian and ‘Whole Day Down’

Crowdfunding Campaigns To Watch: Kam Kardashian and ‘Whole Day Down’

In this edition of “Crowdfunding Campaigns To Watch” we have one campaign to film the artpocalypse and another exploring the life of a long, lost Kardashian. Whole Day Down is a classy, strange comedy from Patrick Breen (The Normal Heart, Galaxy Quest) and Tai Fauci, starring Breen, Willie Garson (White Collar) and Elisa Donovan (NBC’s In Gayle [...]

January 16, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight Comments Off on Crowdfunding Campaigns To Watch: Kam Kardashian and ‘Whole Day Down’

What You Missed: 2012’s Indie Web Television

What You Missed: 2012’s Indie Web Television

Television is so awash in great shows no one can watch them all. And yet most TV fans can name the best new show of last year — technically, it’d have to be Girls — and best show overall — take your pick of Mad Men, Treme, Breaking Bad, etc. Online, nobody knows what’s good. There’s too [...]

January 10, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight Comments Off on What You Missed: 2012’s Indie Web Television

Will YouTube Renew Its Most Ambitious Sitcom?

Will YouTube Renew Its Most Ambitious Sitcom?

Remember when Arcade Fire nabbed the top Grammy last year and people, from everyday tweeters to Rosie O’Donnell, unleashed a collective “who is Arcade Fire” campaign? That incident started a lot of introspection among music writers on the state of the industry. Digital products from Spotify to niche blogs seemed to make it easier for fans to stay [...]

December 13, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 2

‘Broad City’ Team Talks Transitioning From Web to Comedy Central

‘Broad City’ Team Talks Transitioning From Web to Comedy Central

Posted at Tubefilter. When I first ran into Abbi Jacobson at the New York Television Festival last month, I didn’t know what to expect. Jacobson was unassuming and humble. You’d never know she and creative partner Ilana Glazer were mere weeks away from shooting a pilot for a sitcom on Comedy Central based on their cult web series Broad City and executive produced by comedy queen Amy Poehler. If [...]

November 10, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight Comments Off on ‘Broad City’ Team Talks Transitioning From Web to Comedy Central

NYTVF Dispatch: Get Weird With Morgan Evans

NYTVF Dispatch: Get Weird With Morgan Evans

The New York Television Festival is over and the winners have won. This year 19 development deals, in various sizes and configurations, were handed out. Quality is always pretty high at NYTVF, widely regarded as a leading showcase for independent television, one that can make a real difference in a person’s career. And this year was no [...]

November 5, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight Comments Off on NYTVF Dispatch: Get Weird With Morgan Evans

Can Al Thompson Strike Gold On ‘Lenox Avenue’?

Can Al Thompson Strike Gold On ‘Lenox Avenue’?

Final version posted at Tubefilter. Have you ever heard of the “Al Thompson hustle“? It’s a specific kind of hustle familiar to web television aficionados. For years, actor-producer Al Thompson made his mark by selling independent web series to major online networks. Most of us came to know him after  his 2009 NYTVF winner Johnny B. Homeless was sold to Atom (now Comedy [...]

October 12, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 1

‘Stockholm’ Syndrome Gets Its Web Series

‘Stockholm’ Syndrome Gets Its Web Series

If you want to shoot a web series you have to be creative about keeping costs low. A number of shows — e.g. Tiny Apartment — solve that dilemma by setting the action in a confined, small space. Scott Brown carried that tradition to its natural ends: a romantic comedy about a serial killer who tries [...]

October 5, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 1

Crowfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘The Couple’ and ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’

Crowfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘The Couple’ and ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’

From Undercover Brother to The Confession, the web series-to-film route has been traveled before. But except for standouts like Four-Eyed Monsters, rarely do low-budget indies transition from computer to big screen. Most web producers focus on making it to television, if at all, these days. So it was big news when the team behind YouTube’s Black [...]

September 24, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 2