Saturday 01st November 2014,
Televisual

Television and Film

I Know, You Tried to Watch ‘Treme.’ Try Again.

I Know, You Tried to Watch ‘Treme.’ Try Again.

I hated the first season of Treme. I didn’t know what I was watching and didn’t care to find out. I found the show plotless and plodding. I wrote about that. I found Steve Zahn’s Davis McAlary annoying. I wrote about that too. I thought it inevitable Treme, a drama about how individuals and communities survived [...]

January 9, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 0

Is ‘Boardwalk Empire’ HBO’s ‘Dexter’?

Is ‘Boardwalk Empire’ HBO’s ‘Dexter’?

Two weeks ago, Boardwalk Empire ended in the middle of a conversation. It was one of the last episodes of the fourth season of the HBO show set in Prohibition-era Atlantic City. The city’s mob boss Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), sporting his typical grimace and his increasingly typical pistol, had just told his brother Eli [...]

November 22, 2013 Jacob Nelson Television and Film 0

For Antihero Wives, Revenge Means Regret

For Antihero Wives, Revenge Means Regret

It’s not new to say Skyler White and Carmela Soprano have a lot in common. They’re both married to two of television’s most renowned antiheroes. Both of their husbands are liars. Both women try to escape their unhappy marriages with other men, and the attempts always disappoint. Perhaps their most conspicuous commonality, however, is the [...]

November 6, 2013 Jacob Nelson Television and Film 0

Open TV: Rescue Pilots from Development Hell

Open TV: Rescue Pilots from Development Hell

Originally published in Flow TV journal. Hold your mouse over footnotes (#) for more information. The Avengers, franchise of franchises, has invaded television. Last year in late July Deadline reported Marvel was in talks with ABC Studios about an Avengers TV show, a “kernel of an idea.” One month later ABC ordered a pilot. Marvel [...]

October 10, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 1

Zombies Beat Humans on Television

Zombies Beat Humans on Television

This post was originally published at Flow TV (click for footnotes). On a recent episode of the Melissa Harris Perry Show – a stellar example of what’s possible in the expanding field of TV news – I heard a narrative I hadn’t seen on TV in years. Director Ava DuVernay, now a member of the [...]

August 5, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 0

Contemporary Television Syllabus

Contemporary Television Syllabus

How do you teach television today? There are a lot of ways. Here’s my attempt. This week I’ll start teaching “Contemporary Television” to introduce students to the complexities and contradictions of an industry that has changed rapidly over the last 30 years — and continues to do so. There so much television, and so much [...]

March 31, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 2

Reality Check: The Plastics

Reality Check: The Plastics

This week I want to talk about a favorite American pastime that is an unusually recurrent theme in reality television. Plastic surgery!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. On the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kim Richards decides it’s time to get something done on her face. She’s just not sure what yet. But her doctor says no to everything [...]

February 4, 2013 Heidi Khaled Television and Film 0

Reality Check: Welcome To My Head

Reality Check: Welcome To My Head

  I have an addiction to something that most of my friends consider filth and trash. In the last decade it’s become both ubiquitous and hotly disdained. It’s widely hailed as the epitome of everything that is wrong with contemporary life. And yet I cannot stop consuming it. I have a reality TV addiction. As [...]

January 26, 2013 Heidi Khaled Television and Film 0

‘Girls’ Recap: Too Many Boners

‘Girls’ Recap: Too Many Boners

Let me just get this out of my system. I guess I have to get over the fact that even the homos on Girls are deplorable. [...]

January 21, 2013 Adam Goldman Television and Film 3

‘Girls’ Recap: Whatevs

‘Girls’ Recap: Whatevs

Previously on How Does Adam Feel About Girls? [...]

January 14, 2013 Adam Goldman Television and Film 0