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15 Web Series That Could Be The Next “Broad City”

15 Web Series That Could Be The Next “Broad City”

The season finale of “Broad City” kept it simple: Abbi and Ilana go out to a fancy restaurant in their “fattest” outfits. In “Last Supper,” the two friends decide to treat each other to a luxurious seafood dinner after Abbi makes some money selling one of her cartoons to the world’s worst dating website. What [...]

April 7, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 0

How Web Series Transition to TV

How Web Series Transition to TV

Five years ago, making a web series to get on traditional television was a fool’s game. The few web series producers to secure development deals with networks — from “We Need Girlfriends,” “Quarterlife,” “Private High School” and “The College Humor Show” — either never made it to air or didn’t last long when they did. [...]

March 6, 2014 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

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

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

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

‘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