Friday 24th October 2014,
Televisual

drama

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

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

2013’s Best Drama Web Series

2013’s Best Drama Web Series

2013 was a big year for web TV. Netflix and Amazon released great (and good) shows, and the indie space has never been more exciting and diverse. Why should you care about indie TV? For one, because cable TV is getting more expensive after channels like FX and AMC started using original shows to argue [...]

December 22, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 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

Can The New York Television Festival Get Past the Pilot?

Can The New York Television Festival Get Past the Pilot?

Originally posted on Tubefilter. If you’re an indie TV creator, you should know about the New York Television Festival. There are a lot of festivals for independent television, most of them for web series like LAWeb Fest, ITV Fest, and Holly Web Fest. But producers and executives widely consider NYTVF the best in quality. That reputation probably stems from the [...]

October 30, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

Upsized and ‘Downsized,’ the Ups and Downs of Being a Web Series Creator

Upsized and ‘Downsized,’ the Ups and Downs of Being a Web Series Creator

Downsized is a 2009 web drama. It was a 2012 Writers Guild nominee for original new media and has been celebrated in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Fast Company and Indiewire. This essay is part of Televisual‘s “Indie TV Innovation” series. Somehow I became a part of the first generation of web series [...]

April 22, 2013 Daryn Strauss Indie TV Innovation Series 0

Ten Reasons To Love Making A Webseries Called “Anyone But Me”

Ten Reasons To Love Making A Webseries Called “Anyone But Me”

Anyone But Me is a drama series, which concluded its three-season run in 2012. It has won numerous awards, including from the Streamys (lead actress), Writers Guild (original new media), IAWTV (directing), Indie Soap Awards (writing, guest appearance, marketing/fundraising), Clicker (best web drama), Tellys (people’s choice). It has been lauded by numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The [...]

April 15, 2013 Susan Miller Indie TV Innovation Series 0

Our Place in History (Anyone But Me)

Our Place in History (Anyone But Me)

Anyone But Me is a drama series, which concluded its three-season run in 2012. It has won numerous awards, including from the Streamys (lead actress), Writers Guild (original new media), IAWTV (directing), Indie Soap Awards (writing, guest appearance, marketing/fundraising), Clicker (best web drama), Tellys (people’s choice). It has been lauded by numerous publications, including the [...]

April 11, 2013 Tina Cesa Ward Indie TV Innovation Series 4

‘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

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 0