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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

Green-lit By The Neutral Net (Ylse)

Green-lit By The Neutral Net (Ylse)

Ylse is a 2008 sitcom about a modern Americana and the quirky characters around her. It won a 2010 Imagen Award for best Internet sitcom and the audience favorite at the 2009 Rasquache Film Festival. Ylse creator Ruth Livier was the first person admitted to the Writers Guild for work in new media. Back in 2000, when [...]

May 15, 2013 Ruth Livier Indie TV Innovation Series 0

Pioneering Underground TV (BLACK&SEXY TV)

Pioneering Underground TV (BLACK&SEXY TV)

BLACK&SEXYTV is an independent video network on YouTube. An outgrowth of Dennis Dortch’s 2008 feature A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy, it has released five episodic series, including The Number, RoomieLoverFriends, That Guy, Hello Cupid, and The Couple, for which the network successfully crowdsourced a spin-off. It has been featured in Ebony, Clutch, Shadow and Act and Indiewire, [...]

April 23, 2013 Numa Perrier Indie TV Innovation Series 1

Why I Produced The Web Series ‘She’s Out Of Order’

Why I Produced The Web Series ‘She’s Out Of Order’

Over the next few weeks and months the Internet will get yet another web series, but this time I have a hand in it! I put on my producer hat and helped shepherd a new comedy, set for release this spring. She’s Out Of Order is a Philadelphia-set comedy about Tara Moseley, an arts and [...]

February 25, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates 3

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

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

YOMYOMF: The Web’s Most Diverse Channel

YOMYOMF: The Web’s Most Diverse Channel

The final version of this post is on Slate‘s Future Tense blog. The LAPD has assigned Bobby, a rookie, to a new squad—a ragtag group of young-ish people who have time-traveled from the ’80s and are undercover in the present day. In the first episode of Squad 85, Bobby meets the Chief, a white man who has been [...]

January 7, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Video 0

Is It A Good Time To Be ‘Black & Sexy’?

Is It A Good Time To Be ‘Black & Sexy’?

Thanks to Racialicious for reposting. In one episode of Black & Sexy TV’s The Couple, Dude and Chick bicker over space in their small bathroom. In another they have a tit-for-tat over what side dishes to order with lunch. Two people, one location and a common scenario comprise most episodes of The Couple.  “It’s about two [...]

July 3, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 2