Thursday 27th July 2017,
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representation

Emerging on the Side Stage: A New Era for Women on HBO

Emerging on the Side Stage: A New Era for Women on HBO

by Heidi Khaled and Brett Bumgarner Two shows, both held together by the common plotline of poop. Valerie Cherish sits down in her trailer with a producer for the HBO series in which she plays a fictionalized version of herself to learn about changes to the script. Valerie’s hairdresser Mickey, however, is loudly defecating in [...]

December 23, 2014 Heidi Khaled Culture, Television and Film 0

Indie TV and the Value of Post-Network Television

Indie TV and the Value of Post-Network Television

It looks like the new television is here: a flexible, open industry more responsive to consumers and producers. Henry Jenkins’ textual poachers have become textual producers. Twenty years ago, audiences struggled to get power in production. Fans orchestrated large, coordinated campaigns to revive shows like Beauty and the Beast. Soon media companies started folding viewers into [...]

May 16, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Indie TV Innovation Series, Spotlight 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

The Jock on ‘Are We There Yet?’: Progress, Sort Of

The Jock on ‘Are We There Yet?’: Progress, Sort Of

It’s always nice when gay progress is wrapped in a 6’2 muscle-bound package, as many viewers recently experienced when handsome actor Maxx Brawer graced the set of TBS’ sitcom Are We There Yet? in an episode that has the black gay blogosphere buzzing and that left me hopeful – but also wanting more. In “The [...]

February 10, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

Who Made It and Why? A Market-Centered Critique of Representation

Who Made It and Why? A Market-Centered Critique of Representation

For years I and other scholars have noticed a problem in media studies: too many critiques don’t take production and marketing into account. Last week, the Internet gave me case #4,125: the gay Dorito’s “Super Bowl” ads. [...]

February 7, 2011 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 4

On Embracing the Burden of Representation

On Embracing the Burden of Representation

Thanks to Racialicious for reposting! I recently had a conversation with a black director who fretted not putting any men of color in his film project. As much as he wanted to, he couldn’t find anyone to play the role. In the end he told me: “I can’t carry the whole black community on my [...]

December 29, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

Is Kurt Patient-Zero for the ‘Glee’ Backlash?

Is Kurt Patient-Zero for the ‘Glee’ Backlash?

Follow-up to my post yesterday. Full post at AfterElton. UPDATE: Ratings for this week were up 13%, from last week’s 20% crash, suggesting most users came back and much of the drop came from young people going home for the holidays. ORIGINAL: If the first season of Fox’s hit show Glee kept Kurt Hummel in [...]

November 30, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

ABC Troubles the Gay Marriage — It’s About Time

ABC Troubles the Gay Marriage — It’s About Time

Scotty’s a Cheater? Thanks, ABC! No, Seriously! Gay fans of Brothers & Sisters are probably breathing a sigh of relief after the last two episodes of the ABC drama. Why? It’s not necessarily because beloved characters Kevin Walker (Matthew Rhys)and Scotty Wandell (Luke Macfarlane) are probably going to avoid an adultery-spurred break-up. It’s because the [...]

November 8, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 0

Why Do I Hate Steve Zahn’s Davis in ‘Treme’?

Why Do I Hate Steve Zahn’s Davis in ‘Treme’?

Davis checks out a local stripper. Thanks to Racialicious for reposting this and to The Altantic and Watching Treme for linking. UPDATE: Lots of great comments with more information I didn’t know, in the comments section. UPDATE (5/9): In the most recent episode, Davis got his butt kicked for saying n*gga in a bar, and [...]

April 26, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 23

‘Damages’ Finale: Weakness at the Heart of Power

‘Damages’ Finale: Weakness at the Heart of Power

Note: Spoilers and recap below UPDATE (7/19/10): Damages has been saved by DIRECTV! Two more, 10-episode, seasons will air starting 2011, but only on DIRECTV, not FX. Lower rated than DIRECTV’s other rescue operation, Friday Night Lights, I suppose exclusivity was the only way it would happen. (DIRECTV shared Friday Night Lights with NBC). Damages [...]

April 20, 2010 Aymar Jean Christian uncategorized 8