Tuesday 30th May 2017,
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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

Auteur Television Between Indie Film and TV (F to 7th)

Auteur Television Between Indie Film and TV (F to 7th)

Jason Klorfein is the producer of the web series F TO 7Th, a web series by Ingrid Jungermann, who co-created The Slope with Desiree Akhavan. The complete first season will screen on Tuesday, April 2, 7pm (tonight) at Anthology Film Archives in New York as part of the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival. This essay is [...]

April 2, 2013 Jason Klorfein Indie TV Innovation Series 0

Indie TV Innovation

Indie TV Innovation

2013 will be a banner year for original web production. Amazon has been ordering pilots, multichannel networks have been raising money, YouTube series are scaling up, and Netflix’s slate of programs is the envy of every channel, save HBO. With House of Cards behind it, and Hemlock Grove coming up (along with series from the likes of [...]

April 1, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Indie TV Innovation Series, Spotlight 1

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

Kickstarting Veronica Mars: A Conversation About the Future of Television (In Four Parts)

Kickstarting Veronica Mars: A Conversation About the Future of Television (In Four Parts)

This post refers to a conversation on Henry Jenkins’ blog: part one, two, three, four. My visit to USC earlier this month for a work-in-progress talk on my manuscript sparked a couple of conversations. One with M2E head Christopher Smith about the state of web television, and another with Henry Jenkins on the broader implications [...]

March 29, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian News and Updates, Video 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

Netflix’s ‘Arrested Development’ Will Not Change TV. Web TV Already Did.

Netflix’s ‘Arrested Development’ Will Not Change TV. Web TV Already Did.

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish for linking. We’ve waited almost a decade for more Arrested Development, the groundbreaking sitcom of the aughts. Now with a release date set, critics and fans are eager for Mitch Hurwitz’s franchise to break new ground on the web, via Netflix. Think Progress‘ Alyssa Rosenberg, one of television’s sharpest critical [...]

January 11, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Video 2

Vengeance Is Boring And Better On TV

Vengeance Is Boring And Better On TV

Spoilers ahead! Read at your own risk. In the very last moment of Django Unchained Hildy grabs a rifle.** The movie follows her husband, Django (Jamie Foxx), on his quest to save her. Saved, Hildy (Kerry Washington) must learn to save herself, and/or her husband. But we have to imagine that future, because Django is a movie about [...]

January 3, 2013 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 0