Friday 24th November 2017,
Televisual

TV

Homeland Recap: TURN AROUND!!!!! FUCKING TURN AROUND!!!!!

Homeland Recap: TURN AROUND!!!!! FUCKING TURN AROUND!!!!!

Lest I be accused of Gloomy Gusism (or, worse yet, Doubting Thomastry), [...]

December 10, 2012 Adam Goldman Television and Film Comments Off on Homeland Recap: TURN AROUND!!!!! FUCKING TURN AROUND!!!!!

Web TV Networks and “Next-Gen” Television, 1995-Now

Web TV Networks and “Next-Gen” Television, 1995-Now

Research update! Every once in awhile I introduce academic articles I’ve published for readers who can’t access them. This fall I wrote a piece for a special issue of the Journal of Communication Inquiry on television studies. The issue, with essays from Michele Hilmes, Horace Newcomb, Eileen Meehan and others, is an outgrowth of the University of [...]

December 5, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video Comments Off on Web TV Networks and “Next-Gen” Television, 1995-Now

‘Homeland’ Recap: Carrie Mathison, in the abandoned warehouse, with the lead pipe.

‘Homeland’ Recap: Carrie Mathison, in the abandoned warehouse, with the lead pipe.

Oh, Homeland. Homeland, Homeland, Homeland. [...]

December 3, 2012 Adam Goldman Television and Film 1

‘Broad City’ Team Talks Transitioning From Web to Comedy Central

‘Broad City’ Team Talks Transitioning From Web to Comedy Central

Posted at Tubefilter. When I first ran into Abbi Jacobson at the New York Television Festival last month, I didn’t know what to expect. Jacobson was unassuming and humble. You’d never know she and creative partner Ilana Glazer were mere weeks away from shooting a pilot for a sitcom on Comedy Central based on their cult web series Broad City and executive produced by comedy queen Amy Poehler. If [...]

November 10, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight Comments Off on ‘Broad City’ Team Talks Transitioning From Web to Comedy Central

Web Series Succeed On Television

Web Series Succeed On Television

Most people believe the Internet and television have different aesthetics. Web content is short, cheap and brash, while television takes its time, because of higher budgets and greater cultural legitimacy. What works on the web cannot work on television, the thinking goes. Asked about The Annoying Orange‘s debut on Cartoon Network last night, professor Jeffrey [...]

June 12, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 5

A Political TV Show We Can Believe In

A Political TV Show We Can Believe In

Thanks to Girls Like Giants for linking. Why can’t all political television shows be like Parks and Recreation? Don’t get me wrong. Veep is nice and smart. Scandal is fun and salacious. It’s great to see those strong, sexy women make decisions, good and bad. And it’s even better to see both shows get second seasons, particularly [...]

May 22, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film 2

What If Facebook Became A Television Network?

What If Facebook Became A Television Network?

Originally posted at Hacktivision. UPDATE: And it’s happening. Facebook has a short-form content distribution deal with TBS. Last week brought a lot of rampant speculation about the past and future of Facebook, now worth slightly less than $100 billion. Most media commenters, particularly on cable television, seem mostly nonplussed about how the company plans to [...]

May 21, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Television and Film Comments Off on What If Facebook Became A Television Network?

Newfronts 2012: Web Networks Take On Television

Newfronts 2012: Web Networks Take On Television

Originally posted at Hacktivision. “The new scarcity is content, content that is quality,” Digitas chief creative officer Mark Beeching said at the company’s fifth annual Newfront yesterday. We all know about scarcity on television—or at least we think we know. There are only so many channels on television, and only a handful of them create the [...]

April 30, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Video 3

The End of Post-Identity Television

The End of Post-Identity Television

Thanks to NewforTVMajors for linking. Nothing ever “ends” in culture — and nothing is ever new. Conditions change. Culture changes, sometimes. Still, it does feel like a certain era is ending. That era might be called the post-identity era, which, in television, had its prime in the 2000s. “Post-identity” here refers to the casting of characters [...]

April 17, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features Comments Off on The End of Post-Identity Television

Cinematic Rage: Glorious Defiance In Contemporary Political Dramas

Cinematic Rage: Glorious Defiance In Contemporary Political Dramas

At one point in José Padilha’s Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, a police officer confronts local gang members in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, asking for his share of their drug revenue. The police are corrupt, but their illicit money supply has been cut off by their own belligerence: a massacre at a prison temporarily [...]

April 1, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Features Comments Off on Cinematic Rage: Glorious Defiance In Contemporary Political Dramas