Media Studies professor Anne Helen Petersen writes about the dominant role of Netflix
in her students’ film and television consumption, and its effect on the lasting influence of works that are — or are not — available there:
Through this reliance on Netflix, I’ve seen a new television pantheon begin to take form: there’s what’s streaming on Netflix, and then there’s everything else… [more inside]
posted by mbrubeck
on Oct 7, 2013 -
Enlightened is TV’s best show right now—and it needs more viewers
. Written by Mike White
(School of Rock
and Freaks and Geeks
, among others) and starring Laura Dern (also the show's co-creator
, Luke Wilson, Diane Ladd, and Timm Sharp (aka Marshall from Undeclared
), the show has also seen an impressive line-up of guest directors, including Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs
), Phil Morrison (Junebug
), James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords
), and Todd Haynes (I'm Not There
). The show's range is astonishing – it depicts its main character as cringeworthily oblivious
, yet also lets her deliver monologues which are unusually sincere for a comedy
; some of its characters are ridiculous and absurd
, while others are capable of deep melancholy
. Mike White talks to Interview Magazine about creating Enlightened before its premiere
; a year later, he talks to Indiewire about why people have such a hard time sympathizing with Amy
posted by Rory Marinich
on Feb 27, 2013 -
was an HBO series that ran three seasons from 2008 through 2010. Adapated - often word-for-word - from the Israeli drama BeTipul
, it depicted the weekly sessions of a psychologist (Emmy-nominated Gabriel Byrne
) with his patients (including Debra Winger
, Emmy-nominated Hope Davis
, and, in her first American role, Mia Wasikowska
) and with his own therapist (Emmy-winning Dianne Wiest
). The filming of the series placed extraordinary demands on Byrne - which are well described in this interview
with showrunner Warren Leight. (h/t: MCMikeNamara)
You can watch its entire first episode here
. (possible spoilers throughout)
posted by Egg Shen
on Oct 15, 2012 -
"First of all, we almost had no battle at all. For budgetary reasons we came very, very close to having all the action take place off-screen, the way plays have handled battle scenes for a few thousand years."
- How the epic battle at the heart of the latest episode of Game of Thrones, Blackwater
, written by George R. R. Martin and directed by Neil Marshall
, came to be. Mentor relationships in Game of Thrones (and Mad Men)
. The National's Lannister song
. And, perhaps sriking closest of all to the central themes of the show, Jezebel plays Game of Thrones: Marry, Fuck, Kill
posted by Artw
on May 31, 2012 -
"The TV Wheel
was a television experiment created by and starring Joel Hodgson
, of Mystery Science Theater 3000
fame. Cable network HBO ordered a pilot, but ultimately passed on picking up the show. The pilot episode eventually aired once on Comedy Central as a special presentation following the last new episode of MST3K to be broadcast on that network."*
The pilot, bookended by introduction segments, is right through this door: [more inside]
posted by item
on Aug 11, 2010 -
HBO wants feedback about Carnivàle.
The first season of HBO's Carnivàle concluded last Sunday (making way for Angels in America
to occupy the next two Sunday evenings). Although a second season is likely
, according to its creator, HBO is now asking viewers what they think about the show, asking them to rate each character and say whether or not they'd watch a second season. [survey link via TV Barn Ticker
; background info inside.]
posted by realityblurred
on Dec 5, 2003 -
Bill Maher back on cable?
AP is reporting that Bill Maher will host a late-night talk show on HBO starting Feb. 21. The hour-long news and comedy program, which has yet to be titled, will air once a week for 20 episodes. I personally think ABC were a bunch of pussies for cancelling him, and I think the new show will rock. What do you think?
posted by RylandDotNet
on Nov 21, 2002 -
Sopranos spoilers! (sorta)
Now that the season finale has aired, I guess it's safe to post this site. The writer actively researches rumors about the plots of upcoming Sopranos episodes, without much luck (in hindsight, he batted about .500).
My thoughts upon reading this:
1) Why would a true fan work so hard to ruin the show's surprises for himself and everyone else?
2) How could he work so hard on this and still be so wrong? The poor guy really needs some better sources.
posted by Dirjy
on May 20, 2001 -
Tomorrow night - Sopranos Finale
- Will Jackie Jr. get a pass? Will Paulie or Christopher get whacked? Where the Hell did that Russian go? Will we ever see Gloria again? I don't often get wrapped up in a TV series, but damn, I am hooked into this one.
posted by kokogiak
on May 19, 2001 -
Sports Night No Go on HBO.
Despite the fact that Aaron Sorkin (the creator) had already made plans on an HBO-ized show, ABC and HBO have called off talks due to "financial issues which couldn't be resolved." If you were a fan of Sorkin (Sports Night), you may enjoy "The West Wing." I do.
posted by chrish
on Jun 22, 2000 -
Today I was talking to a friend about how much I miss seeing Mr. Show on HBO. They haven't had a new episode in months, so I went to their official site
and they're talking about making a movie soon! I couldn't find mention of it anywhere else, not even at the IMDB
. I did find some interesting fan sites like this one
. I also noticed they're selling bowling shirts
among other goodies at the HBO store site.
posted by mathowie
on Dec 13, 1999 -