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]
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
Lena Dunham shows her art-world roots
in her 2009 web-series: Season 1
at Index Magazine, Season 2
at delusionaldowntowndivas.com. Meanwhile Season 2
of Dunham's HBO series "Girls" arrives Sunday night, expect online fireworks
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)
Armando Iannucci's Bafta lecture 2012
- In which the creator of The Thick Of It
argues that the BBC should be more aggressive
, fight back against critics in the press and goverment
, be more like HBO than committee-driven American network TV, and that if as James Murdoch says the only reliable, durable guarantor of independence is profit then the only guarantor of profit is independance.
Bringing VICE to HBO
: To win over the cable network, the Vice team assembled a “best of” reel that included stories on North Korean labor camps
and the gun markets of Pakistan
and later produced a pilot that included stories about Afghan suicide bombers and underground heroin clinics
. [more inside]
"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
The company that creates digital effects for Boardwalk Empire
has put together the before and after shots
from Season Two.
The A.V. Club's T.V. Club has begun to reexamine Six Feet Under
. The show, widely considered one of the finest television series of all time, turned 10 years old a little over a week ago. So far, the first three episodes have been reviewed.
Why should you be watching HBO's Game of Thrones?
In two words: Peter Dinklage
At 41 and expecting his first child
, actor Peter Dinklage may finally be coming into his own. Though his breakout role in the indie movie Station Agent
might not have made it onto your Netflix queue, Dinklage is winning accolades for his performance as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones
, the HBO series based on George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Fire and Ice
. [more inside]
HBO's Game of Thrones
, "Narnia populated by super-hard bastards"
, has been a ratings and critical success and has already been picked up for a second season
. HBO have a secret weapon in bringing George R. R. Martin's fantasy epic to screen: An awesome title sequence that doubles as a painless infodump
"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]
Q. Everyone tells me how great The Wire is, but I've missed the first four seasons. Should I bother with Season 5?
A. Yes. Ultimately, you'll want to buy the DVD's, but until then we've got The Wire: four seasons in four minutes
. (Single link U-tube)
During the 70s and 80s a new phenomenon appeared. Television Hijacking. It started in 1977 when a man in England hijacked the sound broadcast of a newscast.
In 1986, a hijacker known as Captain Midnight hijacked HBO
in response to their scrambling of television signals.
The year after (20 years ago as of today), a character disguised as Max Headroom
(a television character) infiltrated two Chicago television studios in one night. First the man infiltrated Channel 9 (WGN) for a few seconds with no sound
, and then moved on to attack another Chicago station, this time with sound.
After the Max Headroom incident, television hacking incidents were rare in the United States except for this one
Thirty years of George Carlin
specials. (Yep, NSFW. Duh.) [more inside]
"See his pug-nose face."
David Bowie, from Extras
second season, which premieres tomorrow
in USA. Stephen Merchant
(from today's RADAR) and Ricky Gervais
have been mentioned here before, but I think the David Bowie clip is worth it.
Melfi's office is one of the few places where one always sees the characters' feet.
An interesting behind-the-scenes look at dressing the Sopranos by Emmy-winning costume designer Juliet Polcsa
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.]
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?
Are you 25-29? Like to travel? Wish you could influence global politics? Look good in front of the camera? Maybe you should be President
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.
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.
Do not turn them in to the cops!
Should you see any of these peope (pictures), do not turn them in! You could find yourself in trouble from one or more sources.
Livia Let Die.
Learn how The Sopranos
brought Livia Soprano (played by actress Nancy Marchand) back to life
for one more encounter with Tony Soprano. Warning! Some minor Season3/Episode1 Spoilers. (via Slate
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.
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.