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Ugh, work has been insanely busy, and will continue to be so next week. BUT THEN IT'S OVER AND I CAN SLEEP. Sorry if I missed anything important. Just one... more... week...


* This AV Club article about TV cancellations becoming a thing of the past is interesting, particularly given the common assumption that shows get axed a lot quicker now than they did in the days of, say, Buffy or Seinfeld, which were given ~time to develop into the great shows they'd become. But the article also neglects the primary driver of shows like Community or Parks & Recreation getting five or six seasons, despite low ratings - namely, with the exception of CBS, EVERYTHING is getting terrible ratings compared to the days when there were only three or four networks competing against one another. Now they're competing with AMC and FX, with HBO and Showtime, with Netflix and Amazon, all of whom have popularized "prestige" shows, where it's more important for a show to be good than for it to get good ratings.

The standard for renewal is lower because it has to be, or networks would be forced to cancel everything. Maybe there's a long-term gain from picking up binge-watching viewers, but in the current environment, low-rated shows that get critical acclaim give networks an excuse to keep renewing them. At least those shows are generating buzz, whereas low-rated crap gets you nothing.

* Speaking of low-rated critical darlings, Bryan Fuller talks about last night's Hannibal and the creator of Enlisted talks about the show's chances for renewal after being yanked from the schedule.

* Parks and Rec creator Mike Schur talks about how the season finale was inspired by BSG ("Next season, four of them are Cylons.").

* We all know Tatiana Maslany is amazing, but her clone stand-in is the second hardest-working actress on TV. Plus, an interview with the show's creators.

* Sarah Silverman will guest star on the next season of Masters of Sex.

* John Oliver talks about his new HBO series. If you don't have HBO, you can watch the first episode on YouTube. It's worth it for his coverage of the Indian election alone.

* J. August Richards is talking about Agents of SHIELD again. And again some more.

* The Justice League movie is a thing that is happening.

* Things Emma Stone and I have in common: we both know all the words to Blues Traveler's "Hook."

* Q&A with the always witty Laura Benanti.

* Fox is jumping into the "live musical broadcast" game with... Grease.

* Here's an oral history of Mean Girls.

* The cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced.

* Learn from Seth Meyers' mistake: Don't ever let Amy Poehler get hold of your credit card.

* A 12-year-old Laura Ingalls threatened to kill someone with a knife and it was cut out of the book? Why do you hate us, Rose Wilder Lane?

Date: May. 4th, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
thecataloger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thecataloger
You always have the best links. It's so weird to think about the Ingalls series being only pieces of her actual life deliberately crafted into a more palatable narrative.

Date: May. 5th, 2014 03:38 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (Orphan Black - undocumented (charmingway)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
That article about Kathryn Alexandre's work as Tatiana Maslany's stand-in is fantastic. And it's nice to know she's going to get to play a visible role of her own.

Date: May. 5th, 2014 06:35 am (UTC)
rosaxx50: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rosaxx50
"A 12-year-old girl whose cousin wants to kiss her does not normally threaten him with a knife"

It was... cut out... God at least it came out and my view of Laura Ingalls Wilder can be thrown into a loop yet again.
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