Hey kids, fun fact: The Hannibal staff has seen your fan art. And they like it.
There’s also the show’s odd relationship with sex; in its first season, House of Cards established a tradition of unusual encounters, and the second season expands on that with unexpected same-sex relationships, multiple scenes with multiple partners and a thing with a plastic bag that I don’t care to describe here.
The encounters vary from extremely explicit to the fade-to-black treatment, but every time the limit is pushed, it feels a bit like Netflix is deliberately taunting HBO. “Top that, Game of Thrones!” you can almost hear Willimon cackling in the editing room.
Wrote a quick little thing tonight, after finding out for myself.
Why do I put such store in this device? Because we live in a revolutionary age for television, and here’s the thing to remember about revolutions: They lead to chaos. They lead to disruption. When a revolution is coming, it’s best to stock up on canned goods.
Just got Medium posting access, and decided to write something quasi-classy about cord-cutting and disruption, if you want to check it out.
If a wolf were able to stand on its hind legs, what would it look like as it tried to get something off of a high shelf?
::1013 Productions voice:: “I made this!” Producing interviews for What’s Trending definitely has its bright spots.
(Not lying: During the table read this morning, this is what I said: “All I want is for at least one moment from this interview to get turned into an animated GIF on Tumblr.” Thank you, Teen Wolf fans, for this great honor.)
One of the things I’ve been doing when not sneaking away from my computer to see movies is writing stuff for the MetaCafe series Game Time Play Time. Here’s the latest episode!
If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that we all love feel-good videos. Well, almost all of us. Welcome to Eff This Video, the column where Liz Shannon Miller explains to you why your favorite videos are some bullshit.
FUCK YOU, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D TEASER.
THAT’S RIGHT, I SAID FUCK YOU. I mean, seriously? SERIOUSLY? A 30 SECOND TEASER? That’s all I get? GODDAMN IT, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D TEASER! I AM ONLY A HUMAN WOMAN!
True story: I wrote this originally on Tuesday night. Wednesday morning, the full-length trailer came out. Some editing was required.
I’ve been doing enough freelancing lately that it’s probably worth me doing a semi-regular roundup of what’s going on. So…
- On Sunday, for GigaOM, I used my TV nerd powers for good to look at the history of digital distribution resurrecting canceled television.
- For VideoInk last week, I shared some thoughts about Psy’s “Gentleman” and interviewed folks at Funny or Die about their parody biopic of Steve Jobs.
- This week: Contributed to VideoInk’s round-up of Amazon’s pilot slate, focusing on Zombieland and Betas.
- The latest Eff This Video for Comedy Central took on the ABC Family promo for Batman Begins.
- This week’s Liz Tells Frank unveiled the pilot of Lost Girl, which is pretty solid Canadian TV, I gotta say.
- And in case you missed it, Liz Tells Frank What Happened In: Volume 2 is available for sale from Amazon. Only $0.99! And I tell Frank about all seven seasons of The West Wing.
There are a few other things in the works but, I am, as always, available for birthdays, bar mitzvahs and other paying work.
I wrote a thing for [REDACTED] about “Help A Retta Out” last week, but it’s not going to run for various reasons. However, I did write some words, so why not let people read them? Enjoy.
There are some days when you look at the crap on Twitter and Tumblr and elsewhere and feel like giving up on life; days when social media feels like justification for the extinction of mankind. But then there are other days, when it really does seem like a force for good. Like, for example, turning sitcom stars into hockey fans.
The comedian Retta is probably best known for her hilarious work on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. But her Twitter feed is a hilarious stream of her thoughts, including occasional bouts of live-tweeting her favorite TV shows.
Retta’s live-tweeting of things is so legendary that not only was it written into an episode of Parks and Rec, but the official Twitter account of the LA Kings reached out to Retta to ask her to perform her services at a game:
@unforettable how could we persuade you to come to a LA hockey game and live tweet it?— LA Kings (@LAKings)
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble)
And that’s where we might have left things, with Retta living in ignorance of hockey’s wonders, except for the efforts of enterprising fan Chanelle Berlin.
Just one day after those Tweets, Berlin created the Tumblr blog "Help a Retta Out", which is devoted to explaining the sport of hockey to Retta. This ranges from basic explanations of the game’s rules, to profiling some of the attractive young lads who play the game.
For those not super-familiar with hockey (like myself), “Help a Retta Out” reveals that there’s surprising depth to be found in the sport and its players, thanks to bromances, pioneers and pancakes. Like the best of fans, Berlin nimbly communicates her enthusiasm for hockey, making it contagious.
Now, two weeks later, Retta is now thoroughly educated on the subject:
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble)
And seems game to attend a game:
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble)
What’s lovely about “Help A Retta Out” and the tweeting that’s surrounded it is how it’s broken down barriers, challenging the notion that the only people who might care about hockey are white men from Canada. It may not be saving the world, but it is bringing people together.