If you didn’t have children, watching “Crisis” wasn’t emotionally damaging; in fact, for the right kind of person, it was kind of fun. Why? Because it wasn’t a show you could easily write off as good or bad — not campy enough to inspire giggles, not smart enough to engage higher brain function. “Crisis” was low-brow entertainment that had a lofty pedigree; it balanced an obsession with cliche and a complete lack of fear about the ridiculous. The combination was an audacious experiment in simultaneously boring and confusing an audience; I personally tuned into each episode largely to see what would happen next — though not necessarily in a good way. (Fun fact: If you post enough about “Crisis” on Facebook, at least one friend will assume that you are engaged in a complicated form of performance art. That friend might not, technically, be wrong about that.)
Wow, you know what takes up a lot of your time? Having a full-time job! After my first week, I’m behind on a bunch of stuff (including personal projects and a LOT of television, which is bad because, y’know, being up to date on television is now seriously a big part of my job). But I figured I’d share here a few of the reasons why that is!
"I don’t know what television writing is and I hope I never know," [Willimon] said. "One of the things that was exciting to Fincher and I is that we had no idea what we were doing…Ignorance is a form of bliss — we weren’t bound by any sort of convention. We were like, I guess we’re making a 13-hour movie. Let’s not try to recreate what we think a television show is — let’s just tell a story."
The fast and lazy way to review NBC’s much-hyped miniseries “Rosemary’s Baby,” starring Zoe Saldana, is as follows: Roman Polanski’s 1968 film adaptation, featuring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, is over an hour shorter, available via Netflix Instant, and far, far superior.
However, those crying about being denied “six seasons and a movie” should maybe preserve their tears for a little while. A decade ago, “Community” fans would have no options beyond re-enacting the final scenes of “Do the Right Thing” outside NBC’s corporate offices. But the rise of digital distribution means that creator Dan Harmon and Sony Entertainment may have other options.
A fun first week! Hopefully, the trend continues.
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.