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Posted Saturday 12/22/18 at 1:51AM EST
2018 saw the emergence of a new Peak TV problem: The neverending show
Joining the problem of there being too many shows and too many streaming services is another major flaw in our Peak TV world that emerged this year: "TV just can’t let a good thing end," says Kathryn VanArendonk. "Between shows that unrolled disappointing follow-up seasons in 2018 (American Vandal, The Handmaid’s Tale), shows that premiered this year and have more to come next (Barry, Homecoming), and limited series that suddenly leapt into second seasons that haven’t even aired yet (Big Little Lies, The Young Pope), there is a common thread: Each had a perfectly complete debut season, the sort that could exist as its own satisfying story, and then they all kept going. From the standpoint of sheer bulk, unnecessary second seasons are obviously contributors to the current TV glut. They don’t need to be here, but here they are, and so we’re getting that many more hours of TV to watch. But these unnecessary second seasons are not just a problem of greed, or of a more-must-be-better ideology. They’re the result of a swinging pendulum, and a contradiction buried deep in the foundation of TV storytelling: TV shows can’t end anymore because TV shows have gotten really, really good at endings."
- How we disrupted the fun out of TV: Television has gone from a passive to an active pursuit thanks to the sheer number of shows available
- The large number of TV options is a good thing because it frees viewers from the notion that there’s anything they “should” be watching
- The best new shows of 2018: From Barry to Forever to Homecoming
- TV's best and worst moments of 2018: From Chidi being "jacked" to "Rick dies but then doesn’t"
- The year of "fine TV": 2018 was a reminder that whether something is good or bad can often be the least interesting thing about it
- The best TV musical moments of 2018: From Big Mouth's "I Love My Body" to GLOW's "Makeover"
- TV shows we quit this year: From Saturday Night Live to The Conners/Roseanne
- The 22 most shocking TV character deaths of 2018
- The 25 best TV episodes of 2018: From The Americans' "START" to BoJack Horseman's "Free Churro"
- More of TV's best episodes: From The Good Place's "Janet(s)" to Atlanta's "Teddy Perkins"
- The 10 best TV scenes of 2018
- 2018 in TV superlatives: From the best shirt on TV to the best twist to the most overt product placement
- The best TV title sequences of 2018: From A.P. Bio to Aggretsuko to Dietland and Lodge 49
- The most binge-worthy shows no one watched this year: From Kidding to America to Me to A Very English Scandal
- The best TV performances of 2018: From Jodie Komer on Killing Eve to Julia Garner on The Americans, Ozark, Maniac, Waco and Dirty John
- 12 dumb things TV did in 2018: From ABC spiking a Black-ish episode to The Simpsons' response to the Apu controversy
- The most memorable TV monsters of 2018: From Teddy Perkins to The Tuunbaq on The Terror
- The 10 best overlooked shows of 2018: From Sorry for Your Loss to Detroiters to On My Block
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 6:44AM EDT
American Vandal's cancelation, explained: Netflix seems to be cutting back on shows from outside studios
Source: The A.V. Club
Netflix didn't own American Vandal, Iron Fist or Luke Cage, which likely helped lead to their cancelations. It's a sign of Netflix's evolution -- and shows that it is copying linear TV, where networks are favoring shows from sibling studios, says Erik Adams. He adds: "Prevailing trends aside, Netflix is never going to go 100 percent in-house; at their most ambitious, executives have called for a 50-50 split between Netflix Studios productions and licensed originals. Just look at its most recent moves: A few days after Luke Cage was knocked out, Sony Pictures Television’s Atypical was given a third season. When the American Vandal news broke, Netflix subscribers were acquainting themselves with Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, which Warner Bros. and Berlanti Productions developed for The CW before it went streaming."
Posted Saturday 10/27/18 at 7:21AM EDT
American Vandal's cancelation truly is a "shortsighted shame"
"What looked like silly parody mysteries about teens spray-painting penises and pranking schools as 'The Turd Burglar' were….OK, they were very silly, and happily so," says Caroline Framke. "But both seasons were also sharp, insightful portrayals of what it means to be a teenager today dealing with the vast reaches of the internet and tangled webs of social media. What’s more, it did so by swapping TV’s more typical 'kids and their phones!' condescension for curiosity and empathy about why and what it means for kids (and all of us) to have technology be such an intrinsic part of everyday life. In both seasons, American Vandal was a Trojan horse of a show that dug into teenaged and online lives with more detail and depth than any other TV series, period." ALSO: Did American Vandal struggle because it was hard to convince people to watch a mockumentary about d*cks?
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 1:44PM EDT
American Vandal canceled at Netflix after two seasons, will be shopped elsewhere
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"American Vandal will not return for a third season," Netflix said in a statement announcing the cancelation of the critically acclaimed true-crime mockumentary series. "We're very grateful to the creators, writers, cast and crew for bringing their innovative comedy to Netflix, and to the fans and critics who embraced its unique and unconventional humor." According to The Hollywood Reporter, "producers CBS TV Studios have received multiple incoming calls to revive the series for a third season elsewhere as producers had already been plotting what season three of the anthology would be."
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
American Vandal Season 2 already parodied Making a Murderer Part 2
The opening montages of the Netflix true-crime documentary spoof and the newly released second season of the true-crime documentary series Making a Murderer are virtually identical.
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
American Vandal Season 2 is smarter, sadder and completely enthralling
The Netflix mockumentary is altogether different in Season 2, says Tom Philip. "Those going into the new season of American Vandal hoping for a continuation of the story we were told last year, or even many links to it at all (don't hold your breath for a Dylan Maxwell cameo) might find themselves disappointed with the focus of the new season, as well as its more thoughtful, well-crafted tone," says Philip. "This is not a comedy show by way of a compelling mystery anymore; this is a straight-up crime investigation show that still manages to deliver a lot of laughs. Health, racism, classism, bullying, the profound loneliness of high school, and social media are all studied in ways that both surprise us but mean something. In the end, when all is revealed, it's hard not to wonder if this can even be classed as a pure 'comedy' anymore."
- American Vandal fundamentally becomes a different show in Season 2, pulling off a more-serious tonal shift away from comedy
- Season 2's characters aren't as well-drawn and the use of experienced actors robs it of some of the first season’s amateur authenticity
- Co-creator Dan Perrault on why Season 2 is so different: “As viewers we’ve become so used to certain mockumentary conventions. There’s a certain rhythm to the jokes—like every confessional you hear a piece of information and then a punch line, or an awkward moment that’s perfectly crafted. We found that the more people view it as a mockumentary, the less involved, the less invested they’d be in the mystery."
- “There are certain poops that just couldn’t be shot on an iPhone because that’s found footage," explains Perrault. "There’s recreation poop and found footage poop. And they were very different poops."
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 1:32PM EDT
American Vandal's second season will ask: "Who is the Turd Burglar?"
The Netflix mockumentary series released its official trailer for the second season that's modeled on The Jinx and The Thin Blue Line. American Vandal returns Sept. 14.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Netflix got the most Emmy nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones
With 112 nominations, Netflix overtaking HBO for the most nods "is a reflection of volume, and an emerging status quo," says Willa Paskin. Netflix aired 70 new shows during the nominating period, while HBO aired 20 new and returning shows. "Forget hours: to stay ahead in the prestige game, HBO’s bread and butter, it would seem to have make more series to keep up," says Pasklin. "But there’s another way to look at these numbers. HBO still has way more nominations per show than Netflix does: Of the 10 shows with the most nominations, HBO had three; FX had two; Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix each had one, which is another way of saying that Netflix got the most nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones." She adds that amid the "overkill" of so many potential contenders, Emmy voters glom on to stuff they could actually remember and start using "brands like HBO, Netflix, and FX to look for contenders. Unlike Netflix and the networks, HBO and FX aren’t trying to appeal to everyone, but in terms of reliably attracting attention for their series, they too are the new networks."
- Netflix didn't do a few shows extremely well -- it did a lot of shows very well
- Netflix dominated by having lots of Emmy-approved shows in many categories, rather than one or two overperforming titles
- Don't write off HBO just yet: It landed more major program noms than anyone else, including the top two scripted series
- Netflix officially rules television with its 112 nominations
- A true changing of the guard will happen when Netflix wins in the major award categories
- Amy Sherman-Palladino, snubbed for Gilmore Girls, reacts to 14 noms for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: "Why are they letting me into the club?!"
- John Legend on a possible EGOT: "To do it with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice would be especially cool"
- Rachel Bloom posts a "Super chill" video of her trashing her office in reaction to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Emmy snub
- Bill Hader always wanted to do something like Barry, and now his show has earned five nominations
- Henry Winkler's Emmy nomination for Barry is his first for a regular TV role since Happy Days in 1978
- GLOW creators are proud to be part of a "really idiosyncratic group" of nominees
- Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, who was nominated for writing, on major category snub: "External validation is a popsicle"
- Jonathan Van Ness was nominated for Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones
- Here are the 11 best Emmy nomination reactions -- and two of the worst
- American Vandal and Big Mouth each got nominated -- a huge victory for d*ck jokes
- Seven members of The Handmaid's Tale cast received nominations
- Donald Glover and Bill Hader each picked up four nominations, for Atlanta and Barry, respectively -- and for hosting SNL
- Roseanne wasn't snubbed -- it didn't deserve to be nominated
- The Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski on her first Emmy nomination: "I can’t stop smiling, my face hurts"
- Megan Mullally was surprised Will & Grace was snubbed
- Regina King was nominated for the fourth year in a row, thanks to Seven Seconds
- Sarah Drew celebrates her surprise Emmy nomination for Grey's Anatomy: B-Team after she was dropped from Grey's Anatomy
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Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 7:41AM EDT
American Vandal's Emmy For Your Consideration video is all about d*cks
Source: The A.V. Club
The Netflix mockumentary's Emmy video wants voters to not forget about the d*cks.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 1:46PM EDT
American Vandal Season 2 is "a completely different genre"
Creators Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda offered details on how they'll tackle Season 2 of their true-crime mockumentary series, with Perrault saying the second season is "structured completely differently. It’s less linear." "We can tell you it’s a different crime in a different school," he adds. "And we’re drawing from different true-crime documentaries," adds Yacenda. "The first (season) was Serial structurally, and visually it was closest to Making a Murderer. This year, we’re not abandoning those references completely, but we want to create a new aesthetic."
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Peabody Awards honor The Handmaid's Tale, Insecure and American Vandal
Source: Entertainment Weekly
This year's Peabody winners also include Better Call Saul, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Saturday Night Live and Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
American Vandal taps its Season 2 lead actors
Travis Tope and Melvin Gregg will play high school juniors on the Netflix true-crime satire's second season.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Has TV seen the end of endings?
Roseanne, Will & Grace, 13 Reasons Why, American Vandal and Big Little Lies are among the shows that ended, then came back -- or are coming back. As Willa Paskin puts it, there is something “nebulous about the end of endings that gives me the heebie jeebies: This is a little inchoate, but what I hate about it, is that it makes us even more slavishly devoted to the imaginations of the people making those shows, as they themselves are ever more financially tied to their old work. “
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 4:07PM EST
Netflix announces the most binge-watched shows of 2017
American Vandal, 3% and 13 Reasons Why were among “the shows we devoured in 2017,” according to Netflix. The Crown, Big Mouth and Neo Yokio were among “the shows we savored in 2017.” ALSO: Stranger Things gets the “Bad Lip Reading” treatment.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 11:08PM EST
American Vandal showrunner thinks fans already know who drew the d*cks
“Absolutely! It’s so funny how that drove us crazy,” says executive producer Dan Lagana. “People were like, ‘You’re not gonna tell us who did it?’ We feel like we told you exactly who did it..”