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Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 5:44PM EST
Netflix is looking like a "parallel TV universe" following the Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes deals
Netflix has been considered everything from an online-video platform to a network to a cable channel. "The Murphy and Rhimes deals suggest something else: It’s an entire parallel TV universe, and it’s still expanding," says James Poniewozik. "Think of Netflix as the Upside Down in its sci-fi series Stranger Things. By this I don’t mean that it’s a nefarious or dangerous force. But it is a kind of alternative TV dimension, overlaying and replicating the known world of traditional television, that tries to acquire one of everything that exists in the universe of TV." Poniewozik says his first instinct was to liken Netflix to cable. But cable channels have brands. They have specialties and sensibilities to cater to a specific audience. "Netflix doesn’t have that; in fact, it is specifically anti-that," he says. "Its brand is 'stuff that you like to watch on TV.' It developed a vast library of reruns, and with that, a proprietary trove of data on who likes to watch what and how much. Then it made more of that, or bought it. If you liked 30 Rock, here’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you liked Damages, here’s Bloodline."
- FX responds to Ryan Murphy's Netflix deal, points to its deep bench of shows its "very successful track record of identifying and developing talented writers"
- Who's next? Will Kurt Sutter, Donald Glover and Noah Hawley also bail on FX?
- Losing Murphy and Rhimes deals a blow to a Disney's planned rival streaming service
- What the Netflix deal means for each of Ryan Murphy's shows, from 9-1-1 to American Horror Story
- Rhimes and Murphy's Netflix deals should put traditional networks on alert
- Netflix's poaching of Murphy could change TV for good
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Atlanta unveils its official trailer for Season2' "Robbin' Season"
Atlanta Robbin' Season premieres on March 2.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 2:45PM EST
Donald Glover confirms plans to retire Childish Gambino
After winning his first Grammy, the Atlanta star said his upcoming fourth studio album will be his last using the name Childish Gambino.
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 5:55AM EST
Grammys panned for sloppy camerawork and awkward transitions from safe to riskier material
The 2018 Grammys struggled being back at Madison Square Garden after 15 years away, and the entire broadcast was so off that the person who got the most screentime other than host James Corden was Sting, “who kept turning up over and over again, any time the show needed to stuff the ‘this is getting a little too dangerous’ genie back into the bottle,” according to Vox’s Caroline Framke and Todd VanDerWerff. They add: “In particular, the show’s choice to essentially silo all political messaging into one 20-minute section in the middle of the production felt like a network note, as if CBS itself had descended to say, ‘Let’s not scare off Trump voters with a bunch of business about immigration and men’s sexual misconduct.’ Indeed, the awkward, whiplash-inducing transitions from relatively safe material to riskier material felt very CBS — since the network is, after all, America’s most staid broadcaster.”
- A tone-deaf, out-of-touch mess: Unhip CBS gave U2 — which wasn’t nominated for a Grammy — the most airtime of any musical act
- There were a few compelling moments, but a mix of boredom and botching defined the ceremony
- Sting isn’t relevant to this moment and time — so why give him so much airtime?
- James Corden’s "Subway Karaoke" spectacularly backfires
- Chuck Berry was iconic and hugely influential, yet the Grammys barely devoted any attention to the rock 'n' roll pioneer
- The Highs and Lows: Las Vegas Shooting tribute was a high, CBS censoring Logic’s “sh*thole” was a low
- Why was Lorde snubbed? Organizers address why the only woman nominated for album of the year didn’t perform solo
- Kesha’s transcendent performance in support of #MeToo will be remembered for years
- Grammy producers reached out to Hillary Clinton to appear in Fire and Fury skit
- U.N. Ambassador Nikki Hailey: Fire and Fury skit ruined the Grammys
- After scoring a Grammy, Donald Glover finds it “scary” he only needs a Tony and an Oscar to earn an EGOT
- Dave Chappelle wins his first Grammy award for best comedy album
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
Watch a preview of Atlanta Robbin Season
Donald Glover offers a one-minute glimpse of Atlanta’s second season.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 6:37PM EST
Donald Glover: Atlanta Season 2 found inspiration in Tiny Toons Adventures
Glover said the TV movie Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, which was created by splicing together four episodes of the animated series, served as an inspiration for Season 2. “If you watched them all together, they were a movie,” he said at the TV press tour. “We kind of took that idea of a whole story, but being told in a bunch of little parts that could be a show.” He added: “You enjoy them if they’re together, but you can also enjoy them in little bits.” Glover also explained why the second season has been dubbed “Atlanta Robbin’ Season.” ALSO: Glover welcomes his second child.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 2:15PM EST
FX sets March return dates for Atlanta and The Americans
Donald Glover’s acclaimed comedy returns for its second season on March 1, while The Americans kicks off its final season on March 28. Danny Boyle’s Trust, meanwhile, will premiere on March 25.
Posted Monday 9/18/17 at 1:40PM EDT
Stephen Colbert proved to be a "mixed bag" as Emmy host
“The filmed musical opening was fun, if a bit of a cliche by now, and the initial phase of his monologue was fine, but then we got an extended Donald Trump harangue,” says Alan Sepinwall. “This was perhaps unavoidable given Colbert’s persona, the contentious mood of the country, and the particular mood of the night, when even some winners like (Donald) Glover and SNLer Alec Baldwin suggested their wins were a result of Emmy voters’ displeasure with the current administration. But when you take so many shots at POTUS and then bring out Sean Spicer — who for the better part of the year was the public face of the administration and Trump’s chief defender — as a comedy prop and act delighted to have him there (Spicer spent much of the night posing for photos with Academy members in the lobby), well, maybe you lose some of the moral high ground behind the screeds?” Another problem, Sepinwall notes, is the cutting off of This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown's speech. He notes that "Kidman ... is a big movie star, so she gets to talk as much as she wants, whereas Brown is a mere TV star, even at a TV awards ceremony, so nobody really cares what he has to say."
- This ceremony showed that Trump is the new normal at awards shows
- There wasn’t much to grouse about, yet the Emmys still have a long way to go
- The Emmys figured out how to handle Trump
- Jimmy Kimmel wore a fanny pack carrying candy bars
- Sterling K. Brown got to finish his speech backstage
- Emmys announcer Jermaine Fowler was perhaps the most polarizing figure
- Colbert's breeziness didn't seem to suit the room
- Emmys are poised to have record-low ratings
- Colbert was genial, pointed, exuberant and a little outrageous
TOPICS: CBS, 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, This is Us, Alec Baldwin, Donald Glover, Jermaine Fowler, Jimmy Kimmel, Sean Spicer, Stephen Colbert, Sterling K. Brown, Award Shows, Emmys, Late Night, Trump Presidency
Posted Tuesday 8/22/17 at 9:14PM EDT
TV salaries revealed: Robert De Niro will make $774,000 per episode
De Niro leads all drama actors, at least per episode, for his upcoming Amazon series, which has yet to have a title. On the comedy side, The Big Bang Theory stars are on top, earning $900,000 per episode. On the low end, Donald Glover makes $75,000 per episode for Atlanta and Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley each make $40,000 per episode of This Is Us.
TOPICS: Amazon, CBS, FX, Netflix, Atlanta, Big Bang Theory, This is Us, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Chrissy Metz, Dave Chappelle, Donald Glover, Justin Hartley, Robert De Niro, Diversity, TV Salaries, Women and TV