Much has been written in response to the belief, popularized by Brett Martin, that television has had three golden ages; the most recent of which consists of long form TV, primarily on cable. It is understandable to believe that the networks have contributed little in terms of the increased quality of scripted TV in the past 16 years. Most of the offerings by NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX in recent memory has consisted of derivative medical dramas, cop shows, Friends-esque sitcoms (The Big Bang Theory in particular) and, most recently, a new wave of comic book adaptations such as Marvel’s Agents of Shield and Gotham. A few exceptions since 1999 bear mentioning though and deserve at least a modicum of credit for the TV renaissance. There is Lost, perhaps the most polarizing network show of the last two decades, along with Friday Night Lights and Scandal. But the earliest example is probably FOX’s 24; a blood pressure raising, real-time spin on three types of thriller genres: Political, espionage and action. (more…)
On Wednesday, December 17, Sony announced that it was cancelling any future release plans for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s The Interview. The move worries me in a number of ways, but first let’s look at what lead to this.
In the film, Rogen and James Franco’s characters travel to North Korea to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. In June, North Korean officials declared the film an “act of war” and vowed to retaliate against the US if the film was released. Grandiose threats are one of North Korea’s major exports. (more…)