TV

Robert Osborne: Memories of the Movie Man

Post by Nick Fleming

Robert Osborne, film enthusiast, historian, journalist, and host of Turner Classic Movies passed away March 6. The following post, written in the days since his death, is in honor of his memory. (more…)

Choose A Side: “The People V. O.J. Simpson”

Post by Ryan Pumroy

The pilot of the new FX show The People v. O.J. Simpson takes us back to the early 1990s, a time in America when racial tensions sizzled anew and we witnessed the “trial of the century.”

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“The Knick”: Making Old Medical Drama New Again

Review by Nathan Blake

(contains spoilers)

In this post, Nathan Blake reviews season one of Cinemax’s The Knick, an historical medical drama starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh.

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Cathode Ray Colonialism

–Scott Stalcup

Critics like Alan Sepinwall and Brett Martin champion the current productions that constitute the developing Third Golden Age of Television.  Existing predominantly on cable and pay cable channels, the programs were less subjected, or not subjected at all, to FCC regulations regarding obscenity.  Nor were they subjected to pandering to advertisers.  Thus, by having limited-to-zero commercial interruptions, seasons on cable had a shorter length.  As a result, “it meant tighter, more focused serial stories [and] less financial risk on the part of the network, which translated into more creative risk on screen” (Martin 6).  This, in turn, shifted storytelling from “bottle” episodes to “the equivalent of countless movies” and at the production level thereof (6).  Fantastic though it all sounds, the mother country got there first.

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