Posts Tagged: television
However unbelievable they seem, Nathan Fielder’s doomed interactions with small business owners on Nathan For You are all too painfully real. But in an economic landscape as cockamamy as today’s, they might as well be the work of fantasy:
Conditions are desperate enough, both Nathan and Tales suggest, to make money from poop.
Prestige dramas like Breaking Bad and The Wire have set the standard for narrative TV programming on streaming services and premium cable networks, but network TV is another story. The Atlantic reports that ABC fired its entertainment president over low ratings for critically acclaimed, diverse shows like Black-ish, American Crime, and How To Get Away With Murder....more
Upbeat YA protagonists are a far cry from the tortured figures we’re used to watching on television. Flavorwire’s Sarah Seltzer makes her predictions for Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables’s forthcoming return to the small screen:
Two iconic characters with sunny auras and relatively straightforward histories are about to be reimagined in the context of today’s dark, morally ambiguous antiheroes.
Rumpus Interviews Editor Ben Pfeiffer discusses the complete loss of hope in Anton Chekhov’s literary works, in relation to modern TV shows such as The Leftovers and The Walking Dead. Pfeiffer wonders why people have continued to, watch, read, and create these dark, despairing works when we already live in a world of tragedy:
…a dispassionate search for truth isn’t just one kind of artists’ quest — it’s also a habit one must cultivate.
Have you heard the good news? Singer-songwriter Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids, about her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, is going to be made into a mini-series. The Guardian reported that Smith will co-write the show with John Logan (who created Penny Dreadful for Showtime)....more
Television is a great way to sell books. Oprah’s Book Club is the best known example, but Edan Lepucki‘s bestselling debut California certainly owed some of its success to the Colbert Bump. But The Colbert Report has ended, and Jon Stewart, another populist book advocate, is leaving The Daily Show....more
Among the many tributes to the nine-year run of The Colbert Report, which aired its final episode last week, comes Vulture’s tip of the hat on behalf of “book nerds.” The Colbert Report interviewed two authors a week, on average, introducing their work to what was arguably the publishing industry’s best audience; Boris Kachka reports that, aside from Oprah’s Book Club, no other celebrity endorsement delivered such a reliable bump in sales....more
This summer’s debate over young adult literature has raised questions ranging from whether adults should read YA to what even counts as thee genre in the first place. The New Yorker’s television critic Emily Nussbaum extends these questions to the world of television, where adolescent dramas have had a different impact on the development and survival of the medium:
This debate has focused on books.