Stranger Things was nostalgia incarnate, and it worked. Another made-for-streaming show, Good Girls Revolt, was a disaster. What happened?
The funeral is an everpresent force in pop culture, particularly on television, where in long-running serial storytelling, people at some point have to die—from a cynical perspective, to drive the plot forward, but also from a purely practical one, to accommodate actors who want to leave programmes before the end. This means that we tend to […]
Of late, we have seen diversity explode onto the pop culture scene. While the concept of ‘diversity’ has always been a lurking buzzword, the establishment is finally starting to take it seriously in response to consumer pressure — and to be clear here, when I talk about ‘diversity,’ I mean representation across all minorities, not […]
When I first heard about Amazon Instant’s Transparent, I was rather excited. Web-exclusive series are definitely the new face of television, and as established in Orange is the New Black, they’re becoming a place for trans talent to shine, and a career incubator for actors who might otherwise struggle to break into Hollywood and the popular consciousness. They’re […]
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about television as a narrative form, while I ponder various creators and their degrees of success and failure with the medium. Television is simultaneously ripe with opportunity and challenge and it’s clear not everyone is up to the task. What television provides is an opportunity for long form storytelling, […]