Posts Tagged “Awards”

Look At That: The Emmys Happened

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

Because this is what happens when you move the show from a Sunday to a Monday: We can't get to it until Friday. So, yes. I'm fully aware that nobody reads this thing anyway. But commenting on something that happened four days ago? That's taking our version of pathetic to a new level. I mean, what is this? 2003? Yet I just can't help myself from adhering to tradition. And because we have yet to miss a year in our Emmy recap series, behold the fourth go-around, even if we are nearly a ... read more

And the nominees are … (Part 3)

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OK. Two things: 1. Last year was a watershed moment for the Internet television medium, which was why we opted to ooze and gush over the mere fact that "House Of Cards" received a bevy of Emmy nominations. It opened the doors wide open for what happened this year (way more on that below), and it was a moment that forced us to opt against the usual Emmy format, if only for a year. And 2. Yes, I completely understand that the Emmy nominees were revealed six days ago. But this post is not ... read more

Stream This Year’s Oscars! Or, Wait. Whoops. Not Really.

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Hey, remember when we live-blogged the Oscars?! How fun was that?! The answer, of course, was very. Very fun, indeed. (Side: Too bad we can't import the comments from these things — going back and forth that night was half the fun!). The year was 2012. This paper had a different-looking website. I still had friends. The ceremony was still held in February. And, most importantly, "The Artist," which someone I know once claimed it "the best silent movie of 2012," cleaned up. Don't worry. You ... read more

Robin Wright won a Golden Globe. That’s a big deal.

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

Well, thank you, Roku. Your never-ending brilliance afforded me the ability to watch the Golden Globes last night. And while my bedtime is typically far too early for me to fully enjoy such pomp and circumstance, I also managed to pick my retirement spot correctly: I gave into my battle with sleep precisely two-and-a-half minutes after Ms. Robin Wright took home the first-ever trophy for an Internet TV star. What say you, Colin Mann of Advanced Television? "Netflix has become the first original ... read more

What You Want When You Want It.

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Welp. With a little less than two weeks left in 2013, we have been inundated with wrap-ups, lists, best-of commentary and, of course, think pieces dedicated to figuring out what it all might mean moving forward. Naturally, CNN did this with television. And naturally, CNN broached the whole Internet TV thing. Let's go, Lisa Respers France ... "While streaming and DVRing shows is not new, the take off of the original content really came into its own in 2013," she wrote Wednesday. "Charlotte ... read more

‘House Of Cards’ Season Two Has A Release Date. Grab Some Flowers.

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Valentine's Day. You love it, right? Oh, what's that? You don't? Really? Those tiny candy hearts are never appetizing? Not once have you ever received a worthwhile gift? The day just brings about loneliness and heartache? You hated the 2010 romantic comedy that bears the same name? Welp, I've got good news for you, then, you cynically impossible romantic: "House Of Cards" has a release date for season two. And that day is Friday, February 14, 2014. Or, in other words, Valentine's Day. Let's ... read more

It’s year three for the Three Things About Emmy.

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For the third year in a row, it's time to pull out three bullet points from the Emmy telecast. Yes, despite not offering up any predictions, we still need to have some form of consistency, right? Right. Besides: How many times can you read about "House of Cards" being nominated before you say, "OK. I get it. 'House of Cards' was nominated," and click somewhere else? Oh, wait. You already clicked? Shoot. Anyway, behold three takeaways from the biggest night in television and what they mean ... read more

Netflix. House Of Cards. The Emmys.

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“It’s as much a win for Internet television as it is for the content creators.”

Those were the words uttered by Ted Sarandos, the Chief Content Officer of Netflix, after this year's Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning.

OK. Hold on. Wait a minute. Before we move on, I must ask you to forget. To forget the bullet-point heavy rundown of what the nominations mean that this blog has provided in the past. To forget the analysis that we typically offer around this time of year regarding what we should expect when the trophy show takes center stage. To forget, in essence, what popular culture has asked us to know for years and years and years when it comes to television consumerism. And, of course, for the love of God, to forget precisely how unfunny and snarky a single blogger can be (that's me!).

Forget it all. Why? Because all that stuff is yesterday's news at this point. Because this isn't any normal awards show season. Because this year's ceremony is going to feature something it has never, ever featured before. Because, after about 30 months and more than 200 posts about what was slowly but steadily happening to the television industry, it finally feels like a shift within the fabric of the mainstream is right before our eyes.

Because yes, web-based original programming has officially been called up to play in the majors.

"House of Cards," the Kevin Spacey-starring reboot of a 1990s British series that has become, for all intents and purposes, the poster-child for the advent of quality Web TV, sent waves through the tele-verse when it landed nine -- nine! -- nominations for this year's prime-time Emmy Awards ceremony. Oh, but that's not all. The much ballyhooed fourth season of "Arrested Development," another Netflix venture, managed to land three nods, the most notable of which going to the show's de-facto lead, Jason Bateman. And Hemlock Grove, the only Netflix series I haven't bought into (and yes, it's probably going to stay like that) was also recognized with a couple nominations as well.

As the news began to trickle out into the Twitterverse yesterday, I couldn't help but be filled with an inexplicable amount of joy. Not only does it justify the existence of this blog (which was something, of course, that Ms. Emmy definitely had in her mind as she made these decisions), but it also will single-handedly go down as the Moment Things Began To Change. Groundbreaking is the cliche, but it's also the correct word.

Netflix's refusal to release any tangible numbers on the successes of the shows has kept a lot of its encouragers in the dark, and, frankly, a lot of its skeptics front and center. Big Red turned around Thursday morning, grabbed its crotch, made an inappropriate gesture, and without mincing words, told those detractors to shut up, not without the use of an expletive. It's sooooo easy to criticize in today's fickle and disinterested version of popular culture (and trust me, the zeitgeist seemed to take an inordinate amount of glee in thrusting said criticism toward both "Cards" and "Development"). Therefore, it's got to feel sooooo good to have something positive now present itself to an approach to TV that has been questioned and scoffed at almost relentlessly for days, weeks, months and years.

And while "House Of Cards" and Netflix were the ones making the bigger headlines throughout each of the last 24 hours, there was a slightly ignored development that could prove to mean just as much to the medium moving forward: This blog's favorite 15-minute, Web-based show about famous people driving around and gulping up outrageous amounts of caffeine, Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee," is up for an award in the short-format nonfiction category.

Boom, as we like to say, goes the dynamite.

We can wax poetic all we want on how monumental the news is, but in its simplest form, the whole thing goes like this: 2013 will forever be remembered as The Year Internet Television Broke Through, what with this acclaim, the growing success of the addicting "Orange Is The New Black" (yeah, expect a love letter to that thing in the coming weeks), and, of course, the rise and expansion of Aereo, the antennae-based Web TV startup that just won't quit. Until Thursday, you could have made a solid argument for how far away the niche is from becoming the norm. After Thursday, however, it's going to be just a little bit harder to ignore the sea change that is upon us. It's one thing to develop a business model and then throw it into the masses for consumption. It's another to be recognized by the business model's top-level peers for its impressive amount of fundamental competency.

It's become increasingly hip to ditch traditional cable television packages in recent years, sure, but now the whole cord-cutting thing is working its way into becoming genuinely desirable from a practical level. How did the demand for HBO become so intense? Somebody gave birth to Tony Soprano. It would be both unfair and impossible to lay the same type of expectation at the feet of Francis Underwood, sure, but every network needs an "Oz" before it can land a "Sopranos," remember. Foundation is key to building anything sustainable.

And from "House Of Cards" to "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee," it's now clearer than ever that the base of this movement is as sturdy as anything the world of television has ever seen. All thanks to Netflix. All thanks to a house build with far more than a mere deck of cards.

This just in: The Grammys are social.

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

One of the strangest things in all of popular culture these days is this new reputation that the Grammys has as the go-to social-media-centric trophy show of all social-media-centric trophy shows. As a music nerd, I can't quite figure out why this effort to re-brand the thing has actually ... worked. Do we have LL Cool J to thank for that? The weird collaborations? The abundance of live performances (though, to be fair, the show has never really been particularly thin on live music, anyway)? The ... read more

It’s Golden Globes time.

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

For me, the Golden Globes have been nothing more than the go-to place for my Ricky-Gervais-is-mean fill each year. It's a fill I eat up like six pounds of french fries and it's a fill that makes me warm and snugly inside. I know, I know. Nobody likes Ricky Gervais anymore. Everyone is sick of him. He's annoying. Everyone thought "The Invention Of Lying" was trite and idiotic. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, and blah. But, I still love him. So, shut up. And stop telling me how great Adam Scott, ... read more