It’s hard to believe that The Simpsons is still on the air. Even though most die-hard Simpsons fans will gleefully tell you that the show’s trademark wit has been missing in action since sometime around season 10, the show is inarguably one of the most iconic Television programs of all-time.
Are viewers simply waiting for a new must-watch TV drama a’la Breaking Bad or Scandal to capture their attention? Or, are viewers simply leaving traditional TV viewing behind in favor of on-demand streaming a’la Netflix?
Whatever the reason, the 2015 fall TV season is off to a disappointing start.
No one likes paying for cable, but the way the industry is currently situated, there’s no other way to (legally) have access to all the content you’re interested in. You might be able to get by on Netflix originals, Amazon exclusives and reruns on Hulu, but if you want to watch your favorite sports team or keep up with HBO’s Emmy-winning series, you need cable.
But that may not be the case 10 years from now.
Amazon is cutting 25% off a unique television and streaming player setup — yes, we are talking about the TCL 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart TV. This is of course the unique combination of a television with a Roku smart interface, so you no longer need to buy a TV and a streaming player separately. More →
The moment the media and technology industries have been expecting for years may finally be arriving: Apple is exploring getting into the original programming business.
Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif., colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content. The unit putting out the feelers reports into Eddy Cue, who is Apple’s point man on all content-related matters, from its negotiations with programmers for Apple TV to its recent faceoff with Taylor Swift.
An Apple representative declined comment.
The way we interact with screens has changed drastically over the past few decades. We rarely go more than a day without touching the display of a smartphone, a tablet or a touchscreen computer, so it only makes sense that one day our TVs will begin to move in the same direction.
With the Touchjet WAVE, you won’t have to wait any longer.
With the loss of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, Comedy Central is certainly going through a late night transformation. And while Stewart is, believe it or not, now wrestling in the WWE, Colbert will be taking over David Letterman’s old Late Show spot on CBS come September.
Given the cult like following Colbert has amassed in the last few years, it’s going to be extremely interesting to see how he fares against the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon. With the show’s first episode set to air on September 8, CBS today released the full slate of guests set to appear on the show during its first week in production.
The list of 2015 Emmy nominations emphatically confirm something many have alluded to for a long time: the traditional network comedy is dying a slow death. With seven nominations given for Outstanding Comedy Series, only two series — ABC’s Modern Family and NBC’s Parks and Recreation — happen to air on one of the big three networks. In fact, the percentage of nominated comedies originating either from HBO, Amazon, Netflix, or traditional cable is higher than it’s ever been before.
With Parks and Recreation now over, Modern Family may soon be the only traditional network comedy left standing. Now admittedly, there are some great comedies currently on-air that weren’t nominated at all, with Fox’s New Girl and Brooklyn 99 being two prominent examples. Still, its hard to ignore that the smartest and most irreverent comedy these days tends to come from outlets like Comedy Central or from subscription services like HBO and Netflix.
So what happened?
After weeks of rolling our eyes, we’re finally done hate-watching True Detective, but sadly, that leaves us with one less show to fill our DVRs with every week. In fact, the schedule is looking pretty thin until the fall premieres start landing next month, but on Monday, three upcoming pilots leaked on to torrent sites weeks in advance of their scheduled debuts. More →
Following the 2013 Netflix premiere of Arrested Development’s fourth season, we were soon bombarded with rumors hinting at either an Arrested Development movie or, perhaps, a fifth season of the critically acclaimed show. As time marched on, it soon became clear that the show’s creators were more inclined to release yet another season than to try their luck on the big screen. This, of course, bodes well for fans of the show as we can now look forward to hours upon hours of new hilarity as opposed to a frustratingly limited 2-hour film.
As a cult classic, fans of Arrested Development are notoriously quick to look for and jump on even the tiniest crumb of news regarding the future of their beloved series. Well, look no further as we have quite a sizable crumb to share with you today.
Make no mistake about it; we’re currently living in a golden age of Television. Today, the seemingly endless number of incredible and riveting shows currently on-air has made it all but impossible to stay up to date with all of the content hitting our screens from every which way.
What’s more, the increasing popularity of services like Netflix and HBO Go has resulted in an influx of people going back and catching up on old shows — like LOST and The Sopranos — that they missed the first go around.
The sheer volume of content Netflix provides for just a few dollars a month is staggering. But what makes Netflix truly unique is its commitment towards increasing an already extensive library of exclusive and compelling content. In addition to original shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, Netflix has also been known to revive cancelled shows, with Arrested Development being the most prominent example.
Looking ahead, Netflix’s stable of exclusive content is about to get that much bigger with news that the company picked up the recently cancelled Canadian teen drama Degrassi, itself a generational offshoot of the iconic Degrassi Junior High which had a successful run during the late 80s and early 90s.
Have you ever wondered why you have to pay for every channel under the sun when signing up for a cable TV subscription? If you spend most nights watching sports, chances aren’t great that you’ll be flipping back and forth between the NBA Finals and The Real Housewives of New York. So why are you paying for ESPN and Bravo? More →