Television

Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Rob Lowe Remembers the ’90s, Andy Samberg Returns to ‘SNL’

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Meg Ryan joins How I Met Your Dad, Andy Samberg returns to Saturday Night Live, and Ellen DeGeneres gets a design show. … Read More

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Netflix vs. Amazon vs. Hulu: Who’s Winning?

Yesterday, Amazon announced that it struck a deal that would allow Prime members to stream a number of popular HBO programs. It’s great news for many: Amazon Instant Video beat its competitors to become the first online-only streaming site to get HBO programs, HBO got to stick it to Netflix, Prime members get a plethora of new (and great!) shows to watch, and those who love to incessantly talk about The Wire can now seamlessly work the show into any conversation tangentially related to Amazon.com. … Read More

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Watch an In-Depth Conversation with ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Six Feet Under’ Music Supervisor Thomas Golubić

In the music supervision world, Thomas Golubić is the gold standard. He’s worked on Breaking Bad,… Read More

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10 Amazing Abandoned Sets from Film and Television

Nobody ever said growing up is easy, but anyone who came of age in the ‘90s with the occasional eye on Nickelodeon got a gulp-inducing whiff of their own mortality recently, when pictures and video surfaced of the show’s long-forgotten Arizona ranch set. It’s still there, sort of, its abandoned buildings and trashed-out interiors a freestanding reminder that, yes, a television show was here once. But Hey Dude isn’t the only bit of pop culture that left its skeleton in place once shooting wrapped. … Read More

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A Brief Visual History of On-Screen Text Messages in Movies and TV

In college, one of my professors made an casual observation that struck an eerie chord, and has stayed close to mind since. “In a way, we’ve all become cyborgs,” she said, matter-of-factly. “How often is your phone not within a couple inches of your hand?” Of course, our technological dependence isn’t news anymore. And with the onslaught of wearable tech and Google Glass finally being made available to purchase (for a cool $1,500), we’re becoming more cyborg-ish than ever. … Read More

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‘The Americans’ Season 2 Episode 9 Recap: “Marital Eagle”

If we’re being honest, it took a little while for me to like The Americans. When I like a show, I usually immediately like it from the start — flaws and all — and then I just get deeper and deeper. With The Americans, I recognized a good pilot (and good subsequent episodes) but thought it was never going to be on my must-watch list. Something felt distant about it. But the more I watched, the more I found myself obsessed with the Jennings and their family, fascinated by this specific work vs. family pairing, this culture clash and these themes of loyalty, patriotism, and everything else that The Americans throws at us every week. “Marital Eagle” is a great example of the sort of episode that won me over, that pulled me in rather than kept me an arm’s length away. … Read More

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Was It Rape? TV’s New Obsession With Sexual Consent, From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Breaking Bad’

“Get on all fours.” Those words mark a turning point for Adam Sackler, the main love interest on Girls. Directed at his new girlfriend Natalia in the penultimate episode of the show’s second season, they initiate the most uncomfortable sex scene of a series that’s built its name on uncomfortable sex scenes. Adam picks Natalia up and forcibly throws her onto his bed. Adam keeps going when Natalia objects that she hasn’t showered, and when she asks that he watch out for her dress. Adam doesn’t appear to care about Natalia’s obviously pained facial expressions. But did Adam rape Natalia? … Read More

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The Best TV Show Tie-In Websites

Fake websites have been a long-running joke on television shows. Usually, these sites are just quickly mentioned, like the multiple fictional versions of Facebook (The IT Crowd‘s FriendFace or Degrassi‘s Facerange), or are registered domains that steer back to the show’s official site (30 Rock‘s JoanOfSnark.com). However some shows take the extra step and actually create these sites for viewers to enjoy. Here are seven of the best TV tie-in websites from Silicon Valley to Parks and Recreation. … Read More

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The Fate of Television Will Be Decided by People Who Don’t Know What HBO Is

Home Box Office introduced the “It’s Not TV. It’s HBO” slogan all the way back in October of 1996, and in spite of the fact that it seemed culturally ubiquitous in the years that followed, its penetration somehow didn’t extend to the eyeballs of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. So yesterday, during oral arguments for the American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, Inc. case, Aereo attorney David C. Frederick had to explain to Justice Scalia that HBO is not TV — as in, you can’t get it free, over the airwaves, since it is in fact a premium service. And these are the people who are deciding, in the words of the New York Times, the future of television. Worried yet? … Read More

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Stephen Colbert’s Super-Charming ‘Late Show’ Appearance Bodes Well for His New Gig

The funny thing about David Letterman announcing his retirement and CBS responding a week later by revealing that Stephen Colbert would take over The Late Show is this: it was sort of like they’d hired an unknown, considering America doesn’t have much of an idea who Stephen Colbert the guy is, since he’s always been performing through several layers of comedy. (The confusion wasn’t unlike what happened when the world first heard about a tall, geeky redheaded comedy writer by the name of Conan O’Brien.) Even when Colbert was starting out, he was performing in shows like Strangers With Candy with Amy Sedaris, another comedian who loves to put a good costume and several meta-layers of comedy between the audience and “herself.” … Read More

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