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TV Review: Fuller House S1 E13, “Love Is In The Air”

Published on March 7th, 2016 in: Comedy, Current Faves, Netflix Reviews, Reviews, TV Is Dead Long Live TV, TV Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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The final episode of Fuller House’s first season comes to an end in a predictable, yet endearing way. D.J. chooses herself over Matt and Steve, Kimmy calls off her wedding with Fernando, and the two families realize they are better off together.

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TV Is Dead, Long Live TV: March 8, 2013

Published on March 8th, 2013 in: Streaming, The Internets, TV, TV Is Dead Long Live TV |

By Elizabeth Keathley

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Whatever I watch on my iPad has better resolution and color than the television I grew up with. Note the number of choices one has by just searching on “television” in the app store.

With Big Data making big news for Netflix, I’m hoping that more Americans ditch cable for streaming television. I’ve received several questions from readers of this column asking why I think streaming services are so much better, and why I advocate throwing over cable completely for Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and the rest of our new media overlords. There are lots of reasons we should throw away the current model of cable and satellite subscription services.

Here I’ll list my top five; if you really need more reasons than these, you’re either a Comcast employee or use your television as a tool for self inflicted pain.

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TV Is Dead, Long Live TV: Why We Should Still Call It Television

Published on February 15th, 2013 in: Science and Technology, Streaming, The Internets, TV, TV Is Dead Long Live TV |

By Elizabeth Keathley

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I think the moral lesson behind The Booth at the End is: Don’t over think things. It’s also worth noting that while neon signs still use tubes to convey messages, this is no longer true of modern TVs.

Two weeks ago I wrote a piece acknowledging Netflix as our new media overlords for the occasion of the premiere of House of Cards. The success of the first independent series produced by Netflix, along with the continued success enjoyed by web series and Hulu-produced content, has some scratching their heads about what to call this new viewing experience. I have an answer to this question: when enjoying The Booth at the End on Hulu or MyMusic on YouTube, one is watching television.

This search for another name for what we are doing while we enjoy Very Mary Kate or Husbands is pointless. That many consume this entertainment via a screen on what we now call a computer rather than on what we have traditionally called a television is immaterial.

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TV is Dead, Long Live TV: I Welcome Netflix As Our New Television Overlords

Published on February 1st, 2013 in: Streaming, TV, TV Is Dead Long Live TV |

By Elizabeth Keathley

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The author’s Netflix home screen. Our new media overlords know what my family wants to watch a surprising amount of the time.

With House of Cards premiering February 1 on Netflix, it’s time to acknowledge our new media overlords. While I have yet to see the new series, I have a strong suspicion I’ll like it—Kevin Spacey was born to play to the Devil, and television loves an actor that chews scenery. As long as the writing is solid, with Spacey in the lead and Robin Wright as his dance partner, they could be acting with no sets and wearing clothes by Hanes sweat suit division and I’d still watch. Investors agree with me; Netflix stock shot up 42 percent in the last week, but exactly why the stock made such a dramatic jump is a reflection of the struggle between old and new media, and involves the death of linear TV and the complex copyright struggles that tangle all visual media distribution.

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TV Is Dead, Long Live TV: Five Things to Watch in 2013

Published on January 11th, 2013 in: Cartoons, Comedy, Horror, TV, TV Is Dead Long Live TV |

By Elizabeth Keathley

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The Venture Bros., image courtesy of Jackson Publick

So much good television is on offer for 2013. Given that I didn’t write an arbitrary best-of list for 2012, I thought I’d start out this year with an arbitrary list of things I’m really looking forward to watching in the next year. In no particular order, here are five things to get excited about for 2013 on your screen, be it television or computer or tablet.

1. Hemlock Grove. While the trailer is a little cheesy, the cast and concept are sound. Masks, hidden things, and danger lurking underneath ordinary faces? I’m in. I’ve also been waiting to see Aaron Douglas again since his role on Battlestar Galactica ended. No one can play crazy waiting to burst through a placid exterior like Aaron Douglas. I keep waiting for the role that will let him rip someone’s head off. I hope this show gathers loads of momentum from Netflix watchers, but I’m worried that actual ratings (measured by clicks and views on Netflix) will look small when compared to the made-up Nielsen ratings we’re used to as a metric. Here’s hoping Hemlock Grove delivers the horror and fandom goods and thrives as a show independent of any network.

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TV Is Dead, Long Live TV: December 7, 2012

Published on December 7th, 2012 in: Media, Science and Technology, Streaming, The Internets, TV, TV Is Dead Long Live TV |

By Elizabeth Keathley

In his keynote speech to the XOXO Festival this past September, Dan Harmon, creator of Community, had this to say about the death of television:

“You don’t want to monetize the Internet. You’re having fun right now because it can’t be monetized. You’re getting away with murder on the Internet. You’re doing wonderful Rodenberry-ish things on the Internet because it has eschewed money and all the crappy people are back on TV wasting everyone’s time while Rome burns to the ground.”

I disagree with Harmon about several things he said in this speech, but I’ll start with the money thing because it’s so easy to disprove.

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Dan Harmon created a great television show, but now says TV is dead.
A video of his speech is at the end of this article.

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TV Is Dead, Long Live TV: November 16, 2012 – A Guide To Cutting The Cord

Published on November 16th, 2012 in: Science and Technology, Streaming, The Internets, TV, TV Is Dead Long Live TV |

By Elizabeth Keathley

The latest in our ongoing series on the life and death of linear television, a.k.a. old-style appointment television, TV that only moves forward in time. For previous installments, go here.

This installment will outline your best options for cutting the cord to your cable or satellite subscription.

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TV Is Dead, Long Live TV: November 2, 2012

Published on November 2nd, 2012 in: Cartoons, The Internets, TV, TV Is Dead Long Live TV |

By Elizabeth Keathley

The latest in our ongoing series on the life and death of linear television, a.k.a. old-style appointment television, TV that only moves forward in time. For previous installments, go here.

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You always end up working for “the man” one way or the other.

The first article in this series highlighted how today’s fans are able to finance production of television content they would like to watch, bypassing traditional network executive control of programming. This article will show examples of how traditional television networks are capitalizing on fan-funded television, and embracing (or sometimes co-opting) content driven by audience rather than business.

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TV Is Dead, Long Live TV: October 19, 2012

Published on October 19th, 2012 in: Media, Science and Technology, Streaming, The Internets, TV, TV Is Dead Long Live TV |

By Elizabeth Keathley

The latest in our ongoing series on the life and death of linear television, a.k.a. old-style appointment television, TV that only moves forward in time. For previous installments, go here.

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I had planned to write this week’s article on the topic of fan-produced web series, but The Rumble 2012 and the Presidential debates livestreaming are too critical to the death of linear television and the new life of Internet television to ignore. So let’s spend the next several paragraphs dissecting what has gone right, and what has gone wrong, in Internet TV over the past two weeks.

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TV Is Dead, Long Live TV: October 5, 2012

Published on October 5th, 2012 in: Science and Technology, Streaming, The Internets, TV, TV Is Dead Long Live TV |

By Elizabeth Keathley

Here is our second installment of our ongoing series on the life and death of linear television, a.k.a. old-style appointment television, TV that only moves forward in time. For previous installments, go here.

Remember that show that you really like that was cancelled by Fox? It doesn’t matter which one. If it had been cancelled today, the creators now have the very profitable option of starting a digital only subscription channel and allowing you to pay for the content you want, instead of letting Fox television executives decide weather your favorite programs live or die.

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