Yesterday, Amazon struck a major blow against competitor Netflix by announcing it had nabbed exclusive rights to the majority of HBO’s back-catalog of series including The Wire and The Sopranos. Not to be outdone, Netflix countered with another headline making story, the order of the company’s first Spanish-Language original series from Gaz Alazraki and Luis Gerardo Mendez, two members of the team behind Nosotros los Nobles. Regardless of one’s thoughts on these deals on an individual level, one thing cannot be understated, in the war for streaming supremacy, the viewer just won big.
This past Thursday, NBC concluded the fifth season of its almost consistently on the bubble drama, Parenthood, and in an age where networks are so obsessed with the idea of “high concept television” to achieve ratings, is the family-drama (and other low-concept dramas like it) the most important show currently airing on broadcast television?
In this episode: Merrill sits down with writer, actor, director, podcaster and stand-up comic Mick Betancourt to talk the importance of life experience, the joys of youth and Merrill’s reported hatred of patterned T-Shirts.
Listen to Mick’s podcast The Mick Betancourt Showhere and catch up with Chicago PD here.
During the writers’ strike in 2008, CBS made a bold move and opted to purchase the rights to a Canadian drama, but not just any Canadian drama. But since then, the country has yet to have a show breakout into the cultural consciousness. That is until BBC America and Space came along and changed everything with their pop-culture phenomenon, Orphan Black.
Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe became a thing, one of the major complaints directed at the franchise was its lack of female heroes, because of this, Marvel Films chief Kevin Feige has recently hinted at a push for female driven films. But if the company really wants to make a splash, perhaps the place they need start isn’t on the big screen.
Orphan Black took the world by storm last year, and it wasn’t long before the niche series turned into a cultural fascination on the levels of The Walking Dead, and in less than a week, the long awaited return of the world’s newest sci-fi obsession comes to television screens all over North America in the most spectacular of ways.