Best in Show 2017

Se alguém tivesse passado o ano em coma e acordado só agora com vontade de ver TV, a primeira série que eu recomendaria binge watch seria a excelente The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), seguida de Big Little Lies (HBO). As duas são adaptadas de livros de autoras de bestsellers, cada uma em seu tempo, e que hoje vivem um pequeno renascimento. Na TV, Big Little Lies, é um alívio de se ver: gente bem vestida, trilha ótima, locações incríveis. This Is Us, em sua segunda temporada ficou mais escura mas não menos bem escrita.  Game of Thrones ficou mais grandiosa, sem ligar a mínima para roteiro mas cada vez mais veículo de cultura pop. Depois viriam as comédias inglesas e inteligentes, como a genial Catastrophe, na terceira temporada, e Fleabag, que foi lançada no ano passado, mas qualquer um deveria ver de novo. Gostei muito de Mindhunter (Netflix) e de Manhunt (Discovery), The Americans (AMC) sempre foi boa, a israelense Fauda foi uma ótima surpresa. Mas quanto à qualidade do roteiro, da história, da consistência de personagem, tema e tudo mais: Better Call Saul (AMC) continua imbatível, sendo que um episódio em particular nesta temporada, Chicanery, chegou a ser shakespeariano!

 

rare comedy gem

It’s called Baroness Von Sketch Show, it airs on IFC, it came from Canada, and it’s very funny. Created, written and produced by four women that are also the stars, this is a rapid- fire sketch show about women and their issues. Sometimes subtle, always smart, and often hilarious, subjects go from everyday social situations to workplace and everything that makes us cringe. In one of their sketches, “Run the World”, a global revolution has left women in charge. When we see the all-female World Summit of 2050, what usually takes days is wrapped up in less than an hour. “Conflict? Any war?” “No, we just talk it out these days.”

Best in Show 2016

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The year that was we all want to see behind. But TV was good, extra good. Even when it looked back to events that happened 10 years ago, like The Trial of The Century or the ones in Stars Hollow. The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) and Gilmore girls A Year in the Life (Netflix) were the best things on TV. We can immerse into any of those two worlds and pick up exactly where we all left off. Haven’t seen Black MIrror or The Girlfriend Experience, so that’s that.. But The Crown is fantastic, the best thing Netflix has done to date.
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Jon Snow is alive, and Game of Thrones is a cultural phenomenon, but The Americans is still my favorite.  The Affair is still brilliant,  a lesson on character development.
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From the new shows, This is Us (NBC) is great, especially after the dirt our president dragged us into, it’s just what the doctor ordered. Fleabag (Amazon) is really funny. And James Corden is brilliant, Carpool Karaoke is pop culture at its best. Stranger Things (Netflix)? good to binge and fun but a little too much ado about nothing.  On the non-fiction side, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is absolutely fantastic.

And here is what everybody else thinks: Vulture then Variety, and the NYTimes.
Adweek hasa also the best in digital, magazines, TV news.

curso na TV

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-1-13-13-pmTCM, Turner Classic Movies, está silenciosamente fazendo um grande trabalho de marketing multi-plataforma com programação de arquivo. Este mês eles lançaram seu projeto mais arrojado, um curso online grátis que explora o humor palhaçada (slapstick) no cinema. No ano passado, eles já tinham promovido um curso sobre filme noir — e ambos traçam um paralelo com filmes programados no ar. As aulas são semanais, o curso foi criado em parceria com uma universidade/educação integrada e o de humor, Ouch, terá 56 comédias em um mês. Quero fazer igual, Viva!

The Future of TV

On the same day that Fox became the first broadcast network to announce that it will not acknowledge or release ratings for live and same day airings for its shows — figures increasingly irrelevant with streaming and DVR, NCTA released a very captious video: Apps Are the Future of TV. It’s not very different from what Apple TV already does….

Best in Show

tv1It’s December and the avalanche of Top 10 lists in the trades indicate a much needed Holiday break. However, there’s so much good TV that I don’t think I’ll have one this year, since I have to catch up with what I didn’t see (like How to Get Away with Murder, and Olive Kitteridge, just to name a couple). So here’s my own Best of and a few links of lists I actually like.
The Americans on FX is probably one of the best dramas on TV and this season was great.
Fargo was downright excellent.
Homeland is back! And what a comeback!
The Good Wife will be good forever, it seems.
Rectify is the quintessential slow-TV, but it is really good, although not in HD.
The Honorable Woman was excellent.
Game of Thrones is addictive.
The Affair is fantastic, a great storytelling format, deep thought provoking narrative in so many ways.
Master of Sex has high and lows, but it’s overall good.
Silicon Valley was a pleasant surprise.
And in the category não-vi-e-não gostei,i.e., rejecting-it-before-I-had-even-seen-it: Jane The Virgin is just a great series, and Transparent, an amazing surprise.
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History was lengthy, and interesting, and captivating. The type of thing I would like to do one day.
Fortunately the (comedy) Newsroom is over. The overrated and boring True Detective will probably keep up the hype, and The Leftovers was interesting, albeit incomprehensible. All the new comedies were crap, Scandal sits alone in the category over-the-top-soap, and the female presidents won’t last.

Brian Lowry’s best TV Surprises
Alan Sepinwall’s
Vulture ranked it’s top 10 TV shows of 2014
Variety’s Best Dramas
Variety’s Best Comedies
Entertainment Weekly’s
Hollywood Reporter’s

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