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The digital age has changed television dramatically within the past two decades. With the advent of cable channels, home video media, dish on demand and the internet, the average TV viewer has a variety of venues to access television programs. With all these ways to access television shows, the viewing audience has become more aware of repetitive story lines, inconsistency in character development and continuity errors. In short, these advances in technology have made for a more sophisticated casual television viewer, therefore allowing for the progression of serialized storytelling.
Today’s television writers have a landscape to develop complex narratives beyond the limitations of the episodic format, and now that audiences have better accessibility to these shows, there is a higher demand for serialized storytelling where there wasn’t one before.
Although there have been many television shows that have contributed to the overall progression of the modern serialized television series, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
2013 was an absolutely amazing year for television, with shows like Breaking Bad and Spartacus going out with some of their best episodes yet and new series like Hannibal and Orphan Black bursting onto the scene. While the jury’s still out on how this year will compare to last, at the halfway point, 2014 is shaping up to be pretty darn great year as well. Continuing favorites have come back stronger than ever and just like last year, a few new series have quickly made strong names for themselves as well; the variety of truly great television, from comedy to drama to the many series that don’t so easily fit either description, has never been so pronounced.
However, with so much TV out there, some of the best episodes (and series in general) of the year have flown under the radar, so a handful of Sound on Sight’s podcasters »
- Kate Kulzick
J. August Richards is getting to be busy. The Angel and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. alum has signed up for a multi-episode arc on Lifetime’s upcoming post-apocalyptic drama (yes, that’s a real thing, I can’t wait) The Lottery.
EW reports that Jason O’Mara has joined te cast of History’s upcoming mini-series Sons of Liberty as George Washington. That’s an interesting casting choice.
The live feeds haven’t started yet and we already have a Big Brother bigotry scandal. Try to look surprised.
Orphan Black creators Graeme Mansion and John Fawcett talked with TVLine about the dancing scene from this weekend’s season finale. It took “an intensive couple of days,” a lot of careful blocking, especially for Jordan Gavaris.
We may have been excited to see how uncensored Kathy Griffin could get as host of the Daytime Emmy awards, »
- Lyle Masaki
Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because. Our next category: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy This is a weak field. Louis C.K. is Louis C.K. and I'll always express admiration for what Jim Parsons does on "Big Bang Theory," but otherwise you're looking at two Showtime stars who are favorites »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots last week. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest. We are, as always, playing by the Emmy rules, which means we can't argue for someone who didn't submit themselves (say, Alan Cumming for "The Good Wife"), can't move someone from lead to supporting or vice versa, and can't declare that "True Detective" is a miniseries and therefore clear more room in the drama categories. I'm also obviously limited by what I watched and what I haven't. I think I saw maybe three episodes of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" this season, for instance, and while I like the show a lot, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots on Monday. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest. We are, as always, playing by the Emmy rules, which means we can't argue for someone who didn't submit themselves (say, Alan Cumming for "The Good Wife"), can't move someone from lead to supporting or vice versa, and can't declare that "True Detective" is a miniseries and therefore clear more room in the drama categories. I'm also obviously limited by what I watched and what I haven't. I think I saw maybe three episodes of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" this season, for instance, and while I like the show a lot, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Animal Planet is planning another puppy-themed special, it ordered a World Cup companion titled World Pup. How many puppies will it take to make me forget what John Oliver said about the World Cup on the latest Last Week Tonight?
Ryan Murphy received a call from the President, who said he found The Normal Heart to be incredibly moving. I can’t help but wonder if Ned‘s battle reminded the President of the challenges of being a community organizer.
Speaking of, Review‘s Andy Daly talked with Hitfix about how getting a second season required agreeing to budget cuts. However, Daly seemed to think he knew how to put together another season for less money, “We were supposed to originally make eight episodes, and we turned it into nine, because we’d written too much and shot too much, »
- Lyle Masaki
The brilliant, provocative, hilarious, and filthy Inside Amy Schumer has been renewed for a third season, Comedy Central announced today. The network also renewed Andy Daly's terrific Review and the animated series TripTank for second seasons. Hooray! No one wants a show to repeat itself too much, but seriously, our kingdom for another Schumer segment that beautifully and masterfully parodies Aaron Sorkin. There's a whole upcoming season of Newsroom that's going to need skewering, and Amy Schumer is clearly the one to do it. »
- Margaret Lyons
Amy Schumer can begin sketching out a third season of her series: Comedy Central announced Monday that it had renewed sketch comedy Inside Amy Schumer, along with second season go-aheads for Andy Daly’s Review and the animated series TripTank. All three shows will return with new episodes sometime next year.
The network also gave series orders to a pair of comedies, Another Period and Idiotsitter, which will premiere in 2015. Set at the turn of last century, Another Period stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as two sisters from a fabulously wealthy family in Newport, R.I., who “care only about how they look, »
- Dan Snierson
Comedy Central is beefing up its female-focused content, renewing “Inside Amy Schumer” for a third season and giving series orders to “Another Period” starring Natasha Leggero and Garfunkel and Oates’ Riki Lindhome and “Idiotsitter,” the digital project created by Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian Bell.
“Another Period” is set at the turn of the century and follows the misadventures of a Rhode Island family who — apart from their exceedingly deep pockets — have absolutely nothing to offer the rest of the world. The series is written by, executive produced by and stars Leggero and Lindhome and is executive produced and directed by Jeremy Konner (“Drunk History”) and executive produced by Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein. The pilot also stars Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Beth Dover, Brett Gelman, Tom Lennon, Jason Ritter, Rosa Salazar and Armen Weitzman.
- Whitney Friedlander
I thought the best part of interviewing Andy Daly in Austin over the weekend would be getting a chance to witness the star of Comedy Central's "Review" channeling his fictional alter ego Forrest MacNeil and eating pancakes, as he did in the year's funniest half-hour of television. But though pancakes were, in fact, consumed (in the interests of accuracy, I should say that Daly ordered the short stack — albeit what turned out to be a Texas-sized short stack — and ate much, but not all, of it), the most exciting part of the interview was the news that Comedy Central was days away from announcing that "Review" (which had ended on a brilliant, but seemingly final, note) would return for a second season. (In that same announcement, Comedy Central also renewed "Inside Amy Schumer" and the animated series "TripTank," as well as greenlighting two new series: "Another Period," starring Riki Lindhome »
- Alan Sepinwall
Fear not, Amy Schumer fans; another batch of delightfully tasteful sketch comedy from your favorite funny lady is on its way. Comedy Central has renewed “Inside Amy Schumer” for a third season, the network said Monday. The Andy Daly comedy “Review” and animated series “TripTank” have also been renewed for second seasons. Also read: Larry Wilmore to Replace Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central The network has also given the green light to a pair of new series, “Another Period” and “Idiotsitter.” Starring Natasha Leggero (“Brickleberry”) and Riki Lindhome (“Garfunkel and Oates”), the series, set at the turn of the century, »
- Tim Kenneally
Comedy Central is firming up its lineup, renewing Inside Amy Schumer and two more, while handing out series orders to Another Period and Idiotsitter and five new digital shows. The cable network announced Monday that sketch series Schumer will return for a third season alongside Andy Daly's scripted comedy Review and animated anthology TripTank, which have been renewed for second seasons. TripTank will return for a supersized 20-episode season after its freshman run of eight installments. The three shows will be joined on the schedule by Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome comedy Another Period and Charlotte Newhouse and Jillian
- Lesley Goldberg
The network announced Monday that "Schumer," the wildly popular sketch show fronted by the titular comedienne, will be back for a third season. Comedy Central also ordered new seasons of series "Review," starring Andy Daly, and animated show "TripTank."
In addition to those renewals, the network has also picked up two new shows to series, and both are fronted by women.
The first, called "Another Period," stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as sisters from a wealthy Rhode Island family at the turn of the 20th century. According to the show's official synopsis, the sisters at the heart of "Period" "care only about how they look, what parties they attend and becoming famous, which is a lot harder in 1902." The pilot features celeb cameos from Michael Ian Black, Jason Ritter, Tom Lennon, »
- Katie Roberts
A glut of great TV shows makes it hard to recognize every show worth of it, but the members of the Television Critics Association did our best in picking the nominees for this year's TCA Awards. So "Breaking Bad" got three nominations, and will have to tussle with "True Detective" in two of those categories (Bryan Cranston vs. Matthew McConaughey for Individual Achievement in Drama, and for Program of the Year), but "Mad Men" didn't get any nominations this time out.(*) Great new shows like "True Detective," "Orange Is the New Black" and "Fargo" got multiple bits of recognition, though there was at times category confusion. the movies/minis category, for instance, includes "True Detective," "Fargo" and "American Horror Story: Coven," all of which are telling season-long stories but will likely continue with new stories and characters next year, but also "Broadchurch" and "The Returned," which are producing sequel seasons »
- Alan Sepinwall
Starring in Comedy Central's "Review" appealed to actor and comedian Andy Daly from the very beginning. Adapted from an Australian series, it follows television host Forrest MacNeil, who goes to increasingly absurd lengths to evaluate life experiences for the viewing audience, and, as Daly told us in our recent video chat, "I saw immediately that this character was a kind of guy I play a lot, somebody who seems very normal on the surface and is very reserved, but who goes to dark places." -Break- Gold Derby Emmy Mvp: 'Review' is best new comedy of the year But he never worried about going too far: "He's not a bad person who wants to do cocaine. He doesn't really want to go to orgies … so it felt like as long as we held on to that, and we didn't just make him a monster, that there would be »
On Friday afternoon, we'll talk with Andy Daly about his latest job rating life itself on the new Comedy Central series "Review." Join us for our live chat on May 16, at noon Pt/3:00pm Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Watch our exclusive chats with Megan Boone, Merritt Wever, and more! Daly, a recent Gold Derby Emmy Mvp, plays Forrest MacNeil, who accepts every review assignment given to him – from drug addiction, to racism, to divorce – and rates them on his patented five-star scale. The series, which is a hard-to-categorize blend of sketch comedy and dark sitcom, is adapted from the Australian series "Review with Myles Barlow," which ran for two seasons from 2008 to 2010. But "Review" isn't the only project keeping Daly busy these days. The ubiquitous comedian has been seen recently on "Modern Family," "Silicon Valley," "Drunk History," "Eastboun..."' »
In Silicon Valley's "Third Party Insourcing," the satire and character-building were both exceptionally high. It was also just a hilarious episode, and reminiscent of some of Mike Judge's other work (like King of the Hill in particular). As the Pied Piper guys work towards the TechCrunch competition deadline, they're forced to bring in a ringer (Austin Abrams) who can help Richard with his blind spot, programming cloud. Truths are then revealed that bring everyone back to reality. Hit the jump for why a fetus is better than you (maybe). Things are coming down to the wire for Pied Piper, and the small operation is having to confront the fact that they still are in need of more help. Richard may have aged 40 years in the last seven weeks (according to his terrible doctor, played by the awesome Andy Daly), but he still doesn't know cloud. For that, Jared »
- Allison Keene
Back in March, Comedy Central stunned me in a very good way with "Review" (aka "Review with Forrest MacNeil"), starring Andy Daly as a milquetoast "reviewer of life" who will try any experience his audience requests, from drug addiction to becoming a racist. It was both a superb showcase for the incredibly game Daly, but dark and brilliant and hilarious in the ways in which each stunt and episode built on what had come before, so that it became clear this was about a man whose job was destroying his life. The fourth episode, which opens with Forrest being asked to eat 15 pancakes in one sitting, remains the single funniest half hour on television so far this year, and I remain skeptical that anything anywhere will be able to beat it. (It's embedded below.) The finale aired last night, and I have a few thoughts on it, the first season as a whole, »
- Alan Sepinwall
As Forrest MacNeil, the host of Review, the show-within-the-show seen on Comedy Central’s Review, writer-actor Andy Daly delivers a darkly comic star turn as a critic who doesn’t review “food, books, or movies,” but, rather, gives star ratings to “life itself.” The performance may surprise viewers who only recognize him from his minor, though memorable, role as emasculated Principal Cutler on Eastbound & Down. But those familiar with lecherous theatrical director Don Dimello, talentless would-be Sha Na Na member Hot Dog, and other characters he’s portrayed on podcasts such as "Comedy Bang! Bang!" and the "Andy Daly Pilot Podcast Project" know that “dark” is a language the chipper, slightly professorial Daly speaks fluently. As the first season of Review comes to a close tonight at 10 p.m., Vulture checked in with him to see how he’s faring as we reach the culmination of MacNeil’s first viewer-dictated »
- Ivan Cohen
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