FROM Matt Zoller Seitz
TV in the age of covfefe Russian spies in Washington, an unpredictable and controversial President sitting in the White House and a dystopian version of America, isolated from the world. Is this fact... or fiction? We talk about television in the age of Trump. Screen shot from a video by Huy Parkinson There once was a time when television offered us a fictional, over-the-top president capable of surprising schemes, surrounded by a dangerous team of loyalists whose sole ambition was the pursuit of power. But now, reality seems to have overtaken fiction. This presents an interesting challenge for writers and producers. How can scripted television compete with the un-scripted presidency. Matt Zoller Seitz, television critic for New York Magazine and Vulture, considers TV in the age of covfefe.
What's the best TV show ever? Photo: dailyinvention Hundreds, if not thousands, of shows have been made for the small screen since the advent of television – not all of them high quality. But there have been enough great American TV shows by now to cause intense debate over which are the best. Two critics created a comprehensive ranking system to compare hundreds of shows. They came up with a canon of the 100 greatest American shows of all time. It’s a new book titled “TV (The Book).”
What's the best TV show ever? A debate Hundreds, if not thousands, of shows have been made for the small screen since the advent of television – not all of them high quality, of course. But there have been enough great American TV shows by now to cause intense debate over which are the best of all time. Well, two critics have engaged in a spirited debate and have narrowed it down. Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall created a comprehensive ranking system to compare hundreds of shows, and came up with a canon of the one hundred greatest American shows of all time. It’s a new book titled, “TV (The Book).”
Oliver Stone still wants to 'outrage people, wake them up' The new film “Snowden,” which stars Joseph Gordon Levitt as NSA leaker Edward Snowden, is out Friday . To coincide with the premiere, as well as filmmaker Oliver Stone’s seventieth birthday, TV and film critic Matt Zoller Seitz has put out a 480-page coffee-table book on Oliver Stone. The book is based on 100 hours of interviews, and it includes parts of Stone’s screenplays, storyboards, personal photos and correspondence. The title is “The Oliver Stone Experience,” and Zoller Seitz joins Press Play to talk about how, after four decades making films, Oliver Stone still wants to “outrage people, wake them up.”
The Decline of the Serial TV Drama, Rise of the Anthology The Season 6 finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” set up a possibly epic showdown between houses next season, and left fans immediately theorizing about what will happen next. But Game of Thrones is that too-rare great serial drama these days that leaves fans on pins and needles in anticipation for next season. That’s why many shows now are trying different models and anthology series are on the rise .
How to End a Modern Drama like AMC's 'Breaking Bad'? Spoiler alert for those who've never watched Breaking Bad , the AMC TV series that started five seasons ago. Episode one: chemistry teacher Walter White discovers he has cancer with only two years left to live. To provide security for his wife and a son with cerebral palsy he begins making and selling methamphetamine. As he descends into the Albuquerque drug trade, segments explore the questionable morality of the anti-hero. With just two episodes remaining, here's the question: is there any way to write a satisfying ending? Matt Zoller Sietz is TV critic for New York magazine, editor in chief of RogerEbert.com and author of The Wes Anderson Collection .
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.