Some upcoming changes.

This post is hard to write, but after something that happened yesterday, it’s something I have to do. Before I say anything else, I’d like to thank everyone for reading and sharing what I’ve written, it’s reassuring to know that my work has resonated with people. I’ve put a lot of work into this blog, and that work has led to some opportunities, and I hope it leads to more.

This blog is a labour of love, and I’ve met some great people as a result of my writing. I’m happy for people to share my work on social media (it’s why I have the sharing buttons), but some time in the next week I’m going to be putting a copyright notice on my blog, because this happened:

This tweet makes absolutely no sense. There is some sort of newspaper generator that allows people to create online newspapers made of other people’s work. I’ve gotten a couple of these in the past, but there’s always been a link to the website and the website will link back to my work. I spent some time last night on the UiTV website trying to find which story I ‘wrote’ for them, and I couldn’t. That’s not the point though. As far as I can tell, this website makes money off of advertising, and it republished my work without my permission for free. I wrote it for free, but that’s because I wanted to, and I was never asked for permission to republish.

This is why I’ve put a copyright notice in the sidebar. Feel free to share on social media, and by all means reblog on WordPress, that is absolutely fine. After looking at WordPress’ guide to preventing content theft, I realised that this blog still doesn’t have a real title. “Insert title here” was only ever meant to be temporary, and it’s been there for over two years now. The floor is open to suggestions, so please add them in the comments or contact me on social media.


Game of Thrones, Season 6 Episode 5: “The Door”

I wasn’t planning on writing about this week’s Game of Thrones. I like to touch base every once in a while, but this episode was special for so many reasons. There are full recaps all over the internet, I just wanted to highlight a few things that may have gotten lost beneath that devastating conclusion. As several critics have pointed out, “The Door” (as well as next week’s episode) was directed by Jack Bender, who directed some of the best episodes of Lost, including “The Constant.” I haven’t finished Lost, but between Game of Thrones and Teaves podcast host Regan Lloyd (who just watched “The Constant”), this week is full of reminders that I need to keep watching Lost. There are spoilers for this episode of Game of Thrones, as well as some spoilers for this particular episode of Lost.


John Locke wins the Iron Throne. Image courtesy of Matt Patches.

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What’s New In Streaming This Week | @NetflixANZ @Presto @StanAustralia — DeciderTV

via What’s New In Streaming This Week | @NetflixANZ @Presto @StanAustralia — DeciderTV

There’s a manageable amount of new shows and films in Australian streaming this week, which is definitely needed. I’m really looking forward to Lady Dynamite and Angie Tribeca. There are great things happening in comedy right now, which often gets lost in the shuffle with all the prestige dramas on the air right now. The Jaws films are all dropping on Netflix next Friday, which is an excuse for me to tell a story from my childhood. I went on a family holiday to the United States in 2002, and one of the last things we did before coming home was go to Universal Studios in LA (you do LA last, because it’s pretty much the departure point for all flights across the Pacific Ocean). We went on a tour in a train type thing, and there was a Jaws section of the tour. A mechanical shark ate a mechanical person. I’ve never seen my brother that terrified before or since. He was only 9, and it turns out he thought the shark was real. I don’t think he’ll ever watch Jaws, but we did enjoy watching Sharknado with our sister.

Essential reading from upfronts season

Upfronts is the time of year when the networks announce their schedules for the upcoming season. In Australia and (presumably) Britain, this means that networks announce what’s coming back, because a show will take a couple of years off while the cast are doing other things. See: Janet King, Upper Middle Bogan and Rake. Other things that happen in Australia’s recent upfronts include Ten’s announcement that they’re bringing back Offspring.

In the United States it’s a bit different. It began last week with a slew of cancellations, as detailed by Alan Sepinwall and news that Supergirl is moving from CBS to the CW, which is probably where it should have been in the first place. This week the networks announce which shows will be in which timeslots and show trailers to potential ad buyers, asking them to buy ad time before they’ve even seen the show. The details in this may be incorrect, but there are plenty of good explanations online if you’re confused. This post is here purely to link you to some good reading.

Drew was never a TV show, so why does it seem like CBS cancelled it?

The first article on The A.V. Club is about the fact that CBS decided not to order Nancy Drew to series, after spending a lot of money on the pilot. There are a lot of elements at play here, and Myles McNutt does a great job of breaking them down. I knew that there was a Nancy Drew show in the works, but I assumed Nancy would still be a child. Instead she’s grown up and she’s played by Sarah Shahi, so now I desperately want to watch this show. What the article doesn’t go into is the fact that this has happened once before, also at CBS. The once-loved sitcom How I Met Your Mother ended way after it should have, and in order to capitalise on its ratings success, a pilot was made for the spin-off How I Met Your Dad, which would have aired in the same timeslot as its predecessor if it had been picked up by CBS. Joe Adalian (who will reappear later in this post) details some reasons it wasn’t picked up, as well as reasons that probably didn’t factor into the network’s decision. The studio tried to shop it around for networks, and there was hope that it would be picked up in the 2015-2016 season, but nothing happened and it doesn’t seem likely that it will ever be picked up. It does present a solution for CBS, however. The CBS corporation spent a lot of money developing the pilot. If the rumours that it skews “too female” are true, it might have a future at The CW, ABC or Lifetime, all of which have shows aimed at female audiences. I don’t know how all of this will work out, but I like to think about these things.

The Business of Too Much TV

This article by Joe Adalian and Maria Elena Fernandez deserves its own post. If you only read one article about Peak TV, make it this one. It goes behind the scenes of the television industry, as Adalian and Fernandez interview the people involved in television production. Making television has become a sprint, lest producers lose their crews (who it seems are constantly being offered jobs), but there’s also the sense that the bubble will burst. It’s one of the best articles about the television industry I’ve read in years, and it’s well worth a look.

The diminishing returns of Ramsay Snow

During my rewatch of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, “The Book of the Stranger,” I tweeted this:

“The Book of the Stranger” is currently being heralded as one of the best episodes of Game of Thrones ever made, and it’s fantastic. I will list the things I liked about this episode at the end of the post, but we need to focus on the viewers’ least favourite thing about the show, which is Ramsay Bolton (ne Snow). He’ll always be Ramsay Snow in my mind.

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The Good Wife Season 7, Episode 22: “End”

I only watched four episodes of The Good Wife this season, and this show blows up the status quo on a regular basis, so a lot had happened in the months I decided not to watch. I was always going to come back for the finale; as I’ve written previously, this was once my favourite show, but the finale seemed like a finale for a completely different show. This post is going to have spoilers, so consider this your only warning. I’ve thought a lot about “End” since I watched it, and I’ve read several reviews (there will be links). I really want to like it, but I don’t feel that ending was earned. I have less authority on this show than I used to, but my feelings aren’t too different to those of critics I admire.

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