I want more…

…6-hour miniseries in one hour episodes, and half-hour dramas. I would watch the fuck out of these.

Srsly – 4 1-hour eps is too short (I’m looking at you Olive Kitteridge), but 6 is perfect. See BBC’s The Game, The Hour, or heck pretty much most of high-end British TV. 

And I plowed through Transparent and Amazon in the Jungle. Half hour shows are somehow more compelling to binge watch than hours – not quite sure why but its something I’m going to be thinking a lot about. So more 30 minute shows that aren’t sitcoms, pls! 

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I’m not sure the millennial generation has the patience to watch twelve, thirteen episodes of an hour-long show—even a half-hour show.

Ynon Kreiz, the president of Maker Studios (The New Yorker)

I am really incredibly sorry for the dumb shit adults say, kids.

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not only can we do it but we’ll do it in one 24 hour period

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Here’s the thing I find really funny (and by funny I mean pathetic) about this assumption that younger, digital-savvy generations today have no attention span. The thing is, yes, we will tune into a thing for five minutes and then flip away to another channel. We will turn to our phones for entertainment during commercial breaks and if we’re not interested in what we’re looking at we’ll go look at something else. This might be interpreted as a short attention span.

The thing is, what we have right now is what a lot of us and the generations before us didn’t have: a metric fuck-ton of choices. Sure, there’s a growing market for short, self-contained forms of entertainment: short stories and webisodes and other types of serialized fiction that you can consume in small doses, while you’re on your lunch break or taking your morning train. And that’s great. I love that stuff. Again, it gives you another choice, tailor-made with modern life in mind (but not exactly new, either; plenty of popular fiction used to be serialized in magazines and newspapers).

But if creators and network executives are looking at their audience and deciding that the audience isn’t paying attention to what they’re producing because “these kids today and their attention spans,” I’ve got a news flash for them: you’re not losing their attention because they’re not capable of giving it to you. You’re losing their attention because what you’re producing isn’t good enough and they’ve got better more interesting things to do with their time. They’ve got options. You want to capture their attention? Step up your fucking game and produce something that isn’t fucking garbage.

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This. 

For all the talk I’ve heard over the past year about to boom in so-called “second screen” content, my response is usually “Have you thought about making your first screen content not suck?”

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When a pro-cop citizen wrote the Nashville Police to express his “frustration and outrage” at the city’s peaceful handling of recent Ferguson protests, Chief Steve Anderson reminded the letter-writer of a simple fact: “The police are merely a representative of a government formed by the people for the people—for all people.” In his point-by-point response— published online Friday and reproduced in full below—Anderson explained why police in Nashville served demonstrators hot chocolate instead of threatening them with arrest, urging the unnamed critic to “truly give fair consideration to all points of view.”

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oooh, purty

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leseanthomas:

Happy Holidays!

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So Lorna and I came up with a plan. I would, for a four-week period, ruthlessly clear my diary and go on what we somewhat mysteriously called a “Crash”. During the Crash, I would do nothing but write from 9am to 10.30pm, Monday through Saturday. I’d get one hour off for lunch and two for dinner. I’d not see, let alone answer, any mail, and would not go near the phone. No one would come to the house. Lorna, despite her own busy schedule, would for this period do my share of the cooking and housework. In this way, so we hoped, I’d not only complete more work quantitively, but reach a mental state in which my fictional world was more real to me than the actual one.

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bronwen:

Bradley Whitford, so cool, now and forever.