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If this is another golden age of television, it’s also a golden age of social criticism. Social media means networks can market new shows and pump up the crowd in the hope that everyone will live-tweet it and draw more advertising eyeballs. But it also means that when something flops, it flops hard.
Let’s all pour one out for everyone over at VH1 this morning. “Drumline 2: A New Beat,” a spinoff of the super successful 2002 film “Drumline,” premiered last night. Yesterday, when #DrumlineANewBeat was circling around social media, fans could hardly contain themselves waiting for showtime. And then the movie started. It wasn’t just that stars Nick Cannon and Alexandra Ship weren’t living up to the beloved movie’s status. Fans were eager to give advice and complain about the technical stuff:
#Drumline2 would have came off better as a series instead of a movie. It was good, but tried to fit everybody’s story and it was too much
— Cameron Jones (@_CamJamBam) October 28, 2014
— SlowFire13 (@ya_hersey) October 28, 2014
Actually, the idea of a “Drumline” series sounds like a much better idea than a big event-style, made for tv sequel. #Drumlin2 is still trending this morning, and the social response is not getting any nicer though:
— RealTalk (@mzjuiceyfilled) October 28, 2014
Ouch. While the miniseries and TV movies are having their moment, it’s worth noting when the trend hits a saturation point. Some things might be better left alone.
We live in an age where advanced travel planning is at once easy and unnecessary. Don’t have a hotel for the weekend? You can use Hotel Tonight for same-day deals. Have no idea where to eat? You can turn to Foursquare and TripAdvisor.
On the new series ‘Weekend Fix’ , which premieres tomorrow night at 10pm ET on Esquire Network, actor Omar Miller (CSI Miami) and Five Four Club founder Andres Izquieta travel America, crowdsourcing their weekends with only smartphone apps and recommendations from locals and friends. “We hope to inspire others on their journey to discover their own Weekend Fix,” Izquieta tells LostRemote.
In a recent episode, in which Miller and Izquieta visit Brooklyn – featuring stops at sneaker-maker Greats and at Brooklyn Bowl – they employ Google, Instagram, TripAdvisor, Twitter, Google Maps, Tumblr, Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary, FourSquare, Where to Wee, Yelp, Vimeo, and YouTube to get their Weekend Fix.
Social recommendations drive each episode and the show does a fantastic job displaying the apps on-air. We spoke with the charismatic stars of ‘Weekend Fix’ to learn more about travel planning (or lack thereof), their surprising recommendations, and app integration. Read more
As TV critics often remind us, we’re living in a second Golden Age of television. It’s an exciting era in which writers and producers, now freed from the constraints of the major networks thanks to the proliferation of TV channels, online distribution options and independent production companies, are taking risks and serving up innovative content. Inspired by HBO’s wildly popular mobster series, The Sopranos, a new generation of producers began offering critically acclaimed fare like Breaking Bad and Mad Men. And now, series like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards are making waves via subscription streaming services.
This revolution in content production has been largely driven and enabled by a sea change in how consumers access programming. The first wave came as the proliferation of TV channels available via cable/satellite/telco subscriptions. The second wave is the on-demand availability of content through streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus and Netflix, powered by over-the-top devices like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and gaming consoles like Xbox. Standalone niche networks that are available 24/7 in a channel format via apps and online – like the Tennis Channel and WWE Network – are also part of this wave.
The on-demand component is important to today’s consumers, especially Millennials and Generation Z, who have come to expect access to content on multiple devices whenever and wherever they want it. Cable networks have gotten the message.
Lifetime is premiering “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” on November 15th and the hate is already spreading through social media. After the Brittany Murphy biopic flopped, the negative social chatter should be expected. But there’s one elephant in the room that Lifetime wishes fans would forget: that her family didn’t approve or want the film made, resulting a recasting of the lead role early on. Other issues? Let us count the ways.
1) Iggy Azalea?
— QueenCandyDhami. (@PrinceTaughtMe) October 24, 2014
Correct me if I’m wrong, but Aaliyah’s music can’t be used in this Lifetime movie right? So, who’s going to be singing these songs? ‘Cause..
— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) October 3, 2014
2) The casting.
the first question they should have asked Aaliyah years ago was “Who would you want to played you in a movie” — Aaliyah Fan Page (@Aaliyah_1979) October 25, 2014
3) The fact that this movie will never please everyone.
This Aaliyah movie better be good. I highly doubt it’s going to be better then the TLC movie
— IG:Lovelydivaash (@AshleySweetness) October 27, 2014
Aaliyah really is the princess of R&B so without the family’s approval or her music, you can’t expect fans to be pleased. All press is good press, though, right?
On the heels of the very successful “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon, FX has finally launched SimpsonsWorld.com. A website where you can really go down the rabbit hole with everything “Simpsons:”re-binge watch every episode ever, track episodes by popularity, watch bonus clips, read script pages, and more. There are playlists like the “15 Best Ralph Moments: The Most Adorable Playlist on the Internet.”
Simpson’s World is also available via the FX Now app, but you have to authenticate.
And therein lies the first of a few problems.
1) It’s not available if you have Verizon Fios in some markets, which, as I stole my brother’s cable log-in credentials like any respectable older sister, just reminded me of how stingy FX is with letting me access their programming. Trying to catch up on “Sons of Anarchy” requires Wayne Unser-like patience.
2) You can’t share clips or content via the site, a feature that should be coming soon. But maybe we should enjoy the calm before we are inundated with customized “Simpson’s” clips in all of our social media feeds and Buzzfeed articles
With the midterm elections taking place November 4, BET has debuted ‘What’s at Stake?’ a digital series (available on BET.com, VOD, and the BET app) that takes a look at the issues that are important to young African American voters. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, a HuffPost Live and BET News host, as well as a political contributor for CNN, will host ‘What’s at Stake?’
The series will be promoted across linear and social. Each week, Dr. Hill will appear on ‘106 & Park’ – the network’s most popular show – to discuss each week’s topic. On social, #whatsatstake will be used to discuss ideas and to source topics for future episodes. Read more