Why this person has such an aversion to our funniest public performers, I don’t know. The site started as a writing assignment in a college class, and grew to being the meeting point for coulrophobes (clown fearers) everywhere.
This site’s lesson? Don’t sleep or clowns will eat you. But I’m more interested in the site’s other lesson: that a nice, fast-loading design, a clear and interesting message, and word of mouth is what drives a Web site’s success — not flashy tricks and goofy games.
Well, OK, maybe goofy games help — I did play “Clown Invaders” for about 20 minutes.
When “RuPaul’s Drag Race” won the Emmy last year for reality competition, it defied all odds. Until 2018, only three series had won the category in its 15-year existence: “The Amazing Race,” “The Voice” and “Top Chef.” “Drag Race” airs on VH1, which hasn’t been a huge Emmy player in the past (last year was [...]
Megan Amram disrupted the Emmy race last year with “An Emmy for Megan,” her meta short form series that chronicled her attempts to, yes, disrupt the Emmy race. She almost got there: “An Emmy for Megan” was nominated for outstanding short form comedy or drama series but ultimately lost to “James Corden’s Next James Corden.” However, Amram [...]
Mike Schur has become a bit of a go-to voice for those of us who cover TV and are looking for a smart, well-reasoned take on the business. And it’s easy to see why: Not only is Schur thankfully accessible and willing to share his thoughts with those of us in the fourth estate, but [...]
As A-list stars and auteurs made their way to TV this decade, “limited series” orders became a way to sign them up without having to lock in full-season commitments. The format has become such a dominant part of modern TV culture that it’s hard to believe that less than a decade ago there were too [...]
Why should the film folks have all the fun? In features, the Oscar race is the stuff of constant conversation as contenders are continually placed on the field — first at various film festivals, then at a litany of awards shows before the Academy Awards picks the ultimate season-ending victors. In TV, the Emmy march [...]
For most of its run, “Saturday Night Live” has been a minor Emmy contender. Between 1976 and 2008, the NBC late-night sketch comedy series earned 101 nominations and 23 wins. Respectable — but not a juggernaut. And then the dam broke. Since 2009, “SNL” has been on a tear, scoring 151 nominations and winning 44 [...]
The fact that “Game of Thrones” is not only a ratings juggernaut and a pop culture phenomenon but also dominates at the Emmys is nothing short of remarkable. Television Academy voters have rarely recognized genre series, be they sci-fi, fantasy, horror or superheroes, for its top prize. But that’s changing — with some caveats. In [...]