Amid all the furor over the concept of “cord-cutting” and replacing traditional television with the Internet, studios and networks have quietly started offering early Internet release of shows online. Is this an attempt to get a jump on the world of tomorrow, or simply a sign of old television surrendering to new television?
With nods in 17 categories each, AMC’s Mad Men and FX’s American Horror Story led the nomination for the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The winners will be announced Sept. 23.
For all the jokes and stereotypes about “difficult second albums,” I’ve slowly become obsessed with the tendency for second seasons of popular television shows to heavily disappoint and go off the rails in terms of quality control. Is the problem with the shows themselves, though, or with what people expect those shows to be?
Marc Bernardin runs down the noteworthy releases out today on DVD and Blu-ray, including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas and the second season of Downton Abbey.