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Old 11-07-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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TV Eats Itself

TV Eats Itself

Welcome to the end of the Golden Era
By Andy Greenwald on November 6, 2013

"It's good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that and I know. But lately, I'm getting the feeling that I came in at the end. The best is over."

Tony Soprano said these words in 1999, midway through the pilot of The Sopranos. He was right about his place in the history of the Mafia, but not in the history of TV. The Sopranos proved to be the beginning of what came to be known as a “Golden Age” of television, a twin flowering of creativity and technology that elevated a formerly disrespected medium1 into a national cultural obsession….


http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...-tv-golden-age
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:58 AM   #2
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TV Eats Itself

Welcome to the end of the Golden Era
By Andy Greenwald on November 6, 2013

"It's good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that and I know. But lately, I'm getting the feeling that I came in at the end. The best is over."

Tony Soprano said these words in 1999, midway through the pilot of The Sopranos. He was right about his place in the history of the Mafia, but not in the history of TV. The Sopranos proved to be the beginning of what came to be known as a “Golden Age” of television, a twin flowering of creativity and technology that elevated a formerly disrespected medium1 into a national cultural obsession….


http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...-tv-golden-age
Besides that being typical boring critic crap that has to over analyze what television is and what his vision of what he WANTS it to be, the one point I think he missed and I think that's the most important part of all this, is that once networks like A&E or FX or USA realized that these series are cash cows and make a LOT of money, there is then pressure to get ratings and no longer the desire to be original or "artistic". It's always about the dollars and these networks are going to copy what's popular elsewhere. TV has been like the since the beginning and radio before it. And the internet based shows like House of Cards will eventually fall into the same trap. Once the money becomes big enough, they will give us whatever most popular. The only time that will change is when someone has the courage to take a chance on something. Whatever it is that will replace the online streaming services will dictate what the next big thing is...10 years from now.
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