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#2155

#2156

Why you could probably even adapt Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep with that approach!

Except maybe change the title too…


#2157

It is one of the things that I liked about that book (and that movie). Both are good, but both go in their own directions to tell the story (I read the book before I saw the movie as I was a bit too young when it came out).


#2158

The definition of “celebrity” just gets looser and looser… :confused:


#2159

It is strange that the DARK CRYSTAL (NETFLIX) and THE TICK (AMAZON) are the two series I’m looking forward to most. Now, if they would only make CRITTERS into a series, the 80’s will truly dominate television.


#2160

#2161

http://tvline.com/gallery/fall-tv-cast-changes-returning-shows-new-actors-leaving-2017/?escaped_fragment=38/yasmine-al-massri-johanna-braddy-2/


#2162

That was really interesting!


#2163

#2164

The next ten years are going to be an interesting time for networks, cable and streaming services. As has been discussed before, there is a good chance we’ll see a contraction in the number of cable channels in the future as they either move to streaming or just shut down.

Cable’s big advantage was that you could get a large assortment and variety of channels for a reasonable price. VOD he probably has helped them.

The problem with everyone creating their own streaming services is that those monthly charges start adding up. Potentially, you could end up paying just as much or more for streaming than cable.


#2165

Pay per view is the eventual future; watch what you want, when you want.

But old habits die hard and subscription and free to air have a few more years left.


#2166

The fact that this is even a headline in the Independant fills me full of seething hatred to what news is becoming. Even as the title of an opinion piece it’s just ludicrous on various levels.


#2167

I’m surprised someone could make an article about a topic whose answer is obvious :wink:


#2168

#2169

There’s an Assassin’s Creed TV Show in the Works


#2170

Good call, they should ride in the smooth wake of the success of the film.


#2171

“Wake”? Don’t you mean “still water”? :wink:


#2172

Exactly, and by success I mean utter failure.


#2173

“Undertow” it is then. :smile:


#2174

Anyone watch ‘Hawaii Five-O’?

They’re now an asian actor free series.

Opinion piece here;

CBS Made Wrong Call on Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Deals (Column)

Season 8 of “Hawaii Five-0” will return to the special task force in the Aloha State — a state where 57.4% of residents claim some Asian heritage, according to the U.S. Census — without all of its Asian regular characters. Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, who have been integral parts of the cast since the show’s inception in 2010, will be leaving the series after contract negotiations reached an impasse. The issue, as was obliquely referenced in a Facebook post from Kim on Wednesday, was pay parity with white stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan.

The actors’ departure highlights an ongoing problem for CBS: Despite being America’s most-watched TV outlet for 14 of the past 15 years, the network cannot claim to be fully representative of the audience it serves. Last August, then-CBS Entertainment chief Glenn Geller publicly acknowledged that the network needed to address the lack of diversity in its programming, both in front of and behind the camera. “We need to do better, and we know it,” he said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. At the time, all six of CBS’ new fall shows for the 2016-17 season were toplined by white men, and the network had no showrunners of color.

In an indication of taking the issue seriously, the network launched a diversity casting initiative a few months later, and this fall has a new drama, “SWAT,” that both stars and is co-run by African-Americans. To be sure, these are baby steps — the network still has no female leads in its new shows, and only a smattering of female executive producers — but an effort has at least been attempted.

This makes the confusion around Park and Kim even more counterintuitive. “Hawaii Five-0” was a seemingly effortless success story for the network — a show that both found an organically inclusive storyline and attracted regular viewers. (In addition to strong live ratings, “Hawaii Five-0” is a syndication moneymaker for CBS.) Kim and Park are technically supporting cast members to the leads, which explains some CBS’ hesitation in bringing them up to parity with No. 1 (McLoughlin) and No. 2 (Caan) on the call sheet. But pay bumps for long-serving actors on a successful show seems rather surmountable for a network as big as CBS. CBS by its own account said Wednesday it offered “large and significant raises” to both actors.

And it should be said that at least one of the reasons Kim and Park are supporting characters is because “Hawaii Five-0” is a reboot of a series that debuted in 1968 — a beloved show, but one that so centered its white actors that it engaged in yellowface casting in a manner that would be utterly unacceptable by contemporary standards. The rebooted version has had an opportunity to address, reframe, and appreciate the original — and by and large it’s succeeded in balancing nostalgia with modernity.

But all that will be a little harder to do without both of its central Asian characters. In the show’s storytelling, Chin (Kim) in particular is the Five-0’s connection to Hawaiian culture — he speaks Hawaiian and recruits his cousin Kono, played by Park, to be a part of their team. Kim has reprised his character in crossover events on other CBS shows: “NCIS: Los Angeles,” in 2012, and “MacGyver” this March, where he was joined by Park’s character Kono. Kim and Park have been consistently featured in the show’s key art, which frames the show as one led by a quartet of characters — and because Caan negotiated fewer episodes per season, he’s even on the show less frequently than Kim and Park. Kim and Park are as much the face of “Hawaii Five-0” as Caan and O’Loughlin are, even if their call sheets don’t reflect that. CBS ought to recognize that — and invest in it.

In “Hawaii Five-O,” CBS produced a diverse cast and an inclusive narrative with commercial viability. This should be its ideal scenario. But now with the exits of Kim and Park the Eye runs the risk of torpedoing its own success story. Geller said that the network knew it needed to do better. Apparently CBS is still finding it hard at times to put its money where its mouth is.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hawaii-five-0-star-exits-spark-asian-american-concern-racial-hierarchy-remains-intact-1018936

Shows survive bigger shake ups than this… I think? But is this one that they can get past?

Even if they bring in new characters to try and keep the diversity going, everyone will know where the land lies finanically.