Antenna’s reviewers evaluate the latest scripted offerings from Disney XD, FX, AMC, TNT, PBS, Comedy Central, and IFC
Amanda Keeler offers some initial thoughts on the pilot of Fear the Walking Dead and its use of storytelling, genre, setting, and character, pointing out that interpretation will depend largely on which elements of the original Walking Dead series resonate with individual viewers.
Ten (or more) media industry news items you might have missed recently.
Whereas AMC’s new slogan reflects its consistent lack of direction, FX’s brand extension embodies its continuous push forward.
While this media surge contributed to this season’s premiere becoming Mad Men’s highest rated episode ever, ratings are not really the point. Mad Men sustains AMC’s brand, providing a specific and prestigious visibility that extends beyond those who actually watch. Mad Men also offers viewers the opportunity to feel simultaneously nostalgic for and superior to a version of an earlier era, achieving a “sophisticated weekly get together of the people we dig and who dig us.”
It is no longer impossible to imagine that AMC might move on, leaving its signature show behind.
This summer’s crop of original cable series leaves me wondering if we’ve entered a new era, as I increasingly find less innovation and distinction among many of cable’s originals.
Ten things worth checking out online from this past week; feel free to add more in the comments section.