The American Film Institute’s official selections for the 2013 AFI Awards have been announced, and the television selection proves that 2013 was a truly stellar year for the small screen. The list, which includes 10 of the year’s most outstanding television series as well as 10 equally-as-impressive movies, was selected by a panel of highly impressive judges.
As if to assure us that they aren’t changing their strategy for full-season launches of their original programming following word that they’re debuting only the first handful of episodes of their new children’s series this Christmas Eve, Netflix has announced the premiere date of House of Cards’s section season, and it’s coming all at once. We also get the above teaser, which offers us little more than the sight of Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood smoking a cigarette before the February 14, 2014 premiere date presents itself...
Predicting the Emmy Awards isn't always an easy task, but it's certainly fun to speculate over the nominees, which is what we did for the Outstanding Drama Series category. Arguments can really be made for or against all of the nominees in the category. There are six nominated dramas, and as it happens, some of us here at Cinema Blend were able to come up with solid arguments as to why some of these dramas deserve to win this year. And then there are the dramas that might not be so deserving, either for the win or even the nomination.
"Give people what they want" is the gist of the message House of Cards star Kevin Spacey is delivering in the above speech, which he delivered at the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival. And Netflix is doing just that, not only by forgoing the pilot stage in the process of sending original programming to series, but by unloading an entire season on its subscribers and allowing them to choose when and how they watch that programming.
It's at this point in the summer that you're either too busy with summer fun to have time for television, or you're sunburnt and sick of barbecue and looking for some alone time, just you and your Netflix. The thing is, Netflix is like a virtual buffet. The thought of feasting on all of the goodies is exciting, but a little bit overwhelming.
Netflix has managed to make itself a game-changer for television, not only in the way they offer full seasons and in some cases, full series, on demand for their subscribers, but also in their delve into original programming. They're making their own rules for how TV shows can be watched and enjoyed, and they're using interesting methods to collect data to determine what's popular and in demand.
FX's drama project The Strain has found its lead. The project, which comes from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and Lost's Carlton Cuse will star Corey Stoll, whose most recent gig was playing the role of Peter Russo in Netflix's House of Cards. In The Strain, Stoll will play a doctor tasked with saving humanity against a viral outbreak that may lead to vampirism.
Those hoping for the opportunity to own the first season on Netflix's original series House of Cards should have the opportunity to do so in June. No official announcement on the series' home video release has been made, but the first season is now available to pre-order on Blu-ray and DVD, with the release date listed as June 11.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sure knows how to talk the talk and walk the walk. On Monday, he presented at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference, stating that Netflix is a viable entity and is doing quite well since its drop in subscribers after attempting to split its service last year. Indeed, the service now has some viable original programming, including Lilyhammer and House of Cards, with plenty more on the way.
Not only that, but Sarandos says he has "no motivation" to talk about hard numbers, since with no advertisers House of Cards doesn't need to promote itself in the same way that network or even pay cable shows do. But I'm curious if that might change with Arrested Development
I don't know if it makes me lazy or discerning that I tend to wait for the buzz from others to dive into something as time-consuming as a TV show. But House of Cards has proven that's definitely my method of choice, and thanks to all the happy customers out there I'm already finding myself forgiving things from the first few episodes that bugged me
Based on a novel of the same name by Michael Dobbs, House of Cards was already adapted into an award winning BBC miniseries by Andrew Davies and now David Fincher, Kevin Spacey and Beau Willimon have set the dark drama in the highest echelon of American politics. Netflix's new original series is a morality play on the world's biggest stage about the shady dealings that take place during our never ending quest for power. "Give and take, welcome to Washington..."
Netflix’s highly anticipated original series, House of Cards, executive produced by David Fincher and Kevin Spacey—who also takes a lead role in the series—is finally, awesomely gearing up to hit homes this week. Netflix has been great about releasing promos for Beau Willimon’s series, which have often focused on tantalizing visions of sex and power. Regardless, with the newest promo, there’s more focus on the intangibles of complicated relationships.
If there's one thing Netflix knows how to do, it's pick 'em. With an original series slate that boasts both David Fincher's first turn to television with House of Cards as well as the revival of critics darling and cult favorite Arrested Development, there is no shortage of brains behind the development strategy. Now. That's not to say that Netflix has any idea how to properly promote any of the potential gems after they pick 'em, at least, not according to the House of Cards marketing strategy.
Between the series set to resume or return with new episodes in the new year and the new comedies and dramas making their debut, there's a lot to keep track of this month. Fortunately, we've been paying close attention to what's on deck to premiere this year, and there are a few shows that are high on our list of anticipated series. Of the new comedies and dramas set to premiere in the next couple of months, these are the shows we're most excited about and hopeful for, ordered by premiere date.