Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
1. The last few years have seen a rash of columns about the end of Golden Age of Television. It might at this point be more accurate to declare the end of the Television Age of Television. In the last nine months, the Netflix programming experiment produced a prestige drama with a powerful fanbase; a buzzy comedy which became a love-it-or-be-skeptical-about-it talking point; and a genuinely original (and aggressively uncommercial) series that earned accolades, whatever passes for high ratings in Netflix-land, and a Halloween costume controversy. It’s like Netflix relived the whole post-Sopranos history of cable television in less than a year. And now they’re rewriting the entire development playbook. Why greenlight a pilot when you can greenlight an entire show? And why greenlight just one show when you can greenlight a linked series of shows? Essentially, Netflix just greenlit a season of the CW, except people might actually watch more than one of these shows.
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