TV ratings trends in one tweet.

TV ratings trends in one tweet.

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popculturebrain:

My PolicyMic piece for this week. I recommend ‘Orphan Black’, ‘Rectify’ and more.

The number of “good” new shows out there is staggering, and while you likely heard about ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and ‘House of Cards,’ not every awesome new series is being buzzed about.

1. Orphan Black

Streetwise punk Sarah Manning is in the middle of a life-changing conversation in a suburban living room. Housewife Alison Hendrix and graduate biology student Cosima Niehaus have just dropped a bomb of information on her, and for a brief moment you forget that one actress is playing all of the parts. Star Tatiana Maslany is giving one of the most under appreciated performances on modern television. This thrilling sci-fi drama carved out a name for itself on BBC America earlier this year with its breakout star and clever plot mechanics. It’s pulpy, exciting action done right and it’s rising in notoriety thanks to Maslany’s Golden Globe nomination. 

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chrisdaps:

Here’s a look at some of our favorite television shows that ended in 2013.

As the year comes to a close, it’s important to take a moment to remember the good friends we’ve lost along the way. Whether those friends were meth dealers or paper salesmen or serial killers that kill other serial killers, they were all important to our lives. 

The song in the video is a violin cover of Bruno Mars’ 2013 hit “When I Was Your Man” by Jun Sung Ahn. You can see him perform it, here.

My PolicyMic piece for this week. I recommend ‘Orphan Black’, ‘Rectify’ and more.

The number of “good” new shows out there is staggering, and while you likely heard about ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and ‘House of Cards,’ not every awesome new series is being buzzed about.

1. Orphan Black

Streetwise punk Sarah Manning is in the middle of a life-changing conversation in a suburban living room. Housewife Alison Hendrix and graduate biology student Cosima Niehaus have just dropped a bomb of information on her, and for a brief moment you forget that one actress is playing all of the parts. Star Tatiana Maslany is giving one of the most under appreciated performances on modern television. This thrilling sci-fi drama carved out a name for itself on BBC America earlier this year with its breakout star and clever plot mechanics. It’s pulpy, exciting action done right and it’s rising in notoriety thanks to Maslany’s Golden Globe nomination. 

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Pop Deal: Complete TV series for under $40

As part of their lead up to Black Friday week, Amazon has put a lot of TV show collections on sale. Some of these are surprisingly cheap.

The reviews will be based on seasons not individual episodes, but will be in flux as a season goes on. New shows will be rated on the first few episodes. Reality TV will not be included.

Take today’s Emmy nominations, which, though there were, as always, a few surprises and snubs, generally rewarded the prestige dramas—House of Cards, American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland—that most people regard as the best stuff on TV. Compare that to any year’s Oscar nominations, which encompass multiple filmmaking styles and span the studio and indie world and still rarely scratch the surface of what critics and serious moviegoers consider the best of the year. Or just consider the wild range of movies on view in a critics’ poll of the best 2013 movies so far, from Before Midnight to Upstream Color to Spring Breakers (and that’s just the top three—and we’re still months away from Oscar season).

I think the same variation exists in TV, but this is an interesting counterpoint to consider to today’s most frequent mantra.

As always, the TCA critics know what’s up. Yet, I’m surprised ‘Mad Men’ didn’t make the cut for Program of the Year and that ‘Girls’ was omitted for Best Comedy.

Individual Achievement in Drama
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Monica Potter, “Parenthood”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”

Individual Achivement in Comedy
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Lena Dunham, “Girls
Jake Johnson, “New Girl”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
"The Americans," FX
"Breaking Bad," AMC
"Game of Thrones," HBO
"Homeland," Showtime
"Mad Men," AMC

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
"The Big Bang Theory," CBS
"Louie," FX
"New Girl," FOX
"Parks and Recreation," NBC
"Veep," HBO

Outstanding Movie, Miniseries or Special
"American Horror Story: Asylum," FX
"Behind the Candelabra," HBO
"Downton Abbey," PBS
"Rectify," Sundance Channel
"Top of the Lake," Sundance Channel

News and Information
"Anderson Cooper 360," CNN
"Central Park Five," PBS
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Comedy Central
"Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC
"60 Minutes," CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming 
"The Amazing Race," CBS
"The Glee Project," Oxygen
"Shark Tank," ABC
"Survivor," CBS
"The Voice," NBC 

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
"Adventure Time," Cartoon Network
"Bunheads," ABC Family
"Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood," PBS
"Sesame Street," PBS
"Switched at Birth," ABC Family

New Program
"The Americans," FX
"Elementary," CBS
"House of Cards," Netflix
"The Mindy Project," FOX
"Orphan Black," BBC America

Career Achievement Award
James L. Brooks
James Burrows
Jay Leno
William Shatner
Barbara Walters

The Heritage Award
"All in the Family"
"Lost"
"Saturday Night Live"
"Star Trek"
"Twin Peaks"

Program of the Year
"The Americans," FX
"Breaking Bad," AMC
"Game of Thrones," HBO
"House of Cards," Netflix
"The Walking Dead," AMC

The 2012–13 TV Season in One Depressing Chart | Vulture
Overall summation of how badly the broadcast networks are bleeding viewers.

The 2012–13 TV Season in One Depressing Chart | Vulture

Overall summation of how badly the broadcast networks are bleeding viewers.