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The trailer for Metástasis, the Colombian remake of Breaking Bad, starring Diego Truijllio as Walter Blanco.
I actually think this looks like it could work. And if the show localizes its problems to include just some of the issues surrounding the drug trade in Colombia, rather than just relocating the events of the original, this could be insane.
Like Walter White’s meth, the finale’s formula was flawless but is that a good thing?
This basically sums up my reaction to the episode.
How did the show’s perception change from a cult show, that other show on AMC, to the most quality show on TV?
This is a quick thought so I’m skipping any shout outs to theories here, but basically one of the criticisms about contemporary TV studies is that it focuses on “quality TV.” There are a number of issues aside from what exactly is “quality” and that is that most “quality” TV shows want to be seen as not TV and that 10% of TV shows get 90% of the critical interest.
There is partially a class issue. The idea of quality is generally assumed as being created by the ruling classes in order to reinforce their values upon the masses. This can be seen as occurring in the idea of “quality” TV given that these shows are all on pay networks and that excludes a great deal of the possible audience. In other words, there is an “elite” of TV viewers who watch, appreciate, and can afford and afford to appreciate, “quality” TV while the rest of the masses consume whatever slop the industry pumps out. I’m not saying this is true, but that is the assumption in many stuff written about TV.
What makes Breaking Bad interesting is that it has grown into being considered a quality TV show. It may not have been slop, but it wasn’t always considered “quality”. Its rise has caused a few of the “quality” biases to be complicated. Part of this is that it was on basic cable. However, Mad Men broke ground in being the major player in “quality,” though via the pedigree of “from the creator of The Sopranos,” or in other words this should have been on HBO. But Mad Men is a textbook example of “quality,” and appealed immediately to cultural elites. And the demographics of the viewers seem to reflect the stereotypes of the purveyors of cultural quality; Mad Men had a small audience, but the wealthiest on TV. Meanwhile Breaking Bad’s strongest markets were initially in Middle America; where Mad Men would rate high in New York, Bad would do well in a place like Kansas City, and among a younger audience.
It may be related to the stories on both shows, but also the ways those stories were told. Breaking Bad was initially not seen as on the same level of quality because its tone wasn’t ambiguous enough and its style not restrained (if the first state of “quality” TV this century was prized for its knowledge of European cinema, Breaking Bad was more New Hollywood, though both are still art-house based). One would also have to take into account that most of its actors were primarily comedic actors. Even 3 years ago to say that Breaking Bad was on par with The Wire would be heresy in the pantheon of “quality” TV. And I don’t think it’s because the show has gotten better. Sure, the tone of season 5 a was the most “quality” so far (or the most like The Sopranos), but rather that the show itself changed in an ever so small way how quality was perceived.
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I was just thinking in the shower this morning that this needed to exist and here it is this afternoon. Thanks internet!
Parks and Recreation stars Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are both leaving the show following the upcoming sixth season’s 13th episode,Buzzfeed reports. No reason is cited for the two actors’ abrupt departure, but both actors both have busy schedules full of other projects outside of the NBC series. Season five of the show ended with Jones and Lowe’s respective characters Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger continuing to try to have a baby together, so we’ll see if that plotline has something to do with their characters’ exits. Parks and Rec’s sixth season is set to premiere Thursday, September 26th, with an hour-long episode set in London featuring guest stars Henry Winkler and Heidi Klum. Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones’s last episode is expected to air midway through the season right around February sweeps.
This literally made me sad. Literally