Jeff York

Netflix’s “Unbelievable” Tells Its Procedural with Nuance, Care and Patience

Netflix’s “Unbelievable” Tells Its Procedural with Nuance, Care and Patience

With cop shows proliferating our screens these days, writers have had to stretch their imaginations to come up with novel approaches to the whodunnit. Amazon Prime’s Carnival Row told a Ripper-esque mystery in a make-believe world populated with fantastical beasts and fairies. The murders at the core of HBO’s True Detective series are usually ones […]

 Jeff York

It’s a New Era Of Anything Goes For Scripted Television

It’s a New Era Of Anything Goes For Scripted Television

For anyone interested in writing for television, or for any viewer wanting something different from the standard TV fare, 2019 represents a new era of “anything goes.” If rules are meant to be broken, scripted series television has embraced that philosophy with a vengeance. It’s a revolutionary time for the industry as the norms of […]

 Jeff York

The Seven Reasons Why We’re in the Golden Age of Documentaries

The Seven Reasons Why We’re in the Golden Age of Documentaries

When the Best Documentary Feature category at the 2019 Oscars is so chock full of worthy competitors that the heralded likes of Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Three Identical Strangers, Dark Money, and The Shirkers weren’t even nominated, you know documentaries have reached a golden age. Just look at the weekly releases on Netflix, HBO, […]

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“What If An American Couple Crashes Into An Agatha Christie Story?” How Screenwriter James Vanderbilt Created ‘Murder Mystery’

“What If An American Couple Crashes Into An Agatha Christie Story?” How Screenwriter James Vanderbilt Created ‘Murder Mystery’

Everybody loves a good whodunnit film. There’s a murder scene, a detective, and a group of equally motivated suspects trying to deflect suspicion or pin it on somebody else. Add a classy Mediterranean yacht, a goofy cop, his wife, and you have the elements for a Netflix film appropriately called Murder Mystery. Penned by screenwriter-director-producer […]

 Jeff York

What’s Next for Network Sitcoms Now That “The Big Bang Theory” Has Ended?

What’s Next for Network Sitcoms Now That “The Big Bang Theory” Has Ended?

The Big Bang Theory ended its 12 seasons on May 16 and yet didn’t get nearly the press that the finale of Veep or Game of Thrones did. Perhaps it didn’t receive as much attention because the show is in syndication on so many channels all day long, it doesn’t feel like it’s really gone. […]

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