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Author: Ryann Rasmussen

Top TV Dramas for History Buffs – Here It Is, Your History Buff-et

Producers of historical dramas often have a difficult time striking a balance between accuracy and compelling storylines. If they stick too much to details, it becomes hard for us to follow; but if they sacrifice too many details for intriguing plots, those of us who are history buffs feel cheated. Fortunately, in the past year cable TV has put several new dramas to the test, which offer exciting storylines and a range of historical accuracy, from bare-bones to scholarly attention to detail. Here’re three of the top TV dramas for history and entertainment buffs. 1. “Vikings” – Sundays on...

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The Online Streaming Shift: How TV Networks Are Adapting

Streaming video is the latest media phenomenon and, as statistics and trends report, it’s not going anywhere. As of 2012, 100 million Americans watched online videos per day, which is up 43 percent since 2010, according to TechCrunch. While this increase was largely driven by YouTube, streaming video services like Netflix (44 million subscribers as of December 2013) and Hulu (more than 5 million subscribers as of December 2013) are taking hold as well. As a result, TV networks are beginning to take notice and are including online streaming in their airing and promotional strategies. But why are TV...

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Reports of Cable’s Death from Netflix are Wildly Exaggerated

Over the course of the past decade, streaming video has taken the place of downloading and file sharing as the chief perceived online threat to established media concerns. As the most visible and successful video streaming service, Netflix inherits many of the fears that were once attached to pirating sites. In short, the fear that users will abandon “package” subscription services for “a la carte” consumption of video, ultimately leading to the “death of cable TV.” Of course, there’s a big difference between pirated sites and legal, legitimate viewing. One of the first great victories of Netflix was in...

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First Look: This Is What Matt Ryan Will Look Like as DC’s “Hellblazer” in “Constantine”

Production has officially begun for NBC’s new pilot, “Constantine” – from executive producers David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone. DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and NBC have wet comic fans appetites today with the release of the first official image of series star Matt Ryan in character as John Constantine. “Constantine” follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond. Featured in hundreds of comic book issues, John Constantine has been a DC Comics staple since his first appearance as a supporting character in...

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New “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Brings in Viewers From All Generations

Jimmy Fallon is the new “Tonight Show” host, split between two generations, tasked with keeping everyone tuning in and filling their evenings with comedy they all can get a laugh from. Fallon has to draw in the millennials, which he achieves with simple sketches and viral social media content. This includes everything from his “History of Rap” skits to his hashtag topics, which often skyrocket to national trending topics on Twitter. And then he has to draw in the older crowd, which he is also successful at. No one can deny his energy and that he has it all. In fact, Fallon’s former boss on “SNL,” Lorne Michaels, told “The New York Times” “When you see Jimmy and Justin performing on his show or “SNL,” you’re going back to another time, when they were making those kinds of shows and movies.” Michaels compared the duo to Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and Fallon could see the tie. “What I do is more a variety show,” he said. “It’s always been an older style. I’m an old soul. … The show will always have an old soul.” Fallon is often found tapping ‘90s nostalgia in clips and parodies on his show, but now that he is the star of “The Tonight Show,” it is clear that his own nostalgia goes back even further. During his first monologue after taking over...

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