TV Is Dead. Long Live TV


Well, I know what I’ll be doing the weekend after Valentine’s Day.

Yep, Frank’s back.

Apparently Orange Is The New Black has actually done better than House Of Cards (no massive surprise as it’s a more mainstream kind of story) but Kevin Spacey’s remake of the BBC classic was the series that proved, once and for all, that TV is a type of content not a means of delivery.

In fact, Kevin probably said it best himself:

It’s just stories!

And the audience has spoken: they want stories. They’re dying for them. They are rooting for us to give them the right thing. And they will talk about it, binge on it, carry it with them on the bus and to the hairdresser, force it on their friends, tweet, blog, Facebook, make fan pages, silly Gifs and God knows what else about it, engage with it with a passion and an intimacy that a blockbuster movie could only dream of. All we have to do is give it to them. The prize fruit is right there. Shinier and juicier than it has ever been before. So it will be all the more shame on each and every one of us if we don’t reach out and seize it.

Here’s the full 45 minutes.

Kevin Spacey/House of Cards image courtesy of Netflix
Ian Richardson/House of Cards image – BBC

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