Why Does TV Struggle with Being Scary?
Movies can be scary, says Andy Greenwald, but television struggles with fear. “TV, by its very nature, demands a diversity of tone and pitch,” he says. “Viewers simply can’t be asked to hold their breath for eight, 10, or even 22 hours a season. Try it and they’ll be dead even sooner than your show. Instead, TV traditionally has had to play in the margins of horror, building entire series out of the offcuts and scraps usually undervalued by the Fangoria crowd: the slow, agonizing buildup; the stolid, yeomanlike investigation; the long, sorrowful denouement… A scary movie is a turn through a haunted house. A scary TV show is more of a haunted time-share.” PLUS: Here are the scariest episodes you can find on Netflix and Amazon; which TV show had the best Halloween costumes; and create your own Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Mr. Robot Halloween pumpkins.
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Christopher Sieber added the sentence “Mr. Sieber has not appeared on Law & Order” as a joke to the end of his biography. After Wednesday, he’ll no longer be able to use that line. PLUS: Watch a preview of SVU’s Duggar episode.
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The former America’s Next Top Model star’s attorney will argue that Cosby should be deposed in her defamation lawsuit.
This week’s episode seemed like déjà vu.
Watch the official final season promo, featuring Idol’s biggest stars.
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University of Arizona researchers are trying to make hologram technology happen on television.
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“Plots were never the franchise’s strong suit,” says Barry Hertz, “but (Sam) Raimi excels at producing lots of over-the-top violence, all accented with a streak of slapstick and one-liners. Judging by the first two episodes of the new series, Raimi hasn’t lost his touch for evil. Heads are lopped off, necks stabbed, eyeballs gouged and Ash’s infamous chainsaw is put to good use. For anyone unfamiliar with the franchise, the crimson action might be shocking. Or it might have been a few years ago, before The Walking Dead introduced cable viewers to the pleasures of mass-consumed gore-tertainment.” PLUS: It’s a fitting response to our super-serious zombie mania, Ash suffers when Raimi isn’t directing, the series is glad to be a one-not joke, and Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi talk reteaming for the Starz series.