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As the peak TV age continues to find new peaks, is it better to be a one-stop shop fighting for majority control, or a speciality store, offering curated picks to fill programming gaps the big guys miss? At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, the attending network heads made their pitch, arguing why each of their services is built to survive the upcoming content scourge courtesy of Disney+, Apple+, WarnerMedia, and more fresh, thirsty TV distributors.
That’s right. It was a brand-off. But which shows came out looking the strongest, which networks the most convincing, and which personalities the most deserving of audiences’ future time and attention? IndieWire sat through 17 days of more than 100 panels, and here’s what we learned: There is a whole lot of television, and a lot of strategies are in flux.
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A series of shows will examine the question of who belongs in a country that accepts refugees and immigrants while simultaneously Otherizing them. In August, AMC’s second season of “The Terror” anthology series titled “Infamy” will look at the WWII Japanese American internment through the lens of J-horror, while Amazon’s big-budget fantasy series “Carnival Row” casts fantastical creatures as the refugees. In the fall, NBC’s cheeky “Sunnyside” from “The Good Place” creator Mike Schurr stars Kal Penn as an ousted councilman who seeks to help a group of immigrants become American citizens.
It’s the end of an era for two series that each helped put a network/streaming service on the map. “Supernatural” – a series that existed on The WB before switching over to help establish the fledgling CW – will execute its final hunt and end after a whopping 15 seasons. Over on Amazon, “Transparent” will go out in style with a movie musical that will give Judith Light her proper spotlight. And finally,...
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