Down Goes ‘Jeopardy!’ James!
> In Jeopardy James’s case, the dominance was pretty fascinating. Holzhauer was a disruptive force who had turned the game upside down with all-in, aggressive tactics. The quants were losing their minds. There was genuine rumination over whether or not Holzhauer “broke” the game. Would Holzhauer actually be defeated—or would he have to be dragged off the set by “Jeopardy!” producers?
How to Overlook Flaws
> In case you’re wondering, no, the existence of Sybok has not been mentioned on Discovery. It’s almost as if they want us to forget Star Trek 5 happened.
Lessons from “The Profit”
> I’ve learned a lot about industrial organization watching The Profit, a reality-TV show on CNBC featuring businessman Marcus Lemonis. In each episode Lemonis buys into a failing small-to-medium-sized business and works to turn it around. Lemonis doesn’t invest in a random sample of businesses nor even in a random sample of failing businesses. Nevertheless, the lessons that The Profit teaches are consistent with the new literature on management which has increased my confidence both in the show and the literature.
the new “most interesting man in the world:” a commentary
> The new ads drop most of the retro feel. The film quality is clear, not grainy. The tuxedo and bow tie are dropped for a sleeker suit. Most of the events in the commercials can happen today, they are simply about being cool, not about being timeless.
The New Millennium Blues
> Remember the terrifying, tumultuous, insert-scary-adjective-here year leading up to the new millennium? Did the uncertainty of the what the future held keep you up at night? Do you feel a sense of nostalgia for NBC’s Y2K: the Movie? Did you how about the music inspired by the millennium bug? Today’s Tedium seeks to transport you back to a time when the public imagination ran wild and pop culture fed the anxiety of the masses at the dawn of the new millennium.
Reality TV's Wildest Disaster
> “Eden” aspired to remake society altogether. What could go wrong?
Who’s excited for the end of the world?
In the age of streaming TV, who needs title sequences?
> It is a moment of remarkable contrast, with title sequences both blossoming with potential and seemingly imperiled. This conflict raises an interesting question: at a time when television titles have never been so good, what purpose do they actually still serve?
Digital TV’s Tiny Achilles Heel
> When it comes to technology, I have a lot of love for edge cases—situations where the march of innovation actually makes things a little bit worse.
Michael K. Williams Asks: Am I Typecast?
> Here, Michael K. Williams, of The Wire and The Night Of, wrestles with one of his own: Is he being typecast?
Omar says yes.
College Football’s Financial Woes
Several articles about stadiums, debt, TV deals, etc.
The Speculative Dread of "Black Mirror"
Profile of the creator. Nothing new if you’ve seen the show, but decent read about the creator.
Netflix, Amazon, and HBO combined for 70% of the best TV show Golden Globe nominations
Key facts: 2 each for Netflix and Amazon, 3 for HBO. Leaving one each for traditional networks FX, ABC, and NBC.
Black Mirror soundtracks
Something a little different.