The future of television

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television-watching familyAmerican television has been undergoing a massive shakeup of late…

Okay, what I should be saying is that American television is undergoing another massive shakeup of late.  Because American television has actually been under attack since the day it was created.  Movies and theater have always been at odds with television, showing it up for being less intellectual, less relevant, less powerful, less colorful, less large, etc, etc.

Over the years, television has taken on these challenges, largely, by evolving the very characteristics that made movies and theater so powerful.  TV has hired writers and actors from the movie studios, improved productions, taken on more relevant storylines, and adopted more street-wise language, sex and nudity.  They’ve even shown movies—the competition, essentially—on TV.  They’ve developed award systems that mirror the Oscars, and have brought the pomp and circumstance of movies to TV.  And TVs have gotten bigger and better, taking up entire walls now, going further to mimic the theater experience.  Now TV strives to utilize the features that make the internet so powerful, and it will continue to evolve to better itself and keep itself relevant.

All of these things have allowed TV to maintain its position and profitability in American entertainment.  But now, it faces what might be its biggest threat: The erosion of advertiser-supported programs. Continue reading

Something to look forward to…

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Steven Lyle JordanI was informed yesterday that the Kickstarter for the Heroes superhero anthology managed to squeak past the stretch goal (why do I keep wanting to say stretch mark?!?) that would include the short story I submitted, The Never Ending Battle, into the book.

Frankly, I wasn’t expecting the kickstarter to make enough beyond the original goal to include my story; it looked to me like a long shot.  Part of me was expecting to throw the story onto the Free Reads page as soon as it was confirmed that it hadn’t made the goal.  But then I got the email from Silence in the Library Publishing that informed me that they made it… with 3 hours to go in the campaign!

This will be the first short story of mine that will go into an anthology… which, I’m told, should be a great marketing boost for my other books.  Hopefully there will be more (short stories for anthologies, and marketing boosts).

For now, though, it’s back to TV script writing: My earlier TV project is being looked at my another network; and my latest TV project breakdown has been OK’d by the producer, giving me the thumbs-up to start writing the first scripts.