Links for November 5, 2016

The Golden Age of TV Was Born in the 1980s

The ’80s auteurs were a bit like the movie auteurs: front and center, sometimes giving network executives headaches.... A lot of them were baby boomers: Michael Mann, Steven Bochco, Bruce Paltrow, and The Rockford Files’s creator Stephen J. Cannell. On the comedy side of things, former Bob Newhart Show writers Glen and Les Charles teamed up with director James Burrows to create Cheers, which premiered in 1982, ran 11 glorious seasons, and begat a classic ’90s spinoff, Frasier. Then there were brilliant flameouts like Glenn Gordon Caron.... The idea of the brilliant-but-difficult auteur reached its apex in 1989, when ABC green-lit the production of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s surreal melodrama Twin Peaks, which debuted the following spring and made countless TV writers and producers — future Sopranos creator David Chase among them — gape at the screen and think, “I had no idea you could do that.”

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk looks fantastic. It’s also unwatchable.

These two studies, and several others like them, show that people think [high framerate] clips are pretty snazzy. But they don’t have much to say about whether anyone actually prefers them. (An experimental subject might conclude, for example, that HFR is at once “natural,” “high quality” and “a fucking crime against cinema.”)

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Riparian