In the past week or so I have interacted with no less than four new TV series that made their premiere’s on the internet. These shows would have originally been called “web series,” but lately they more and more likely to be called television.
There are many people saying — out loud or in their head — that these new medias, this internet content is going to bully television out of the running. That’s not going to happen. Not the way they’re thinking at least. That argument has been proved wrong so many times before, it’s nearly hysterical to hear people still use it.
The internet will not kill television, because TV did not make film obsolete. The invention of film did not make everyone throw away their radios. The move to cable did not turn network television into a thing of the past. All these things still exist in some way or another, but they will change. Yes, internet based content will change the way the TV world works. Have changed. This must been seen as it is: something that has started, is happening, and will continue as the relationship between traditional television and internet based television evolves.
The new relationship depends entirely on how the viewer consumes new content as it is created. In the past few weeks I have interacted with no less than five internet based television shows. I subscribe to their channels on YouTube, follow them on Twitter or Tumblr, and have even run across ones that I have no idea how I found.
Actually, I’m going to do this similar to last week’s post on all the network show’s I’m watching and tell you about all the web TV I’ve been keeping up with. There are tons of shows out there, and these are just some of my favorites.
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries — It’s a modern version of Pride & Prejudice done with Elizabeth as a video blogger. It’s fantastic. I will reluctantly admit that I’ve never read Pride & Prejudice, but I think this show is fantastic. Hank Green of the VlogBrothers is the Executive Producer which is awesome. And awesome.
Husbands — A new take on the traditional just-married sitcom done by “Cheeks” and Jane Espenson. Keep an eye out for the many cameos embedded in the show. This one is near and dear to my heart because… well, this. It’s funny, relevant, and awesome (if you’re sensing a trend of awesome you’re sensing correctly.
The Guild — By this point everyone and their mother has heard of The Guild, and rightly so. It’s well-written and nerd-tastic. Felicia Day heads the team and I think they just finished producing something like season six. It’s fantastic, and bonus, this one is on Netflix (they have each season as a really long episode which is great).
Daybreak — This one is a little random in that I legitimately cannot remember how I found it. I haven’t seen it all yet, but what I have seems fantastic. I love that they are building on science fiction-ish idea and making into an all action show. If you watch the same shows as I do you’ll recognize a few players too. Eugene Byrd (Bones) and Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) to be exact.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog — Of course I couldn’t possibly talk about web television and not mention Dr. Horrible. This was a one-time deal, but is undeniably amazing. As the title implies, it’s a musical and it’s full of big names. Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, Nathan Fillion, and Joss Whedon all play major parts.
I’ve also been following an upcoming one called The Incident on twitter. They are still in production, but the idea seems pretty cool from what I can tell. Web shows are just awesome.