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Twin Peaks: Fire Blog With Me

As soon as the internet heard flickers of rumor that Showtime and David Lynch were making new episodes of Twin Peaks, you could see the same thought pass through thousands of people’s minds.

I mean, it was the first thing I thought of, too.

“I wonder if I should liveblog/podcast/review/draw webcomics of the original Twin Peaks series.”

There are a lot of good reasons to re-watch the original Twin Peaks and to turn it into a blog or podcast project. First, there are only 30 episodes, which means that although you won’t be able to get through it in a month like you might, say, with Firefly, it’s still a short-term project with a visible finish line.

Also, since the original Twin Peaks aired in 1990 before many of us in the Buzzfeed nostalgia demographic were old enough to watch it, the show doesn’t feel overdone. It’s not like you’re planning to live-tweet Jurassic Park or do podcasts about Full House. It fits into this strange cultural space where we’re old enough to know what Twin Peaks is—”It’s David Lynch! There’s a murder mystery! David Duchovny was in it, right?”—but have never actually seen it. (I was nine years old when it aired.)

So this project also has the potential to introduce an entire new generation to Twin Peaks. That’s some serious opportunity right there, and we on the internet are nothing if not aware of serious opportunity.

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Follow the Money: Netflix and Its $100 Million ‘House of Cards’

The Netflix original series “House of Cards,” which is basically about what might happen if Richard III and Lady Macbeth were married and decided to take over Washington, DC, has been extremely successful. It cleaned up at the Golden Globes, where it dominated the competition, and, along with its sister show “Orange is the New Black,” which is arguably even more incisive and engrossing, has made Netflix the new HBO. But has it made any money?

The show’s two seasons cost $100 million to produce, which is technically if not legally insane, according to industry analysts. Can Netflix recoup that investment?

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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Scheme to Get You to Pay for Six Minutes of TV

The CEO of DreamWorks Animation loved Breaking Bad so much that he wanted to pay $75 million for three more episodes (this was before he knew what the ending of the show would be)—but of course, he also wanted to make some money by doing it. His plan: Break up the episodes into six-minute segments (or 30 segments total) and then charge people 50-99 cents each to watch them, which means it would cost as much as $10 to watch a full episode.
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How the Gilmore Girls Do Money

The world of Stars Hollow, CT, is indeed a magical one. It rarely snows, and only ever in a picturesque, ad-for-Christmas-in-New-England kind of way. An unzipped coat and vivid scarf are enough to keep one warm. A single working mother can afford a lovely house to share with her daughter, with whom she can also afford to eat out three meals a day and binge on candy while watching rented movies besides.

As part of a truly Faustian bargain — or perhaps an Wildean one, a la Dorian Gray” — all calories ingested by svelte brunette junk-a-holics named Lorelei are absorbed vicariously by Miss Patty. Thus our protagonists can subsist on french fries and Al’s Pancake World take-out Chinese and never gain an ounce. Diabolical.

But we overlook these quirks because Stars Hollow is charming. Its beloved denizens are feminists, bright-eyed and quick-witted, and the show itself is unafraid of dealing in a  realistic manner with the fraught interrelation of money, family, and class. Lili Loofbourow at the Cut explains:  

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How Amazon Chooses to Fund a Streaming TV Series

The Way Shows Are Made Now.
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The ‘Cord Never’ Generation

The pay-TV industry (those who cater to cable subscribers) is closely watching the television habits of a new generation who they deem as "cord nevers," meaning they didn't cut their cable cords—they never had cable in the first place, and with so many online streaming and viewing option, they'll probably won't ever feel the need to subscribe.
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Chatting with a Writer-Producer of ’90s TV

Working with Dick was kind of surreal -- he kept asking me things on the set like “Is this funny?” and I’d nod like an idiot. I mean, who am I to tell Dick van Dyke something he came up with wasn’t funny?
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The Most Popular American Sitcom in China is About Low-Wage Workers

If you were to guess which American sitcom was the most popular among viewers in China, which show would you say it was?
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The Business of Being Bluth

At Businessweek, Will Leitch examines the Bluth family business and gets us all excited to see what kind of scheming the Bluths will be doing when Arrested Development returns on Netflix later this month.