Polo Munoz, Managing Editor/Publisher,
There are so many stories available online and on the traditional distribution channels that it is hard to make a choice on what to binge on next, may be the bread and butter of the network stations is that by not releasing a whole season at once, it will help us build anticipation and make the experience more enjoyable than forced.
Finding your preference is really what is a challenge in the new ecosystem, but if you know what you like, it will make it easier to enjoy what is available, but if you are only focused on those shows, it will isolate you from new and different types of shows that may broaden your palate.
Some of the new shows on Netflix, range from “The Good Cop,” with Tony Danza, which I am still trying to digest, but I hope it gets a second season. “Van Helsing,” the second season is a bit more twisted than the first, and it has kept my interest, I also enjoyed “Riverdale,” but I do want to ask the creators to remember that most high school seniors are 17 years old, they tend to turn 18 toward the last semester of high school or the summer they graduate, so let’s keep that in mind when adding some of the more risque storylines and visuals. One other great new addition is “The Good Place,” with Ted Dansen and Kristen Bell, this show was created by Michael Schur, who also created amongst other show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” so its brand of comedy is not only funny but thoughtful.
And this brings me to “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” which I find very entertaining, compelling and instructive. For any aspiring actor/writer/comedian, the amount of nuggets that are served per episode is worth the watch. Jerry Seinfeld, the show’s creator and host, uses his cache to bring on board some of the most successful and interesting comedians and actors on his show to discuss their career and how they made their choices, how some of those choices happen, and if you listen between the lines, how their family life influences their careers. Jerry refers to experiences with his wife and children to compare notes with others in his field. This is a master class in conversation and in spending a day with a friend, while trying to make it a funny, interesting show that people will turn to.
In this new phenomenon of story distribution, it is exciting, and what it demands of us, is to find what stories are important to us and may be to learn what stories we need to tell each other to unite us as all. What is personal is universal and what is specific is general.