Mark and Devin examine the recent spate of sexual assault and harassment allegations against Hollywood superproducer Harvey Weinstein. They consider how such heinous crimes could have been permitted to continue for more than three decades, and what this escalating news story says about the hidden culture behind the entertainment products they love to consume.
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Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, New York Times, Oct. 5. “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades.”
Ronan Farrow, New Yorker, Oct. 10. “From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault; Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories.”
Jodi Kantor and Rachel Abrams, New York Times, Oct. 10. “Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Others Say Weinstein Harassed Them.”
Jia Tolentino, New Yorker, Oct. 11. “Harvey Weinstein and the Impunity of Powerful Men.”
Lisa Ryan, Vulture, Oct. 11. “An Exhaustive List of the Allegations Against Harvey Weinstein.”
Lupita Nyong’o, New York Times, Oct. 19. “Speaking Out Against Harvey Weinstein.”
Ronan Farrow, New Yorker, Oct. 27. “Weighing the Costs of Speaking Out Against Harvey Weinstein.”
Chloe Melas, CNN, Oct. 27. “Harvey Weinstein’s New York haunt: Former servers describe tantrums and revolving door of women.”
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This week in New York City, the four broadcast networks are unveiling their fall schedules, complete with renewals, cancellations and pickups. Though a volley of announcements earlier this week robbed the announcements Up Front at the Upfronts: ABCof much of their suspense, and the very idea of a fixed schedule is irrelevant to a large percentage of the TV viewing public, these announcements remain interesting as the last vestiges of an outmoded business model.
ABC is up second. Click here for the network’s fall schedule with Vulture TV reporter Joe Adalian’s analysis. Notable points:
In 2013, couch potatoes reframed the phrase “too much TV” to signify the veritable bounties of powerful dramas, gut-busting comedies and intriguing hybrids splashed across an unprecedented array of channels and platforms. No longer can concerned parents or frustrated roommates complain that you need to get out more – they’re too busy binging on House of Cards and catching up on Scandal.
Regardless of what this visual buffet means for the state of physical fitness, there’s no denying that 2013 brought riches aplenty for people who find value in the artistic medium of “television.” Whether you were letting Netflix give you the royal treatment, carrying you from one episode to the next without so much as a click of the mouse, or you were continuing to exert power over your remote control, greatness was bursting from every frame. A brilliant thriller about an alliterative meth king ended its run in a blaze of frightfully intense glory. Serial killers and murder mysteries reigned supreme in a wide range of settings, tones and character shadings. We dove headfirst into the emotional lives of inmates in a women’s prison, found surprising emotional depth in the tale of two Russian spies whose marriage oscillates between façade and fulfillment, and marveled at the dexterity of a young woman tasked with simultaneously portraying nearly a dozen versions of herself.