Let’s talk about Butch Hartman, Oaxis, and YouTube: A Few Thoughts

Butch Hartman, creator of “The Fairly OddParents”, “Danny Phantom”, “Bunsen is a Beast”, and “T.U.F.F. Puppy”, just announced yesterday (in relation to the time of this writing) that he’s starting his own streaming network. There’s alot to unpack here, like its relation to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, how it will compete with the up-and-coming streaming services like Disney and Apple, and perhaps most importantly, how it’s potentially what YouTubers will want to be on over YouTube. Let’s chat.

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Making the Fantastic Relatable: The Bright Sessions (Stories for the Ear #19)

I must admit, when I first heard this show, I was a bit dubious, as I much prefer a full-cast audio drama to a two-person dialogue, and the latter is all this was… at first. But before long, this show took me by surprise and became a fantastic piece of audio storytelling. So let’s take a seat and talk it all out as we discuss “The Bright Sessions”. 

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Using a Large Cast for a Wider Demographic: Bewitched (TV Showcase #56)

For all the old-time TV buffs out there, I humbly apologise. I watched and reviewed “I Dream of Jeannie” six Showcases ago, and I didn’t realise one very important thing: “I Dream of Jeannie” was created solely to compete with the popularity of this show! But the thing is, I liked “Jeannie” better than this show, even after learning that it was a copy. But why? What made this show less entertaining when it was far more popular? Let’s hop on our broomsticks… oh wait, sorry, that’s offensive to the image of witches… let’s pop in and look at “Bewitched”.

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Making Light Dark Comedy: Wooden Overcoats (Stories for the Ear #18)

Ugh, drama! Sometimes, it’s just too much! Sometimes I don’t want angst-driven emotions and complicated plot. As great as podcasts and audio dramas at large are, so many of them are deep, gripping stories that sometimes I just need a break. I need a comedy, something that’s still a good story but that’s light and peppy. Well, I found one. Let’s head over to Piffling Vale and take a look at “Wooden Overcoats”.

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What is Happening?: A Few Thoughts on the End of Riverdale season 2

Have you ever seen the original 1950s Mr. Clean commercial, the one with the catchy song? It starts out by singing “Mr. Clean gets rid of dirt and grime and grease in just a minute./ Mr. Clean will clean your whole house and everything that’s in it!” I won’t write out the whole thing here, but a male and female singer go back and forth asking if Mr. Clean can clean this and that, which of course, the answer is always that he can, until they get to the last question, which is, “Can he clean a diamond ring?/ Mr. Clean cleans anything!” Anything? Really? Hold on, let me get on the phone to P&G real quick. Hello? Yes, my name is Michael, and I’d like to order two hundred gallons of Mr. Clean. I’d like it dumped on a TV studio lot owned by the CW. There’s a huge mess there. Which lot? Oh, it’s called Riverdale.

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The Wierdest Revival Ever: Thoughts on the End of Once Upon A Time

Well, folks, it’s finally happened. After seven years, 155 episodes, a 13-episode spinoff, and a novel, “Once Upon A Time” is finally over. Despite it being my 32nd Showcase written more than two years ago, the stuff I wrote about it was still relevant right up to the end, which I think shows a great deal of consistency with the show itself. But was the ending any good? And how about the final season in general? Here’s just a few thoughts I have about how the show ended.

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Maintaining Balance in a Reboot: Lost in Space 2018 (TV Showcase #55)

So, let’s talk about the show I’ve been the most excited about in a very long time. After watching the original “Lost in Space“, I was elated to find out that Netflix was making a darker, more dramatic reboot. But there were concerns, mainly the ones involving any modern remake of a classic bit of entertainment: sure, the trailer makes it look good, but will it be trash and shame the original series (like “Riverdale“, for instance)? And were there Easter eggs in this series that refer to the old one? Let’s once again board the Jupiter 2 as we discuss “Lost in Space” 2018. 

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How to Make Any Story Sound Interesting: The Amelia Project (Stories for the Ear #17)

I was recently in the mood for a specific type of podcast/audio drama. I didn’t quite know what I was looking for, but I knew I’d know when I’d found it. After listening to pilot after pilot and being bored by all of them, I came across this show. And the odd thing was, it wasn’t at all what I was looking for. But after hearing it, I had to have more. What is it that made this show so good? Let’s find out with a look at “The Amelia Project”.

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Making a Show with as Many Limitations as Possible: Shaun the Sheep (TV Showcase #54)

This show was introduced to me when it was still relatively new, and I started watching it about five or six years ago. Since then, I have been on a quest to finish it without paying through the nose for Amazon Prime or CBBC. “But Michael, Amazon’s not that expensive.” Yeah, but I’m a poor twenty-something with college loans and more on the way, and I’ve already got Netflix, so I’m not really keen to pay Hulu and Amazon for the one show I want to watch on each. Tell me you watch more than a couple of shows on Hulu or Amazon. And no, I’m not freakin gonna pay for Apple or Disney when they have their own dumb streaming sites! Woah, what was I talking about? Oh right, this awesome show that took me five years to watch. I’m really happy that I finally get to write this post, and to talk about how to get a modern and young audience into what is essentially silent comedy. So let’s head on down to the farm and take a look at “Shaun the Sheep”. 

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