You may have heard or read or woke up suddenly thinking that we are living in a New Golden Age of Television. Some call it the platinum age, which sounds a little too Rodeo Drive to me. But let them have their fun.
Most of this new golden/platinum age talk centers on drama, and mostly cable drama, which connotes seriousness and ambition (and sex and death); we are still living in the age of
And yet we are living also in a great time for comedy, with TV very much at the center of a nexus that branches into clubs and theaters that-away and the movies this-away and the Internet another way. Actors and writers and directors move from one project to another, clustering here, joining together there, and moving on into some new configuration. And telling one another all about it on Twitter.
There is a sense of play and my-uncle's-got-a-video-camera possibility at work these days, and it fills me with cheer. We're in an era not only of collaboration but of camaraderie. The mix and match of familiar faces in different places creates a sense of unity out of variety — as with contract players under the old movie studio system, without the system — but also a feeling of affiliation.
We seem to be looking in on a cool club where friends put on costumes and say funny things. The modesty of some of these productions accentuates the sense that everyone is there for the good time rather than just the paycheck.
IFC and Comedy Network and
Webs entangle with webs. You can start with, say,
Scheer is as well the creator and star of "NTFS:SD:SUV" and earlier created the sketch show "Human Giant" with
I may be romanticizing. These people pretend for a living; they may only look like they're having as good a time as I like to think. Perhaps Adam Scott and Ken Marino can barely stand each other.
But that's not how it feels from here. From here it feels good.