Game of Thrones, Veep, Boardwalk Empire and The Wire -some would say that today’s TV series are packing as much punch as the big screen. I myself have seen some great footage, action, drama and comedy this year all whilst being sat in the comfort of my own home but the big question is ‘are TV’s new releases coming up better than today’s cinema screenings?’
One of the most anticipated series to hit our screens this year was Game of Thrones. I knew precious little about this series until a colleague mentioned it at work. Now it seems like the entire nation are watching the ambiguous characters in their quest for the Iron Throne. It’s one of those rare sequences that boasts a little of everything -violence, savage, liars, lords, romance, dark forces and mythical creatures. It’s based on A Song of Ice and Fire -a novel by George R.R Martin and his bestseller. To be quite honest, a large majority of what you see on screen looks to have stepped off the pages of a whimsical book.
HBO’s Newsroom is another TV showing to have hit our screens with force. Created by the screenwriter that produced Moneyball and The Social Network, I already had high expectations for this series. This behind-the-scenes production offers an insight into a world we see little off, and the lives and actions of the individuals who make a nightly cable-news airing.
Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and Sam Waterson play out an extremely realistic performance that reveals the ins and outs of commercial and corporate hitches. The series also showcases a number of personal entanglements which certainly add to the realism.
When I first saw the teaser for Banshee, it looked too good to be true. It appeared to be the trailer of a high action, fast-paced blockbuster as opposed to something that was to be aired on television.
After watching the first episode I wasn’t disappointed. A new storyline unravels each week as ‘Rush’ (played by Antony Starr) continues to try and hide his ex-con identity, whilst hunting down the gangsters he betrayed many years previously.