It was just a couple of weeks ago, during the Emmy Awards telecast, and it was one of those moments that reinforced a long-held view — that television is, and has been for several years now, better than movies.
Kevin Costner — actor, producer, director, Oscar winner — accepting an Emmy for his work in the highly rated cable mini-series Hatfields vs. McCoys. In his speech, Costner talked about how much he loves being an actor; what he didn’t say, but probably should have, is that for most actors, television is the place to be if they’re interested in portraying interesting characters in well-written dramas and comedies.
Look at the quality of TV series writing these days, across a wide range of genres: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland, The Walking Dead, Dexter, True Blood, Weeds, Sons of Anarchy, Justified. Those shows are premium-cable offerings, but there’s also top-quality mainnetwork fare such as Modern Family, The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory and Glee, as well as well-made PBS shows like Downton Abbey, Sherlock and the just-arrived Call the Midwife.
TV’s the place to be.