Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS LIFE -

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.


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