A Tburd in NYC

My mother (aka Tburd) and her two friends came up for a visit this past weekend and man did we have a good time! They came in on a Friday and I met up with them for dinner at Spring Street Natural where we sipped on glasses of Malbec and discussed the finer points of teenagers in the workforce building character. Later we headed back to The James hotel in SoHo and went up to the rooftop bar, Jimmy, for some ice heavy mojitos. The music was loud, the crowd we deemed “interesting” and we finally said goodnight a little after midnight.

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Saturday came and after breakfast at 12 Chairs we headed to the Theater District to see Motown. Even though all four of us were separated once inside the theater, we truly enjoyed ourselves during the musical trip down memory lane.

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After the show we meandered our way into the tourist infested Times Square and the ladies of Coca-Cola (where they all work) had to take a picture with the iconic Coca-Cola signage. And apparently The Disney Store was a must and I absolutely loved how their faces lit up at the magical world that is the Disney store.

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Shake Shack on the Upper West Side was next on our list and then we headed into Central Park for Lianne La Havas’ Summer Stage concert. We luckily snagged some bleacher seats and watched the sunset over the stage. Lianne was flawless, like always, and I absolutely loved singing along with the other hundreds of fans out on the lawn. After leaving Central Park we had drinks and mussels at Ditch Plains before calling it a night.

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Sunday was a leisurely day. We had brunch at Cafe Lalo then walked 5th Ave entering the likes of Barney’s and Bergdorf Goodman. I fell in love with these Piamita pajamas – $200+ by the way – and stopped touching the clothes when I realized I was holding a dress that cost $5k!

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Zoolander’s “Blue Steel” anyone?

We ended our day with a dress purchase at Madewell – this guy – and dinner at Jane in SoHo. Once in our rooms, my mom and I switched into our PJs, climbed onto the king size bed and watched HBO’s Newsroom.

Fête Paradiso

After hearing about Fête Paradiso, Alissa, Rachel, Amanda, Jen and I decided to head out to Governors Island on a hot but breezy Sunday afternoon. We were pleasantly surprised at the array of vintage 19th and 20th century carnival games and rides and spent a good five hours basking in the jovial atmosphere. Some families even dressed up as Parisian fair-goers of the ’20s! Naturally, we each had our DSLRs in tow and had a marvelous time capturing the well spent afternoon!

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Emmy’s New Groove

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Thank you Television Academy (some what sarcastically) for making history yesterday with your Emmy nominations; specifically your nine nominations to the Netflix series House of Cards. And while you showed no love to the freshman comedy hit The Mindy Project, I do hope that with both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler nominated this year that either Fey or Poehler will try to accept the award for the other if one wins.

But back to House of Cards. Apparently, “digital” or “broadband” programming has been eligible to receive Emmy nominations for the past seven years but it was only recently with the success of House of Cards and the resurfacing of Arrested Development that these digitally distributed shows had an actual chance. That being said, I wondered, does that mean any and all web-based series could be nominated? And so, I went down a minor research rabbit hole.

After quickly glancing through the Emmy Rulebook, I concluded that a web-based series can in fact be nominated as long as it’s distribution channel makes up for at least 50% of the market share in US households. The PDF states,

“Programs (and individual achievements within them) are eligible for nomination if they were originally aired or originally transmitted during the eligibility year of June 1, 2012 – May 31, 2013 in any primetime period (6:00 PM – 2:00 AM) (i) by broadcast to at least 50% of the total potential U.S. television audience or, (ii) by pay/basic cable transmissions (including by way of example so-called basic cable, pay cable, pay television, pay-per-view, interactive cable and broadband) to markets representing at least 50% or more of households in the United States.

Concurrently I researched Netflix’s market share compared to such streaming services as HuluPlus and Amazon Prime and found that Netflix’s claim on American households is a whopping 89% with HuluPlus only at 10% and Amazon Prime with 2% according to BGR via The NPD Group’s statistical findings. So if I understand this correctly, any web based series worthy of any Emmy can be nominated as long as its distribution channel makes up for a 50% market share within American households. That being said, I wonder if even that rule will change given the quality of programming emerging from Amazon with it’s political satire Alpha House starring the likes of John Goodman and Matt Molloy with a special appearance by Bill Murray.

I’m not quite sure what the future holds for the Television Academy and how we make, distribute and watch our beloved shows, but all I know for sure is that times are a changing and that this new wave of media consumption provides more opportunity for the creatives and suits on all fronts.

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air on Sunday, September 22 on CBS.

PS: How are Juliana Marguiles and Archie Panjabi not nominated for The Good Wife?