Netflix Signs Off on Third Season of ‘House of Cards’

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Announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning, Netflix racked up a total of six nominations for its original series “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black,” and semi-original comedy show “Arrested Development.”

Of the three, “House of Cards” topped the list with a total four nominations, one for Best Television Series – Drama, and one each for cast members Kevin Spacey (Best Actor – Drama), Robin Wright (Best Actress – Drama), and Corey Stoll (Best Supporting Actor).

Taylor Schilling will compete against Wright for her performance as Piper Chapman, the lead character in “Orange Is the New Black.” Jason Batemen, who returned this year as Michael Bluth in “Arrested Development,” will add a Golden Globes nomination for Best Actor – Comedy or Musical to his mantle.

Also if you’re keeping a scorecard, HBO received nine total Golden Globe nominations, compared to Netflix’s six.

The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 12, 2014. The show, which will be hosted by the duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the second consecutive year, will be produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

As superhuman sagas go, “The Edge of Normal” is a clever but sometimes clunky web series that centers on a group of L.A. teenagers who take care of each by unleashing their secret powers which seem very au courant as secret powers go. Natalie, the central character, is barista by day, bearer of telepathic gifts by night (well, daytime too). Evey, the brooding blonde who wanders onto the scene fresh from a schoolyard disaster, can change the course of events by uttering what amounts to a power of suggestion. Gretchen can remotely control electrical devices (great for Radio Shack work), Riley is a shapeshifter (which I think is way cool), Kris is a human transducer (she shoots off electrical current) and young Kimmi can see the future. A fun group we have here. Teenage girls who swoon and stand in line to see Twilight and other video things that go bump in the (day and) night will find “The Edge of Normal” must-see TV.

Without a handy telestrator, we will virtually break down this show (and I use the term loosely) into its separate parts to learn where things went wrong. “Startup of the Year” takes 24 startups across a variety of areas (mostly tech) and puts them through a Kickstarter-lite process, minus the drama. On the dedicated website for this transmedia potpourri, you will find short clips from each startup. While each clearly presents the venture, they are little more than you would expect to find in a company’s self-promotional “About” section on their website. Each startup is assigned a mentor, and these days a mentor is anyone who has either: 1) written an “I’m a self-anointed guru” business book; 2) was anywhere near an IPO; and 3) has a consulting or marketing firm (generally operated out of a home office fashioned out of an underutilized Man Cave.)

Here’s where things get ugly. The video sessions between mentor and mentee (I may have made that up) take place via Skype or some other video chat vehicle. As my wife passed by my screen, watching these awkward exchanges, she aptly questioned why The Wall Street Journal could not spend the money to have these videos shot in a real studio with both parties in one location. The asynchronous nature of VTC conversations starkly undermines any of the educational benefit or human interaction intended for these skull sessions.

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