Netflix: The Original Content Machine

I'm posting for 60 days straight, leading up to my early December birthday, and I'm making the time to write on behalf of slain UCC Professor and aspiring novelist, Larry Levine. And now we have CSU Long Beach design student Nohemi Gonzalezgunned down in Paris.

I LOVE captivating, compelling stories. I've done my best to create them over the years with short fiction, essays, scripts, and podcasts. Given I've spent quite a bit of time in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, I'm also a sucker for innovation. For the next big thing.

Rising from the ashes of their absurd DVD spin off attempt called Qwikster a mere 4 years ago, Netflix has taken a page from a 1990's HBO playbook and is churning out an incredible slate of programming. David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, and writer / showrunner Beau Willimon kicked things off with House of Cards in February 2013, followed by soon after by Jenji Kohan's Orange is the New Black in July. 

In the two years since, Netflix Head of Original Content Cindy Holland and team have been on a tear - Hemlock Grove, Arrested Development, Sense8, Grace and Frankie, Narcos, Marco Polo, and the one that prompted this post, Bloodline starring Kyle Chandler, Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek. I'm just getting to it though it came out in March, and I'm now enjoying taking one episode at a time. Savoring the storytelling and not bingeing. I'm loving its deception, its unreliable narrator, its loose footing under a seemingly solid foundation. Strong writing! In fact, I'm signing off to catch Episode Three right about NOW.

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